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Germany Offers Asylum Seekers Money Towards Rent And New Kitchen To Return Back Home

Asylum seekers in Germany are being offered money towards new kitchens, bathrooms and rent if they go back to their home countries.

Angela Merkel’s government has launched the new incentive initiative in a bid to increase the number of refugees returning to their country of origin.

The “Your country. Your future. Now!” scheme was launched by the Federal Ministry of the Interior in the wake of uncertain elections – which were dominated by the issue of immigration.

 But refugee support organisations have hit out at the scheme and said it amounts to bribery and is underhand.
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Under existing schemes, each refugee was given €1,200 to leave the country. This will now be topped up by €3,000 per family and €1,000 for each individual.

According to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper the money can be used for home renovations or rental fees.

“When you voluntarily decide to return by the end of February, in addition to start-up help you can provisionally receive housing cost help for the first 12 months in your homeland,” Thomas de Maizière, the German interior minister, told the newspaper.

Günter Burkhardt, the head of Pro Asyl, told the Times: “He’s trying to entice people to give up their rights in the basest manner.”

 

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WOMAN RAISES OVER $280K TO REPAY $20 TO HOMELESS MAN WHO HELPED HER WHEN SHE RAN OUT OF FUEL

A woman who set up a GoFundMe campaign to repay a homeless man who had used his last $20 dollar note to get her fuel when she ran out on a motorway, has amassed an eyewatering $280,000

Kate McClure said Johnny Bobbitt helped her and asked for nothing in return. She made it a mission to repay his selfless favor.

McClure was driving on I-95 in Philadelphia last month when she ran out of gas and had to pull over on the side of the highway. Nervous, she began to walk in search of the nearest gas station.

That’s when Johnny, who stands on the side of the highway with a sign asking for help, approached her. He instructed McClure to get back in her car and lock the doors.

Johnny, who is homeless, eventually returned with a red can of gas he bought with the little money he had.

McClure couldn’t give him anything in return at the moment, but felt the need to repay Johnny, and began stopping by his usual spot on I-95 with clothes, food and money. Each time, Johnny was incredibly grateful; at one point, she brought him cereal bars, and he asked if she wanted one.

But it still didn’t feel like enough.

“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,” McClure wrote on a GoFundMe campaign page. “He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.”

So she started an online fundraiser with an ambitious goal of $10,000. By the afternoon, the campaign has raised more than $12,000.

“It just blew up,” McClure told a reporter.

In a recent video from McClure, Johnny can be seen reacting to the fundraiser taking off and raising more than $1,700 in just a few days.

“That changes my life right there,” Johnny says in the video.

Johnny, 34, said he had been in the Marine Corps and was once a licensed paramedic. He moved to Philly a year ago with a job lined up and money to buy a truck, but that all fell through and he ended up on the streets.

McClure, 27, and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, hope to help Johnny not just with the money, but also by helping him find housing and vouching for his character to potential landlords, NJ.com reported.

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Johnny Bobbitt – three years ago

Johnny plans on trying to get a job at the Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville, New Jersey, and eventually wants to be re-certified as a paramedic in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Thanks to a chance encounter and his own selfless generosity, that dream may very well become a reality.

“I don’t have an explanation for it. I think it was the perfect storm,” D’Amico told CNN Thursday.
More than 9,600 people have pledged donations.
“We wanted to make sure he was safe, and go from there,” McClure told CNN Thursday. “I remember when we got our first donation, we were like, ‘holy crap.'”
The couple asked Bobbitt what he wanted to do with all the money. Bobbitt was hesitant to say, but he plans to make a video and explain it all, D’Amico said.
“The whole game changed in the last 24 to 48 hours. His expectations changed, and what he wanted to do changed,” D’Amico said.
“He has a couple of places in Philadelphia that got him through and got him by. He wants to pay it forward.”
“His dreams aren’t champagne and caviar,” D’Amico said.

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JENNIFER HUDSON: HOW WINNING AN OSCAR FOR BEING A DREAMGIRL ALMOST RUINED THE AMERICAN IDOL’S CAREER

Jennifer Hudson, the lovable girl-next-door with a powerhouse voice, was enjoying a sensational rise to fame a little more than 10 years ago. However, the American Idol alum’s fame has faded in recent years, leading some to wonder how such a talented performer has fallen off the radar. Here are some reasons why her career stalled.

Hudson reportedly beat out nearly 800 girls to land the coveted role of Effie White in Hollywood’s long-awaited movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls (2006).

Anyone who saw the musical in 1982, or simply the YouTube video of Jennifer Holliday performing the iconic song “And I’m Telling You” at the Tony Awards, knows that role has the potential to make a star out of those who play the part, and that’s exactly what happened to Hudson in Dreamgirls. Critics raved about her debut performance, declaring a star had been born. Awards followed, including critics prizes, a Golden Globe, and the coveted Academy Award for best supporting actress.

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Suddenly, Hudson went from an American Idol reject with no acting experience to the most sought-after woman in Hollywood.

Winning an Academy Award for your first movie role is a spectacular way to kick off one’s career. It’s also a very, very tough way to maintain longevity in Hollywood. Just ask actors Timothy Hutton, Tatum O’Neal, and Marlee Matlin, who’ve spent the many decades following their respective Oscar wins trying to live up to their golden moment.

Hudson currently appears to be in the same boat. Forever linked to White and her signature song, the singer-actress has struggled to find a role that showcases her multitude of talents and proves she is more than just a one-trick pony. Hollywood also appears to be struggling to figure out if Hudson is a dramatic or comedic actress, or both (or neither). For Hudson, success may simply have come too fast, too soon.

One sign that your movie career isn’t going that well is when your filmography becomes littered with titles nobody has seen or even heard.

Hudson has appeared in a number of non-starters that would give any Hollywood agent a touch of heartburn. There was Fragments, which came and went without much fanfare in 2009; The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013), which made less than $500,000 at the U.S. box office; and Lullaby (2014), which apparently did not make a dent in Tinseltown, despite having a notable cast that included Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.

To be fair, all of this can easily be chalked up to Hollywood growing pains. Nobody’s resume is perfect, but we really hope Hudson’s next project aims for a nationwide release rather than straight to video on demand.
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It’s not like Hudson hasn’t tried to prove herself as a legitimate actress. In November 2009, it was confirmed that she would play Winnie Mandela in a biopic, a role that had the potential to earn her high marks from critics and maybe even an afterglow Oscar nomination.

Unfortunately, the film was marred by controversy throughout production, including complaints from the real-life Mandela, who was annoyed she wasn’t consulted on the project. By the time it opened in 2013, critics and audiences collectively decided that Winnie Mandela was simply not worth seeing. Subsequently, the chances of Hudson landing another major Hollywood biopic felt slim.

Hudson was wise to test her strengths on the small screen. Every major actress in Hollywood appears to be doing that these days, from Emma Stone to Nicole Kidman and even Julia Roberts. However, the two major projects Hudson chose either had too small of an audience—Smash (2012-13)—or were past their prime—Empire (2015-)—for her to really make a splash.

That said, we still think television is a good path for Hudson, especially as Ryan Murphy continues to revive the careers of so many major movie actresses. Seriously, why hasn’t he cast her on American Horror Story (2011-) yet?

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On paper, Black Nativity (2013) seemed like it would be an inevitable success. A holiday musical drama starring Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker, and Hudson? Sure, why not?

Sadly, the movie elicited a mediocre response from critics, and the box office returns just weren’t there. For Hudson, especially, the chance to really make her mark during one of the busiest movie-going seasons fell completely flat.

One of the smartest things Hudson has done so far was land a role in the long-awaited Sex and the City movie (2008). Sure, some argued that the film, in which she played an up-and-coming assistant to a rich, depressed white lady, felt like shades of Gone with the Wind (1939), but from a career perspective, Sex and the City did wonders for Hudson, exposing her to an even wider audience with a built-in, die-hard fanbase, while setting her up for the chance to return to a major movie franchise.

While Hudson dropped hints about a possible third Sex and the City movie as recently as 2014, we find it hard to believe that will ever come to fruition. Let’s remember that the 2010 sequel earned scathing reviews, three Razzie Awards, and weak returns at the box office. At this point, we think Hudson would have better luck pitching a sequel to Dreamgirls than another Sex and the City flick.

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In April 2017, Hudson appeared in the comedy Sandy Wexler, one of the four films to come out of Adam Sandler’s multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix. Though it’s unclear exactly how many people streamed the movie (do we really want to know?), one thing is certain: critics did not like it.

Yes, one could argue that Netflix is an insanely successful company, and appearing in a movie people probably watch while hungover on a weekend afternoon is good-enough exposure, but, come on. Co-starring in a movie with the same dude who co-wrote The Ridiculous 6 (2015) probably isn’t the best way to return to the Academy Awards.

Hudson took it easy after the birth of her first child, and rightly so. However, her failure to land movie roles or release music didn’t go unnoticed by Hollywood, and her fame began to decline rapidly. She catapulted herself back into the limelight by becoming the face of Weight Watchers in 2010, and she told Oprah Winfrey on her chat show that she’d lost 56 pounds and didn’t plan on losing more. However, fans were reportedly concerned for her well-being after she debuted a very slim figure in February 2011, revealing she had lost a total of 80 pounds.

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Hudson released her second album, I Remember Me, in 2011, and it debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2. However, only one single, “Where You At,” was a hit.

Hudson reinvented herself for her next studio release. With a new haircut and edgier style, she enlisted the help of Timbaland and Pharrell Williams for JHUD in 2014. Alas, it was a flop, selling a mere 24,000 copies in the first week of its release. Billboard even suggested her Oscar win in 2009 was potentially damaging her music career.

Shaking off her music career failures, Hudson focused on acting. With her powerful voice and focused determination, it was no surprise when she made her Broadway debut with a role in the hugely successful revival of A Color Purple in 2015. However, she later accused the production of casting her just because she was a celebrity, seemingly affecting her chances of being cast again in a Broadway show.

Hudson has maintained one of Hollywood’s longest and most enduring relationships, and yet, despite getting engaged in 2008, she has yet to actually marry her fiancé and baby daddy, former pro wrestler David Otunga. Hudson said she isn’t feeling any pressure to tie the knot. “I’m not in a rush,” she told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in 2017 (via People). “He ain’t going nowhere.”

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She has one of the most powerful voices in Hollywood, and yet, if you can believe it, Hudson was once afraid to share her gift with the rest of the world.

“I used to beg for a solo, and then when they gave it to me, I would be too afraid to sing,” she told Glamour magazine, recalling her days singing at church in Chicago. “I didn’t start singing with my eyes open until I was 19 years old.”

In October 2008, while celebrating her debut solo album success, Hudson was rocked by news that her 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donnerson, and 29-year-old brother, Jason, had been murdered at their home in Chicago. Local and national news outlets reported that her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was missing, but he was later found dead in an abandoned vehicle.

William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, Julia, and father of Julian, was charged with the murders and sentenced in 2012 to life behind bars.

Despite the horrific tragedy, Hudson told Oprah in 2012 that she had learned to forgive her family’s killer. “For the most part, it’s not his fault,” she said (via Today). “It’s what he was taught, how he was brought up.” She added. “[He] never had a chance. Had you had the love my mother gave us, or the background, you know, that some have, then [he] would’ve stood a chance.”

The grief Hudson faced after her family members were murdered was immense, yet she somehow carried on and forged a future with Otunga and their son.

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“I went from being an aunt, having a mom, and being a child to not having a mom, becoming a mom, and raising my own child,” she told Glamour in 2015. “I tell [my son] David [now 8] all the time, ‘You saved my life.'”

During the interview, she also spoke about the challenge of discussing her family’s tragedy with other people. “It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” she said. “I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing.’ But you never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it.”

Hard as it may be to believe, some of Hollywood’s richest and most famous stars have worked crappy day-to-day jobs, just like the rest of us. For Hudson, it was the drive-thru window at Burger King, a gig that helped her test out her incredible vocals. The job would later provide the best perk ever: in 2007, Burger King showed its support for the recent Oscar-winner by “giving her a pre-paid BK Crown Card that will be automatically reloaded for life,” reported MTV News.

It seems Hudson can overcome any adversity, and her career is once again looking strong. She signed to Epic Records in 2016, home to R&B stars Jennifer Lopez, Puff Daddy and Fifth Harmony. The former American Idol star has also returned to her talent show roots, becoming a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones and Gavin Rossdale before becoming a judge on the uber-popular U.S. version of The Voice in 2017.

In other words: J-Hud is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier.

 

Culled from nickiswift.com

 

VINDICTIVE WEINSTEIN HIRED SPIES AND PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS TO DIG DIRT ON HIS VICTIMS AND JOURNALISTS WHO TRIED TO EXPOSE SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

The NewYorker has revealed that rather than being contrite or ashamed for his behavior of persistently sexually harassing actresses and models, disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators to unearth the past of many of his victims as well as the journalists who were in the process of exposing the allegations against him.

It is believed that this was for the purpose of blackmailing his numerous victims into silence. This process of suppressing allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women started in the fall of 2016.

According to the story published in the NewYorker He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations. According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies. Black Cube, which has branches in Tel Aviv, London, and Paris, offers its clients the skills of operatives “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units,” according to its literature.

Two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met with the actress Rose McGowan, who eventually publicly accused Weinstein of rape, to extract information from her. One of the investigators pretended to be a women’s-rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan. The same operative, using a different false identity and implying that she had an allegation against Weinstein, met twice with a journalist to find out which women were talking to the press. In other cases, journalists directed by Weinstein or the private investigators interviewed women and reported back the details.

The explicit goal of the investigations, laid out in one contract with Black Cube, signed in July, was to stop the publication of the abuse allegations against Weinstein that eventually emerged in the New York Times and The New Yorker. Over the course of a year, Weinstein had the agencies “target,” or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focussed on their personal or sexual histories. Weinstein monitored the progress of the investigations personally. He also enlisted former employees from his film enterprises to join in the effort, collecting names and placing calls that, according to some sources who received them, felt intimidating.

In some cases, the investigative effort was run through Weinstein’s lawyers, including David Boies, a celebrated attorney who represented Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential-election dispute and argued for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies personally signed the contract directing Black Cube to attempt to uncover information that would stop the publication of a Timesstory about Weinstein’s abuses, while his firm was also representing the Times, including in a libel case.

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Boies confirmed that his firm contracted with and paid two of the agencies and that investigators from one of them sent him reports, which were then passed on to Weinstein. He said that he did not select the firms or direct the investigators’ work. He also denied that the work regarding the Times story represented a conflict of interest. Boies said that his firm’s involvement with the investigators was a mistake. “We should not have been contracting with and paying investigators that we did not select and direct,” he told me. “At the time, it seemed a reasonable accommodation for a client, but it was not thought through, and that was my mistake. It was a mistake at the time.”

Techniques like the ones used by the agencies on Weinstein’s behalf are almost always kept secret, and, because such relationships are often run through law firms, the investigations are theoretically protected by attorney-client privilege, which could prevent them from being disclosed in court. The documents and sources reveal the tools and tactics available to powerful individuals to suppress negative stories and, in some cases, forestall criminal investigations.

In a statement, Weinstein’s spokesperson, Sallie Hofmeister, said, “It is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time.”

In May, 2017, McGowan received an e-mail from a literary agency introducing her to a woman who identified herself as Diana Filip, the deputy head of sustainable and responsible investments at Reuben Capital Partners, a London-based wealth-management firm. Filip told McGowan that she was launching an initiative to combat discrimination against women in the workplace, and asked McGowan, a vocal women’s-rights advocate, to speak at a gala kickoff event later that year. Filip offered McGowan a fee of sixty thousand dollars. “I understand that we have a lot in common,” Filip wrote to McGowan before their first meeting, in May, at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Filip had a U.K. cell-phone number, and she spoke with what McGowan took to be a German accent. Over the following months, the two women met at least three more times at hotel bars in Los Angeles and New York and other locations. “I took her to the Venice boardwalk and we had ice cream while we strolled,” McGowan told me, adding that Filip was “very kind.” The two talked at length about issues relating to women’s empowerment. Filip also repeatedly told McGowan that she wanted to make a significant investment in McGowan’s production company.

Filip was persistent. In one e-mail, she suggested meeting in Los Angeles and then, when McGowan said she would be in New York, Filip said she could meet there just as easily. She also began pressing McGowan for information. In a conversation in July, McGowan revealed to Filip that she had spoken to me as part of my reporting on Weinstein. A week later, I received an e-mail from Filip asking for a meeting and suggesting that I join her campaign to endprofessional discrimination against women. “I am very impressed with your work as a male advocate for gender equality, and believe that you would make an invaluable addition to our activities,” she wrote, using her wealth-management firm’s e-mail address. Unsure of who she was, I did not respond.

Filip continued to meet with McGowan. In one meeting in September, Filip was joined by another Black Cube operative, who used the name Paul and claimed to be a colleague at Reuben Capital Partners. The goal, according to two sources with knowledge of the effort, was to pass McGowan to another operative to extract more information. On October 10th, the day The New Yorker published my story about Weinstein, Filip reached out to McGowan in an e-mail. “Hi Love,” she wrote. “How are you feeling? . . . Just wanted to tell you how brave I think you are.” She signed off with an “xx.” Filip e-mailed McGowan as recently as October 23rd.

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At least 18 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and in some cases, rape

In fact, “Diana Filip” was an alias for a former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces who originally hailed from Eastern Europe and was working for Black Cube, according to three individuals with knowledge of the situation. When I sent McGowan photos of the Black Cube agent, she recognized her instantly. “Oh my God,” she wrote back. “Reuben Capital. Diana Filip. No fucking way.”

Ben Wallace, a reporter at New York who was pursuing a story on Weinstein, said that the same woman met with him twice last fall. She identified herself only as Anna and suggested that she had an allegation against Weinstein. When I presented Wallace with the same photographs of Black Cube’s undercover operative, Wallace recalled her vividly. “That’s her,” he said. Like McGowan, Wallace said that the woman had what he assumed to be a German accent, as well as a U.K. cell-phone number. Wallace told me that Anna first contacted him on October 28, 2016, when he had been working on the Weinstein story for about a month and a half. Anna declined to disclose who had given her Wallace’s information.

Over the course of the two meetings, Wallace grew increasingly suspicious of her motives. Anna seemed to be pushing him for information, he recalled, “about the status and scope of my inquiry, and about who I might be talking to, without giving me any meaningful help or information.” During their second meeting, Anna requested that they sit close together, leading Wallace to suspect that she might be recording the exchange. When she recounted her experiences with Weinstein, Wallace said, “it seemed like soap-opera acting.” Wallace wasn’t the only journalist the woman contacted. In addition to her e-mails to me, Filip also e-mailed Jodi Kantor, of the Times, according to sources involved in the effort.

The U.K. cell-phone numbers that Filip provided to Wallace and McGowan have been disconnected. Calls to Reuben Capital Partners’ number in London went unanswered. As recently as Friday, the firm had a bare-bones Web site, with stock photos and generic text passages about asset management and an initiative called Women in Focus. The site, which has now been taken down, listed an address near Piccadilly Circus, operated by a company specializing in shared office space. That company said that it had never heard of Reuben Capital Partners. Two sources with knowledge of Weinstein’s work with Black Cube said that the firm creates fictional companies to provide cover for its operatives, and that Filip’s firm was one of them.

Black Cube declined to comment on the specifics of any work it did for Weinstein. The agency said in a statement, “It is Black Cube’s policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work. Black Cube supports the work of many leading law firms around the world, especially in the US, gathering evidence for complex legal processes, involving commercial disputes, among them uncovering negative campaigns. . . . It should be highlighted that Black Cube applies high moral standards to its work, and operates in full compliance with the law of any jurisdiction in which it operates—strictly following the guidance and legal opinions provided by leading law firms from around the world.” The contract with the firm also specified that all of its work would be obtained “by legal means and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.”

Last fall, Weinstein began mentioning Black Cube by name in conversations with his associates and attorneys.

The agency had made a name for itself digging up information for companies in Israel, Europe, and the U.S. that led to successful legal judgments against business rivals. But the firm has also faced legal questions about its employees’ use of fake identities and other tactics. Last year, two of its investigators were arrested in Romania on hacking charges. In the end, the company reached an agreement with the Romanian authorities, under which the operatives admitted to hacking and were released. Two sources familiar with the agency defended its decision to work for Weinstein, saying that they originally believed that the assignment focussed on his business rivals. But even the earliest lists of names that Weinstein provided to Black Cube included actresses and journalists.

On October 28, 2016, Boies’s law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, wired to Black Cube the first hundred thousand dollars, toward what would ultimately be a six-hundred-thousand-dollar invoice. (The documents do not make clear how much of the invoice was paid.) The law firm and Black Cube signed a contract that month and several others later.

One, dated July 11, 2017, and bearing Boies’s signature, states that the project’s “primary objectives” are to “provide intelligence which will help the Client’s efforts to completely stop the publication of a new negative article in a leading NY newspaper” and to “obtain additional content of a book which currently being written and includes harmful negative information on and about the Client,” who is identified as Weinstein in multiple documents. (In one e-mail, a Black Cube executive asks lawyers retained by the agency to refer to Weinstein as “the end client” or “Mr. X,” noting that referring to him by name “will make him extremely angry.”) The article mentioned in the contract was, according to three sources, the story that ultimately ran in the Times on October 5th.

The book was “Brave,” a memoir by McGowan, scheduled for publication by HarperCollins in January. The documents show that, in the end, the agency delivered to Weinstein more than a hundred pages of transcripts and descriptions of the book, based on tens of hours of recorded conversations between McGowan and the female private investigator.

You can read the full report in TheNewYorker

OWNER OF LONDON’S SAVOY HOTEL, OTHER SAUDI PRINCES AND MINISTERS ARRESTED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S UNPRECEDENTED ANTI-CORRUPTION SWEEP

Dozens of Saudi Arabian Princes and former government ministers have been arrested hours after an anti-corruption commission was formed.

Among those detainees is Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal – who is one of the richest men in the world and owns the British capital’s top hotel the Savoy.

Prince Alwaleed is one of the Middle East’s richest people, with investments in Twitter, Apple, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, Citigroup, the Four Seasons hotel chains and most recently in ride sharing service Lyft.

He’s also known for being among the most outspoken Saudi royals, long advocating for greater women’s rights.

He is also majority owner of the popular Rotana Group of Arabic channels.

‘The reported detention of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, if true, would send shockwaves through the domestic and international business community.’

Prince Alwaleed has made several appearances on CNBC to give investment advice.

Last month he was on the network predicting bitcoin was a ‘speculative bubble that would soon implode’.

Officials in the kingdom has also frozen the bank accounts of 11 princes and 38 former government ministers, deputies and businessmen who are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh, in the anti-corruption sweep.

‘The accounts and balances of those detained will be revealed and frozen,’ a spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s information ministry said.

‘Any asset or property related to these cases of corruption will be registered as state property.’

Those detained are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh, in the anti-corruption sweep.

Reports suggest some of the detainees are being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

A royal court official, Badr al-Asaker, on Sunday appeared to confirm the arrests on Twitter, describing a ‘historic and black night against the corrupt’.

The powerful heads of the Saudi National Guard, an elite internal security force, and the navy were also replaced in a series of high-profile sackings that sent shock waves in the kingdom.

The government has so far only announced that an anti-corruption probe was launched, with state-linked media reporting that dozens of princes and ministers were detained without releasing their names.

An aviation source has said that security forces had grounded private jets in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, potentially to prevent any high-profile figures from leaving.

‘The breadth and scale of the arrests appears to be unprecedented in modern Saudi history,’ said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University,’ they said.

Read more on this story at the Daily Mail

HOLLYWOOD WIELDS IT POWER: ACTRESS AT THE CENTRE OF WEINSTEIN ACCUSATIONS FACES ARREST FOR DRUGS POSSESSION

An arrest warrant has been obtained for actress Rose McGowan for possession of a controlled substance.

The warrant comes from a police investigation of personal belongings left behind by the actress on a United flight arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport in Januar 2017.

Police say the items tested positive for narcotics but they did not say why the actress who is a public figure and a well known Hollywood star had not been arrested in almost a year after the warrant was issued.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department obtained the warrant on 1 February but only chose to execute the order at the time when the actress is embroiled in a battle with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein…..

Police say they have attempted to contact McGowan so she can appear in a Virginia court. The warrant has been entered into a national law enforcement database.

McGowan has been one of the leading voices against sexual harassment in Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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Also, former child a for Corey Feldman who spoke out to blow the whistle on paedophilia in Hollywood suddenly found himself being arrested for marijuana possession.

One consolation, however is that we can be thankful the actress is not black. Lupita had better be careful else she could be find herself facing deportation – or worse still, a gun’s possession charge!!

TRUMP AIDE ROGER STONE KICKED OFF TWITTER FOR ABUSING JOURNALISTS

One of Trump’s advisers has been permanently suspended on Twitter for harassing journalists.
Roger Stone was kicked off Twitter Saturday after a profanity-laced tirade targeting journalists. His rant occurred hours after news organizations began reporting on an impending indictment coming from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference.

Stone has been seen as one of the major players from the Trump campaign who possibly helped collude with Russia in the 2016 election.

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On Saturday Stone used abusive and homophobic language on Twitter to harass CNN reporters, including Don Lemon.

Stone incurred a permanent ban as a result of these tweets, BuzzFeed News reported. It was not the first time Twitter had suspended Stone from its platform.
The political consultant told Politico that he planned on taking legal action against Twitter.
“This is a strange way to do business and part and parcel of the systematic effort by the tech left to censor and silence conservative voices,” Stone said in an email to Politico.
Stone insisted that prominent “telecommunications attorneys” said he had a case against the tech company, so he vowed to follow suit. Stone said he has been on the receiving end of abuse and harassment on Twitter.
“I have been inundated on Twitter with death threats, threats to kill my wife, my family, my children and even my dogs yet Twitter seems unconcerned with these bloggers,” he told Politico.

Stone’s attacks on CNN reporters came hours after news organizations began reporting that an indictment was coming down the pipeline from Mueller’s investigation, the first charges laid by a grand jury in the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election. The target of that indictment has not been revealed.
Stone has been interviewed by the Senate intelligence committee back in March and was asked to retain documents related to the Russian email hacks.
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