“Andrew McCabe” – Google News: Fox’s Huckabee calls Trump/Russia investigation an “attempted coup d’etat” and demands Republicans investigate the Justice Department and FBI – Media Matters for America

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Fox’s Huckabee calls Trump/Russia investigation an “attempted coup d’etat” and demands Republicans investigate the Justice Department and FBI  Media Matters for America

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): What do the findings mean for President Trump in 2020? STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Let’s talk to Fox News contributor and …

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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (8 sites): InSight Crime: Colombia’s Remote Telembí Triangle Sees Gangs Shake Down Illegal Miners

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Colombia’s Remote Telembí Triangle Sees Gangs Shake Down Illegal Miners

Colombia’s southern department of Nariño is home to an extortion scheme, where two of the country’s largest criminal organizations, the ELN and the Urabeños, shake down illegal miners.

These groups have made more than 10 billion Colombian pesos ($3 million) in Nariño over the last two years by forcing miners to hand over part of their earnings, according to Caracol TV, typically charging between 10 and 20 percent of what the miners earn.

An operation last week captured eight members of a criminal structure which worked for both the ELN and the Urabeños. Their role was to transport gold from the mines in the Telembí Triangle, a part of Nariño with high levels of coca production and illegal mining, to the departmental capital of Pasto. From there, the gold was taken to Ecuador and Peru by car, with traffickers seemingly posing as families on holiday.

Authorities believe that 66 tons of gold are produced in Colombia every year, of which 60 tons are produced illegally, El Colombiano reported, with at least 30 percent being linked to financing organized crime.

During the raid, authorities found over 24 illegal mining sites and destroyed 50 pieces of machinery. The size of the illegal mining operation also revealed the scope of environmental destruction caused in the Telembí triangle, having contaminated five rivers.

This environmental toll has been devastating across Colombia. In January, two important rivers in the department of Chocó were reported as having been severely polluted. Nationally, more than 2,000 hectares are deforested every month due to open-pit gold mining, and heavy traces of mercury have been reported in water resources and rivers.

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 The department of Nariño has provided a wealth of illicit economies for criminal groups in Colombia, from deforestation to coca production. However, illegal mining operations have become an increasingly important source of income, often topping profits from illicit drugs like cocaine.

The Telembí Triangle, in particular, has proven popular with criminal actors, such as the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional – ELN) and the Urabeños.

Reaching Barbacoas, its largest town, can take up to 10 hours from cities such as Pasto and Tumaco. It is this very remoteness and the ensuing low presence of authorities which makes it an attractive proposition for criminal activities. Furthermore, control over the rivers in the Triangle, along which much of the mining happens, also means controlling the most important drug trafficking routes.

Like in the rest of Colombia, gangs in Nariño have tapped into the easy profits to be made from illegal mining. Recently, the Colombian army seized a mine in Bajo Cauca, where Los Caparrapos earned about $200,000 a week. In Chocó, an Iranian-run gang mine paid the Urabeños to be able to operate in the region.

Gold is in many ways an ideal product for these gangs. It can be laundered within Colombia, exported to nearby countries such as Ecuador and Suriname, and can be “legalized” through shell companies before being sold legally overseas.

With this increasing demand for gold driving up extortion revenues, illegal mining is now a permanent and flourishing part of Colombia’s criminal landscape. And in Telembí and many other rural areas, its destructive environmental and social costs are also just another fact of life.

 

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“Andrew McCabe” – Google News: Giuliani cryptically warns person behind Russia collusion claim will be outed: ‘Just pay attention’ – Fox News

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Giuliani cryptically warns person behind Russia collusion claim will be outed: ‘Just pay attention’  Fox News

Rudy Giuliani issued a cryptic warning Monday that whoever convinced the FBI to pursue the Russia collusion investigation into the Trump campaign will soon …

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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (8 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: No Nuremberg for ISIS victims as US preps exit | Article – Asia Times

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No Nuremberg for ISIS victims as US preps exit | Article  Asia Times

Even as the US and its allies declare victory, Yazidis fear a future without justice.

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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (8 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Justice Khanna recuses from hearing Sajjan Kumar’s appeal – Economic Times

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1984 anti-Sikh riots: Justice Khanna recuses from hearing Sajjan Kumar’s appeal  Economic Times

New Delhi: Supreme Court judge Justice Sanjiv Khanna Monday once again recused himself from hearing the appeal of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar …

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“house judiciary committee” – Google News: Trump ‘wrong’ to claim exoneration, House Judiciary Committee chairman says – Lincoln Journal Star

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Trump ‘wrong’ to claim exoneration, House Judiciary Committee chairman says  Lincoln Journal Star

House Judiciary Committee chairman Congressman Jerrold Nadler insisted Sunday night that President Donald Trump “is wrong,” to claim the Mueller report …

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“fbi aclu report” – Google News: Alabama reaction to Mueller findings — Alabama Political Reporter – alreporter.com

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Alabama reaction to Mueller findings — Alabama Political Reporter  alreporter.com

Sunday, Alabama leaders reacted to the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report that there was no evidence of collusion between the President and …

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“fbi aclu report” – Google News: Moore says that it is “about time” for the SPLC shakeup – alreporter.com

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Moore says that it is “about time” for the SPLC shakeup  alreporter.com

On Friday, Richard Cohen resigned as President from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) where he has worked for the last 33 years. A week ago Cohen …

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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: Who Investigated Trump’s Campaign Before Crossfire Hurricane? – The Federalist

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Who Investigated Trump’s Campaign Before Crossfire Hurricane?  The Federalist

If Crossfire Hurricane was the only investigation launched by FBI headquarters, who initiated the earlier investigation using informant Stefan Halper?

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“Peter Strzok” – Google News: Who Investigated Trump’s Campaign Before Crossfire Hurricane? – The Federalist

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Who Investigated Trump’s Campaign Before Crossfire Hurricane?  The Federalist

If Crossfire Hurricane was the only investigation launched by FBI headquarters, who initiated the earlier investigation using informant Stefan Halper?

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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: Kimberley Strassel: Mueller’s investigation is done. Now dig into the real scandal — missteps of Comey, FBI – Fox News

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Kimberley Strassel: Mueller’s investigation is done. Now dig into the real scandal — missteps of Comey, FBI  Fox News

Americans now deserve a full accounting of the missteps of former FBI Director James Comey and his team—in part so that this never happens again.

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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: US experts revisit breast implant safety after new concerns – WCTI12.com

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US experts revisit breast implant safety after new concerns  WCTI12.com

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U. S. medical authorities are revisiting the safety of breast implants used by millions of American women, the latest review in a …

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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: RPT-EXPLAINER-Mueller says no collusion. Barr says no obstruction. What’s next for Trump? – Reuters

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RPT-EXPLAINER-Mueller says no collusion. Barr says no obstruction. What’s next for Trump?  Reuters

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded that nobody associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or knowingly coordinated” with …

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“fbi books on amazon” – Google News: Best-selling writer David Grann to speak April 2 in Syracuse – WatertownDailyTimes.com

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Best-selling writer David Grann to speak April 2 in Syracuse  WatertownDailyTimes.com

SYRACUSE — The Friends of the Central Library will host David Grann, author of the No. 1 New York Times nonfiction best-seller “Killers of the Flower Moon: …

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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (8 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Klobuchar didn’t prosecute controversial police killings or brutality cases as a county prosecutor – Minnesota Public Radio News

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Klobuchar didn’t prosecute controversial police killings or brutality cases as a county prosecutor  Minnesota Public Radio News

The presidential candidate relied on grand juries to charge cops — seen today as ducking accountability — and avoided getting between police and diverse …

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“fbi scandal” – Google News: College Admissions Scandal: 12 Expected in Boston Federal Court – NECN

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College Admissions Scandal: 12 Expected in Boston Federal Court  NECN

Twelve defendants who allegedly played a role in a major college admissions scandal are scheduled to appear in Boston’s Moakley Federal Courthouse on …

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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty in U. Md. murder, hate trial – WTOP

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Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty in U. Md. murder, hate trial  WTOP

The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not found enough evidence to suggest federal hate crime charges be filed against Sean Urbanski, who is charged with …

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“gregg jarrett” – Google News: Gregg Jarrett: Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ was always a hoax — and dirtiest political trick in modern US history – Fox News

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Gregg Jarrett: Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ was always a hoax — and dirtiest political trick in modern US history  Fox News

There was never any evidence that Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election – it was all a hoax, and constituted what is surely …

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