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Nancy Pelosi Hosts Women’s History Month Celebration In Honor Of Hillary Clinton

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)(R) participate in Women's History Month Celebration at the US Capitol on March 25, 2010 in Washington DC. The event was held to honor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Women's History Month Celebration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Speaks At US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Meeting

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (R) shake hands during a discussion at the State Department on March 24, 2010 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton hosted a forum that focused on U.S.- Pakistan strategic dialogue. Pakistan is seeking U.S. involvement in dealing with a peaceful resolution in conflicts with Kashmir. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

CNN~Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is promising “a new day” in U.S.-Pakistan relations and new efforts to move beyond previous mistrust and misunderstandings. And Pakistan is hoping improved relations will generate new American help with civilian nuclear power. Clinton started two days of high-level talks with Pakistani leaders Wednesday morning at the State Department. She was joined by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and officials from both countries, including U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

The meeting, formally known as the United States-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, is the latest recognition of Pakistan’s importance to the United States in the fight against extremism.

We know that in recent years misperceptions and mistrust have grown between our countries, on both sides of the relationship. Foreign Minister Qureshi and I have worked hard to overcome that,” Clinton said at the opening event of two days of meetings.

She spoke in the ornate Benjamin Franklin room on the eighth floor of the State Department building. She and Qureshi sat at the head of a large U-shaped table, flanked by dozens of officials and aides from both countries.

I am aware some skepticism remains. So I want to say a word directly to the people of Pakistan,” Clinton said. “Our countries have had our misunderstandings and disagreements in the past and there are sure to be more disagreements in the future, as there are sure to be between any friends or, frankly, between any family members. But this is a new day — for the past year the Obama administration has shown in our words and our deeds a different approach and a different attitude toward Pakistan.”

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Year of the Bicentennial” in the Americas

From Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton…

This year, people across our hemisphere will celebrate the “Year of the Bicentennial.” Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico are marking 200 years of independence. All of us across the Americas are joining together to honor our shared history and the values of democracy, diversity, and tolerance that form our common heritage.

In the last year, our hemisphere has been challenged — from Honduras to Haiti to Chile. And our ability to respond to these crises as a community has been tested. But we have met these challenges together, with faith in our institutions, confidence in our values, and compassion for our friends and neighbors.

We must strive to carry that same spirit of cooperation beyond times of crisis in order to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities facing the people of the Americas. There is so much we can learn from each other and so much we can accomplish together. We can encourage broad-based prosperity, champion democracy and human rights, and ensure that every child born in the Americas has the opportunity to fulfill his or her God-given potential.

This “Year of the Bicentennial” is a time to honor our past while we look to the future — as we continue on our common journey to create better lives for our citizens and even stronger ties between our nations. On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, congratulations and best wishes.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at AIPAC: Israeli Building Hurts Peace

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pauses while speaking during the 2010 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference March 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton spoke to the pro-Israel lobbying group about the relationship between the United States and Israel and issues facing the Middle East. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America)

AP~New Israeli construction on land claimed by the Palestinians threatens peace efforts and undermines America’s ability to help end the Arab-Israeli conflict, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a leading Jewish organization Monday.

Israel’s recent announcement of new housing in east Jerusalem exposed differences between the U.S. and the Jewish state that others could exploit, Clinton said. Her remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee were friendly, but contained a blunt account of a severe diplomatic breach between the close allies over what the United States sees as the provocative and shortsighted expansion of Jewish settlements and other housing on land claimed by Palestinians.

Clinton defended the Obama administration’s strong criticism of a recent large housing announcement because she said it hurt attempts to launch peace talks in which the United States will be the intermediary.

We objected to this announcement because we are committed to Israel and its security, which we believe depends on a comprehensive peace,” Clinton said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the group Monday evening, and was seeing President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

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In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton March 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by GPO/Getty Images North America)



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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Meets with Northern Ireland Leaders

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) speaks to reporters with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (L) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (R) before their meeting at the State Department on March 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are also in the US capital for the St Patrick's Day celebrations. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images North America)

BBC~Northern Ireland’s First and Deputy First Ministers have held talks with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington DC.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are in the US for meetings with political and economic representatives.

The meeting with Secretary Clinton followed a major business briefing event organized by US Economic envoy Declan Kelly.

Deputy First Minister McGuinness said the meeting “provided an opportunity for us to further cement the close ties that we have with this and previous US administrations“.

Over many years Secretary Clinton has played a hugely supportive role in that process, and in our discussions today I welcomed her determination to continue that role,” he said.

First Minister Robinson said they briefed the Secretary of State on “ongoing political developments and on our efforts to promote investment in Northern Ireland“.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Present the 2010 Women of Courage Awards

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) acknowledges guests as First Lady Michelle Obama (R) looks on during the fourth annual Award for International Women of Courage ceremony at the State Department March 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. The ceremony paid tribute to 10 outstanding women leaders worldwide. (Photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hosted the annual International Women of Courage Awards on March 10, 2010 at the Department of State.

To mark International Women’s Day, the annual International Women of Courage Award recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and advancement. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide, and offers a unique opportunity to recognize those who work in the field of international women’s issues.



Award Winners

Shukria AsilShukria Asil
Afghanistan
Promoting government responsiveness to the needs of women.
Biography


Colonel Shafiqa QuraishiColonel Shafiqa Quraishi
Afghanistan
Integrating women into the government and police force.
Biography


Androula HenriquesAndroula Henriques
Cyprus
Fighting human trafficking.
Biography


Sonia PierreSonia Pierre
Dominican Republic
Ending discrimination based on country of origin and the human rights abuses of statelessness.
Biography


Shadi SadrShadi Sadr
Iran
Advocating for women’s legal rights and an end to execution by stoning.
Biography


Ann NjoguAnn Njogu
Kenya
Seeking social transformation and at the forefront of reforms in Kenya.
Biography


Dr. Lee Ae-ranDr. Lee Ae-ran
Republic of Korea
Promoting human rights in North Korea and aiding the refugee community in the Republic of Korea.
Biography


Jansila MajeedJansila Majeed
Sri Lanka
Strengthening rights for internally displaced persons.
Biography


Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (a.k.a. Sister Marie Claude)Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (a.k.a. Sister Marie Claude)
Syria
Working for social services for women.
Biography


Jestina MukokoJestina Mukoko
Zimbabwe
Documenting human rights abuses.
Biography

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Breaking News: Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Chest Pain


4:23 CST~President Bill Clinton was rushed to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan today after experiencing chest pain.

Douglas Band, a counselor for the 63-year-old former President, says he is in “good spirits” and released the following statement:

“Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of NY Presbyterian hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest.

Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place 2 stents in one of his coronary arteries.

President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.”

The statement continues, “In 2004, President Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries.”

UPDATE: Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has announced that she’s on her way from Washington to be with Bill.

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    President Obama’s Newsweek Haiti Essay: ‘Why Haiti Matters’

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    In the tragic aftermath of Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake, images of the disaster break our hearts and remind us of the fragility of life. What America must do now—and why

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    In the last week, we have been deeply moved by the heartbreaking images of the devastation in Haiti: parents searching through rubble for sons and daughters; children, frightened and alone, looking for their mothers and fathers. At this moment, entire parts of Port-au-Prince are in ruins, as families seek shelter in makeshift camps. It is a horrific scene of shattered lives in a poor nation that has already suffered so much.

    In response, I have ordered a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives in Haiti. We have launched one of the largest relief efforts in recent history. I have instructed the leaders of all agencies to make our response a top priority across the federal government. We are mobilizing every element of our national capacity: the resources of development agencies, the strength of our armed forces, and most important, the compassion of the American people. And we are working closely with the Haitian government, the United Nations, and the many international partners who are also aiding in this extraordinary effort.

    We act for the sake of the thousands of American citizens who are in Haiti, and for their families back home; for the sake of the Haitian people who have been stricken with a tragic history, even as they have shown great resilience; and we act because of the close ties that we have with a neighbor that is only a few hundred miles to the south.

    But above all, we act for a very simple reason: in times of tragedy, the United States of America steps forward and helps. That is who we are. That is what we do. For decades, America’s leadership has been founded in part on the fact that we do not use our power to subjugate others, we use it to lift them up—whether it was rebuilding our former adversaries after World War II, dropping food and water to the people of Berlin, or helping the people of Bosnia and Kosovo rebuild their lives and their nations.

    At no time is that more true than in moments of great peril and human suffering. It is why we have acted to help people combat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in Africa, or to recover from a catastrophic tsunami in Asia. When we show not just our power, but also our compassion, the world looks to us with a mixture of awe and admiration. That advances our leadership. That shows the character of our country. And it is why every American can look at this relief effort with the pride of knowing that America is acting on behalf of our common humanity.

    Right now, our search-and-rescue teams are on the ground, pulling people from the rubble. Americans from Virginia and California and Florida have worked round the clock to save people whom they’ve never met. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen quickly deployed to the scene. Hand in hand with our civilians, they’re laboring day and night to facilitate a massive logistical enterprise; to deliver and distribute food, water, and medicine to save lives; and to prevent an even larger humanitarian catastrophe.

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    Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Lands in Haiti, Pledges Cooperative Effort

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    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, third from right, meets with Haiti's President Rene Preval, third from left, to discuss conditions in the country

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, third from right, meets with Haiti's President Rene Preval, third from left, to discuss conditions in the country



    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met Saturday with Haitian President Rene Preval and promised that U.S. quake relief efforts would be closely coordinated with local officials.

    Clinton’s remarks appeared designed to counter any notion of a too-intrusive American involvement in the aftermath of the quake, while also assuring Haitians the humanitarian mission would continue as long as it’s needed.

    We are here at the invitation of your government to help you,” she said at a news conference at the Port-au-Prince airport. “As President Obama has said, we will be here today, tomorrow and for the time ahead. And speaking personally, I know of the great resilience and strength of the Haitian people. You have been severely tested. But I believe that Haiti can come back even stronger and better in the future.”

    Haiti's President Rene Preval, right, answers questions from the press as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, looks on in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010

    Haiti's President Rene Preval, right, answers questions from the press as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, looks on in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010

    Clinton, the highest-ranking Obama administration official to visit since the magnitude-7.0 quake struck Tuesday, arrived in a Coast Guard C-130 transport that carried bottled water, packaged food, soap and other supplies. She was accompanied by Rajiv Shah, the U.S. Agency for International Development administrator who is acting as the top U.S. relief coordinator.

    Clinton also met with U.N. officials and U.S. civilians and military personnel working on the relief effort. She said she and Preval discussed his government’s priorities: restoring communications, electricity and transportation.

    And we agreed that we will be coordinating closely together to achieve these goals,” she said, adding that she and Preval would issue a communique on Sunday outlining cooperation between the two countries.

    Preval said he was encouraged to see former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush together with President Barack Obama at the White House earlier Saturday in a joint plea for international assistance to Haiti.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to Haiti President Rene Preval during her visit

    He noted that U.S. aid has already arrived, and he told reporters he met a survivor who was pulled from the rubble Saturday and receiving care from American medical teams. He thanked Clinton for her visit and for Obama’s continued support of Haiti.

    Mrs. Clinton’s visit really warms our heart today,” he said.

    During the news conference, officials noted the clatter of military helicopters landing and taking off nearby.

    That’s a good sound,” Clinton said. “That means that good things are going to the people of Haiti.”

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    We had a very good meeting about all of the priorities of the Haitian government and the Haitian people,” Clinton said after a brief news conference following the meetings.

    She said air efforts are focused on providing water, food and medical help. She also stressed the importance of restoring the country’s communications networks, electricity and transportation.

    A man carries an elderly woman who needs medical attention in Port Au Prince

    A man carries an elderly woman who needs medical attention in Port Au Prince

    We agreed that we will be coordinating closely together to achieve these goals.”

    In an interview with CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Clinton said “every day we are making progress and I expect that to continue.”

    In addition to the immediate needs, Clinton said the focus will switch next week to long-term recovery and reconstruction, telling Gupta she believed that Haiti, with the help of the international community, could be a better place than it was before Tuesday’s quake.

    Helicopters fly over the heavily damaged Port-au-Prince Cathedral

    Helicopters fly over the heavily damaged Port-au-Prince Cathedral

    The U.S. Coast Guard plane she arrived on was carrying 100 cases of water, 100 cases of meals-ready-to-eat, and food and toiletries for about 140 U.S. Embassy staff members. Fifty Americans, who have been waiting to be evacuated, will fly back to the United States when Clinton departs.

    Clinton landed hours after President Obama announced Saturday that former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush have agreed to lead an effort to raise funds for Haiti.

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    ‘Hillary Effect’ Cited for Increase in Female Ambassadors to U.S.

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    Washington Post/Mary Jordan~~In the gated Oman Embassy off Massachusetts Avenue, Washington’s first female ambassador from an Arab country, Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy, sat at her desk looking over a speech aimed at erasing misconceptions about her Muslim nation.

    A few blocks away inside a stately Dupont Circle mansion, India’s first female ambassador in more than 50 years, Meera Shankar, huddled with top aides after her prime minister’s state visit with President Obama.

    Nearby, in a century-old residence with its own ballroom, Latin America’s only female ambassador in Washington, Colombia’s Carolina Barco, dashed back from talking up free trade on Capitol Hill to showcase her country’s culture and food.

    There are 25 female ambassadors posted in Washington — the highest number ever, according to the State Department.

    This is breaking precedent,” said Selma “Lucky” Roosevelt, a former U.S. chief of protocol.

    Women remain a distinct minority — there are 182 accredited ambassadors in Washington — but their rise from a cadre of five in the late 1990s to five times that is opening up what had been an elite’s men club for more than a century.

    A key reason is the increase in the number of top U.S. diplomats who are women, what some call the “Hillary effect.”

    Hillary Clinton is so visible” as secretary of state, said Amelia Matos Sumbana, who just arrived as ambassador from Mozambique. “She makes it easier for presidents to pick a woman for Washington.”

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