By Lucy Komisar
The American Prospect, Feb 25, 2021

A decade ago, a Biden confidant tried to stop it. Now there’s another chance.

At the House Financial Services Committee hearing last week on the GameStop debacle, there was an elephant in the room: naked short selling.

Short selling, effectively betting that a stock will go down, involves a trader selling shares he does not own, hoping to buy them back at a lower price to make money on the spread. The trader is supposed to locate (or have a “reasonable belief” he can locate) or borrow the shares in brokerage…

By Lucy Komisar

April 18, 2021 — I met Bob Zellner in 1960 at the Shaw University, Raleigh NC, conference that founded SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the youth shock troops of the 1960s civil rights movement.

He was a young white guy from Alabama who had signed on to the movement at a time that most whites north and south were uninterested, noncommittal or on the other side. I was also a white activist.

By Lucy Komisar
April 2, 2021

Sometimes the people who work for the West’s Deep State are subtle. But not this time. A webinar by British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, a self-proclaimed international human rights advocate who was promoting a book, was mired so deep in lies that if I was the UK authority overseeing that lawyer, I would disbar him for corruption of character. Either that or he is so credulous that he should be disbarred for extreme stupidity.

The April 1 webinar was sponsored by Doughty Street Chambers, a British association of lawyers which Robertson founded, and Intelligence Squared…

By Lucy Komisar
Feb 21, 2021

I wrote a story about how my Covid vaccine appointment with Mount Sinai was cancelled, and how I’d learned that Gov. Cuomo stopped vaccine deliveries to Mount Sinai because it had criticized him.

I got this response from a reader I know and trust:

“On Thursday I just got my 2nd shot at Mt. Sinai (58th St /10 th ave.) Others I know were either a few days too early, or a few days too late. So I just got in a narrow slot.

Very well organized. It took me 15 minutes from arriving…

By Lucy Komisar
Feb 19, 2021

I got a Covid vaccine yesterday at a center set up at the Ford Foundation on West 42 ndStreet in Manhattan. I went online Feb 17 and booked an appointment for the next day. But this is the good ending of a bad story!

Brilliantly organized and staffed by, with an entire floor and a half given over to reception desks, identity and form checks, wifi connections to input information to the State, private booths with nurses, an auditorium of leather chairs to wait the required 20 minutes after the shot. Blue…

Arena (Melbourne, Australia)

The Australian parliament seems about to approve a ‘human rights’ law that would establish the ability to exert arbitrary state power over individuals in other countries who have been accused of human rights violations. Ironically, this law gives the accused no day in court, and no chance to see charges or evidence, confront accusers, present a defense or have a ruling made by an authority other than the prosecution.

The law is called a Magnitsky Act. Kimberley Kitching, a Labor senator from Victoria, has given notice that she will introduce the bill in December. If it’s like…

BuzzFeed, the internet news site, Sunday revealed a massive investigation about international banks’ failures to act on documents filed with the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) that report evidence or suspicions of money-laundering. Its assertions appear solid. But there is a back story related to BF Russophobia.

My first half-hour interview on this topic at The Backstory is here, at 1hr30min in. A second half hour begins 17minutes in on another Backstory broadcast.

FinCen is the the Treasury Department agency charged with combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes. It collects millions of banks’ suspicious activity reports…

On The Backstory October 15th, I talked about the film “The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire” about how in the 1960s the Brits took Swiss bank secrecy of the 1930s and expanded it to enable money-laundering by The City of London, the protected British banking cutout which operates independently from the government. The City runs the British international tax haven system based in such British crown colonies as the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, which enables criminal operations, intelligence agency arms trafficking and assaults on governments, and tax cheating by corporations and the mega-rich.

I discussed how…

Robin Des Lois, a French organization that works for the rights of prison inmates around the world, today sent a letter to President Trump asking him to drop charges against Julian Assange based on his revelations of U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan.

Freedom for Assange is supported by the French Justice Minister, but not by the French President.

The letter said, “The Association Robin des Lois believes those charges are quite old and are related to a past of the United States, whose face has radically changed since then. Over the last 4 years, thanks to your administration, acts of…

As the Democratic Convention is in progress, it is fitting to look at how Democrats in Congress and the White House, with Republican collaboration, were responsible for the Magnitsky Act, the law that protects tax fraudster William Browder and his henchman Mikhail Khodorkovsky by erecting a wall against their having to face justice for their financial crimes. And ramps up hostility against Russia.

This is a half-hour interview about this I did today on this subject for Fault Lines. And a 15-minute interview for The Critical Hour. Here is an expanded version of what I said.

William Browder in the…

Lucy Komisar

journalist investigating financial crime, esp using offshore bank & corporate secrecy, focus now on Browder/Magnitsky hoax. @lucykomisar

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