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QUALITY BUTTER: WASHINGTON’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS DIPLOMATS LIKE PHIL GOFF OF NEW ZEALAND, THEY CALL HIM “HARD-CHARGING”

[Phill Goff is pictured here with Auckland Central political candidate Jacinda Arden]

Guess what? The best cupcakes in the world are made with golden creamy, New Zealand butter.

Better Butter Movement News: Wikileaks documents reveal that America’s top foreign affairs diplomats like New Zealander Phil Goff and his brand and style of political leadership. The leaked cables handed to The Sunday Star Times reveal these views from America about Mr Goff, the leader of the Labor Party of New Zealand:

Mr Goff has military like precision when parachute jumping:

The cable talked of Phil Goff doing a parachute jump from a military plane. As the American report goes, Mr Goff logically debated for the jump over water option because it required less training. The US also liked the way he argued the amount of training down to two hours, proving he is a good time manager and negotiator–while not valuing his own sense of importance over tasks at hand.

Goff is “very focused on the job at hand,” American diplomats found via the wikileaks docs being shared with the world. “This sums up his working style in a nutshell.”

In other Kiwi-American trade deals news: Wikileaks reveals (via silobreaker) that a trading partnership between the US and New Zealand may not be as “El Dorado” lucrative or worth “billions and billions to New Zealand’s commercial sector” as some political leaders have claimed in the past in more recent New Zealand media, that may have given a perception of too high expectations– than these wikileaks US diplomatic communications reveal. 

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68th GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS PRESS RELEASE

THE 68TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION
2011 Golden Globe Awards
For the year ended December 31, 2010
Nominations Press Release

  1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
    1. BLACK SWAN
      Protozoa Pictures & Cross Creek Pictures & Phoenix; Fox Searchlight Pictures
    2. THE FIGHTER
      Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media; Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media
    3. INCEPTION
      Warner Bros. Pictures UK LTD.; Warner Bros. Pictures
    4. THE KING’S SPEECH
      See-Saw Films and Bedlam Productions; The Weinstein Company
    5. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
      Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing (more…)

HEKIA PARATA’S APPOINTMENT AS A CABINET MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT IS CELEBRATED IN HOLLYWOOD – 12.6.10

[Blue Balloons as photographed by MP Katrina Shanks/Michael Woodhouse Media Group]

Hollywood California USA (Monday 6th December 2010)–A toast was raised in Hollywood today at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont at the announcement that Hekia Parata has been promoted as a Cabinet Minister of New Zealand.

Ms. Parata becomes Ethnic Affair’s and Women’s Affairs Minister. She also picks up associate minister roles for Accident Compensation Commission, Energy and Resources and for The Community and Voluntary Sector. The latter is a new role and was requested by Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Tariana Turia, who said she did not need an associate for disability issues any more.

Prime Minister of New Zealand, last sighted wearing a Muhammad Ali boxing silky robe in a charity auction for burns sufferers, Mr John Key, announced Ms Parata’s appointment at a post Cabinet press conference today, saying he believed she was the most deserving of the position.

“When it comes to Hekia, I think she’s extraordinarily talented,” he said.

At the news Hekia Parata said, “All New Zealanders understand these have been challenging times both domestically, and internationally. The National-led Government continues to face up to those challenges on behalf of all Kiwis. I look forward to doing my part to help all our communities realise the dream of a brighter future.”

“I look forward to getting my feet under the desk and learning all I can about the portfolios the Prime Minister has entrusted me with. I’m excited about the prospect of serving the public of New Zealand in a Ministerial role and the new challenges this will bring.”

Hollywood Maori-Kiwi blogger Sam Cruickshank met with Hollywood friends to toast one glass of Veuve Clicquot in honor of Ms. Parata’s very timely appointment on the global stage of politics. Her leadership will be very welcomed in California, where Maori-Kiwi filmmakers of Ms. Parata’s tribe of Ngati Porou have presented films to the world that have been Oscar nominated twice in Los Angeles cinematic history and body of work to date.

Hekia’s skills in diplomacy are an asset to New Zealand’s growth potential that are key to growing the New Zealand economy in win-win diplomatic partnerships of the future. In particular Parata’s destiny to lead the charge on many human rights issues affecting women on a global stage is something to watch as her international political career unfolds along with her New Zealand cabinet portfolios.

Her capacity of heart is similar to an advocate of oppressed peoples of the world, on the scale of an Angelina Jolie, if Ms. Parata is allowed to and also funded to by the New Zealand people to express that from New Zealand for the world.

Her gifts of noho-puku (EQ) instinctual intelligence and their full and free expression to be vibrant and creative make Ms. Parata exceptionally talented and exciting as a political leader serving New Zealand and The World with her gifts.

She’s known in Hollywood as a global star of politics already.

ENDS

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.5.10~


THE KIWI MAN WARNS OF CURRENCY WARS AHEAD


[Sir Richard Branson is pictured here with John Key]

Economic News Guest Post:

Reports John Armstrong from Yokohama Japan: ‘Just two days after lecturing the Japanese on New Zealand’s bottom-line conditions for free trade talks, John Key, (guy on the left, above) New Zealand’s Prime Minister has waded into the currency wars and told fellow Apec leaders:

  • we must tackle the emerging crisis.
  • warned of the depreciating United States dollar
  • foresaw possible retaliation to the depreciation
  • predicted the vibe: “negative for growth and negative for this region”.
  • reiterated the G-20 summits call to avoid: “competitive devaluation”
  • G-20 summit would come up with “indicative guidelines” to tackle trade imbalances affecting world growth.
  • Predicted: escalating tensions over foreign exchange policies could threaten economic growth.
  • Said: “If we don’t get this right, currency wars” will ensue
  • “retaliatory action is a minus for growth”
  • “unintended consequences thwarts integration in the region.” ENDS.

Fran O’Sullivan also writes a good article on where Mr Obama could head from  a New Zealand perspective too.

Some thoughts on the above: (more…)


VINTAGE ROOTS STILL – CELEBRATING AMERICAN PROGRESS

Hollywood, Calif–We’ve come a long way in America, since we found the need to string a man up in a public place and flog him. His crime for a flogging?

At times he disobeyed our own need for our desire to increase production at a rate we wanted, in order to appease a lazy sense of entitlement.

In the process we once killed our fathers. Thankfully that’s changed.

TV Movie Still – LeVar Burton playing Kunta Kente, Father of America, in Alex Haleys Roots 1977.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.4.10~


BULLYING CRITIQUE AND BARACK OBAMA HAS A WORD FOR TEENS WHO IDENTIFY AS GAY

To think across cultures fairly is when bullying ceases in all its forms.

It does get better when no teens of the world are bullied.

Courage to not fit in – by telling all of the truth on what bullying is in many forms.

Bullying is not Love. Love sees and values all human life, through the constructed veil of any label. – Horiwood

In 2002, 1513 teens total, were lost to suicide aged 15-19–US Statistics

Between July 12th to August 13, 1500 British soldiers lost their lives–Stats

98,000 is the median number listed of  Iraqi civilians (not soldiers) who were killed during the US. Iraq war – many of these women, children and teenagers.-Stats

Bullying of anyone is wrong. Just because someone is different, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have equal opportunity to add their talents to American life and culture. This is Barack Obama‘s message that I totally agree with. He implies teens who identify with being GLBT are talented.

[Subtext of the speech to the gay global community - bring your pink dollars of the world to America. Spend them with us. Jokes. And a good idea perhaps.]

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TIRED OF BULLYING STORIES TOO? TIME TO PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN OUR HEARTS

True fact: The world was economically bullied by economists and politicians past, drunk on spend, overinflated egos when they held the reigns, who weren’t honest about the state of the world’s economy for a decade. They misled their people, the world over. Now many nations have new leaders, who are not at fault, for the problems they inherited from the past guard.

Such previous leaders – that helped inflate a global economy to then  implode – cast everyone in a role today, to be bullied with economic constraints and restraints outside of anyone’s control now. I am writing this within America today as the front page story of the nation’s Capitol’s newspaper, runs with two storylines: Foreclosure Nation and Kids are Hungry. Though factual and true, these are not things to be proud of, and tout like front page news. I love the honesty though. Refreshing, to rebuild.   

These two stories upset me. I see a graveyard of peoples dreams. Set backs, dreams now in a state of hibernation. America’s future and dreams now, kinda on pause, for these once homeowners with kids. Something needs to be said.

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COURAGE TO LOVE A NOVEL OF LOVE AND COMPASSION SET IN THE MIDDLE-EAST BY ROBERT ELLIS

A post for journalists to tweet, facebook send, email, share, digg and pass on to other journalists, friends in government, politics, and leaders of community worldwide:

With all of the peace talk going on in Washington between key leaders of America and the Middle East (President Obama, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Co), here’s more about a timely novel called Courage to Love by Robert Ellis that all serious journalists in the media could benefit from reading and commenting on.

I know on this blog, you’re very receptive to the novel’s message of love between centuries old enemies, who fall for each other as their love arose as they allowed the thorns of hatred in their fiercely socialized egos, to be fall away as the young hero and heroine transcend the socially prescribed behaviors of war, in this tale. Here’s words from the author.

“Courage to Love was written to make enemies friends. I am not naive enough to believe one love story can solve world problems – except for the fact that it solved this author’s problems with the world.

“The sleeping knowledge in this book needs to be told to each new generation to free them to make up their own minds about life.

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FOREIGN PRESS PICK – TWO PHOTOS by CAROLYN COLE, HAITI

Two photos from photojournalist Carolyn Cole today, whose recently transferred from Iraq to Haiti, for the L.A Times. Haitians at work after the quake. Shave ice shoes as Island Enterprise. 

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.6.10~


FOREIGN PRESS PICK: CAROLYN COLE, IMAGES OF IRAQ

Writing from the outpost of Iraq yesterday, Carolyn Cole produces beautiful images of still life in Iraq, like this photograph of Iraqi’s yesterday.

Cole sends her pics with these words from Baghdad and Najaf:

“When I was last in Iraq, summer of 2004, the country was in a violent downward spiral.  U.S. troops were fighting insurgents for control of the city of Najaf and indications were that things would only get worse.

Going back to cover the exit of the last U.S. combat brigade has given  me a chance not only to witness the end of a chapter in U.S. military history, but also to visit with the Iraqi people who have suffered greatly over these last seven years.

They continue to be plagued by gas and electricity shortages, making the high temperatures unbearable. One way to cope is by jumping into the Tigris River, once off-limits in the downtown area where Saddam Hussein’s headquarters used to be.

Some neighborhoods are now safe enough for a foreigner to walk, but entire sections of the city are walled off behind concrete barricades making it difficult to see or enter. What I was able to see appears mostly unchanged.

At every intersection, police and military checkpoints stop traffic to open trunks and check passengers for proper identification. They use mirrors on long poles to scan the underside of vehicles for bombs. Cameras should be kept out of sight to avoid being detained or confiscated. After demanding to look through all of my pictures, one Iraqi police officer reminded me, “This is not America.”

See more of Cole’s photographs during the earlier years in Iraq and those of the last U.S. combat brigade to leave.

Thanks Carolyn for the quality work abroad. 

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.1.10~


FOREIGN PRESS PICK: A DIFFERENT VIEW WITH THE SUN

The world is a diverse place full or many faces from cultures we are still learning about in the Western World.

I like media like The Sun (pictured) here within the U.S for this reason.

Cool journal.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.30.10~


MAORI FOREIGN PRESS HOT MEDIA PICKS: CHRIS NOLAN FILMMAKING AND THE ARAB PERSPECTIVE – 8.19.10

As a foreign press journalist living in Los Angeles, here’s some important media being produced within America that floats my boat today–both making a statement about worthy Hollywood filmmaking innovation and providing balanced journalistic perspective–on an Arab and Palestinian perspective concerning the world and USA’s diplomatic relations concerning Peace:

1. Film Comment Magazine spotlights Chris Nolan‘s latest attempt at innovative dream storytelling.

2. Journal of Democracy goes with the lead story: Afghanistan & Iraq, Taking Stock with verbage intelligently provided by Zalmay Khalizad, Scott Worden and Adeed Dawisha.

3. Bill from Creative Screenwriting Magazine gets in on the Chris Nolan writers act, running a cover story that posits: The Architect of Dreams: Invading Christopher Nolan’s Mind to Steal the Secrets of Inception. I have news for you Bill–there’s always plenty more, where that came from, from a true creative writer! ;)

4. The Journal of Palestine Studies perhaps provides the gutsiest humanitarian Middle East commentary this month with these stories: The New Ethical Code of the Israeli Military and the War on Gaza by Muhammad Ali Khalidi; The Polarization of the Palestinian Political Field by Jamil Halal; Special Document by Colonel Philip J. Dermer – Report on US Peacemaking and the West Bank US Security Mission; Interview: Mohammad Mustafa –The Head of The Palestinian Investment Fund Talks about the Palestinian Economy; U.S Congressional Monitor: 111th Congress: January to December 2009.

5. Madeleine Allbright is the center-piece of American Style Magazine‘s focus on jewelry tastes of American leaders who matter. Alluding that Madeline is culturally nuanced by choosing to run with a Beyonce/ Michelle Obama Queen Bee reference tribute. Madeline has fine tastes and is just so cute. 

6. Courage to Love, a novel by the author Robert Ellis, with a glowing review by Mouhammad Mustafa inside its distinguished book cover, for tolerance towards difference, transcending the disease of war’s hatred in the Middle East and in furthering love’s ability to further World Peace. 

~ICU. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.19.10~


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