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.
The Holy Land Journey DVD.
When you read about the cave at the end of Ephron's field, do you ever imagine what that
actually looked like? Ever wonder if the field is still there? Do you envision the garden as you
read Jesus' prayer? Or visualize the path thathe walked as he carried the cross?
It is difficult to picture the surroundings inwhich Jesus and all of his biblicalpredecessors lived and preached, especially so if one has never seen the drastically different landscape, wildlife, and architecture of the Middle East. And while it's good for children to let their imaginations wander, adults reallyshould know just how and where suchimportant events took place. That is why The Bible Land Shop commissioned the creation of three separate, feature-length films that carry one through the stories of the Bible and the history of the Holy Land.
In "Holy Land Journey" our guides begin from the very beginning of the Bible: follow in the footsteps of the Children of Israel, travel to all of the locations where Jesus sojourned and preached, to the sites of his arrest, crucifixion, and burial, through the Roman, Crusader, Turkish, and British occupations, right up into modern Israeli life. Educational and inspirational narration tells the stories of each holy place in the words of the Bible along the way, transforming what might have once seemed like distant and ancient episodes into very real, very modern lessons for the present.
It is a good thing to have read the Bible. But it is a hard book to know unless one has been to its home, has seen what it witnesses. "Holy Land Journey" turns the printed text into a living one so that you can not only now imagine it, but actually experience it.
Experience. . .
• The journey of the Children of Israel: the desert dwellings of the Patriarchs and the
modern Bedouin, Sodom and Gomorrha on the Dead Sea, Mt. Moriah, the burial cave of
Machpelah, Rachel's burial site, Joseph's tomb at Nablus, the path of Moses, the Jordan
River at the crossing into the Promised Land, Deborah at the Valley of Jezriel, Mt. Tabor
of the Canaanites, Sampson and Delilah's Ashkelon, David and Goliath's Valley of Elah,
the Tower and the City of David, King Solomon's Jaffa Port and Eilat, King Ahab's
Megiddo, and King Herod's Temple and castles;
• The life of Jesus: Nazareth (Zebulun) and its modern carpenters, Bethlehem and the
Church of the Nativity, the Temple steps ascended by Joseph and Mary, John the
Baptizer's Ein Kerem and its many churches, the Mountain of Temptation overlooking
Jericho, the site of the wedding at Cana, the pools of Bethesda and the church of St.
Anne, Bethany near Jerusalem, the modern day Good Friday and Easter processions
through the gates of the Old City, the Mount of Olives, the money-changers' courtyard at
the Temple, the rarely seen interior of the Dome of the Rock mosque, Samaria's well and
nearby church, the fishing village of Capernaum, the planes of Megiddo, Mt. Tabor and
the Church of the Transfiguration, the glorious churches that dot the hills above the Sea
of Galilee, the Galilean synagogues of Jesus' day, the site of the Last Supper near Zion
Gate, the garden on the Mount of Olives and the nearby chapel that remembers Peter's
betrayal, the place of the meeting with Pontius Pilate, the stations of the cross (Via
Dolorosa), and the tomb in the garden where the angel announced ". . . he has arisen!"
• The period of occupation: the destruction of the Second Temple, revolt and Roman invasion at King Herod's fortress, the resulting mass suicide at Mt. Masada, the Roman empire's Caesaria, the city of Avdat built by Roman converts, the seat of the Sanhedrin in
Beit Shearim, home of the compiler of the Mishna, Yehuda HaNasi, Moslem conquest and Hebron, sacred sites of the Moslems in the Holy Land, the Moslem palace at Jericho, the Crusader fortress in the Golan Heights, the Turkish conquest and Wadi Kelt, the site
of Napoleon's defeat, Sir Montefiore's Yemin Moshe and the birth of modern Jerusalem, and Allenby entering through Jaffa Gate to herald in the era of the British Mandate during World War I;
• Modern Israel and her neighbors: ancient sites of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the rose-colored city of Petra, Jerash, Amman, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, and modern life, traditional dance, music, and customs in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Mt. Tabor, Nazareth, theMount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Eilat, the Sea of Galilee, Haifa and port, the Golan Heights, Jaffa, Mt. Zion, and the Mount of Olives.
Directors: Reuven Dorot
Title: Holyland DVD
Locations: 90 locations
Narration: 7 languages
Format: NTSC, PAL
Language: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Doko Media Ltd.
Run Time: 110 minutes