Article: ReconAfrica warns against short sellers

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ReconAfrica warns against short sellers

Ed Reed, 02 June 2021

Reconnaissance Energy Africa continues to come under fire from various sources, including short sellers, but it has received public affirmation for its plans from local government in Namibia.

The Canadian company’s activities onshore Namibia have been criticised by environmental activists. Initially, worries focused on fracking, but they have grown to include the potential impact on water and elephants.

A whistleblower reported concerns on ReconAfrica to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on May 5, National Geographic reported. According to the report, the company had allegedly failed to provide important information in an attempt to increase its share price. Continue reading “Article: ReconAfrica warns against short sellers”

Article: British Fraud Unit Is Investigating Gupta and Greensill

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British Fraud Unit Is Investigating Gupta and Greensill

Stanley Reed, 14 May 2021

Britain’s financial crime unit is investigating suspected fraud and money laundering involving the businesses of Sanjeev Gupta, whose global metals empire ballooned in recent years with the aid of billions of dollars in financing from the failed firm Greensill Capital.

The Serious Fraud Office said Friday it was looking into potential fraud “in relation to the financing and conduct of the business of companies” within the Gupta Family Group Alliance, “including its financing arrangements with Greensill Capital UK.”

The announcement is the first indication that British authorities may pursue criminal charges against Mr. Gupta, the metals trader who runs the loose collection of businesses that bear the family name, and his ties to the finance firm founded by Lex Greensill.

That company, which expanded quickly over the past decade, collapsed spectacularly in March, entangling SoftBank and Credit Suisse and igniting a political scandal in Britain.

The Gupta companies and Greensill Capital were closely intertwined, and Mr. Gupta and Mr. Greensill were entrepreneurs who got rich as their businesses expanded. Greensill built up its so-called supply chain finance business by lending money against the sales of Mr. Gupta’s companies.

Greensill then packaged the loans into securities to be sold to investors by Credit Suisse and other firms. Greensill’s collapse was partly caused by regulators’ and insurance companies’ concerns that it was overreliant on loans to the Gupta group.

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Article: Tense YMCA board scrambles to replace CEO amid scandal

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Tense YMCA board scrambles to replace CEO amid scandal

David Hammer / Eyewitness Investigator,  26 March 2021

NEW ORLEANS — The Dryades YMCA board of directors held a tense meeting Friday and had to scramble to deal with the retirement of its longtime president and chief executive officer as state and local police looked into allegations of employees’ falsified background checks.

It was the first time the board had met since a scathing letter earlier this month from New Orleans Public Schools alleged fake employee background checks at James Singleton Charter School, a public K-8 school run by and housed in the historic Y in Central City.

The board members gave the Y’s departing president and CEO, Doug Evans, a standing ovation after he made brief comments. He spent 45 years working for one of the few formerly segregated Black YMCA’s left in the country. Evans touted his team’s work supporting and educating the Central City community, providing youth programs and teaching water safety. Continue reading “Article: Tense YMCA board scrambles to replace CEO amid scandal”

Article: Senator Ossoff Drops a Bombshell: “The 12 or 13 Largest Banks” Got the Trillions from the Fed’s Repo Loans Last Year

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Senator Ossoff Drops a Bombshell: “The 12 or 13 Largest Banks” Got the Trillions from the Fed’s Repo Loans Last Year

Pam Martens and Russ Martens: March 3, 2021 ~ Wall Street on Parade

“Nearly all the money went to too-big-to-fail institutions. For example, in one emergency lending program, the Fed put out $9 trillion and over two-thirds of the money went to just three institutions: Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.

“Those loans were made available at rock bottom interest rates – in many cases under 1 percent.”

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Subject: Jack Reed (D-RI)

Subject of Interest

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is a minority member of the US Senate Committee on Banking. Reed was elected to Senate in 1996 and has served three terms in the Rhode Island State. Reed earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and received a law degree from Harvard Law School. He then became an attorney in private practice, first working as an associate with the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan before moving back to Providence and working for the firm of Edwards & Angell. Reed also served in the U.S. Army and taught economics and international relations as an Associate Professor within the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. He serves on the Appropriations Committee, and Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.


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Release: CFTC Orders Two Trading Firms, Bank to Pay a Total of $3 Million for Spoofing


CFTC Orders Two Trading Firms, Bank to Pay a Total of $3 Million for Spoofing

CFTC, 1 October 2019

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission today announced that civil enforcement actions were filed and simultaneously settled against two trading firms and one bank for violating the Commodity Exchange Act’s (CEA) prohibition on spoofing (bidding or offering with the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution). These cases were brought in connection with the Division of Enforcement’s Spoofing Task Force.

“As these cases demonstrate, the CFTC is committed to preserving the integrity of our markets—like the financial and precious metals futures markets at issue here—and to rooting out unlawful practices like spoofing,” said CFTC Enforcement Director James McDonald. “We will continue to vigilantly investigate and prosecute misconduct by entities that spoof in our markets.”

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Article: Naked Short Selling is Real – And It’s Fucking Up Our Economy

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Naked Short Selling is Real – And It’s Fucking Up Our Economy

Ben Makuch

Vice, 27 June 2012

Unfortunately, like many people out there, I don’t know my ass from my elbow when it comes to the economy. Sure I know a few terms like “recession” and “stock,” but ask me to explain stuff like the “Eurozone crisis” and I’ll get as far as “Apocalyptic omen.” That’s probably why businessmen can get away with pretty much anything; half of their concepts are so convoluted you need to have at least gave a shit about high school calculus to understand them, which most of us didn’t.

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