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Iran isn’t the first country to bring down a civilian air-plane!


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By Edward Pojim via UAH forum

The flight path would get the jetliner out of Iranian airspace and into international waters within 15 minutes.

It was shot down less than 10 minutes after take-off. I think Ukraine went ahead with the scheduled flight because they were evacuating foreigners due to the prevailing situation.

Once it was established that the aircraft was brought down my a surface-to-air missile, it had to be from Iran, because there was no other military force on land in that area.

By the way, accidental or intentional downing of civilian airplanes happens with more frequency than we might want to believe.

Russian, and its former self, USSR, have shot down more jetliners than any other nation. In Africa, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe (when it was Rhodesia) all suffered huge losses after their jetliners were brought down, all allegedly by Apartheid South Africa.

US Navy Carrier, USS Vincenness, shot down an Iranian A300 in 1988, killing all 290 people aboard. To their credit, US owned up to the mistake immediately, and stripped the Carrier’s Skipper of command role, and later fired him.

A Malaysia Airliner was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 by Russian rockets, fired by Ukrainian rebels..

The Secret Service was established on the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated



By Rahimu Jabendo via the UAH forum
Most of us are aware of the existence of the Secret Service, the government agency best known for providing security details for the presidents of the United States of America. In movies, they wear sunglasses with dark lenses and have earpieces. In reality, there are decade’s worth of secrets hidden amongst its history.

The Secret Service was established on the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln approved the idea of establishing the Secret Service on April 14, 1865. Later that night, the president went to the theatre where he was shot in the head.

On today’s history files, we will try to lift the veil of secrecy and learn a bit more about the mysterious organization.

1. The current president isn’t only protected by the Secret Service. Protection covers the family of the president, former presidents and their families and foreign presidents visiting the United States of America.

2. The Secret Service agents protecting the president travel with bags of the president’s blood. They are always ready to use their medical skills to perform a blood transfusion on the president if needed.

3. They make sure the president is never alone, even in the bathroom. The president can’t stay alone with a doctor without an agent as an escort no matter what the president’s problem is. And if they suspect any kind of foul play, they shoot the doctor immediately!

4. They participate in the president’s hobby. Because the president is never alone, agents have to participate in everything in his life so they are often forced to learn new hobbies. Bill Clinton was a well-conditioned jogger which forced his agents to be in great shape in order to be able to keep up. 😀

5. Secret Service uses code names for presidents, it’s not a Hollywood fantasy. For example, Obama was “Renegade,” George Bush was “Tumbler,” Bill Clinton was “Eagle” and Richard Nixon was “Searchlight”

6. The quickest way to annoy a Secret Service agent is asking him to carry your luggage. They won’t agree to carry bags even at the command of the president because their hands are always on their waist. That enables them to be ready to react quickly and raise their weapons.

7. It might interest you to know that there’s an underground bunker that is used by the Secret Service to hide one government representative during an event where all other state officials gather. So if terrorists decide to slaughter the top tier of the government, they will probably fail.

8. The Secret Service headquarters is located in Washington in a building without any identification sign. There is not even a trash can nearby so there’s no place to install bomb.

9. The food of the president is under constant surveillance. Every bite of food presented to the president is prepared under the watchful eyes of the Secret Service, who stare down White House chefs to make sure no one is flavouring with arsenic or rat poison.

10. Surprisingly, Secret Service agents don’t swear to die for their president. It’s understood that something like that could happen but they take every possible step to avoid it. If an agent sacrifices their life for the president, they do it voluntarily. Only one Secret Service agent has died protecting his president since the organization was formed.

THE POWER OF GOD DURING THE EXECUTION OF JOSEPH SAMUEL


By Rahimu Jabendo via the UAH forum
In 1801, Joseph Samuel, a British citizen was sent to a penal colony of Australia for engaging in robbery. In Australia, Samuel succeeded in escaping and with a gang, he robbed the home of a wealthy woman and in the process, a policeman named Joseph Luker, who was guarding her home, was murdered. In 1803 the authorities captured Samuel. During the trial, the woman identified Joseph Samuel as on of the culprits. Joseph admitted to the robbery but claimed he had not participated in the murder. The other members of the gang, including the leader of the gang, were released due to lack of evidence but because the woman identified Samuel, he was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. On 26th of September 1803, Samuel and another criminal sentenced to death for another crime, were taken to Parramatta, where many people had gathered to watch the execution.
The common method of hanging then which caused death by slow strangulation was to fasten nooses around the neck of criminals, then drive the cart away after they had been allowed to pray with a priest. The ropes used were made of five cords of hemp, which enabled one to hold 1,000 lb (450 kg), for up to five minutes without breaking, more than sufficient for human executions.

When the rope was placed around their neck and the cart taken away, the other criminal ultimately died by strangulation but Samuel’s rope broke and he dropped to his feet, sustaining an injury in his ankle. The executioner hastily readied a new rope, also five-hemp, and placed it around Samuel’s neck, forced him onto the same cart, and drove the cart away again but this time the rope became loose and Samuel’s leg was able to touch the ground. The other criminal was still kicking weakly at this point. The executioner was sure to have fastened the noose securely around his neck, and as he stood Samuel up to try again, the crowd had become boisterous, calling for Samuel to be freed.

For the third time, the executioner very quickly readied another five-hemp rope, ordered the cart driven back, forced Samuel onto it, fastened the noose around his neck, secured it very carefully and tightly, and then ordered the cart driven away. The rope broke again, and Samuel dropped to the ground and stumbled over, trying to avoid landing on his sprained ankle.

Now the crowd watching the execution stood around in an uproar, and another policeman, watching on horseback, ordered the execution delayed momentarily, while he rode away to find the governor. The governor was summoned to the scene and upon inspection of the ropes, which showed no evidence of having been cut, and the other criminal, who was successfully executed with an identical rope, the governor and the entire crowd agreed that it was a sign from God that Joseph Samuel had not committed any crime deserving of execution and his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment instead. Parramatta’s town doctor tended to his sprained ankle.

Greece is considered the first democracy in the world



By Rahimu Jabendo via the UAH forum
You probably know a lot about Greek gods and the likes, but what else do you know about Greece in general? Let’s put through a few.

1) Greece is considered the first democracy in the world. Long before people even figured out that voting makes sense, the Greeks used to vote for who would lead them, although it was restricted to just men, adult males, it was still pretty cool.

2) With an area of 50,949 square miles (131,958 square kilometers), Greece is a decently large country with a population of over 10million people.

3) During Summer, tourists who visit Greece outnumber the local indigenes, and the total population more than doubles. That is why Greece has the largest number of airports.

4) The saying ‘taking the bull by the horns’ actually originated from Greece, when Hercules saved Crete from a raging bill by dragging it’s horns. We don’t know if it truly happened, but it is still an awesome saying.

5) An Island in Greece, called Ikaria is one of the blue zones in the world, that is people live longer in those places. So if you want a longer life, you may want to go to Greece.

6) in Greece, waving at someone with an open palm is a great insult, so don’t wave, just shake.

7) The ancient Greek alphabets is actually the oldest ever form of writing even before the Romans invented their Roman numerals. So when next you encounter an alpha or beta sign, show it some respect.

8) The Greece believe that man was created by Prometheus while animals were created by his brother. They also believe that all the punishments sent to man came through Pandora in a box.

9) Greece is the world’s third largest producer of Olive as well as marbles.

10) The Greeks invented the Olympic games to honor Zeus. A cook actually won the first sprint race in the Olympics long before history knew about it.

Foreigners can be helpful in removing a dictatorship!


By George Okello via UAH forum

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There are so many foreigners participating in just struggles not in their own countries,and I think history is replete with many examples.It was Field Marshall John Okello, from Dokolo, who liberated Zanzibar from Arab occupation or colonial slavery. general Lagu was a leader of the Anyanya movement in South Sudan, I believe he is still alive. I met him once in London. Sajab (Sajjabbi) a Pakistan, too helped Uganda Federal Movement to improve on their technical military capabilities

Think about the Spanish Civil War for eg where hundreds of European internationalists, and even Africans, took up arms to fight against the fascists. The more recent example is that of Che Guevarra, an Argentinian, who, together with Fidel Castro, became the leader of the Cuban revolution.

We must however distinguish between internationalists and mercenaries and their involvement in foreign conflicts. Internationalists, especially Marxists and socialists, have always fought in support of foreign national liberation forces because all socialists believe in international solidarity. They however do not substitute their own contribution to the overall effort of the people because the responsibility to overthrow an oppressive political and social order rests in the hands of its victims and not foreigners. Mercenaries on the other hand do not believe in any cause- they are just in it for material benefit- they are guns for hire. A national liberation movement will therefore have nothing to do with mercenaries.

Uganda has a bad history of merceneries actively participating in our political conflicts. We first saw this in 1971 when Iddi Amin recruited the remnants of the Anyanya forces from South Sudan to effect a military coup in Uganda and he later on relied heavily on these Anyanya forces to keep himself in power for 9 years. Later on, merceneries grouped inside the NRA and led by Yopweri Museveni invaded the villages of Luwero in Uganda, emabrking on a brtutakl campaign of murder and terror. They eventually managed to subdue the national army of Uganda, conquered the country and then militarily occuppied it. Most of the NRA mereceneries were recruited from Rwanda and in their mudreroius activities and continuing blood-letting they have been supported by a few quislings and hired thugs from Buganda and other tribes.

Human Trafficking is a serious business in Uganda!


By Hon.Beti Nambooze

The Air Dubai plane that touched down at Entebbe airport yesterday evening brought into Uganda more misery than the anticipated happiness. Dozens of girls who were trafficked to the Arab world as slaves were being returned to meet their relatives after a protracted battle which we started about two Weeks ago.

Parents wept on seeing their girls as some had to be wheeled off the plane in wheelchairs. The girls have broken limbs,bruised faces,scars …they are so skinny and sick. Yet these are the lucky ones as some of their colleagues are dead and or cant be traced.

Doreen Magezi one of the victims is the one who put through a distress call to me as her area MP. She was promised work by Marpie International company of Kigowa Ntinda. Marphie advertises its self as a labour agency. Its owned by One Karungi wife to commissioner of Police Henry Tukahirwa.

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On reaching Jordan, Doreen was placed on a stall and sold to the highest bidder at $ 3000 and later handed over to a family that has been treating her as a sub- human. I raised this matter in Parliament and through this effort,Karungi was forced to return the girl,sick and shattered. My involvement saved some other girls who were in Jordan under the same arrangement. Interestingly these slave traders had attempted to force the family to pay back the $3000 before returning the girl…I told the family to leave the matter in my hands.

To display the highest level of impunity Karungi most probably through her husband ordered the airport Police to arrest Doreen on arrival and indeed they arrested her. On gun point a Police lady at entebbe Airport made this girl to record a statement stating why she contacted me! It took my team up to after midnight to get the girl released and taken to hospital since she is in a bad state. These girls have been placed in various health centers amidst fear that they can be harmed by the traffickers since they don’t want them to live and tell the story.
By this post am calling on us all to fight slave trade….we cant be so evil a Country,a country that in this 21st century sell off its energetic,educated young people into slavery.

Britain’s New African Empire


Britain’s New African Empire

by Mark Curtis

Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange control over $1trillion worth of Africa’s resources in just five commodities – oil, gold, diamonds, coal and platinum. My research for the NGO, War on Want, which has just been published, reveals that 101 companies, most of them British, control $305billion worth of platinum, $276billion worth of oil and $216billion worth of coal at current market prices. The ‘Scramble for Africa’ is proceeding apace, with the result that African governments have largely handed over their treasure.

Tanzania’s gold, Zambia’s copper, South Africa’s platinum and coal and Botswana’s diamonds are all dominated by London-listed companies. They have mines or mineral licences in 37 African countries and control vast swathes of Africa’s land: their concessions cover a staggering 1.03million square kilometres on the continent. This is over four times the size of the UK and nearly one-twentieth of sub-Saharan Africa’s total land area. China’s resources grabs have been widely vilified but the major foreign takeover of Africa’s natural riches springs from a lot closer to home.

Many African governments depend on mineral resources for revenues, yet the extent of foreign ownership means that most wealth is being extracted along with the minerals. In only a minority of mining operations do African governments have a shareholding? Company tax payments are minimal due to low tax rates while governments often provide companies with generous incentives such as corporation tax holidays.

Companies are also able to avoid paying taxes by their use of tax havens. Of the 101 London-listed companies, 25 are actually incorporated in tax havens, principally the British Virgin Islands. It is estimated that Africa loses around $35billion a year in illicit financial flows out of the continent and a further $46billion a year in multinational company profits taken from operations in Africa.

UK companies’ increasingly dominant role in Africa, which is akin to a new colonialism, is being facilitated by British governments, Conservative and Labour alike. Four policies stand out. First, Whitehall has long been a fierce advocate of liberalized trade and investment regimes in Africa that provide access to markets for foreign companies. It is largely opposed to African countries putting up regulatory or protectionist barriers to such investment, the sorts of policies where have often been used by successful developers in East Asia. Second, Britain has been a world leader in advocating low corporate taxes in Africa, including in the extractives sector.

Third, British policy has done nothing to challenge multinational companies using tax havens; indeed the global infrastructure of tax havens is largely a British creation. Fourth, British governments have constantly espoused only voluntary mechanisms for companies to monitor their human rights impacts; they are opposed to enhancing international legally binding mechanisms to curb abuses.

The result is that Africa, the world’s poorest continent, is being further impoverished. Recent research calculated, for the first time, all the financial inflows and outflows to and from sub-Saharan Africa to gauge whether Africa is being helped or exploited by the rest of the world. It found that $134billion flows into the continent each year, mainly in the form of loans, foreign investment and aid. However, $192billion is taken out, mainly in profits made by foreign companies and tax dodging. The result is that Africa suffers a net loss of $58billion a year. British mining companies and their government backers are contributing to this drainage of wealth.

We need to radically rethink the notion that Britain is helping Africa to develop. The UK’s large aid programme is, among other things, being used to promote African policies from which British corporations will further profit. British policy in Africa, and indeed that of African elites, needs to be challenged and substantially changed if we are serious about promoting long term economic development on the continent.

Mark Curtis

Mark Curtis is an author and consultant. He is a former Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institut Francais des Relations

Muslims are to blame for rapes in Sweden—George Okello!


Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world

BY GEORGE OKELLO, LONDON, VIA UAH FORUM

Sweden Seems To Be falling Apart So Quickly and before our very eyes. It is really shocking. It is the soft polices that they have taken on muslim immigration that is bringing Sweden down to its knees. It is shocking that a major European nation cannot protect its children from Muslim rapists. It is unbelievable. No wonder buffoons like Trump will begin to appear again and again. The right wing fascists, and Hitler’s heirs,will emerge again in Europe, if the Swedish approach of neglecting its own citizens continues.

Sweden is the second in the world rape league!!!! Only South Africa beats Sweden in the number of reported rapes!! The USA is far behind Sweden, and the UK, Germany etc are far, far behind Sweden. the only other country with a high reported rape is France, and that is because France has a very big muslim population- almost 3 million.

The problem Sweden has is that its figures are doctored. As you can see in the video, the police are not allowed to say it is Muslims who are committing a majority of the rapes. So the published figures are often meaningless- all you get are statistics without the names, religion or ethnicity of the perpetrators.

Iam sure you have also read of the shocking case in Sweden as well where an Afghan muslim boy raped a Swedish girl in his school. He was tried and convicted of rape, but instead of being sent to prison, the courts decided that he would be put on a course of “rehabiiltation”. The court said it was lenient after taking into account the fact that the boy was a refugee, his parents were killed in Afganistan, he had been tortured and that sending himto prison would not serve a purpose. The boy was then allowed to return to the same school, with a court appointed “counsellor” to help him in his “rehabiiltation”

In the meantime, the Swedish state did absolutely nothing for the girl victim.HEAR ME OUT HERE. THE SWEDISH STATE OFFERED NO COUNSELLING TO THE GIRL. SHE WAS LEFT COMPLETELY ON HER OWN!!!

Sweden rape, Europe rape, a slowly dying culture


Completely outraged, her parents removed their daughter from the school. They said their daughter could not even just set her eyes on the boy. Why a rapist was allowed by Sweden to walk openly in a school, and to mock and laugh at his victim is what you have to explain to me..Sitting here in London, I can not see any justice or logic in what Sweden did to this young girl. It is as if Muslim lives matter more than Swedish lives.

I certainly would not follow the Swedish policy of appeasing rapists and killers. In my book, all rapists must know there is only one end- and that is the DEATH PENALTY.

Complete List of people named in the Panama Papers


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Heads of state

  • Argentina Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
  • Saudi Arabia Salman, King of Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi
  • Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine

Former heads of state

  • Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of Qatar
  • Sudan Ahmed al-Mirghani, former President of Sudan
  • Heads of government
  • Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland (resigned April 5, 2016)

Former heads of government

  • Georgia (country) Bidzina Ivanishvili, former Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Iraq Ayad Allawi, former Acting Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Jordan Ali Abu al-Ragheb, former Prime Minister of Jordan
  • Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine
  • Moldova Ion Sturza, former Prime Minister of Moldova

Other government officials

  • Algeria -Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines
  • Andorra -Jordi Cinca, Minister of Finance
  • Angola -José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum
  • Argentina – Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús
  • Botswana- Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General
  • Brazil – Joaquim Barbosa, former President of the Supreme Federal Court,Eduardo Cunha, President of the Chamber of Deputies,Edison Lobão, Member of the Senate and former Minister of Mines and Energy,João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies
  • Cambodia – Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice
  • Chile -Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, intelligence agency associate
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo,,Jaynet Kabila, Member of the National Assembly
  • Republic of the Congo – Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC
  • Ecuador – Galo Chiriboga, current Attorney General,Pedro Delgado, cousin of President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and former Governor of the Central Bank
  • France – Patrick Balkany, Member of the National Assembly and Mayor of Levallois-Perret,Jérôme Cahuzac, former Minister of the Budget,Jean-Marie Le Pen, former president of the National Front and father of current party leader Marine Le Pen
  • Greece – Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras
  • Hungary – Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly
  • Iceland -Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance,Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, Member of Reykjavík City Council (resigned April 5, 2016),Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior
  • India -Anurag Kejriwal, former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch, Anil Vasudeva Salgaocar, A Goa-based mining baron and former MLA
  • Kenya -Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Malta -Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health
  • Nigeria -James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State
  • North Korea -Kim Chol Sam, Daedong Credit Bank representative based in Dalian and presumed high official
  • Palestine -Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy
  • Panama – Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank
  • Peru -César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service
  • Poland -Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw
  • Rwanda -Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency
  • Saudi Arabia -Muhammad bin Nayef, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia
  • Sweden -Frank Belfrage, former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • United Kingdom -Michael Ashcroft, retired member of the House of Lords,Tony Baldry, former Conservative MP for Banbury,Michael Mates, former Conservative MP for East Hampshire,Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords
  • Venezuela -Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army,Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA
  • Zambia -Atan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States
 

Relatives and associates of government officials

  • Argentina – Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner
  • Azerbaijan – Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of President Ilham Aliyev
  • Brazil -Idalécio de Castro Rodrigues de Oliveira, potential briber of the Brazilian President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha and a Portuguese entrepeneur
  • China -Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, convicted murderer and wife of former Minister of Commerce and Member of the Politburo Bo Xilai,Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping,Jasmine Li, granddaughter of former Member of the Politburo Jia Qinglin,Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng
  • Ecuador -Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo
  • Egypt -Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak
  • France -Frédéric Chatillon, business associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front,Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy,Nicolas Crochet, accounting associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front
  • Ghana – John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor
  • Guinea- Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté
  • Honduras -César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal
  • Ireland -Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael’s former Director of Organisations and Strategy
  • Italy -Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell’Utri
  • India -Jehangir Soli Sorabjee, son of former attorney general Soli Sorabjee and a honorary consultant physician at Bombay Hospital,Harish Salve, India’s leading lawyers and son of N. K. P. Salve, member of the Indian National Congress party,Rajendra Patil, son-in-law of veteran Congressman and Karnataka Horticulture Minister Shamanuru Shivashankarappa and a businessman
  • Ivory Coast -Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo
  • Kazakhstan -Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev
  • Malaysia -Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his cousin
  • Mexico -Juan Armando Hinojosa, “favourite contractor” of President Enrique Peña Nieto
  • Morocco -Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI
  • Pakistan -Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
  • Russia -Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin
  • Senegal -Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade
  • South Africa – Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma
  • South Korea -Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo
  • Spain -Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I,Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, wife of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and former Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment,Oleguer Pujol, son of Jordi Pujol i Soley, former President of Catalonia
  • Syria- Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousins of President Bashar al-Assad
  • United Kingdom -Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron
  • United Nations -Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan
 

Sports personalities

  • Juan Pedro Damiani, Uruguayan member of the FIFA Ethics Committee
  • Eugenio Figueredo, Uruguayan American former president of CONMEBOL and vice president and member of the ethics committee of FIFA
  • Gianni Infantino, Swiss-Italian president of FIFA
  • Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentine businessmen also implicated in the 2015 FIFA corruption case
  • Michel Platini, French former president of UEFA
  • Jérôme Valcke, French former secretary general of FIFA
  • Mattias Asper, Valeri Karpin, Nihat Kahveci, Tayfun Korkut, Darko Kovačević, Gabriel Schürrer and Sander Westerveld had accounts created by Real Sociedad and its president(s) principally Iñaki Otegui, under the leadership of José Luis Astiazarán, Miguel Fuentes, María de la Peña, Juan Larzábal and Iñaki Badiola
  • Gabriel Heinze, Argentine former footballer, account (with his mother) during Manchester United years
  • Lionel Messi, footballer for Barcelona and the Argentine national team
  • Brian Steen Nielsen, Danish former footballer and sports director of Aarhus Gymnastikforening
  • Marc Rieper, Danish retired footballer
  • Clarence Seedorf, Dutch former footballer
  • Leonardo Ulloa, Argentine footballer
  • Iván Zamorano, Chilean retired footballer, account during Real Madrid years
  • Àlex Crivillé, Spanish former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Nico Rosberg, German Formula 1 driver at Mercedes AMG Petronas
  • Jarno Trulli, Italian former Formula 1 driver
  • Tomas Berdych, Czech professional tennis player on the ATP World Tour, currently ranked world number seven
  • Nick Faldo, English professional golfer on the PGA European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst

Entertainment personalities

  • Agustín Almodóvar, Spanish film producer and younger brother of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
  • Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian actress and former Miss World.
  • Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor
  • Franco Dragone, Italian Belgian theatre director, known for his work for Cirque du Soleil
  • David Geffen, Hollywood mogul, co-founder of DreamWorks
  • Vinod Adani, Indian businessman, elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group
  • Bank Leumi’s representatives and board members.
  • Hollman Carranza, son of Colombian emerald mogul Víctor Carranza
  • Rattan Chadha, Indian-born Dutch businessman, founder of Mexx clothing
  • Jacob Engel, Israeli businessman active in the African mining industry.
  • Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian businessman and politician
  • Anthony Gumbiner, British businessman, chairman of Hallman Group
  • Solomon Humes, Bahamian bishop of a small denomination
  • Soulieman Marouf, British Syrian businessman Nakash family members
  • Idan Ofer, London-based Israeli business magnate and philanthropist, founder of Tanker Pacific.
  • Igor Olenicoff, American billionaire
  • Marianna Olszewski, American financial author and life coach.
  • K P Singh, Indian businessman
  • Frank Timiș, Romanian-born Australian businessman
  • Dov Weissglass, Israeli lawyer and business man who has been closely linked with the Middle East peace process, particularly under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
  • Teddy Sagi, a London-based Israeli billionaire businessman founder of Playtech and the majority shareholder of Market Tech Holdings, which owns London’s Camden Market, and of two AIM-listed technology companies.
  • Jacob Weinroth, an Israeli attorney, founder partner of Dr. J. Weinroth & Co. Law Office and owner and director of Sapir Holdings.
  • Benjamin Wey, Chinese American financier and president of New York Global Group Main shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Mallika Srinivasan,Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited and Indira Sivasailam (died in December 2008)
  • Abdul Rashid Mir, founder and CEO of Cottage Industries Exposition Limited (CIE) & Tabasum Mir
  • Zavaray Poonawalla, Brother of billionaire Cyrus S. Poonawalla and heads the managing committee of Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC)
  • Mohan Lal Lohia, Father of Sri Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation
  • Onkar Kanwar, Chairman & MD of Apollo Tyres
  • Garware family, family of Abasaheb Garware, was a pioneering industrialist from Maharashtra state in India
  • Shishir K Bajoria, promoter of SK Bajoria Group, which has steel refractory units
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
 

Others

  • Marllory Chacón Rossell, Guatemalan drug trafficker.
  • Jorge Milton Cifuentes-Villa, Colombian drug trafficker, head of the Cifuentes-Villa Drug Trafficking Organization and partner of Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán.
  • Rafael Caro Quintero, Mexican drug trafficker and one of the founders of the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel.
  • Iqbal Mirchi[73] (died 14 August 2013), right-hand man of India’s most wanted criminal, Dawood Ibrahim
  • Gonzalo Delaveu, head of global corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Chile branch (resigned 4 April 2016)

OBAMA HAS BEEN USELESS TO EAST AFRICANS, HIS FATHER’S HOME


Under President Obama, the US commitment to democracy and human rights [with the exception of gay rights] in Africa has taken a back-burner. President Obama and his government only seem to talk about democracy and human rights as an afterthought. President Obama has become a huge disappointment. We see him freely consorting, laughing, dancing, and breaking bread with leaders whose hands are dripping with blood of innocent fellow citizens, and whose pockets are bulging with stolen public resources.

Apart from giving high-sounding but empty lectures about leaders ignoring constitutional term limits, President Obama’s government has done nothing concrete to punish leaders who ignore or trample on human rights and democracy. Today, one of the oldest and longest-serving presidents in Africa comes from East Africa—with no end in sight to his regime. Two leaders seeking to change their countries’ constitution to prolong their stay in power are from East Africa. One of the most brutal thugs who has managed to kill his way to power while using a sophisticated PR regime to sanitize his regime in the eyes of the international community is from East Africa. And there are civil wars in South Sudan and Somalia. All these are happening without serious, thoughtful, and meaningful engagement from President Obama.

As an aside. During his recent trip to Kenya, President took a moment to meet with his Kenyan relatives. There are reports — I don’t know how accurate the reports are — that President Obama’s Kenyan relatives took him to task over his indifference to their welfare while in office. Now, while I do not necessarily support the President’s relatives’ expectations and demands on him, what I found very telling and very significant was his response to their questions, demands, and expectations. He reportedly told the relatives, “I cannot help you now because there are rules and regulations limiting my ability to help you now while in the White House, but don’t worry, I will help you once I am out of the White House.” Think about that, Africa!

BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA

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