Special Guests, Joel Anand Samy and Natasha Srdoč, a husband and wife team actively working to advance the rule of law and economic freedom through their international organizations. Ms. Srdoč, an economist, is co-founder and Chairman of the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy. She is also co-founder, with her husband Mr. Anand Samy, of the International Leaders’ Summit. Mr. Anand Samy is President of ILS and is a senior advisor for strategic outreach at The Heritage Foundation.
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The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy. Europe & Southeastern Europe. Natasha Srdoč,
Ms. Srdoč speaks about the founding of the Adriatic Institute in 2004… the right time in southeastern Europe. Soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, there was an urgent need of“ instituting free market solutions and advancing the rule of law…” Today, these former communist states are plagued with “corrupt officials…”
Ms. Srdoč comments on the current “migrant crisis…” How the “porous borders” of the Balkan states have become the routes du jour for “drug and human trafficking.” Ms. Srdoč notes that many of these states, admitted into NATO , (Montenegro, in 2015)… (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, in 2004. Albania and Croatia, 2009) lack good governance, “rule of law”, (“every citizen is subject to the law, including law makers themselves,”) and are reaping $20 billion in proceeds from the smuggling of heroin from Afghanistan… the money flowing… “uninterruptedly.” (Read what the UN reports, maps and all…) For Ms. Srdoč reforms (and laws) are urgently needed to combat “organized crime…” (See Ms. Srdoč’s article “Paris Attacks and the Kalashnikovs From the Balkans- The Ignored Enemy from Within”)
Are there common challenges faced by Americans and Europeans today? Ms. Srdoč notes that terrorism, the financing of terrorism, (illegal) immigration, radical Islam are some of the common threats faced by Americans and Europeans today. Ms. Srdoč speaks of the mechanisms already in place, and the laws that could be used to eradicate the financing of terrorism… Ms. Srdoč mentions FATCA- (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act …adversely affecting the everyday life of law abiding “US Persons” living and working overseas, as exposed in the website FATCA Legal Action . A lawsuit filed in July 2015 by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., with six current and former U.S. citizens living abroad, challenging the constitutionality of the law passed by a Democrat Congress in 2010)- clarifying,( as she wrote in the Huffington Post in 2016) that it “could lead to a wider effort to track and confiscate illicit financial outflows that hemorrhage nation state budgets especially in nascent democracies receiving US aid.”
Ms. Srdoč also comments on the rise of Anti-Semitism (Austria)…high on the list in Europe; and the BDS (Boycott Divestment & Sanctions) Movement against Israel …
International Leaders’ Summit. Israel . Joel Anand Samy
Mr. Anand Samy speaks about the organization, its mission and history and the Summit last November held in Jerusalem, “to affirm our common civilization…” just ten days before the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Mr. Anand Samy notes that the invited “leaders warned of growing threats…” and mentions top level strategic meetings with members of the Knesset, Tzachi Hanegbi, former Minister of Justice and others. Mr. Anand Samy also speaks of the participation of the Heritage Foundation, the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe, (ADDE), the National Religious Broadcasters and Family Research Council, as partners and co-hosts. . The focus was on public policy issues, addressing rule of law, economic freedom and security. It counted with over 200 international participants from the US, Israel, Europe and the ME.
Mr. Anand Samy comments on the importance of the meeting, and what it set out to accomplish …and the positive press it received: …
The first US Presidential Candidates’ Forum . Israel. Joel Anand Samy & Natasha Srdoč
Mr. Anand Samy comments on the US Presidential candidates invited to address the conference …and discuss the future of US Foreign Policy, US- Israel relations; threats to religious freedom; antisemitism in Europe and the plight of Christians in the ME… Mr. Anand Samy mentions, for example, the special video prepared by presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson and notes that politicians must see the problems facing the Israelis, in situ…; to visit the “Israeli border overlooking Jordan and seeing the remote lights in the horizon…, not as shooting stars … but, “the effects of warfare…in Syria.” Ms. Srdoč interjects , noting that Israel is surrounded by many “ nuclear authoritarian regimes, where radical Islam is flourishing”…Ms. Srdoč also comments on the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) Movement against Israel….flourishing, as well, in Austria and other European countries, perhaps…reminiscent of the late 1930’s to the mid 1940’s … a nefarious and dark period in European history… Mr. Anand Samy speaks of the triumphs of Israel, at the forefront of technological innovation, citing advances in “cyber security… “ and desalination…
New Outlooks. Israel and India. Joel Anand Samy and Natasha Srdoč
Why is it important for Israel to reinforce old relations and establish new ones? Examples (India, South Korea)…Mr. Anand Samy explains the binding relationship that exisits between the Jewish and the Indian peoples…, written in the Hebrew Scriptures, during the reign of King Solomon, and the destruction of the 2nd Temple, Jews fled to Cochin, Kerala, India . Mr. Anand Samy speaks of the similarities between India and Israel…and the struggles in their regions…Mr. Anand Samy announces the second US Presidential Candidates ‘ Summit for September 2016!