We traveled to Iraq to see the reality on the ground behind the leaked Ericsson documents. We returned with our bags filled with tales on tax evasion, labor exploitation, ISIS funding and people suffering.
The absolute star in the Ericsson documents is former Alfa Chairman and CEO Marwan Hayek, who created a triangle of interests: Alfa, Quality Telecom Services (QTS), owned by his wife, and Ericsson, where his brother-in-law worked in a good position.
Despite the ISIS invasion of Iraq, Ericsson put pressure on employees and contractors to get the Peroza Project done. Affan got kidnapped and threatened but lived to tell the tale. The Swedish telecom giant went on to pay Iraqi firms to circumvent federal taxes – money that is highly likely to have ended up in ISIS pockets.
Iraq has recovered some 300 artifacts from the Nabu Museum. Yet, it remains unknown how they ever got there. Likewise the fate of thousands of other stolen pieces remains unknown. The 17,000 artifacts that were recently recovered from the US only illustrate the massive scale of the disaster that has befallen upon the cultural treasures of ancient Mesopotamia.
Lebanese banker and notorious big game hunter Marwan Kheireddine suggested for the banking sector to run the state. But what does he know about the crisis? Having a string of foreign and offshore companies, he bought a yacht and New York penthouse, while the Lebanese lost everything.
A batch of leaked documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shows that longtime ruler King Abdullah II secretly owns 14 luxury homes in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Pandora Papers come to increase the suspicions surrounding not only BDL’s governer, but the political system associated with him for more than three decades, which, despite all the suspicions surrounding him, seems to adhere to his remaining in office.
This in-depth report documents the monopoly of the Egyptian Armed Forces and the Egyptian General Intelligence on many state projects and public contracting works, at higher prices than private companies, and their profiting in ways that may be illegal.