Monday, April 04, 2016

Huffington Post and Gulf regimes: the plot thickens

Now I have been telling you that Huffington Post Arabic is a mere crude and Islamist-oriented tool of the Qatari regime.  It is basically a platform for the Muslim Brotherhood: so much for the liberalism of the original brand name. But it is getting worse with the English Huffington Post: look at its report about the world leaders implicated with the Panama Papers: they make no mention whatsoever of Gulf leaders (Qatar and Saudi Arabia in particular): "U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron also has a connection to the leak, as his late father, Ian, is implicated in running an offshore investment fund based in the Bahamas that avoided paying tax in the United Kingdom. The fund, Blairmore Holdings Inc, started in the 1980s and is listed in the documents as a client of Mossack Fonseca. British media — including the BBC and The Guardian, which are part of the team of media outlets involved in the investigative reporting — have delved into the allegations.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also been tied to the leak through his family, as it was revealed that three of his children have links to a number of offshore companies. On Monday, Sharif’s son defended against allegations from opposition politicians that the family was hiding its money, saying that the businesses were legal.
Another leader not directly named in the documents but connected through close associates is Russia’s President Putin, whose wealth has long been the subject of speculation. A series of financial transactions involving offshore accounts connected to Putin’s friends Yuri Kovalchuk and Sergei Roldugin amount to around $2 billion."  So "friends" of Putin are worth mentioning but not leaders of ME countries?  I guess Nawaz Sharif is not as wealthy as the leaders of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.