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Eine Kultur welche keine Kultur kennt und keine Gesetze. Man ist im Kosovo, Albanien wo Bären ein schlimmes Los haben und Romas, diese Tiere auch bei 40 Grad Hitze noch an den Stränden vorfuehren am Nasen Ring. Man ist in Europa!
NGO wants to relocate animals living at restaurants and small zoos, but some owners aren’t sold on the idea.
By Petrit Collaku
Kasandra has had a tough life. The brown bear spent her first 10 years living in a small cage at the Gjeraqina restaurant near Suhareka.
When the Four Paws organisation found Kasandra in March, she was underfed. These days, she is struggling to adjust to her new life at a new bear refuge about 20 kilometres outside Prishtina, near Lake Badovc.
“She is very stressed because she lived in very small space as a cub for very long time,” said Afrim Mahmuti, head of Four Paws in Kosovo.
Four Paws, or Vier Pfoten, was established in Austria in 1988. The animal rights organisation operates across Europe, in South Africa and the United States, and lobbies governments to change laws for the wellbeing of animals.
Kasandra is the first resident of what Four Paws is calling The Forest of Bears, situated on a 15.6 hectare plot given by the municipality of Prishtina.
Four Paws, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, plans to bring 14 other bears to the refuge that currently live at restaurants and small zoos throughout Kosovo, some in appalling conditions.
Mahmuti said the bears will require reconditioning before they can be released into the reserve.
“Today, these bears don’t know how to live free in nature since they are used to living in cages,” Mahmuti said.
“The project plans a program for their engagement, by starting with games, hiding food and other things.”
Kasandra still lives in a confined space in the refuge but Mahmuti said she will be introduced to an open space soon.
The refuge will have a caretaker, a veterinarian and other employees from surrounding villages to help out.
“People are sceptical about this, but this is for the best of the country because we protect the endangered species,” said Mahmuti.
Four Paws has been working on the project since early 2012, as has so far spent 200,000 euro on the refuge. The organisation foresees spending another 400,000 euro on a second phase of the plan.
The organization runs similar projects also in Austria, Bulgaria and Germany, and is starting others in Albania and Serbia.
The idea for the refuge came about in 2011, when Austrian peacekeepers soldiers encountered Kasandra in a small cage at the Gjeraqina restaurant in the Duhel village, about 10 kilometers from Suhareka.
They took photographs, which then appeared in the Austrian media and sparked outrage.
“She was in a desperate condition,” said Rifat Morina, an official in the Ministry of the Environment who is working with the refuge.
Morina said the ministry had kept track of endangered animals, including brown bears, living at small zoos in restaurants since 2005. Bear owners skeptical:
Some bear owners don’t want to give up their animals.
The Shqiponja mini-zoo in Prizren has refused to give up its two bears.
“We do not trust this shelter,” said Osman Goranci, the manager of the zoo.
The zoo operates as an NGO and says it draws thousands of visitors each year. In addition to the bears, the zoo has more than 140 other animals.
The zoo has no need of a license because Kosovo doesn’t have any laws that oblige zoos to obtain one.
“We have sent many requests for a license,” Goranci said.
Goranci said KFOR soldiers brought the bear cubs to the zoo in 2003. Hunters had killed the mother and sold the cubs. The soldiers confiscated the cubs.
Naim Muja, owner of “Te Ariu” in Prishtina, which has five bears, is also sceptical of the bear refuge.
He said the Ministry of the Environment should pay up if it wants his bears.
“We raised them ourselves for many years. We should be compensated for that,” Muja said.
Muja said he is also concerned about the conditions of the refuge, and suggested the bears might endanger nearby villages by scavenging for food….
The revelation that the family of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was from Chechnya prompted new speculation about the attack as Islamic terrorism. Less discussed was the history of U.S. neocons supporting Chechen terrorists as a strategy to weaken Russia, as ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley recalls.
I almost choked on my coffee listening to neoconservative Rudy Giuliani pompously claim on national TV that he was surprised about any Chechens being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings because he’s never seen any indication that Chechen extremists harbored animosity toward the U.S.; Guiliani thought they were only focused on Russia.
Giuliani knows full well how the Chechen “terrorists” proved useful to the U.S. in keeping pressure on the Russians, much as the Afghan mujahedeen were used in the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1980 to 1989. In fact, many neocons signed up as Chechnya’s “friends,” including former CIA Director James Woolsey.
Author John Laughland wrote: “the leading group which pleads the Chechen cause is the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC). The list of the self-styled ‘distinguished Americans’ who are its members is a roll call of the most prominent neoconservatives who so enthusiastically support the ‘war on terror.’
“They include Richard Perle, the notorious Pentagon adviser; Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra fame; Kenneth Adelman, the former US ambassador to the UN who egged on the invasion of Iraq by predicting it would be ‘a cakewalk’; Midge Decter, biographer of Donald Rumsfeld and a director of the rightwing Heritage Foundation; Frank Gaffney of the militarist Centre for Security Policy; Bruce Jackson, former US military intelligence officer and one-time vice-president of Lockheed Martin, now president of the US Committee on Nato; Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute, a former admirer of Italian fascism and now a leading proponent of regime change in Iran; and R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director who is one of the leading cheerleaders behind George Bush’s plans to re-model the Muslim world along pro-US lines.”
The ACPC later sanitized “Chechnya” to “Caucasus” so it’s rebranded itself as the “American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus.”
Yet FBI Headquarters officials balked at allowing a search of his laptop and other property, still refusing to recognize that: 1) the Chechen separatists were themselves a “terrorist group” for purposes of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) legal requirement of acting “on behalf of a foreign power” and 2) that Moussaoui’s link to Ibn al Khattab inherently then linked him to bin Laden’s well-recognized Al Qaeda group for purposes of FISA (the point in my memo).
This all occurred during the same time that CIA Director George Tenet and other counter-terrorism officials — and don’t forget that Tenet was apprised of the information about Moussaoui’s arrest around Aug. 24, 2001 — told us their “hair was on fire” over the prospect of a major terrorist attack and “the system was blinking red.”
The post 9/11 investigations launched as a result of my 2002 “whistleblower memo” did conclude that a major mistake, which could have prevented or reduced 9/11, was the lack of recognition of al Khattab’s Chechen fighters as a “terrorist group” for purposes of FISA.
Coleen Rowley is a retired FBI agent and former chief division counsel in Minneapolis. She’s now a dedicated peace and justice activist and board member of the Women Against Military Madness.
EU prosecutors to investigate if key government figures were involved
Sunday, 5 May 2013
EU prosecutors will investigate key government figures in Kosovo for any involvement in an international organ trafficking network that lured poor donors into the country, harvested their kidneys and sold them to wealthy recipients for huge profits, sources close to the case have confirmed.
Shaip Muja, a member of parliament and former health adviser to the current Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, is expected be one of eight people indicted in a second round of investigations into the activities of the Medicus clinic in the Kosovan capital of Pristina, where at least 24 illegal transplants took place in 2008.
Five people were last week found guilty of human trafficking and illegal organ transplants in the first phase of the trial, including the urologist Lutfi Dervishi, the clinic’s director, and his son, Arban, who were sentenced to eight and seven years respectively. It is thought to be the first time in the world that medical doctors have been found complicit in human trafficking and organised crime.
The EU’s rule of law mission, known as Eulex, says it cannot yet confirm the identities of those it is investigating in the second phase. But an amended indictment introduced towards the end of the first trial said the Medicus doctors held “repeated consultations and several meetings with senior officials in the government of Kosovo”, including Mr Muja and the then Minister of Health, Alush Gashi.
Jonathan Ratel, the lead prosecutor, told The Independent: “The new investigation emerges directly out of evidence given in the first trial, including witnesses, as identified in the amended indictment.”
Mr Muja testified during the trial that he had met the doctors, who had applied for a licence to conduct transplants. He denied knowledge of the trafficking ring.
Interpol is still hunting the Turkish surgeon Yusuf Sonmez, dubbed “Dr Frankenstein” in the Turkish media, who is said to have conducted most of the operations at the Medicus clinic. Mr Ratel believes he is continuing his operations in South Africa, having escaped house detention in Istanbul.
The Medicus scandal first came to light in 2008 when a Turkish man collapsed at Pristina airport after selling his kidney at the clinic. It gradually emerged that dozens of impoverished donors had been trafficked into Kosovo from several countries, including Russia, Moldova and Ukraine. Some were paid as little as $10,000 (£8,400) for their kidney, which was then sold to recipients, mostly from Israel, for as much as $130,000.
Expanding investigations to include government figures close to Mr Thaci puts the EU in a difficult position. Sources close to the investigation say there has been a reluctance among top officials in Brussels to press ahead with the organ trafficking trial in case it upsets Kosovo’s fragile transition process.
They claim it is only the determination of individual prosecutors that has kept the trial alive.
“There is a perception Eulex doesn’t want to rock the boat with too many high-level indictments. Stability is priority No 1 for the international community,” said a Western diplomat on condition of anonymity.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Two weeks ago, Serbia agreed to recognise Kosovo’s sovereignty for the first time, but implementing the agreement is fraught with difficulties due to opposition from some of the Serb minority inside Kosovo.
In January, Eulex’s outgoing deputy head of mission, Andy Sparkes, admitted that political pressure was hindering progress on corruption cases. “There are occasions when [stability] can sit uneasily with the requirements of the rule of law,” he told the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network…
By The Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo. Naser Kelmendi, whose alleged drug dealing has long made him a target of Balkan law enforcement agencies, is facing more scrutiny after SIPA made a special presentation to Interpol in Lyon, France outlining what it calls his criminal network.
Three law enforcement agencies in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) have spent years investigating Naser Kelmendi, a Sarajevo businessman who came to the country from Kosovo soon after the war in BiH and built what investigators describe as a Balkan criminal empire.
Kelmendi, his sons and his half-brother, Bećir, run a number of firms in BiH, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, and do business with some of the regions big businessmen.
The State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) has collected an extensive dossier on Kelmendi, 52, who they say has a criminal organization with connections to influential people.
Federation of BiH (FBiH) police officials say their colleagues across Europe are acquainted with his history; SIPA officials gave a presentation on Kelmendi to Interpol in Lyon, France in 2008.
Although there have been numerous complaints against him, he has never been to trial in BiH.
Bosnian police arrested 25 suspected criminals and raided dozens of sites in what has been called the largest police action since the  Dayton Accords.
Elvira M. Jukic
Sarajevo The police action, codenamed „Lutka“, [„Doll“], conducted on September 12 at locations in towns across Bosnia, resulted in the arrest of 25 suspected members of organized Balkan crime rings, police said.
The Bosnian Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday said that all relevant police agencies had joined the State Investigative and Protection Agency, SIPA, in investigating at least six unsolved murders and attempted murders, major bank robberies and other grave criminal acts.
This action is the most extensive action in the fight against the organized crime in post-Dayton Bosnia, the Prosecutor’s office said, referring to the accord that ended the 1992-5 war in the country.
This is an investigation into several criminal groups… and significant collaboration of police and judicial agencies was achieved with neighboring countries, where a number of the suspects also reside, the Bosnian Prosecutor said on Wednesday.
The crimes in which the arrested men are suspected of involvement relate to the last ten years and include some of the biggest murder cases in post-war Bosnia.
Among the raided locations, SIPA raided the Hotel Casa Grande in Ilidza, near Sarajevo, owned by Naser Kelmendi, an alleged Balkan drugs boss.
Asked about Kelmendi, the director of SIPA, Goran Zubac, said in Sarajevo on Wednesday that he could not give any exact details, but he divulged that some of the arrested men were state officials, including members of SIPA.
The Center for Investigative Journalism, CIN Bosnia, reported that the arrested men include Bojan Cvijan, former chief of the Narcotics Department in SIPA, and Ljubisa Lalovic, a former employee of the Bosnian Border Police.
Zubac said that some of the arrested men were part of the security and other structures of the Bosnian authorities.
This is the beginning of the end of organized crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zubac claimed.
Legal experts debate venue to retry war crimes cases
Members of the National Liberation Army charged with war crimes during the Macedonian conflict in 2001 were given amnesty, and a venue is being sought for a retrial.
By Misko Taleski for Southeast European Times in Skopje — 02/05/13
National Liberation Army insurgents were charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity in four cases in Macedonia. [AFP]
Analysts are divided on whether The Hague tribunal is the right venue to reopen four 2001 war crime cases against members of the Albanian National Liberation Army.
The tribunal declared itself incompetent in 2006 and returned the cases for trial in Macedonia, where the charged were subsequently amnestied, but the Council of Europe ruled in its latest human rights report that the amnesty is unacceptable. The United Macedonian Diaspora is now asking the Hague to retry the cases.
Members of the Albanian National Liberation Army, which transformed into the Democratic Union for Integration, are charged with kidnapping, torture and murder; depriving urban areas of water; and chain-of-command responsibility in those and other acts.
„Amnestying cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity is not in accordance with international law,“ Metodija Koloski, president of the United Macedonian Diaspora which sent the request to the tribunal in April, told SETimes.
Koloski said that not trying documented instances of war crimes sends a message of double standard; it undermines faith in international law and is a serious obstacle to Macedonia moving forward.
„The tribunal remains the only institution to secure justice and prevent a culture of impunity in Macedonia,“ Koloski said.
The tribunal is expected to cease work after 2015, but Koloski said there is hope the four cases can be tried by the temporary body that will inherit the tribunal’s competencies.
The chances that tribunal will respond are very slim, according to Jagnula Kunovska, a Skopje-based attorney well versed in the tribunal’s work.
„The tribunal will not respond because it finished its job by returning the cases to Macedonia. Legally, the [act of] amnesty marks the end of the story,“ Kunovska told SETimes.
The cases were amnestied in 2011 when the Democratic Union for Integration, which became a ruling coalition partner, forced a vote in parliament on an interpretation of the Law of Amnesty which ensued from the 2001 Ohrid Framework Agreement.
The request to reopen the cases gained momentum after the Council of Europe issued its human rights report on Macedonia earlier this month, in which it criticised the law and the act of amnestying those who committed grave human rights violations.
The cases can be transferred to the International Criminal Court also located in The Hague or be tried in Sweden, according to Antonio Apostolski, a Skopje attorney who has done work at The Hague tribunal…
Im Kosovo wird sich Nichts mehr ändern, wo durchaus die UNMIK und die Aufbau Programme und Lobby Vereine, mit ihren Bestechungs orgien die Haupt Schuld haben. Aber die Verwandten der Albaner leben recht lustig und sind zufaul für jede Arbeit. Hinzu kommt die Unfähigkeit, überhaupt einen kleinen Betrieb zu organisieren, wo jedes Geld sich in Luft auflöst, weil ein Luxus Auto wichtiger ist. Der Kosovo, war früher die Korn Kammer von Jugoslawien, heute werden Lebensmittel importiert, was wohl so von der Import Mafia der Regierung auch so gewollt ist, weil man es von Albanien kennt. 45 % sind Arbeitslos, ohne jede Perspektive der Besserung. Warum die NATO und der Westen, mit Profi Kriminellen Idioten den Kosovo aufbauen wollte, wäre auch eine gute Frage?
Es gibt Tausende von Albanern, welche seit 10 oder 20 Jahren nicht mehr in ihrer Heimat waren, weil man dort nur wegen Geld erpresst wird, was sich dann in Luft auflöst. Man kennt diese Familien Storys auch aus der Türkei, obwohl keine Logik ist, wie Ziegenhirten, ohne Bildung ein Unternehmen leiten sollen, oder ein richtiges Lokal. Vor allem macht jeder das Selbe, und kopiert nur was der Nachbar macht. Da es keine praktische Ausbildung gibt, noch richtige Schulen und Universtäten, wandern alle intelligenten Familien auf, weil die Lage, sich weiter verschlechtern wird im Kosovo und Albanien, wegen der mangelhaften Bildung. Die Albaner sind das einzige Volk, was als angebliche Bau Ingenieure, nicht einmal das Steinzeit Wissen haben, für Wasser Waage und Lot.
Der Betrug der eigene Familien an Migranten ist Traditon, was sich in vielen Morden innerhalb der Familien zelebriert.!
Wie kann die albanische Diaspora ihren Landsleuten in Kosova am effektivsten helfen?
von Aus Facebook am 28.04.2013
Die albanische Diaspora ist der Schlüssel zum wirtschaftlichen, politischen und sozialen Aufschwung der Bevölkerung in Kosova. Ein Drittel der gesamten Bevölkerung Kosovas lebt in der Diaspora. Jährlich verlassen offiziell 10 000 Albaner Kosova, um dem Elend in der Heimat zu entkommen und das Glück im Ausland zu finden. Die albanische Diaspora wächst also stetig. Jedes Jahr gibt die albanische Diaspora rund 500 Millionen Euro in Kosova aus. Das macht ein Drittel des
Von den finanziellen Hilfen, die die albanische Diaspora leistet, profitiert sogar die korrupte Regierung. Alle Lebensmittel und Waren, die gekauft werden sind mit Steuern belegt. Diese Steuergelder fließen in die Staatskassen. Die Aufgabe der Regierung ist es mit diesen Geldern seinen Bürgern ein würdiges Leben zu ermöglichen. Natürlich missbraucht die Regierung dieses Geld für ihre eigenen Interessen, anstatt sie zum Wohle des Volkes einzusetzen. Eine Regierung wird dann korrupt und kriminell, wenn sie von der Bevölkerung nicht kontrolliert wird. In Kosova geschieht genau das, weil sich das Volk mehr darauf konzentriert die finanziellen Hilfen von der albanischen Diaspora in Anspruch zu nehmen, anstatt die Regierung zur Verantwortung zu ziehen. Das meiste Geld, das die albanische Diaspora an ihre Verwandten in Kosova überweist, wird dazu verwendet eben diese Lebensmittel und Waren zu konsumieren. Somit fließt ein großer Teil dieser Hilfen direkt in die Kassen der korrupten Regierung und stärkt sie zusätzlich. Die finanziellen Hilfen, die eigentlich dazu gedacht waren den Verwandten in Kosova ein besseres Leben zu ermöglichen, stellen sich letztendlich als finanzielle Hilfen für die korrupte Regierung heraus. Will die albanische Diaspora den Verwandten in Kosova wirklich helfen, dann muss sie damit aufhören ihnen unorganisiert und unkontrolliert Geld zu überweisen. Jeder im Ausland lebende Albaner sollte sich ernsthaft die Frage stellen, ob es so weiter gehen soll! Wir sollten endlich damit aufhören unseren Verwandten und unserem Volk die Zukunft zu rauben, indem wir ihnen Geld überweisen, nur damit wir unser eigenes Gewissen beruhigen, anstatt sich dem Problem ernsthaft zu widmen!
Hilfe hat nur dann einen Sinn, wenn sie dafür sorgt, dass die Person, die Hilfe in Anspruch nimmt, in der Lage versetzt wird, ohne weitere Hilfen auf eigenen Beinen zu stehen. Was die albanische Diaspora bisher jedoch gemacht hat, war mehr das Volk in Kosova abhängig von der Hilfe von außen zu machen, als es in die Lage zu versetzen auf eigenen Beinen zu stehen. Beide Seiten, sowohl die heimische Bevölkerung, als auch deren Verwandte in der Diaspora müssen begreifen, dass es nicht die Aufgabe der albanischen Diaspora ist, dem Volk Medikamente zur Verfügung zu stellen, die Agrarwirtschaft zu subventionieren, Klassenausflüge zu bezahlen und den Kindern das Studium zu finanzieren, sondern die Aufgabe der Regierung!
Jede Realität hat man verloren, diese Verrückten Dumm Leute, aber im Gefolge Deutsche Politiker und die korrupten Deutschen Aussenminister haben: Robert Kagan, Ehemann der Pyschopatin Victory Nuland und der anderen Hirnlosen Präsidenten Berater, was bei Condi Rice schon erkennbar war. Billige Dolmetscher und Sekretärinnen, haben plötzlich überall das Sagen. 2016 nun update, weil das jeder in den USA auch erkannt hat.
The grip that neocons and liberal interventionists have on Official Washington’s opinion circles is now so strong that “realists” who once provided an important counterbalance have been almost banished from foreign policy debates, a dangerous dilemma that James W Carden explores.
Er schützte Terroristen, und brachte in der Iran Contra Affäre Nr. 2, sogar die Terroristen nach Bosnien und Nord Albanien.
Mehrere CIA Offiziere und Direktoren bestätigten die kriminellen Geschäfte der Clintons.
Robert Baer: Der Niedergang der CIA
Autor : Michael Kolkmann
Artikel vom: 10.07.2002
Der Amerikaner Robert Baer, über 20 Jahre in den Diensten der CIA, hat mit seinem früheren Arbeitgeber abgerechnet. Michael Kolkmann hat seinen Erfahrungsbericht gelesen ..
Parallel dazu erfährt er bei seinen Ermittlungen, die er auch nach Ausscheiden aus der CIA weiter betreibt, dass Geldwäscher, Drogen- und Waffenhändler, gegen die er ermittelt, Kaffeetermine bei Präsident Clinton erhalten und die nationale Sicherheit mehr und mehr durch wirtschaftliche Interessen kompromittiert wird.
Immer mit Verbrechern, Terroristen in Syrien und Libyen und vollkommen Hirnlos unterwegs: die Lügen Baronin Hillary Clinton und ihre NeoCon Sprecherin Nulent. Der neue Aussenminister John Kerry, ist direkt finanziert von der Brookyln Albaner Mafia.Selten hat jemand so dreist Non-Stop Lügen verbreitet, was selbst von der seriösen Presse, rund um Libyen schwer kritisiert wurde.
Wenn Kinder, Frauen, im Tausender Paket bombardiert und massakriert werden, findet das die Welt Terroristin und Verbrecherin Hillary Clinton, wie die durchgeknallte „Putzfrau“ Madeleine Allbright als vollkommen normal. Demokratie bringen aus NATO und US Art: möglichste viele Zivilisten ermorden, was im Irak allein schon 1,5 Millionen Zivilisten waren.
Nicht lernfähig aus dem Fakten der Geschichte. Sichtbar hat die gute Frau, einen Gehirn Schaden, wenn man ihren letzten Auftritt sieht, wo sie kaum noch gehen kann, weil die Gehirn Motorik nicht mehr stimmt. siehe auch Richard Holbrook, der an einem Gehirn Schaden blitzschnell verstarb.
WASHINGTON Last summer, as the fighting in Syria raged and questions about the United States inaction grew, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conferred privately with David H. Petraeus, the director of the C.I.A. The two officials were joining forces on a plan to arm the Syrian resistance….
he idea was to vet the rebel groups and train fighters, who would be supplied with weapons. The plan had risks, but it also offered the potential reward of creating Syrian allies with whom the United States could work, both during the conflict and after President Bashar al-Assads eventual removal.
Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Petraeus presented the proposal to the White House, according to administration officials. But with the White House worried about the risks, and with President Obama in the midst of a re-election bid, they were rebuffed.
A year earlier, she had better luck with the White House. Overcoming the administrations skeptics, she persuaded Mr. Obama to open relations with the military rulers in Myanmar, a reclusive dictatorship eager to emerge from decades of isolation.
As she leaves the State Department, the simplest yardstick for measuring Mrs. Clintons legacy has been her tireless travels: 112 countries, nearly a million miles, 401 days on the road. Historians will point to how she expanded the State Departments agenda to embrace issues like gender violence and the use of social media in diplomacy……………….
Secretary Clinton has dramatically changed the face of U.S. foreign policy globally for the good, said Richard L. Armitage, deputy secretary of state during the George W. Bush administration. But I wish she had been unleashed more by the White House.
Reine Gangster der Geldwäsche und des Betruges rund um Georg Soros, sind und waren seine Partner: Mark Rich
Morris violates all the taboos. Impatient with the manicured myth that Bill Clinton was the apple-pie boy from Hope, Arkansas, he reveals the little-known fact that the President spent much of his childhood in Hot Springs, the capital of gambling, drug-smuggling and organised crime in the central United States, where his powerful uncle and mentor, Raymond Clinton, was a member of the Dixie mafia.
It was not Mr Clinton’s fault, of course, that he grew up in the culture of „the Mob“. But it is central to understanding who Bill Clinton really is. It helps explain why his brother, Roger, ended up as a convicted drug dealer, and why Bill himself allegedly became a regular user of cocaine. (On a police surveillance videotape quoted from in the book, Roger can be heard saying to a supplier of cocaine: „Got to get some for my brother. He’s got a nose like a vacuum cleaner.“)
Pardons and commutations signed on President Clinton’s final day in office
Clinton issued 140 pardons as well as several commutations on his last day of office, January 20, 2001. When a sentence is commuted, the conviction remains intact, however, the sentence can be altered in a number of ways.
Peter MacDonald had been sentenced to 14 years at a Federal Prison in Texas for fraud, extortion, inciting riots, bribery, and corruption stemming from the Navajo purchase of the Big Boquillas Ranch in Northwestern Arizona. On the day before President Clinton left office, U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy lobbied the White House to commute the sentence of the former leader of the Navajo Nation. MacDonald’s sentence was commuted after he served 10 years.
Almon Glenn Braswell was pardoned of his 1983 mail fraud and perjury convictions.  In 1998 he was under federal investigation for money laundering and tax evasion charges. Braswell and Carlos Vignali each paid approximately $200,000 to Hillary Clinton’s brother, Hugh Rodham, to represent their respective cases for clemency. Hugh Rodham returned the payments after they were disclosed to the public. Braswell would later invoke the Fifth Amendment at a Senate Committee hearing in 2001, when questioned about allegations of his having systematically defrauded senior citizens of millions of dollars.
Marc Rich, a fugitive who had fled the U.S. during his prosecution, was residing in Switzerland. Rich owed $48 million in taxes and was charged with 51 counts of tax fraud, was pardoned of tax evasion. He was required to pay a $100 million dollar fine and waive any use of the pardon as a defense against any future civil charges that were filed against him in the same case. Critics complained that Denise Rich, his former wife, had made substantial donations to both the Clinton library and to Mrs. Clinton’s senate campaign. According to Paul Volcker’s independent investigation of Iraqi Oil-for-Food kickback schemes, Marc Rich was a middleman for several suspect Iraqi oil deals involving over 4 million barrels (640,000 m3) of oil. Longtime Clinton supporters and Democratic leaders such as former President Jimmy Carter, James Carville and Terry McAuliffe, were all critical of the Clinton pardon. Carter said the pardons were „disgraceful.“
Susan McDougal, who had already completed her sentence, was pardoned for her role in the Whitewater scandal. McDougal had served the maximum possible 18 months, including eight in solitary confinement, on contempt charges for refusing to testify about Clinton’s role.
Roger Clinton, the president’s half-brother, was pardoned for drug charges after having served the entire sentence more than a decade earlier. Roger Clinton would be charged with drunk driving and disorderly conduct in an unrelated incident within a year of the pardon. He was also briefly alleged to have been utilized in lobbying for the Braswell pardon, among others. However, no wrongdoing was uncovered.
Harvey Weinig, a former Manhattan lawyer who was sentenced in 1996 to 11 years in prison for facilitating an extortion-kidnapping scheme and helping launder at least $19 million for the Cali cocaine cartel.
On February 18, 2001, Bill Clinton wrote a New York Times column defending the 140 pardons.
Clintons zweiter ernstzunehmender Konkurrent ist John Edwards, der vor vier Jahren Vizepräsidentschaftskandidat im Wahlkampf von Senator John Kerry war. Er unterstellte Clinton Unehrlichkeit: Sie würde als einzige demokratische Kandidatin Geldspenden von Washingtons Lobbyisten annehmen, mehr sogar als die republikanischen Kandidaten. Edwards betonte: Wer den Status quo und das korrupte System beibehalten wolle, solle ruhig Hillary wählen – „Wenn man aber einen Neuanfang mag, braucht man einen ehrlichen Kandidaten.“
More than three years after the US and its NATO allies unleashed an “intervention” and regime change in Libya, the US establishment admits they maybe have “got it wrong.” Naturally, there were many of us who were demonized endlessly for speaking out against that war, and against all those politicians, analysts, and “activists” on the left and right, who championed the “humanitarianism” of waging war on Libya. We were attacked as “soft on dictators,” “conspiracy theorists,” and “anti-Americans.” And yet, today it is our voices that still proclaim loudly the immorality and illegality of that war. Thankfully, it seems the establishment is beginning to hear us.
One of the most highly regarded politico-academic institutions in the US – the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University – has issued a report which undermines the established narrative of the war in Libya, laying bare the cold, hard reality of what Libya was at the outset of the war, what really happened in the early days, and what Libya has become today. Of course, responsibility for the tragic and lasting effects of that war should be laid at the feet of Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy, and the other participants, in addition to those media outlets and NGOs that deliberately spread lies about the reality on the ground in Libya. All must be held accountable.
Finally Seeing the Light?
The recent report, which is actually almost a year old, was written by Dr. Alan Kuperman, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Kuperman attempts to shed light on some of the key aspects of disinformation before and during the war in Libya. These important findings contradict every single justification for that war, from the lies and distortions of Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton, to the deluge of propaganda from so-called NGOs such as Human rights Watch and Amnesty International. By examining the obfuscations and outright lies told by these individuals and organs of soft power, Dr. Kuperman makes it quite clear that, just as with Iraq, the people of the United States (and much of the world) have been lied into yet another war.
One of the principal lies told about Libya and Gaddafi was the totally unsubstantiated claim of “massacres” by Gaddafi forces in Benghazi and a few other cities. This claim, perpetrated by Human Rights Watch among others, was repeated ad nauseam by every major media outlet. As Dr. Kuperman writes:
Contrary to Western media reports, Qaddafi did not initiate Libya’s violence by targeting peaceful protesters. The United Nations and Amnesty International have documented that in all four Libyan cities initially consumed by civil conflict in mid-February 2011—Benghazi, Al Bayda, Tripoli, and Misurata—violence was actually initiated by the protesters. The government responded to the rebels militarily but never intentionally targeted civilians or resorted to “indiscriminate” force, as Western media clai med. Early press accounts exaggerated the death toll by a factor of ten, citing “more than 2,000 deaths” in Benghazi during the initial days of the uprising, whereas Human Rights Watch (HRW) later documented only 233 deaths across all of Libya in that period.………………http://journal-neo.org/2014/06/22/the-truth-of-libya-finally-goes-mainstream/
The report features many of those directly involved in the mission that overthrew the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, portraying Clinton as a catalyst in the decision to go to war.
Da hat Thaci und co. wirklich viele Feinde im Kosovo
** OSCE condemns attack on Kosovo public broadcaster editor in chief ***
PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, SAN JOSÉ, 1 May 2013 – Ambassador Jean-Claude
Schlumberger, the head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, and Dunja Mijatović,
the OSCE media freedom representative, condemned today the attack on Mufail
Limani, the editor in chief of the public broadcaster, Radio Television of
The entrance door to the Limani family residence was set on fire earlier this
morning using a gas cylinder. Fortunately no one was injured.
“I strongly condemn this morning’s attack on the RTK’s editor in chief,
Mr. Limani, and his family,” said Schlumberger.
“The attack on Limani is very disturbing. It is pointing to a developing
trend of harassment and intimidation of journalist and media professionals
which is hampering media freedom and freedom of expression and must be
stopped,” said Mijatović who is attending commemoration of the World Press
Freedom Day in San José, Costa Rica.
“I repeat my call from yesterday on Kosovo institutions to do their utmost
to promote and preserve an environment in which media are able to work freely
and safely without undue influence and interference. I also call on the law
enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators of this and previous attacks on
media to justice,” added Schlumberger.
He wished Limani family speedy recovery from the shock and stress they were