clans in the news: potpourri

remember that hmong shooting the other day? when five people were shot?:

“Hmong shootings may have been motivated by grudge”

“A grudge could be the motive in a shooting that put five people in the hospital.

“‘It is a wake-up call to all of us,’ said Linda Lor.

“She is the former executive director for the Hmong Association in Tulsa. On Saturday night there was a Xiong family reunion with all of the clans. In the Hmong community, a family group is known by clans and are divided by last names….

“‘We try in every possible way to mediate the problem through the clan leaders,’ said Lor.

“She said there are about 10 Hmong clans in Tulsa and 200 families. The family leader of the clan will help resolve issues such as marriages, divorce or children or they go to court, which will cost money. In some cases, they make a big statement but are not known to resort to violence like the incident on Saturday….

“She said there was a grudge with the Lees that no one knew about it….”

this is not a big surprise:

“Arab municipal elections [in israel] dependent on family connections, not ideology”

“Arab towns and villages are likely to have a higher turnout in next week’s municipal elections, compared to Jewish areas. However, unlike Jewish areas, where votes are seen as based on ideology, party, or the experience and skills of the candidates, Arab areas tend to vote for candidates based on family or hamula (‘clan’) connections.

“In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Sami Miaari, an Israeli Arab lecturer at Tel Aviv University in the department of labor studies and a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, said that participation in Arab municipalities will most likely show a 90 percent participation rate.

“The elections in the Arab villages are a struggle between clans and families, with the more powerful families winning the most votes, said Miaari….

“In the Arab sector, families are able to bring out the votes by offering benefits and by tapping into group loyalty and tradition, he said.”

albanian gangs. eeek!:

“The Albanian mafia under investigation”

“According to the National Anti-Mafia Directorate – an organ of the Italian State’s General Attorney for the fight against organized crime, the Albanian mafia has gained a leading role in Italy’s drug market….

“Albanian crime organisations, usually small to medium size, are based on blood ties and family relationships. ‘Albanian crime is a maze made of many, small groups’, explains Enzo Ciconte, university professor and historian, author of Mafie straniere in Italia. Storia ed evoluzione (Foreign Mafia in Italy. History and Evolution, Rubbettino, 2003). The criminal network is made of ‘people of the village’, people related to each other. This discourages drop-out. As happens with Calabrian clans, fighting silence is not easy. Law enforcement and judges have a tough challenge to deal with.

“Missing pieces

“Some pieces are, however, missing in the photograph of Albanian crime in Italy. First of all, nobody seems to have an idea of the business turnover. Second, who are the clans? Where are they rooted? Which national crime organisation are they emanation of? According to the DCSA, here there is a serious identification issue, since Albanian law allows to change identity with a simple procedure at the local municipal office in one’s place of residence, which suggests that adopting a new name and surname might be common practice among traffickers.

“However, the lack of information about clans and their turnover may also hint that the police struggles even more than usual in hunting down Albanian criminal groups….”

somali pirates? funded by clan chiefs. h/t mark weiner!:

“Captain Phillips: the forgotten hostages”

“A former Royal Signals officer, he [colonel john steed] first dealt with piracy cases while serving as defence attaché to the British Embassy between 2007 and 2009, during which the British sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler were taken hostage. Recently he worked on counter-piracy issues for the United Nations Political Office for Somalia, but when that office was restructured earlier this year, he set up a new mission, the Secretariat for Regional Maritime Security, to try to resolve the most intractable hostage cases.

“It is not as grand as the title sounds. While the UN has agreed to fund one of his staff, he runs it out of his house in a Nairobi suburb, and does not get paid himself. ‘I am doing it out of the kindness of my heart,’ he says.

“So how does he persuade the pirates to hand over their hostages without a ransom? ‘With great difficulty,’ comes the answer. Most pirate gangs, he points out, are themselves in debt to clan chiefs who have funded their missions, and are reluctant to accept that they have picked one of the few boats whose owners cannot pay a ransom. In previous cases, though, they have been persuaded to accept a cut-and-run payment for their ‘expenses’, which can sometimes be arranged via a whip-round in the shipping industry….”

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  1. Why is no one killing the Somali pirates? I remember being amazed when I first found out they were operating with impunity. Obviously if you allow piracy, you get more of it.


  2. Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a pattern here?


    ““Arab municipal elections [in israel] dependent on family connections, not ideology””

    Local politics in inner city europe is the same. It’s become all tribal “Big Man” stuff.


  3. The Gypsty Levakovic clan held a woman in Sweden captive for 16 days under which they beat and raped her and also shaved her head. The Danish media talk openly about them but our media often don’t even refer to their ethnicity at all or simply call them “Romanians”. I’d be offended if I was a proper Romanian.


  4. Clans are in the news all the time, it seems (big surprise), here’s one from Bangladesh, to round out your collection (just happened)

    (Bangladesh) 2 killed, over 50 injured in clan clashes

    At least two people were killed and over 50 others injured as two clans clashed at Sadekpur in Barhmanbaria Friday afternoon.

    Barhmanbaria Sadr Police Station’s Sub Inspector Atiqur Rahman said supporters of the current and the former Union Parishad chairman clashed in two phases since morning.

    The deceased are Mohammad Ismail Hossain, son of Sobhan Miah, and Shamsul Islam, son of Muslim Miah.

    Two of the critically injured-Habib Miah and Munir Hossain-have been sent to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital as their conditions deteriorated. The rest of the injured have been admitted at Sadr Hospital.

    Ismail was loyal to the incumbent Chairman Iqbal Hossain, while Shamsul was a supporter of former Chairman Abdul Hye.


  5. “our media often don’t even refer to their ethnicity at all or simply call them “Romanians”. I’d be offended if I was a proper Romanian.”

    Same. It’s okay to blame Romanians for stuff they didn’t do but not okay to blame gypsies for what they did do. The PC religion is insane.


  6. @staffan – “The Gypsty Levakovic clan held a woman in Sweden captive for 16 days under which they beat and raped her and also shaved her head.”

    jeez. =/

    @staffan – “I’d be offended if I was a proper Romanian.”

    and so they should be!


  7. @grey – “The PC religion is insane.”

    it’s completely upside-down and backwards in every way. to figure out the truth, i just now invert whatever the pc people tell me. i figure that’s probably right — or much closer to right.


  8. @Simon in London

    Why is no one killing the Somali pirates? I remember being amazed when I first found out they were operating with impunity. Obviously if you allow piracy, you get more of it.

    In centuries gone by, the Royal Navy used to hang pirates for their crimes. Now, when we catch them, we give them a lift back to shore in our own boats – because the pirates’ vessels are often so unseaworthy that they constitute a risk to the pirates’ health and safety.

    Such behaviour advertises to the pirates and the rest of the world not the kindness and magnanimity of our own culture, but a decadence so irredeemable that we deserve to be conquered by the Somalis, the Wahhabis, or anyone else who has not subjugated their reason and self-interest to the demands of political correctness.


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