Politifact Despots, Dictators And Terrorist Lovers – It’s The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting–8.47.gh.,b43
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Bill and Hillary Clinton have vowed to close up shop on one arm of the corruption-riddled Clinton Foundation after the November election, but in the meantime the former president is making the most of his schmoozing with the rich and famous…as well as the suspect and shady. The money-laundering operation known as the Clinton Global Initiative is ending its 12th and final annual meeting in New York this week, and the rogues’ gallery of unsavory speakers and participants would be enough to make even a Democrat blush.
If that Democrat weren’t named Clinton. Here are a few of the highlights, as reported by McClatchy:
Guests welcomed by former President Clinton to his self-congratulatory confab included Serbian Prime Minister Alexksandar Vucic, a man who knows the Clintons well since he was the minister of information for the same Serbian government Bill Clinton sent American warplanes to attack in 1999 to stop the worst genocide since the Nazis. Vucic’s boss back then was Slobodan Milosevic, better known as ‘the Butcher of the Balkans.”
Democrats pretending they like to get tough with the world’s bad guys like Russia’s Vladimir Putin should know what kind of thugs Bill was rubbing elbows with in New York this week. (Guys with a nickname that starts with “Butcher” tend not to be benevolent “Kumbaya” types.)
And then there was Argentine President Maurio Macri, the kind of guy Bill likes to have around when Hillary’s not in town. Macri made headlines when he was mayor of Buenos Aires by telling women who complained about getting sexually suggestive catcalls in the streets to get over it.
“Women who say they don’t like it, and are offended by it, but I don’t believe it,” he told an Argentine radio station. According to McClatchy, Macri was also linked to two offshore accounts established in Panama for big-time global tax evaders in the leak that became known as the Panama Papers. And what multimillion-dollar “charity” gathering organized by a Clinton would be complete without a link to Hillary’s “pay to play” operation when she was United States secretary of state?
Ladies and gentlemen, Casey Wasserman, a sports impresario and heir to a considerable fortune who directed up to $10 million from a charitable foundation he heads to the Clinton Foundation and hired Bill Clinton as a “consultant” for about $3 million, according to the Washington Post. Nice work if you can get it.
Wasserman emerged as a figure in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal at the State Department when he sought Hillary aide Huma Abedin’s help obtaining a U.S. visa for a British soccer star with a criminal record. It wasn’t clear whether she helped with an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in London, but it doesn’t look like the visa came through, according to the New York Post.
Finally, there’s Hanan al-Hroub , a Palestinian teacher whose husband, Omar, spent 10 years in an Israeli prison for his role in a 1980 terrorist attack that killed 6 Israelis on their way home from Sabbath prayers. Omar al-Hroub went on to serve in the corruption-riddled Palestinian authority after his release from prison and now claims to support a peaceful solution to the issue of statehood, but that didn’t stop the Clinton Global Initiative from apparently trying to keep his wife’s presence a secret until the Wall Street Journal broke the story.
Hillary herself was also a no-show, with the campaign and all — either too sick, or too busy, to attend — prepping for the debate or helping her operatives come up with excuses why she might not make such a good showing against Trump. She couldn’t have been all that embarrassed, though, since her name is “Clinton,” too.
Politics & Government—- Final Clinton Global Initiative: A few controversial speakers—
Notable supporters, including President Barack Obama and Clinton herself, and past corporate sponsors skipped the meeting. But the star-studded gathering in New York City still had its share of speakers, though some a bit controversial. The annual meeting brings together more than 1,000 leaders in business, government and civil society over the course of three days. Some of the speakers could be considered unsavory by some, but they may be elected officials or captains of industry.
Aleksandar Vucic: The popular prime minister of Serbia served as information minister for Slobodan Milosevic, a former leader who was nicknamed “the Butcher of the Balkans” after he being accused of playing a role in multiple massacres. Vucic had previously praised Ratko Mladic, who was alleged to have organized the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.
Mauricio Macri: The president of Argentina who made headlines as the mayor of Buenos Aires for defending catcalling on the street. “Women who say they don’t like it, and are offended by it, but I don’t believe it,” he said. He had previously called homosexuality a “disease,” refusing to back a law allowing same-sex marriage. Macri was forced to acknowledge existence of an offshore in the Panama Papers that he said was created by his father to invest in Brazil and has since been closed. A second company tied to Macri recently emerged.
Stacey Davidson: The executive director of the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa had been investigated by the financial services board for alleged theft of government retirement funds, according to reports.
Andrew Witty: The CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company accused of failing to immediately make public information about some of its drugs, including one was linked to suicidal thoughts. In 2014, the company was fined almost $500 million as part of a bribery scandal in China,
Paul Polman: The CEO of Unilever, a multinational food company accused of mistreating female workers, paying bribes in third-world countries and running an ad that was called homophobic, comparing learning that your child was gay to being shot in the heart.
Casey Wasserman: Sports executive Casey Wasserman, whose charitable organization donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, was recently in the news for asking a foundation executive for help securing an interview for a unnamed client with the U.S. Embassy in London. The foundation executive emailed top Clinton’ aide at the State Department.
The Republican National Committee criticized CGI for inviting a Palestinian teacher to speak at a dinner this week because her husband is a Palestinian official convicted of participating in a terror attack that killed six Israelis in 1980, according to the Wall Street Journal.
source–Kevin G. Hall, western journalism, joe sanders,mcclatchy, wash post, ny post, casey wassermann, wsj, anita kuman, kevin hall, the boston globe, reuters, american enterprise inst., large cities climate leadership group, international business times, la times, factcheck, ap,