Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Haitian mess

in a previous post I mentioned the problem/corruption in the funds supposed to help Haiti after their devastating earthquake, but due to the brownout being due I could only find the report on right wing sites.

Well, now that the internet is back on, I had time to check and HERE is a NYTimes story about the mess.

Among the litany of complaints being laid at their feet: Fewer than half the jobs promised at the industrial park, built after 366 farmers were evicted from their lands, have materialized. Many millions of dollars earmarked for relief efforts have yet to be spent. Mrs. Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham has turned up in business ventures on the island, setting off speculation about insider deals. 
the WAPO has a puff piece here. I say puff piece because it doesn't go into details.
key description:

By the end of the last decade, the Clinton Foundation had been built to fit Bill Clinton’s role in the world. He was a private citizen, a super-connected retiree who could raise and spend money with very little scrutiny of who gave it and who got it.

Global Research calls the organization "predatory humanitarianism".
and has another article that goes into details in this interview with Charles Ortel

DC: In your discussions of the Clinton Foundation on your website and elsewhere, Charles, you often bring up the absence of tax audits by the Clinton entities. What is the problem there?  CO: By audits, I mean detailed income statements, balance sheets, cash-flow statements, and footnotes that are double-checked, that is “audited,” by competent, informed and licensed accounting firms.
Accounting firms understand the numerous detailed requirements that must be followed as these audits are completed. Furthermore, the management and trustees of large entities, like those of the Clintons, are required to certify that the information contained in these audits is true, accurate, and complete.
This is different from the process by which the IRS might decide to audit a given tax return. All financial information provided to the IRS by charities whose revenues are above a low threshold must procure financial statements and supporting information that are audited and must make this work available to taxing authorities and to the general public.
The Clinton entities have repeatedly failed to get their financial statements properly audited. This is an ongoing abuse. I believe they got away with this probably because Lois Lerner was a key person in the IRS who oversaw tax-exempt charities, including the Clinton entities, from 2001 through 2013.

Ortel's website here.

and the left wing site Counterpunch has more HERE.

Secretary Clinton supervised the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), one of the leading donors in the $16 billion effort, referred to as a “gold rush” by Ambassador Kenneth Merten. Highlighting the proximity to the power couple, many who benefited from this gold rush were Clinton contributors.
for example?
Isabeau Doucet and Isabel Macdonald uncovered the role played by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in building trailers that had formaldehyde, the same trailers that caused people to be sick when FEMA rolled them out following Hurricane Katrina.

I haven't had time to read it, but The Atlantic has an article HERE. 

essentially it says: Conflict of interest? Paper work problems? Well, it's the Clintons, so what did you expect?

so it looks like Hillary has the establishment on her side, and like a certain lovely lady who used to be president here, she will charm the pants off of them manage to manipulate the media so no one looks too closely at what is going on (and shame you right wing conspiracy people for telling people the truth lies.)

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