Newscast Media DUBLIN, Ireland—US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday as world leaders desperately seek an end to the conflict in Syria.
Amid fears the 21-month conflict which has already claimed some 40,000 lives may take a gruesome new turn, the three diplomats were to hold crisis talks on the sidelines of an international meeting in Dublin.
“Secretary Clinton has accepted an invitation by UN special envoy Brahimi for a trilateral meeting on Syria this afternoon with Mr Brahimi and Russian FM Lavrov,” a senior State Department official said.
US officials hope there may be a new willingness by Moscow, a staunch ally in Damascus, to probe ways to bring more pressure to bear on Assad to step down. The United States has been calling for some time for Russia to use its leverage with Assad to try to open the way towards a political transition. Moscow has been a staunch ally of Assad and has vetoed UN Security Council resolutions aiming to sanction the regime.
But it did initially sign onto a peace plan crafted by Brahimi’s predecessor, Kofi Annan, until it wavered in the face of imposing punitive UN action if Syria refused to implement the accord.
Clinton and Lavrov met first on Thursday morning for bilateral talks in which a US senior official said they both agreed to “listen to what the special envoy has to say.”
“They both have a lot of respect of his mission and want to be supportive of it,” the State Department official said.
Washington has so far provided humanitarian, non-lethal aid to the rebels, but refused to arm the opposition amid fears of pouring weapons into an already volatile region, where anti-US militant groups are springing up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Monday on a trip focused on resolving sharp differences over the conflict. Last month, Erdogan said Russia held the key to the Syrian conflict, and that if Moscow took a “positive” stance in the Security Council it could push another key Damascus ally Iran to review its policies.
Source: Radio Netherlands
Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda—The month of November ends with a positive solution to the Democratic Republic of Congo crisis, that was welcomed by the White House and State Department. Life in eastern Congo is slowly returning to normal as the rebels fully withdraw from the region. The White House and State Department issued a strong statement condemning the action the rebels took to invade the DRC.
At the beginning of the week, when fighting intensified as rebels held the eastern cities of Goma and Sake captive, Newscast Media wrote a harsh admonition under the headline “Not enough Congolese have been killed for the U.S. to intervene”.
In that article written on November 26, this journalist said, “Hillary Clinton squandered several opportunities she had to mobilize a peace-keeping force that would secure the well-being of the Congolese people.”
For the part of the State Department, Hillary Clinton has since worked with the UN and African Union (AU) to secure a 4,000-strong force, that will be on stand-by to make sure that lasting peace in the region is realized.
Something we also wanted to see happen when the article was written, was a strong condemnation from the U.S. government against the invasion of Congo by the rebels.
Hillary Clinton, like a true soldier said on November 28: “The United States strongly condemns the “tactics of fear and intimidation” that have accompanied the conflict since a rebellion broke out in the region in April.”
“There is only one way forward for M23,” Clinton added. “They must meet their commitments under the Kampala Accords to cease their attacks, withdraw from Goma, and pull back to the July lines.”
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The swift actions the U.S. government (State Department) and African Union have taken in the past 72 hours, satisfy the grievances Newscast Media had about the silence of the United States, while Africans were being slaughtered.
As much as we are passionate when criticizing policies we find troubling, it is only fair that we praise those who have been criticized, when they correct those same policies. We know Newscast Media gets some web traffic from the State Department.
As such, Newscast Media credits Hillary Clinton, the US government and the African Union (AU) for mobilizing a military unit of 4,000 to neutralize any threat that would destabilize the DRC region. More credit also goes to Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, for the role they played in delivering a peaceful solution.
This is certainly an excellent humanitarian gesture on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the people of the Motherland—and a sign of redemption of lost opportunities, as she ends her tenure with the State Department.
Cicero, the greatest mind in classical antiquity said: “The greatest renown, and profoundest gratitude, is won by defending the oppressed. This consideration particularly applies when the oppression is coming from a formidable personage.” Cicero On The Good Life (page 147).
I’m sure Hillary will miss my constructive criticism when she leaves office in January 2013—but who knows? I might just catch up with her on the campaign trail…should she choose to run for the presidency in the year 2016.
Newscast Media AUSTIN—Some people where born with a sense of destiny. A sense of purpose, if you will. They believe there was something that was started that they were born to finish. Such is the case of George P. Bush.
Soon after the 2012 presidential election, there was bewilderment on the GOP side about what direction the party would take, and who would lead it. It would be another Bush who would spark speculation among analysts, that the prominent political family had the solution to the vacuum looming, after what many viewed was a questionable election.
George P. Bush did not waste time second-guessing his next move. His cousin Jenna, one of the Bush twins, always teased him that he was the “future” president of the United States.
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—After having served as Secretary of State for the past four years, Hillary Clinton doesn’t seem to have changed her mind about stepping down from the position. Clinton plans to ensure a smooth transition, US official said Wednesday.
“I don’t think the secretary’s plans have changed,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
“You’ve heard her say many times that she intends to see through a transition of a successor and then she will go back to private life and enjoy some rest, and think and write and all those things.”
Nuland declined to spell out what the current administration plans to accomplish for the next four years and said that is up to Barack Obama.
“We just had an election last night. There are people who were up a lot of the night counting and enjoying it. So I’m not going to stand here and make any big predictions on the second term,” she told journalists.
One of the names being floated around about Clinton’s possible replacement is Senator John Kerry.
There is also speculation that the 65-year-old former first lady could possibly run for president in 2016, but Clinton has publicly denied she harbors such ambitions.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C—”I don’t know if it’s either a cover-up or the worst kind of incompetence, which doesn’t qualify the president as commander in chief,” John McCain said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, as published by CBS News in this article.
While some might think McCain is on a “wild goose chase”, there seems to be a method to his madness. We should therefore consider and explore the cover-up as the fourth theory.
The question this journalist must now confront is, “What is the cover-up?”
During the civil war that eventually led to the overthrow of Libya’s Col. Gaddafi, it was reported that his immense cache of weapons that he had accumulated over decades went missing.
“All of Libya is a grand arms bazaar,” said Mr. Peter Bouckaert, who said it appeared that SA-14 and SA-7 missiles had also been taken.
Speaking to the BBC from Tripoli, Mr. Bouckaert said the rebels had no use for SAMs anymore, given that there was no longer a threat from the air, but that they were still going missing – and were often the first to go.
“It begs the question – why are these being so sought out?” He asked, according to the BBC.
In Part 1 we settled the question regarding how Stevens found himself in Benghazi, now we have to link the al-Qaeda rebels to him, before we can answer the question of the cover-up.
During the uprising, Libyan rebel commander Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, admitted in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore that members of Al Qaeda whom he referred to as “good Muslims” were fighting with the rebels in Libya.
We also know that they were al-Qaeda rebels fighting, because after Benghazi had been overriden they flew the al-Qaeda flag above the Benghazi courthouse.
After Gaddafi was overthrown, these same rebels began occupying Benghazi, and we saw earlier that Chris Stevens was sent as a liaison to the Libyan opposition. We’ve also determined, based on the rebel commander Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi’s interview, that al-Qaeda was among the opposition. We have therefore established a link between al-Qaeda and Chris Stevens the “liaison” as described by Hillary. We should now take this a step further and ask, “How would the rebels and the US benefit from each other, since Stevens was sent to create a bridge between the two?”
In order to answer that question, we also have to also answer the question above posed to the BBC by Mr. Peter Bouckaert, who asked, “Why are these weapons (SA-14 and SA-7 missiles) being sought out? The answer will help us hit two birds with one stone.
The first question has to do with how the US would benefit from creating a bridge between Stevens and opposition, and the answer is, they (the opposition) were the ones who would be used as pawns to fight the war in Syria in exchange for the US helping remove Gaddafi—Without outside intervention, the rebels could not do it by themselves.
The second question by Mr. Bouckart as to why the SA-14 and SA-7 missiles were being sought out, and where the cache of weapons had disappeared, also point to Syria. Those are the same weapons that would be used to bring down Assad’s jets and helicopters, and would also be used to destroy tanks.
Yet in order to fully solve this puzzle, we have to be able to place the Libyan opposition and al-Qaeda in Syria. After all, we have just determined that the weapons cache would be used in Syria against Assad, by these very same rebels. After we place the rebels in Syria, we also have to place the weapons that disappeared, in Syria.
Ruth Sherlock of The Telegraph, was on the ground in Idlib province in Syria, and according to her, when she asked the leader of the Free Syria Army (FSA) who the fighters were in Syria, he identified them as Libyans.
“Libyans”, muttered the rebel Free Syria Army leader under his breath, shooting the men a dirty look. “We don’t want these extremist people here. Look at them; we didn’t have this style in Syria – who is this? Bin Laden?” The Telegraph reported in this article.
After we place the weapons in Syria, the cover-up McCain was talking about will begin to make sense. Part 3. Continue to the cover-up alluded to by McCain>>
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that she, not President Obama, is responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi that killed a U.S. diplomat and three other Americans. The question is, why did she take the fall for the administration and why did she do it the day prior to the second presidential debate?
“I take responsibility,” Clinton told CNN in Peru, insisting that President Obama and Vice President Biden knew nothing about the attacks.
“I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha,” in what looked like an apparent effort to take pressure off of the president prior to Tuesday night’s debate. In order to examine the reason Clinton may have either chosen or been asked to fall on the sword to protect the White House, a little history between the two camps may provide some answers.
In the 2008 Democratic primary, Barack Obama did what many Democratic insiders considered impossible by defeating Hillary and Bill Clinton’s powerful political machine. He went on to secure an easy victory over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the general election.
However, President Obama wasted no time in appointing the former First Lady and Senator from New York as his first and only Secretary of State. At the time, analysts speculated it was to soothe some of the tension between Obama and the Clintons. It also provided Mrs. Clinton with a platform on which to run for higher office – specifically the one she just lost.
And now Clinton, who says she will not serve if Obama secures a second term, is willing to take the fall for the security lapses in Libya. Experts who are following the issue agree that political expediency and credibility are two of the reasons that seem most obvious.
“She is trying to take the heat for him. She’s taking a bullet for the president,” University of New Hampshire political expert Andrew Smith told The Boston Herald. Brandeis University’s Jytte Klausen agreed that Clinton’s stance may be politically motivated, but the credibility of the State Department may have been a larger factor.
“If you wind the wheel back, it would seem a minor decision at the time. Libya wasn’t a country they were worried about at that point. They were worrying about Iran, Syria, Egypt. Libya was out of the fire,” said Klausen. “I do think the State Department was responsible in this case. When (Vice President Joe) Biden said in the vice presidential debate that we didn’t know anything about it, meaning the White House, I suspect that’s the truth.”
When Mitt Romney brought up the issue late in the debate it caught the ire of President Obama, who accused the Massachusetts governor of playing politics with the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stephens and the others.
“The suggestion that anybody in my camp – anybody on my team – would play politics when we lost four of our own, is offensive,” Obama aggressively told Romney and those gathered at Hofstra University.
Romney shot back, insisting that the president and his advisers took too long to describe the attacks as terrorist attacks. Just days after the election, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said, “This was not a prepared or premeditated attack.”
Romney used comments Obama made in a Rose Garden press conference to point out what Obama said. However, the debate moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, interjected, saying, “He did indeed call it an ‘act of terror.’”
Here is what Obama said in the Rose Garden:
“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said at the time. At another point in the remarks, he called the attack “outrageous and shocking,” and refrained from using the term “terrorism” to describe it directly.
Pundits point out that the president was referring to the attacks of 9/11/01 and not the attacks that took place in Libya.
When asked during the debate Tuesday if the buck stops with Clinton, Obama replied, “I’m the president. And I’m always responsible.”
Nevertheless, Clinton taking responsibility for the attacks could come back to haunt her if she aspires to make another run for the White House in 2016.
“It’s a bit surprising that Clinton would take the fall for Obama,” says Katrina Trinko at National Review. “If Clinton was thinking about making a 2016 run, she isn’t helping her chances. Accepting the blame for inadequate security, despite all the warning signs, throws her judgment into question. And this could be just the beginning.”
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the United States will join a campaign to stop child marriage by the year 2030. Clinton made the announcement before an audience of Girl Scouts, invited to the State Department in recognition of the International Day of the Girl, a U.N. commemoration set for October 11.
The secretary began began her remarks by describing a “very brave” Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai. She has achieved wide recognition for her assertion of girls’ rights to education, but was shot October 9 in an attack by extremists opposed to the education of women. Clinton said, “Yesterday’s attack reminds us of the challenges that girls face, whether it’s poverty or marginalization or even violence, just for speaking out for their basic rights.”
Each year, 10 million girls under 18 are forced into marriage, Clinton said, “which robs them of the opportunity to continue education, and it threatens health and traps them in lives of poverty.”
The campaign “Girls Not Brides: the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage” is championed by The Elders, a group of internationally known leaders who work together for global peace and justice. South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu is chairman of the group, which includes former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former Irish President Mary Robinson.
Tutu joined Clinton at the State Department for the event, speaking to the audience of girls with a mix of tenderness, admiration and inspiration.
“Without women the world faces perdition, destruction. We need you, we need you to save us,” Tutu said.
“Dream of a different world, where every child has access to clean water, and every child has enough food to eat. We want to make poverty history; we want to make child marriage history,” he added.
Newscast Media MOSCOW — A draft resolution Russia proposed to the UN Security Council on the crisis in Syria, is being considered by the United States that has said it is prepared to work with Russia. The draft demands that “all parties in Syria immediately stop any violence irrespective of where it comes from,” but does not call for sanctions, as reported by Russian media outlet Ria Novosti.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the proposal presented a “seeming parity between the government and peaceful protesters,” but that the U.S. was going to “study the draft carefully.”
In October, Russia joined China in vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on anti-government protesters which the UN believes have left more than 5,000 people dead.
“It will have to be shared with the Arab League, which has taken the lead on the response to what’s going on in Syria,” Clinton said during a news conference with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal on Thursday.
“Hopefully we can work with the Russians, who for the first time at least are recognizing that this is a matter that needs to go to the Security Council,” she said.
“It’s just that we have differences in how to approach it,” Ria Novosti reported.
The surprise move came after army deserters killed 27 security forces members in and around the city of Deraa on Thursday. Assad blames the seven-month unrest on armed gangs.
Newscast Media ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia –The risk of an ash cloud from a volcano in Ethiopia prompted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to cut short her Africa trip a senior US official said.
“There’s a volcano. It erupted over the city where our plane was supposed to relocate to. So therefore the plane cannot relocate to that city (Djibouti). The plane needs to leave either way, to do so in an hour and half… with us or without us,” he said.
“If it leaves without us, it’s unclear when it or another plane could come get us because the ash cloud is moving towards Addis and it could cover the city… for an indeterminate length (of time). Therefore (what we have decided) to do, which the air force is recommending, is to leave.”
Earlier on Monday, she addressed the 53-member African Union and met Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. She then cancelled a scheduled media briefing and held meetings with advisers to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir as well as Salva Kiir, president of the soon-to-be independent South.
The Dubbi volcano, in the Southern Red Sea Region, erupted on Sunday, sending plumes of ash 13km (eight miles) into the air. It was its first eruption since 1861 and was preceded by a series of earthquakes.
The ash is expected to reach Saudi Arabia, Jordan and southern Israel, the Israel Meteorological Survey said. http://www.newscastmedia.com/clinton-africa.html
Newscast Media PARIS, France– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Paris joining the discussion of key industrialized nations known as the G8. Clinton is also due to hold talks with representatives of the Libyan opposition council in Paris. She is scheduled to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other European officials. Last week French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the first European leader to recognize the legitimacy of the anti-Gadhafi rebels, who have claimed Benghazi as their capital in the eastern part of Libya.
Reports from Libya indicate that Gadhafi’s forces have gained some ground and successfully recaptured some of the lost cities. However, this might soon change since Britain and France have a draft resolution in hand for the UN Security Council to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. Rebels believe that Gadhafi is using as much fire power as he can just in case a no-fly zone is enforced, he would have control of most cities. Experts say the no-fly zone may be too late since Gadhafi is building on the momentum to neutralize rebel forces.
The United States is participating in planning for a no-fly zone, but has expressed doubts about the effectiveness of such a measure, and wants a clear legal mandate before taking action. British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC on Monday that the international community was closing in on a decision about military intervention against Libya – with a no-fly zone one of the leading propositions.
The countries that make up the G8 are: Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Russia. http://www.newscastmedia.com/paris-g8.html
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A Clinton supporter from Chicago, is financing a new ad encouraging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2012. William DeJean, a Chicago dentist, run the ad on Wednesday in New Orleans, according to CNN. The ad has a rather straightforward message that plays on the psyches of Democrats who failed to vote for her in 2008 and may now have buyer’s remorse.
The message in the ad says, “She has more experience working in and with the White House than most living presidents. She is one of the most admired women in our nation’s history. Let’s make sure the president we should have elected in 2008 will be on the ballot in 2012.”
The ad wraps up with the phrase: “Hillary 2012: Hillary Clinton for President. Start now. Where there’s a Hill there’s a way.”
DeJean told CNN that he hopes to run the ad on the East and West coasts to increase its impact. The ad however has gone viral on the Web and is already reaching critical mass.
Newscast Media — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has paid Pakistan $500m in disguise of an aid package, her reasoning being, the Pakistanis will finally lead her to Osama Bin Ladin’s secret hiding place.
In an interview with Pakistani journalists she said, “I believe Osama Bin Ladin and other Al Qaeda militants are hiding in Pakistan. It would be very helpful if we could get him.”
The monies are the most recent addition to the $7.5 billion five-year US aid package, designed to win over the Pakistani pubic and strengthen the ties between the U.S and Paksitan.
Clinton said, “Of course there is a legacy of suspicion that we inherited. It is not going to be eliminated overnight. It is, however, our goal to slowly but surely demonstrate that the United States is concerned about Pakistan for the long term and that our partnership goes far beyond security against our common enemies.”
Ms. Clinton said Washington wanted to show it cared about ordinary Pakistanis. She also promised that the US would complete two hydroelectric dam projects to supply electricity to more than 300,000 people in areas near the Afghan border.
One has to wonder if $7.5 billion wouldn’t be just as beneficial to ordinary Americans, if only Washington showed them the same kind of compassion they do people who are unwilling to cooperate with the U.S government as Clinton herself admits.