“Kurt Campbell has been the day-to-day manager of US relations with New Zealand and with our Pacific neighbours. He has brought huge energy and skill to this role, and has played an indispensable role in the many positive developments in the NZ/US relationship on Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s watch.
–NZ’s Murray McCully gives HRC a shout out as Clinton becomes a private citizen again after the longest time where her leadership term in the tense GFC years felt like… well… two terms. An amazing American woman.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.2.13~
“She’s revered and admired as her own person,” said Lissa Muscatine, Hillary Clinton‘s longtime adviser. At a meeting Thursday in Dublin, Hillary Rodham Clinton repeatedly insisted that she will not run for president again, has not quieted speculation about it in 2016.
–Jodi Kantor of The New York Times zooms in.
I have said on this website that Obama is the US President, yet Hillary due to her ability to travel the world and her own long standing record in politics, is like the USA’s version of the President of the World in a sense. Clinton is a recognizable face outside of the USA in that capacity. Whatever she decides, I hope she still gets her dance on! :)
And is Chelsea Clinton readying to step it up? Emerging America is young. Chelsea stepping into politics, if she chose that, wouldn’t hurt the USA’s future leadership plans either.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.12.12~
AFTER THAILAND, BARACK OBAMA ARRIVES IN BURMA ON HUMAN RIGHTS REFORM FLYING VISIT – ASEAN SUMMIT & CAMBODIA NEXT
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama arrive in Burma/ Myanmar. Photo credit: Reuters via iTV.
Foreign Affairs/ Politics: U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Burma, becoming the first American sitting president to visit the Southeast Asian country.
A chat with Burmese President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi are on Barack’s to do list.
President Obama has said his trip to Burma does not represent an endorsement of the government, but is rather an acknowledgement of the political reform process under way in the country. Barack wants to encourage reform.
Humorously, USA’s 44th President said: “But I do not think anybody is under any illusion that Burma has arrived, that they are where they need to be. On the other hand if we waited to engage until they had achieved a perfect democracy, my suspicion is we would be waiting an awful long time.” Obama hopes to accelerate the reform steps process.
The trip is an effort to show the USA’s agenda to reach out to Asia more as he tries to fulfill his pledge to strengthen the U.S. economy during his second four-year term in office. US foreign policy and engagement will “pivot” toward Asia in the future.
Human rights groups say Burma is “not free”. Basic freedoms need to be restored.
Barack is also participating in the ASEAN leaders meet and greet in Cambodia, another destination where he is expected to raise concerns about long-standing human-rights problems. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Obama wants to remind to “hold free and fair elections and end land seizures.”
Mr. Obama spoke in Bangkok during a news conference with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Sunday. Thailand was the first stop on a three-nation Asian visit in his first overseas trip since winning re-election nearly two weeks ago.
“We are confident that this support will continue through the difficult years that lie ahead. The most difficult time in any transition is when you think that success is in sight. We have to be very careful that we’re not lured by a mirage of success,” once political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi said. The former prisoner added, that she was “very encouraging” of Obama’s visit.
Obama said: “Instead of being stifled, the veil of media censorship must continue to be lifted. As you take these steps, you can draw on your progress. [Reforms in] “Myanmar” could unleash “the incredible potential of this beautiful country.”
China has been hogging Myanmar’s natural resources hard out, so Mayanmar is looking to develop new trading partner’s to get a better deal from what they have. In addition the 110,000 Rohingya Muslim population in the Rakhine district of Myanmar are extremely persecuted by a Bhudist majority population. Human rights breaches need addressing for this people group. Political prisoners are also being held captive unjustly too.
In Thailand Obama had said of Myanmar’s nascent economy’s prospects, “I’m not somebody who thinks that the United States should stand on the sidelines and not want to get its hands dirty when there’s an opportunity for us to encourage the better impulses inside a country,” Obama said during a news conference with Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra.
Obama began his Asian tour on a steamy day in Bangkok with a visit to the Wat Pho Royal Monastery. In stocking feet, the president and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walked around a golden statue of a sitting Buddha. The complex is a sprawling display of buildings with colorful spires, gardens and waterfalls.
Obama then paid a courtesy call to the ailing, 84-year-old U.S.-born King Bhumibol Adulyadej in his hospital quarters. The king, the longest serving living monarch, was born in Cambridge, Mass., and studied in Europe.
The president also prepared to give a speech at Rangoon University, the center of the country’s struggle for independence against Britain and the launching point for many pro-democracy protests. The former military junta shut the dormitories in the 1990s fearing further unrest and forced most students to attend classes on satellite campuses on the outskirts of town.
News feed: Pippa Wetzell TVNZ. News Source: VOA.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.11.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten are:
2. Tie A: Dwayne Johnson actor
2. Tie B: Teen golfer Lydia Ko
6. Tie A: Lisa Carrington
6. Tie B: Slash
10. Tie B: Adam Levine
Guest commentary: Tariana Turia archives
Guest ink: Paul Ryan tattoo humor
Trade Agreements Stance Watch: Australia flagging TPP trading agreements current form
Music: Ardijah singing the Prince Tui Teka South Pacific classic tune, E I Po.Love it!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.9.12~
JOURNALIST BARBARA DREAVER & US SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON TURN ON A NEWS SHOW, SOUTH PACIFIC 1st SEPTEMBER 2012
Barbara Dreaver is a journalist who works all year round in often sweltering tropical heat to report on breaking news stories in the South Pacific region. A mediator of Pacific Peoples realities in her news coverage, Dreaver is a gem.
U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton is a leader the world respects for her experience, wisdom, servant hearted ability to travel the globe and apply the long hours to making a difference in the world. Clinton represents with a spirit of wisdom based on empathy, a skilled team that keeps her up to speed with accurate facts processing. Combined with a honed sense of fair, she is America’s best on display in a foreign ambassador’s role. Love her!
I also appreciated what Vice Foreign Minister of China Cui Tiankai had to say, when he refuted the scare mongering talk of China wanting more influence than America can negotiate with the South Pacific in equal trade deal partnerships.
Tiankai said “China is interested in sustainable development of countries in the South Pacific region.” He also confirmed China has no “military designs for Fiji” thus assuaging the rumor mill that has dominated much of talks in Rarotonga this August 2012′s Pacific Forum.
Back to the ladies, in the news story of the evening that celebrates two hard working women, who slog it out all year round that we must doff our hats to.
So, what does happens when you combine Dreaver and Clinton together in one press conference? Magic in Rarotonga on the South Pacific’s sustainable and secure future. Greg Boyed and Bernadine Oliver Kirby present Dreaver’s story. Watch. :)
For contrast too, ABC Net Australia also has audio of Clinton’s words.
Photo 3: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, waves with Cook Island’s PM Henry Puna, New Zealand’s PM John Key and other Pacific Forum leaders while posing for the group photo during the Pacific Island Forum Post-Forum Dialogue in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo: Jim Watson, Pool / AP: Stamford Advocate.
In reality in order for the South Pacific to win. It needs a blend of China, Japan, USA, Russian investment, maybe even UK-Germany too and even Saudi Arabia as well. If those six strands of direct foreign investment were seen more of in the South Pacific, we’d be rocking! :)
[Thanks for the news. Go ladies & Pacific Forum ambassadors of the world! Woot!].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.9.12~
In Foreign Affairs Cross Cultural Dance News:
Hillary Clinton lets loose in South Africa - During the secretary of state’s latest trip she danced the night away at a dinner in Johannesburg. NBC’s Brian Williams reports. I love the Chinese silk jacket in South Africa as Hillary gets her bump and grind moves on.
[Empowered: Earlier in the day, Clinton appeared with Nkoana-Mashabane (right) and said that American efforts in South Africa have helped save hundreds of thousands of lives--UK Daily Mail].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.8.12~
Getting her groove on in Colombia meant having a beer and hitting the club. This was what Hillary Clinton opted to do, when visiting Colombia recently.
The Daily Beast put it this way:
“Hillary Clinton knows how to let her hair down—scrunchie or no scrunchie. The secretary of state cut loose at a bar in Colombia on Saturday night following meetings for the Summit of the Americas, which was due to wrap up Sunday. USA‘s Secretary of State was photographed dancing and sipping beer at Café Havana in Cartagena. Hillary has been quite the 21st Century woman this week after it was revealed she partook in the satirical site, Texts from Hillary, by submitting her own texts.”
A no glass needed girl, Clinton drinks directly from the bottle.
[Photo - Getty Images].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.4.12~
Hilary Clinton is one of the hardest working politicians in the game.
Newsweek honors her role in the world in this special issue.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.5.11~
Hillary Clinton is in the hot seat, as all eyes turned to Mrs Clinton, to quiz her about any future plans to run for the Presidency in America’s future, 2012 or 2016.
This report via The Los Angeles Times an hour ago, that came from Chicago Tribune Mobile News, as originally sourced via the Canadian-Kiwi owned TV3 News, Christchurch New Zealand, according to Newsroom America.Com.
Highlights are: On does she believe the US is ready for a woman President: “Well, I hope so,” she said. “Not me, but it will be someone.”
On travel being politically refreshing: “It is nice coming to countries that have already proven that they can elect a woman to the highest governing positions that they have in their systems.”
On the fickle nature of politics for a president at midterm: “Well, of course, we have a historical pattern of this happening, that the party of the president loses seats in the first midterm election… That doesn’t make it any easier and it’s deeply saddening to see good people lose their congressional seats… Certainly I know that, as the president said in his press conference, he’s going to work hard the next two years to build a strong relationship with the Congress, with the new leaders to get things done for our country.”
On affirming President Obama’s Role to Date: “[The President has made] essential [decisions] for the well-being of the American people, even though they “may not have been popular… These things take a while for people to feel them, and I think the president recognizes that we’re just all going to have to redouble our efforts,” she said.
My commentary follows: (more…)
America Today – looks like this, from the front page of the Los Angeles Times – Entertainment Capitol of the World.
The LA Times, paints a picture of A Pontificating American King – in President Barack Obama.
Where did I/We/ Whatevz “f*ck up” – is not a good look, especially for a man whose in the hot throne seat, a burning throne he inherited, only two years ago.
This man needs our support not our lynching tendencies. Lynch pin politics are found in New Zealand. A problem solving nation, we always like to help. Soultions are us. Encouragement is Key. Go Obama! Rock it out brotha. Nothing to lose.
If you want to know what NZ thinks about this, check out this post, for one answer. I like the proven source, where it comes from.
In New Zealand we share everything with our brown people – that way, we don’t get shellacked.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
There’s something about Hekia Parata. Her smile. Vote: Hekia Parata for Mana.
Caption: “Enjoying time with Secretary Clinton – who had just wished me well with my election campaign!” Cute.
Well that’s just spiffingly Stellar, ladies, isn’t it? What an image. Go girls!!!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~
WELLINGTON:— ‘Wearing the colors of black over dark chocolate brown, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in the green paradise nation of New Zealand. In this picture Clinton looks as if she is greeted by a friendly hobbit in a suit and tie.
Mrs Clinton’s blue and white Boeing 757 landed at Wellington’s military terminal just after 6am where Mrs Clinton was greeted by a welcoming party including US ambassador David Huebner, foreign affairs minister Murray McCully and Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
Mrs Clinton’s visit aims to move the bilateral relationship between the USA and New Zealand beyond a row over nuclear weapons dating back 24 years. On her agenda today is a meeting with Prime Minister John Key and Mr McCully. After the talks, the parties will sign the Wellington Declaration, a document that outlines a new partnership between New Zealand and the United States.
The agreement, can be read like the rules of dating again, between the two nations. (more…)
[Jet setter Prime Minister John Key has had a relatively busy last two weeks]
This report on what’s happening in the American economy via John Key of New Zealand. A Radio NZ report comments that:
‘Analysts are sure the US Federal Reserve will announce plans this week to inject up to $US2 trillion into the economy.’
Mr Key is quoted as saying: ‘The weak American economy and action taken there to print money and devalue the dollar is having an impact on the NZ dollar. He says it is a problem facing many other countries too.’
‘Latest figures also show US consumption and economic activity remained sluggish in the September quarter.
BNZ currency strategist Mike Jones says the New Zealand dollar is likely to remain in demand among currency investors because the Reserve Bank signalled interest rates will rise some time in the future.’
All I can say is “darn. War is expensive.”
[John Key and Hilary Clinton, APEC picture]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.31.10~
JAKEY DAVIS MEETS JOHN KEY AND HILARY CLINTON, SIR GEOFFERY PALMER, MANMOHAN SINGH, PHIL HEATLEY, WEN JIABO NEWS, APEC 2010
(Picture: PERSONAL PM: Former teen parent student Danielle Logan, left, tells Prime Minister John Key about currently studying at teacher’s college and presents him with an edible bouquet grown at He Kaakano childcare unit. Sharon Davis (The Maori Rose of Sharon) and politician Phil Heatley watch their exchange and banter, Whangarei City, Te Tai Tokerau, Northland, New Zealand).
At the moment New Zealand’s Prime Minister has met with key global leaders at the APEC Summit in Vietnam this year. But before the PM of New Zealand jetted out for the global summit, Mr Key took some time out of his schedule to meet some incredible people of He Mataariki School in Whangarei City, Northland, New Zealand. They are remarkable, being commented on today for their passion for education, children’s value and place in the world, women’s achievement and collective community leadership from Hollywood.
The school works with teen parent moms and their children. If you live in America you will know that teen parent moms are on tabloids spotted at supermarket check out aisles in the US. They are big news.
[This photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton left, talks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during the ASEAN summit on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Image via AP via India Times]
Jake Davis, my youngest nephew, got to the meet the PM with the turning of the first sod for a $1.4m development of the teen parent unit and associated childcare centre He Kaakano that He Mataariki have championed being built. Here’s news snippets of Mr Key’s visit:
[This photo: Jake Davis meets John Key]
“At He Mataariki Teen Parent School, John Key even insisted one pregnant girl call her baby John despite the fact it’s going to be a girl.”
“He also told a three-year-old girl his cat’s name is Moonbeam Smoky Fluffy-Pea.”
“Mr Key was escorted by Whangarei Member of Parliament Phil Heatley who says he knows what the demands are on the prime minister’s time. Mr Heatley says it is extraordinary Mr Key chose to visit He Mataariki for a second time – he visited the unit once when he was leader of the opposition.
But Mr Heatley says it was good to have him back to seal the deal for the upgrade. “Once a prime minister opens it there’s no turning back.”
Jake Davis‘ mother Sharon Davis (known as the Maori Rose of Sharon in Hollywood), who was born in Tonga, raised later in Fiji and returned to New Zealand when she was her son Jake’s age; has a rather cute story about Mr Key meeting young Jake.
She writes: “Today the Prime Minister came to turn the first sod of grass, in preparation for the building of a new teen parent school. The little helper chosen to help him turn the sod was Te Raukura (the two year old child of a teen parent). She didn’t want to do the deed, so he grabbed the hand of a little 4 year old boy.
That little 4 year old boy was Jake. Our Jakey (our little Maori prince’s family name of endearment, although he’s almost growing out of that now) turned the first sod of earth over for the new teen parent school with the PM.
[This photo: John Key and Jake Davis, 4, discover an earthworm, while Te Raukura 2, watches on. Image via FlipVideo]
When the sod came up Jake looked at the sod, looked at the prime minister and exclaimed ‘Look a worm’. John Key bent down and scooped up the worm and put it in Jake’s little hand and chatted away with an excited Jake about their find.” A cute green thinking story.
[Below image: ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsawan (R) shakes hands with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key next to (R-L) Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Buphavanh, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and China's Premier Wen Jiabao as they wait for the start of a gala dinner on the sidelines of the summit meetings between leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from partner countries including US, China, Japan, Russian, South Korea and Australia in Hanoi on October 29, 2010. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that he would visit India later this year, stressing there was 'enough space in the world' for both the giant nations to prosper despite a backdrop of frosty ties. Image: The Times of India]
Alrighty then: moving on now to global leaders news at APEC. John Key has met with Hilary Clinton briefly who is excited to be traveling to New Zealand next week for talks with the PM. Mr Keys says India’s Pime Minister, Manmohan does not appear to be phased by broadcaster Paul Henry‘s comments about Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand. Mr Keys says all leaders understand it is an open world and people say “many things.”
The NZ Herald reports: “Mr Key will visit India next year with a business delegation and Dr Singh indicated he was looking forward to the visit.
“He’s very optimistic about the growth of India, he’s talking about at a minimum it’ll be 8.5 per cent, maybe 9, so maybe there’s one or two things we can learn from that.”"
“Mr Keys has announced that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to attend the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland next year. It would be the first time a UN Secretary-General had attended such a meeting, Mr Key says, and a recognition of the increasing importance of the Pacific region.”
Mr Keys hopes to discuss Fiji‘s return to democracy with newly elected Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard next year. He adds: “‘We remain absolutely committed together to do whatever we can to have democracy restored in Fiji.”
At APEC a lot of interest surround’s Japan’s detaining of a Chinese sea captain when these two nations fishing vessel/ Patrol boats collided off the coast of East China Islands, sparking the Chinese people to be incensed at the detaining.
This prompted Japan’s Prime Minister Nato Kan to say: the current spat should not be regarded as “a decisive trouble,” saying the two countries have weathered a long history together.
“This sort of trouble that we’re seeing right now, compared to various incidents we’ve had in the long history of our relations, would not be regarded as a decisive trouble. And I think both countries remain calm and try to come up with solutions that would be positive to both countries … in terms of peace and stability for the Asia-Pacific and the entire world,” he told reporters.” It’s handy a Kiwi is at APEC to smooth strained relationships between China and Japan’s leading lads with a good Kiwi smile and sense of humor. Goes a long way.
Mr Key also spoke of Ban ki-Moon’s gratitude towards Sir Geoffrey Palmer‘s abilities with the the upcoming investigation of Gaza, Palestine for the United Nations. (Commentary on that can be found here).
[This image: Reuters Pictures: China's Premier Wen Jiabo (L) and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (R) show the way to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a group photo at the 5th East Asia Summit in Hanoi October 30, 2010].
[This image below, depicting New Zealand's ecotourism travel destination activities: "A boy swims with dolphins in the Bay of Islands" Horiwood.Com].
~To learn of the Maori culture that Jake descends from of the Nga Puhitonunui tribe and Ngati Whatua tribe, go here to see how young lads like Jake are raised. Fierce warriors. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10. Billy Graham‘s Hollywood Star – Walk of Fame for Jake’s Uncle Billy Davis and his esteemed visionary grandfather, Graham Adrian and Jake and Sharon’s kinsmen by blood–serving in politics: Sir Douglas Graham and Kennedy Graham- image photographed, Hollywood Blvd, Horiwood’s own.~
John Key has met with Julia Gillard at the APEC summit meetings. It’s the first time that the New Zealand Prime Minister has met with the new Australian Prime Minister to congratulate her on her election win.
Hilary Clinton is expected to informally meet with Mr Key at dinner in a pull-aside meeting. Listen to that Kiwi accent. That’s what Hobbit creators and Middle Earth movie producers sound like for Hollywood, being interviewed in Vietnam. Cool aye? Julia Gillard looks a little bit like Jodie Foster.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10~
This just in via New York City: Hilary Clinton‘s hair clip is big news, according to some pop cultural analysts.
In today’s world where media audiences are shifting constantly, the rise of the pop cultural analyst is huge, hence the need for The View, or, blogs like this one, to talk about silly things, like Hilary’s on-the-move choice to wear a hair clip, and not check in with a New York hair stylist with a big blo dryer to frou-frou her up.
Here’s Michael K of The Big Apple on this fickle topic because being as fickle as Michael K (and funny with it) is a full time job to amuse America. Me? it’s much easier to copy and paste such bitchiness into this blog. Thanks Michael.
People who eat dates from Palm Trees in desert terrains, should all just have dates together and talk through their fears, concerns, hopes, issues, and dreams. World peace thinking. Oh right, at the Whitehouse coming up, those such dates are on the menu. Nice.
For the latest on the Middle-East peace mediation situation go to these New York Times posts to check them out in full.
1. Op-Ed NT Times. 8.31.10: New Chance for Peace
Key Players on the Mid-East Chess Board, world strategy of Peace game of hot politics are: Mahmoud Abbas for Palestine, Benjamin Netanyahu for Israel and the Judaic-Christian World (that includes over 1 billion Catholics and 300 million Christian Chinese community members); Presient Barack Obama and U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for America and her allies, including Queen Elizabeth II and all Commonwealth nations leaders; Hosni Mubarak for Egypt; King Abdullah of Jordan; Tony Blair for America and the U.K and the E.E.U nations; Saudi Arabia and Turkey;
[Images: New York Times with a shout out to Bobby Mac, and palms print artwork, West Hollywood window, today on the way to work]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.31.10~
“In every religion, there are those who would drape themselves in the mantle of belief and faith only to distort it’s most sacred teachings — preaching intolerance and resorting to violence.“–Hilary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, USA.
[Image courtesy of Kevin Lamarque of Reuters, with the photo caption "The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians would aim to 'resolve all final status issues within one year." via The Guardian, UK. Quote courtesy of Religious Tolerance.Org]