NASDAQ brings shame on itself by inviting Hashim Thaci (killing for organ scandal)

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NASDAQ brings shame on itself by inviting Hashim Thaci (killing for organ scandal)

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

It is inconceivable that a leader who is implicated in a major organ scandal would be invited by NASDAQ if the implications had been involved in killing homosexuals, killing Americans, killing Buddhists, killing women and so forth. However, when it comes to killing Serbian Orthodox Christians and sanctioning American foreign policy objectives, then this would appear to be fine by NASDAQ?

Not only is this deeply troubling and makes a complete mockery of America’s involvement in war crimes – after all, at least alleged Serbian war criminals had to hide before being sent to the Hague.  However, in America they are allowed to walk freely and pose for the media.  The hypocrisy is stomach turning and really leaves a sour taste and for Serbian families and others who lost family members in the “brutal and barbaric organ scandal” they must be in shock.

How do they feel when they see images of Hashim Thaci being applauded by NASDAQ? More to the point, what is NASDAQ doing in getting involved with this leader while further information is still being collected alongside past information. This applies to innocent people being killed for organs by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and these accusations are being made by people in the higher echelons of power.

If people are unsure about the seriousness of this then let us not report on media in Serbia because of course pro-KLA individuals, anti-Serbians and individuals who supported Hashim Thaci, would claim that the information is tainted and biased.

Therefore, quotes will be given by Western news agencies in order that people may just sit-up for once and just feel the pain of Serbian Orthodox Christians who have been vilified to kingdom come. After all, whatever the rights and wrongs of the wars in the Balkans (all sides committed massacres) it is abundantly clear that a neutral picture was never painted. This meant that the beheading of Orthodox Christians, allowing thousands of international Islamists in the Balkans, crucifying Orthodox Christians, cutting Orthodox Christian women open, and other barbaric crimes, all mainly went unreported and was just brushed under the carpet.

Turning back to the Western media and comments published about the organ scandal and photos showing Hashim Thaci and NASDAQ applauding each other. The agency Voice of America comments that (links provided at the bottom of this article) “In a political bombshell for the Balkans, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has been named in a European report as the head of a ‘mafia-like’ crime organization – accused of drug dealing, assassinations and organ smuggling. The allegations threaten to derail Kosovo’s efforts to gain fully-recognized independence and could have a major impact on the country’s relations with the West.”  

“The report claims that at remote bases like this so-called ‘Yellow House’ in Albania, members of the Kosovo Liberation Army killed up to 500 prisoners and removed their organs, so they could be sold to international buyers on the black market.”

It could just be that leaders at NASDAQ don’t view Voice of America, therefore, lets highlight others to be sure. CNN highlights in their article that Authorities in Kosovo must conduct a “tough, independent investigation” into allegations of organ harvesting from prisoners of war, a leading European human rights activist demanded Thursday.

“These things were known by intelligence agencies in various countries, by police, by many people,” said Dick Marty, whose report into the allegations was approved by a Council of Europe committee Thursday.”

“But people in Kosovo are afraid to come forward and give evidence, he said.”

“In private they said, ‘Yes, we know,’ but because of political opportunism they decided to keep quiet,” he said.”

It is clear that the Council of Europe is taking the matter seriously and Dick Marty is a brave individual.  Therefore, just in case the leading figures at NASDAQ don’t like the American press because they may be cosmopolitan it is important to give them a chance, which is something that the KLA didn’t do when killing people for organs.

The Guardian newspaper is a mild left-leaning newspaper which is rather liberal in the United Kingdom. In their article called The doctor at the heart of Kosovo’s organ scandal the following is stated:

A Council of Europe report into organ trafficking in Kosovo linked the Medicus case to a wider criminal network in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which began trading in organs in 1999. A faction within the rebel guerilla army loyal to Thaci has been accused of overseeing a racket involving Serb captives. A “handful” were said, in the report, to have been shot in the head, then had their kidneys extracted. It is believed the kidneys were flown to Istanbul in ischemia bags. Thaci has strongly denied the claims.”

“A Washington-based intelligence source said the kidneys were sold to Sonmez. It was then that the Turkish doctor was said to have struck up a relationship with Kosovan Albanians, who, investigators believe, are implicated in the Medicus clinic case which unfolded in the confirmation hearing case this week. A judge in Pristina district court will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.”

“In many respects the two are similar operations. In both cases, you’ve got illegal outfits linking senior players among the Kosovar Albanians trading in the organs of innocent victims, playing into an international racket to profit from the surgeries of Sonmez,” a source said.”

The New York Times in an article called Report Names Kosovo Leader as Crime Boss the article highlights the ongoing seriousness of the organ scandal. For example the article comments that A two-year international inquiry has concluded that the prime minister of Kosovo led a clan of criminal entrepreneurs whose activities included trafficking in organs extracted from Serbian prisoners executed during the Kosovo conflict in 1999.”

“The inquiry, prepared for the Council of Europe, names the prime minister, Hashim Thaci, as the boss of the Drenica Group, an organized crime network that flourished in Kosovo and Albania after the war and exerted control over numerous rackets, including the heroin trade, and six secret detention centers in Albania, some used in a black market in human organs.”

Therefore, is NASDAQ telling Serbian Orthodox Christians and all Serbians that they simple don’t count? Is NASDAQ going to claim that serious allegations about heroin trafficking and organ trafficking isn’t important?

The photo is galling and how victim families must feel is beyond imagination. Also, given the seriousness of the allegations then why is America allowing such an individual to enter in the first place?

To be fair to NASDAQ it could be that economists and business leaders don’t read much at this institution. After all, the economy is a nightmare despite tax payers bailing out many banks and the government borrowing heavily.  Also, NASDAQ, like nations which have recognized Kosovo, may not care about human rights and issues related to killing people for organs and heroin trafficking?

Leaders at NASDAQ have shamed themselves by being either manipulated like this or because they simply don’t care. Either way, the images are galling.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/world/europe/16kosovo.html

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-12-16/world/kosovo.organs_1_report-links-kosovo-liberation-army-report-charges?_s=PM:WORLD

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/17/kosovo-medicus-organ-clinic

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Kosovo-PM-Named-in-Human-Organ-Scandal-112107074.html  

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