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BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, DC (BBN) ( (Updated on December 14, 2017 to add interviews with American artist Mark Bradford and speech by The Carlyle GroupCo-CEO and Co-Founder David Rubenstein) — Amazon.com INC, (NASDAQ:AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will almost certainly pick the City of Baltimore for its planned second headquarters notwithstanding its nationwide beauty contest.
[Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos filmed by Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass ahead of US CEO Summit with Indian PM Narendra Modi ahead of Oval Office meeting President Donald Trump. The Willard Hotel in Washington DC. June 24, 2017]
According to Amazon’s pitch document, the new Amazon headquarters would create 93,000 direct and indirect jobs; a capital investment of USD 3.1bn; and an estimated 233,000 annual hotel nights by Amazon employees.
Even as US cities such as Detroit, Chicago/St. Louis, Cleveland scramble with their own AmazonHQ2 proposals, Baltimore’s strategic location combined with dynamic political leadership of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan all but guarantees Amazon will pick the Charm City for its new headquarters.
SAN JUAN/WASHINGTON (BBN)(Update on December 9, 2017 to add interview with Rubell Family Collection founder Dr. Donald Rubell and Artist Mark Bradford) — Donald J. Trump’s harnessing of CEO intervention, the US military and exploiting the White House bully pulpit to resurrect of Puerto Rico to its former glory following the devastation by Hurricane Maria will undoubtedly be one of the the high points of his presidential legacy.
[President Donald J. Trump arrival on Air Force One filmed by Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at Muniz National Air Guard Base in Puerto Rico. President Trump and First Lady Melania was met by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello and wife. October 3, 2017]
To many in Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria is a blessing in disguise as the enclave was facing an even more devastating slow death under USD 70bn of unsustainable debt to Wall Street banks and asset managers.
President Trump effectively talked down Puerto Rico bond prices from about 60 cents on the dollar pre-Hurricane Maria to about 30-35 cents following a choreographed impromptu interview with Fox News anchor and Puerto Rican native, Geraldo Rivera during during his visit on October 3, 2017 . The USD 9bn in bond debt owed by PREPA will be zeroed out as Hurricane Maria wiped out the utility.
WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE (BBN) – (Update on October 26, 2017 to add comments from Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching) — President Donald Trump plan to spend up to USD 1 trillion upgrading US infrastructure has triggered the first serious bipartisan debate in Congress whether the United States should establish a National Infrastructure Bank and/or national bond authority.
[President Donald Trump speaks with Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass at Economic Club of Washington DC event prior to entering race for Presidency and the opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. December 15, 2014]
US House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) says he opposes the establishment of a National Infrastructure Bank while US Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) is pressing for an independent National Infrastructure Bank or financing authority.
BALTIMORE/BIZERTE (CI MENA) — (Updated on November 10, 2017 to add interview with Groupe Loukil Chief Executive Bassem Loukil and Africa Maghreb Bank (AM Bank) – America’s fastest growing city is becoming the key driver in reviving the fortunes of the Arab world’s first representative democracy – Tunisia through the nascent Sister City partnership between Baltimore, Maryland and the ancient and strategic port city of Bizerte,Tunisia.
[Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Tunisian Member of Parliament and highest elected official of Bizerte, Ali Belakhoua filmed by Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass agreeing on Sister City partnership during Congressional Black Caucus Foundation ALC in Washington, DC. September 20, 2017]
Tunisia’s strategic importance was formalized by President Barack Obama when he declared the North African nation as America’s most strategic non-NATO US ally and the nation’s strategic importance for the US continues with President Donald J. Trump under the leadership of US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Ali Belakhoua, a Tunisian Member of Parliament and highest elected official of Bizerte, met with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference in Washington DC on September 20 and agreed to go ahead with a formal signing during the IMF World Bank Annual meeting on October 10-15, 2017.
WASHINGTON/MILAN (CI GCA) – (Update on September 25 2017 to add comments by South Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha and US House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Michigan) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne is now setting his sights on a merger with South Korea’s automotive giant The Hyundai Motor Group while at the same time using China’s Great Wall Motor Co as a stalking horse, sources close to the situation said.
[Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne speaks to Capitol Intelligence/CI GCA using CI Glass at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.]
It is understood that FCA CEO Marchionne began planting rumors of possible Chinese interest in FCA in June after being rebuffed first by General Motors (NYSE:GM) CEO Mary T. Barra and later by troubled Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkwagen Group (ETR:VOW3).
Jim Trainor, a Hyundai spokesman in the United States, said the company does not comment on market rumors. HMG, world’s fifth largest automotive manufacturer, owns the Hyundai and KIA automotive brands that operates US manufacturing plants in Montgomery, Alabama (Hyundai Santa Fe,, Sonata and Elantra and KIA (Santa Fe, Sorento) in West Point, Georgia. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE (BBN) – (Updating on September 23, 2017 to add interview of Sean “Diddy” Combs by US House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Rep.Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) — 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 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 administration of Donald Trump is looking at taking long overdue antitrust action both by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the 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 (BBN) — (Updated September 15, 2017 to include interview with Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz) — Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s ability to co-opt some of the world’s largest companies such as Paris-based catering and outsourcing giant Sodexo (EPA:SW) and Seattle-based Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is more impressive than his exploits on the basketball court.
[Magic Johnson Enterprises founder and CEO Earvin “Magic” Johnson filmed by Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass at Back to School Block Party at all-male DC Public Ron Brown High College Preparatory High School in Northeast DC]
Johnson, who owns a 51% stake in SodexoMagic, — an educational catering business with Sodexo – returned to Washington DC where the company holds a city contract to give an inspiring speech to DC Public Schools first all-male high school, the Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Northeast DC.
But Johnson’s strategy of targeting African-American communities such as nearby Prince George’s County and Harlem in New York with amenities such as shopping malls, Starbucks and move theaters has transformed his Los Angeles-based Magic Johnson Enterprises into a multi-billion private equity fund with an even more impressive 40% internal rate of return (IRR).
WASHINGTON/BRESCIA (CI Africa) (Update on May 18, 2017 to add interview with GE Power CEO Steve Bolze and Actis Senior Partner Torbjorn Caesar) —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 than PresidentBarack Obama and First LadyMichele Obama on September 17-19, 2015.
KIRKUK/WASHINGTON (CI MENA) — (Update on October 10, 2017 to add interview with Hyatt Hotel Corporation(NYSE:H) Chairman Thomas Pritzker) — 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 liberated oil rich territory next to the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) based in Erbil.
[US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks to Capitol Intelligence/CI MENA using CI Glass at US Chamber of Commerce’s US-Iraq Business Initiative dinner for Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi at US Chamber of Commerce,March 20, 2017]
President Donald Trump decision to bolster US military forces to free Iraq’s second city Mosul from ISIS control has now put creating a new road map for post-ISIS Iraq on the forefront of the administration’s agenda.
Kirkuk’s Dr. Karim can-do management style — combined with US private sector leadership corralled by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — can transform Iraq from a geopolitical quagmire into a regional economic power.
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.
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.
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.