Federal prosecutors in Brazil filed corruption charges Wednesday against Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president who has wielded influence across Latin America for decades, portraying him as the mastermind of a sprawling graft scheme intended to maintain his party’s grip on the presidency.

Deltan Dallagnol, a prosecutor, called Mr. da Silva the “ultimate commander” of bribery and kickback schemes that allowed his leftist Workers’ Party to build coalitions in Congress, describing him as “the general” at the helm.

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Time For Truth: (The New York Times) – ‘Lula,’ Brazil’s Ex-President, Is Charged With Corruption

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Feuding Ukrainian oligarchs have launched what promises to be one of the most expensive court cases in English legal history over a disputed business deal, amid allegations of murder, bribery and political intrigue.

Victor Pinchuk, a flamboyant businessman who befriended former prime minister Tony Blair, is bringing a $2 billion (£1.3 bn) dispute against two other oligarchs over the 2004 purchase of a mining company in their native Ukraine.

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Contractors and agents working on behalf of a major London-based oil company paid bribes to officials and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo in their bid to explore for oil in Africa’s oldest national park, according to anti-corruption activists.

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Conspiracy theorists have whispered it from the beginning of then Senator Barack H. Obama’s 2007 sudden catapult from nothing to front runner for the position of President of the United States. Was the Presidency being bought by rich Middle Eastern interests? A 1979 American news paper article, penned by Valerie Jerrett’s father-in law, suggests just that.

It seems that the plot of just why Valerie Jerrett is behind the scenes, her connection to Barack Obama, and the ties to the Middle East oil barrens has thickened. 

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