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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
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”