7:44 AM, Jan 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton, who was recently released from the hospital, released a statement yesterday ... on Burma.
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of your country as you celebrate your Independence Day on January 4," said Clinton in a written statement. "Together, our two countries have been working on a number of important issues, and we are pleased with the steady process of reform. 2012 saw a number of historic steps forward in the development of our bilateral relationship, including the reestablishment of normal diplomatic relations, and President Obama and I both enjoyed our visit in November of last year. We look forward to continuing to deepen our partnership and cooperation in the years to come. In the spirit of our long lasting friendship, I wish your country continued prosperity and a joyful Independence Day celebration."
Clinton hasn't talked about her recent illness that's put her out of work for almost the last three works. Nor has she talked about what role she might have taken to respond to the terror attack against Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
But she has released a statement on "Haiti's Independence Day," and now she's released one on "Burma's Independence Day."
9:20 AM, Dec 7, 2012 • By ELLEN BORK
Much reporting on Burma reflects the mistaken impression that things have changed dramatically and for good. Yet last Saturday, three activists were arrested in connection with a rally outside the Chinese embassy in Rangoon against a Chinese-sponsored copper mine.
6:34 PM, Nov 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In this footage from CNN, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to fall asleep during President Barack Obama's Burma speech:
8:03 AM, Nov 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama called Burma 'Myanmar' after a bilateral meeting with Thein Sein, the president of that country. From the pool report:
Obama used the word "Myanmar," the preferred terminology of the former military government and currently nominally civilian government, in a spray following the bilat, rather than use "Burma," the former name of the country, and the one preferred by Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the name the U.S. uses.
3:35 PM, Nov 16, 2012 • By ELLEN BORK
President Obama’s trip to Southeast Asia will take him to Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. Relations with Thailand and Cambodia are relatively static, thanks to the former’s historic alliance with the U.S. and despite the latter’s terrible human rights record. Burma, on the other hand, is in the midst of change, with the beginnings of a potential transition to democracy.
10:42 PM, Nov 15, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama heads abroad Saturday for a four-day visit to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. One assumes the president was going to add on to this trip a visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which would certainly be the fitting and proper thing to do.
1:44 PM, Nov 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama will travel to Burma, as well as other countries in Asia, the White House announced.
Insist on democratic reforms.Oct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03 • By ELLEN BORK
A cartoon on the front page of the August 2 Independent, a weekly journal published in Burma’s capital, showed a rider approaching a fortress painted with the stars and stripes of the American flag.
“Please open the door,” the rider says.
“What is the password?” asks a voice from within the fortress.
“Democracy,” says the rider.
“Is that permanent or temporary?” asks America.
Why is the State Department defending Malaysia in the wake of democratic crackdowns? 4:00 PM, Jul 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Secretary Clinton had nothing but glowing remarks for Malaysia’s leadership when she stopped there in November of last year. “We already have a strong partnership based on common values like respect for cultural diversity, pluralism, religious tolerance… We know that Malaysia is a leader in this region…. [and is] increasingly being looked to as both a thought leader and a model globally,” Clinton said at the time.
Embarrassment watch.1:20 PM, Sep 6, 2010 • By KELLEY CURRIE
In its Friday afternoon news dump before Labor Day weekend, the White House announced that President Obama had invited the ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to join him for a summit in New York on September 24. This will be the second U.S.-ASEAN summit, and the first to be held in the U.S.
Engagement isn't working.2:21 PM, Jan 25, 2010 • By KELLEY CURRIE
After the Obama administration announced a new policy of "engagement" with odious military regimes last year, Burma went back to relative obscurity. Engagement yielded the predictable result (nothing), and other issues -- namely various manifestations of uncouth behavior emanating from Beijing - took over as the spangliest thing on the Asian landscape in recent months. But while attention was focused elsewhere, Burma's malignant generals have steadily worked to establish themselves as an ever greater threat to regional peace and stability, and an even heavier blight on the Burmese people.
What the Zimbabwean and Iranian democratic movements have in common2:14 PM, Jan 21, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
After one year in office, the Obama administration's foreign policy has been defined by an odd role reversal. The rogues gallery of the world, from Burma to North Korea to Iran to Russia to China, have been largely embraced by the White House and State Department --while relations with key democratic allies, like Great Britain and the liberated Eastern Bloc, are increasingly strained.
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