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Malaysian Assets in US Allegedly Tied to Corrupt Logging Operations


Environment  (tags: Sarawak, corruption, Malaysia, illegal logging, rainforest, government officials, Global Capitalism in operation, real estate )

Barbara
- 868 days ago - news.mongabay.com
Environmentalists are calling for US and Malaysian officials to investigate allegations that real estate investments in the United States worth billions of dollars may have been funded by proceeds from corrupt logging operations in Sarawak:GLOBALIZATION



   

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday May 4, 2016, 2:14 pm
Shared all over social media, BMutiny.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday May 4, 2016, 2:14 pm
Re-posted by Roxy in the Care2 group, "Indefinite Detention".
[Under the title of "Ron Johnson", if you should want to look it up there.]
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This article, if you navigate its length and all its ins & outs, shows GLOBAL CAPITALISM IN ACTION, how it SPANS THE GLOBE and recognizes NO NATIONAL BOUNDARIES.
We are ALL REALLY CONNECTED.
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By the way, my take on this - just an EDUCATED GUESS -
is that this person, this Company, is BUILDING TRACTS OF LUXURY HOMES ON LAND IN THE U.S., AND MARKETING THEM TO THE ELITE IN ASIAN COUNTRIES -
so that the Elite of these Asian countries, can ESCAPE THE HEAT, AND RISING SEA LEVELS, DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE - and come live HERE "when the time comes", abandoning their poor countrypersons to their fate, Dehydration, Mass Starvation, Heat Stroke, Mass Dying, Diseases, Rioting in the Streets.....
Doesn't that MAKE SENSE? Hmmm?

The Elites aren't STUPID, and know ALL ABOUT what's going on, even if Rethuglicans in Congress, and many of their followers, don't....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday May 4, 2016, 2:30 pm
"The contrast between Sarawak’s green canopies and the sucked-dry landscapes of Arizona and California could not be more pronounced.
However, we have discovered that it is here that much of the profit from the rainforest’s destruction has been invested,
watering select slices of this insatiable desert to create new townships.

Estrella, Mountain House, Oro Valley are among the names of a string of ambitious ‘Masterplanned Communities’ funded as perfect laundering devices for this illegal cash siphoned from the opposite side of the planet.
Thousands of brand new houses, streets and malls, schools and community halls, set around artificial lakes in the blistering sunshine, advertise the ‘American Dream’ to eager in-comers, ignorant that their opportunity has come at the expense of the people of Sarawak and their rainforest.

Top dollar homes for Americans, while Sarawakians get water butts to catch rain from BN
Sarawak Report has toured the sales rooms and show homes on display in Arizona and California as a prospective buyer.
On offer street after street of expensive housing, currently under construction across several square miles of territory, designed for the ‘All American Family’ life.

They are mainly being bought by new arrivals from places like India and the Far East,

beckoned by grand living spaces, super-modern kitchens, ensuite bedrooms, walk-in wardrobes, with barbecues, lakes and golf courses outside.

Estrella Arizona bought in 1993 with a US$2 billion downpayment to the Resolution Trust Fund - due to build 80,000 homes.

The investor behind these huge ventures is a massive private concern named Sunchase Holdings, which has already sold on many of these assets at a record-breaking profit, according to its own website.
Sunchase is now looking for further lucrative opportunities in America and Europe, it says.

“At the height of the real estate market, in 2005, SunChase completed the bulk sale of the balance of its residential holdings in Mountain House (8,400 lots) to Shea Homes,resulting in one of the largest real estate transactions in the history of Northern California.
SunChase continues to own approximately 400 acres of retail, office, industrial and multi-family parcels in Mountain House. [Sunchase website]

The CEO of Sunchase is one William Arthur (Bill) Pope.
He claims he is the owner of Sunchase and founded the company.
However, we have identified him as a long-term agent of the logging giant Samling and its ultimate controlling individual, the Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud.

Research shows that over the past three decades the enterprise has invested billions of dollars in enormous developments, through a network of over 70 subsidiary companies in the United States, spanning new townships from Texas through to Colorado and even as far as Hawaii."
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"They are mainly being bought by new arrivals from places like India and the Far East,
beckoned by grand living spaces, super-modern kitchens, ensuite bedrooms, walk-in wardrobes, with barbecues, lakes and golf courses outside."

You know what this SCREAMS AT ME?????
CLIMATE REFUGEES! CLIMATE REFUGEES! *WEALTHY*, VERY WEALTHY CLIMATE REFUGEES!
And, because of their Wealth and Purchasing Power, THESE are "Refugees" who'll be let into the U.S. WITH NO PROBLEM AT ALL.....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday May 4, 2016, 3:14 pm
STOP THE *SUICIDE ECONOMY*
of GLOBAL CORPORATE CAPITALISM,
of DEMAND for CONSTANT GROWTH and "DEVELOPMENT"
of $ELFI$H PRIVATE PROFIT$$$ for a VERY VERY FEW,
of EXTRACTION AND SUBSEQUENT POLLUTION,
disregarding the NECESSITIES of LIFE ITSELF.
As we know it on this Planet.
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This article is IMPORTANT because it shows how Globalization actually WORKS, in SPECIFIC INSTANCES.
Elites everywhere UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. Regardless of Nationality, which means NOTHING to them - regardless even of Culture or Religion.
Their mutual Interest is in SURVIVAL, at the expense of everyone and everything that isn't Elite and Wealthy like they are.
WE ARE SCREWED, I tell you. We are SCREWED.
 

Animae C (506)
Wednesday May 4, 2016, 10:33 pm
Thanx for posting BM
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 6:59 am
I do hope the officials with authority do indeed investigate and press charges for anything illegal discovered. Thanks BMutiny
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 9:43 am
JL A: Agreed, agreed!
But, because of GLOBALIZATION, the Illegal Logging and STRIPPING OF MALAYSIA'S ASSETS AND RESOURCES BY THE MALAYSIAN ELITE, which is ALSO their GOVERNMENT -
is ONLY the BEGINNING!
The money they make illegally, is then being LAUNDERED - which I guess is illegal too! - thru PHONEY SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES which LIE about their Backgrounds and their CEOs.
That money is then being USED TO BUY UP REAL ESTATE IN THE U.S. - in the middle of DESERTS! as I guess that land is CHEAP -
And on those Deserts, WHOLE LUXURY COMMUNITIES in effect are being built - not just Vacation Homes or Second Homes! - complete with Shopping Centers, etc. -
and with Amenities that would attract the Wealthy such as GOLF COURSES and ARTIFICIAL LAKES -
This in the middle of DESERTS, mind you!!!!! Do you know what this does to the WATER TABLE -
on TOP of just building all those Luxury Homes with Modern Plumbing in the first place! And not just a few, but in numbers like the 80,000 cited in the article....
ALL THIS FINAL STEP, BEING AS FAR AS I KNOW, PERFECTLY LEGAL!!!!!
Yeah, PERFECTLY LEGAL, according to our American Laws made by and for the Wealthy.....

So, these Asian Elites - NO DIFFERENT from our Elites, or Euro Elites, or any other Elites in the world -
are ROBBING THEIR OWN COUNTRY BLIND, and there are no Laws there powerful enuf to STOP them from doing it -
Then they are basically ROBBING THE AMERICAN NON-ELITES ALSO, robbing us of our WATER, our BASIC NEED for Life itself! - and DESTROYING THE DESERT ECOLOGY, ITS FLORA AND FAUNA.
This is not to stir up "race prejudice" against Asians, or anything like that - but to SHOW HOW THEIR ELITES ARE JUST LIKE ALL ELITES ALL OVER THE WORLD - that to them, race or nationality means NOTHING, they go where they want to go, buy wherever they want to buy....

And, altho the article itself doesn't say so, I had to ask myself,
WHY are these new Luxury Communities being marketed, advertised and sold to ASIANS and people from the MIDDLE EAST?
Well, number one, THEIR ELITES HAVE THE MONEY, and our Middle Class that USED to buy Real Estate, does NOT. So, naturally, go where the Money is.... that's a given!

And, secondly, these are from COUNTRIES THAT FORECASTS SAY WILL BE EXCESSIVELY WARM due to Global Warming. People will DIE FROM THE HEAT. Even tho the Elite have Air Conditioning, that's not comfortable enuf for them! They will still be exposed to diseases, rioting in the streets and maybe attacks on them, etc.
So, even tho these Luxury Communities are in the DESERTS - it's still better than what they are fleeing from! Healthier in many respects - and relatively ISOLATED from the Hoi Polloi, even the American non-elite and poor! They don't have to even LOOK at them.... they can go outdoors to shop, walk around, swim, golf, etc..... with more freedom than in their countries of origin.

Anyway, THIS - IS - GLOBALIZATION. This article is a real EYE-OPENER, for me it was, it SHOWS IN STUNNING DETAIL how these NETWORKS of and for the Wealthy, are in place AND HOW THEY ACTUALLY WORK, to our Destruction if we are not in the "inner circle"!

WE ARE SCREWED if we don't Resist, and I suspect it may even be too late for that....
 

Darren Sweet (13)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 1:10 pm
Signed and Noted. Thank you.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 1:12 pm
To my surprise, this article has made the Front Page News!
It is a stunner, tho.... when you think about ALL the Implications, Worldwide.....

CONGRATULATIONS ARE ACTUALLY DUE TO ROXY H., and a "hats off" smiley!
Roxy's a Great Fighter for the Environment, both on & off-line.
I messaged her: " I am still BLOWN AWAY by the Attention the article on Malaysian logging, and Land Use in America, and the CONNECTIONS between them - is getting!
I would never even know where to BEGIN TO LOOK for this kind of stuff!!!!! "
That is true, I never would've come across any of this by myself!
Roxy originally drew the article to my attention, in the Care2 group, "Indefinite Detention". SHE gets the Credit!
 

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 1:19 pm
Noted - thanks for sharing. The greed of a (relative) few will seriously harm us all.
 

JinnySITEISSUES L (42)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 1:24 pm
Disturbing and unacceptable but typical of "big corp" to continue their self-serving dastardly deeds against this planet. They simply get away with.....no consequences........because they rule everyone.....and that is the most disturbing to me to say the least. Thanks BM for posting.
 

Scott S (14)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 4:03 pm
Thanks!
 

Beryl L (80)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 5:18 pm
Thanks for the post BM and the commentary.
What a damned racket. makes my stomach turn.
And thanks for the message too. Would hate to have missed this.
 

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 5:18 pm
Thanks
 

Anne K (139)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 6:20 pm
Thanks, BMutiny.
 

Jeff Creech (64)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 6:32 pm
What a world.
 

Veronica B (34)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 7:28 pm
Thanks for the article BMutiny.
 

Rose B (141)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 7:48 pm
Bloody outrageous Thanks BM
 

Raleighaway k (356)
Friday May 6, 2016, 6:30 pm
NOTED SHARED = BIG CORP CARES ABOUT NO ONE AND NOTHING EXCEPT FILLING THEIR DEEP POCKETS!
 

Gustavo Castro Leal (101)
Friday May 6, 2016, 9:55 pm
Thank BM have posted this very interesting subject, which has been duly noted for a more accurate new reading.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday May 6, 2016, 11:42 pm
Reshared all over social media, BMutiny
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 11:06 am
I posted this on another News Item, but it is VERY PERTINENT here:

Seriously, people - I do believe, I believe with everything in me, and the Panama Papers among other things, show it -
that the Elite of ALL COUNTRIES, they HAVE NO NATIONALITY or such an old-fashioned concept as "Patriotism" and "the welfare of their fellow country-people".
The Elite of ALL COUNTRIES, they are in effect A "COUNTRY" IN THEMSELVES. They know each other, they understand each other very well, they have exactly the same set of ethics, if you can call it that! They travel together, visit each other, have homes and own property - and businesses! - in VARIOUS countries, not one of which they prefer to any other country, or to the one they just happened to be born in. The Elite go to school in VARIOUS countries, wherever their parents send them - they vacation in VARIOUS countries - shop in Luxury Stores that are now in EVERY country - they have of course Tax Havens all over the place, wherever most convenient - and, they INTERMARRY with each other, and nationality, race, religion, culture, doesn't figure in it any more. They and their kids feel no "Loyalty" to any one particular country, no identification with it - and why should they? National boundaries mean nothing to them - and, the Corporations UPON WHICH THEIR WEALTH IS BASED are equally INTERNATIONAL, without the old-fashioned early-20th-century idea of helping THEIR OWN COUNTRIES' OF BIRTH businesses in competition with "foreigners".
TO THE WORLD'S ELITE, THE ONLY, THE ONLY "FOREIGNERS" - ARE THE POOR, AND THE NON-ELITE.
The Clintons, during their political rise, small-town politicians from a "backwards" State, LEARNED THIS VERY WELL. In the last several years of amassing their enormous Wealth, THEY HAVE TAKEN THE TROUBLE TO JOIN THE ELITE OF THE WORLD. They are now buddy-buddy with them. They have "made it" financially, and that is all that matters to the Clintons. To reach the financial Upper Echelons. They have USED their POLITICAL POWER, the POWER of the U.S. Government, to do this.
And, for ALL the Elites of ALL the countries, nationalities, governments, and cultures - this is a matter OF SURVIVAL. Yes, Darwinian Survival of the Fittest, if you will.
The Elite ARE ANYTHING BUT STUPID. They can and do, HIRE THE BEST BRAINS IN THE WORLD to work for them. The Elite HAVE KNOWN ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING ALL ALONG. It is just for OUR consumption, that their spokespeople and well-paid stooges PRETEND NOT TO KNOW.
When the CRUNCH comes - the "perfect storm" of MULTIPLE DISASTERS IMPINGING ON EACH OTHER - the Elite will RIDE OUT THE STORM wherever it's safe, you can bet they have PREPARED a number of places. They already are GROWING THEIR OWN PROTECTED FOOD SUPPLY, to stay healthy, no GMOs for THEM or their kids! So - to SURVIVE, you had BETTER JOIN THE ELITE.

SOME us will be "lucky" enuf to serve as servants, as a "brain trust" to keep hi-tech things running, and as bodyguards and mercenaries to be used against the horde of people left "outside the gates". With such "luck", OUR Families may also survive, on the International Elite's terms. The REST of us - well, like watching Gladiators in the Arena, the Elite can if the spectacle amuses, watch us [from a distance!] as we are OVERWHELMED by multiple disasters occurring almost simultaneously, or watch us fighting one another TO THE DEATH over scraps and rapidly-diminishing resources like Water...
THIS IS REALLY, EXACTLY WHAT I SEE IN THE FUTURE.
Unless we GET IT TOGETHER for a different kind of Future! And I don't see that YET!
Hillary Clinton, for the exact above Reasons I stated, MUST NOT BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [Or Donald Trump either, for that matter.]
The Clintons' LOYALTY, and VERY UNDERSTANDABLY SO, is with SURVIVAL, and THAT MEANS BEING A PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL ELITE THAT KNOWS NO COUNTRY. EVERYthing Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, the Panama Papers etc. etc. etc., have done, BEARS THIS OUT.
Well, DOESN'T it???!!!
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 12:20 pm
CROSS-REFERENCE:
Clintons gave $15 mil to Charity since '07 - 14.8 mil to Clinton Foundation [merely transferring money from one pocket to another!]

My Posted C2 News Item:

http://www.care2.com/news/member/911530155/3981665
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 10:39 pm
Reshared over social media, BMutiny
 
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