Kosovo

EU – NATO: “ bribery of foreign officials“ Albania is a failed state, here is why! : Kosovo has 1.7m citizens and 1.9m voters

„“We have reached an impasse wherein self-proclaimed Albanian democrats no longer trust that their country is democratic. Impartial observers have been warning of this for years.“

Albania has 2,8 Citizens and 3,7m voters and 4,4m ID Cards

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Kosovo has 1.7m citizens and 1.9m voters

June elections are last chance for country and region to reverse spiral into violence

2 Milliarden Drogen Gelder der Mafia in den Wahlkampf!

Klartext des OSCE Botschafters: Bernd Borchardt: Ambasadori i OSBE: Qarkullojnë më shumë se 2 miliardë euro nga droga

2013:
Der System Betrug der OSCE, mit den Non-Stop gefälschten Wahlen in Albanien und dem Kosovo Gefälschte Wahlberichte, normal bei der OSCE, weil man ja einen Vertrag mit der jeweiligen Regierung braucht, ansonsten das Land verlassen muss. Prostitution, hat eine neue Bedeutung. OSCE und Co.

Ex-NATO Chef: Lord Roberston: “the KLA were responsible for more deaths in Kosovo than the Yugoslav [Serb] authorities had been.”

 

Albania is a failed state, here is why

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With many eyes on Macedonia’s political situation which has been made worse by foreign interventions from the EU and NATO which both support the Tirana Platform which would effectively destroy the unity of the Macedonian state, internal events in Albania itself may soon jeopardize stability in the region.

Protests throughout Albania have been going on for months as the main opposition Democratic Party and other activists have called for the Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign prior to elections scheduled for 18 June, 2017 . Many want a technocratic government to oversee the process, having lost all faith in democracy.

We have reached an impasse wherein self-proclaimed Albanian democrats no longer trust that their country is democratic. Impartial observers have been warning of this for years.

One can tell that the genie is fully out of the bottle when even the neo-liberal Financial Times admits that half of Albania’s GDP comes from drug sales and cultivation.

The truth of the matter is that Albania is a narco-state, built on top of a mafia state where the illegal drugs trade, organ trade, weapons trade, human trafficking and blatant corruption are the guided forces of business in both the private and public sectors.

The fact that this impoverished, broken state has imperialist ambitions heavily assisted by the US Deep state, threatening to annex neighbouring states including parts Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro is not only illegal and irresponsible but also deeply frightening.

Many in Albania are openly calling for a ‘Greater Albania’ which would encompass the sovereign territories of each aforementioned nation. But as it stands, Albanian leaders cannot even run the state that they have according to its current borders.

A lengthy report from a US based anti-corruption website, citing a variety of mostly western sources has found that corruption exists at almost every level of the Albanian state, including in private business dealings.

The EU is all rather confused about this. Albania’s corrupt mafioso elite are staunchly pro-EU and Albania is an enthusiastic member of NATO.

Some realists in the EU however realize that Albania’s cringe-worthy levels of corruption would be an economic and security disaster for the EU. More worryingly though, many EU officials prefer to look the other way or simply lie about the dire situation in order to continue pFatmir Mediu, Dr. Fatmir Mediu, Franz Jung. Agron Duka, Geht direkt zu Rheinmetall als gekaufter Politikerromulgating a narrative that Albania is an EU country in the making.

While the EU itself is deeply corrupt, Albania’s corruption is far more ‘old school’ in the sense that money talks and when it doesn’t, the bullets do the talking.

Albania’s terrorist proxies and violent separatists threaten to break up Macedonia and violate Serbia’s territorial integrity. When one realises that these people cannot control their own country, it puts things into perspective. The perspective is in a word: grim.

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Snapshot

albania_250x179.pngCorruption is a serious problem in Albania. It is one of the country’s greatest stumbling blocks, impeding its bid for EU candidacy and hindering its investment climate. The procurement and construction sectors are particularly affected by patronage networks and other forms of corruption. The judiciary is also hampered by corruption and political influence. The necessary anti-corruption legal framework is in place, but enforcement is poor and conviction rates are very low. Active and passive bribery, as well as the bribery of foreign officials, are illegal under the country’s Criminal Code. The same applies for offering gifts or facilitation payments, yet these practices are widespread.

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Judicial System

Corruption in the Albanian judicial system is widespread and a very high risk for businesses. Bribes are often exchanged for favorable judicial decisions, and judges and prosecutors lack accountability (GCR 2015-2016EU Progress Report, 2015). Public perception reflects this, as more than three-quarters of surveyed citizens believe the judiciary is corrupt (the judiciary is ranked as the most corrupt institution among the 12 institutions included in the survey) (GCB 2013). On numerous occasions, judges and prosecutors have failed to comply with declaration of asset requirements, yet no sanctions have been issued to date (EU Progress Report, 2015). Although the Constitution provides for an independent judiciary, in practice the courts are subject to political pressure and intimidation (HRR 2015). The process of appointing judges is also opaque and plagued by corruption (EU Progress Report, 2015). In addition, the enforcement of court decisions is weak, particularly when they conflict with the government’s interests. There is also an apparent failure of the judiciary to properly prosecute the abuse of functions, which is pervasive among the political elite (BTI 2016). When sanctions in corruption cases are imposed, they are overly lenient (EU Progress Report, 2015).

Companies in Albania do not perceive the legal framework to be efficient when settling disputes or when challenging regulations (GCR 2015-2016). The business community believes the judiciary is an impediment to conducting business, so international arbitration is often sought as an alternative to dispute settlement (ICS 2016). Albania is a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and is a signatory to the New York Convention 1958 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

Police

Businesses face a high risk of corruption when dealing with the police. Corruption and impunity are persistent problems, largely because of the low salaries of police officers, as well as a subsequent lack of motivation, diversity and leadership (HRR 2015). Accordingly, most Albanian households believe the police is corrupt (GCB 2013). In 2015, camera systems were installed in patrol vehicles to limit the bribery of officers – with success (HRR 2015). The government then expanded the automated system to include traffic tickets (HRR 2015). Businesses report that Albania’s police cannot be consistently relied upon to enforce law and order (GCR 2015-2016).

Public Services

The public services sector presents business with a moderate risk of corruption. Bribes and irregular payments are at times exchanged to obtain utilities (GCR 2015-2016). Almost 20% of companies report giving gifts to officials to „get things done“ (ES 2013). Nevertheless, business registrations and licensing are improving through a growing network of one-stop shops such as the government platform e-albania, although local administrations need greater resources to effectively deliver services (Albania Progress Report 2013; EU Progress Report, 2015). Business registration is easy, yet licensing remains challenging for companies in some sectors (ICS 2015). On average, starting a business requires 6 procedures, takes 6 days and costs 10% of income per capita (DB 2016).

Land Administration

The land administration carries a high risk of corruption. The process of obtaining construction permits is plagued by corruption (ICS 2015). More than one-third of businesses expect to give gifts to obtain permits (ES 2013). Additionally, the problem of land ownership in Albania is among the greatest impediments to the development of the country’s real estate market (ICS 2016). This is due to cumbersome property registration procedures, and poor enforcement of immovable property rights, which are also subject to corrupt practices (ICS 2016). Furthermore, securing property titles is made more difficult due to illegal construction work (ICS 2016).

In early 2015, the mayor of Vlora, Shpetim Gjika, along with a municipal official and a construction company manager were arrested on charges of abuse of office, illegal construction, and the falsification of documents (Press TV, Feb. 2015). No further information was available at the time of review.

Tax Administration

The tax administration carries a high corruption risk for business. Irregular payments and bribes are often exchanged when meeting with tax officials (GCR 2015-2016). Some improvements have been made in the tax administration (such as the establishment of an e-filing tax system), but corruption persists (particularly during inspections), negatively affecting the business environment (Albania Progress Report 2013). Paying taxes is more time consuming and more costly in Albania compared to neighboring countries, taking 357 hours per year at a total tax rate of 37% of profit (DB 2016).

Customs Administration

Corruption is a very high risk for businesses dealing with Albania’s customs administration. Bribes and irregular payments are frequently exchanged when importing and exporting, and transparency at the borders is poor (GETR 2014). Corruption is more widespread when importing than when exporting (GETR 2014). Companies also complain about the unequal application of base pricing by customs officials when they assess taxes and duties on imported goods (ICS 2015).

Recent years have shown progress regarding administrative and operative capacity of the Albanian customs administration, with an improvement of internal investigation activities and in the internal IT system (Albania Progress Report 2013). Additionally, a 24-hour camera surveillance system at border-crossings was extended, further limiting the possibilities of corruption (Albania Progress Report 2013). However, more is required regarding IT compatibility with EU standards and in simplifying customs clearance procedures (Albania Progress Report 2013).

Public Procurement

The public procurement sector carries a high corruption risk for business. Irregular payments and bribes are frequently exchanged in the process of awarding contracts and licenses (GCR 2015-2016). In the same vein, more than a quarter of companies expect to give gifts to officials to secure government contracts (ES 2013). Favoritism is also a problem in procurement as officials are perceived to often favor well-connected companies and individuals. Companies in Albania experience non-transparent processes when competing for public tenders (e.g. ‚fixed‘ technical specifications) as a means to exclude potential bidders (ICS 2015). The diversion of public funds to companies and individuals due to corruption is also a problem in Albania (GCR 2015-2016).

Albania now has an obligatory and fully operational e-procurement platform (ICS 2015; EU Progress Report 2015). Regulations can be found at the official website of the procurement system of Albania, which also publishes a list of companies that have committed irregularities during the procurement process. However, in practice, companies guilty of corruption are not effectively prohibited from participating in future procurement bids. To mitigate corruption risks associated with public procurement in Albania, investors are advised to exert caution when bidding on public tenders and are recommended to use a specialized public procurement due diligence tool.

In one case, the former governor of the Central Bank, Ardian Fullani, and his close aids were investigated during 2014 for the embezzlement of ALL 700 million from the bank’s reserves (BTI 2016). Under Fullani’s term, most of the bank’s employees enjoyed family connections to prominent politicians (BTI 2016). Fullani was later released from prison, despite the prosecutor ordering that he be put in isolation; the prosecutor was later removed from the case (BTI 2016). Fullani was eventually acquitted of the charges, while two former employees received 10 and 20 years of prison respectively for embezzlement (NiT 2016).
In another case in 2013, a former Minister of Defence was involved in a corruption case for the alleged violation of tender laws; in 2015, the prosecutor withdrew the file and closed the case (BTI 2016).

Natural Resources

The Albanian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (ALBEITI) becamefully compliant with the EITI Standard in 2013. EITI compliance ensures an effective and transparent process for annual disclosure and reconciliation of all revenues from Albania’s extractive industries.

Legislation

Albania has a legal anti-corruption framework in place, yet frequent amendments subject to conflicting interpretations have undermined the legal certainty of the laws (EU Progress Report 2015). Furthermore, the government does not implement these laws effectively (HRR 2015).

The Criminal Code criminalizes active and passive bribery, bribery of foreign officials, influence peddling, abuse of office and money laundering. These provisions apply to both the public and the private sectors (U4 2011). Active corruption is penalized with prison terms ranging from six months to three years, and passive corruption can result in up to twelve years‘ imprisonment. A public employee is not allowed to accept any gifts, money or services for performing their service duties, according to the Law on Prevention of Conflicts of Interest in the Exercise of Public Functions and the Law on the Rules of Ethics In the Public Administration. Civil servants are allowed to accept gifts only of a symbolic traditional value or traditional hospitality of a value not clearly defined in legislation. In the case of an offered unfair advantage, a public official must report to their superior or risk a fine between ALL 10,000 and ALL 100,000. A Code of Ethics regulates the conduct of civil servants, and high-ranking officials are subject to asset declaration laws. Albania’s Constitution puts restrictions on the immunity of high-level public officials and judges; nonetheless, no high-level officials have been successfully prosecuted for corruption (ICS 2016). Financial investigations, money laundering measures and asset confiscation are rarely implemented or used in Albania (EU Progress Report 2015). Other relevant anti-corruption laws include the Law on Conflict of Interests. The protection of whistleblowers is not adequately provided for by the current legal framework (EU Albania Report 2015).

Albania has ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Council of Europe Civil and Criminal Law Conventions on Corruption.

Civil Society

Freedoms of expression and of the press are guaranteed by the Constitution, and the government generally respects these rights in practice (HRR 2015). Libel and defamation are illegal. Most media outlets are biased in favor of one of the political parties, and the links between politics, business and the media have led to increased censorship among journalists (NiT 2016). In 2015, the mayor of Elbasan was recorded warning journalists not to ask difficult questions and pointing to the potential consequences (NiT 2016). Media ownership has become more transparent, yet hidden ownership and lack of transparency of financing remains a source of concern (EU Progress Report 2015). Access to government information is provided by the law, yet authorities did not effectively implement these provisions (HRR 2015). The press environment in Albania is considered „partly free“ (FotP 2015).

Freedoms of assembly and association are guaranteed by law, and NGOs are not restricted (HRR 2015). Compliance with registration requirements is easy. Civil society organizations were widely involved and consulted in the formulation of the country’s anti-corruption strategy (2015-20) and action plan (2015-17) (EU Progress Report 2015). Furthermore, civil society representatives are to be included in the bodies monitoring the proper implementation of the strategy (EU Progress Report 2015). On the other hand, however, attempts by politicians to co-opt NGO representatives into the political parties‘ agendas have undermined the impartiality of civil society (BTI 2016).

 “ bribery of foreign officials“

Edmond Panarti – Christian Schmidt denn in Bayern ist auch Wahlkampf wo man Geld braucht

Bei den Betrugs Projekten rund um Aufforstung kann man viel Geld verdienen, was Ratten aus der EU und Weltbank anzog und praktisch ist Alles heute schlimmer wie vor 10 und 20 Jahren.

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Fatmir Mediu, Dr. Fatmir Mediu, Franz Jung. Agron Duka, Geht direkt zu Rheinmetall als gekaufter Politiker

Immerhin hat Lefter Koka als Erster Minister einige Erfolge vorzuweisen, ansonsten sind Hunderte seiner Inspektoren, Adminstrativen, wegen kriminellen Aktivitäten verhaftet worden und praktisch Nichts funktioniert Real.

Lefter Koka, Barbara Hendricks Umwelt Minister unter sich

NATO Mafia Staat Kosovo: Wieder wurde eine Journalistin zusammen geschlagen: Arbana Xharra

Das alle Gelder zusperren, Einreise Verbote für die Kriminellen zu verhängen, macht das korrupte Gestrüpp der USA; EU, in Berlin so weiter und überhäuft Verbrecher mit Milliarden, welche spurlos verschwinden. Die „Werte“ der Angela Merkel und EU eben, man ist Partner nur noch mit Verbrechern, finanziert Terroristen.

Wenn man Frauen zusammenschlägt, vergewaltigt das finden Angela Merkel,

Ratte: Steinmeier schweigt, als Peter Sutherland von Umvolkung von Kriminellen nach Europa als UN Plan spricht

Frank Walter Steinmeier normal, deshalb holte man Hunderttausend von primitiven arachische Kriminelle nach Deutschland, obwohl man die Vorstellungen dieser Kultur und Bildungslosen Chaoten aus einem Spiegel Artikel über die Zustände in 1956 in Frankreich und in Schwimmbädern schon kannte.

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Arbana Xharra: Am Parkplatz vor der Wohnung in Phristina gezielt abgefangen und zusammen geschlagen, nicht der erste Vorfall gegen seriöse Journalisten im Albanischen Raum.

Jetta Xharra – GazetaJnK gegen den Tschetschenischen Terroristen: Sami Lushtaku im Kosovo

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Former Journalist Brutally Assaulted in Kosovo

Arbana Xharra, who recently resigned as editor-in-chief of the Kosovo-based newspaper Zeri, was the victim of a savage beating on Friday night in the Kosovo capital Pristina.

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Arbana Xharra. Photo: Facebook

As yet unknown perpetrators attacked Xharra late at night at the parking lot in front of her home. She is now in a stable condition. Police say they are investigating the attack.

Kosovo’s President and Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci and Isa Mustafa, as well as media and civil society groups, have all condemned the assault and called on police to arrest those responsible.

Xharra, a journalist since 2001, joined Kosovo’s biggest ruling party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, on May 9.

She has often been the target of attacks and of threats for more than a decade because of her penetrating investigative stories and articles on the dangers of religious extremism.

The most recent act of harassment in April involved unknown vandals painting a cross in blood-red paint next to the apartment where she lives with her husband and child.

“The public lynching of journalists is becoming a normality in Kosovo,” she then told BIRN.

“Threatening families and terrorising kids crosses every red line” – but still occurs, she added.

– See more at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/former-journalist-brutally-assaulted-in-kosovo-05-13-2017-2?

Kosova Der Sturz der Regierung reicht nicht

Heute wurde der Regierung Kosovas im Parlament das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Die Regierung Mustafa ist Geschichte. Es herrschte bei vielen das Prinzip- „ Der Dieb schreit haltet den Dieb“. Abgeordnete der Regierungspartei PDK führten sich auf wie eine oppositionelle Kraft. Mit diesem Trick versuchen die kriminellen Millionäre in den schnell anstehenden Neuwahlen durchzukommen. Der Organisationsleiter der „Bewegung für Selbstbestimmung“ VETËVENDOSJE (VV) Dardan

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Congressional delegation jets to increasingly tense region where failed Soros-Obama policies are still in force.

The Delegation starts on 10/05/2017 in Albania

Georg Soros Mafia Staff in Albanien: Romana Valuhtin – Edi Rama (Olsi Rama)

The delegation of US Congress arrives in Albania tomorrow to enquire over Soros’ political connections
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„Al Capone“ der Inkompetenz und der Mafia Clans, rund um Drogen, Geldwäsche und Betrug

foreign policy: „have transformed Albania into a Banana Republic“ : Samir Tahiri, Arben Ahmeti, Ilir Meta, PM: Edi Rama

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Kosovo and EU Desaster: Kosovo Ignores Call to Enforce Monastery’s Land Claim

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Kloster Decani: Die Herren des Kosovo

 

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Kosovo Ignores Call to Enforce Monastery’s Land Claim

Authorities in Pristina have remained silent after the EU called for enforcement of a court ruling that upheld a Serbian Orthodox monastery’s claim to disputed land, angering some Kosovo Albanians.

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The Visoki Decani monastery. Photo: Visoki Decani monastery.

The Kosovo government has declined to respond to an appeal from the EU office in Pristina to enforce a ruling of the country’s Constitutional Court on a land dispute case involving the Serbian Orthodox monastery at Decan/Decani in western Kosovo.

The judgment issued in May 2016 said the land in the dispute belonged to the monastery and not to two private companies.

The office of Prime Minister Isa Mustafa did not respond to a BIRN query about the EU call.

But sources close to the prime minister’s office told BIRN on condition of anonymity that the government plans to ignore the ruling, which is unpopular among Kosovo Albanians.

On Thursday, the EU office expressed concern over the “continued lack of implementation of this ruling” and condemned “any actions to block access to or otherwise disrupt life at the Visoki Decani monastery”.

“The EU calls on authorities at all levels to demonstrate respect for the rule of law as a fundamental democratic principle. Full implementation of the ruling should take place without delay,” it said.

The mayor of the Decan/Decani municipality, Rasim Selmanaj, which contests the Serbian Orthodox Church’s right to the land, said that while the rule of law must be respected, the municipality had no intention of honouring “influential and illegal decisions.

“We remain ready for good relations with the monastery, but not for giving away properties that stifle the economic development of Decan,” Selmanaj said.

The League of Kosovo Historians’ office in Decan/Decani also condemned the statement by the EU office, saying that decisions about land made in the era of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic from 1989 to 1999 were “unenforceable in our country”.

The land was the focus of demonstrations in 2012 after the Supreme Court ruled that the disputed 24 hectares belonged to the monastery and not to two Kosovo companies, which have claimed it ever since the Kosovo war ended in 1999.

After 16 years of litigation, the Constitutional Court in May last year confirmed the monastery’s right to the 24 hectares, equal to 59 acres.

The ruling by the Constitutional Court sparked protests by Kosovo Albanians, some of them holding up banners reading: “The Constitutional Court Trespassed on Justice.”

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-govt-stays-silent-over-eu-calls-on-monastery-land-04-21-2017

Stupid murder, terrorist: Daut Haradinaj

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21 Apr 17 Kosovo MP Haradinaj Faces Ethnic Hatred Lawsuit A Kosovo NGO said it will file a criminal complaint against MP Daut Haradinaj for threatening that Serbs could be expelled from Kosovo if his brother, ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj, is extradited to Belgrade.

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NATO Protektorat Kosovo: Ehrenmorde, Frauen Morde, Kinder Handel: National Shame: Kosovo and its Murdered Women

Pristina wants UN mission in Kosovo shut down

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[image: (Getty Images, file)] The Kosovo government is demanding from the international community to change the mandate of UNMIK, UN’s mission in Kosovo. SOURCE: B92, TANJUG FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017 Pristina wants UNMIM to be given the role of a political mission, „so that Kosovo can start negotiations to join the UN.“ But the message from UNMIK has been that they will continue within their current mandate, „as the mission was reconfigured“ after ethnic Albanians in Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008. „Only the UN Security Council can make decisions about the mandate of… mehr »

Kosovars protest the sentence for Zejnepe Berisha murder. | Photo: Atdhe Mulla.

National Shame: Kosovo and its Murdered Women

Until our institutions climb out of their current state of dysfunction, Kosovo’s abysmal treatment of its women and girls needs to become a constant, never-ending source of national shame.

Zejnepe Berisha was stabbed to death by her husband, Nebih, in their home in Suhareka in 2015. Zejnepe was battered throughout the course of her marriage, and had reported her husband to the police no less than 16 times. It beggars belief that the police allowed abuse in this home to continue, after 16 individual reports of abuse confirmed by both her children and other family members. According to information released by Gazeta Express, in one such report Zejnepe told the police that her husband had tied her up and tortured her with a knife while she was pregnant with their second daughter. According to Zejnepe’s sister, she had also attempted suicide three years before her murder.

On Wednesday, April 12, Nebih Berisha was sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison, barely above the legally required sentence for murder (which, according to the Penal Code, varies from 10 years to life imprisonment, as per the discretion of the judge). Nebih’s lawyer, Esat Gutaj, apparently argued that his client suffered from “limited mental capacity.” Hajrije Thaci, Zejnepe’s sister, was one of the last people to see her alive. Thaci said she had been invited to act as a witness by the prosecutor in the case, but said she wasn’t interviewed once during the course of the trial.

You may have been seduced into thinking that things in Kosovo are bad, but they’re getting better. That gender inequality in Kosovo is “cultural” and requires gradual change. You need to stop this thinking immediately.

On Friday, April 14, Kosovars marched again in Prishtina to protest the murder of yet another woman failed by the police, the legal system and our government. If you’re reading this on Prishtina Insight, chances are you’re a foreigner here to “observe,” “monitor,” “report” or otherwise “assist” Kosovo. You may have been seduced into thinking that things in Kosovo are bad, but they’re getting better. That gender inequality in Kosovo is “cultural” and requires gradual change. You need to stop this thinking immediately.

What Kosovars need from you is unsparing criticism, because there’s only one of two ways progressive feminist politics happen here: feminist activists push an issue for years, organizing protests, writing articles, publishing research and lobbying the government. Or, the international community says they want a law passed or a new policy, after which it becomes, at the very least, a topic of national conversation.

Kosovo’s hatred of its women should be one of those priorities. This is a country where police will ignore a woman’s 16 individual reports of abuse and torture at the hands of her husband. This is a country where police allegedly participate in the rape and trafficking of teenage girls. This is a country where a woman with a restraining order gets shot dead by her husband in broad daylight. This is a country where women who want rape investigated get beaten. This is a country where doctors allow women to to give birth unassisted on the floors of hospitals. This is a country where 80 per cent of women don’t work. This is a country where girls get pulled out of school to get married. This is a country where women and girls are told that constant street harassment is a joke. This is Kosovo, outside of Prishtina’s bourgeois core.

And to my fellow Kosovar compatriots, those of you with bourgeois status, those of you who maybe have jumped at the chance to shill an image of a progressive, youthful Kosovo upon the offer of an “advisorship” or a cushy job spent going on official trips abroad: you are the worst. Rita Ora, Majlinda Kelmendi and #KosovoinUNESCO are all fine and dandy, but you help no one by pushing an idea of Kosovo that simply does not exist. Kosovo’s institutions are in need of radical change, and that can only happen when the people inside them are able to take a long hard look at themselves.

Right now, it’s precisely the government, the courts and the police that stand in the way of the advancement of our women and girls, and this needs to be yelled out from the rooftops. I probably don’t need to remind you, but here’s a brief list of the ‘Greatest Hits of Feminism’ by the Kosovo Government: Comparing feminists to cows. Telling a woman MP to “suck it” and then giving a speech to women entrepreneurs. Getting arrested for groping Japanese schoolgirls while on official state business. Calling an opposing government official a “fag.” And this is just the stuff that gets reported.

If this is Kosovo’s highest levels of government, how can it be any surprise that judges encourage women who are abused to reconcile with their partners? Or that prosecutors fail to pursue men who beat their wives? Or that restraining orders are next to meaningless in this country? Or that police dismiss women’s stories and might even participate in their abuse? Or that all the data on sexualized violence, failures of justice and systemic inequality collected by the Kosovo Women’s Network are not used to draft policy? Is it any wonder that I’ve almost never bothered to call upon the authorities when I’ve been followed down the street or kicked or threatened or pulled by the arm by men in Prishtina, our little bourgeois bubble?

I’m at a loss at how much more data needs to be collected, how many more deaths need to happen and how many more marches need to be organized in order for things to change. Which is why I humbly suggest public shaming, the deepest cut in the Albanian playbook. Until our institutions climb out of their current state of dysfunction, Kosovo’s abysmal treatment of its women and girls needs to become a constant, never-ending source of national shame. http://prishtinainsight.com/national-shame-kosovo-murdered-women/

SAS, MI6: Kosovo, Bosnia, Al-Queda until Jemen

Abu Hamza al-Masri (left) riding in a car with Haroon Rashid Aswat in January 1999.Abu Hamza al-Masri (left) riding in a car with Haroon Rashid Aswat in January 1999. [Source: Sunday Times]Haroon Rashid Aswat is a radical Muslim of Indian descent but born and raised in Britain. Around 1995, when he was about 21 years old, he left Britain and attended militant training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is said to have later told investigators that he once served as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden. In the late 1990s, he returns to Britain and becomes a “highly public aide” to radical London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri. Reda Hassaine, an informant for the French and British intelligence services (see After March 1997 and Late January 1999), will later recall regularly seeing Aswat at the Finsbury Park mosque where Abu Hamza preaches. Hassaine frequently sees Aswat recruiting young men to join al-Qaeda. “Inside the mosque he would sit with the new recruits telling them about life after death and the obligation of every Muslim to do the jihad against the unbelievers. All the talk was about killing in order to go to paradise and get the 72 virgins.” Aswat also shows potential recruits videos of the militants fighting in Bosnia and Chechnya. Hassaine will add: “He was always wearing Afghan or combat clothes. In the evening he offered some tea to the people who would sit with him to listen to the heroic action of the mujaheddin before joining the cleric for the finishing touch of brainwashing. The British didn’t seem to understand how dangerous these people were.” Hassaine presumably tells his British handlers about Aswat, as he is regularly reporting about activities as the mosque around this time, but the British take no action. [Sunday Times (London), 7/31/2005] It will later be reported that Aswat is the mastermind of the 7/7 London bombings (see Late June-July 7, 2005). Some of the 7/7 suicide bombers regularly attended the Finsbury Park mosque, and may have been recruited by al-Qaeda there or at another mosque in Britain. Counterterrorism expert John Loftus will later claim that Aswat in fact was working with British intelligence. He will say that in the late 1990s British intelligence was trying to get Islamist militants to fight in Kosovo against the Serbians and Aswat was part of this recruitment effort (see July 29, 2005). [Fox News, 7/29/2005]

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March 17, 2017

Which „War Torn“ Country? – U.S. Slaughter In Somalia, Yemen And Syria


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When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which „war torn“ country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn’t say. Were they fleeing from the „war torn“ Somalia? Or were the fleeing from „war torn“ Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.

An Apache attack helicopter shot up the refugees‘ boat. There are Saudi, United Emirati and U.S. Apache helicopters in or around Yemen. It is unknown which of them ordered and which executed the strike. These helicopters, their ammunition and the service for them are a favored U.S. export to belligerent dictatorships like Saudi Arabia.

The UN warns that 5 million people in Yemen are only weeks away from starving. The Saudis, the U.S. and the Emirates block all land routes, air ports and the coast of Yemen and no food supplies come through. This is an ongoing huge war crime and literally a genocide. But „western“ media seem totally unimpressed. Few, if any, reports on the war on Yemen get published. Never have they so openly displayed their hypocrisy.

Somalia is falling back into an all-out civil war fueled by the decades old unwillingness of the U.S. to condone an independent local unity government. The Islamic Court Union, a unity government created by the Somalis in 2006, was the last working instance of a real Somali state. It had no Jihadist agenda and held down local warlords. It was destroyed by the Bush administration:

A UN cable from June 2006, containing notes of a meeting with senior State Department and US military officials from the Horn of Africa task force, indicates that the United States was aware of the ICU’s diversity, but would “not allow” it to rule Somalia. The United States, according to the notes, intended to “rally with Ethiopia if the ‘Jihadist’ took over.” The cable concluded, “Any Ethiopian action in Somalia would have Washington’s blessing.” Some within the US intelligence community called for dialogue or reconciliation, but their voices were drowned out by hawks determined to overthrow the ICU.

During the last 10 years an on-and-off war is waged in Somalia with the U.S. military interfering whenever peace seems to gain ground. Currently a new round of war is building up. Weapons are streaming into Somalia from Yemen, where the Houthi plunder them from their Saudi invaders:

Jonah Leff, a weapons tracing expert with conflict Armament Research, said many [Somali] pirates had turned to smuggling. They take boatloads of people [from Somalia] to Yemen and return with weapons, he said.

The wars on Somalia and Yemen are the consequences of unscrupulous and incompetent(?) U.S. foreign policy. (Cutting down the size of the U.S. State Department, as the Trump administration now plans to do, is probably the best thing one can do for world peace.)

The U.S. military should be cut down too. It is equally unscrupulous and incompetent.

Last night the U.S. military hit a mosque in Al-Jīnah in Aleppo governate in Syria. It first claimed that the strike, allegedly targeting a large meeting of al-Qaeda, was in Idleb governate. But it turned out to be miles away west of Aleppo. Locals said a mosque was hit, the roof crashed in and more than 40 people were killed during the regular prayer service. More than 120 were injured. The U.S. military said it did not hit the local mosque but a building on the other side of the small plaza.

The U.S. maps and intelligence were not up-to-date. A new, bigger mosque had been build some years ago opposite of the old mosque. The old mosque was indeed not hit. The new one was destroyed while some 200 people were in attendance. Eight hellfire missiles launched from two Reaper drones were fired at it and a 500lb bomb was then dropped on top to make sure that no one escaped alive. Al-Qaeda fighters were indeed „meeting“ at that place – five times a day and together with the locals they have pressed by force to attend the Quran proscribed prayers.

Had the Russian or Syrian army committed the strike the „western“ outcry would have been great. For days the media would have provide gruesome photos and stories. The U.S. ambassador at the UN would have spewed fire and brimstone. But this intelligence screw-up happened on the U.S. side. There will now be some mealymouthed explanations and an official military investigation that will find no fault and will have no consequences.

Amid this sorry incident it was amusing to see the propaganda entities the U.S. had created to blame the Syrian government turning against itself. The MI6 operated SOHR was the first to come out with a high death count. The al-Qaeda aligned, U.S./UK financed „White Helmets“ rescuers made a quick photo session pretending to dig out the dead. The sectarian al-Qaeda video propagandist Bilal Abdul Kareem, which the New York Times recently portrait in a positive light, provided damning video and accusing comments. The amateur NATO researchers at Bellingcat published what they had gleaned from maps, photos and videos other people created. The NATO think tank, which defended al-Qaeda’s invasion of Idleb, will shed crocodile tears.

Each new lie and obfuscation the U.S. Central Command in the Middle East put out throughout the day was immediately debunked by the horde of U.S. financed al-Qaeda propaganda supporters. This blowback from the „information operation“ against Syria will likely have consequences for future U.S. operations.

In another operation last night the Israeli air force attacked Syrian forces near Palmyra which were operating against ISIS. The Israeli fighters were chased away when the Syrians fired air defense missiles. This was an Israeli attempt to stretch the „rules of operation“ it had negotiated with the Russian military in Syria. The Russians, which control the Syrian air space, had allowed Israel to hit Hizbullah weapon transports on their way to Lebanon. Attacks on any force operating against Jihadis in Syria are taboo. The Russian government summoned the Israeli ambassador. Netanyahoo broke the rules. He will now have to bear the consequences.

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Why the UK launched its first targeted drone strike ever

On Aug. 21, 2015, the UK government launched its first targeted drone strike ever. The jihadist in the drone’s crosshairs was Reyaad Khan, a UK national who was remotely directing recruits to carry out terrorist attacks in his home country. Khan, also known as Abu Dujana al Hindi, was operating in the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria at the time. The UK had used unmanned aerial bombers in the past as part of larger military campaigns. But the 21-year-old Khan, pictured above, was the first jihadist to be specifically hunted in such a fashion.

David Cameron, who was then prime minister, announced the deaths of Khan and some of his associates during a speech before the UK parliament on Sept. 7, 2015. But it wasn’t until today, more than a year and a half later, that the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee released its findings on the matter.

The committee investigated whether the intelligence cited by Cameron and other officials justified the exceptional attention Khan was given. In short, the committee concluded that Khan represented a serious threat.

In its report, the committee agreed with an assessment that was included in a dossier compiled by MI5 in July 2015. That analysis read: “[T]hrough his persistent and prolific efforts to recruit, advise, and encourage operatives in the West to conduct attacks, Khan poses a significant, ongoing and imminent threat to the UK.”

In the months that followed Khan’s death, counterterrorism officials around the globe detected numerous plots connected to Islamic State cyber planners living in Iraq and Syria. European authorities would eventually describe these operations as “remote-controlled,” as Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s loyalists, both male and female, provided advice and direction that went well beyond mere inspiration. Looking back on this recent history, it is now clear that Khan and his comrades were among the first jihadists to frequently employ this innovation in the West….

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/04/

Albanien, das NATO Kathastrophen Land, wo sogar „Mehl“ nur als Tierfutter geeignet an die Bevölkerung verkauft wird

Der bekannte Journalist Artan Hoxha outete, das der Innenminister Samir Tahiri, die Drogen Mafia Verbindungen des Ilir Meta outete, was aber nicht neu ist. siehe seinen festgenommen Staatssekretär Almir Rrapo, Festnahmen von Drogen Bossen, welche in 2001 schon Ilir Meta persönlich im Auftrage von Spartak Braho: Diplomaten Pässe gab, oder Mitarbeiter der Ehefrau, wie Hernn Kondi, festgenommen ebenso in 2002.

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Kaum zu glauben, diese Art von Polizei, welche für Kriminelle in Tradition arbeiten: Geldwäsche in illegale Bauten:

90 % der Drogen Geldwäsche über illegale Bauten in Albanien

Durres: unbekannter Mafiosi baut unter der Villa Zogu, beim Krankenhaus, wo Politik Verbrecher vor allem ihre villen haben

Federica Mogherini, Romana Vlachudin, Jan Rudolph die EU Desaster Leute in Fortsetzung in Tirana

Tahiri: Zëdhënësi i LSI lexim të pasaktë raportit të DASH
Saimir Tahiri, ministri në largim ka reaguar menjëherë pas deklaratës së Luan Ramës, nga selia e LSI mbi raportin e DASH mbi kanabisin në Shqipëri.
http://shqiptarja.com/home/1/raporti-i-dash-lsi-kritika–tahirihiena-t–dala-nga-ps-408186.html#sthash.ALNgThXI.dpuf

  • 2016 Human Rights Report – Albania (PDF 310 KB) 29 page
  • The Republic of Albania is a parliamentary democracy. The constitution vests legislative authority in the unicameral parliament (the Assembly), which elects both the prime minister and the president. The prime minister heads the government, while the president has limited executive power. In June 2015 the country held local elections for mayors and municipal councils. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) assessed the elections positively overall but observed important procedural irregularities. In 2013 the country held parliamentary elections that the OSCE reported were competitive and respected fundamental freedoms but were conducted in an atmosphere of distrust that tainted the electoral environment. Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the security forces. The most significant human rights problems were pervasive corruption in all branches of government, particularly in the judicial and health-care systems, and domestic violence and discrimination against women.

Kosovo: Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture arrested for abuse with duty

 

Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture arrested for abuse with duty

 

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policePolice of Kosovo have arrested four people, three of whom are reported to be officials of the Ministry of Agriculture. The three officials are accused of “abusing with duty”.

Police of Kosovo say that they have also arrested the owner of “Calabrija” company in Gjilan, on suspicion of “fraud with subsidies”.

Law enforcement authorities  say that  the amount that has been embezzled is 200 thousand euros.

Also, the Agency for Agricultural Development says that it has proceeded around 40 cases suspected of abuse in the line of duty relating to subsidies.

“Judicial authorities are expected to carry out the necessary legal procedures and we, as an institution, fully support judicial authorities”, the press release of the Agency for Agricultural Development says. /balkaneu.com/

Kosovo is awaiting the new thermal power plant

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The postponement of the construction of the new thermal power plant “New Kosovo”, a project which has started over a decade ago, continues to keep “Kosovo A” thermal power plant in use, although this plant has been considered as the biggest environment polluter. Due to its age and inability to reduce pollution levels, the thermal […]

„failed State“: Zuspitzung im Kosovo – EU soll eingreifen

Im  Lügen und Betrugs Meer der EU Commission, einer Mafiösen sich selbst ernannten Regierungs Leitung, und von niemanden gewählt.
zu korrupt und inkompetend für Alles: EU Spinner
Massenflucht trotz Milliardenspritzen: Kosovo – ein „failed state“ mitten in Europa

Zuspitzung im Kosovo – EU soll eingreifen

Nach der Eskalation zwischen Serbien und dem Kosovo sollte die Europäische Union, so Lawrow, für eine Entspannung sorgen und erreichen, „dass die Abkommen zwischen Belgrad und Pristina umgesetzt werden“. Hashim Thaçi – Präsident der Republik Kosovo Brüssel beschenkt das Kosovo wie ein Weihnachtsmann 17:29 06.05.2016 In der letzten Zeit sind etwa 200.000 Albaner aus dem Kosovo in die Europäische Union ausgereist. Vor kurzem hat die EU-Kommission dem Europarat und dem Europäischen Parlament empfohlen, für Bürger des Kosovo die Visapflicht bei Kurzreisen in die Länder der Schengen-Zone aufzuheben. Erweist sich Europa damit nicht einen Bärendienst? Mehr

Mehr: https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20170117314138704-lawrow-Jahrespressekonferenz/

„Der Staat Jugoslawien stand dem strategischen Entwurf der USA im Wege“

  –  Ramon Schack

Das zerstörte Sarajewo im März 1996. Bild: DoD

Robert Baer hat 20 Jahre lang für den US-Geheimdienst CIA gearbeitet und war für diesen in Ländern wie dem Libanon, dem Irak, in Tadschikistan, in Marokko und im ehemaligen Jugoslawien tätig. 1997 verließ er den Geheimdienst und berichtete seitdem in Büchern und als Autor in Zeitungen über die US-Außenpolitik, Spionage und die Arbeit der Geheimdienste, die er zunehmend kritisch betrachtete. Er schilderte den Niedergang der CIA, die seiner Ansicht nach falsche Haltung gegenüber Saudi-Arabien und dem Iran. In dem Buch „Secrets of the White House“, das demnächst erscheinen soll, geht es darum, welche Interessen die USA in Ex-Jugoslawien bis hin zum Kosovo-Krieg verfolgten.

In Ihrem neuen Buch „Secrets of the White House“ werfen Sie dem CIA vor, den Zerfall Jugoslawiens in den 1990er Jahren massiv unterstützt zu haben. Was war das strategische Ziel des US-Geheimdienstes, diesen Staatszerfall zu beschleunigen, der zu Krieg und Bürgerkrieg führte und hunderttausende Opfer forderte?
Robert Baer: Das Ziel war es, den Staat Jugoslawien als geopolitischen Machtfaktor auszuschalten. Versetzen wir uns einmal in jene Zeit zurück, vor rund einem Vierteljahrhundert. Die Sowjetunion zerbrach, ebenso die Tschechoslowakei, Deutschland wurde vereinigt, der Warschauer Pakt löste sich auf, die geopolitische Landschaft, welche nach dem 2. Weltkrieg entstanden war, hatte über Nacht aufgehört zu existieren.
In Washington hatte man damals das Ziel, gemäß der Fehlanalysen Fukuyamas, die Chancen zu nutzen, um dauerhaft westliche Vorstellungen von der Welt nicht nur in Europa zu installieren, also der ganz große Abwasch, um zukünftig das Entstehen eines gegnerischen Machtfaktors, wie es die UdSSR einst war, dauerhaft zu verhindern.
Und was hat das mit Jugoslawien zu tun?
Robert Baer: Der Staat Jugoslawien stand diesem strategischen Entwurf im Wege. Immerhin war es ein Staat mit einigem Gewicht und einigem Prestige, sowie mit einer der stärksten Armeen Europas.
Klingt das nicht etwas nach einer antiamerikanischen Verschwörungstheorie?
Robert Baer: Nicht wenn man selbst dabei war so wie ich seit Januar 1991, als ich in Bosnien eintraf, im Auftrag der CIA.
Was war Ihr damaliges Aufgabengebiet?
Robert Baer:Wir hatten die Aufgabe, eine angebliche serbische Terrorzelle zu überwachen, gegebenenfalls auszuschalten, die das Ziel hatte, die bosnischen Pläne zur Unabhängigkeit zu sabotieren.
Wieso sagen Sie „angebliche Terrorzelle“?
Robert Baer: Nun, weil es diese Gruppierung,“Surpreme Serbia“ wurde sie übrigens genannt, überhaupt nicht gab. Unsere Anwesenheit vor Ort diente nur dazu, die politische Klasse Bosniens zu verunsichern und deren Weg zur Unabhängigkeit zu beschleunigen. Nach 2 Wochen wurde die Aktion abgeblasen, ich selbst wurde dann nach Slowenien mit dem Ziel versetzt, dort die Entwicklung zur Unabhängigkeit voranzutreiben.
1991 mündete der Zerfallsprozess in einen offenem Krieg, der viele Jahre andauern sollte. Kamen Ihnen persönlich damals Zweifel, was die moralische Rechtfertigung anging?
Robert Baer: Zweifel hat jeder Agent. Aber die Tätigkeit als Mitarbeiter eines der führenden Geheimdienste der Welt eignet sich nicht besonders gut dazu, moralische Reflexionen anzustellen. Je mehr wir aber über die Geschichte Jugoslawiens erfuhren, umso größer wurden die Zweifel. Besonders die Tatsache, Serbien alleine als den größten Kriegsverbrecher sowohl im historischen Kontext, wie auch in dem aktuellen Krieg von damals darzustellen, entsprach nie den Realitäten.
Welche Rolle spielte Geld, bei diesen Operationen?
Robert Baer: Eine ausschlaggebende Rolle. Wir schmierten Politiker und Generäle, Publizisten und Polizisten.
Welche?
Robert Baer: Die führenden Politiker der damaligen Teilrepubliken zum Beispiel.
Kommen wir auf die Situation im Kosovo zu sprechen. Gehen Sie davon aus, dass mit der Abspaltung Kosovos von Serbien der Z“Der Staat Jugoslawien stand dem strategischen Entwurf der USA im Wege“erfallsprozess Jugoslawiens beendet ist?
Robert Baer: Das hängt davon ab, wie sich die innenpolitische Lage Kosovos entwickelt. Der Zerfallsprozess, von dem Sie sprachen, also im klassischen Sinne, ist sicherlich vorbei. Mich würde es aber nicht wundern, wenn die Albaner bald auch albanische Gebiete in den Nachbarstaaten beanspruchen würden, also in Serbien und Mazedonien.
Der damalige deutsche Außenminister Fischer sprach von einem drohenden Ausschwitz, womit er die westliche Intervention damals moralisch zu rechtfertigen gedachte.
Robert Baer: Als deutscher Politiker hätte er eigentlich über ein gewisses historisches Gespür verfügen sollen bezüglich solcher unsachlichen Vergleiche. Es gab zwei strategische Gründe für ein unabhängiges Kosovo. Wegen der mineralischen und natürlichen Ressourcen und natürlich wegen der geplanten Errichtung von Bondsteel, dem Militärstützpunkt, mitten im Herzen Südost-Europas.
Viele Kosovaren sind aber heute noch dankbar für die westliche Intervention von damals.
Robert Baer: Ich würde eher behaupten, sie waren es. Denn bis heute hat sich die ökonomische Lage nicht verbessert.
Die Verrückten Gangster der EU Commission und Angela Merkel sind einmalig in der Geschichte
Die Menschen fliehen doch aus dem Land. Der Staat ist nicht lebensfähig.
Ich möchte kurz über Ihre Motivation sprechen, was Ihre publizistische Arbeit angeht, seitdem Sie aus dem CIA ausgeschieden sind. Möchten Sie das Ansehen der USA beschädigen?
Robert Baer: Im Gegenteil, ich bin ein amerikanischer Patriot, der sich Sorgen macht über diese desaströse Politik der letzten Jahrzehnte, speziell seit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges, die das Ansehen der USA weltweit sinken lassen.
Gehen Sie davon aus, dass auch bei anderen geopolitischen Krisen der jüngsten Zeit ähnliche Maßnahmen zur Anwendung kamen?
Robert Baer: Mit Sicherheit. Allerdings möchte ich betonen, dass natürlich andere Mächte ähnliche Praktiken verwenden, je nach den jeweiligen Möglichkeiten.

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