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Aram Roston

Entries by Aram Roston

Deadliest Catch Brooklyn Style: The Fish You Catch in New York City

(35) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 2:26 PM

Over the past year I caught eight good-sized fish in the waters around New York City, and I ate five of them. Photographer AJ Wilhelm and I have been chasing local and sustainable food - anything with fins, scales and gills -- wherever we could: we fished for bluefish off...

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Did Mayor Bloomberg's 2009 Campaign Break the Law?

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 3:13 PM

At the New York Observer we've been taking a close look at Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his finances, and what we've found raises more and more disturbing questions about the way the billionaire financed his historic third election in 2009. At issue: John F. Haggerty Jr. is an...

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Mayor Bloomberg's Offshore Millions? The Cayman Islands, Cyrus, And Mauritius

(114) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 11:53 AM

It isn't easy to track where Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money is all invested. But at the New York Observer we took a close look at his "Bloomberg Family Foundation" and found some surprises.

Hundreds of millions were invested overseas in tax havens like the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, Cyprus...

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Ahmed Chalabi's Victory

(8) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 8:15 AM

"Wallowing in his narcissism, victory to him means only one thing: his own political survival." That phrase appeared under the byline of Ahmad Chalabi in 1991, on the op-ed page of The Washington Post. He had fled Jordan while under criminal investigation, and was getting his political career going, even...

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CIA Supervisor Claimed He Used Fire Ants On Detainee

(636) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 8:05 AM

A recently released legal memo describing interrogation techniques showed that Bush Administration lawyers had approved the use of "insects" in interrogations. "You would like to place [Abu] Zubaydeh in a cramped confinement box with an insect," Jay Bybee, then a Justice Department lawyer and now a federal judge, wrote in...

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Blood and Treasure: Free Trade Human Plasma Across the US Mexican Border?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2009 | 11:33 AM

From The National, a strange phenomenon I just wrote about: impoverished Mexican residents trek across the border to sell the plasma in their veins to multinational corporations. The companies set up operations literally within sight of the border crossings:

Here it is.

The United States is the world's leading...

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New Documents on Accused Ponzi Schemer Allen Stanford: Did Bush's Justice Dept. Take "Appropriate Investigative Steps"?

(16) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 7:58 AM

Previously undisclosed documents show that the Bush-era Justice Department promised to take "appropriate investigative steps" concerning possible corruption by now indicted banker Allen Stanford in 2004, but Stanford wasn't shut down until 2009. So what happened?

Stanford, a Texas billionaire, offshore banker, and gargantuan political donor to...

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Who Protected Allen Stanford?

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 3:21 PM

Why wasn't R. Allen Stanford aggressively investigated until this year, in spite of years of red flags? There's been some speculation that he was a protected government informer.

The DEA agent who handled him talked exclusively to GQ Magazine for my story on Stanford for the June issue. Former...

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Madoff Bilked Right-Wing Think Tank Where Scooter Libby Works

(34) Comments | Posted March 23, 2009 | 2:18 PM

Convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff had a surprising victim in right wing circles in Washington, DC: the Hudson Institute, a think-tank closely allied with the neoconservative cause, according to sources and documents. The previously undisclosed loss by Hudson shows that the economic turmoil and white-collar fraud is apparently taking its toll...

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Kyrgyzstan: Bush-era Deal with a Central Asian Ruler May Come Back to Haunt Afghan Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 10:58 AM

A potential logistical setback for the efforts in Afghanistan can perhaps be traced back to a tangled Bush-era alliance that enriched the family of a dictator in Central Asia. The issue is the US air base in Kyrgyzstan. The Manas base, dubbed the Ganci base by the US, is like...

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GOP Congressman Cantor's Wife's Bank Did Well in the Bailout

(346) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 1:48 PM

When a powerful Republican congressman's wife is hired by a bank, and the bank gets a federal taxpayer bailout worth hundreds of millions, what does it mean? That will probably shake itself out. The congressman: House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA). The wife: Diana Cantor, managing director of the Virginia...

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Palace intrigue: Obama and his Justice Department are about to inherit the dysfunctional family problems of a Kazakh dictator

(9) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 9:25 AM

Rakhat Aliyev has had many careers. The 47 year old Kazakh former intelligence chief and self-proclaimed opposition leader has been a medical doctor, an accused kidnapper, a tycoon lording over international holdings, an ambassador, and, finally, a convicted criminal on the run from his own country.
His next role...

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