DipNote: The Week in Review

August 8, 2011
Secretary Clinton Meets with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird

Today, Ambassador Ford addressed the situation in Syria in an interview with Christiane Amanpour of ABC's This Week. He said, “...My whole purpose in being in Syria is to be able to communicate not only with the Syrian Government but with the Syrian people more generally...It's important to bear witness to what the Syrian Government is doing. In that kind of environment, where the international press, international television, can't move around freely, it is really important for diplomats to be able to move around, to understand what the Syrian Government is doing on the ground. The Syrian Government does not tell the truth. They said there were armed gangs in Hama. Well, the only weapon I saw was a slingshot. So it's important to bear witness and it's important to relay a message of support."

Earlier this week, President Obama issued a statement on the violence in Syria. He said, “I am appalled by the Syrian government's use of violence and brutality against its own people. The reports out of Hama are horrifying and demonstrate the true character of the Syrian regime.”

The United Nations Security Council condemned the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with U.S.-based Syrian activists and members of the Syrian-American community in Washington, D.C. Secretary Clinton said, “I admire the courage of those brave Syrians, both inside and outside Syria, who continue to defy their government's brutality in order to freely express their universal rights. And I remain confident in the Syrian people's ability to chart a new course for Syria's future. As I told the activists today, the United States will continue to support the Syrian people in their efforts to begin a peaceful and orderly transition to democracy in Syria and to have their aspirations realized."

Last week, Secretary Clinton also released a statement on the deaths of four UN Peacekeepers in Abyei. She said, "The United States is deeply concerned by the deaths of four United Nations peacekeepers whose vehicles struck and detonated a land mine in the Abyei region this week, and by the Government of Sudan's response to this incident.”

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Yammamoto addressed the crisis in the Horn of Africa. He said, “The eastern Horn of Africa is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts since the 1950s. More than 12 million people -- mainly in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia -- are severely affected and in need of humanitarian assistance.” USAID's Administrator for Food Security Paul Weisenfeld shared how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with the international community to ensure that critical assistance is mobilized to support those in need.

USAID's J. Alexander Thier highlighted the challenges and triumphs of civilian assistance efforts in Afghanistan. Consul Nikolas Trendowski shared why he chose to serve in Afghanistan, while Civilian Response Corps member Jon described his experience observing elections in the Kyrgyz Republic.

In Washington, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke and met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, with whom she discussed shared goals and commitments. Secretary Clinton expressed appreciation for Canada's contributions on issues related to Afghanistan, Haiti, and Libya. After returning from Benghazi, U.S. Representative to the Transitional National Council Chris Stevens provided an update on the situation in Libya.

In other news, Under Secretary Robert Hormats and Assistant Secretary Kerri-Anne Jones discussed the importance of eco-friendly, profit-friendly efficiency. They described it as, “a perfect opportunity for business, environmental groups, governments, and international institutions to work hand-in-hand to adopt new models for their organizations and infuse efficiencies that afford cost savings and a smaller eco-footprint.”

In educational and cultural news, Ambassador Charles Ray shared the success of an Embassy Harare Book Club that bridges cultural and political differences between the United States and Zimbabwe. In Washington, Egyptian band Massar Egbari offered a new perspective on changes in the Middle East and North Africa during a performance at the Kennedy Center, and a new exhibit that tells the story of the rescued Chilean miners opened at the Smithsonian Institution. Meanwhile, Secretary Clinton wished Muslims around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan.

I'd like to thank all of our readers for their feedback and comments, and we look forward to hearing from you in the week ahead.

Comments

Comments

industry54
August 9, 2011

W.W. writes:

The achievement in Review : Best week ever

Congratulation to Y'All

Past:
Syrian Massacre has been deplored from a New United international community including lot of arab islamic country sunni's Imam.

Now Mrs. Secretary we may say that Assad has been delegitimated from his own theocratic guide and democratic Islamic countries in the region.

The road is still long, Assad is still an insane killer according to his pubblic statement who has to go in front of an international court for crime against Humanity and needs to be assured to Justice.
In a civil society people gets arrested not killed.

We need to end theocracy in all the region from marocc to Iran to avoid that insane Human as the Iranian highest spiritual guide, get to power effortly working to have all this tribal islamic people to reach a comprimise between their ''chruch'' and their ''state''.
We must work to have Islam reaching Evolution and have a mutual recognition agreement MRA between people and spirituality...then we can all start to be religiously tollerant

Future

China : The reason of the Huge UPCOMING crisis with the comunist Chinese society has to be researched in 1659 when comunism begun spreading in Europe.

Confucius' political thought is based upon his ethical thought. He argues that the best government is one that rules through "rites" (lǐ) and people's natural morality, rather than by using bribery and coercion. He explained that this is one of the most important analects: "If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. If they be led by virtue, and uniformity sought to be given them by the rules of propriety, they will have the sense of the shame, and moreover will become good." (Translated by James Legge) in the Great Learning (大學). This "sense of shame" is an internalisation of duty, where the punishment precedes the evil action, instead of following it in the form of laws as in Legalism.

problem63
August 9, 2011

W.W. writes:

Future
The King of Europe states : British ''French'' Revolution : End the Bilderberg society and condamn their Criminal Oligharchy society which intently generates poverty and debts around the globe to create slavery

DrG
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West Virginia, USA
August 9, 2011

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Great summary. I hope Amanpour can get the Syrian story

Jen
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Virginia, USA
August 9, 2011

Jen in Virginia writes:

Wow, this was quite a week for the State Department! I'm a big fan of the blue suit, Secretary Clinton.

Pam
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West Virginia, USA
August 10, 2011

Pam in West Virginia writes:

I applaud the efforts of the state dept in Syria and hope we can continue discourse even as other nations are fleeing. I also hope the world can help the Sudan find a peaceful way to feed the starving.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 10, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@WW, @ dipnote bloggers,

I agree WW, dipnote bloggers and contributors did an oustanding job putting food for thought on the table for us this past week.

Tough past week for the President though, lost a few good men and our credit rating and I think this is akin to the "seventh inning stretch" this week.

Doin' his best to pich 'em over the plate and got hammered by circumstance beyond his control, but there isn't anyone in the bullpen that can pitch a better game in debt relief or foreign policy. So I hope he's prepared to go into extra innings as ethical infants be swingin' at just damn near everthing he pitches.

This be the calm before the storm I think as he must convince the fans he owns the hill he stands upon as well as the strike zone @ 103 mph, corner to corner.

I feel a major foreign policy speech coming on, just like a summer thunderstorm.

Going to set the tone for the UNGA this Sept.

If his change-up looks like poetry in motion brushing off the heavy hitters of doubt off the plate they think they own in over confidence, Assad will go down swingin', Ghaddafi too, Bashir will eat a foul tip and lose face , charge the mound in frustration and be ejected from the game by the UN umpire.

He's due up for the beleagered of Humanity down by two leading off the top of the eighth, and I expect him to be hitting China's hypocritical curve ball over the economic monster out in left field for a solo homer.

Dod's going to line one to center between Amidinijad's legs for a nuclear error, and al shebbab in center can't throw the Seal out at home in time to prevent another base hit becoming a score for humanity.

Tie game...

The pinstripped diplomatic one will walk on four strait pitches from 'lil Kim sent in to relieve big brother China because he broke out in a cold sweat knowing he couldn't go the distance and al quaida was only throwing wild pitches, not nuclear strikes.

He be trying to throw missiles but can't find the target, unfortunatly the international community on deck just popped them up for outs after hitting many foul into sanction territory and it's up to Mr. O to keep the ethical infant's side hitless in wonderment at the spin he puts on the ball, catching the side blinking while he holds the bully pulpit and delivers poetic justice.

The NATO brothers be hitting heavy, but can't seem to get them out of area in the top of the ninth with Ghaddafi in left, Assad in right, catching everything deep put towards them.

Again the Obamaman delivers unto the ethical infants a show stopping performance as the tea sipping fools ground out into his glove and JQ Public on first is fielding his throws consistantly for voting them out of office before they can gridlock on base.

We're in extra innings now folks...

Timmy G.'s setting his stance at bat, the Fed.'s on deck, and JQ Public is batting clean-up for team Humanity.

The fans are going wild and banging on the bleachers, the house be rockin', no defaulters among them, no way to downsize homefield advantage this late in the game.

'lil Kim's hanging on to his bottle of U-235 shoe polish hopin' the ref. don't notice the glow in the dark shine he's trying to put on his missles, and no one is fooled by his antics while the catcher Mother Russia is signaling diplomatic change up.

I understand it's dangerous to make predictions especially about the future, even though Dipnote has been very good to me in that respect.

Sportsfans should probably stay tuned, as this ain't over by a long shot.

It's just getting interesting in fact.

EJ

hard12
August 10, 2011

W.W. writes:

Guess who

Trivia Quiz :

What country is standing for the insane Violent Syrian repression ?

And the answer is :

Iran

So after Assad will politically reform everything will go back on track? will assad be charged for crimes against Humanity?

received71
August 10, 2011

W.W. writes:

well first of all, dear readers

for the outstanding job she has done through the years ...Mrs Secretary...FOR PRESIDENT ...and...for PEACE NOBEL PRIZE anyway...great job kept posting ideas which today became reality ....a great victory for all of U.S.

Watch this now :

An oracle concerning Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins

(Isaiah 17:1-2) Damascus will become a "heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks"

and check the followin out In The Ascension of Isaiah, Belial is the angel of lawlessness and "the ruler of this world

enjoy the reading

and more today :

North korea under chinese control after first chinese aircraft carrier on sea attacked south Korea...

forms31
August 10, 2011

W.W. writes:

Now is time for all of us to have back The State leading the world and the people and end the time of criminal financial banking which it has intently generated poverty and debts.

Now is time to stop financial society starting from the most corrupted one as
GOLDMAN AND SACHS international

the american debt will be repaid from what they have stolen and got from people and consequently from governaments.

Governaments are leading the world not financial banks

people are Sovereign in states not the banks or companies holding their belonging

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