Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief – The New York Times

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.In addition, criminal prosecutors are investigating a group of offshore shell companies that helped members of Mr. Yanukovych’s inner circle finance their lavish lifestyles, including a palatial presidential residence with a private zoo, golf course and tennis court. Among the hundreds of murky transactions these companies engaged in was an $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable television assets to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin.

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‘This generation will be the last to skin cows in India’ – Times of India

“The Brahmanical influence on social structure soon after the collapse of the Mauryan empire in 150 BC became so overpowering that it dehumanised the lower castes forever. For the following centuries, the Dalit could never rise or prosper,” he fumes. Then his face lights up. “One of my sons is a law graduate from Delhi University. The other is studying at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. Both are preparing for the civil services. Mine will be the last generation from my family to skin cows. In fact, I think this is India’s last generation of Dalits to be involved it as a traditional profession.”

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Hey Ho, It’s Old: England Embraces Punk Rock 40 Years Later – The New York Times

In July, the singer Viv Albertine of the band the Slits visited the British Library for a talk connected to Punk London. While there, she stopped by the institution’s punk history exhibition to scrawl over the names of prominent female punk artists in permanent marker onto to the show’s signage.Continue reading the main storyRELATED COVERAGEForty Years On, What Does Punk Rock Mean? AUG. 14, 2016FROM OUR ADVERTISERS“What about the women!!” she wrote on a sign, crossing out the names of male punk groups and replacing them with female-driven acts like Siouxsie and the Banshees and X-Ray Spex.The concerts of the summer of ’76 proved a crucible: In the months that followed, punk broke into public consciousness across Britain. The Clash, the Buzzcocks and the Damned gained nationwide attention. And the Sex Pistols became tabloid sensations, both for their wild behavior and their boundary-pushing lyrics, particularly for “God Save the Queen,” an anti-monarchical screed that suggested the queen was the head of a “fascist regime.”

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Trump Spokesperson Katrina Pierson: Afghanistan Is ‘Obama’s War’ – The Daily Beast

 

Speaking on behalf of the Trump campaign to CNN on Saturday, spokesperson Katrina Pierson claimed that President Barack Obama was responsible for starting the war in Afghanistan. That war began following the September 11th attacks under President George W. Bush, seven years before Obama was elected president. In an attempt to defend Donald Trump’s assertion that Obama is the “founder of ISIS,” Pierson referenced the 2007 troop surge in Iraq before stating, “Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.” When CNN anchor Victor Blackwell asked her if she believed Obama “took the country into Afghanistan post 2009,” Pierson replied, “That was Obama’s war, yes.” Earlier this month, Pierson also said President Obama was responsible for the death of Captain Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq in 2004, four years before he took office.

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