In case you missed this….

Cover of the “Preportr” – Monthly magazine of the Kosovo Center for Investigative Journalism

Writing about poor people or poverty always gives the public a feeling of sadness, never expecting something as noble as a normal person would consider the news that recently came from Uruguay. The President of the “República Oriental del Uruguay”, José Mujica, is considered the “poorest president in the world”, after an interview given to the Spanish “El Mundo”.

Some might ask what is noble on that, but the former fighter of the guerrilla war for democratic changes during the 1960’s, donates 90 % of his salary. El Presidente keeps only 1250 Dollars from the 12 500 dollars he receives as the President of the country.  Mujica went through some very tough years during the ’60 and the ’70 in his countries prisons. His biography on Wikipedia says that once, “during the ’70, this included being confined to the bottom of a well for more than two years”.

When asked what is his most valuable possession, the President of Uruguay said: “Volkswagen Beetle, valued at $1,945”.

Remaining as humble as he obviously is after so many years and especially after he was presented with the possibility of luxury when he came to power in 2010 is truly a one of a kind case.

So many other guerrilla fighters/commanders that fought for the freedom of their country in a matter of few years turned from heroes to utterly disgusting politicians, mainly famous for corruptive affairs.

In one of the posts in this blog I wrote about the large Kosovo delegation that travelled to New York, an expensive trip that equals the living costs of many Kosovars for an entire year. Some of the people that travelled there, including the prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci were part of a guerrilla group that Kosovo Albanians consider heroes of the resistance against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, known also as “the butcher of the Balkans”.

Hashim Thaci, during one of the rallies of the pre-election campaign in 2002, then leader of the main opposition party in Kosovo. Two years before that, he was Political Director of the Kosovo Liberation Army (Albanian guerilla fighters who fought against Milosevic regime); Photo by Laura Hasani

It’s his second term as the prime minister and one of the main reasons why I named this blog “Corruption and Politics”.

The Prime minister of Kosovo in 2012; Photo by Laura Hasani