DipNote: The Week in Review

Posted by Luke Forgerson
July 11, 2011
Man Holds South Sudan Flag

On July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became an independent, sovereign state. President Barack Obama announced the United States' formal recognition of South Sudan and said:

"Today is a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn. These symbols speak to the blood that has been spilled, the tears that have been shed, the ballots that have been cast, and the hopes that have been realized by so many millions of people. The eyes of the world are on the Republic of South Sudan. And we know that southern Sudanese have claimed their sovereignty, and shown that neither their dignity nor their dream of self-determination can be denied.

"This historic achievement is a tribute, above all, to the generations of southern Sudanese who struggled for this day. It is also a tribute to the support that has been shown for Sudan and South Sudan by so many friends and partners around the world. Sudan's African neighbors and the African Union played an essential part in making this day a reality. And along with our many international and civil society partners, the United States has been proud to play a leadership role across two Administrations. Many Americans have been deeply moved by the aspirations of the Sudanese people, and support for South Sudan extends across different races, regions, and political persuasions in the United States. I am confident that the bonds of friendship between South Sudan and the United States will only deepen in the years to come. As Southern Sudanese undertake the hard work of building their new country, the United States pledges our partnership as they seek the security, development and responsive governance that can fulfill their aspirations and respect their human rights."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined President Obama in congratulating the people of the Republic of South Sudan. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice led a Presidential Delegation to attend the Independence Day ceremony in South Sudan, and U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Ambassador Princeton Lyman reflected on lessons learned at the negotiating table. In an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, Secretary Clinton wrote:

"This weekend, in Juba, South Sudan, Africa's 54th nation was born. Millions of people are celebrating a new national identity and new national promise. Like on our own July Independence Day 235 years ago, there is reason to hope for a better future -- if the people and leaders of both Sudan and South Sudan commit themselves to the hard work ahead.

"This day was far from inevitable. For more than two decades, Sudan has been riven by intense fighting over land and resources. Just a year ago, talks between the Sudanese government in the north and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in the south had stalled. Preparations for a referendum on southern independence had fallen behind. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 appeared close to collapse. A return to open conflict seemed likely. Thankfully, people on both sides and across the world worked together to chart a different path."

Earlier in the week, American citizens around the world celebrated U.S. Independence Day on July 4. Colleagues at U.S. diplomatic missions in Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Micronesia, New Zealand, Senegal, and Zimbabwe shared how they commemorated the United States' 235th birthday.

In other news, the United States responded to the drought in the Horn of Africa, supported efforts to advance citizen security in Central America, and continued discussions on law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan.

U.S. Embassy Islamabad Acting Spokesperson Courtney Beale shared why she volunteered to serve in Pakistan and spotlighted U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) efforts to help Pakistani farmers boost mango exports.

USAID Administrator Raj Shah held a conversation with youth on international development, while Under Secretary Maria Otero fielded questions on the Open Government Partnership. Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer announced the UNESCO Youth Forum finalists.

Young people were front and center at "TechCamp: Vilnius," and will play an important role at "TechCamp: Moldova." Secretary Clinton announced the TechGirls initiative and honored TechWomen participants, who hail from the Middle East and North Africa.

Secretary Clinton also remembered First Lady Betty Ford. In a statement on the passing of the former First Lady, President and Secretary Clinton said:

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of First Lady Betty Ford. As a staunch advocate for women's and equal rights, Betty paved the way for generations of women to follow. Her courage, compassion, and commitment to helping our nation deal with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction helped thousands of people to a successful recovery and in the process she helped to save countless families. We were honored to host President and Mrs. Ford at the White House in 1998 when they received the Congressional Gold Medal for their dedication and service to our nation.

"Betty was a remarkable woman whose legacy will live on in people around the country whose lives are longer and better because of her work. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children and grandchildren. We are grateful for her contributions, and for her kindness to us. We will miss her."



New Mexico, USA
July 11, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Luke,

If folks are going to seek change we can live with in persuit of a better world to live in, you gotta pretty much anticipate weeks like this where a nation is born and Ambassadors get roses from those seeking "regime replacement therapy" for themselves.

Keep up the good work folks!


South Korea
July 11, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:


A leading role in Italy, while Greece's economic crisis, freckles've been talking about this, That's too bad. Difficult to Italy? Greece, Italy for the leading role in economic crisis, the easy, difficult credit rating agencies make their ratings, and Italy, a time to relax a while, he'd find a way to solve the problem of watching out of the negative stories I hesitated for a moment, but still largely released to the media about the possibility of a crisis is a bit smaller, I think jyeoteul.

If ever a political intent?

Now with two features of the economic crisis In summary, in view of the United States, First, the slowdown in consumption and foreign economic crisis spread to the United States is too quick to assume that the (global as a slap to the punch I want people to talk. I think the firewall should be installed first.)

Consumption continue to live a little bit I think that's been the policy ........

Second, foreign economic conditions, running things,

I will pity. I think probably been established there are other alternatives.

For now, Prime Minister and the Cabinet resigned, while a new financial austerity, Italy to dominate the existing forces and suggests a way to exclude, I think Italy will overcome the economic crisis.

Italian Prime Minister, while still in power, a new attempt, an attempt was wanted to be .......

For now, Prime Minister and the Cabinet resigned, while a new financial austerity, Italy to dominate the existing powers to exclude bangbeoneul, suggesting, I think Italy will overcome the economic crisis. (Perhaps, thought I'd be welcome to people of Italy. ... For a long period of time involved and also that the contacts and your family by Dharma jibaedoeeoon Italy, while I see this as an opportunity to change.)

Well, That's too bad a lot. Libya, when the war was more difficult to solve the problem, Greece, the Italian-led problem while solving the problem, the time for their problems and hoped that economic relax,,,,

Political intentions?

Italy in the press release about the negative news that is supposed to stop the thought. News, but with the aid of anyone opposing the Italians through the media and successful job of trying to think.

July 14, 2011

W.W. writes:

European Report :

Europeans are victim of Corruption

Susan C.
Florida, USA
July 12, 2011

Susan in Florida writes:

A truly wonderful photo. A look of hope and purpose on this man's face...and anxiety too. I am hopeful for them, and anxious also. I second Eric's comment. Keep up the great work you are doing. It is an encouragement for all of us "out here".

New Mexico, USA
July 13, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Folks, I gotta pay tribute to a worthy fellow from my hometown, if you'all care to join me.

"Attitude is everything" I often say on this blog.

I also sometimes describe my own efforts to create a better world by inspiring folks to think as "the ranger training school approach".

( defined as "It sucks so much, ya just gotta have fun with it")

But that approach I take my friends, is but a pale reflection in intelectual comparison; derived from the relative safety I enjoy here excercising my first ammendment rights.

This honored gentleman embodies the concept!

News Item:

WASHINGTON — I had a chat Monday night with a Ranger who served on missions with my cousin, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, during some of the first deployments to Afghanistan.

The Ranger remembered one mission in particular when they took on enemy fire, and bullets went zipping by Leroy's head. Leroy calmly said to the Ranger in front of him, "I think they're shooting at us.""No," the Ranger replied, "they're shooting at you." Offered this new perspective, Leroy laughed.

--end excerpt--

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local News/-A-Ranger-first--a-Medal-of-Honor-recipient-second-

We do what we do, for the reasons we do, because it is there to do. And we can do anything we can think of to do, so long as we remember our joy.



New Mexico, USA
July 13, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Oops, sorry 'bout that broken link folks,

"http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local News/-A-Ranger-first--a-Medal-of-Honor-recipient-second-"

New York, USA
October 6, 2011

Sydney in New York writes:



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