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George Clooney, Chris Rock, and even Billy Bob Thornton have taken on the role of Commander in Chief in TV and movies. Here's how they stack up in the Oval Office.
Our President has a unique view of the situation in Iraq. 23/6 shows how the the world looks to our head of state.
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LEON H. SULLIVAN FOUNDATION CALLING UPON FRIENDS AND DISPERSED DESCENDENTS OF AFRICA TO ENGAGE
The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation is issuing a public all-call for friends and descendents of Africa to join in the historic journey to Arusha, Tanzania for the 8th Leon H. Sullivan Summit to be held June 2-6th 2008.
His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the host nation, is eagerly anticipating this Summit, expecting at least 30 African Heads of State to attend. "I am confident that the city of Arusha will provide the appropriate setting for this meeting," stated President Kikwete. "Africa is so rich in resources and promise, what better place is there to discuss how we, Africa's sons and daughters throughout the world, can collectively contribute to the development of its future than beautiful Tanzania, which has for years successfully brokered financial partnerships and investments in an ongoing effort to achieve economic stability."
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Described by The Washington Post as "the most powerful man in Washington you've never heard of," Mark J. Penn is the worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller. He was pollster to President Clinton and is adviser to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, numerous corporations, and 25 foreign heads of state, including Colombia.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief strategist, Mark Penn, apologized for meeting with Colombian officials pushing a free trade agreement that the presidential candidate opposes.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the strategist, Mark Penn, met Monday with Colombia's ambassador to the United States. Clinton advisers said Penn's meetings were not connected to the campaign, but part of his job as chief executive of the lobbying and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller Worldwide.
But a Clinton adviser said the candidate was not happy to learn about the meeting, and Penn issued a statement expressing regrets.
"The meeting was an error in judgment that will not be repeated and I am sorry for it," Penn said in a written statement. "The senator's well-known opposition to this trade deal is clear and was not discussed."
Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said the candidate has not discussed the Colombian deal with Penn.
"Senator Clinton's opposition to the Colombian Trade Deal is clear and she will be voting against it," Singer said.
The Colombian government is trying to secure congressional passage of the agreement signed in 2006 by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and the Bush administration.
According to Justice Department filings, Colombia agreed last year to pay Burson-Marsteller $300,000 to help "educate members of the U.S. Congress and other audiences" about the trade deal and secure continued U.S. funding for the $5 billion anti-narcotics program Plan Colombia.
Clinton told the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO that the United States needs new trade policies before it has new trade deals. "That includes no trade deal with Colombia" she said.
Penn's political consulting firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland, has been paid $10.8 million so far by Clinton's campaign.
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A short video by Carsten Cumbrowski about the history of the Berlin Wall that physically and spiritually separated an entire city and its people for 28 years; caused hundreds of deaths and inflicted pain in millions of Germans of two generations.
This is an updated and enhanced version of my Berlin Wall video.
It is over 2 minutes longer and several new video snippets were added.
Some (only a few) of the still images were removed and some of the video footage was re-edited and cut.
This version of the vido consists of 21 individual video and audio sources, 54 individual images and 470 words of text for caption, labels and informational messages blended in and out throughout the whole video.
Background music by X-Ray Dog (a few seconds of song "The Journey" used for the intro), John F. & die Gropiuslerchen: "Berlin, Berlin (...Dein Herz Kennt Keine Mauern)" from 1987 and Die Skeptiker: "Berlin" from 1995. Idea, concept, script and editing by Carsten Cumbrowski.
Copyleft 2008. Feel free to copy, distribute and share this video with friends, family or strangers.
International Press-Conference in East-Berlin on 15 June 1961
A journalist from the West German newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau" asked the question, if the creation of a "Free East Berlin" means that a border will be erected at the Brandenburg Gate.
The East German Head of State "Walter Ulbricht" responded to this question with the following...
"I understand your question like that there are people in West Germany who wish that we mobilize the construction workers of the capital of the GDR to erect a wall, yes?
I am not aware of such intention, but that the construction workers of the capital are mainly busy with the construction of homes and that the available man power is used entirely
Nobody has the intention to build a wall."
During the night of 12-13 August 1961, a barbed-wire entanglement was hastily constructed through the heart of Berlin.
Just two days before the barrier was erected 1,500 refugees had moved to West Berlin.
Watchtowers punctuated the city limits and the temporary barbed-wire constructions were soon replaced with concrete.
Within a year the Wall was seven and half miles long and fences stretched the remaining 91.7 miles around the city.
Border Guards had the order to shoot anybody who attempted to cross the border and ignored the guards order to stop.
Over 200 people who tried it died.
The wire fence and small brick wall segments were replaced in 1965 with a concrete wall.
Between 1975 and 1980 the final and most sophisticated version of the concrete wall was built.
It was made up of 12ft tall and 4ft wide reinforced concrete segments and the top lined with smooth pipe made of concrete to make it harder to climb.
The wall fell on November, 9th 1989 without a single shot being fired or anybody getting injured.
The first segments of the wall were demolished within the first few weeks.
Within a few years only very little remains of the Wall were left and had to be preserved be declaring them a historic monument that is not to be demolished.
The largest remaining segment of the Wall is the "East Side Gallery" near the Oberbaumbruecke along the Spree River.
Another segment can be found north of Bernauer Strasse.
The third and last segment still in existence is located at the location of the former Gestapo head quarters between "Checkpoint Charlie" and "Potsdamer Platz".
Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability. Col. Joseph MOBUTU seized power and declared himself president in a November 1965 coup. He subsequently changed his name - to MOBUTU Sese Seko - as well as that of the country - to Zaire. MOBUTU retained his position for 32 years through several sham elections, as well as through the use of brutal force. Ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees in 1994 from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi, led in May 1997 to the toppling of the MOBUTU regime by a rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda and fronted by Laurent KABILA. He renamed the country the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in August 1998 his regime was itself challenged by a second insurrection again backed by Rwanda and Uganda. Troops from Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe intervened to support KABILA's regime. A cease-fire was signed in July 1999 by the DRC, Congolese armed rebel groups, Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe but sporadic fighting continued. Laurent KABILA was assassinated in January 2001 and his son, Joseph KABILA, was named head of state. In October 2002, the new president was successful in negotiating the withdrawal of Rwandan forces occupying eastern Congo; two months later, the Pretoria Accord was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and establish a government of national unity. A transitional government was set up in July 2003. Joseph KABILA as president and four vice presidents represented the former government, former rebel groups, the political opposition, and civil society. The transitional government held a successful constitutional referendum in December 2005 and elections for the presidency, National Assembly, and provincial legislatures in 2006. KABILA was inaugurated president in December 2006. The National Assembly was installed in September 2006. Its president, Vital KAMERHE, was chosen in December. Provincial assemblies were constituted in early 2007, and elected governors and national senators in January 2007.
Only two autocratic presidents have ruled Gabon since independence from France in 1960. The current president of Gabon, El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - has dominated the country's political scene for four decades. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in 2002-03 and the presidential elections in 2005 have exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Gabon's political opposition remains weak, divided, and financially dependent on the current regime. Despite political conditions, a small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make Gabon one of the more prosperous and stable African countries.
Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, (Arabic: الأردنّ al-Urdunn) is a country in Southwest Asia spanning the southern part of the Syrian Desert down to the Gulf of Aqaba. It shares borders with Syria to the north, Iraq to the north-east, Israel and the West Bank to the west, and Saudi Arabia to the east and south. It shares the coastlines of the Dead Sea and Gulf of Aqaba with Israel, the West Bank, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Much of Jordan is covered by desert land, particularly the Arabian Desert, however the north-western area, with the sacred Jordan River is regarded as part of the Fertile Crescent.
The capital city, Amman, is in the north-west. Jordan has a rich history, its location in the central Middle East has long made it a prized possession. During its long history, Jordan has seen numerous civilisations, including ancient eastern civilisations the Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Mesopotamian and Persian empires. Jordan was for a time part of Pharaonic Egypt and spawned the native Nabatean civilisation who left rich archaeological remains at Petra. Cultures from the west also left their mark such as the Macedonian, Roman and Byzantine empires. Since the seventh century the area has been under Muslim and Arab cultures, with the exception of a brief period under British rule.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional monarchy with representative government. The reigning monarch is the head of state, the chief executive and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The king exercises his executive authority through the prime ministers and the Council of Ministers, or cabinet. The cabinet, meanwhile, is responsible before the elected House of Deputies which, along with the House of Notables (Senate), constitutes the legislative branch of the government. The judicial branch is an independent branch of the government.