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"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
I guess the sarcasm was lost on you. My point is that Obama can influence politics on the african continent about as well as a liberal upper class WOMAN who happens to have Iranian blood can influence Iranian politics
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I guess the sarcasm was lost on you. My point is that Obama can influence politics on the african continent about as well as a liberal upper class WOMAN who happens to have Iranian blood can influence Iranian politics

While I guess that MY point got lost. In short. Egypt is not in "Africa" but it is HERE

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While I guess that MY point got lost. In short. Egypt is not in "Africa" but it is HERE

No kidding that socially or racially Egypt has nothing to with Africa, but physically all of Egypt west of the suez canal is in Africa....thats the point ot .....you know never mind...i wont explain
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No kidding that socially or racially Egypt has nothing to with Africa, but physically all of Egypt west of the suez canal is in Africa....thats the point ot .....you know never mind...i wont explain
When people at the airports of Cairo or Algiers or Casablanca board a flight to Lagos they will fly to Africa and when passengers at Dubai Airport etc board a flight to Tehran or Karachi, they depart to Asia

The other way round, in America theoretically is somewhere between Northern Canada and Southern Chile and Argentina, but it practical language in practically all languages the terms is equal to in the USA
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Plus, Switzerland provides a dimplomatic front for the US in Iran. Her background also could be an asset in dealing with the Iranians.
According to the Indian Express newspaper, Azita Raji, the proposed US Ambassador to Switzerland, is an Indian-American (and not Iranian).

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/4-...aisers/839498/

As is well-known, the US Embassy in Bern is chock-full of CIA and other American secret police personnel. It can be expected that this naturalized US citizen will be thoroughly vetted to ensure that she can be trusted to not compromise the extensive US surveillance operations in Switzerland. The NZZ reported recently on the CIA presence in Switzerland in an article at this link:

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/schweiz/be...dad-1.18122326
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Note that the US Ambassador candidate's naturalization record does not state her country of origin:
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Note that the US Ambassador candidate's naturalization record does not state her country of origin:
Does anybody else's?
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Does anybody else's?
From what I can determine, the naturalization form shown was the standard form at that time and did not show the applicant's country of origin. The support for her coming from India is based on a newspaper report but I would have preferred to use an official source document. Unfortunately, the naturalization document does not provide this information.

Ms. Raji appears to have done well in life to live at 750 Park Avenue in New York City at age 26, where a single-bedroom condominium costs around $1 million. Life appears to have gotten even better for her after that. In 1996 her address is listed as 177 E. 79th St, New York City. According to Zillow, a flat was recently sold in that building for $7.073 million.

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While I guess that MY point got lost. In short. Egypt is not in "Africa" but it is HERE

Wolli, I realize you went to school sometime when Pangea was still printed on the classroom maps, but airline departure gates do not define geography. Egypt is on the continent of Africa.

http://bit.ly/1cNhN6k
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Plus, Switzerland provides a diplomatic front for the US in Iran. Her background also could be an asset in dealing with the Iranians.
Although the Indian Express newspaper indicates that Azita Raji is an Indian-American, her first and last names are Iranian (Persian) according to the below link:

"Azita - Name of an Iranian princess"
"Raji (A) Hopeful"

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=842266

Interestingly, if Azita Raji is from Iran, she is then likely a dual US-Iranian citizen since Iranians cannot normally renounce their Iranian citizenship.
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...Interestingly, if Azita Raji is from Iran, she is then likely a dual US-Iranian citizen since Iranians cannot normally renounce their Iranian citizenship.
I still have to ask, who cares? She's not being submitted as a candidate for ambassador due to anything other than her ability to raise cash for the president. LOTS of cash. Anything else is just a handy footnote.
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Wolli, I realize you went to school sometime when Pangea was still printed on the classroom maps, but airline departure gates do not define geography. Egypt is on the continent of Africa.

http://bit.ly/1cNhN6k

departure gates do not, but people in Egypt etc DO
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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

The "Blick" reported that the favored candidate to be the US Ambassador to Switzerland, Azita Raji, is no longer being considered and that the US Ambassador's position remains empty:

http://www.blick.ch/news/politik/ist...id2459026.html

As my grandma used to say: "if the Pope dies, find a new one!"
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The "Blick" reported that the favored candidate to be the US Ambassador to Switzerland, Azita Raji, is no longer being considered and that the US Ambassador's position remains empty:

http://www.blick.ch/news/politik/ist...id2459026.html

As my grandma used to say: "if the Pope dies, find a new one!"
The real problem about ambassadors are modern telecommunications and airtravel. Ambassadors were important when
- messages from North America to Europe needed many weeks
- government members seldom travelled farther than 400 kms
- to travel overseas needed a month or more each way

Would you like to be Swiss ambassador in Roma or Italian ambassador in Bern when members of the two national governments routinely meet in Milano and Zürich

German embassies for example, in many places, do not have an ambassador but only an Embassy Chancellor who leads the affairs. The formal "chancellor" has office/residence hundreds of kilometers away, and is not missed by anybody

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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung is reporting that Suzi LeVine, a top campaign fundraiser for Obama and former Microsoft manager, is to be appointed US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Following is her background in a nutshell:

1) She majored in English and Engineering at Brown, an Ivy League school.
2) She was hired by Microsoft in the 1990s and used to run around the US promoting Windows 95 software.
3) She moved on to Expedia which she left to become a mostly full-time mom and, of course, a fundraiser for Obama, whom she seems to adore.
http://seattletimes.com/html/pacific...tsorich29.html
4) Her husband also was at Microsoft and now runs a wine company.

As usual with a political appointee, she doesn't have any obvious qualifications for the job. I wonder if anyone has told her that the US Embassy in Bern has the highest rate of US citizenship renunciations in the world and that many Americans in Switzerland are just waiting for their chance to go over the wall. Perhaps she can use her engineering training to increase efficiency in the renunciation process.
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The Neue Zürcher Zeitung is reporting that Suzi LeVine, a top campaign fundraiser for Obama and former Microsoft manager, is to be appointed US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Following is her background in a nutshell:

1) She majored in English and Engineering at Brown, an Ivy League school.
2) She was hired by Microsoft in the 1990s and used to run around the US promoting Windows 95 software.
3) She moved on to Expedia which she left to become a mostly full-time mom and, of course, a fundraiser for Obama, whom she seems to adore.
http://seattletimes.com/html/pacific...tsorich29.html
4) Her husband also was at Microsoft and now runs a wine company.

As usual with a political appointee, she doesn't have any obvious qualifications for the job. I wonder if anyone has told her that the US Embassy in Bern has the highest rate of US citizenship renunciations in the world and that many Americans in Switzerland are just waiting for their chance to go over the wall. Perhaps she can use her engineering training to increase efficiency in the renunciation process.
Checked up on her husband, Eric Levine. And read how he was taught by his father to enjoy wine, when he was just 21. How the coming ambassador and her husband were cycling in the Toscana. And finally about www.cellartracker.com . This business he can conduct out of Bern or Boston or Seattle

I think that the choice of wines of the USA embassy in Bern will improve

Of course, his wife will not stay in Bern forever, but for a while. Neither Obama nor her can change grim realities but she and her husband possibly can improve style around the USA embassy
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Neither Obama nor she can change grim realities but she and her husband possibly can improve style around the USA embassy
Acting as the figure head of the Bern Embassy may indeed be a challenge. On the one hand, the Swiss are continuing the investigation of the US Embassy and its Protectas contract for espionage in Switzerland. On the other hand, she shouldn't expect support from Americans living here who are denied basic banking services and discriminated for jobs due to the actions of the US government. Morale at the Bern Embassy may also be an issue due to the ongoing criticism and open hostility by many Swiss and Americans in Switzerland towards the US government.

Eric LeVine, the wine expert and husband, is from a wealthy Boston family that runs a large funeral business. He is a Harvard graduate as was his father.

Suzan (Davidson) LeVine's family background still needs research. Her father, Maurice, was a major in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict and appears to have graduated from Swarthmore College, a hoity-toity school near Philadelphia. Given the fact that they attended a $35,800 a couple (or a plate?) brunch for Obama shows that this couple has money from somewhere:
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepol...more-come-ons/

WaPo ran an article in December called "Do ambassadors matter?" that might be worth reading:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...sadors-matter/

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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

To help the future US Ambassador to Switzerland with her transition, below is a list of incidents that former US Ambassadors to Switzerland have been involved in. No need to repeat:

1) Don’t go hunting with a Vice-President who can’t shoot straight:
Pamela Willeford, US Ambassador, 2003-2006: "She is also notable as being the sole eyewitness of the 2006 hunting incident where then-United States Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot attorney Harry Whittington in the face and chest."

2) Try to understand Switzerland and, if you don’t, avoid your ignorance in writing because Wikileaks might quote you:
Peter Coneway, US Ambassador, 2006 – 2008: Switzerland is “a very successful but frequently frustrating alpine democracy”.

3) Avoid giving unwanted legal advice to the Swiss or you could be declared a "persona non grata":
Donald Beyer, US Ambassador, 2009 – 2013: "(Switzerland) should very carefully consider whether to provide shelter to someone (Jason Assange) who is on the run from the (American) law.”

4) It might be okay to lie about your citizenship to get a bank account here - which we call local, not offshore, accounts - but be truthful about your military background, or your body might be disinterred: Larry Lawrence, US Ambassador, 1994 - 1996:
"After his death (in Switzerland), his wife Sheila asked the White House and US State Department to bury him in Arlington National Cemetery. The Army checked World War II service records but found no mention of him. Nor did he appear in the Coast Guard's records of merchant seamen and did not appear on any documents of the 1945 voyage of the Horace Bushnell, including the ship's list of passengers. Richard Holbrooke, an assistant secretary of state, wrote a letter to the White House praising Lawrence, arguing that a burial for him at Arlington National Cemetery would be appropriate. This position was approved and Lawrence was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1997, Lawrence's body was disinterred and brought to California after congressional investigators searched military records and found no evidence that he was ever in the Merchant Marines."

5) Avoid doing whatever the US Ambassador to Luxembourg, 2010-2011, Cynthia Stroum, did that so fully annoyed the embassy staff there that some requested a transfer to Iraq and Afghanistan. She was also a wealthy woman from Seattle:

"A top Obama campaign donor rewarded with the post of US ambassador to Luxembourg was "aggressive, bullying, hostile and intimidating" and left her embassy in a "state of dysfunction", according to an official report....
Conditions were so bad that some officials requested transfers to Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual occurrence in a cushy western European embassy."


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Re: New US Ambassador to Switzerland/ Liechtenstein

To add one more "don't do this" item for the new US Ambassador to Switzerland:

6) Don't ditch your security detail and go to parks to pick up prostitutes and minor children:
US Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, 2009-2013:
"A memo from the Department's inspector general, which has been seen by The Daily Telegraph, said an investigator found evidence Mr Gutman "routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favours from both prostitutes and minor children"."

Howard Gutman was also a campaign bundler for the Obama campaign and was rewarded with a US Ambassadorship to Belgium.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...stigation.html
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Suzan (Davidson) LeVine's family background still needs research. Given the fact that they attended a $35,800 a couple (or a plate?) brunch for Obama shows that this couple has money from somewhere:
$35,800 for a brunch is chicken feed to the LeVines. They live in the West Queen Anne part of Seattle in a 352 m2 house valued at $3.4 million.

As a reward for her financial support of the Obama campaign, Suzi LeVine attended an official state dinner in 2012 honoring David Cameron, the British Prime Minister. A subsequent article in The Telegraph, which mentions her, is titled: "Barack Obama's use of the US-UK state dinner as a re-election campaign prop was vulgar and insulting"

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/ni...and-insulting/

While many Americans in Switzerland are struggling to retain mortgages and basic banking services due to US government policy, the proposed US ambassador looks like a modern-day Marie Antoinette. Ordinary Americans here shouldn't expect much from her.
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