Clinton Releases Cuba Statement

Hillary Rodham ClintonToday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States and Cuba would begin to exchange in normal diplomatic relations and that he would push for further reform of the US-Cuba policy. With the news came the release of prisoners in Cuba and the return of prisoners to Cuba. This included the release of Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned for five years.

While this move has been met with with some criticism, it is something that Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for. In her book, Hard Choices, Clinton called for an updated strategy in regard to Cuba. She released a statement tonight supporting this move stating:

“I am deeply relieved by Alan Gross’s safe return to the United States, and I support President Obama’s decision to change course on Cuba policy, while keeping the focus on our principal objective — supporting the aspirations of the Cuban people for freedom. It is great news that Alan is finally home with his family, where he belongs.

As secretary of state, I pushed for his release, stayed in touch with Alan’s wife, Judy, and their daughters, and called for a new direction in Cuba. Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime’s grip on power.

As I have said, the best way to bring change to Cuba is to expose its people to the values, information, and material comforts of the outside world. The goal of increased U.S. engagement in the days and years ahead should be to encourage real and lasting reforms for the Cuban people. And the other nations of the Americas should join us in this effort.”

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Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted an award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Her acceptance speech touched on the recent police killings, but the focus of her speech was on the Senate’s torture report and the CIA. She denounced the use of torture saying, “Today we can say again in a loud and clear voice, the United States should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.”

Video Source: YouTube

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Data 2X Announcement

Monday, December 15, 2014

GTY 460497958 A CEL POL TIO USA NYHillary Rodham Clinton, along with the Bloomberg Foundation, spoke on behalf of Data 2X, a effort run by the United Nations Foundation. The group’s goal is to fill in the gaps related to available data about women’s issues in the developing world. Data 2X was launched by Clinton when she was Secretary of State, but today’s announcement was adding the partnership of the Clinton Foundation and Bloomberg Foundation. At the event, Clinton said that data is important because it clearly demonstrates failures and progress. She also spoke about how she has been treated at times when discussing women’s issues with US and foreign officials. She said, “You could just see the wheels turning: ‘Oh right, I knew she was going to raise women and girls. I will just smile, it will pass, and then we will talk about really important things.’”

A video from this event will be posted when/if available.

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Meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Monday, December 8, 2014

PX1197762453600710_3132009bHillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today as a part of their short visit to the United States. They met at a reception held at the official residence of the British Consul General, Danny Lopez. A number of wildlife charities were represented at the reception which was co-hosted by the Duke and Duchess’s Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation. Clinton (who recently became a grandmother) and the Duchess (who is five months pregnant) briefly spoke about the importance of child development. The Duke gave a brief speech about the black market for animal hides and ivory saying, “It’s easy to blame others for the problem – demand in South East Asia, not enough protection on the ground, and so on. But, if I may say, we could start with looking closer to home. Our own nations still have thriving black markets in these products, and we have to raise the game at home as well as abroad.”

News and Photo Source: The Telegraph

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Saban Forum at the Brookings Institute

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton made was the features speaker at the Saban Forum at the Brookings Institute. Clinton spoke at length about the relationship between the United States and Israel saying, “forget about the press coverage and look at the close cooperation and what this administration has done with respect to Israel’s security.”

In addition, Clinton spoke about the negotiations between the United States and Iran saying that no deal was better than a bad deal. Iran and the US are working on a deal for Iran’s development of nuclear technology. A video from the full event is included above.

Video Source: YouTube

News Source: Jerusalem Post

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10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women

Thursday, December 4, 2014

-1c6843da61c5505eHillary Rodham Clinton took part in the 10th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women. As the keynote speaker for the luncheon, she spoke about a variety topics and praised voters for requiring employers to offer paid sick leave. Clinton also briefly spoke about the issues of race and justice in wake of the decisions in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Clinton spoke primarily about the advancement of women saying, “Too many women here and around the world still face ceilings that hold them down, that make it harder for them to pursue their own God-given potential.”

A video for this event is not currently available and one will be posted when/if available.

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Georgetown University

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

141203_clinton-391Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at Georgetown University at an event sponsored by Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS); Harvard’s Institute for Inclusive Security; and the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings Initiative. Her speech was entitled “Smart Power: Security Through Inclusive Leadership” and focused on women participating in the peace process throughout the world. The event featured a panel discussion following Clinton’s speech. Also speaking at the event was the Minister of Defense for the Kingdom of Norway Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Clinton spoke about women involved in peace process throughout the world and the diplomatic role many women have taken on. She said, “This is what we call Smart Power, using every possible tool…leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one’s enemies, trying to understand, and insofar as is psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view, helping to define the problems [and] determine a solution, that is what we believe in the 21st century will change the prospect for peace.”

Those taking part in the panel included: Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, special representative to the NATO Secretary General for Women, Peace and Security; Maj. Gen. Adrian Foster, deputy military adviser for the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Akihiko Tanaka, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency; Lt. Gen. Daniel Leaf, director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies; Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (via video); and Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria (via video).

The event was captured live on Ustream and the video is still available by CLICKING HERE.

News Source: Georgetown University

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