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I hate to see Ambassador Beyer go. He was a very nice representative of his country. Very good with Swiss folks.
A pity indeed. He was generally liked.
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

It appears that the future US Ambassador knows how to be tax efficient - a family trust owns their $5.7 million California home. Trusts are, of course, useful for estate planning as well as to keep assets out of reach of creditors.

Her OH is a former Goldman Sachs partner:

http://www.newteachercenter.org/people/gary-syman

She will have a tough act to follow after Ambassador Beyer.
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

The only way to stop this kind of thing happening is to take the money out of politics, and that's never going to happen. There's still nepotism in the British system, but diplomats generally move through the Foreign Office. Just like with airport security, why wouldn't you want someone who is actually trained for the job?
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

Swiss media are reporting that a new US interim ambassador/ chargé d’affaires has been named for Switzerland:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics...l?cid=36519264

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/schweiz/us...ars-1.18121038

A new US Ambassador to Germany (John Emerson) has already been named and a new US Ambassador to Austria (Alexa Wesner) has been nominated. Possibly there is an issue with the rather unqualified candidate from San Francisco for US Ambassador to Switzerland.
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Swiss media are reporting that a new US interim ambassador/ chargé d’affaires has been named for Switzerland:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics...l?cid=36519264

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/schweiz/us...ars-1.18121038

A new US Ambassador to Germany (John Emerson) has already been named and a new US Ambassador to Austria (Alexa Wesner) has been nominated. Possibly there is an issue with the rather unqualified candidate from San Francisco for US Ambassador to Switzerland.

The US diplomatic service has heaps of "unqualified" ambassadors around.
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

This is a very interesting development. He seemingly will not be the permanent ambassador to Switzerland. Don Bayer has been back selling Volvos since May seemingly and until a new permanent person is named, this guy will have to do. I guess the US wants a real diplomat for this year who can oversee the Swiss banks while FATCA is being implemented and the ongoing tax debacle is being negotiated.
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This is a very interesting development. He seemingly will not be the permanent ambassador to Switzerland. Don Bayer has been back selling Volvos since May seemingly and until a new permanent person is named, this guy will have to do. I guess the US wants a real diplomat for this year who can oversee the Swiss banks while FATCA is being implemented and the ongoing tax debacle is being negotiated.
A hybrid diplomat&banker ?
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

The Washington Post has not reported any developments in recent weeks to fill the vacant US Ambassador's post to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Azita Raji is the candidate generally expected to be nominated for this position. She is a 1983 graduate of Barnard College, an all-women's school that is part of Columbia University, located in Morningside Heights on Manhattan. Barack Obama is a 1983 graduate of Columbia College, which is also part of Columbia University and located in Morningside Heights, Manhattan.

If I were vetting Azita Raji's nomination, I would want to ask several questions:
1) Did you know Barack Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) while at Barnard-Columbia?
2) If yes, how would you describe your relationship to him at that time:
a. Casual
b. Friend
c. Lover

According to a USA Today article, Barack Obama had a circle of college friends that included Indians and Pakistanis (one of his roommates was a Pakistani and Obama made a trip to Pakistan during his college days). Azita Raji is not mentioned but an inquiring mind might wonder.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/...44401415_x.htm
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

And why would an inquiring mind wonder that? Almost everyone, everywhere has a tendency to hire people they know - because they know that person's strengths and weaknesses much more thoroughly than any interview process can ever reveal.

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Of course the article mentions that. It's the USA freaking Today. By implying a link to those foreigners with un-American sounding names, they can imply that Barack Osama is a terrorist.
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By implying a link to those foreigners with un-American sounding names, they can imply that Barack Osama is a terrorist.
Well, they were not totally off base...he has been helping terrorize Americans (abroad)
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According to a USA Today article, Barack Obama had a circle of college friends that included Indians and Pakistanis (one of his roommates was a Pakistani and Obama made a trip to Pakistan during his college days).
OH NO! Someone had friends from Pakistan and India. The horror!

Get real. And from what I can gather from Google, Obama was already at Harvard when Raji was getting her MBA at Columbia.

More likely, this is just another standard ambassadorship-pat-on-the-back for big political contributions. He's not the first president to do it, and certainly won't be the last.
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

The point I was making was that Obama, since he had Indian and Pakistani friends while at Columbia, may have known Azita Raji there. There are 7,000 students between Columbia College and the all-women's related college, Barnard, which are both part of Columbia University. I expect that there were not high numbers of students from Pakistan and India 30+ years ago. On the other hand, Azita Raji appears to be from a wealthy background unlike the affirmative action student, Obama, and may not have run in the same circles.

Azita Raji was naturalized as a US citizen on January 27, 1988 according to her naturalization record, #13608673, listing her DOB as September 29, 1961. At the time of her naturalization, at age 27, she was residing at 750 Park Avenue, New York. This cooperative residential building appears to be one block from Central Park and, according to this link, is in an exclusive area of Manhattan. A one-bedroom condominium in it sells for around $1 million:

http://streeteasy.com/nyc/building/7...venue-new_york

Given her background, I must doubt that Azita Raji can be an asset to ordinary US citizens living in Switzerland who have to deal with issues such as obtaining bank accounts and mortgages. It is appropriate that the US State Department brought in an experienced chargé d'affaires before this unqualified naturalized US citizen is named US Ambassador to Switzerland.
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...Given her background, I must doubt that Azita Raji can be an asset to ordinary US citizens living in Switzerland who have to deal with issues such as obtaining bank accounts and mortgages...
I personally don't think ambassadors are truly there to help Americans with bank accounts and mortgages. They're there to hobnob with politicians and promote the U.S.'s interests in the region.
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Given her background, I must doubt that Azita Raji can be an asset to ordinary US citizens living in Switzerland who have to deal with issues such as obtaining bank accounts and mortgages. It is appropriate that the US State Department brought in an experienced chargé d'affaires before this unqualified naturalized US citizen is named US Ambassador to Switzerland.
Absolutely, she will come here for two reasons.

1)to promote the interests of the US government including but not limited to convincing/extorting the Swiss government into helping the US get its pound of flesh from US persons in Switzerland.

2) networking and raising her own profile in a European financial center. After all, she will have to do something in 3 years.
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Absolutely, she will come here for two reasons.

1)to promote the interests of the US government including but not limited to convincing/extorting the Swiss government into helping the US get its pound of flesh from US persons in Switzerland.

2) networking and raising her own profile in a European financial center. After all, she will have to do something in 3 years.

Nice and correct. So that I do not see any problem about the nominated candidate, as a charming woman with good financial connections might be exactly what the USA needs to have in Bern.

A grumpy elder gentleman might be perceived as a kind of blackmailer while that woman, doing the same, might be perceived as that nice lady from the USA
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Wonder if she'll get the Oprah treatment?
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Wonder if she'll get the Oprah treatment?
Only if she is eager to check a crocodile leather handbag
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

Don Beyer was very attentive to the nightmare known as FATCA. But he didn't have the connections with Wall Street to be very effective. Perhaps she will be more successful in getting the Wall Streeters to use some of their influence to lessen its impact.

Plus, Switzerland provides a dimplomatic front for the US in Iran. Her background also could be an asset in dealing with the Iranians.
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He was more attentive to the US govt side. (he was the us rep who signed the FATCA IGA) I'm not sure how he has helped US citizens in any way??

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This is an interesting if not borderline racist comment. I'm still waiting on Barack Obama to solve the myriad of problems in Africa. In fact, there's 525+ dead people in Egypt, why hasn't he solved that yet? Surely with his background, this shouldnt have occured in the first place.
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He was more attentive to the US govt side. (he was the us rep who signed the FATCA IGA) I'm not sure how he has helped US citizens in any way??



This is an interesting if not borderline racist comment. I'm still waiting on Barack Obama to solve the myriad of problems in Africa. In fact, there's 525+ dead people in Egypt, why hasn't he solved that yet? Surely with his background, this shouldnt have occured in the first place.
"problems in Africa" ?? While Egypt is on the African continent, "problems in Africa" are elsewhere --- problems in Egypt are problems in the Middle East and in the Arab World. And to solve problems in either region is not so easy
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