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dictators and their cronies “buy” a basis for their escape to the West and/or
foreign university degrees for their children who are expected to return home
in the meantime to assume key positions.
Why would they want to “escape”? Their corruption means that when and if
they are exposed, they will need a family basis in a Western country.
College-age sons and daughters can and do open the way as they open family
banking accounts gain knowledge about how to live in safe havens outside of
their home country.
Buying degrees is accomplished through
donations and “research subsidies” to universities under the guise of "charity", but this activity needs
to be investigated to assure that it is not unethical, if not illegal.
The procedure generally is illustrated in the
following three examples based in Libya, China, and Syria :
(1) Qaddafi, the Libyan dictator who was
overthrown last year, made a donation to the London School of Economics (LSE) through
the LSE Director who facilitated admission and the gaining of a doctorate for
Gadafi’s son, Saif al-Islam.
Later the Director was exposed to questions about having received $2.3 millon in
funds for LSE research and exchange of professors from a tyrannical dictator,
thus violating at least implicitly the ethical code of LSE. After an internal
investigation, LSC Director Howard Davies resigned, apologizing for having
accepted on behalf of LSE tainted dollars for research and teaching. Davies stated: "I have concluded that it would
be right for me to step down even though I know that this will cause difficulty
for the institution I have come to love. The short point is that I am
responsible for the s[chool's reputation, and that has suffered."
(2) For Chinese leaders. the most notorious
case is that of General Bo Xilai (who was until March of this year Communist
Party Chief in the municipality of Chongqing) and his wife Gu Kailai. They transferred huge
sums to England and the USA for the “education” of their flamboyant son, Bo Guagua, at Oxford
and Harvard Universities.
Bo is currently jailed for corruption and his
wife is charged with having murdered Neil Heywood with poison. Heywood, a
British “business man,” has been called “Drinker,
Sailor, Fixer, Spy.” For
Bo and Madame Bo, Heywood laundered
their fortune abroad as well as “arranged” admission to Oxford and Harvard for
their reckless son.
The son, Bo Guage was suspended at Oxford
before finally “graduating” and moving on to Harvard’s JFK Policy School to
take an M.A. At Harvard he became
infamous for his life in the fast-lane (literally--with a bright red Corvette
that earned him police tickets for moving violations--; and figuratively for
his wild partying. Since the son’s parents
fell from power in March this year, Harvard apparently has tried to hush
matters by refusing comment and making young Bo unavailable so that he can
Let me add that at least another five generals
in China are known to have their children in U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs,
but the circumstances have yet to be investigated by academia for these and
possibly many dozens of other suspicious cases.
(3) In yet another odd case, 22-year-old Sheherazad Jaafarithe daughter of Syria’s Ambassador to the USA
“won” an unpaid Internship and admission to Columbia University on the
“recommendation” of ABC-TV’s Barbara Walters as quid pro quo for Sheherazad’s having “arranged” Walters’
interview with Syria’s vicious dictator, Bashir al-Assad,
in December 2011. After critics took aim at Walters intervention at
Colombia in this case, Walters said she should not have helped Sheherazad in
such a manner. Walters stated: "In retrospect, I realize that this created
a conflict and I regret that." Walters
said: Sheherazad Jaafari contacted her following the reporter's return from
Syria to the United States after her interview with “President” Assad and asked
for help at Colombia University.
admission to Colombia, with Walters’ help, Sheherazad has faced anger by her
classmates because in February 2012 the hacking group Anonymous revealed that Sheherazad
had coached al-Assad before the interview about how to describe the violence in
Syria, according to e-mails discovered and released by Anonymous. Sheherazad
told Walters: "Don't talk reform… American's (sic) won't care, or
understand that. ... American psyche can be easily manipulated when they hear
that there are 'mistakes' done and now we are 'fixing it.'"
As we see this new epidemic in which
dictators and their henchman are
“buying” access to prestigious universities, let us note that this type of
money laundering occurs at the highest levels. Education has become a
commodity, at the easy reach of the great moguls and tycoons who too often are
engaged in mass murder.
To its credit, the London School of
Economics is the first to investigate such behavior and has clearly revised the
School’s code of ethics to help prevent the buying and selling of its degrees
with offers to fund universities, always in need of funds for research and
exchange of professors and students.
Numerous Chinese leaders have already
escaped from China to the USA and UK. From Libya, Saif sought to go to Mexico,
but was undone by the quick collapse of Qaddafi.
For unknown and
unnamed other leaders, the wide “world of
the West” seems to and the need to be open for hiding to prevent
extradition to their home country. Unfortunately for Bo and his wife, they were
arrested before they could even begin their plan to seize control of China to
or to escape to laundered funds held
abroad in secret accounts, as we may surmise.
Why was Heywood not with Bo and wife to prevent their
arrest by spiriting them out of China? Opps, Madame Gu had murdered him. Thus
Bo could only meet with some army commanders based nearBo’s home in could only
meet with some army commanders based near his home in could only meet with some
army commanders based near his home in Chongquing, but clearly he could not
convince them to join his Maoist “populist movement.”
They no doubt now wished that they had joined him because they may now be with
Bo in Chinas’s secret Gulag for errant political elite, their mistake having been
to hear his plan with their own ears.
See Susan Ryan, “Now London School Of Economics Regrets
That $2.3 Million Gift From Qaddafi foundation”, Dec 1, 2011: