Trumps Business with Deutsche Bank being investigated by FBI

 Trump im Gespräch mit Putin während dem G20-Gipfel 2017 in Hamburg  | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Website of the Russian President [CC BY 4.0] - Kremlin.ru

Investigations by the FBI into the alleged Russian manipulations of the 2016 US presidential elections are now including the Deutsche Bank. There is a suspicion that the bank’s loans to the US President have ties to the Russian government. According to a report by the Handelsblatt, FBI special investigator Mueller has applied for a subpoena, compelling the release of material.   ... →

Raid on Commerzbank headquarters for suspected tax evasion

 Commerzbank-Zentrale in Frankfurt am Main | Bild (Ausschnitt): © David Schiersner [CC BY 2.0] - flickr

As reported by n-tv and Handelsblatt the attorney general of Frankfurt authorised raids on offices in the Commerzbank headquarters as well as 3 private houses of accused individuals in the second week of November. The raid was based on the suspicion that Commerzbank evaded taxes by Cum-Ex trading in the past.

The attorney general claims investigations showed multi-billion Euro deals closed between 2006 and 2010 which evaded taxes of about 40 million Euros.   ... →

Experts warn of the development and use of autonomous weapon systems

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Many leading researchers, IT engineers and tech entrepreneurs agree that the uncontrolled, rapidly advancing research in the context of the military use of autonomous weapon systems is becoming increasingly dangerous. Elon Musk recently warned of the risk of a 3rd world war, and Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of September: “Whoever is the leader in this sphere will become the leader of the world”.   ... →

Brazilian President Temer extinguishes protected Amazon reserve

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In the last week of August, Brazilian President Temer, who has previously been arrested for corruption, released a huge nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest for raw material exploitation. The nature reserve is located in the national park Reserva Nacional do Corbe e Assiciados (Renca) in the northern states of Amapá and Para. The area of ​​the released reserve is four million hectares, approximately an area ​​the size of Denmark.   ... →

No agreement on human rights standards for suppliers of German companies

On 21.10.2016, the Federal Government adopted its National Action Plan on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (NAP). The plan foresees that by 2020, at least half of all large companies, ie companies with more than 500 employees, will be voluntarily responsible for compliance with human rights throughout the entire supply chain.   ... →

Tahoe Resources: Licence Suspended for Escobal Mine, Guatemala, for failure to consult indigenous communities. HSBC and other banks continue to provide funds despite clear violation of international norms and standards by the company.

In February 2017, the Dirty Profits report documented numerous violations by Tahoe Resource Inc at their Escobal mine in Guatemala. Including evidence that since Tahoe Resources acquired the Escobal silver project in southeastern Guatemala in 2010, it has given rise to local opposition, as well as systematic repression, violence and criminalization against community members concerned about the human and environmental impacts of mining.   ... →