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A Moonie Runs the World Food Program

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Despite controversial past, World Food Program chief gets to work
By Elisabeth Rosenthal | International Herald Tribune | August 10, 2007

ROME: Fitting easily into the most conservative wing of the Bush administration, Josette Sheeran was from the outset a controversial candidate to run the World Food Program, the world’s largest humanitarian aid organization, which has frequently been at odds with Washington.

She had already been appointed to senior roles in the government, with the A-list of connections common in that circle, from Condoleezza Rice to Jack Kemp, the former New York congressman and free market proselytizer.

Facing questions about her background, Sheeran, now ensconced as the group’s executive director, sighed in exasperation. …

The United States, as the largest donor, has traditionally exercised enormous influence in the selection of the group’s director. But this time around, the European nations were dismayed enough by Sheeran’s credentials that they tried to block the appointment. The EU strongly favored a Swiss candidate, Walter Fust, a European diplomat said, speaking on the customary condition of anonymity. …

Sheeran says she was picked in a “rigorous process,” and that she had been well prepared for the post….

Sheeran was born in 1954 and educated at the University of Colorado. Shortly after college she joined the Reverend Sun Yung Moon’s Unification Church, and was a powerful figure at the politically conservative organization, moving steadily up the masthead of Church-owned newspapers and eventually joining The Washington Times, the right-wing newspaper which is owned by the church.

She spent more than a decade at the paper, eventually becoming its managing editor. During that time, she gained a large measure of recognition: a Pulitzer Prize juror for foreign news in 1996 and chairman of the cartooning jury in 1997.

But her tenure was not without its quirks. In April 1992, she became the first and only American journalist to interview the North Korean dictator, Kim Il Sung, whom she described as a “reflective confident elder statesman.” At that moment, Kim’s policies were propelling his country into a decade of famine, which ultimately killed at least half a million people.

Sheeran refused to discuss her long tenure as a major figure in the Unification Church. “My faith is a deeply personal matter,” she said.

Before she left the paper – and the Church – in the late 1990s, she was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the capital.

She said she was inspired to a life of public service by her father, Jim Sheeran, a highly decorated World War II veteran and New Jersey state official who died in July. In particular, she recalled how her father, upon returning from the war, organized a food drive to help the same European villages he had helped to liberate.

When Sheeran was sworn in to recent government jobs, her father was unfailingly at her side. But they have not always seen eye to eye. A 1976 Time magazine article about distraught parents trying to deprogram children who had joined the Unification Church described Sheeran’s efforts to “rescue” Josette, 21, from a church-run school that he accused of “cruel and exotic entrapment” of “minds, souls and bodies.”

After leaving journalism, she became the head of Empower America, a Reagan-era conservative research institute that is dedicated to fighting poverty through free market forces and individual responsibility. Later, she moved to the Bush administration, where she specialized in programs aimed at moving developing nations towards economic self-sufficiency. …

Also see: “Satanism and Ritual Abuse – Case-by-Case Documentation”:

August 10, 2007

More than a year after the national television crews left and a Catholic priest was sent to prison for the decades-old murder of a nun, a new defense team filed an appeal to overturn his conviction.

Attorneys for Gerald Robinson filed a 105-page document with the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals Wednesday that argues eight points of error they claim occurred during the trial that resulted in conviction.

The appeal looks to reverse the jury’s decision and secure Robinson’s release from prison.

And if not successful in overturning the conviction, the motion asks that the case be sent back to Lucas County Common Pleas Court to determine whether the 24-year delay before Robinson’s arrest is cause for a new trial.

“The jury only heard one side of the story and answered the question ‘yes,’ finding appellant guilty of the offense of murder,” the appeal states. “On May 11, 2006, the trial court sentenced appellant, a Roman Catholic priest, to an indefinite term of 15 years to life in prison. This appeal seeks the review of that final order.”

After a three-week trial, Robinson was found guilty of the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, 71, who was found dead in the sacristy, the room next to the chapel, of the former Mercy Hospital near downtown Toledo.

The victim had been strangled nearly to death and then stabbed 31 times in her face, neck, and chest.

Robinson, now 69 years old, was a chaplain at the hospital at the time.

Jack Donahue, who filed the appeal with defense attorney Richard Kerger, declined to comment on the case, saying the appeal “speaks for itself.” He added that the appeal is a matter of public record and the merits of the case are contained within it.

Mr. Kerger could not be reached for comment.

The prosecutor’s office will respond to the appeal in writing before any arguments are heard in the case.

Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Dean Mandros, who was a member of the team that tried the case, noted that the more than 4,000 pages of the trial transcript were not available until July 9. A month later, he said, a defense team not associated with the original case filed an appeal.

“From what I’m reading in their brief, they didn’t spend enough time learning what the evidence was in the case, because much of what they are charging in their brief did not take place during the trial,” he said.

Specifically, one of the allegations listed in the appeal was that Robinson faced an unfair trial because of testimony that introduced “Satanism” to the jury.

“This evidence was inherently unreliable, was of minimal probative value, lacked foundation, impermissibly stereotyped [Robinson] as the anti-Christ, invited the jury to speculate on the issue of guilt, and sensationalized the entire proceeding,” the appeal states.

Mr. Mandros said his office would read the trial transcript thoroughly to disprove the defense’s contention that Satanism was a key component of evidence.

“It appears that there is a concerted effort to make the Court of Appeals think something happened that didn’t,” he said, adding that the response to the appeal would “take more time than they did.”

The appeal also alleged ineffective counsel, the lack of evidence to prove identity of the killer, prosecutorial misconduct, and an error by Judge Thomas Osowik in allowing into evidence Robinson’s statements to detectives in an initial 2004 interview.

The victim’s nephew, Lee Pahl of Edgerton, Ohio, said he was expecting the appeal because “that’s the way the system works.”

He said he considers the appeal a continuation in the quest for justice that started when Robinson was arrested.

“I felt confident when I was at the trial that the prosecutors did a good job and that he was guilty,” Mr. Pahl said. “I think obviously getting a conviction started the healing process for our family, but it’s still ongoing and we certainly understand the appeal process.”

Claudia Vercellotti, co-coordinator of the Toledo chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said she hopes that the ailing Robinson does not die before the appeal is heard and a final decision is made.

She said she does not want Robinson’s conviction to ever be in question.

“Like it or not, this case has created justice by proxy for the entire survivor community. This is the closest that any sexual victim has seen of a priest held accountable for his heinous crime as well as a diocese exposed for its cover-up,” she said, adding that the 1980 investigation “came to a grinding halt after three weeks,” but 26 years later, Sister Margaret Ann’s killer was finally brought to justice.

“This finally validated for so many victims the cover-up,” she said.

Mr. Donahue also filed a motion asking that the court take notice that several people involved in the case have since died, including Father Jerome P. Swiatecki, who also was assigned to Mercy Hospital at the time of the nun’s death, and Drs. Steven and Renata Fazekas, who conducted the initial autopsy on the victim. Included in the motion were copies of their death certificates.

Also pending in the appellate court is a separate civil lawsuit appeal of a case against Robinson accusing him and others of repeatedly torturing and raping a young girl in ritual abuse ceremonies.

The appeal was filed in March on behalf of an anonymous victim and her husband known only as Survivor Doe and Spouse Doe.

The appeal states Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Ruth Ann Franks erred when she dismissed the lawsuit Jan. 18.

In her rationale, Judge Franks said she dismissed the case because it was filed after the statute of limitations had expired.

Contact Erica Blake at: or 419-213-2134.

” … At the home front too, the ISI reaped the harvest … ”

Pakistani military developed the top-down strategy of the expansion of the madrasa system for political gain. The prime desire for madrasa infrastructure was to mobilise and use Islamist militancy as the cheapest and most effective political tool for Pakistan’s multiple internal and external policies. With the Western disengagement from Afghanistan at the end of the Cold War, Pakistan’s military intelligence agency (ISI) found a golden opportunity to exploit the madrasa system to the great benefit of Pakistan’s security and geopolitical interests in Afghanistan and India.

The Taliban creed was a cancerous product of Pakistani madrasa incubation. Early 1990s, the success of Taliban in Afghanistan spread the ISI influence to Amu Darya in the north and Heart to the West of Afghanistan. This strategic victory for the Pakistani military was the beginning of annexing Indian Kashmir to Pakistan. Although the al-Qa’ida attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 rolled back a great deal of this strategy, the ISI still continues to sustain its covert nexus with the Taliban for the same mileage.

At the home front too, the ISI reaped the harvest. Islamic militancy was used to squash indigenous local nationalist and secularist parties for fear of luring separatist tendencies within the country’s Pashtun, Baluchi, and Sindi minorities. In 1971 the ISI desperately attempted to undermine the separatist and secularist struggle of the Bengali intellectuals by the militant mullahs. However, it has miserably failed to crush Bengali secular nationalism that led to the separation of Bangladesh, due to the weakness of the madrasa system at that time.

Ideologically, Pakistani Islamic militancy is a hybrid mix of the ultra-conservative Deobandi version of Islam in the Indian sub-continent, the Saudi desert version of Wahabism, and the Middle-Eastern revolutionary Islamic Brotherhood. Pakistani Maulana Abdul Ala Maududi and Egyptian Sayid Qutub have been the founding fathers of ultra-conservative Islam in Pakistan. Both theoreticians insisted on gender segregation, veiling women from head to toe, and denouncing music and western modernisation. They preached madrasa as an alternative to what they believed to be a “Westoxication of Muslim Societies,” to use Samuel Huntington’s phrase.

Jamiat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan are the Taliban and al-Qa’ida-linked derivatives of the Maududi and Deobandi schools that now control the provincial governments of Baluchistan and the North-Western Frontier Province by leading a coalition of religious parties called Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). The two powerful religious actors on Pakistan’s political space made it easier for the military elite to make do and mend its relation with the Taliban and other militants.

The loudspeakers of minarets in these two provinces openly propagate pro-Taliban and pro al-Qa’ida ideology, trying to promote and justify jihad, and appropriating suicide bombings against Western forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

In the tribal areas, General Musharraf has never undertaken any serious and decisive operation against the festering madrasas. Last December, Newsweek magazine reported this Pakistani grey area produced “a 12-member group of Westerners at camps in Northern Waziristan to carry out attack in the Western countries”. Moreover, one of the four suicide bombers who attacked London’s transportation system on July 2005, spent time in one of the Pakistani madrasas.

It appears unlikely that the current skirmishes between General Musharraf and radical Islamists will last long. Nor will the military dare take the battle to more lethal terrorist centres, especially those thriving in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.

If Pakistan’s history is any guide, the generals would step the familiar path of sustaining the madrasa system for future use. As has happened so often before, General Musharraf will keep lid on some selective hotbeds of militancy without touching the cause of festering Islamic terrorism. In the generals’ thinking, such orthodoxy is seen as a magic formula to guarantee Pakistan’s unity and the survival of the military rule. This is the real source of quandary.

Copyright © Dr Ehsan Azari

Thursday, August 9, 2007

WARSAW, Poland (AP): Polish prosecutors are analyzing audio tapes that purport to feature a powerful priest making anti-Semitic remarks and calling the president’s wife a “witch,” a spokeswoman said Thursday.

The priest, the Rev. Tadeusz Rydzyk, runs a conservative media empire that includes Radio Maryja, a station that has broadcast anti-Semitic programming in the past — leading many Rydzyk critics to believe that he did indeed make the comments that are on the tape — supposedly from a lecture made in the spring.

Rydzyk has not denied giving the speech, but his reaction has been somewhat contradictory. He suggested the tapes were doctored — but without specifying which parts of his speech might have been altered. But he has rejected accusations of anti-Semitism and said he “didn’t intend to offend anyone.”

His purported comments have sparked the outrage of Israel and Jewish groups. The Israeli ambassador called them the worst case of anti-Jewish language Poland has seen since an anti-Semitic campaign in 1968 that drove thousands of Jews to flee the country.

Prosecutors in the central city of Torun received the tapes on Tuesday from the weekly magazine Wprost. The tapes are said to be of a lecture Rydzyk gave last spring, prosecutors’ spokeswoman Ewa Janczur said.

Wprost last month published excerpts and posted audio clips on its Web site from the lecture, given to students this spring at a journalism school Rydzyk established in Torun, where Radio Maryja is headquartered.

On the tapes, the speaker purported to be Rydzyk suggests that Jews are greedy and that Polish President Lech Kaczynski is subservient to Jewish lobbyists. The speaker also appeared to criticize the first lady’s support for abortion rights, called her a “witch,” and suggested she should kill herself.

Janczur said prosecutors were examining the tapes before deciding whether to launch a criminal investigation. The decision would be announced after Aug. 20, she said.

Israel’s ambassador to Poland has urged Polish and Roman Catholic authorities to condemn Rydzyk.

Earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI met briefly with Rydzyk and two other Polish priests after the pontiff’s weekly public blessing Sunday in Castel Gandolfo, his summer home.

The Vatican issued assurances Thursday that the Pope’s meeting with Rydzyk, which drew protests from worldwide Jewish organizations, did not imply any change in the church’s desire for good relations with Jews.

No longer disputed: the ties between some BKA founders and Nazis

DW staff (jen) | © Deutsche Welle.

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, or BKA, recently held a colloquium to examine the extent of its Nazi past — despite being founded after World War II. The BKA has moved toward examining the Nazi history of its founding leadership. On Wednesday it hosted the first of three seminars on the topic. The event was introduced by BKA President Jörge Ziercke. The colloquia focus on examining the role of ex-Nazi police officers who founded the BKA in 1951, and made up the core of its leadership into the 1970s. The BKA can be compared in scope to US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) or Britain’s MI5.

Ziercke noted that the founding core of the BKA were some 48 members of the Nazi security forces known as the Reichskriminalpolizei, or Kripo. They became part of a new Criminal Police Force in the postwar British Occupied Zone, which later evolved into the BKA. According to Ziercke, of the 48, 33 had been SS leaders.

Postwar history

At the end of the 1950s, nearly all of the BKA leadership positions were filled with ex-Nazis or SS leaders. According to Ziercke, the police organization was rife with cliques and internal connections leading back to the Nazi era that helped with re-commissioning.

The colloquium aimed to examine the question of whether the Nazis’ notions on crime fighting were carried on after the war. Two more events are slated to take place in September and October. Should it be deemed necessary, an independent academic panel may be named to further look at these issues.

For a long time, the organization denied its Nazi past. When it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001, the Nazi era was hardly mentioned. In December, the interior ministry told a parliamentary query on the topic: “The BKA does not have a National Socialist past.”

This happened despite the publication of a book by a former BKA employee Dieter Schenk. Titled “The Brown Roots of the BKA,” the book argues that the organization had been founded by active Nazis.

Whether the BKA founders were Nazis or merely careerists is something discussed in the Schenk book as well as the current colloquia. More important, according to Schenk, is his belief that the political leanings of the BKA founders can still be felt in its policy, “in the half-heartedness with which it has fought against the radical right, anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant” elements in the country.

Soft on right-wing extremism?

On Wednesday, Ziercke supported the BKA, using the colloquium to express his organization’s fight against right-wing forces in Germany.

He complained about the growth of the radical right, saying that hardly a day goes by without a neo-Nazi assault somewhere. Last year, the number of registered extreme-right, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant acts reached a new high of 18,000.

He warned that the increase in right-wing extremism could lead to a climate of fear.

“This should really make us think,” Ziercke told the colloquium.

Aside from terrorism, right-wing extremism is the most important topic facing the police, he said. He stressed the importance of recognizing and protecting against extremist developments and right-wing hot-spots.

But in an ongoing discussion over data protection and new rights assumed by security forces in the fight on terrorism, Ziercke denied that Germany could be compared with a police state.

“I have to warn people to be careful about making such comparisons,” Ziercke told news agencies.

In recent weeks, comments from Germany’s conservative Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble caused a stir — especially on the subjects of secret online-searches and comments he made about selective killing of terrorists.

In early 2007, Ziercke himself was criticized for supporting the hotly debated online-data searches.

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