Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Traveling with Chelsea in Africa to visit Clinton Foundation projects,  Bill Clinton tweeted Hillary today.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
12:45 PM EAT
President Clinton visits Barclays Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment site, “Banking on Change” 
Dar Urban PU
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania


Hey – sending you a photo of these funny-looking horses outside my hotel room. Miss you.


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A few weeks ago I posted an article about a group of students in Kenya who started an internet site for reporting corruption at their universities.  They did this having attended a townterview with Hillary Clinton conducted by Fareed Zakaria of CNN and Beatrice Marshall of KTN at the University of Nairobi in August 2009 where Hillary said this.

I think there ought to be a way to use interactive media, especially the internet, obviously, and some of the new vehicles like Twitter, et cetera, to report in real time allegations of corruption.

The students have taken this idea from concept to action and shared with me an amazing video they made.  Here is their website, Not in My Country, with information the likes of which you would not find in Peterson’s,  and here is their video with a tribute to Hillary, as their inspiration, at the end.  Great work!  Very courageous!

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For Hillary Clinton fans and loyalists, there is nothing better than having the last smirk.  The media turned a blind eye in August 2009, when then Secretary of State Clinton toured Africa rather extensively,  except for two occasions.

One was a night out in Nairobi when,  after a rather taxing official day when she spoke at the AGOA  Forum, she hit the dance floor prompting her husband to remark in a TV interview that he wondered how he could get her to come home to  New York and do that.  The second was during a town hall with Congolese students when she went all New York on a student who asked her what President Clinton thought of something.



Few news sources, however, bothered to cover a university town hall in Nairobi the day after our  dancing queen demonstrated her ability to get down.  On stage with Fareed Zakaria and Dr. Sally Kosgey, Kenyan minister for education, science, and technology,  at the University of Nairobi,  Secretary Clinton said this.

I said in my speech yesterday before the AGOA Forum, quoting one of our famous judges, that sunlight is the best disinfectant. And I think there’s an opportunity for young people and for civil society to use modern technology to run corruption watches and reporting. There are some examples of this beginning around the world where you basically surface what is going on. And it goes on at all levels of society, and frankly, look, it goes on in our society. We have to go after it all the time ourselves. You have seen people get arrested in America, whether they’re governors or they’re Congress members, if there is a belief that they have committed an act of corruption.

And I think there ought to be a way to use interactive media, especially the internet, obviously, and some of the new vehicles like Twitter, et cetera, to report in real time allegations of corruption.

Although this message was not widely seen here, the Kenyan students heard her loud and clear and took her words very seriously as The Daily Nation Reports.

Corruption? Don’t try it at my university please

By EVERLINE OKEWO eokewo@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted  Monday, April 22   2013 at  01:00

A group of 15 graduates have localised a global whistleblowing website to report indecent activities by university lecturers and administrative personnel.

Notinmycountry.org, an Internet site developed by concerned individuals, among them professionals and students who prefer to remain anonymous, is now in Kenya and university students are using it to expose malpractices in their institutions, including corruption.


The founders say that the creation of the local chapter of notinmycountry.org was inspired by a statement made by former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton when she visited Kenya in 2009.

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So while we Hillary followers were somewhat frustrated at the time with the paltry coverage this trip received,  it is heartening to see young  people turn her words into actions that address problems they have identified in their environment.  We hope she is aware of the difference she has made in the lives of these students.

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Additional Humanitarian Assistance to the Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 22, 2012

The United States continues to be concerned by the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Although the famine in Somalia ended earlier this year, more than two million people in that country still urgently need humanitarian aid. And the overall humanitarian situation in the region remains fragile; more than 9 million people in the Horn need assistance.

That’s why today we are announcing an additional $58 million in assistance for people in the Horn of Africa who are still living with the effects of conflict, economic challenges and environmental shocks, such as flooding and drought. The United States is also fighting chronic food insecurity by helping vulnerable communities diversify and adapt their livelihoods, improve smallholder agricultural and other efforts so they can become more resilient.

The United States is proud to be the largest humanitarian donor to the region. Since 2011 we have provided over $1.3 billion in emergency assistance for affected populations in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. We will keep working with our partners and targeting those most in need until every man, woman, and child has the chance to live healthy lives and realize their potential.

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Jonathan Van Meter, who chronicled Hillary Clinton’s August 2009 Africa trip for the December Vogue that year,  has now turned his attention to Chelsea whom he followed around for several months.  As usual, he has done an excellent job.  The September issue hits the stands next Tuesday,  August 21,  the same day the Condé Nast Traveller issue featuring Chelsea’s awesome mom also comes out.

I especially enjoyed the little segment below.  Until September 11, 2001 I was an avid Jeopardy viewer.  I was excellent.  My friends and I used to frequent a “Jeopardy Bar” after work from which the twin towers could be seen and from which you could be ejected while the show was on for speaking in anything other than the form of a relevant question.  I even beta-tested online Jeopardy.  But when regular broadcasting returned, and I think that was not until mid-February 2002 when finally the fire at “the pile” was extinguished,  I could not bear to go back to Jeopardy.  I don’t know why.  It felt empty and pointless.  Somehow,  I found Trading Spaces which felt like a constructive replacement.  I watched it faithfully for years until a certain Senator from New York threw her chapeau into the presidential race, and I switched to cable news.

Waiting in the Wings: An Exclusive Interview with Chelsea Clinton

by Jonathan Van Meter | photographed by Mario Testino

The private reception in the library’s restaurant, Forty Two, spills out onto a big deck that overlooks the sun setting on the Arkansas River. There are margaritas and Mexican food, and the whole affair takes on the air of a big family barbecue, with children running around, folks getting tipsy, and everyone going back for seconds. Chelsea is holding court with her friends, among them interior designer Ryan Lawson and Dan Baer, a deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. Hillary is regaling them with stories. The conversation turns to the fact that Dorothy had a real knack for making a beautiful home, which then leads to the revelation that Hillary’s guilty pleasure, the thing she does when she really wants to take her mind off her work, is to sit with a big pile of interior-design magazines and flip through them. She also admits that she enjoys some of the reality shows on the subject. And then she says, “Chelsea, did I ever tell you about the first time I actually spoke to Lindsey Graham? He came up to me one day on the floor of the Senate and said, ‘Guess who called me?’ ‘Who?’ I said. ‘A producer from the television show Trading Spaces. They want you and I to trade places. What do you say?’ And I said, ‘I don’t think so!’ ” At that, she puts her finger to her dimpled cheek and exaggeratedly twists it a couple of times and then dramatically turns on her heel and saunters away. Everyone laughs while Chelsea convulses in a silent paroxysm of laughter and disbelief, with a look on her face that says, my mom!

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Remarks Following Her Meeting with Beninese President Boni Yayi


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Presidential Palace
Cotonou, Benin
August 10, 2012

MODERATOR: Madam Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America, on behalf of the President of the Republic Grand Master of the Order, and pursuant to the powers vested in us, we appoint you to the rank of Grand Officer of the National Order of Benin. (Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. I am so honored. Thank you. On behalf of the Obama Administration and the Government of the United States, we are proud to be a partner and friend of your country. And I will take this very wonderful honor on behalf of the American people.

And thank you again for the extraordinary work we are doing together, and thank you, Mr. President, for your role in the African Union bringing peace and stability and development and opportunity to this great continent. And the United States looks forward to being your partner and friend for many years as you consolidate democracy and demonstrate for the entire world to see what a true democratic society that provides opportunity for its people looks like.

On behalf of my delegation, Mr. President, we are very grateful and proud. (Applause.)

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This afternoon Mme. Secretary arrived  in Cotonou Benin, her last stop on this whirlwind African tour.  It is now past two a.m. there.  We see her with President Boni Yayi.  She was met at the airport by Benin’s Special Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs Miriam Aladji Boni Diallo.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to leave Accra, Ghana, en route to Benin, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to leave Accra, Ghana, en route to Benin, the last stop in Africa, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

From a background briefing by a senior State Department official.

The last stop on the trip will be Benin. Benin has been a model democracy since 1991. Like Ghana, they have had a number of presidents, a number of free, fair, and transparent elections where both presidents have changed and where also parties, political parties, have also changed. They have also been a very strong development partner. They’ve had and just completed a $350 million MCC program. They are eagerly trying to pull together an application for another program.

We’re also going for political reasons. President Yayi is the current president of the African Union. It’s a rotating position. It’s not the chair position, that is a five-year job that Dr. Zuma is taking over; but every year there is a new president of the African Union, and the current president is President Yayi. He is an important intermediary when it comes to working with the African Union on the resolution of issues related to Somalia, Sudan, Mali, and Guinea-Bissau. The relationship there is very good, and they have been very good partners and interlocutors and very good utilizers of our development assistance.

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From a background briefing by a senior State Department official.

Ghana has been a democracy, a multiparty democracy, since 1992. It has had some of the best elections in Africa. There have been changes not only of presidency but also of the political party in power. It probably has one of the best democracies on the continent, and it certainly has one of the most well-known and respected election commissioners on the continent.

Ghana has had a smooth transition since the death of John Atta Mills. The Vice President was sworn in very quickly without any political upheaval or turmoil. The country will have presidential elections in December. We think those elections will be like the last ones, hotly contested between the two leading parties. But we expect those elections will be free, fair, and transparent, and that they will also be peaceful and internationally monitored.

The Secretary will have an opportunity to meet with the new President, President Mahama, at his residence shortly after we arrive in Accra this evening. It’s out of respect and appreciation for the close relationship that President Mahama is doing this. We regard him as a friend of the United States. He is a Muslim in predominantly a Christian country, but the religious relationships between Muslims and Christians across Ghana is very, very good (inaudible).

The Secretary will probably have an opportunity at the funeral to meet with some of the other African heads of state and foreign ministers who are there. We expect at least some dozen or more heads of state from around Africa to attend, and a lot larger number of foreign ministers. It will be a very large occasion.

A quick word, back to Ghana and its economics. They’re one of our leading development partners. They have had a $500 million MCC compact which they’ve completed successfully, focusing on agriculture, water, energy, and infrastructure. And it’s been very well executed. They’re a partner in child survival and health programs which are also running very well. We have a large CDC contingent there working on issues related to HIV and AIDS, and Ghana is a country where the HIV/AIDS level has gone progressively down over the last five years. They’re also one of only two countries in Africa that are participating in a new Partnership for Growth Program.

So they are a key partner. Mills was a very important figure (inaudible). We expect to have an equally strong relationship with his successor, and we look forward to working with whoever is elected in the December elections. Their elections are approximately one month, almost to the day, after ours in the United States.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, introduces Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, and his wife Lordina Mahama, to her staff during a meeting at their residence in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. On Friday Clinton will attend the funeral of Ghana’s late President John Atta Mills, as part of a Presidential Delegation from the United States.


Public Schedule for August 10, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
August 10, 2012



Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Accra, Ghana and Cotonou, Benin. Secretary Clinton is accompanied by Counselor Mills, Assistant Secretary Carson, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs Grant Harris, and VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS. Please click here for more information.

9:45 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the funeral service for the late President of Ghana John Atta Mills, in Accra, Ghana.

12:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Accra, in Accra, Ghana.

3:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with President of Benin Boni Yayi, in Cotonou, Benin.

4:35 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Cotonou, in Cotonou, Benin.

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