November 2012


The first case: a no-brainer. Bosnian Muslims accuse a Serb in Canada of abusing Muslim prisoners during the Bosnian war. Serb gets convicted.

The second case: A Bosnian Muslim convicted of killing two people in a mafia deal gone bad: released from prison — first in Bosnia, and then in Canada. All done quietly.

Court finds Serb immigrant helped abuse of Muslim prisoners (Postmedia News/Canadian Press, Aug. 18, 2011)

OTTAWA – The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that a B.C. man lied about his involvement in crimes against humanity to become a Canadian citizen.

The decision paves the way for Branko Rogan’s Canadian citizenship to be revoked by the immigration minister.

The court found that Rogan — a Bosnian Serb — worked as a prison guard and was involved in beating and torturing Bosniaks in 1992.

And it ruled that he hid those facts when he applied for Canadian citizenship in 1997 as they would have made him inadmissable.

The case began when Rogan was spotted in a Burnaby, B.C., shopping mall in 1996 by Bosnian Muslims who then called the RCMP.

[They’ve got it on speed dial.]

Justice Anne Mactavish says it’s the first citizenship case handled by the court that deals with [war] crimes from the post-Second World War era.

Yes, cases against Serbs are always breaking “legal” ground in all kinds of ways. Now, contrast this with the case in Canada of Elvir Pobric. If you recall, this was the Bosnian Muslim who refused a translator with a Serb last name. (Even mafiosos have their standards!)

Fugitive denies he killed men in Bosnia (Canwest News Service, May 21, 2009)

…Police in Hamilton [Calgary] have said that [Elvir] Pobric, 37, was convicted in a Bosnian court for the 1992 murders of two men but escaped from jail 13 years ago.

The authorities have alleged that Pobric killed two men in Velagici, Bosnia, shooting them execution-style, then burning and burying the bodies and a car in a garbage dump.

Pobric denies the allegations…[and] blamed corruption for what he called his false conviction in 1992.

Pobric came to Canada in 1999 and claimed refugee status under his own name.

His lawyer said Wednesday that documents may also support claims that Pobric did not bolt from prison [in Bosnia, but was released].

…He was secretly released from custody last week pending his next appearance before the board — sparking controversy over the fact that the public wasn’t notified.

The board operates independently from the government, and immigrations officials were said to be seething over the fact that a convicted killer was released without public warning.

Police were notified two days later.

Below is the item demonstrating the above-mentioned controversy. At least Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney didn’t allow his ethnic bias toward Bosniaks to play a role in posturing outrage in the name of public welfare. Then again, there was no Serb involved for him to choose the Muslim’s side.

Minister takes own department to task over secrecy (Sun Media, May 15, 2009)

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is vowing “to take urgent” action against his own officials who are refusing to say if a Bosnian fugitive killer has been released.

Kenney’s spokesman Alykhan Velshi said the minister is troubled by the decision of Immigration and Refugee board adjudicator Lee Ann King to shut media out of a hearing Tuesday that decided whether Bosnian prison escapee Elvir Pobric would be released from custody.

“We are concerned that this detention hearing was decided in private, and that the public has not been informed of the outcome,” said Velshi.

The minister’s office won’t hesitate in trying to ensure the public is informed of the fate of Pobric, who served three years of a 20-year sentence in Bosnia for a 1992 double murder, said Velshi.

“The public has a right to know if a murderer is on the loose.”

An impending deportation hearing has been closed to the public by King.

No reason was given to members of the media for their exclusion from the hearings. […]

NOTE: I’ve bumped this blog up from yesterday, with a new headline, as I’d gotten The Ledger’s day of publication wrong. It’s today. So An abridged version of the article below now appears at Connecticut Jewish Ledger.

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On November 4th in Toronto, Haifa University conferred an honorary doctorate degree in philosophy on Jason Kenney, Canada’s immigration minister.

Pro-Israel people certainly have reason to be fans of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government and specifically of Mr. Kenney, who in March condemned Israel Apartheid Week, saying “The organizers of Israel Apartheid Week use the cover of academic freedom to demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel…This week runs contrary to Canadian values of tolerance, mutual respect, and understanding.”

Nonetheless, Mr. Kenney should give the pro-Israel community some pause. He has called WWII Croatian Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac “one of the great heroes of the 20th Century.” On his desk he keeps “a prayer card with a picture of Cardinal Stepinac, who was himself a kind of martyr for Croatia and the faith,” Kenney told a Croatian delegation gathered in 2009.

As those who don’t ignore history are aware, Stepinac presided over the first successful genocide of WWII — that of Jews, Serbs and Roma in Croatia — which was a precursor to the wider Holocaust. His lobbying in 1941 on behalf of a group of arrested priests agitating for a fascist coup in Yugoslavia led directly to the rise of Croatia’s WWII Ustasha regime, headed by the nationalist-terrorist leader whom the group of priests was involved with, Fuehrer Ante Pavelic. The crimes committed by the Ustashas against Orthodox Serbs in particular were so brutal in their crudeness and relish that German officials complained to Berlin. Photos of Stepinac blessing Ustasha soldiers before slaughters are still viewable today.

Even if, as his champions argue, Stepinac later came to dislike Pavelic (whom he had blessed and presented to Pius XII), one cannot first help bring about the darkness and then claim heroic status for saving a few of the Jewish and Orthodox victims he helped create. This is why Yad Vashem has repeatedly turned down requests to grant Stepinac “Righteous” status.

Unfortunately, nothing prevented Pope John Paul II from callously beatifying the man, ignoring the protests by relatives of the victims, and a request by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to hold off. Stepinac himself may not have been a “monster” as Pavelic was, but he was what one would call “a company man” who went along, in the interest of creating a Catholic Croatia. With full knowledge not only that conversions were taking place at gunpoint, but that the clergy under him were themselves active participants in atrocities and mass murders. His criminality was more substantive than technical, careful as he was to leave history no smoking gun.

Could Haifa University really be unaware of Mr. Kenney’s admiration for the blesser of Jew- and Orthodox-killers? Or has it never been introduced to the name Stepinac?

At a November 2010 meeting with Croatian community representatives, Kenney said that Prime Minister Harper “paid his respects at the tomb of Cardinal Stepinac, which I have done myself, and that was an acknowledgement of Canada’s understanding of the sacrifices of those who stood for their faith, for their country, during those dark decades. And Cardinal Stepinac was of course a principal voice of contradiction — as John Paul II would have said — who really represented the spirit of the Croatian people.”

Kenney was referring to the dark decades of Communism, and he described Croatia’s ambitions in purely “national aspiration” terms, which the people were being “denied” by socialist Yugoslavia. Never mind the swastikas and Ustasha symbols and street names that were going up all over Croatia when it finally did start asserting those aspirations in 1991, and the official downgrading of non-Croats to third-class citizens, not to mention the handful of actual, exiled WWII Ustasha officials being brought back into government.

It seems Mr. Kenney’s Stepinac clock only started at Communism, and ignores WWII. So he wouldn’t have a very deep understanding of the 1991-95 war, which was a direct pick-up from the latter. It follows, then, that he would place “Canada’s” solidarity with Catholic Croatia over the Orthodox Serbs it cleansed (twice), and that Stepinac — painted innocently as a mere “enemy of Communism” — would be his hero. But the fact is that it was originally Stepinac’s aversion to Communism (understandable especially for a religious man) which caused him to help usher in Fascism.

While Stepinac’s war crimes prosecution did have a Communist agenda underlying it, the sentence was surprisingly mild (coming from forces that Kenney refers to in such sinister tones without devoting the same attention to the more ruthless clerical fascism that preceded them): Stepinac was allowed to live, and was sentenced ultimately to house arrest, as opposed to being summarily executed as was standard practice for Tito’s Serb enemies.

Canada’s conservative government has been singular in its support of Israel, and Kenney recently signed the Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism, upon which he stated, according to Canadian Friends of Haifa University: “In Nazi Germany the Jews were stripped of citizenship, denied their natural rights, and their very right to exist was called into question.”

This is exactly what happened to the Orthodox Serbs (and the Jews) in WWII Croatia, under Stepinac’s watchful eye. It is inconsistent for Kenney to be for Jews, and to be for someone who brought about their demise. Regardless, being pro-Jewish is not a license to be pro-anti-Orthodox.

Kenney told the group of Croats gathered at the November 2010 meeting that the 2009 lifting of visa restrictions (after heavy Croatian lobbying) was a show of Canadian solidarity with Croatia. Canada Border Services Agency warned of the increased possibility of war criminals trying to escape to Canada, pointing out that Croatia had “passed an amnesty law in 1996 affecting approximately 14,000 people who had been involved in armed aggression and conflict,” according to Canadian Press of July 15, 2009. “Amnesty International noted in its 2009 report that ‘there was a continuing failure to investigate war crimes committed by the Croatian army and police force.’”

Of course, when Canada’s own immigration minister idolizes a war criminal, it’s all probably of little concern. Kenney prides himself on being a devout Roman Catholic, but someone with his level of devoutness to a war criminal should not be celebrated, much less by a Jewish institution.

If there is any doubt about Stepinac being a war criminal (even in the face of his having had an official position in Hitler-aligned Croatia and working for its advancement to the last day of the war, not to mention his having appointed the Conversion Board), one can ask this: Why is it that at Croatian cultural centers throughout the Croatian diaspora, a portrait of Stepinac hangs alongside a portrait or bust of Fuehrer Pavelic? Indeed, masses for Pavelic are still held in Croatia every December, to the repeated but ignored objections of The Simon Wiesenthal Center. And no one else.

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NOTE: The article above is the original version which readers of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger are being directed to from the shorter version appearing there today. It was originally quashed by a Jewish wire service after the editor vetted it through one of those familiar “experts,” who are expert in reciting the official, permitted narrative of the Balkans, itself carefully crafted starting toward the end of WWII.

The piece regained life last Friday when I managed — after appealing to Arianna Huffington directly — to get it placed at Huffington Post. But on Saturday, without any notice or explanation, it was pulled, the URL redirecting to a page reading, “Editor’s Note: This post is no longer available on the Huffington Post.” Upon pressing the editors, I got a short reply that there were factual inaccuracies that were potentially libelous. I am still waiting to hear what those were. Rather than answer me, Huffington Post will happily retreat to its comfort zone of feeding on whatever everyone else in “journalism” is feeding on.

And so we are left with the foul but familiar situation, in which Jews and Jew-haters alike (that would be Huffington Post) are protecting the Axis-spun “historical record” while knowing absolutely nothing about it — not even that this is what they’re doing. Nor are they aware that they’ve merely reenacted, to a tee, the uniform reaction I get every time I introduce the subject of WWII Croatia, or Kosovo, or Bosnia to a publication. Only the names of the clones change, depending on which media outlet I’m dealing with. The suppression is unofficial, and unfailing.

When I told my friend Michael Pravica about it this week, he told me the story of how his friend, Buchenwald survivor John Ranz, had been invited by a Jewish organization some years ago to speak about his concentration camp experiences — and for a handsome sum of money. But, they advised, there was one caveat: He was not to bring up the Serbs. And so Ranz declined the invitation.

Michael also recalled phoning in to a radio station in 1998, which was hosting a Catholic bishop. The subject that day: “Who are the Orthodox?” As an Orthodox Christian, Michael said to the bishop (as he recapped it for me): Thank you for taking my call, Your Grace. You’re talking about Orthodox-Catholic reconciliation, but at the same time you’re trying to canonize a man who, at the very least, did nothing to save Orthodox Serbs when they were being liquidated by Catholic Croatia in WWII. How can you expect reconciliation in such a case?” Michael told me the bishop was decent enough to admit he had no satisfactory answer for him on this.

Finally, I received the following paragraph from Professor Emeritus John Peter Maher on Saturday, which — if I’ve understood correctly — he’d posted as a comment under the Huffington Post article before it mysteriously disappeared:

Sixteen years of my education were in Catholic schools. I have an MA in Greek & Latin from The Catholic University of America in Greek & Latin. Previously I had studied [for] the RC priesthood. In the Cold War I learned Serbo-Croatian, and added a couple more languages on my own. I served in the US Army Counter-Intelligence Corps, serving on the Yugoslav desk of a CIC unit in Italy 1959-61. I have translated a biography of one of the tens of thousands of Serb Orthodox children, most of them orphaned by murderous Catholics and Muslims. These babies were forcibly converted to Catholicism and “adopted”. I have translated the biography of one of them, who as a girl received Catholic First Holy Communion from Stepinac in the Jastrebarsko concentration camp for children, something even Hitler never had. After “adoption” and clean-up, her Croat adoptive father took her to the Zagreb cathedral for her second First Holy Communion. When she told him “I have seen that priest before, in the Jastrebarsko camp,” he railed at her: “How dare you! That is our beloved Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac.” So, now he’s on a holy card on Kenney’s desk, and Kenney is a guest of honor at Haifa University.

And so you see, Readers, there are the allowable controversies — those are the ones you hear debated — and then there are real controversies. Those are the ones you don’t even know exist.


Croatian Catholic Cardinal Stepinac, front center, was a deputy in the Sabor, the pseudo-legislature of the Nazi-like Croatian Ustashi dictatorship. (Thanks to Emperors Clothes)


Blessing Ustasha soldiers (Emperors Clothes)


Franciscan monk and Ustasha soldier, Stane Kukavica


Ustasha holding one of many Serb heads; eventually defrocked priest Miroslav Filipovic, who briefly ran Jasenovac camp


Ustashas posing with the head of a Serb priest

“Kill all the Serbs, including children, so that not even the seeds of the beast are left.”
– Friar Ivan Raguzh, of Stolic in Eastern Herzegovina

“The silence of Jewish organizations is less easily explained… [The late Milan Bulajic, of Belgrade’s Genocide Museum, met] officials of the Holocaust Museum [in Washington to] find out why no one mentions the Yugoslav Jews who died there. He did not seem to get a clear-cut answer…”
– Andrew Borowiec, “Croatian-run Death Site Remains Dark Secret,” Washington Times, July 5, 1994


John Paul II praying at the body of Stepinac, whom he beatified in 1998

Related to this May story about Syrians training in Kosovo’s reinstated KLA terror camps and Libyan and Syrian rebels turning to Kosovo Albanians for pointers, Kosovo media are reporting that the first “Kosovar” ‘volunteer’ has been killed in Syria.

Where he was so totally not, like, you know, fighting a jihad against Assad.


Naman Demolli.

Google his name and a bunch of media in Thacistan (”vullnetari i parë shqiptarë” - Albanian volunteer) come up about it.

So far, nothing about Our Friend the Albanian in English.

As the first Albanian Muslim from Kosovo volunteer is discovered in Syria, the question becomes more pertinent: Why is our National Guard still aiming at Kosovo Christians on Albanian-Muslim behalf?

Oh yeah: that Kosovakbar volunteer is on “our” side in the anti-Assad jihad. Never mind.

*******UPDATE********

I’m adding another report on this, which I didn’t see at the time I blogged the above:

The fighting between government forces and rebels in Syria resulted in killing an Albanian from Kosovo. A former member of the KLA went to Syria to fight against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, in behalf of CIA and Wahhabists.

Naman Demoli, a male from Pristina…is the first mercenary volunteer from the Balkans killed in one of the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Naman Demoli from Pristina was the first Albanian from Kosovo who was killed in the fightings in Syria. He went there to fight against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Demo was killed last Wednesday, and his family heard about it on Saturday. He was a member of the KLA and fanatical activists of the extreme ‘Join’ movement,” the Pristina “Express” reports.

The magazine said that Demoli was a member of the KLA since 1999…and that he was wounded during the conflict in Kosovo.

The media does not specify whether Demo was a single Albanian involved in conflict in Syria.

Naman Demoli was one of the leading activists in Kosovo to build a large Wahhabi mosque in Pristina.

Source : rts.rs

A more complete version of the Jerusalem Post article from over the weekend, complete with photos, appears at Right Side News today. So far, we have one comment. By an Albanian name, Dritan. I hadn’t seen it before the editor correctly papered over it thus:

# By far the most disturbing one sided story — Dritan 2012-11-13 10:58
****This Comment CENSORED as violation of Comments Policy, No attacks on writers allowed without factual evidence provided: as stated in COMMENTS POLICY:
“Comments that include inappropriate content, baseless accusations, name calling, links or language will be edited or removed” RIGHT SIDE NEWS MODERATOR

One can only imagine what it said. Then again, we hardly require imagination, as this is what we get 24/7, courtesy of innate and professional Albanian denialism. (Not to mention that the title of the comment says it all: he’s bothered by the “one-sided” story because it’s not the one side that we get from absolutely every other media organ.)

In the course of reading comments under Gray Falcon’s recent Albright blog, I learned from commenter Aleks that Albright’s comrade-in-Orthodox-loathing, the British Labour MP and professional Serb-baiter/Albanian Mafia-kneeler (who also tried to keep Vladimir Putin out of the Olympics) — Denis MacShane — is being suspended for a year from Parliament.

It seems he’s been expensing improperly. That is, stealing.

And here I was scratching my head, wondering what was the kinship that he so felt with the Albanian con-men running his beloved Kosovo, the criminal den whose creation he worked toward and cheered.

MPs’ expenses scandal: Denis MacShane to be suspended as an MP for twelve months (Nov. 2)

A parliamentary committee has recommended that the former Minister for Europe Denis MacShane should be suspended as an MP for a year.


Silly-looking British douchebag and honorary Albanian conman Denis MacShane

The Labour MP for Rotherham is likely to be barred from Parliament for twelve months after the standards watchdog found he had submitted 19 false invoices “plainly intended to deceive”.

The Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee said it was the “gravest case” to come before MPs.

Between 2004 and 2008, Mr MacShane claimed up to £950 for research and translation costs to pay the European Policy Institute (EPI). The total amount claimed was £12,900.

However, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards John Lyon’s report found that Mr Macshane himself controlled the EPI’s bank account.

“The EPI was a loose network with no formal structure. The names at the bottom of the letterhead were friends and associates of Mr MacShane dating from the early 1990s when he was working in Geneva and the EPI had come into existence,” wrote Mr Lyon.

The Committee on Standards and Privileges announced the suspension over three years after Mr MacShane was reported to the watchdog over his expenses. The Daily Telegraph exposed the expenses scandal in 2009.

The investigation was delayed because of a police enquiry that was only resolved last July. It was not clear why the police enquiry was terminated without charges.

[Well this is sounding awfully Kosovo-like!]

The investigation began after it emerged that Mr MacShane had claimed nearly £20,000 a year in expenses for an office based in the garage of his South Yorkshire home.

The former Minister claimed £125,000 in seven years to cover the costs of running his official constituency base from the garage of his semi-detached home in Rotherham.

The enquiry eventually focused on 19 receipts submitted by Mr MacShane for “research and translation”.

Kevin Barron, the chairman of the committee of MPs said it was “the gravest case which has come to the Committee for adjudication.”

“I am sure the House of Commons will consider our recommendation as soon as possible,” said Mr Barron.

Mr MacShane said he was “obviously desperately sorry for any embarrassment I have caused my beloved Labour Party and its leader Ed Miliband whom I greatly admire.”

He insisted that he had not gained personally from the claims and that the original complaints were politically motivated.

“Clearly I deeply regret that the way I chose to be reimbursed for costs related to my work in Europe and in combating anti-semitism, including being the Prime Minister’s personal envoy, has been judged so harshly,” said Mr MacShane.

Labour declared Mr MacShane’s career as a Labour MP to be “effectively over”.

A party spokesman said: “These are very serious findings concerning Denis MacShane and we accept his statement this morning that his career as a Labour MP is effectively over.

“In the light of the report’s recommendations to the House, the Labour Party has suspended Denis MacShane with immediate effect, pending a full NEC (National Executive Committee) inquiry.”

Faced with all this, it seems MacShame went ahead and resigned:

…The police are also under pressure to reopen their investigation, after the report by the Parliamentary Committee on Standards and Privileges concluded that Mr MacShane was “writing his own cheque” from taxpayer funds.

In the report, the standards commissioner John Lyon said the investigation was suspended for almost two years because of the police enquiry.

However, although Mr Lyon reported Mr MacShane to the police in October 2010, he noted in his report that his evidence was not requested by the police, raising serious questions about the police investigation.

The enquiry was dropped after the Crown Prosecution Service concluded that the file passed to them by the police in December 2011 contained insufficient evidence to try Mr MacShane.

The police have launched, but subsequently dropped, several enquiries into MPs following the expenses scandal.

Tonight the Conservatives requested that the police reopen their investigation after Parliament released full details of the alleged fraud.

In a letter to the Metropolitan Police, Philip Davies, a Conservative MP, said: “…The findings are astonishing and raise serious questions about whether Mr MacShane is guilty of criminal behaviour.”

He added: “I understand that the evidence collected by the committee during its investigation was subject to parliamentary privilege, and thus could not be used by the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service].” Matthew Sinclair of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “I think the police need to take another look at this… I think frankly if that doesn’t happen then I think people are going to have to consider a private prosecution because the evidence here is very clear…This is a deeply, deeply dishonest expenses claim and ultimately a fraud and there needs to be proper sanctions for that.”

In an ITN video featured at the above links, Mr. Davies added that someone who sets laws shouldn’t evade laws, and warned of the possibility that the information Parliament has on MacShane wouldn’t be made available to police and courts. (Note the irony of a video about fraud coming from ITN, which itself was guilty of defrauding viewers in 1992 with that “concentration camp footage,” as it worked against the same people that MacShane works against — Serbs.)

Well, at least MacShame knows where he can find a job. He can go where all Balkans-terror-buttressers find new lives: on the Albanian payroll. Indeed, it was after a failed Congressional reelection bid that Joe DioGuardi himself decided to become an Albanian professionally.

Update:

Police take first step towards charges against Denis MacShane (Nov.3)

Scotland Yard is to take the first step towards bringing criminal charges against Denis MacShane, the former Labour minister who used fake invoices to claim £12,000 in expenses.

Police sources said officers would seek advice from the Crown Prosecution Service on whether the MP’s frank admissions of abuses, made in letters to the Parliamentary authorities, could be used in a prosecution.

There had been widespread surprise at comments by a senior Commons official who said correspondence from Mr MacShane to the standards watchdog were protected by parliamentary privilege and so could not be used in a criminal prosecution.

When police and the CPS previously examined the case, in 2010, they were not shown Mr MacShane’s evidence. They dropped the inquiry earlier this year.

Friends of Mr MacShane said the politician privately acknowledged that he always “sailed close to the wind” during his parliamentary career, but complained his treatment seemed unfair compared with others accused of misusing the MPs’ expenses system.

[Criminals don’t like when other criminals get away with more. That’s why, for example, Kosovo’s opposition party is having Thaci’s party investigated.]

He resigned as an MP on Friday after a parliamentary report found he submitted invoices from an independent body called the European Policy Institute (EPI).

MPs found the documents were falsified and the money was paid into a bank account which Mr MacShane controlled.

He admitted his guilt in a series of letters to John Lyon, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, which were published in last week’s report by the Commons’ Committee on Standards and Privileges.

In one, Mr MacShane described the EPI as a “convenient vehicle” to cover costs. He also made numerous admissions about his use of a fictitious signature on the invoices which MPs said amounted to “writing his own cheque”.

Liam Laurence Smyth, the Clerk of the Journals, who is responsible for parliamentary privilege issues in the Commons, said last week that this correspondence was inadmissible as evidence in a police inquiry.

He admitted that many people would find the situation “surprising” but said privilege was necessary for Parliament to function effectively.

Mr Laurence Smyth confirmed police were not provided with any of Mr MacShane’s evidence or the other information amassed by the commissioner after the Commons authorities referred the case to them in October 2010.

However, Mr Laurence Smyth suggested police may now be able to use the letters as a “map” to further their own inquiries.

Police sources said this interpretation of parliamentary privilege would now be closely examined.

John Mann, a Labour MP who has campaigned for greater openness on parliamentary expenses, said he believed it was “nonsense” to claim the documents are protected by privilege.

Mr Mann argued the rules were primarily designed to protect members from libel claims rather than criminal investigation.

One friend of Mr MacShane said: “It hardly seems fair. These claims are very historic and the police looked at them and dropped their inquiries.

[Also very Kosovo-like: citing muzzled investigations as proof of innocence. (See Kosovo and Albania official responses to the Council of Europe’s KLA-organ-harvesting inquiry.]

“Denis’s parliamentary career has been ended over £12,000 of expenses and yet there is someone who is promoted to the Cabinet after paying £40,000 to his lover.”

The friend appeared to be referring to the Liberal Democrat David Laws, who returned to Government in the September reshuffle. Mr Laws resigned in May 2010 after he arranged for £40,000 of public money to be paid to his boyfriend as rent – an arrangement in breach of Commons rules.

“There are also Tories who abused the expense the system in a far worse way [than Mr MacShane] and yet have not been censured in such a way,” the friend added.

It is understood Mr MacShane will now take time out to consider his options. He was born in Glasgow as Denis Matyjaszek to an Irish mother and Polish father. It was while working for the BBC that he changed his surname.

[Ah, so we have a Polish Catholic hating on the Orthodox. That explains a thing or two.]

His journalistic career also ended in colourful circumstances. He was sacked by the BBC in 1977 for using a fake name to call the radio phone-in programme he worked on.

During the call he accused the Conservative politician Reginald Maulding of being a crook. The Tory swiftly threatened to sue.

Mr MacShane has been married twice and has four children. It is understood he is currently in a relationship with Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of Chris Huhne, the former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary.

Ms Pryce and Mr Huhne are set to stand trial in January for perverting the course of justice over a speeding ticket. […]

Closing with a fun quote from “Asteri” commenting on the Gray Falcon blog:

As for Denisi Makshani MP for Pristina North…I unfortunately follow him on twitter, he’s basically a volunteer PR man man for Thaci and for some reason he believes himself to be some kind of Balkan expert (apart from being a corrupt, contemptible oaf) even serving as ‘Minister for the Balkans’ under Blair. As you can imagine - he’s loathsome - even by Blairite standards and this makes his fall all the more enjoyable if not very overdue.

Offering a little insight into the nature of Albanian “freedom-fighting” and how intertwined it is with crime:

Feds raid winemaker’s mansion in probe of Bray’s Hamburgers owner
(By Robert Snell, The Detroit News, Nov. 4)

Detroit — Federal agents raided a winemaker’s $1 million mansion during a loan-sharking probe involving the owner of a popular Westland hamburger joint, The Detroit News has learned.

The raid was disclosed in a federal court filing that sheds light on an unusual case involving Bray’s Hamburgers, the murky world of loan sharking and an Albanian freedom fighter.

The filing last week indicates federal agents executed search warrants Aug. 2 at businessman Randy Dzierzawski’s house in Oakland Township and a Rochester office suite used by his wine company.

Dzierzawski, 50, is identified in court records as allegedly loaning money through Bray’s owner Tomo Duhanaj, whom prosecutors have labeled a violent loan shark.

Dzierzawski is the former president of New Frontiers Capital, which owns Garland Lodge and Resort in Lewiston. He also formed Vinifera Wine Co. and is a former Championship Auto Racing Teams executive.

Dzierzawski was identified in earlier court filings as being an associate of Duhanaj.

Duhanaj is a Troy resident who was charged in August with lying to federal agents and accused of charging exorbitant interest rates to local Albanians.

He also is charged with witness tampering.

[Really?! An Albanian tampering with witnesses? Nawwwww!]

A federal judge dismissed the lying charge in late August after prosecutors said they needed more time to obtain evidence and investigate other suspects.

Duhanaj remains jailed without bond because he allegedly is a former Albanian freedom fighter who entered the United States illegally.

[A KLA guy — involved in criminal activity??? Nawwwwww! He had to be really crafty to enter illegally given that Bill and Hillary were handing out U.S. citizenship to Albanian criminals like candy.]

Duhanaj is in the process of being deported and is facing an August trial in the witness tampering case. […]

I mentioned at the beginning of the year that a book would be coming titled The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine. It’s now available. Below is a review by Nebojsa Malic:

The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine, by Richard Ziegler
Baico Publishing, Ottawa, 2012
136 pages (softcover)

Two years or so ago, the “Gaza flotilla” incident made me wonder whether Israel was getting “Serbed.” It was just a brief glance at some patterns too eerily similar to be coincidental. Yet the whole subject of propaganda, manufactured consent and perception management simply begged for a more detailed study, by someone who could devote enough time, resources and scrutiny to it.

Canadian author Richard Ziegler’s second book, “The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine” is one attempt at such a study. A self-identified leftist (his first book was titled “Reclaiming the Canadian Left”), Ziegler has chosen to examine the strange parallel thinking on the Western Left when it comes to the Bosnian and Palestinian conflicts.

Having spotted the same “invective” used to describe the Bosnian Serbs in use against Israel, Ziegler ventures to answer the question “whether some of the charges against [Israel] are made in good faith, or are merely an imitation of a proven strategy.” (p.2 )

…In the short, introductory chapter Ziegler explains that the Left’s obsession with Bosnia and Palestine most likely lies in its tendency to look for the “victims of oppression” and identify with them. The second chapter dwells on the concepts of “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing,” both of which have been employed in crafting the narratives of Bosnia and Palestine. Ziegler notes the dubious emergence and questionable meaning of the term “ethnic cleansing”, arguing it was used as a catch-all condemnation of Serbs. But he also tackles the thorny subject of genocide, first noting the absurd contortions applied to Rafael Lemkin’s definition by war crimes prosecutors (p.29), then examining the implications of comparing Bosnia to the Holocaust (p.35). Of particular interest is Ziegler’s argument that seeing genocide everywhere in effect tends to devalue the significance and distinctiveness of the Holocaust, thus indirectly amnestying its perpetrators.

Chapter 3 deals with Islam and history involved in both regions. Here Ziegler makes an important observation that the Left has not only adopted myths about peaceful coexistence of everyone under Islam, but generally dismissed history as a factor in both conflicts (p. 70-71). He explains the Leftist reluctance to criticize Islam as a result of perceiving the Muslims as the oppressed, and therefore being on the “good” side of identity politics.

Ziegler’s venture into explaining the development of anti-Serbism on the Western Left in the final chapter is a very intriguing read…This is contrasted with prior anti-Semitism on the Left, and the many projections, false analogies and cognitive dissonance that characterize the Left’s hostility to both Serbs and Jews. A good overview of the pattern that emerges in both instances is laid out at the very end (p. 118-119). Ziegler’s conclusion is that leftist beliefs about Serbs and Jews are almost religious in nature, “and thus impregnable to argument, evidence or reason.” (p. 120).

If anything, the book is too short. Documenting the instances of anti-Serbism in the Western press, both mainstream and alternative, over the past two decades would result in a multi-volume work by itself. Yet if Ziegler’s conclusion is correct, and the quasi-religious conviction on the Left is impervious to reason, the quantity of evidence becomes somewhat irrelevant, and the quality of the argument more important than ever. To someone who has decided that Serbs and Jews must be evil, no amount of proof to the contrary will suffice to persuade them otherwise.

Nonetheless, Ziegler has done extensive research. Fully 54 pages of the volume’s 136 are filled with often explanatory footnotes. He doesn’t cherry-pick favorable authors, either, but includes arguments from all over the spectrum….Though plenty of targets of Imperial “liberation” have been softened up by propaganda, no one else has received the “full Serb” just yet. But with the demonization proving so effective, that may only be a matter of time. A great deal of its effectiveness is due to the involvement of the Left, which has successfully styled itself as standing for niceness and tolerance and against all name-calling. Except when it comes to those “disgusting Serbs” and Jews, of course.

The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine, by Richard Ziegler, will be presented on November 14, at Ottawa’s Collected Works bookstore.

Just as pathetic, those high-minded reformers — and our officials playing kissy-face with the mobsters — know this. As do the still-cheering Albanians.


Chief Albanian crime boss and Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci hugging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while the image-enhancer — the much ballyhooed “female president of a Muslim country” — Atifete Jahjaga looks on.

‘We Have Achieved Almost Nothing’

An Insider’s View of EU Efforts in Kosovo (Spiegel Online, Nov. 7)

Since 2008, the EU has had thousands of soldiers, judges and prosecutors in Kosovo to help it become a Western-style constitutional democracy. But a German police officer with years of experience there says it is still dominated by corruption, clan loyalties and drugs — with officials just waiting for the high-minded reformers to leave.

The development of a constitutional state in Kosovo is the biggest and most expensive aid mission in the history of the European Union. [Yet somehow still not worthy of Americans’ attention, apparently.] The so-called EULEX mission, with a staff of roughly 2,500, has cost more than €1 billion ($1.3 billion) since 2008. Nevertheless, a recent report by the European Court of Auditors finds that there have been hardly any successes. It concludes that levels of organized crime and corruption remain high, while the judiciary is inefficient and suffers from too much political influence. A German police officer familiar with conditions in Kosovo for many years confirms the report’s findings based on his own experiences in the country. Owing to laws applying to German civil servants, the officer must remain anonymous.

…I’ve known Kosovo for more than 10 years. In my opinion, we have achieved almost nothing in that time. I’m mostly disappointed with the police. Despite many years of intensive training and equipment meeting European standards, police officers are more interested in doing radar speed checks than in fighting crime. Nabbing speeding motorists doesn’t require any movement; you just sit comfortably in your heated police car.

It’s my impression that corruption is quite high among Kosovar police officers. I was told that, if you’re caught with a stolen car, all you have to do is pay the officer a bribe to take care of the problem.

The major criminals are already out of reach, protected by traditional clan structures and the old-boys’ networks within the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), from which many police officers were recruited. They obviously don’t want to be seen as whistleblowers, and they’re hardly likely to investigate their former commanders, who have struck it rich in the drug trade.

A wall of silence, impenetrable to police officers like us, protects these networks. In reality, we hardly have any idea what’s going on here. For example, the city of Ferizaj is considered the biggest hub for the drug trade in the Balkans, and yet we hardly ever seize significant amounts of narcotics there.

The only thing that’s clear is that Kosovo is firmly in the grip of organized crime. You only have to look at the many new gas stations and shopping centers, where there are almost no customers. It isn’t too much of a leap of faith to conclude that their main purpose is to launder money. Besides, apartment buildings are being built everywhere, and there are far more luxury cars than in neighboring Macedonia, for example, even though the per capita income in Macedonia is significantly higher.

Only a few weeks ago, the chairmen of both the Pristina municipal government and Kosovo’s football federation were arrested. They are accused of promising land in a conservation area to a developer in return for bribes and expensive cars. The only reason the case came to light is that the permits were not issued, and yet the officials still wanted to keep the cars.

The judiciary is also a long way from being fully functional. Many positions are not filled, or they are constantly being refilled. Some judges have apparently been known to refuse to hear certain cases. Colleagues recently told me that a war criminal sentenced to 15 years in prison was seen having lunch with one of the country’s top politicians in Pristina.

It’s certainly a success to see war-crime charges being brought against a former KLA member. An example is Fatmir Limaj, a popular politician with the governing party and a member of parliament. He was even a cabinet minister for a while. He was accused of being responsible for the torture and death of seven Serbs and a Kosovar while serving as a KLA commander. A key witness, who had been brought to Germany for his protection, committed suicide in (the western city of) Duisburg in September 2011. A court acquitted Limaj in May.

(Please note: Advocating on behalf of Limaj’s criminal career early on was the 2010 New York Republican Senate nominee: Joe DioGuardi. A translated quote from Kosovapress.com, circa 2005: “If we wouldn’t bring one expert with international credibility as witness in [the] case [of] Limaj…I don’t believe that Limaj would be out in freedom now. We’re activists and not people that talk, we in fact talk good but we also [know] how to make good strategies how to make things reality, and this is an advantage for Kosova if it uses it….”)

Kosovo is a country in which centuries-old traditions live on, and blood feuds are part of the culture. We Central Europeans have not been able to convince the Kosovars of the benefits of adopting a new legal and value system like the one we have in the West. That’s because they see that the old structures remain powerful while government institutions are weak. I fear that the Kosovars will ride us out, just as the Taliban are waiting for Western troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Even with all of this, none of those responsible for the EULEX mission is telling Brussels the truth. They just send sugarcoated reports from Kosovo, so-called “okay reportings.” Perhaps they have to do so to keep their jobs, so that they can continue working in foreign missions. But it doesn’t help Kosovo.

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan

Ah, the Kosovo Spring’s eternal.

And yet, we have to be subjected to ignoramuses mocking the notion of international secrecy on Kosovo. To come this week: “From Paterno to Kosovo, How Secrets Are Kept”

Just a short BBC item on the European Court of Auditors report:

Kosovo: EU aid for law and order criticised by auditors (Oct. 30)

The EU law and order mission in Kosovo is inefficient and the territory remains plagued by organised crime and corruption, European auditors say. EU help for Kosovo’s police and judiciary “has had only modest success”, says the Court of Auditors, whose job is to scrutinise EU spending.

Per capita, Kosovo is the biggest recipient of EU aid in the world.

Serbia - which lost control of Kosovo after a war and Nato bombing in 1999 - does not accept its independence. [But don’t connect what’s being reported here to why that might be.]

In a statement on Tuesday, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said Kosovo’s judiciary “continues to suffer from political interference, inefficiency and a lack of transparency and enforcement”.

It also highlighted “important shortcomings” in witness protection and lamented the failure to extend the rule of law to northern Kosovo, where minority Serbs loyal to Belgrade reject Pristina’s authority. [There they go, not connecting it. In other words: Let’s spread the Kosovo disease to every last inch of the territory.]

The ECA says that from 1999 to 2007, Kosovo received 3.5bn euros (£2.8bn; $4.5bn) in donor assistance….From 2007 to 2011, EU assistance for the rule of law in Kosovo totalled about 1.2bn euros…

EU governments seconded insufficient and unqualified staff to Eulex, and for too short periods, the ECA said, and co-operation between the EU police agency Europol and Eulex “is subject to legal restrictions”. […]

Sent from Liz:

November 6, 2012 — Esprit de Corps Publisher Scott Taylor receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Commander Canadian

Army LGen Peter Devlin[,] Canadian Army Sergeant Major CWO Michael Hornbrook holds the official certificate[,] Michael Blais, Founder/President of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, sponsored Scott Taylor for the medal for his dedicated service to his peers and community in Canada. The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program. (Megan Brush, Esprit de Corps)

U.N. officials choose wrong focus

JEFF CROUERE Ringside Politics | Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012

…A collection of election monitors from Europe and Central Asia will be supervising the voting process in our presidential election. In all 22 teams of inspectors will be visiting 40 states in two phases that will culminate on Election Day. They will be monitoring selected polling places to determine whether there is any voter suppression of minorities or other disadvantaged groups.

The deployment of monitors was made after requests from the ACLU, the NAACP and the Leadership on Civil and Human Rights. These organizations claimed that conservative groups are working to “disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”

These preposterous charges were made after several states passed more stringent voter identification laws. For this election, 11 states will require some form of voter identification and studies show that voter turnout has not diminished. Even Dr. Michael Kang of Emory University, an Obama campaign adviser, states that the “controversy may be overblown, and it’s not clear at all that it will have a significant effect on the election.”

Of course, liberal groups never let reality get in the way of a political issue they can exploit. As noted by Catherine Engelbrecht, President of True the Vote, “These activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from the United Nations….The United Nations has no jurisdiction over American elections.” Hopefully, U.N. officials will understand that there is a tremendous difference between voter suppression and voter identification.

Election officials in Texas and Iowa have already denied access to these international observers; however, Chris Whitmire, of the South Carolina Election Commission, told Fox News that his state will “welcome” the U.N. officials. Maybe Mr. Whitmire should spend some time examining the credentials of the monitors before rolling out the red carpet.

As noted by Christopher Adams of PJ Media, “Many of the observers come from authoritarian countries, including countries that torture their citizens and repress free speech and religion.” One of those countries is Albania, and Armand Shandro, an official representative of that nation, is a member of one of the U.N. teams. They will spend Election Day in Jackson, Mississippi monitoring voting activity.

It is ironic that Shandro is here to monitor our elections while his home country, Albania, is one of the most corrupt nations on earth. In a recent Albanian election, there were accusations of fraud, tampering with identification documents and outright violence. In 2009, an argument over campaign advertising resulted in a Democratic Party activist being killed by a Socialist Party official outside the city of Tirana. Earlier that year, a regional leader of the Christian Democratic Party was killed in a car bomb. In 2011, contested ballots from the national election were actually burned by the Prime Minister [Sali Berisha] who refused demands for a recount.

It seems that if Mr. Shandro were truly worried about real voter fraud, a good place to start would be Albania, not Mississippi.

This whole charade proves once again that the U.N. cares more about political correctness than in fighting real injustice and human suffering.

It is a tragedy to see an organization transform from representing the best hopes of mankind to coddling and supporting tyrants who represent the worst of mankind.

Jeff Crouere, a native of New Orleans and resident of Mandeville, is host of a Louisiana-based program. Northshore. For more information, visit his Web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at jeff@ringsidepolitics.com.

The above item comes on the heels of an article in The New Republic, a nest of admittedly brilliant Dumb Jews who will be voting for Obama come hell or high water. This is the same New Republic that is on the record as supporting both our Bosnia and our Kosovo jihads, but don’t look for any sense of irony or mea culpas from them even as they point out the following (if only out of partisan interest):

Stuart Stevens’ Shady Past Clients, Revealed (Penn Bullock, Oct. 29)


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“I have a very good team of extraordinarily experienced, highly successful consultants, a couple of people in particular who have done races around the world,” said Mitt Romney at the now-infamous private fundraiser in Boca Raton where he attacked the “47 percent.” While those comments seized the country’s attention, these strange remarks largely escaped notice: “These guys in the U.S. — the Karl Rove equivalents — they do races all over the world, in Armenia, in Africa, in Israel,” he said. “They do these races, and they see which ads work, and which processes work best, and we have ideas about what we do over the course of the campaign.”

“I’d tell them to you,” Romney joked, “but I’d have to shoot you.”

For Romney to brag behind closed doors that his consultants are using tactics honed in foreign elections is peculiar, to say the least. The well-traveled consultants he praised were almost certainly his chief strategist, Stuart Stevens, and Stevens’ longtime sidekick, Russ Schriefer. And before taking charge of Romney’s presidential campaign as its “Karl Rove equivalent,” Stevens helped lift at least two foreign strongmen into power, guiding them to victory in elections rife with irregularities and violence.

…An article last month in Politico that portrayed Stevens as the target of vicious sniping within the campaign mentioned in passing that he worked in Albania and the Congo. But it didn’t name the leaders whose campaigns he ran: Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and Congolese President Joseph Kabila, authoritarian figures….

According to an insider from the 2005 Albanian campaign, Stevens was recommended to Berisha by a Bosnian middleman, Damir Fazlic, whom the U.S. State Department has described as “shady.” (State Department cables say Fazlic worked closely with Berisha on the campaign and received legal protection from his government. He has been followed in the Eastern European press by rumors of mafia ties. He did not reply to requests for comment.) Stevens was joined in Albania by a consort from Washington’s BGR Group, and the Americans had their work cut out for them: Berisha’s image needed serious rehab. His previous reign over Albania had ended in a surreal, almost apocalyptic catastrophe.

As an apparatchik in the country’s former Stalinist dictatorship, Berisha rode a democratic uprising to the presidency in the early 1990s and imposed a right-wing, one-party regime. While secret police kept order, monumental pyramid schemes grew to consume much of the GDP. When they crashed in 1997, Albania plunged into violent anarchy. Girding for civil war, Berisha surrounded himself with a paramilitary gang as his party handed out guns at campaign offices. In late 1997, he resigned under intense international and American pressure. The violence killed an estimated 2,000 people.

[And of course the weapons arsenals were raided and ended up in Kosovo for the Tirana-supported Slav-killing which this magazine continues to applaud.]

When Stevens was hired to resell Berisha’s leadership to the Albanian populace in 2005, Berisha’s image at home and abroad was that of a washed-up despot. Audaciously, Stevens and the BGR specialists set about crafting a platform based almost entirely on a pledge to reduce corruption. Thus, one of Eastern Europe’s most unsavory ex-rulers was resurrected as a crusading reformer.

Stevens framed Berisha as an agent of grand, visionary change. In a presentation at Albania’s Sheraton Hotel that was reported by a local newspaper, he insisted that Berisha embodied American values just like George W. Bush did.

[More egregious, however, was Joe Biden comparing Kosovo’s chief organ-stealer and summary-executioner, “Prime Minister” Hashim Thaci, to George Washington. But no objection by The New Republic on that score.]

Berisha himself stepped forward to say something nice about Stevens. Stevens, said the candidate, was his campaign’s “magician,” and he and Stevens worked together like “Siamese twins.”

An opposition figure in Albania, Erion Veliaj, who leads a small left-wing party and a youth activist group that has received American funding, said in a telephone interview that Stevens played dirty during the campaign. Shortly before the election, Veliaj told reporters that he received a threatening phone call from one of Berisha’s consultants. At the time, he did not identify the caller. Today, he says it was Stevens. Veliaj says Stevens “went berserk,” demanding he withhold the results of a poll commissioned with help from the British and Dutch embassies and conducted by Gallup International (which is unrelated to America’s Gallup organization). The poll showed an uncomfortably close race for Berisha. According to Veliaj, Stevens said he would use his influence in Washington to cut off future U.S. visas for Veliaj if he didn’t scrap the poll. Veliaj released it.

“He struck me as a cheap bluffer,” Veliaj says.

Gary Kokalari, an Albanian-American activist (and Romney supporter), says Veliaj told him about the confrontation at the time. Kokalari says he called Stevens to tell him to “back off.”

Berisha won the election in July 2005 by a five-percent margin, but monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe called the election a “disappointment,” saying it failed to comply with international standards because of “serious irregularities,” intimidation, vote-buying and “violence committed by extremists on both sides.”

Since the election, the Economist Intelligence Unit in London, which tracks world governments, has continued to classify Albania as a hybrid of authoritarianism and democracy, and Berisha’s government has birthed lurid scandals. In 2008, on a secretly recorded phone call, an American arms dealer complained that his scheme to sell illegal ammo from Albanian junkyards to the U.S. Army had become entangled in an Albanian “mafia” involving Berisha and his son. When protesters were shot dead outside Albania’s parliament last year, Berisha claimed they were trying to launch a coup with guns disguised as umbrellas and pens and called the independent prosecutor investigating their deaths a “boulevard whore.” And when the newspaper that reported on Stevens’ loving speech at the Sheraton Hotel ran afoul of Berisha after the 2005 election, it was briefly shut down by police, and its publisher’s car firebombed, in an incident condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Though Berisha has remained a close American ally under the Obama administration — and even joined NATO four years ago — a 2010 State Department cable written by the U.S. ambassador warned that Berisha was attempting to rebuild a secret police force and, along with the Socialist opposition, evinced “an authoritarian streak.” [And still, nothing strange to TNR about the same-page-for-Left-and-Right phenomenon concerning all things Albanian — the consistency, fluidity, immutability, imperturbability of it all.]

Since leaving his post in Albania, the ex-ambassador, John Withers, has become one of Berisha’s most vocal critics, accusing him of driving Albanian democracy into the ground since his return to power in 2005. His leadership has run “exactly contrary to democracy-building,” Withers said in an interview with Albanian media in March. His government “has routinely bullied the courts … striven to curtail media freedoms through restrictive and undemocratic laws,” manipulated the electoral process, and “shown an active, even obsessive interest in only one objective: the pursuit of power by any means at its disposal.”

The Romney campaign did not respond to questions for this article, and neither did Stevens. Among the questions the campaign didn’t answer are whether Stevens still regards Berisha and Kabila as the worthy, upstanding leaders he sold them as to tens of millions of people, and whether he was aware of abuses during their campaigns or took action to stop them. But in what is perhaps a tell, Albania and the Congo used to be on his consulting’s firm website, listed among clients the firm says it’s “proud to have worked with.” At some point this year, they were removed.

My, my, but how much TNR suddenly knows about Albanian fishiness in an election year, and how much attention it suddenly warrants.

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