Activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) donned cow and chicken costumes yesterday to greet nearly vegetarian Bill Clinton when he was in Manila, Philippines, to give a speech titled, "Embracing Our Common Humanity." The brown cow held a sign urging people to "Be Like Bill: Grill Veggies, Not Meat," and the yellow chicken bore a sign declaring, "Chicks Love Slim Vegan Bill."
"Bill Clinton is promoting healthy living, and we commend him for leading by example," a PETA leader told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. (The former U.S. president lost 24 pounds for daughter Chelsea's July 31 wedding by adopting a plant-based diet.)
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Secretary Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin will be hosting a conference on hunger next month in New York, alongside the U.N. General Assembly meeting.
Food security is a particularly pressing issue right now in light of the flood-induced humanitarian disaster in Pakistan (as shown in the food line above) and the wheat shortage caused by the wildfires in Russia. Martin said in an Aug. 22 statement: "We are prioritising the prevention of under-nutrition in children under the age of two, as the science shows that children never recover from malnutrition at that age; they never develop to their full potential physically or mentally."
Those of us who have enough to eat have so much to be thankful for, and it's great that Clinton is taking action on this important humanitarian issue. The world community must keep people from starving, but ultimately, the solution to hunger is improved governance. A country that can't feed its own people has a lot to be ashamed about.
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•Secretary Clinton will be in Germany next month to attend a "freedom party" to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Giant dominoes will tumble to symbolize the fall.
•Clinton met with Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, above, this afternoon in Washington.
•A Washington Post editorial commends Clinton for promoting democracy in Russia.
•Clinton pens an op-ed on world hunger and food security.
•Clinton unveiled the Sudan policy review with Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Scott Gration, the special envoy for Sudan.
•In London, The Times reports that Clinton was snubbed by Putin when she was in Russia last week to push sanctions against Iran.
•Clinton got a "mixed bag" of diplomatic results in Russia last week, writes FP Shadow Government blogger David J. Kramer.
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Secretary Clinton's schedule is absolutely packed today, but she'll conclude the day with something delicious and spiritual, the State Department's iftar dinner to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the subject of a recent FP photo essay. With her busy day, though, I doubt she'll be fasting. (At left, Clinton attends a dinner in Brussels on March 4, when she was there to discuss Afghanistan strategy with allies.)
Someone else who has been feasting lately is Clinton's husband Bill, who ate lunch with President Obama while he was in New York yesterday to give a speech to the city's financial sector. The two ate at Il Mulino, a restaurant featuring dishes from Italy's Abruzzo region.
In other news:
•Secretary Clinton has "provisionally agreed" to travel to Israel at the end of October or the beginning of November, reports former FP writer Laura Rozen, who's now at Politico.
•Clinton most restructure the State Department to make it more efficient, a recent FP article argues.
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