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CENTRAL HERSHEY, Cuba [Camilo Cienfuegoes] (BBN) – The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) and its affiliated multi-billion non-profit Hershey Trust eventual return to Cuba can truly reset US-Cuban relations and let President Donald Trump end decades of hostilities following President John F. Kennedy Cuban embargo in 1962.
[Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass on Hershey return to Cuba after historic speech at US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Feb. 16, 2016]
Hershey founder Milton S. Hershey created an almost mirror image of what he started in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1916 by creating a new town just 30 miles east of Havana named Central Hershey. Central Hershey had the largest sugar producing factory in the world, a Hershey Hotel and a Hershey School for disadvantaged Cuban children.
The unique progressive capitalism of Milton Hershey, who as an orphan and childless himself, ordered that all profits from Hershey Company go to fund the Milton Hershey School for orphans and disadvantaged children.
TUNIS (CI MENA) (Updating on September 19, 2017 with interview with US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator John McCain (R-AZ) — Tunisia, the Arab world’s first democracy, is set for an unprecedented economic boom as the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump makes a clean sweep of a cabal of cronies tied his opponent and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
[Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XTO) Chairman and Chief Executive and Secretary of State designate Rex W. Tillerson speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass on mega mergers in oil and gas sector following United States Energy Association Energy meeting at National Press Club of Washington, DC. May 5, 2016]
Tunisia set the stage for its economic renaissance following the Tunisia 2020:Road to Inclusion, Sustainability and Efficiency donor and investment summit headlined by the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin al-Thani and than French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and raising more than USD 8bn for public-private infrastructure projects, with USD 1.2bn from Qatar alone.
Notwithstanding President Barack Obama elevating Tunisia as America’s most strategic non-NATO US ally, the United States angered the Tunisian government headed by the country’s pro-American Prime Minister Youssef Chahed by sending an insultingly low-level US delegation to the conference.
WASHINGTON (BBN) – AT&T(NYSE: T) USD 85.4 bin dollar bid for Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) is seen marking the end of Alphabet (NYSE: Goog) and Facebook (NYSE:FB) dominant position in the US media market and heralding new antitrust action by the incoming administration of President Donald Trump.
[21st Century Fox and News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch speaks to Capitol Intelligence/Black Business News (BBN) using CI Glass on AT&T bid for Time Warner at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit in Washington, DC. November 15, 2016]
The incoming administration of Donald Trump is looking at taking long overdue antitrust action both by the Justice Department and US Federal Trade Commission as the outgoing administration of Barack Obama gave a “free ride to Google, Facebook and Silicon Valley,” a Washington DC antitrust attorney close to the Trump transition team said.
WASHINGTON (CI Africa) – Movie star George Clooney is taking on major Chinese economic interests in Hollywood in his battle for human rights and government kleptocracy in the failed state of South Sudan.
[George Clooney speaks Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa using CI Glass on China National Petroleum Corporation role in the South Sudan conflict following news conference at National Press Club in Washington, DC on September 12, 2016.]
Speaking to Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa, Clooney said he will not pull any punches highlighting any misdeeds by China’s state owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) because of the billions of dollars invested in Hollywood studios, films and movie theaters by China’s wealthiest businessman — Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin.
KIRKUK/MILAN (CI MENA) — (Update on October 26, 2016 to add Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi) Kirkuk Governor Dr. Najmaldin O. Karim, MD is providing a road map for a stable and prosperous Iraq without the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with his no-nonsense management of the recently liberated oil rich territory next to the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) based in Erbil.
[Kirkuk Province Governor Dr. Najmaldin O. Karim, MD speaks with Capitol Intelligence/CI MENA using CI Glass in his office in Kirkuk Governorate, Kirkuk, Iraq. December 6, 2015]
In an interview with Capitol Intelligence at his office in the Kirkuk Governorate on December 6, 2015, the US trained neurosurgeon said he has been successful in uniting the diverse ethnic group of Kurds, Sunni Arabs, and Turkmen following the liberation of the area by Kurdish Peshmerga forces by delivering services ranging from trash pickup to supplying reliable electricity.
Kirkuk’s Dr. Karim can-do management style, combined with private sector leadership from Europe’s leading banker, Unicredit CEO Federico Ghizzoni, can quickly transform northern Iraq from a geopolitical quagmire to an regional economic power.
WASHINGTON, DC (BBN) – The new economic elite of the United States is not made of Silicon Valley moguls but the impressive number of Black American business tycoons such Chicago’s Loop Capital founder and CEO James Reynolds; Washingtonian real estate tycoon Donahue Peebles; Warrenton, Virginia luxury resort prima donna Sheila Johnson; NYC asset manager Christopher Williams and LA’s billionaire Act-1 Group human resource group owner, Janice Bryrant Howroyd.
[Loop Capital Chairman and CEO Jim Reynolds speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass following Closing the Wealth Gap hosted by US House Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. September 16, 2016]
While most of Wall Street may know Jim Reynolds as the golfing buddy of President Barack Obama, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Citigroup’s Michael L. Corbat know Mr. Reynolds as Chicago’s top investment banker.
You will not meet America’s new blue bloods in SF/Palo Alto, Boca Raton Florida but at the same playing fields of America’s old blue bloods: Martha’s Vineyard, Sag Harbor/East Hampton and Middleburg, Virginia.
CLEVELAND, Ohio (SMARTCEO/BBN) – US small and mid-market CEOs attending the Republican National Convention proved that American small business owners are made of stronger stuff than politics or big business.
[Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger speaks to SmartCEO/Capitol Intelligence Group at Bipartisan Policy Center event during Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 20, 2016]
At the RNC Convention in Cleveland that nominated controversial real estate mogul Donald J. Trump, only CEOs/owners of small to medium size companies came to the convention while the CEOs of major corporations took a pass with the very notable exception of Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger.
WASHINGTON/BRESCIA (CI Africa) — (Update on October 7, 2016 to add interview with GE CEO Jeff Immelt during IMF World Bank annual meetings) Aliaune “Akon” Thiam and Stanley Enow—the American and West African international hip-hop stars — are now joining forces to promote major hydroelectric power projects in the strategically vital West-Central African nation of Cameroon.
[Akon interviewed by Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa using CI Glass during the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014.]
Akon is in DC during the Energynet Powering Africa Summit to promote the work of his personally financed Solektra Int group that currently has a USD 1bn credit line for African nations to build-out electricity capacity through solar, mini-grid and now hydroelectric power plants.
Separately, Cameroonian hip hop artist and Motherland Empire co-founder Stanley Enow traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCFALC) and itsPhoenix Awards Dinnerhosted by PresidentBarack Obama and First LadyMichele Obama on September 17-19, 2015.
BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BBN) – Small business leaders have already started to take the lead to transform Baltimore into the new economic hub of the Eastern United States after rioting forced Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to call up the National Guard and a near week long curfew.
[Siemens AG chief executive Joe Kaeser speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass at Export-Import Bank Annual Conference in Washington, DC. April 23, 2015]
The recent images of a rioting, National Guard soldiers carrying M-16 machines guns through the city’s financial and tourism district have so distorted the reality of Baltimore that small business leaders took it onto themselves to get out the message that Baltimore is an already successful city destined for greatness as a financial, logistics, healthcare, energy and IT hub.
TRIPOLI/WASHINGTON (CI MENA) — Al-Naseem for Food Industries,the Misurata, Libya-based privately held dairy group, is open to listing a minority stake on the Bourse de Tunis (Tunis Stock Exchange) to fund growth, company chairman Mohamed Raied said.
[Al-Naseem for Food Industries Chairman Mohamed Raied speaks with Capitol Intelligence/MENA using CI Glass at Al Waddan Hotel in Tripoli, Libya on March 3, 2015]
In an interview at the Al Waddan hotel Tripoli on March 3 2015, Raied said that he can consider floating a minority stake in the company to allow the group to expand its current operations and enter into new business segments such as fresh milk production and animal feed.
ODESSA(CI Ukraine) – Criminal money, or business with interest in organized crime, is now seen as a driving force behind the riots and deaths in Odessa and elsewhere, Ukrainian and Western sources said.
[Capitol Intelligence films the Odessa riot and massacre as sole foreign journalist with CI Glass on May 2, 2014]
Today (May 2, 2014) in Odessa, a planned soccer match between the Kharkiv’sMetalistfootball team in eastern Ukraine and Odessa’sChornomoretsshattered the southern port city renowned for its multi-ethnic peace between Ukrainians, Russian ethnics and Jews, leading to more than 40 dead and hundreds injured.
WASHINGTON/TRIPOLI (CI MENA) (Updating on April 9, 2016 to add interview with father of internet Vinton Cerf) – It was surprising to see Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt casually walking between market booths through the winding streets of old town Tripoli with a small entourage of staff and two low-key PSDs (personal security detail).
[Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks to Capitol Intelligence using Google Glass at New America Foundation in Washington, DC on May 22, 2014]
Mr. Schmidt was equally surprised to bump into a DC-based American financial reporter wearing an Italian suit and tie also strolling through the Kasbah on a late sunny January, 2012 afternoon fresh from a meeting with the Libyan Central Bank. Continue reading →