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On the campaign trail, May 2012

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The following is the seventh in a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2012 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after a brief mention of some of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail, the leading candidates for the Americans Elect presidential nomination respond to a major announcement from that organization’s board of directors, two presidential candidates in favor of same-sex marriage react to President Barack Obama’s announcement of support for the practice, and Wikinews interviews the newly-selected Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee.

Summary

May began with the expected withdrawal of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who felt the continuation of his campaign to be fruitless. He endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, whom the press had already designated as the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee. Shortly thereafter, former candidate Rick Santorum also threw his support to Romney. Another former Republican candidate, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, took a different path. He won the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party to continue his campaign into the general election. Congressman Ron Paul remained a candidate in the Republican race, but scaled back his campaign, announcing the suspension of active campaigning while still competing in state conventions to amass delegates.

Heavily circulated publicity photo of prison inmate Keith Russell Judd from March 15, 2008.
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Romney swept the Republican primaries in West Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana, but President Obama had some difficulty in the Democratic primaries in the first two states. 41 percent of Democrats in West Virginia favored prison inmate Keith Russell Judd over the president and 21 percent in North Carolina voted uncommitted over Obama. North Carolina voters also passed an amendment defining marriage as an institution between a man and woman despite vice president Joe Biden’s vocal support for same-sex marriage prior to the vote. Biden’s statement and the North Carolina result prompted Obama to make an announcement. During an ABC News interview with Robin Roberts, Obama explained that his views had “evolved” and that he now supports same-sex marriage. Romney countered, responding that “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”

Obama’s primary difficulties continued later in May, as attorney John Wolfe, Jr. of Tennessee won 42 percent against him in the Arkansas primary, and as a similar margin of voters supported uncommitted over the president in Kentucky. Romney easily won the two states’ Republican contests, but later faced potential troubles of his own. The Washington Post published a lengthy article alleging that Romney bullied a student while in high school. Romney said he did not remember the episode and apologized for the “dumb things” he did in school. Subsequently, the alleged victim’s family disputed the story. Next, the Obama campaign attempted to make an issue of Romney’s venture capital activities as CEO of Bain Capital. Cory Booker, the Democratic Mayor of Newark, criticized this attempt, arguing on Meet the Press that advertisements against the firm left him “uncomfortable.” Booker later clarified that he supported and still intended to help re-elect Obama as president. In what Real Clear Politics described as an attempt to counter the attacks on Bain and highlight high unemployment as an issue, Romney predicted that if elected, unemployment would fall to six percent at the end of his first term. The Obama campaign and supporters said the announcement was nothing new since it simply mirrored the Congressional Budget Office‘s projections for 2016, regardless of who wins the election.

In late May, Romney won the endorsements of former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice’s immediate predecessor, General Colin Powell, who endorsed Obama in 2008, withheld an official endorsement, but like Obama, announced his support for same-sex marriage. In the final primary of the month, both Obama and Romney each handily won their respective party’s contest in Texas. As a result, Romney surpassed the required number of delegates to secure the Republican nomination and Obama faced his last contested primary on the Democratic side. However, the question of whether Obama’s nomination would be unanimous remained unanswered as lawsuits from Judd and Wolfe disputed the party’s decision to not award them delegates for which they qualified in the aforementioned West Virginia and Arkansas primaries.

Americans Elect makes major decision; leading candidates respond

Americans Elect, the non-profit organization that spent an estimated $35 million to attain ballot access in 29 states with hopes of nominating a bipartisan 2012 presidential ticket, decided in May to forego the 2012 presidential race. Via press release, the organization’s board announced that none of its candidates had met the minimum threshold, which required the accumulation of 10,000 pledged supporters for “experienced” candidates, and 50,000 supporters for other candidates, prior to the May 15 deadline. Though this decision drew criticism, the board claimed its actions were to maintain the integrity of the organization’s rules.

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As a result, candidates that actively sought the organization’s nomination including former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, activist Michealene Risley, and economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff were forced to reassess how to continue their campaigns.

Roemer, who led all candidates with 6,293 supporters, called the decision disappointing and commented that “Americans Elect’s procedure was ripe with difficulty related to access, validation and security.” Though he simultaneously sought the Reform Party’s nomination, Roemer ultimately decided that the party’s ballot access in four states was not enough, and suspended his campaign at the end of May.

Anderson, who finished second in supporters with 3,390, referred to the Americans Elect process as “discriminatory”, and announced his support for a movement within the organization, headed by delegate Andrew Evans, attempting to overturn the board’s decision. Meanwhile, Anderson removed all references to Americans Elect from the front page of his campaign website, and has focused his energies on the Justice Party, which he founded last year. It currently has ballot access in Mississippi and Utah. Anderson is also a candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party, which will appear on the California ballot.

Risley, who came in third with 2,351 supporters, argued that “people feel really used and manipulated” by Americans Elect. In a letter to the board, she wrote that the organization “will be stigmatized as the latest example of third party failure”, “Instead of being the prototype for high tech democracy”. Like Anderson, she supports the actions of Evans, and has even opened a petition for it on change.org. Since Risley is not competing for another party’s presidential nomination, this is now the crux of her campaign.

Kotlikoff, who finished fourth with 2,027 supporters, told Wikinews that he felt the Americans Elect board was more interested in attracting “big names” than focusing on the issues. He cited this as “the most disappointing aspect” of the decision, adding that “big names don’t necessarily equate to big ideas or good ideas for moving the country ahead. And all big names start small.” Like Roemer, Kotlikoff had decided to also seek the Reform Party nomination, and following the decision, choose to end his Reform Party bid and his presidential campaign as a whole. He opted instead to promote his “Purple Plan”, which combines elements of Republican and Democratic solutions to resolve political issues.


Two candidates react to President Obama’s same-sex marriage backing

After President Obama announced his personal support of same-sex marriage while maintaining it should be decided on a state-by-state basis, two candidates already supporting marriage equality reacted in two very different ways.

Republican Fred Karger, the first openly gay person to seek a major political party’s presidential nomination, sent an e-mail to supporters praising Obama for the announcement, saying that “he will be a great advocate as we do battle [against marriage definition propositions] in four states this November.” He added, “It’s nice to have another presidential candidate on board for full equality.”

Gary Johnson in December 2011.
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Fred Karger in August 2011.
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Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, had an opposite interpretation of Obama’s announcement. He commented, “while I commend [Obama] for supporting the concept of gay marriage equality, I am profoundly disappointed in the President.” “Instead of insisting on equality as a U.S. Constitutional guarantee, the President has thrown this question back to the states.” Johnson speculated that Obama cared more about not alienating voters in the swing states of Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia, than supporting change on a federal level.

When approached with this view, Karger argued, “sure, [I] would rather [Obama] came out for a federal marriage solution…[but]” “just his coming out for marriage equality is the key.” Karger maintained that the issue would ultimately be decided in the courts rather than in Congress.

Karger is currently campaigning as an alternative to Mitt Romney in California ahead of that state’s June 5 GOP primary, while Johnson, whom Karger has described as a friend, is hoping to achieve ballot access in all 50 states to challenge President Obama and the Republican nominee in the general election.

The Libertarian Party’s newly-christened VP nominee discusses his role

After the Libertarian Party nominated former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson for president at May’s Libertarian National Convention, upon Johnson’s request, the party selected Judge Jim Gray of California for Vice President to complete the ticket.

Gray has worked as a judge since 1983 when Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to the Santa Ana Municipal Court in Orange County, California. Six years later he was appointed to the Superior Court of Orange County. His work in court earned him two “Judge of the Year” awards: first in 1992 from the Business Litigation Section of the Orange County Bar Association, and then in 1995 from the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Judge Jim Gray.
Image: Jim Gray.

In addition to his work as a jurist, Gray has been involved in Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and has advocated against the federal government’s prosecution of the War on Drugs. Moreover, Gray’s vice presidential campaign is not his first experience in politics. He ran for U.S. Congress as a Republican in 1998, and was the Libertarian Party’s 2004 nominee for U.S. Senate in California.

Johnson described him as “not only a highly-respected jurist, but he is also a proven leader on issues of concern to Americans – from drug policy to civil liberties to ethics. I am proud he is joining me to offer America a real choice in this election, and excited that his forceful and extremely credible voice will be a vital part of our campaign. Judge Gray is a reformer with the track record and credentials to prove it”.

Gray reserved some time to speak with Wikinews about his role as the Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, what he adds to the Johnson ticket, and what Johnson-Gray can do to better than the 0.4 percent former Congressman Bob Barr and businessman Wayne Allyn Root won as the 2008 representatives of the Libertarian Party.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are your responsibilities as the Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee?

Judge Gray: As the Vice Presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party, I am a team member under the leadership of our Presidential nominee, Governor Gary Johnson, as we campaign to restore Prosperity, Equal Opportunity and Liberty to the United States of America.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.pngHow do you complement Gary Johnson on the ticket?

Judge Gray: It is amazing. In 2010 I wrote a book entitled A Voter’s Handbook: Effective Solutions to America’s Problems (The Forum Press, 2010), which I never considered using in a political campaign. However, in looking at my documented views of our problems and solutions, they are almost completely consistent with those of Governor Johnson. But my background as a federal prosecutor, Navy JAG attorney, trial court judge and former Peace Corps Volunteer is quite different from Governor Johnson’s. Therefore I bring a balance and perspective to the ticket that no other vice presidential candidate will likely have.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSSWikinews waves Right.pngHow do you plan to achieve more electoral success than the 2008 Barr-Root campaign?

Judge Gray: Candidly, our strategy is to be polling at 15 percent or above at the end of this coming September. This will qualify us to be in the national presidential and vice presidential debates. If that occurs, all of the common wisdom will change. And during the convention … in Nevada Governor Johnson was polling at 7 percent. Now he is polling at 8 percent. I deeply believe that when the American people see and understand what Governor Johnson and I not only stand for, but what he has actually done while a sitting two-term governor for eight years, they will rally in droves to our campaign, because they will see the truth that the Republican and the Democratic candidates are almost parallel in the important issues which have led us into financial ruin and despair, and Governor Johnson stands out in front for positive change.



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January 7, 2009

Wikinews Shorts: January 7, 2009

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A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

Strike on UN school in Gaza kills 40

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Palestinian medical officials report that a United Nations school in Gaza City, which was being used as a shelter for civilians, took a direct hit from an Israeli tank, killing more than 30 Palestinians on the 11th day of the assault. Israeli officials have stated that rocket fire had emerged from within the school. Doctors of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Jabaliya report that an additional 10 people died at the hospital and they expect an increase in the casualties as more people may be on the way to the hospital.

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US Government calls for Gaza ceasefire

Secretary Rice, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007

Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice is due at a United Nations Security Council meeting to help bring an end to the Israeli assault. United States Government officials say that they would like an immediate and stable ceasefire.

“We would like an immediate ceasefire, absolutely… An immediate ceasefire that is durable, sustainable and not time-limited,” said Assistant Secretary of State Sean McCormack.

The Israeli Government, however, does not find the “international pressure” high enough to call a ceasefire. Reports also say that European Union has given a tacit green light to the Israeli assault, because they failed to come against it.

As of today, the total death toll has increased to 600 Palestinians (100 of which are civilians), and 2,700 are wounded.

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Natural gas crisis hits Austria and Turkey on its 6th day

Primary Russian gas pipelines to Europe.

It has been six days since Russia halted the natural gas flow to Ukraine, and therefore to subsequent countries such as Bulgaria, Austria, Turkey, Poland, Romania and Hungary. The Russian natural gas pipeline is the primary source of natural gas for some countries such as Ukraine, Austria and Turkey.

Ukraine is currently in negotiations with Russia in order to restart the gas flow, however Russia has increased the prices from US$179.50 per 1,000 cubic meters to $250 per 1,000 cubic meters for Ukraine.

Austrian Government officials are planning a meeting due to the 90% decrease in natural gas flow coming from Russia. OMV AG reports that Austria has a three-month natural gas reserve which would allow them to get by the winter of 2009. Currently, 51% of Austria’s natural gas comes from Russia and only 18% of their natural gas is produced locally.

The Turkish Government says that Turkey is more time-limited in this crisis, since they only have 5 days of natural gas reserve left. However in this situation, Iran has stated that they will increase gas flow to Turkey.

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November 21, 2008

NY Times says Hillary Clinton accepts US Secretary of State position

NY Times says Hillary Clinton accepts US Secretary of State position

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The New York Times has stated that Hillary Clinton has accepted the position of the United States Secretary of State. In order to accept the position, she has to step down as the current junior senator of New York.

The Times quotes two unnamed Clinton campaign “confidants” who say that she is “ready” to take the position. Clinton would be the third woman in U.S. history to get the position. The other two were Madeline Albright and Condoleezza Rice.

Earlier campaign officials for U.S. president-elect Barack Obama said that Clinton would not be offered or accept the position until after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Clinton aides reportedly tell the BBC that the reports are premature.

“We’re still in discussions, which are very much on track. Any reports beyond that are premature,” said one of Clinton’s senior advisers, Philippe Reines.

“This is a bold choice for the President-elect known as ‘No Drama Obama’. It is a high stakes gamble, subject to how this nomination is received, which will either be a ‘sheer stroke of genius’ or his ‘first big blunder’,” said Jon-Christopher Bua, a political analyst to Sky News.

“Judged solely on her own merits, Hillary is clearly an exceptionally bright and qualified candidate ready and able to take on this challenge,” Bua added. “And she will now be working for the man who defeated her in a rather bitter contest to be the Democratic candidate.”



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October 15, 2008

Secret memos reveal Bush administration endorsed torture

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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Classified memos have revealed that the Bush administration knowingly endorsed waterboarding and other torture methods for use against terrorist suspects.

The memos were issued to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 as classified documents in response to the department’s former director George Tenet‘s request for White House approval. The administration responded to the concerns with explicit approval.

“The CIA believed then, and now, that the program was useful and helped save lives,” commented a former CIA official, explaining the memos. “But in the agency’s view, it was like this: ‘We don’t want to continue unless you tell us in writing that it’s not only legal but is the policy of the administration'”.

In private meetings led by then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, top administration officials Vice President Cheney, Attorney General Ashcroft and several former members of the administration discussed the endorsement of the programs. No one at the meetings had questioned the methods because the CIA had them “boxed in”, a former official noted. “They were saying, ‘It’s the only way to get the information we needed, and — by the way — we think there’s another attack coming up”.

Another official, however, called the idea that the CIA had coerced the Bush administration into approving the torture methods “ridiculous”. The CIA, he said, understood the methods were “controversial and would be widely criticized if it became public”.

Tenet said that in a 2001 meeting with top administration officials, Rice had warned those attending of an impending attack by a top Al-Qaeda suspect, Abu Zubaydah.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Ron Suskind reported that Bush had become ‘obsessed’ with Abu Zubaydah and “fixated on how to get Zubaydah to tell [him] the truth”. Bush had asked a CIA staffer if the methods really worked.

Ashcroft had commented during the meetings that “history will not judge us kindly”. Last month, Rice stated that there was concern over the legality of the program and that she was investigating if any laws had been broken.

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Secret memos reveal Bush administration endorsed enhanced interrogation techniques

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Classified memos have revealed that the Bush administration knowingly endorsed enhanced interrogation techniques including waterboarding and other methods, that critics call torture, for use against terror suspects.

The memos were issued to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 as classified documents in response to the department’s former director George Tenet’s request for White House approval. The administration responded to the concerns with explicit approval.

“The CIA believed then, and now, that the program was useful and helped save lives,” commented a former CIA official, explaining the memos. “But in the agency’s view, it was like this: ‘We don’t want to continue unless you tell us in writing that it’s not only legal but is the policy of the administration’.”

In private meetings led by then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, top administration officials Vice President Cheney, Attorney General Ashcroft and several former members of the administration discussed the endorsement of the programs. No one at the meetings had questioned the methods because the CIA had them “boxed in”, a former official noted. “They were saying, ‘It’s the only way to get the information we needed, and — by the way — we think there’s another attack coming up”.”

Another official, however, called the idea that the CIA had coerced the Bush administration into approving the torture methods “ridiculous”. The CIA, he said, understood the methods were “controversial and would be widely criticized if it became public”.

Tenet said that in a 2001 meeting with top administration officials, Rice had warned those attending of an impending attack by a top Al-Qaeda suspect, Abu Zubaydah.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Ron Suskind reported that Bush had become ‘obsessed’ with Abu Zubaydah and “fixated on how to get Zubaydah to tell [him] the truth”. Bush had asked a CIA staffer if the methods really worked.

Ashcroft had commented during the meetings that “history will not judge us kindly”. Last month, Rice stated that there was concern over the legality of the program and that she was investigating if any laws had been broken.

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August 22, 2008

United States and Iraq finalize agreement to have troops out of Iraq by 2011

United States and Iraq finalize agreement to have troops out of Iraq by 2011

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On Friday, an agreement was reached stating that the all of the United States (US) armed forces currently stationed in Iraq would be pulled out by 2011. Mohammed al-Haj Hamoud, the deputy foreign minister of Iraq, stated that the deal has to be signed by both the Iraqi and US governments.

The agreement, which has 27 points, states that all US troops will be out of Iraqi cities by June 2009, and that the forces would be out of Iraq entirely by December 31, 2011. Hamoud stated that the 2011 final withdrawal was still somewhat variable. “There is a provision that says the withdrawal could be done even before 2011 or extended beyond 2011 depending on the [security] situation,” said Hamoud. In addition, Hamoud said that some US units might stay past the 2011 final withdrawal date to “to train Iraqi security forces.”

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Hamoud stated that “both the parties have agreed on this…The negotiators’ job is done. Now it is up to the leaders.” The agreement, according to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who arrived in Iraq on Thursday, is a “very good agreement.”

Following Rice’s arrival in Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, the Foreign Minister of Iraq, said that “we are very close, we have a text, but not the final agreement. Everything has been addressed.”

President George W. Bush is reportedly in support of the agreement, according to US and Iraqi officials. The deal just needs the support of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other members of the Iraqi government, before it appears before the Council of Representatives of Iraq after they reconvene on September 9.

Moqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Shi’a cleric, has been a strong protester of the deal. In the city of Kufa on Friday, one of his supporters stated that “the suspicious agreement means eternal bondage. It violates the Iraqi constitution.”

Around 147,000 US troops are on the ground in Iraq at this time. The Iraq War, has been ongoing since March 20, 2003. In the early part of 2007, the US initiated a troop surge into Iraq, which sent a additional 5 US brigades into Iraq, as well as extending the stay of 4,000 Marines already stationed there.



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May 11, 2008

Fighting continues in Tripoli, Lebanon

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Over thirty people have died as a result of several days of fighting in Lebanon, with the latest violence having occurred in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. The violence is the result of conflict between Hezbollah and supporters of the Lebanese government. Over the past four days, there has also been violence in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, although most of the violence has now left that city. A BBC reporter noted that machine guns and rocket propelled grenades were being used.

A US government spokesperson discussing the situation in Lebanon on Friday

Approximately 7000 people have now evacuated from the scene of the violence, although the level of violence has decreased after the Lebanese government announced that it would retract two decisions which have proven to be controversial with supporters of Hezbollah.

According to The New York Times, Hezbollah currently has control of a large amount of Beirut. A TV station that supported the Lebanese government is no longer broadcasting as a result of these recent incidents.

The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice commented on these latest incidents. She said that she was “deeply concerned” by the current situation in Lebanon. She also stated that, in her opinion, Hezbollah should stop “undermining the legitimate authority of the Lebanese government.”

The Washington Post also reported on the incident. It reported that the Lebanese government was struggling to bring an end to the violence.

In addition to the 36 deaths from the violence, over ten dozen people have been wounded, some seriously, by the attacks.

On Friday, a US government spokesperson discussed the ongoing situation. He said:

Cquote1.svg The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Lebanon. We condemn the use of force by illegitimate armed groups and call upon all parties to respect the rule of law. Backed by Syria and Iran, Hezbollah and its allies are killing and injuring fellow citizens, undermining the legitimate authority of the Lebanese Government and the institutions of the Lebanese state. Seeking to protect their state within a state, Hezbollah has exploited its allies and demonstrated its contempt for its fellow Lebanese. No one has the right to deprive Lebanese citizens of their political and economic freedom, their right to move freely within their country, or their sense of safety and security. Cquote2.svg

Prime Minster of Lebanon Fouad Siniora also commented on the incidents. He demanded that Hezbollah “remove its fighters from the streets… and respect government institutions.”



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April 20, 2008

Condoleezza Rice in Iraq for surprise visit

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Miss Rice will meet with Gulf nations in Kuwait on Tuesday where she will push for more support for Iraq

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Baghdad’s Green Zone for a previously unannounced visit to Iraq.

Yesterday Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened an “open war” against the current Iraqi government unless they stopped their operations against his Mahdi Army. In response to this, a US-Iraqi coalition clashed with his forces in Baghdad and to the south. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has also threatened to ban al-Sadr and his supporters from political life if they continue to use militias.

Miss Rice hopes to see more reconciliation of the various factions in Iraq. She praised al-Maliki’s work, saying that she has seen a “coalescing of a centre in Iraqi politics”.

The primary purpose of Rice’s visit is to attend conferences in Gulf states. She called on these states to offer diplomacy and debt relief to Iraq earlier today. “The neighbours could do more to live up to their obligations because I do believe the Iraqis are beginning to live up to theirs,” she told reporters on her plane.

On Tuesday she is attending a meeting in Kuwait which will have representation from Iraq’s bordering nations in which she is expected to push for further aid for Iraq.



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April 18, 2008

Putin orders Russian government to normalize relations with Georgia

Putin orders Russian government to normalize relations with Georgia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed government officials to normalize relations with neighboring Georgia, two days after Russia’s decision to establish ties with the separatist Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

According to the Russian foreign ministry, Putin ordered authorities to hold talks with Georgia aimed at lifting bans on Georgian imports of wine and mineral water, which were banned in 2006. He also ordered the renewal of postal ties with Georgia and an end to visa restrictions. These sanctions were also imposed on Georgia in 2006, after Georgia arrested four Russian servicemen on charges of spying.

“The federal authorities have been assigned to take steps to lift the remaining visa restrictions for Georgian nationals, to speed up the restoration of border crossing at Verkhniy Larc, and to begin bilateral consultations at the experts’ level on the issues of access for Georgian goods on the Russian market,” said Mikhail Kaminin, a spokesman for Russia’s foreign ministry.

Putin’s attempt at normalizing relations with Georgia came two days after he announced Russia’s intent to strengthen ties with the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which are recognized by most countries as part of Georgia. Russia’s decision alarmed Georgia, who called it an attempt to annex the regions.

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—Giorgi Baramidze, Vice-Prime Minister of Georgia

At a meeting with European Union and NATO officials in Brussels, Georgian Vice-Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze said Russia had “crossed the red line” with their decision. “We request the international community’s support in order not to let Russia legalize the de facto annexation of these territories,” he said.

Russia hopes the efforts to lift sanctions on Georgia will improve relations between the two countries. “We hope that our actions in this direction will be received properly by the leadership of Georgia, from which we expect positive steps in response,” the foreign ministry said.

But some Georgian officials are already having doubts regarding the sincerity of Russia’s actions. “Russia is trying to create the illusion of a mood of cooperation with Georgia,” said Georgian foreign minister David Bakradze. “We are sure that this attempt by the Russian authorities will not lead to the fooling of our American and European friends.”

The European Union has urged Russia not to establish ties with the separatist regions and asked both countries to “refrain from any actions that could lead towards the escalation of the situation in the region”. United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also criticized Russia’s decision. She called her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to express her concern. “We are very concerned at the steps that have been taken and we have made our views known,” Rice told reporters.



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March 21, 2008

Major US presidential candidates have passport files breached

Major US presidential candidates have passport files breached

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Condoleezza Rice.

Just hours after firing two contract employees and disciplining a third for inappropriately examining the passport file of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Sen. Hillary Clinton that her passport file was also breached in 2007. Sen. John McCain, the Republican candidate for president, also had his file breached — this time by one of the same individuals who had examined Obama’s records.

Both Clinton and McCain were informed that their files were improperly accessed, according to their Senate offices, after Rice called to apologize to Barack Obama for the incident hours before.

“I told him I was sorry and I told him that I myself would be very disturbed if anyone had looked at my passport file and that, therefore, I will stay on top of this,” Rice said. “We are going to do an investigation through the inspector general. None of us want us to have a situation where any American’s passport file is accessed in an unauthorized way.”

According to Assistant Secretary of State, Sean McCormack, at least one breach occurred during a training session, with a contract employee brought in to deal with a large backlog of passport applications.

“We do feel that the system worked, but the system isn’t perfect,” McCormack said.

Obama’s response to the incident was “One of the things that the American people count on in their interactions with any level of government is that if they have to disclose personal information, then it is going to stay personal and stay private.” He also told reporters he expects a full and thorough congressional investigation.

McCain, who was in France after recently traveling to Iraq responded to the incident stating, “The United States of America values everyone’s privacy and corrective action should be taken.”



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