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Video Secretary Clinton at the Asia Society

In foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, United States, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on February 15, 2009 at 5:01 am

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“In her first trip abroad since taking office, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Asia, departing Washington, DC on February 15. Secretary Clinton will visit Japan (February 16-18), Indonesia (February 18-19), the Republic of Korea (February 19-20), and China (February 20-22).

“In all capitals, Secretary Clinton will be discussing common approaches to the challenges facing the international community, including the financial markets turmoil, humanitarian issues, security and climate change.”

(ht/AFH)

UPdated: Live Video Webcast: The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton

In Asia Tour, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, news, Politics, Rise Hillary Rise, United States, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on February 13, 2009 at 9:35 am

Special Event:


Live Video Webcast: The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

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Date: February 13th

Time: 1:00 pm EST
Location: New York ,

Asia Society and Museum,

725 Park Avenue, New York

Cost: Please note: this is an invitation-only event.

Web: http://www.asiasociety.org/

Watch Asia Society’s live video webcast of The Honorable Hillary Clinton’s first major foreign policy speech on the eve of her upcoming trip to Asia. Vishakha N. Desai, President of the Asia Society, will be presiding.

Tune in to the free live webcast on the home page of AsiaSociety.org (www.asiasociety.org) just before 1:00 pm EST, on Friday, Feb. 13.

Click the WATCH LIVE ONLINE link.

Webcast viewers are encouraged to submit questions prior to or during the program to <moderator@asiasociety.org>.

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UPComing Live Webcast Events:

Panel Discussion:

The Global Food Crisis – Time for Another Green Revolution?

(with live webcast) Co-organized by Oxfam America global_food_crisis
Date: Februaury 20th

Time: 8:00 – 8:30 am, registration & breakfast; 8:30 – 9:30 am, program

Location: New York

Asia Society and Museum, 8th Floor, 725 Park Avenue, New York

Cost: $12 student w/ID; $12 members; $15 nonmembers
Buy Tickets Online
Phone: 212-517-ASIA

Speakers:


– Kevin L. Eblen, Vice President, Public Policy and Sustainability Lead, Monsanto
– Rajiv Shah, Director, Agricultural Development, Gates Foundation (invited)
– Dr. Robert Zeigler, Director General, International Rice Research Institute
– Raymond C. Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America (Moderator)

Please join us at Asia Society’s New York Headquarters, or online via free live video webcast, for the second program in Asia Society and Oxfam America’s Food Crisis Series. Webcast viewers can submit questions and offer comments by email during the webcast. Please send questions to moderator@asiasociety.org.

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Policy programs at the Asia Society are generously supported by the Nicholas Platt Endowment for Public Policy.

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A Star rising from the Atlantic… Fabulous Women

In fabulous women, news, official announcement, United States, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on February 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

A 56 yr old petite woman swims the Atlantic. From the western coast of Africa to a sandy beach in Trinidad, Jennifer Figge became the first woman of record to swim the 1200 mi trip across the Atlantic.

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DETAILS OF JENNIFER’S AMAZING FEAT:

From time to time, I will digress from the serious business conducted by Madame Secretary to herald a new Champion who represents women accomplishing amazing feats never done before .

A FIRST in our Special Edition of  “First Time Ever”  for Fabulous Women.

A dream she’d had since the early 1960s, when a stormy trans-Atlantic flight got her thinking she could don a life vest and swim the rest of the way if needed.

The 56-year-old left the Cape Verde Islands off Africa’s western coast on Jan. 12, battling waves of up to 30 feet (9 meters) and strong winds.

David Higdon, a friend of Figge who kept in touch with her via satellite phone, said she had originally planned to swim to the Bahamas, but inclement weather forced her to veer 1,000 miles (1,610 kms) off course to Trinidad, where she arrived on Feb. 5.

Figge plans to continue her odyssey, swimming from Trinidad to the British Virgin Islands, where she expects to arrive in late February. The crew won’t compute the total distance Figge swam until after she completes the journey, Higdon said.

Then it’s home to Aspen, Colo. — where she trained for months in an outdoor pool amid snowy blizzards — to reunite with her Alaskan Malamute.

“My dog doesn’t know where I am,” she told The Associated Press on Saturday by phone. “It’s time for me to get back home to Hank.”

The dog swirled in her thoughts, as did family and friends, as Figge stroked through the chilly Atlantic waters escorted by a sailboat. She saw a pod of pilot whales, several turtles, dozens of dolphins, plenty of Portuguese man-of-war — but no sharks.

“I was never scared,” Figge said. “Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can always swim in a pool.”

Her journey comes a decade after French swimmer Benoit Lecomte made the first known solo trans-Atlantic swim, covering nearly 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) from Massachusetts to France in 73 days. No woman on record has made the crossing.

Figge woke most days around 7 a.m., eating pasta and baked potatoes while she and the crew assessed the weather. Her longest stint in the water was about eight hours, and her shortest was 21 minutes. Crew members would throw bottles of energy drinks as she swam; if the seas were too rough, divers would deliver them in person. At night she ate meat, fish and peanut butter, replenishing the estimated 8,000 calories she burned a day.

Figge wore a red cap and wet suit, with her only good-luck charm underneath: an old, red shirt to guard against chafing, signed by friends, relatives and her father, who recently died.

The other cherished possession she kept onboard was a picture of Gertrude Ederle, an American who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

“We have a few things in common,” Figge said. “She wore a red hat and she was of German descent. We both talk to the sea, and neither one of us wanted to get out.”

Figge arrived on Trinidad’s Chacachacare Island, an abandoned leper colony, at 5:20 p.m. She plans to leave Trinidad on Monday night. During this brief respite, she has avoided the hotel pool and nearby ocean, opting instead for the treadmill.


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Hillary and Tony Blair

In economy, foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, New York Senate Seat, news, Politics, Secretary of State, United Kingdom, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on February 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm

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Secretary Clinton Hosts Tony Blair

Feb. 4, 2009

Secretary Clinton meets with Tony Blair, Quartet Envoy at the State Department.

Heads of Europe laud SOS Clinton’s work..

In economy, Germany, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Milibrand, Steinmeier, United Kingdom, Washington, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on February 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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Issues Facing the United Kingdom, the United States and the World

February 03, 2009
Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State
Remarks With British Foreign Secretary David Miliband After Their Meeting
Washington, DC

SECRETARY CLINTON: Hello. I’m delighted to welcome back to the State Department a friend and someone with whom we have a very positive working relationship, Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Our two countries have stood side by side confronting global challenges for a very long time, and we’ve just had a substantive, broad-based discussion about a number of issues that are facing both the United Kingdom and the United States and the world.

I think it is fair to say, and I would underscore this, that we share fundamental values and important fundamental objectives. It ranges across the fight against terrorism and combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, to working together to solve the current global financial crisis and ensure that the benefits of a renewed global economy are spread widely. We’ve worked together and will continue to deepen our working relationship in combating poverty and disease, and confronting global climate change.

I also want to thank the Foreign Secretary and Her Majesty’s government for the sacrifice and commitment of the British troops who put their lives on the line day in and day out. I’m particularly grateful for the work that they do in Afghanistan, and we’re going to be working closely together in the weeks and months ahead along with our other NATO allies to enhance our support for the people of Afghanistan.

We’re working together also in Pakistan. And as you know, the President and I have appointed a special representative to that region because we see those two countries as linked together. And we want to forge a positive relationship, and we know that the United Kingdom shares that approach.

We have pledged again to join efforts to achieve a comprehensive solution to the conflict in the Middle East, and our combined effort and energies will be directed to that end.


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Issues That Affect Germany, the United States and the International Community

Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State

Remarks With German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier After Their Meeting

Washington, DC

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. I’m very pleased to be here today with Foreign Minister Steinmeier. We have had an excellent and broad discussion. Germany is one of our closest allies, and we greatly value opportunities like today to discuss the issues that affect our nations and the international community as a whole.

I conveyed to the Foreign Minister this afternoon our deep appreciation for everything Germany has done for the people of Afghanistan and for its continued commitment to this important effort. As President Obama has made quite clear, we need our closest allies, like Germany, to help us ensure the success and stability of the Afghanistan nation at this very important moment.

We also discussed Iran. The United States and Germany must work together to ensure that Iran fulfills its obligations to the international community. President Obama has signaled his intention to support tough and direct diplomacy with Iran, but if Tehran does not comply with United Nations Security Council and IAEA mandates, there must be consequences. The United States, Germany, and our EU partners must coordinate closely to obtain the best possible outcomes.

We also discussed the situation in the Middle East and the importance of coordination between our countries to ensure that the ceasefire that is being worked toward in Gaza is sustainable.

We discussed a broad range of issues, including what we see as the need to work constructively and develop a common approach with Russia in the coming months on issues like Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and others.

You know, the longstanding and enduring German-American relationship is close and firm. And as our meeting today made clear, we rely on Germany’s support and assistance to face global challenges together. And so it is my sincere hope – and my delight that I was able to welcome the Foreign Minister here today. I look forward to working with him on a personal basis and on behalf of our two countries to make the kind of progress that he and I and we all share and hope to see occur.

Thank you so much.

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Caroline, a Kennedy enigma.

In Caroline Kennedy, Gov Patterson., mainstream media, Politics, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on January 23, 2009 at 11:18 am

What in the world would possess a woman of Caroline’s stature to make such a fool of herself? Is she standing on the precipice of a nervous breakdown?

dancers-of-twilightOnce the darling of Americans nationwide, it seems for reasons unknown (speculation doesn’t count) Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is having her druthers in which direction to turn. Had Jackie been alive, she would have told Caroline “STAY AWAY” from the sewer of Politics. That was Jackie’s mandate for John Jr. She built an insular bubble around her children with what else….MONEY! Is that a sin… No, I don’t think so. Is it a smart thing to do? You bet it is.

I remember reading Jackie’s biography where she was told by her attorney and confidante handing her financial affairs after she asked him, “How am I doing financially?”
He turned to her and said, “Jackie, you have ONE more shopping trip left, then you are BROKE!”

I can just see Jackie’s jaw dropping at the horror of it all thinking, how will I protect my children from the onslaught of access by the sharks and jackals just waiting to get at my children? She knew it was a sheer impossibility. The Kennedy Klan were not forthcoming with gobs of money keeping Jackie in the style she was accustomed-to. After all, Joe Kennedy Sr was still master at the helm. He never quite got over Jack’s death and was in a terrible state of depression unable to think about anything else except what might have been-

I doubt Caroline has ever given it a second thought how smart her mother was about the dirty game of Politics. Or how Jackie outwitted the political sewage at every turn because she cared so deeply for her children.

I’ve said this before in anther post. Caroline ought to read a few biographies written about her mother. Jackie wasn’t just a women who appreciated the nice things money could buy, the museum benefit socializing crowd, the poetry, editing books, updating the White House decor. Jackie was a woman of the World. She didn’t have it easy, coming from a broken home torn between her mother and father.

Learn from your mother Caroline, not from the political bent of man so out of step with morality he’s gone over the cliff. This is just the first time, you got to experience Uncle Teddy’s idea of a joy ride!