William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and military veteran. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of Stone’s films primarily focus on controversial American political and cultural issues and conspiracies during the late 20th century.
Stone’s films often combine different camera and film formats within a single scene as evidenced in JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. Stone has received three Academy Awards for his work on the films Midnight Express, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July. He was presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2007Austin Film Festival.
Stefaan Maria Joris Yolanda De Clerck (born 12 December 1951) is a Belgian politician and former Minister of Justice of Belgium. He was Minister of Justice from 1995 until 1998 as well, when he resigned following the escape from prison of Marc Dutroux. He has served as chairman of Christian Democratic and Flemish party and held a seat in theBelgian Chamber of Representatives. De Clerck was mayor of Kortrijk.
Regarding re-instituting the death penalty in Belgium after the “Joker” murders of 2009,GlobalPost quotes De Clerck as saying: “That is not something for our times. It’s not by killing somebody that we solve society’s problems, just look at the United States.”