Corruption concerns involving Ukraine are revived as the war with Russia drags on

July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s dismissal of senior officials is casting an inconvenient light on an issue that the Biden administration has largely ignored since the outbreak of war with Russia: Ukraine’s history of rampant corruption and shaky governance.

U.S. officials gave Spartz a two-hour classified briefing on Friday in hopes of addressing her concerns and encouraging her to limit her public criticism. She declined to discuss the briefing afterward but told The Associated Press that “healthy dialogue and deliberation is good for Congress.”

Rep. Jason Crow, a Colorado Democrat who sits on the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees, said he had seen no evidence to support allegations that Zelenskyy’s inner circle was trying to help Russia. But as the war continues, part of the long-term American strategy in Ukraine will have to include addressing waste and mismanagement of resources, he said.

Corruption concerns involving Ukraine are revived as the war with Russia drags on

Guess they’re not too concerned?! 🤷🏼‍♀️

Motives of Abe’s alleged killer, link to religious group under scrutiny

TOKYO — The man accused of assassinating former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe on Friday told investigators he believed that Abe was linked to a religious group he blamed for his mother’s financial woes. On Sunday, a Tokyo-based representative of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, which in Japan was formerly named the Japan Unification Church, confirmed that the man’s mother is a member.

Motives of Abe’s alleged killer, link to religious group under scrutiny

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C.I.A. Spent Millions to Support Japanese Right in 50’s and 60’s

As the C.I.A. supported the Liberal Democrats, it undermined their opponents. It infiltrated the Japan Socialist Party, which it suspected was receiving secret financial support from Moscow, and placed agents in youth groups, student groups and labor groups, former C.I.A. officers said.

Why do I get the feeling that they’re going to pin this on China?! 🤷🏼‍♀️

Abu Akleh family says it is incredulous at today’s announcement by US State Department on killing of Shireen

JERUSALEM – The Abu Akleh family said in a statement issued today that they are incredulous at today’s announcement by the State Department that a test of the spent round that killed Shireen Abu Akleh, an American citizen, was inconclusive as to the origin of the gun that fired it.

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Diosdado Cabello: Washington Has Not Lifted Any Sanctions Against Venezuela

Caracas, May 26, 2022 (OrinocoTribune.com)—This Wednesday, May 25, the Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, said that the United States government has not lifted any illegal sanctions against the Venezuelan people.

Diosdado Cabello: Washington Has Not Lifted Any Sanctions Against Venezuela

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