Questions for Austria Following the Stephan Templ Case

By Robert Amsterdam and Claire Kerschensteiner Stephan Templ’s conviction for serious fraud and his original sentence of three years imprisonment, now reduced to one, for damaging the Republic of Austria is an embarrassment for the country. To indict, convict and jail somebody for filling out an application form ‘incorrectly’ makes no sense. The restitution process, […]

Who Can Trust John Key?

In the past few days, we have heard further revelations regarding the illegal activities of New Zealand’s spying agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). According to reports by journalists Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher, of the New Zealand Herald and The Intercept respectively, the GCSB has again engaged in surveillance that transcends its mandate, […]

Russian Logic on Putin’s Health

Here’s a good one making the rounds on social media: – Putin can’t die? – Why? – Because he doesn’t benefit. An explanation for everything… – Путин не может умереть. - Почему? - Это ему не выгодно. — Ales Pilecki (@alespilecki) March 11, 2015

A Nigerian Oil Nightmare

The Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail recently published a story on one of Robert Amsterdam’s clients, James Bay Resources Ltd. Read an excerpt below: Nigerian elections often revolve around huge sums of money, which greases the wheels of the election machinery for the leading parties, and some insiders believe that the Canadian asset was seen […]

The NACC Whitewash of Abhisit

The recent announcement by Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) that it will be initiating an official investigation into former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva for his part in the 2010 Bangkok Massacre should be greeted with the suspicion that all actions undertaken by the junta administration deserve. In few other countries would the murders of dozens […]

Venezuela’s Deepening Legal Nihilism

Not that many people are paying attention outside of the region, but Venezuela is quickly approaching the precipice of disaster. At 68% inflation, the country ranks among the worst performing economies in the world outside of Sudan. Unemployment, debt, unchecked violence and insecurity, and widespread shortages of basic goods ($755 condoms) are drawing comparisons with […]