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Monday
Apr022012

Aung San Suu Kyi Wins Seat in Burma Elections

US State Dept photo by William Ng(WASHINGTON) -- Once under house arrest for 20 years in Myanmar, pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears ready to take a seat in parliament.

Supporters of Suu Kyi were claiming victory Sunday after historic elections in Myanmar, which the U.S. still calls Burma.

It was a far cry from the last time voters went to the polls. The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner was still confined and her National League for Democracy had boycotted the elections.

What helped prompt this turn of events was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visits to Myanmar last December. It was the first time a U.S. secretary of state had stepped foot in the country in more than half-a-century.

The military has ruled Myanmar with an iron fist for decades but human rights have slowly gotten better since a civilian government with strong ties to the army assumed power in 2010.

Should foreign monitors determine that the election was legitimate and representative of the people's will, international sanctions against Myanmar could be lifted or eased.

Clinton announced last January that full diplomatic ties were being reestablished and the two nations would exchange ambassadors.

The White House issued a statement on the elections:

"We congratulate the people of Burma on their participation in the electoral process, and Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy on their strong showing in the polls.  This election is an important step in Burma’s democratic transformation, and we hope it is an indication that the Government of Burma intends to continue along the path of greater openness, transparency, and reform."

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Friday
Mar302012

US to Give Tunisia $100 Million in Financial Assistance

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State  Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on Thursday that the United States will provide Tunisia with financial assistance to pay their debts.

The U.S. will fund Tunisia $100 million because it owes the World Bank and African Development Bank. Clinton said the assistance will help the North African nation focus on economic development and job growth after more than a year after what was dubbed ‘The Arab Spring” in which Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was removed from power after 23 years in power.

“As Tunisia progresses into the next phase of its historic democratic transition, the United States is working to help accelerate economic growth that benefits all, ensure that democracy delivers for the Tunisian people, and to help Tunisian businesses -- large and small -- become engines of job creation,” said Clinton.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Clinton Urges NATO Unity on Libya, But Divisions Persist

Win McNamee/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- In her remarks on Libya to NATO Thursday, Secretary Clinton told the alliance, “As our mission continues, maintaining our resolve and unity only grows more important. Gadhafi is testing our determination.”
 
Her remarks come as a rift emerges within the alliance, with the U.K. and France, who have led the charge into Libya, urging allies and the U.S. in particular to increase the pace of the mission. While NATO has been able to enforce a no-fly zone, it has not stopped Gadhafi’s forces from laying siege in urban areas like Misurata. In fact, Clinton herself put out a strongly worded statement on her way to Berlin Wednesday in which she detailed the bombardment going on there.
 
Clinton made no public commitment to increase its role and, for now at least, the U.S. seems content supporting the operation it was reluctant to engage in from the start.
 
“We continue to believe that NATO's doing a good job in executing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Thursday.
 
France’s foreign minister said as much after Thursday’s NATO meetings in Berlin.
 
“I think they will continue along the same lines,” Juppe said of the United States, “which is to say punctual interventions when it is necessary and where the means they have are particularly useful.”

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Sec. of State Clinton: Al Jazeera Is 'Real News,' US Losing 'Information War'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear Wednesday that she is worried the United States is losing what she calls the “information war” abroad.

China and Russia, she says, have started English-language networks that push their message overseas and even the Taliban controls the airwaves in Afghanistan.

And in the Arab world? Al Jazeera is king, and Clinton says she can see why.

“Al Jazeera has been the leader in that [they] are literally changing people’s minds and attitudes. And like it or hate it, it is really effective,” she said.

“In fact viewership of al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners,” she added.

Clinton’s State Department has tried to keep up, especially on social media, where this year they have started Tweeting in Arabic, Farsi, and other languages. Secretary Clinton last week held a Web chat with a popular Egyptian site that was able to gather 6,500 questions for her in just two days.

“We are really trying to play in that arena as best we can,” she said.

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