DipNote: The Week in Review

Posted by Sarah G. Thomas
November 22, 2010
President Obama and Afghan President Karzai Speak at the NATO Summit in Portugal

About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote's Associate Editor.

Earlier this week in Washington, Secretary Clinton met with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to push for the ratification of the New START Treaty. With Secretary of Defense Gates, she co-authored an op-ed published in the Washington Post, "Why the Senate Should Ratify New START," emphasizing that our national security depends on the ratification of this treaty.

Secretary Clinton also announced the release of the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report. To illustrate the importance of diversity, our “Photo of the Week,” courtesy of Embassy Guyana, showed differences linked together in harmony.

In Washington, Under Secretary McHale emphasized the need to engage with people at all levels and sectors at the U.S. Summit & Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy. Secretary Clinton honored Ela Bhatt of the Self-Employed Women's Association at the Global Fairness Initiative Awards, and Ambassador Verveer testified before the Senate in support of CEDAW, the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

This week, we celebrated the 11th annual International Education Week. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock highlighted the people-to-people connections made through educational exchanges. Embassies around the world also participated. Embassy Islamabad, for example, organized two mini-college fairs to reach out to young Pakistanis to study in the United States.

Assistant Secretary Valenzuela described his experiences on his recent visit to Paraguay and Uruguay, and Cultural Affairs Officer Bradeen highlighted Special Representative Pandith's visit to Bangladesh.

In Juba, Ambassador Barrie Walkley described his experience observing voter registration begin for the Southern Sudan Referendum. Secretary Clinton said that this event marked a “milestone” at the UNSC Ministerial Meeting on Sudan.

We shared with you new clean energy partnerships in Central America and Pakistan, as well as the Basra Prosthetics Project to help Iraqi doctors provide essential care. Assistant Secretary Shapiro explained how diplomats and the military are partnering to train and equip peacekeepers, and Ambassador Verveer described how we are working in the Pacific region to strengthen women's empowerment.

We had the opportunity to learn about Zimbabwe's war history, life as a first-tour Foreign Service Officer, and how the State Department is working with stakeholders to block the illicit trade in conflict minerals.

Special Coordinator for Haiti Thomas Adams provided an update on the U.S. government's rapid and cohesive response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. President Obama extended his Eid-ul-Adha greetings, and Ambassador Jacobs welcomed America's newest citizens on National Adoption Day.

Over the weekend, President Obama and Secretary Clinton traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, where they attended the NATO Summit, the NATO-Russia Council Summit, a Summit of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troop-contributing nations and other major economic development donors, and the U.S.-European Union Summit. In addition, Secretary Clinton met with Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado. Because of the President and Secretary's visit, we brought you ART IN EMBASSIES from Embassy Lisbon.

Did you miss the Sunday morning news shows? Click the program to view the Secretary's interviews on CBS' Face the Nation, Fox News' Sunday, and NBC's Meet the Press. We appreciate your feedback and comments, and we look forward to hearing you from you.



South Korea
November 21, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Afghanistan's terrain is not suitable for large-scale farming, I think personally. Currently, agricultural self-sufficiency as a goal, raising a large amount of wool and meat processing are derived, by fostering an industry that exports to industrialized countries to foster Ghana logistics Why do not you? Also facilitate the input of women's labor force is considered.

Mr. President Barack Obama and behind the "forehead" and the hair looks,
I think Secretary Hillary Clinton / / /

Democratic Party of Japan think it's a difficult situation. Need help I think. Yet, pure people at ringside. Attorney General to the Congress when such a story in (mostly with compromises in the evening to the pub ..)

Under China's acquiescence to North Korea are you going to attack? China's next leader, but the story was meant to attack, if he does overthrown?
-I North and South Korea is a political ideology rather than rapid unification, "Economic Community" in a way that I think will get it resolved gradually. How? There are a few days later......

Personally, if I can afford the economic mothers in the United States would like to be treated in the hospital.

Maryland, USA
November 22, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Nice Photo, it look's like things are going in a positive way this week.

Hopefully, the Start Treaty will progress and they'll begin the new Ratification process soon.

.....Have A Great Week People! SeeYa :)....

Mary D.
Kansas, USA
November 22, 2010

Mary K.G.D. in Kansas writes:

I appreciate the Obama administration and Secretary Clinton for all you are trying to accomplish in these challenging, difficult times. Thank you for working toward peaceful partnerships and your humanitarian efforts. We must do more for our own people at home, to overcome the effects of the chemical effects on our environment across the nation, as well as throughout the world.

Please acknowledge the fact that thousands of people and countless wildlife is in jeapordy as the result of the GoM oil spill, the uranium in water sources, coal ash, etc. The people in these regions cannot be ignored or sugar coated. They are suffering. And I care.

Thank you again for all you do and are trying to accomplish.

Virginia, USA
November 22, 2010

Jen in Virginia writes:

I'm grateful for the hard work of these many State Department officials on behalf of U.S. foreign policy. Keep it up!

New Mexico, USA
November 22, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:


Dude! My ex worked in an ICU...and you don't want to be eating hospital food,...trust me.

Re; Mr. Xi, who once said, "I ate a lot more bitterness than most people," and then when visiting Mexico last year was full of it, saying;

"Some foreigners with full bellies and nothing better to do engage in finger-pointing at us," he said. "First, China does not export revolution; second, it does not export famine and poverty; and third, it does not mess around with you. So what else is there to say?"


Well maybe he'll listen to a fellow who's been eating with the homeless in order not to starve to death of late and has a lot to say about his malfunction of understanding where it concerns the responsibility of nations, precicely because I have better things to do than worry about this.

Dear Mr. Xi,
(c/o US Dept of State and Dipnote)

In regards to your remarks in Mexico, I must advise you that taking over and subjugating Tibetans to a Chinese "cultural revolution" is not in your interest. To support for decades a tyranical regime in North Korea that starves its people and threatens to impoverish the region with war, who builds nuclear weapons and theatens my country and allies with their use and exportation to sponsors of terror on the black market; makes your government completely liable for what happens next, make no doubt about this.

I must inform you Mr. Xi that I have advised my government to send your nation a bill in the trillions of dollars (US) for the total cost of providing peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula for the last 57 years the now ripped up armistice was in effect, payable immediately, now that 'lil Kim is a declared nuclear terrorist, thanks to China's unconditional aquiecence of such criminality over many decades culminating in an unacceptable security situation in the region.
Which obviously threatens you national security as well. Karma always comes back home to roost.

You and Mr. Hu and the Party you belong to must now make a wise choice to become a responsible member of this international community called "the family of nations" and take responsibility for your national mistake before it becomes your national disgrace and destroys whatever good relations you may wish to enjoy with America and its people.
China policy has been "messing with us" for a long time sir.

Whether my government has explained this to you privately or not, it is the interests of peace and prolonged good relations that I must inform you of this publicly, for tommorrow waits for no one.

You must decide what tommorrow you wish to see come.




@ Palgye,

Does this about cover it?

"Under China's acquiescence to North Korea are you going to attack? China's next leader, but the story was meant to attack, if he does overthrown?""Reunification" may happen sooner than you think my friend.

Be well.

West Virginia, USA
November 22, 2010

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Thanks for The Week in Review. It's an excellent synopsis of what DoS is up to.

United States
November 22, 2010

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

The START treaty is DOA unless someone from State personally visits with Senator Kyl (AZ) to discuss his objections to it.

If nobody can be bothered to do that now, then the next administration will take credit for it, if it happens at all.

The flaw with such treaties is that they don't bind the allies, so a decrease in US nuclear weapons may be matched by an increase in British nuclear weapons without violating the treaty.

A better choice would be to create a treaty binding all NATO members and Russia, to try to limit the global supply of advanced nuclear devices.

New Mexico, USA
November 24, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Happy Thanksgiving to the Dipnote Staff...

Peace and good trimmings, and here's to full bellies among one and all...for tommorrow waits for no turkey....

...except those pardoned by the President (chuckle).

DipNote Bloggers reply: Thanks, Eric! Happy Thanksgiving to you, and to all our readers who celebrate it!

New Mexico, USA
November 24, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ P.J. Crowley -DoS spokesperson,

From DoS briefing Nov. 24th 2010;

Re; "As we’ve said all along, China is pivotal to moving North Korea in a fundamentally different direction, which is not – just to state the obvious, that North Korea is a sovereign country and will do what it’s going to do, whatever that is."
- PJ Crowley Assist Sec. of State- Public Affairs

The question I have is; How US policy intends to pivot China's policy towards North Korea in a more realistic direction upon China's certain realization that their pet dog has gotten off it's leash once again and gone and bit their neighbor and his kids?

When it comes right down to it, all America knows that China could have at any point put its military foot down on the North Koreans and said, "You don't get to be in power long enough to cause trouble for us and everyone else."

Instead, for the sake of "stability", China has in fact helped create the opposite, thus my letter to "the next leader" of China that "national mistake becomes a national disgrace" if a "wise choice" is not made on China's part.

Now it may be hard for some to delve into the minds of madmen or look for the truth within propaganda, but I think folks can stop speculation on the rationale behind recent attacks by North Korea and look at the last paragraph in the following to realize just "what they're up to."

It's all "open source"...nothing of any intelligence about it.


November 20. 2010 Juch 99

Joint Resolution on 20th Anniversary Pomminryon

Pyongyang, November 20 (KCNA) -- The North, South and Overseas Headquarters of the Pan-National Alliance for Korea's Reunification (Pomminryon) Saturday made public a joint resolution on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its formation.

Looking back with great pride and self-confidence on the path covered by Pomminryon over the past two decades on which it has taken the lead in putting spurs to the movement for independent reunification, the resolution expressed the unshakable will to continue advancing the June 15 era of independent reunification with fresh faith and determination as follows:

We will firmly preserve and thoroughly implement the historic inter-Korean joint declarations.

We will add more shine to the precious achievements made in the June 15 era and make positive efforts to put into practice all the provisions of the inter-Korean joint declarations and agreements on their implementation.

We will stir up the atmosphere of dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation for improving the inter-Korean relations.

Pomminryon will take the lead in the drive to promote and reenergize visits, contacts, multi-faceted dialogue and cooperation between the north and the south to implement the inter-Korean joint declarations.

For the present, we will make efforts in every aspect to make sure that the humanitarian cooperation undertakings and inter-Korean dialogue for the resumption of tour of Mt. Kumgang and Kaesong open a new phase in improving the inter-Korean relations.

We will make positive efforts to achieve widespread solidarity with all pro-reunification and patriotic forces at home and abroad and great unity of the nation.

We will stand against the anti-reunification forces' confrontation between systems and war moves and firmly defend the peace of the country.

Pomminryon will wage a resolute struggle against all traitorous, anti-reunification and anti-peace acts such as sparking off the confrontation between the systems in the north and the south and bringing a war despite the strong protest of all the fellow countrymen.

We will make positive efforts to drive the U.S. troops out of this land as they are persistently standing in the way of independent reunification of the Korean nation and inciting confrontation and war between the north and the south and build a lasting and solid peace-keeping mechanism.

Copyright (C) KOREA NEWS SERVICE(KNS) All Rights Reserved.


PJ, you know I'd rather be placing bets with you on next year's Red Sox line-up, and it's the holi-daze and all...but I rather doubt this incident to be "a one-off" unless someone engages in a "smack-down".

It's only right to call the owner and have him put the rabid dog down...that China has been feeding this mut is a no-brainer and thus controls it...except that its got rabies now....and that's always fatal.

This is not the time for China to play "mr. reasonable" with North Korea.

Folks have tried that already and it is now that Mr. Hu and Mr. Xi's and the Party's tomorrow has come and a decision awaits the dawn of awareness.

I don't suppose they read Dipnote, do they?



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