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Thursday June 2nd Appointments for SOS Hillary Clinton: The George C. Marshall Foundation Award

June 2, 2011

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Assistant Secretaries of the Regional Bureaus, at the Department of State.

10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzberg, at the Department of State.

11:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.

2:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the Broadcasting Board of Governors, at the Department of State.

3:35 p.m. Secretary Clinton announces a public-private partnership with the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund to expand critical medical and emergency support services for survivors of rape and sexual assault in South Africa, at the Department of State.

Watch live on http://www.state.gov

4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a Swearing-In Ceremony for Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, at the Department of State.
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7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton receives the 2011 George C. Marshall Foundation Award at a dinner, at the National Building Museum.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. HillaryFan permalink
    June 2, 2011 6:51 am

    Thanks for the heads up about the award! Much deserved! She has a busy, busy day. I don’t know how she does it.

  2. Thain permalink
    June 2, 2011 8:57 am

    She’s racking up those awards!

    Major OT so just skip over this if you don’t care: This is a good article by Israeli blogger/activist about how the NYT continues to perpetuate the false narrative that the Palestinian resistance to occupation is armed resistance- the US govt, the I-lobby and the Israel First commentators (of which Friedman is one- and a biased one at that) refuses outright to acknowledge the nonviolent resistance despite the fact that Hillary has called for supporting peaceful protest and civil society and Obama outright called on Palestinians to use nonviolence:

    http://972mag.com/the-letter-which-the-new-york-times-refused-to-publish/

    Any thoughts on why the NYT wouldn’t publish the letter?

    For those of us who are active on this issue perhaps we should tweet this article, post it on our facebook accounts, email Friedman and the NYT and post it on liberal blogs in the comment section to the NYT articles? The only way to get the media to let go of it’s institutional anti-Palestinian bias is to get the word out and call them on that bias.

    Lets be honest, shall we? If 70% of the journalists who wrote and/or commentated on this topic were Palestinian Americans, they’d be fired for bias. There is no way Americans wouldn’t question whether there was bias. Why do you think there are next to no prominent Palestinian American journalists/commentators in the MSM? There is no way America- the land of the free where religious/cultural tolerance and diversity is supposedly welcomed- that the media would even HIRE more than like one Palestinian on it’s staff. The NYT apologized for publishing an article about Peace Now because one of the writers was Arab and had gone to a pro-Palestinian rally at some point in his life- they said they never should have published the article. And yet, Friedman, Bronner etc.- many of whom are dual Israeli American citizens, opine or “report” on this issue as if they don’t have a personal bias- and anyone who even raises the issue is called an anti-Semite. Am I saying “Jews own the media?” OF COURSE NOT. What I am saying is that one’s personal affiliation/religion etc. shouldn’t matter but it would seem that in this case, they are making it matter. If they weren’t evidencing such shameful bias this wouldn’t be an issue.

    The irony of course is that Israelis are not afraid of discussing what actually goes in in the Occupied Territories. In fact, many of the pro-Palestinian rights blogs are owned by Jewish Israelis. Yet in this country, if one is Jewish one is supposed to abide by the “Israel Right or Wrong” policy in all things.

    • Steve permalink
      June 2, 2011 10:07 am

      @Thain- I largely agree with everything you said. But keep in mind, the reason the US govt, media etc. ignore the Palestinian nonviolent movement is because if they recognize it then they have to say something about Israel’s brutal crackdown. Also, the Lobby has been able to get the US govt to adopt it’s ridiculous propaganda about “delegitimization” which apparently is so broadly defined as to essentially mean “anyone who criticizes Israel or uses any means to draw attention to the brutality of the Occupation.” Thus any Palestinians or their supporters who engage in ANY protest against Israel for ANYTHING is thereby guilty of the oh-so-terrible crime of delegitimization. Once again, this represents a special little exception for Israel. People have every right to protest repressive policies…except of course the Palestinians. So to deal with that hypocrisy the US and Israel created a whole new word to describe it- delegitimization. Keep in mind that Israel and the US govt and the media represent delegitimization as the greatest threat to Israel’s existance behind Iran’s (non-existent) nukes.

      As an Israeli-American I can tell you that the media and US govt will never let go of any narrative that allows them to claim Israel is the only victim in this conflict. Because we define every single criticism of Israel as a deadly serious threat to Israel’s existence then of COURSE Israel is justified in shooting unarmed protesters! Of COURSE Israel is justified in imprisoning young children of protesters to send a chilling message to their parents and of COURSE Israel is justified in using special forces commandos to board a non-military ship in international waters killing 9 unarmed people at point-blank range including an American!

      You are also right that the MSM would never tolerate a bunch of Palestinians writing about the I-P conflict- they would be assumed to be biased against Israel and yet it’s perfectly fine for journalists and commentators to be biased against the Palestinians.

  3. Susan permalink
    June 2, 2011 10:28 am

    Wow, by the time her day is over I will have been home, had dinner and sitting on my couch watching or doing something else. She has very long days.

    BTW- Steve and Thain- I read somewhere recently that the State Dept. is currently trying to prevent the next international flotilla from heading to Gaza this month. I guess I have to ask- why is this our problem? If private organizations want to go on the Flotilla what business is it of the US government? It’s another example of how despite some Israelis telling the US that they don’t need our money or our interference in their affairs, they apparently DO need us- constantly.

    My opinion of this issue has changed a lot over the course of the last two years. More and more Israel’s leaders seem totally uninterested in peace. I always used to believe the line that it was because they had no real Palestinian partner, but after reading some of the links here, it has become clear that Israel most certainly did have a partner but were just unwilling to stop the expansion and all the benefits that the ongoing situation provides them. But I’m no expert.

  4. stacyx permalink*
    June 2, 2011 10:47 am

    FYI- I have heard in some media reports that Secretary Clinton prefers not to deal with Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s far, far rightwing, nationalist, anti-Arab Foreign Minister- instead she prefers to deal with Ehud Barak and when necessary, Bibi.

    So I found this interesting:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/oecd-thwarted-lieberman-attempt-to-give-mideast-peace-speech-1.365392?localLinksEnabled=false

    The organizers of the annual conference of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) refused to allow Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to address the meeting with a Mideast peace policy speech, Haaretz learned on Wednesday.

    OECD officials reportedly told the foreign minister that a policy speech was “inappropriate” for the conference, offering, instead, that he spoke on economic issues. This rejection stirred a reported embarrassment in the Israeli delegation, which eventually caused Lieberman to nix the speech altogether.

    [snip]

    [Lieberman and] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly failed to meet last week, despite attempts by Foreign Ministry officials to set up such a session.

    [snip]

    The two met only a handful of times since Lieberman entered office, with the FM coming to Washington only one time, a month after entering office. Aside from that meeting, Lieberman and Clinton met another time during that U.S. visit, in addition to two other meetings they had during international conferences.

    Clinton is considered to hold an especially hard-line in the U.S. administration in regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies, with the planned meeting due to take place one day after Netanyahu’s address to Congress….

    That highlighted bit thrills me to death because Lieberman is a racist jerk who has spent his whole career doing everything he can to undermine peace. Clearly Hillary knows this. I have a feeling the WH and State Dept. are none too thrilled with Israel’s leaders right about now given the public dressing down Bibi gave this administration despite EVERYTHING that Hillary and Obama and Gates have done for the Israeli govt.

    Lieberman makes hateful, crackpot comments – he’s famous for it and is even considered a national embarrassment by many Israelis. The fact that Bibi chose him to be FM speaks volumes about Bibi’s real agenda regarding a peace process. Lieberman has stated his view should be forcibly removed from Israel/Palestine. Interestingly, such statements get zero coverage in the U.S. but boy, when Ahmadinejad says hateful things about Israel, it’s FRONT PAGE news everywhere and even part of a causus belli for a possible preemptive attack against Iran!

    Here are some of Lieberman’s greatest hits:

    http://www.juancole.com/2009/04/lieberman-and-wiping-countries-off-face.html

  5. June 2, 2011 1:20 pm

    It’s not terrorism when they do it:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-police-arrests-6-suspects-in-west-bank-firebomb-attack-1.365549

    I guess whether one is a terrorist depends on one’s religion/nationality/ethnicity?

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