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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has taken back Czech citizenship - after saying she was ashamed of her adopted homeland, the United States.
The record-breaking star fled her native Czechoslovakia more than 30 years ago to live in the US.
She told a news conference in Tokyo that she has now reassumed Czech nationality.
She said: "I lost it at the time I defected. I got it back on January 9."
The 51-year-old former world champion said she was maintaining dual nationality and keeping her US passport.
Born in Prague, Navratilova fled to the United States in 1975 at the height of the Cold War, angering communist authorities who stripped her of her nationality.
She became a US citizen six years later.
But Navratilova said last year that while she was once ashamed about Czechoslovakia, she was now ashamed of the United States under President George Bush.
She told Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny: "The thing is that we elected Bush. That is worse! Against that, nobody chose a communist government in Czechoslovakia."
She has courted controversy in the States by comparing Republican politicians to Eastern Bloc communists for allegedly suppressing free speech.
Czechoslovakia split in 1993 after the fall of communism into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Navratilova has said that she left home because the communist authorities refused to let her play tennis in the US, where the vast majority of tournaments were then held.
She went on to win 18 Grand Slams - nine at Wimbledon, four at the US Open, three at the Australian Open and two at Roland Garros.
She retired in 1994 but returned to play doubles in 2000, again winning several tournaments. She hung up her racket again in December 2006 after winning in mixed doubles at the US Open, the 354th tournament of her career.
She is now planning to open an academy for young tennis players in the Czech Republic.
Odd she still wants to keep her US citzenship
She doesn't want to have the risk of being refused entry.
The behaviour of Bush's US (and Bliar's Britain) has been shameful - and dumb - in recent years. He's been a disaster. I can't stand Al Bore, but he would have been a better choice. Spend, spend, spend ... and all on death and destruction. What a wonderful policy US Republicans had.
Varsovian…sorry brother, you don’t live here and respectfully – you have no idea what you’re talking about.
I wonder if Navratilova was ashamed of Clinton when he was getting blown by his intern at the Oval Office.
The Clinton Legacy
The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court
- Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47
- Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33
- Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61
- Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122
CAMPAIGN FINANCE INVESTIGATION
- As of June 2000, the Justice Department listed 25 people indicted and 19 convicted because of the 1996 Clinton-Gore fundraising scandals.
- According to the House Committee on Government Reform in September 2000, 79 House and Senate witnesses asserted the Fifth Amendment in the course of investigations into Gore's last fundraising campaign.
-James Riady entered a plea agreement to pay an $8.5 million fine for campaign finance crimes. This was a record under campaign finance laws.
CLINTON MACHINE CRIMES FOR WHICH CONVICTIONS WERE OBTAINED
Drug trafficking (3), racketeering, extortion, bribery (4), tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement (2), fraud (12), conspiracy (5), fraudulent loans, illegal gifts (1), illegal campaign contributions (5), money laundering (6), perjury, obstruction of justice
- Number of independent counsel inquiries since the 1978 law was passed: 19
- Number that have produced indictments: 7
- Number that produced more convictions than the Starr investigation: 1
- Median length of investigations that led to convictions: 44 months
- Length of Starr-Ray investigation: 69 months.
- Total cost of the Starr investigation (3/00) $52 million
- Total cost of the Iran-Contra investigation: $48.5 million
- Total cost to taxpayers of the Madison Guarantee failure: $73 million
OTHER MATTERS INVESTIGATED BY SPECIAL PROSECUTORS AND CONGRESS, OR REPORTED IN THE MEDIA
Bank and mail fraud, violations of campaign finance laws, illegal foreign campaign funding, improper exports of sensitive technology, physical violence and threats of violence, solicitation of perjury, intimidation of witnesses, bribery of witnesses, attempted intimidation of prosecutors, perjury before congressional committees, lying in statements to federal investigators and regulatory officials, flight of witnesses, obstruction of justice, bribery of cabinet members, real estate fraud, tax fraud, drug trafficking, failure to investigate drug trafficking, bribery of state officials, use of state police for personal purposes, exchange of promotions or benefits for sexual favors, using state police to provide false court testimony, laundering of drug money through a state agency, false reports by medical examiners and others investigating suspicious deaths, the firing of the RTC and FBI director when these agencies were investigating Clinton and his associates, failure to conduct autopsies in suspicious deaths, providing jobs in return for silence by witnesses, drug abuse, improper acquisition and use of 900 FBI files, improper futures trading, murder, sexual abuse of employees, false testimony before a federal judge, shredding of documents, withholding and concealment of subpoenaed documents, fabricated charges against (and improper firing of) White House employees, inviting drug traffickers, foreign agents and participants in organized crime to the White House.
Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or something similar.
Bill Kennedy 116
Harold Ickes 148
Ricki Seidman 160
Bruce Lindsey 161
Bill Burton 191
Mark Gearan 221
Mack McLarty 233
Neil Egglseston 250
Hillary Clinton 250
John Podesta 264
Jennifer O'Connor 343
Dwight Holton 348
Patsy Thomasson 420
Jeff Eller 697
At least over here, Clinton is seen by most in a very positive light compared with Bush.
Getting back to the original topic it seems this person has just used the US to feather her own nest, before throwing mud these people should declare what they have done for there country to have make it better, she has done nothing in this regard but rake in the money. People who are welcomed to another country should never show this type of ungratefulness.
With regard to knocking Bush and Clinton, if we were to take a closer look at the other US presidents we may well find that they were pretty good in comparison.
If you think life is better than death, then Bush is a worse man than Saddam Hussein.
Excl. the Iran-Iraq war, Bush's actions caused the death of more people.
He should write "I am dumb" on each of the 3 trillion dollar bills his stupidity has cost the US.
I don't give a wotsit for the Clintstones, femme or homme.
One can well be confused by Martina and her dichotomy in politics. She certainly never shied away from very concisely and accurately detailing the faults of communism; which is not to say that she was then obliged to consort with the political right in the West. But her tolerating and aligning herself with the elements of the left that were most habitually prone to support the Soviets and others undermined so much of what she was accomplishing by exposing the lies of the “Eastern Block”.