" Just as Robert Amsterdam is doing in Russia, where he is using his "defense" of Khodorkovsky as a point of leverage to support US-backed mobs in Moscow's streets, his defense of Thaksin and his red shirts also aims not at defending his clients legally, but at using their case to undermine and ultimately overturn the sovereign institutions of Thailand. It is done in a concerted effort with the US State Department, the corporate media, and a vast network of US and European subsidized NGOs sowing sedition throughout Thailand itself. "
According to the LandDestroyer blog, he is a corporatist activist whose lawfirm, Amsterdam & Peroff is a corporate member of Chatham House (as are the BBC and De Beers, among others). Robert Amsterdam clients include Thaksin Shinawatra (Carlyle Group adviser) of Thailand (Source: disclosures.house.gov) and imprisoned billionaire mining swindler Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Open Russia Foundation). Read: Notorious meddler Robert Amsterdam back in Thailand, by Tony Cartalucci, and Globalist Page: Robert Amsterdam A lesson in intellectual dishonesty and international meddling, by Tony Cartalucci. Also read The Post's editorial, The opposition and their mercenary Amsterdam. He is doing the same thing in Thailand. I haven't gotten to the bottom of this, so stay tuned.
Opposition petition donors through Henry's lawyer
By Kombe Chimpinde
Fri 08 June 2012, 13:25 CAT
SOME opposition political parties have engaged Robert Amsterdam as their consultant in their petition to the donor community over their fight with PF and President Michael Sata. But Wynter Kabimba said it was shameful for the opposition to rush to the donor community to petition the PF government over matters that could be handled internally.
In an open letter addressed to the donor community written and signed by the party leaders and Amsterdam, they contested several highlighted events that had taken place under PF.
"The developments outlined below, which have taken place under the Patriotic Front administration of President Michael Chilufya Sata, have contributed to a rapid erosion of public trust across all of Zambia's institutions of government, resulting in a crisis of confidence," the letter dated June 6 , 2012 reads in part.
"Providers of foreign aid can no longer trust the Zambian government at its word to observe the law or fulfill its promises, and steps must be taken to monitor and ensure that these critical resources are not diverted away from their intended purposes."
The opposition political party leaders who included Pastor Nevers Mumba, Hakainde Hichilema, Charles Milupi, Sakwiba Sikota and Edwin Sakala and lawyer Amsterdam, stated that it was their concern that continued unconditional donor support to the PF administration would further the disturbing trends that represented a sharp departure from the laws, norms, traditions, and constitutional culture of the country.
[The useless and corrupt MMD/UPND opposition are trying the 'human rights' track of 'opposition', which now seems to be standardized in the anti-democratic (in that the people have nothing to do with it and it overturns democratic elections) corporatist movements, like the MDC. From the Niqnaq blog:
" Freedom Now specializes in “political prisoners” from various regions around the world that attract the attention of globalist ambitions. Leveraging these “human rights abuses” affords the globalists a perceived moral high ground from which they can exert pressure on target nations. This is very similar to the operation being run by Chatham House globalist Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Peroff, who is defending western-backed Mikhail Khodorkovsky to ratchet up pressure on Russia, and Thaksin Shinawatra to exert pressure on Thailand. "
According to one petition, President Sata had engaged in a concerted effort to install family members and friends in all key positions of the country's economic management; assaulted the independence of the judiciary, and; systematically eliminated democratic rights of the political opposition and freedom of expression, among other things.
"Given the alarming circumstances related to the deterioration of governance in Zambia, we are calling on the donor community to closely monitor compliance of programmes by the state, and where possible, work directly with recipient groups to ensure against diversion of resources by unaccountable state officials. In these circumstances it is reasonable for the donor community to ask basic questions concerning the intentions and motives of the Patriotic Front government," the letter stated.
But Kabimba, who is PF secretary general, said opposition political party leaders were not showing any allegiance to the country.
"We are aware Mr Amsterdam is arriving in Zambia tomorrow (yesterday), as a consultant of the opposition political parties that helped in the writing of the text of this letter," he said.
"It is high time the Zambians had a leadership that is proud of this country, a leadership in the opposition political party that is nationalistic, owes its allegiance to the people of Zambia and this group is not showing their allegiance to this country. It is not a leadership that you can put to the benefit of the interest of the Zambian people."
Kabimba said that the opposition political leaders had traits of treachery that Zambians must condemn.
"This is a group that can easily sell out to interests that are foreign to this country. For them to take pride in a lawyer like Amsterdam who is representing fugitives like Henry Banda, from the corruption and economic mismanagement of this country and his father's regime under the pretext that they are championing democracy, must be shameful to these colleagues of ours," he said.
Kabimba explained that the PF had an open-door policy and would listen to anyone who wanted to make a contribution to the country.
"At no time have we said we, ourselves, in the PF are saints or angels and cannot make mistakes and because of that, we are open to views that can remedy our mistakes in the governance of this country," Kabimba said.
Kabimba said the PF were exercising among other things self-internal criticism within the party and wanted the same to apply outside the party.
"There is no need for our colleagues to expend their energies to be writing the donor community before they raise these issues with us as a party and government. The PF was voted for by the people of Zambia and some of the people in this letter stood and campaigned before the people of Zambia that between Hakainde Hichilema and Sata, they would vote for Sata," Kabimba said.
"The donor community and diplomats are not here to govern this country. They are here to represent their governments. The government is dealing with the same donor community on a daily basis. They interact with our ministers and bureaucrats in government and they have more information than even what the opposition political parties know," he said.
On the issue of nepotism, Kabimba said that the President appointed qualified people, despite their relation to him.
He dismissed claims by the opposition in the letter that President Sata was stifling freedom of expression.