OpEd

In search of little Gold

In the advice of PR firms, of public relations, it is suggested that the tour be held four to six months before the elections, and if Arieli was somewhere nearby, Kadri Veseli would have told this. Now Ariel and his colleagues have announced that they are in a new beginning. Of course, they are not fools to proclaim that the end of this beginning is the same. They expect us to be the fools.

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Maybe because he was small, we did not notice his presence, but from one of the Unity Team's trips as a member of the Kosovo delegation, we also had an Israeli citizen. Almost as if he had been trained in the then illegal triads, he neither introduced himself nor spoke. Someone said his name was Ari - it was short for Ariel - and Hashim Thaçi, then chairman of the PDK, said he was coming as his advisor.

Ari's first advice was obvious and had nothing to do with negotiations, because in them, as in any other negotiation, Hashim Thaçi was completely uninterested, unless a special court was eventually mentioned. The chairman of the PDK, with Ariel's advice, had begun to change his appearance; instead of his favorite jackets he now wore an expensive Ermenegildo Zegna coat and a cashmere scarf. A visit to a better hairdresser followed. And just a few days later, while others were dealing with negotiations with Serbia, Hashim Thaçi appeared on the "listening tour" - visiting hospitals, schools and factories - to "gather impressions" and based on them to give answers, in a election platform.

While the plane landed in the places we were going to, Hashim Thaçi and Ariel's cell phones received dozens of SMS from an election campaign, which they had already started, although the elections had not yet been announced by anyone.

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Elections cost money, including a councilor like Ari. His advice was from a "schoolbook", from a conventional political marketing book: create a personal image, do a "listening tour", say that you will implement all this you have heard as a governing program. Flood the public with your ads.

Since with Hashim Thaçi I had created the belief that the expenses incurred by him (and his political family or not) were paid by me as a citizen, I was not completely clear how I and other citizens paid for the services of little Ari, especially since his party's campaign was obviously expensive, and obviously effective, either in the part where votes were won or in the part where votes were stolen.

Would he pay Ari (and his big firm) like he did with a local PR firm (a vulgar woman and a man dragged by the pretense of belonging to the art world) by inflating the utility bill for the balloons and fireworks of the Declaration of Independence, in order to cover any television or other advertising bills?

Would he pay it with the 6 million euros he gave to the "Saatchi-Saatchi" firm of Israel, as a formal payment for the "Young Europeans" advertisement?

Would he pay, as it was whispered, with the contracting work for the new Thermal Power Plant?

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A few years later, this dilemma will be clarified, to some extent, by Hashim Rexhepi, former governor of the Central Bank of Kosovo.

This is how I understand Hashim Rexhepi's confession. On a trip to London, to attend the EBRD meeting, he will be trapped by Hashim Thaçi and his minister Ahmet Shala, and instead of a joint meeting he will be left alone with Ariel Raubvogel, ( whose name I will finally learn). And then, according to his statement on the Gazeta Fjala portal, this happens:

"After we had a drink, he started the conversation. He told me that the Central Bank manages over 1 billion euros, and it would be good for you to invest it in the banks that I propose, indicating that we will all part satisfied, in terms of material benefits. .

Hashim Rexhepi refused Ariel's request and a week later Hashim Thaçi, in the presence of two ministers of economic affairs (Ahmet Shala and Besim Beqaj), will tell him that he is mismanaging the bank. It won't be long before Hashim Rexhepi will be seen on the front page of the newspapers and in the beginning of the television news, leaving the Central Bank of Kosovo with his hands tied in handcuffs and escorted by the police. Some time will pass, and he will be freed from all the charges - no one even remembers them anymore, he only remembers the image of Hashim Rexhepi in handcuffs.

Hashim Rexhepin was succeeded in the post of governor by a member of the PDK leadership.

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I thought of Ariel a few months ago, when Kadri Veseli started his listening tour. In the advice of PR firms, of public relations, it is suggested that the tour be held four to six months before the elections, and if Arieli were somewhere nearby, he would tell Kadri Veseli this. As he would suggest to start with advertising spots on the Internet and TV - to show that as the Speaker of the Assembly he has connections with the citizens, especially those who are active in something. The one who thought that there will be no extraordinary elections in Kosovo, at the request of the PDK, has not seen Ariel's signs.

I don't know if little Ari is hiding somewhere, and maybe it's not that important, because someone like him will come out.

The price is important. The first time he appeared, Ari was given the right to request that the money of the Central Bank of Kosovo be managed as a joint investment fund of Ali Baba and 40 thieves (I don't know if they are in the criminal organization of Hashim Thaçi, but it sounds nice as a narrative).

We, as citizens, paid many times the royalty of little Ari. We paid and continue to pay for a highway that is at least 300 million euros more expensive than it should be. We almost sold it thanks to Distribution and PTK almost went too. We gave Z-Mobile the right to be a user of PTK without a cent and now pay them 30 million euros in compensation for this fact. We paid every day (minimum 10 million euros per year) from our money for the right of the PDK to insult our intelligence with its propaganda apparatus, led by Radio Television of Kosovo. And, these are just the billed costs. Those without a receipt are many times larger.

Now Ariel and his colleagues have announced that they are in a new beginning. Of course, they are not fools to proclaim that the end of this beginning is the same. They expect us to be the fools.

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