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From ABC News: “Two U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a Nobel Peace Prize to go to a politician accused of taking bribes, abusing human rights, and profiting from widespread and sometimes violent election fraud.”
Yes, esteemed Congressmen Darrell Issa of California and Charlie Melancon of Louisiana think Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev should be honored for “reaffirming the worth and advancing the rights of the human person.” That’s especially curious given, as ABC noted, that the U.S. Justice Department has “long alleged . . . that Nazarbayev and his deputies accepted nearly $80 million in kickbacks from foreign companies in exchange for access to Kazakhstan’s vast oilfields. Nazarbayev’s total worth is not known, but his adviser, daughter and son-in-law are billionaires, Forbes magazine reported in March.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”