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Today at the UN

September 20, 2010

Information is trickling in about the diplomatic goings-on today at the U.N. It seems that the news media is much more concerned about the hair clip Secretary Clinton wore yesterday than the status of donations for Pakistan flood relief or the status of post-earthquake Haiti.

On Haiti:

New York – Two agreements that will generate thousands of jobs in earthquake-shattered Haiti and rebuild the country’s main hospital were signed Monday in New York.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank and Korean manufacturer Sae-A Trading Co Ltd signed an agreement to create an industrial park in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital severely damaged in January’s earthquake.

“This is the first good news since the earthquake. We need private investment in Haiti to get us out of this bad situation,” Bellerive said.

“It is a great day for Haiti,” he said of the plan that is to generate 18,000 jobs. “We are creating conditions that will lead to more jobs in Haiti. We are creating jobs and wealth for the people of Haiti.”

The second agreement signed by Clinton, Bellerive and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner dealt with the reconstruction and expansion of the Hopital Universitaire d’Etat d’Haiti, the country’s main teaching hospital.

The United States and France are to donate 25 million dollars each toward rebuilding the hospital, with the Haitian government contributing 3.2 million dollars to the effort.

In the wake of the 7-magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 222,750 people – or 2 per cent of the country’s population – many have spoken of the need to reimagine a new Haiti, Clinton said.

The new agreements “will support that effort, by creating jobs and building a foundation for health,” she said.

The industrial park and garment manufacturing facility has the potential to create 10,000 permanent jobs. “We are sending a message that Haiti is open for business again,” Clinton said…

Some photos:

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, left, and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, center, listen as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to foreign delegates at the InterContinental hotel in New York, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. Clinton, Kouchner and Bellerive signed a memoranda of understanding regarding Haiti recovery projects, while in the city for the U.N. General Assembly. (AP Photo/Swoan Parker)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, second left, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, center, and French Foreign Minister Kouchner, right, sign the memoranda of understanding regarding Haiti's recovery projects during a meeting at the InterContinental hotel in New York on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Swoan Parker)

Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York September 20, 2010.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    September 20, 2010 6:07 pm

    Thanks Stace, you rock!

  2. dividedloyalty permalink
    September 20, 2010 6:27 pm

    I hope Secretary Clinton refuses to be blackmailed by Israel although given her record, she might support this.

    Does Israel have the biggest balls ever.

    We need to reassess the special relationship. They want us to release a spy against the US in return for them stopping some illegal settlements? What, because we owe Israel even more favors? Here’s a novel idea, how about they stop building settlements so they can have some of that effing peace and security they are always banging on about. I mean, every time someone from Israel opens their mouth it’s all “security, security, security, security, borders, security.” I guess they think these peace talks are just some big favor for us.

    And get this:

    From wikipedia:

    “In addition to the release requests by the Israeli government, there has been a long running public campaign to free Pollard. The organizers include the Pollard family, his ex-wife, Anne, and Jewish groups in the US and Israel. The campaign’s main points claim that Pollard spied for an ally instead of an enemy, that his sentence was out of proportion when compared to similar crimes, and that the US failed to live up to its plea bargain.Some Israeli activists compared President Bush to Hamas and Hezbollah leaders who have taken Israeli soldiers prisoner.”

    Spied for an ally?

    So the Jewish community wants a convicted spy AGAINST the US freed because it’s not wrong to commit treason so long as it’s for Israel? Nice double standard.

    I think some people have a loyalty problem.

    • September 20, 2010 7:29 pm

      Relax, every time there are serious negotiations Israel bring up Pollard, it’s sort of standard, particularly with the right wing Israeli leaders. Clinton, Bush, they all said no way to letting him out. The intelligence community would be furious and rightly so.

      Don’t come here throwing around the “divided loyalty” bait- it’s thinly-veiled antisemitism.

    • Steve permalink
      September 21, 2010 7:44 pm

      Israeli ambassador Michael Oren went Synagogue-hopping in DC to give us American Jews our marching orders for Yom Kippur- stand unquestioningly behind Israel no matter what. Some are taking his little sermon as a warning that Israel is going to attack Iran. He doesn’t seem too interested in the peace process because he essentially asks us to support Israel if they don’t find the terms of a treaty acceptable. He also hints that Israel is not interested in dividing up any land and in particular, Jerusalem. How the hell can we work with this?

      So, I am going to disagree with Stacy regarding what was said above- raising the issue of divided or dual loyalty is not per se antisemitic when you have people like Michael Oren who keep the stereotype alive by guilting us into supporting Israel no matter what, even when it goes against what is in the US’ best interests. He is appealing directly to us Good Jews to ignore our government and support whatever Israel does. He fear-mongers and makes clear that Israel isn’t ready for peace.

      Most of the statements issuing from Israeli officials over the past two weeks have been extremely negative and would seem to imply that they are just humoring the US who they see as forcing a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. If Israel doesn’t want peace, then perhaps we should stop defending all their crimes and providing CONSTANT diplomatic cover as they violate international law daily? Or maybe the aid should stop? Or maybe the cushy trade deals should be opened up to other countries. Or maybe we should stop giving them hundreds of millions of dollars worth of defense technology? If Israel doesn’t want peace, why should the US work so hard to defend the Occupation, risking our own foreign policy and security interests?

      It’s time for Israel to start being a real ally and stop acting so fucking entitled. I’m tired of hearing about the special relationship- a relationship which is so dysfunctional that a lifetime of psychotherapy couldn’t rescue it. What kind of healthy relationship is this one sided? It’s time for us American Jews to tell Israel that we support OUR country’s efforts to help secure Israel’s long term security and that we don’t appreciate Israel’s selfish, entitled attempts to set us up against our own government.

      • Thain permalink
        September 21, 2010 8:51 pm

        Obama should cancel the negotiations and tell both sides to give him a call when they are ready to grow the f#ck up. Why are we wasting our time when Bibi, Oren and Lieberman just talk shit once they are back in Israel. Every one knows Israel isvwsiting and hoping the GOP take over in 2010 and 2012. This has become a show where Bibi gets to pretend he’s a moderate.

        The US has helped to create this situation by allowing Israel to grab land, demolish homes, kill civilians and starve Gaza all the while rewarding them with billions of dollars and protection from UN resolutions.

        All this Iran BS is us doing Israel’s bidding. The new distraction to consume 100% of our diplomatic time and energy.

        Israel is like the size of a swimming pool and yet they seem to consume all our time and diplomatic energy. They are so damn needy.

        Can someone in the know

      • Lulu permalink
        September 21, 2010 9:02 pm

        No one will stand up to the lobby because they write too many checks to dems. Or atleast they did until a guy with the middle name Hussein got elected. You think we care about upsetting some Arab Americans? They don’t influence squat in this country.

    • Hon Kok San permalink
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  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    September 20, 2010 11:58 pm

    About that hair clip comment: This just confirms Gloria Steinham’s observation that it’s OK for women to sing the blues, it’s winning that brings on the sexist attacks (I’m loosely paraphrasing here). All those months of people whispering that Hillary was being marginalized (full disclosure: I was one of them) as if being named SOS was some kind of consolation prize for being such a LOSER, I can’t recall a single comment about her hair/dress/appearance. But when her face is
    in the news not once but twice in one week, well then, here we go again with the hair comments. Because it’s hard, isn’t it girls, to be professionally successful and maintain your feminine graces all at the same time? If you’re gonna spend all that time trying to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East AND save Haiti, well shucks girl, your hair’s gonna be a mess. Forget the Haitians! Get a haircut!

    • September 21, 2010 1:10 pm

      Totally agree Carolyn. What was it she said once in the 90’s? If she wants to wipe all the headlines off the front page all she has to do is change her hairstyle?

      The media should be embarrassed- would they do this to a man? I just can’t believe they don’t see the double standard. I think all of us here have an appreciation for how good she looks all the time despite working about 100 hours a week but it’s not the most important aspect of her job. The HuffPo Hillary page is a disaster- I want to take over that page- usually they have about a 60% focus on fashion. It’s one thing to show an appreciation for her pantsuits it’s quite another to focus on it to the exclusion of almost all else while not doing that with male political leaders/officials.

  4. PCFS permalink
    September 21, 2010 8:34 am

    I wish they would leave her hair alone. HRC is working so hard she not so aware of any hairdo. That said, she always looks beautiful to me everyday. Her focus is at the task at hand and this meeting at the UN is so important on many fronts. You go Hillary we love you.

  5. AmericanPatriot permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:10 am

    Oh give it up. You guys are always commenting on her looks. What’s the point of all the photos?


    I guess it’s ok for women to obsess over her looks but not men?

  6. April 4, 2013 3:57 pm

    She looks great in white.

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