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[Washington Babylon]

And the Nobel Prize for Best Swiss Bank Accounts Goes To…


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.”

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