Category Archives: White Collar Crime

Keynote Nov. 16: Conference Money Laundering, Cryptocurrencies

I will be keynoting the Mackenzie Institute’s conference on money laundering, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity and other grave concerns as the future gets overtaken by criminals and terrorists adept at using the world’s emerging technologies to their advantage. Blueribbon speakers include former Finance Minister Joe Oliver, former Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino and others. There will be… Read More

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Tech Threatens Society, Must Be Reined In Immediately

Unsupervised Tech Media has been hijacked by Russia, white supremacists & fraudsters — it’s time to rein them in Diane Francis: Google took content from newspapers (and networks) without paying for it, then took their advertisers. Social media like Facebook and Twitter and others did the same — but none of them have assumed legal… Read More

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Ukraine Prime Minister Realizes Reforms or Bust

OCTOBER 31, 2017 Groisman Tells Investors that Shakedowns and Harassment Will End BY DIANE FRANCIS Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman speaks with UkraineAlert in Toronto on October 29. Credit: Vladyslav Musiienko Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman welcomes the creation of an independent anticorruption court in Ukraine and says it will be operating in 2018. “The debate… Read More

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Ukraine’s Battle Against Russia’s Corrupt Systems

OCTOBER 16, 2017 How to Continue the Revolution of Dignity BY DIANE FRANCIS Credit: Міністерство охорони здоров’я України Facebook Page Ukraine’s halting but steady climb toward becoming a just and smart European nation will take a giant leap forward if major health care reforms are adopted this week. Health care is always a contentious issue… Read More

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Anti-democracy and illegal crackdown in Ukraine may backfire

Hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stripped Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship to silence him, the former president of Georgia was on CNN in New York City badmouthing the oligarchy. Poroshenko’s latest attack on the anti-corruption movement will backfire as Saakashvili becomes a megaphone to the world. He already is a media darling—and speaks five languages—and now… Read More

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IMF and EU must stop the looting of Ukraine

Imagine if, on June 14, Ukraine launched its first independent anti-corruption court and began hearing dozens of cases against people in high places. Imagine if, by mid-July, several oligarchs and public officials were convicted of corruption, and their assets confiscated. Unfortunately, neither are true. A June 14 deadline for the court imposed by the IMF… Read More

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Ukraine — Barbarians at the gate from Russia and inside too

Lviv is Ukraine’s most beautiful city, an exquisite UNESCO World Heritage site that has survived attacks and changed hands for seven centuries. The city is a successful IT hub and its hotels, restaurants, and architecture attract 2.5 million visitors a year. Since 2006, its reform-minded mayor and city council have upgraded infrastructure and enticed industry… Read More

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IMF: Cut off Ukraine until Anti-Corruption Court Established

“The IMF should not give one more dollar to Ukraine until the Anti-Corruption Court is in operation,” said Sergii Leshchenko in a May 9 telephone interview. Leshchenko is a hero of the Revolution of Dignity, a lanky and serious journalist-turned-politician who has risked his life and career for years to fight corruption in Ukraine. He’s… Read More

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