Bill Clinton Said It All

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This is a guest note by John McAuliff. McAuliff is Executive Director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development and a regular blogger at The Havana Note, where this post originally appeared. Not long ago I participated in the 50th anniversary conference at Shaw University of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and had the honor to meet Taylor Branch, Pulitzer prize winning author of three seminal volumes on the civil rights movement. Our conversation led me to his more…

What’s Behind China’s Trade Surplus?

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(Photo Credit: Robert Scoble’s Photostream) New America Foundation/Economic Growth Program Policy Analyst Samuel Sherraden has written a compelling, concise analysis of the decline in China’s trade surplus during the first quarter of this year. Sherraden warns that the first quarter numbers should not be misunderstood as evidence of the kind of long-term economic rebalancing necessary to get the global economy on a better course. From the conclusion of Sherraden’s analysis: China’s trade balance has declined because China’s stimulus program intensified…

The Presidential Summit On Entrepreneurship

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(Photo Credit: Khawaja’s Photostream) Following the 47-nation nuclear security summit in Washington the week before last, the Obama administration is playing host to a much different series of meetings this week as part of its Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship – an effort to deepen ties among business leaders, foundations, and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim-majority countries. I think this is an excellent initiative – and one that has the potential to broaden the United States’ relationships with…

Political Tidbits While on the Road

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(photo credit: V-Man on Flickr) Failed Suicide Attack against UK Ambassador in Yemen. I just received a press statement from the Washington, DC Embassy Spokesman of the Republic of Yemen (note that it contains disturbing, graphic photo image — here is pdf). The statement starts: Earlier this morning the British Ambassador to Yemen, H.E. Mr. Timothy Torlot, escaped, a suicide attack targeting his convoy. The incident occurred 8:00 AM local Sana’a time in front of “The Berlin Garden” in Noqom…

Sunset in Lahaina

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Just arrived in Maui after a long trip back from Brasilia through Sao Paulo, Washington Dulles, and Los Angeles. My reward was this magnificent sunset while walking along the main drag in Lahaina. Will be blogging a bit later on global finance, global governance, and the latest in US-Japan relations. — Steve Clemons Update: If you are into sunrises from Maui, this is a moving video clip with some haunting chanting by regular TWN reader Michael Miles.

More on Schumer’s Kerfuffle with the White House on US-Israel Relations

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The other day I wrote a piece about Senator Schumer‘s bashing of Rahm Emanuel, Jim Jones and President Obama for their US-Israel policy that questioned whether the Senator realized just how, well, over the line he had gone. The Financial Times in a piece by Edward Luce and Daniel Dombey captured well the tension between the Senator and the White House on this. They write: Robert Gibbs, Barack Obama’s spokesman, said on Friday: “I don’t think it’s a stretch to…