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American diplomacy: What Hillary did next | The Economist   Leave a comment

Very enlightening read on the USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…..

 

” “WHY extremists always focus on women is a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they want to control everything about us.” So said Hillary Clinton last month to a young Arab woman who had asked her at a public meeting about wearing the hijab. This encounter was in Tunis, where Mrs Clinton had just taken part in an international summit on Syria. She had come straight from London, where she attended a meeting on Somalia, and went on to Algeria and Morocco before making the nine-hour hop back to Washington, DC.

If Barack Obama is re-elected in November, one big thing is going to be different in his second term. He will no longer have his relentlessly globe-trotting former presidential rival at his side. As the frazzled aides and reporters who travel regularly in the back of her converted Boeing 757 attest, the job is punishing, especially the way she has chosen to do it.

Since taking office, Mrs Clinton has visited 95 countries (see map) and logged some 730,000 miles, sometimes cramming more than a dozen meetings into a single day. This marathon came hard after the titanic Democratic presidential campaign of 2008. “I’ve had an extraordinary 20 years. I’ve been really at the highest levels of American political life,” she told The Economist in a recent interview, “I need a little time to reflect, step off the fast track I’ve been on.”

Evaluating her record is a complicated business. The job of a secretary of state has at least three parts: implementing foreign policy, acting as America’s global ambassador and running the behemoth that is the State Department. “

 

via American diplomacy: What Hillary did next | The Economist.

Posted March 29, 2012 by arnoneumann in Diplomacy, Politics, USA

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Liberty University’s Johnnie Moore speaks the language of young evangelicals – The Washington Post   Leave a comment

From this lofty perch, he has come to two conclusions about American evangelicals.

The first is that they have become too callous, a somewhat ironic charge coming from a protege of Falwell, who blamed gays and pagans for the Sept. 11 attacks and called the Islamic prophet Muhammad a “terrorist.” Moore says evangelicals have cared too much in recent decades about building massive megachurches for the upper-middle class and too little about getting their hands dirty serving the poor.

His second conclusion is more Falwell-esque: Evangelicals are becoming too liberal about their faith. To Moore, if you say you believe in the Bible as literal truth, but privately believe it’s a metaphor, you’re a phony. In a new book called “Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe,” Moore rails against “fake cultural Christianity.”

“When I choose to believe in God, I don’t get to choose what I want to believe, and I don’t get to decide what truth is worth believing. I choose whom to believe, and he gets to tell me what to believe,” he writes. For Moore, Christianity leads to conservative politics.

The Bible says man, not government, is responsible for his own behavior. God, not the government, should decide when life begins or ends. The Bible says people will take the easy route if offered them, which is what he believes the new Obama-backed health-care law does for young adults, many of whom can now remain on their parents’ health plans.

“If I’m confused on something, I go to a higher source,” he says, “the Bible.” ”

via Liberty University’s Johnnie Moore speaks the language of young evangelicals – The Washington Post.

Posted October 16, 2011 by arnoneumann in Faith, Politics, USA

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Norway Attacks Put Spotlight on Rise of Right-Wing Sentiment in Europe – NYTimes.com   Leave a comment

First reaction to the event in Norway is the human sadness surrounding it. On the heels comes the seeking of understanding….of who and what is the motive  for it. This is going to require a serious examination. In democracies we have a built in tolerance level for difference of thought….how far do we let the pendulum swing where it then threatens to harm the very democratic society that allows the freedom of thought to exist in the first place ? That calls for God given discernment, knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  

” “But neither does Norway exist in a vacuum. Its right-wing scene is connected to the rest of Europe through the Internet forums where hate speech proliferates and through right-wing demonstrations that draw an international mix of participants.

“This may be the act of a lone, mad, paranoid individual,” said Hajo Funke, a political scientist at the Free University in Berlin who studies rightist extremism, referring to the right-wing fundamentalist Christian charged in connection with the killings, “but the far-right milieu creates an atmosphere that can lead such people down that path of violence.” ”

via Norway Attacks Put Spotlight on Rise of Right-Wing Sentiment in Europe – NYTimes.com.

Posted July 24, 2011 by arnoneumann in Europe, Politics

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Germany to close all nuclear plants by 2022   Leave a comment

The politics of energy  in Germany  or , should one say , energy has entered politics and the two are heavily entwined. Just reflect on your own jurisdiction and probably you too can note where there are issues of impact by energy production on the environment or other philosophical areas of society.

Germany to close all nuclear plants by 2022.

“Nuclear policy is heavily disputed in Germany and the issue has helped boost the Greens, which captured control of one of the CDU’s stronghold states, Baden-Wuerttemberg, in an election in March.

Merkel’s majority in the Bundesrat upper house vanished last year after the CDU failed to hold onto North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. Losing Baden-Wuerttemberg, a vote held after Fukushima and fought in part over energy issues, dealt another blow to Merkel’s authority.”

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Germany+close+nuclear+plants+2022/4858940/story.html#ixzz1NrMLO8hx

Posted May 30, 2011 by arnoneumann in Energy

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The Future of Women Leaders in the Middle East   Leave a comment

When Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi stepped into a role as head of IT strategy for transport services company Dubai Ports World, she was an anomaly in many ways. She was an engineer working on a complex, technical initiative that required a great deal of interaction with the members of the C-suite; a local from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) working with a large number of expatriates; and a female executive in the male-dominated maritime industry. “I was the first senior woman coming on board, and it was a tough challenge,” she says. “I would have to explain to executives how I was going to deliver, and there was always a question: ‘How much can I rely on you?’”

Pictured above L to R: Muna AbuSulayman, Haifa Jamal AlLail, Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani

Photographer credits L to R: courtesy of Muna AbuSulayman; courtesy of Haifa Jamal AlLail; © Fadi Al-Assaad/REUTERS

To build the needed trust, she says, she learned the terminology of the maritime industry and learned how to present IT projects to senior executives in a way that showed the project’s value to the business. But ultimately, what really established her credibility was the delivery of an IT system that supported the day-to-day operation of the company’s ports. “For women to be accepted, they have to be trusted, and they have to be overachievers,” she says. “The bottom line is whether you can deliver dollars — or dirhams. You have to prove that it doesn’t matter, gender-wise, who sits there.”

Now the minister of foreign trade for the UAE and the most powerful woman in the Arab world, according to the Forbes 2010 list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, Al Qassimi is no longer an anomaly. She is one of a small but significant group of women who are defying expectations and making a difference in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

via The Future of Women Leaders in the Middle East.

Posted May 28, 2011 by arnoneumann in Middle East, Women

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CFR.org – Issue Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict   Leave a comment

An excellent summary  and additional list for backgrounder on this critical Middle East issue.

CFR.org – Issue Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Posted May 23, 2011 by arnoneumann in Israel, Uncategorized

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