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The United States has four coasts subject to the perils presented by climate change: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Arctic. As a nation with land above the Arctic Circle, we belong to the Arctic Council.

When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton participated regularly in Arctic Council summits hosted by a variety of the eight member nations. This was one. I have bolded the list of member states.

Lisa Murkowski  was nice enough to post this picture on her Facebook page along with this comment about an hour ago.

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Heading home from the Arctic Council in Nuuk, Greenland. But wanted to share a picture: with the Ministers of the eight Arctic nations in attendance, as well as Secretary Clinton and Secretary Salazar.

Here is a fact sheet released by the State Department about the Arctic Council meeting results.

Secretary Clinton Signs the Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement with Other Arctic Nations

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 12, 2011

On May 12, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined representatives of the other seven Member States of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, and Sweden) in signing an Agreement on Cooperation on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) in the Arctic (Agreement). The Agreement is the first legally-binding instrument negotiated under the auspices of the Arctic Council. It coordinates life-saving international maritime and aeronautical SAR coverage and response among the Arctic States across an area of about 13 million square miles in the Arctic.

As Arctic sea ice coverage decreases, ship-borne activities are increasing significantly in the Arctic. Flight traffic is also on the rise as new polar aviation routes cross the Arctic air space in several directions. As human presence and activities in the Arctic expand, the potential for accidents increases as well. Limited rescue resources, challenging weather conditions, and the remoteness of the area render SAR operations difficult in the Arctic, making coordination among the Arctic nations imperative. The SAR Agreement will improve search and rescue response in the Arctic by committing all Parties to coordinate appropriate assistance to those in distress and to cooperate with each other in undertaking SAR operations. For each Party, the Agreement defines an area of the Arctic in which it will have lead responsibility in organizing responses to SAR incidents, both large and small. Parties to the Agreement commit to provide SAR assistance regardless of the nationality or status of persons who may need it.

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It is immediately apparent why there is a need for this council. Russia is a player.

After Hillary left the State Department, she launched a series of  speaking engagements. One of these was in Canada.

Speaking to the Montreal Board of Trade last night, Hillary Clinton warned the audience of increased Russian activity in the Arctic and hung responsibility for another Cold War on Vladimir Putin’s doorknob.

As Secretary of State,  Hillary was an active participant in the Arctic Council and repeatedly echoed the message that we are an Arctic nation.  The concerns she voiced in Canada are as much an issue for the U.S. as they are for Canada.

Along with the disquiet she expressed regarding Russia’s activities in the north came further comments about recent activities in Europe.

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In light of the above, this is of some concern or should be to all the member nations including ours.

Russian servicemen of the Northern Fleet’s Arctic mechanised infantry brigade participate in a military drill on riding reindeer and dog sleds near the settlement of Lovozero outside Murmansk, Russia January 23, 2017. Picture taken January 23, 2017. Lev Fedoseyev/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS
By Andrew Osborn | MURMANSK, Russia

The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union’s Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A relic of the Cold War, it is now a museum.

But nearly three decades after the Lenin was taken out of service to be turned into a visitor attraction, Russia is again on the march in the Arctic and building new nuclear icebreakers.

It is part of a push to firm Moscow’s hand in the High North as it vies for dominance with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China.

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Grigory Stratiy, deputy governor of the Murmansk Region, told Reuters there was strong interest in sea route from Asian nations however and that new icebreakers would allow for year-round navigation in the 2020s.

“Whatever the weather, the Northern Sea Route will be needed. Its use will definitely grow,” said Stratiy, who said Russia was keen to attract foreign investment to the Arctic.

When asked about his country’s military build-up, he smiled.

“There’s no reason to be afraid I can reassure you,” he said, saying it was driven only by a need to modernize.

“Russia has never had any aggressive aims and won’t have them. We are very friendly people.”

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Anyone thinking that Putin is playing nice friendly reindeer games up there is, of course, deluded despite the “peaceful and cooperative nature of the Arctic Region” as stated on the State Department page.  We should never trust Putin, as Hillary warned, especially when his military is involved. So this military build up is one thing to watch.

It’s nice to have ice breakers available when you need them, and the Russians were very helpful the time the whales were trapped under the ice as portrayed in that Drew Barrymore movie. Those missile installations, though. No wonder we sent troops to Norway.

The North Sea Route concept, characterized in the article as a mini Suez Canal, is an obvious business venture, but of course the real target is oil. Drilling in the Arctic is an enterprise popular with Republicans.

Lastly, how the hell did “newcomer China” get into this competition? It has no land above the Arctic Circle. Or does it?  Is it building synthetic islands up there, too?

The new administration has a dangerously narrow view of China’s adversarial scope. It goes beyond trans-Pacific trade and artificial islands to expand its continental limit in the South China Sea and East China Sea. China has invested in significant “development” enterprises in Africa centered largely on resource extraction with tandem infrastructure upgrades benefiting their ability to move products for shipment and not benefiting local residents or their farms or businesses in any way. I don’t think I have ever heard Donald Trump say the word “Africa.”  At the very least, China’s presence in the Arctic deserves a question.

As for Russia, and its military push, we always do well to heed the warnings of Hillary Clinton.

 

 

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As the dust settled after last night’s debate and two Hillarys reunited with Sarah on SNL, I realized that there are only 12 days left in the year!

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It is time to take a look back at Hillary’s year.  The countdown continues to New Year’s Eve.

As the new year began, a Quinnipiac poll selected Hillary …

Hillary Clinton: New Yorkers’ Dream Date

January 5, 2015

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Sadly, Mario Cuomo passed away on New Year’s Day.

Bill and Hillary Clinton Attend Funeral for Mario Cuomo

January 6, 2015

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Hillary teamed up with Carole King to raise funds for the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton and Carole King to Team Up for a Fundraiser

January 15, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, greets Senator Dianne Feinstein as singer Carole King, left, at an October fundraiser. Associated Press

She continued her public speaking tour – this time above the border.

Hillary Clinton in Winnipeg

January 21, 2015

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Hillary Clinton in Saskatoon – Not With 65 Secret Service Agents, Though

January 22, 2015

She told this audience that extremism was spreading – long before Donald Trump began his tirades.

Hillary Clinton talked about terrorism, democracy, the importance of early childhood education, but not the Keystone XL pipeline.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away.

President and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

January 23, 2015

So did Ernie Banks.

Tweets from Hillary Clinton: R.I.P. Ernie Banks

January 24, 2015

 

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Hillary asserted that she would testify before Congress.  The testimony was delayed time and again by the Select Committee on Benghazi and did not occur until October – and it was awesome!

Of Course Hillary Clinton Will Testify As Requested!

January 27, 2015

Congressman: Hillary Clinton agrees to testify to House’s Benghazi panel

Washington (CNN)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House’s select committee investigating Benghazi, the panel’s Democratic ranking member told CNN on Tuesday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said that Clinton agreed to testify before the committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in December after her contacted her a months earlier.

… and there were wrongheaded Republican attacks.  Reminder, Hillary worked very well with Sergei Lavrov and they crafted the very crucial New START treaty.

Mitt Romney needs a reality check. What else is new?

January 28, 2015

It was a sad month, with the deaths.   The GOP was gunning for her  Their fear of her never takes a back seat, but neither does Hillary Clinton’s ability to attract a receptive audience.

 

Here are the archives for January 2015 >>>>

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Hillary wrapped up her one-day visit to Canada in Saskatchewan last night.  Here is some local coverage.

 

Extremism spreading, Hillary Clinton tells Saskatoon crowd

Former U.S. secretary of state praises Canadian health care, says she admires Tommy Douglas

CBC News Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM CTLast Updated: Jan 22, 2015 7:12 AM CT

Hillary Clinton talked about terrorism, democracy, the importance of early childhood education, but not the Keystone XL pipeline.

Hillary Clinton talked about terrorism, democracy, the importance of early childhood education, but not the Keystone XL pipeline. (CBC)

Terrorism, democracy, and Saskatchewan’s early leadership role in health care were among the topics covered by Hillary Clinton in Saskatoon Wednesday.

The former U.S. secretary of state did not quite pack the house at TCU Place. But close to 2,000 people streamed in to hear a speech by the woman who is widely expected to make a second bid for the U.S. presidency.

They paid in the range of $84 to $315 for the privilege.

Clinton focused most of her formal address on the topic of Islamic extremism — and how the U.S. and Canada should respond. Coincidentally, it was the same evening that the Amadiyya Muslim Students’ Association was holding a video presentation and discussion at the University of Saskatchewan, on Islamist de-radicalization.

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Here are a few additional photos.

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Finally, to cap off the foray above the border, BIG thanks to Dan Merica and Cassie Spodak at CNN for refuting a ridiculous lie that buzzed around the Hillary-nets this week.  For the record:

No, Hillary Clinton didn’t go to Canada with 65 Secret Service agents

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Hillary was above the border today beginning her Canadian trek in Winnipeg for lunch.  A new Facebook page,  Canadians for Hillary Clinton,  shared this lovely account of the event.

Standing ovations for Clinton from Winnipeg crowd

She opened with a “Peg” joke, gently refused to be drawn into a debate about the Keystone pipeline or her political future and earned two standing ovations from a huge Winnipeg crowd.

In between, likely presidential contender and former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton gave two shout-outs to Manitoba Hydro’s plans to build a new power line to Minnesota and a nod to rookie mayor Brian Bowman, the city’s first Métis mayor. No one in the crowd of nearly 2,000 seemed to mind Clinton pronounced the S on the end of Métis.

Speaking without notes and untethered from the podium, Clinton began by extolling the friendly relationship between Canada and the United States. She said no border is more peaceful and no two countries share more core values.

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Here are some pics.

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Hillary has speaking engagements booked in two Canadian cities next month.

A Conversation with Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3

Global Perspectives – A Conversation with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Join us for a conversation discussing the crisis, choices and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

Luncheon will begin at 1:00p.m.

Register online by clicking below –
or call (204) 944-8484
or email
info@winnipeg-chamber.com

VIP Reception: 12p.m. – 1p.m.
Luncheon 1p.m. – 2:30p.m.

December 01, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address in Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN–(Marketwired – Dec. 1, 2014) – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York will deliver a keynote address at TCU PLACE on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 as part of the “Global Perspectives” series sponsored by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce “CIBC”.

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Special Event: Remarks by Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

October 6, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York will deliver keynote remarks at a special luncheon hosted by Canada 2020 in Ottawa.

Click here for more information on attending this event.

 

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Ottawa Convention Centre, Canada Hall 1 & 2
Luncheon Event, 12:30 to 3:00 PM

After nearly four decades of public service as an advocate for children and families, First Lady, Senator, and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton now helps lead the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. She is also the author of the new book, Hard Choices, which chronicles her efforts to restore America’s leadership after eight years in which it was badly eroded.

Join Canada 2020 for this special luncheon event featuring a keynote address from Secretary Clinton followed bas well as an on-stage Q&A.

For more information on how to attend this event, click here:

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Here are some of the events and appearances on Hillary’s schedule for the coming week.

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Toronto ON
Sheraton Toronto Centre
Hard Choices : A Conversation/Book Promotion

06/16/14
Toronto ON
Indigo Bay & Bloor (Manulife Centre
Book signing

06/16/14
Cambridge MA
Harvard Book Store
Book signing

06/17/14
FOX NEWS
6:45 – 7:15 p.m. EDT
Prime time interview with Greta Van Susteren and Brett Baier

06/17/14
Washington DC
Newseum
CNN Live 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. EDT
Repeats 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT
Live Town Hall

06/18/14
Edmonton AB
Shaw Conference Centre
Keynote: Hard Choices : A Conversation/Book Promotion

06/18/14
Seattle WA
University bookstore
Book signing

06/19/14
Los Angeles CA
The Grove Barnes & Noble
Book signing

06/20/14
Austin TX
Long Center
Hard Choices : A Conversation/Book Promotion Hard Choices

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