- Nelson Mandela (thanks to @Sojourner5)
No, I hadn’t heard about that, thanks for telling me about it. I looked it up and found these articles from The Dallas Morning News about Perry’s $1.5 million land sale to alleged arms dealer Alan Moffatt: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20100724-Murky-land-deals-mark-Gov-6084.ece
For those interested, here’s a quick excerpt about how this connects to the Rwandan genocide from the first article:
“In the 1990s, Moffatt owned Peak Aviation, a now-defunct company that the British government investigated in connection with arms shipments to Africa for use in the Rwandan genocide. The tribal conflict may have claimed about 800,000 lives.
Moffatt said in an interview that he met twice with British customs investigators but was never charged with a crime. He said the arms shipments that his company made to Africa were legitimate government-to-government deliveries.”
Of course, what isn’t mentioned is that the Rwandan government supplied the militia that executed the genocide, so this point is irrelevant. Putting weapons in the hands of the Interahamwe is not okay. (As an aside, the genocide was much more than a “tribal conflict,” which suggests that both sides were fighting each other, when in reality the genocide meant extremists Hutus were targeting Tutsis and the Hutu moderates who supported them.)
It looks like Perry appointed attorney Colleen McHugh to the UT board of regents after she appealed the appraisal (resulting in lower taxes for Perry). I think that’s slightly different than what you said (she was appealing to lower the value of the land for tax purposes). But is that what you were referring to, or did you mean something else?
This was in the media when The Dallas Morning News reported it in July 2010 but hasn’t really been discussed much since then, from what I can find. Anyone else find more information?
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