"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
Monday, June 27, 2011
FUUO is back! The State Dept on Liberia, blood diamonds, Cameroon and convicted rapists
I have been on leave for the better part of the past few weeks so I havent' posted anything in some time and thought I would kick it off with some links from the State Department Office of Transcripts :).
Africa: Remarks With Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf <http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/06/166873.htm>
Ummm, seriously, these are all the remarks?
Africa: Mozambique Independence Day <http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/06/166884.htm>
Africa: No Consensus at Kimberley Process Intersessional <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/06/166970.htm>
Interesting because I had no clue what the "Kimberley Process" was. Now I do and you can too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley_Process_Certification_Scheme
Africa: Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson to Travel to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/06/166984.htm>
It's notable that he's traveling to Equatorial Guinea given their leader's track record (granted he's headed there for AU summit in Malabo).
Africa: ICTR Judgment Against Former Rwandan Minister of Women's Development <http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/06/167079.htm>