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    CANTERBURY, N.H. - Hillary Rodham Clinton called Barack Obama naive when he said he'd meet with the leaders of Iran without precondition. Now she says she'd do the same thing, too.

    During a Democratic presidential debate in July, Obama said he would be willing to meet without precondition in the first year of his presidency with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea.

    Standing with him on stage, Clinton said she would first send envoys to test the waters and called Obama's position irresponsible and naive.

    But asked about it Thursday by a voter, the New York senator said twice that she, too, would negotiate with Iran "with no conditions."

    "I would engage in negotiations with Iran, with no conditions, because we don't really understand how Iran works. We think we do, from the outside, but I think that is misleading," she said at an apple orchard.

    She characterized her recent vote to label Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization as a way to gain leverage for those negotiations.

    Obama and other rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have been criticizing Clinton's vote late last month in favor of the resolution, comparing it to her 2002 vote authorizing the war in Iraq.

    They have suggested that the Iran vote was the first step toward a military invasion there.




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    While we rightly eulogize Behnazir Bhutto's violent death it is also appropriate to ask whether America, or for that matter, any place else in the world is a haven for women's equal rights and equal opportunity. The sad reality is that women have always occupied a lower spot in the stage of life. They have always had to fight tooth and nail to get what has been men's as a birth right. It is therefore ludicrous and unfair to single out extremist groups of Moslems and Taliban for the plight of women.

    A look at the short history of America and the contemporary time with respect to status of women will prove that not only this most industrial and progressive nation is no exception for the plight of women but is still behind many nations in that respect.

    American history is a witness that its founders did not even include women, of any color including white, blacks and Hispanics in the political process. It is similarly unfair to blame the founders for not addressing women's issues some two hundred years ago when we have only addressed them partially some two hundred years hence during this twenty first century.

    Originally the voting right in this new nation was limited to white male who owned property. Until 1869 and the passage of 15th Amendment each black man was equal to 3/5 of a white man and the women counted as nothing and had no voting rights. In fact women did not have voting rights until 1920 and even Hispanic Americans gained voting rights in 1965 during MLK's Civil Rights movement. With the Moslems as new target of demonization and discrimination it seems like the American history is repeating.

    The universal culprit for this great disparity has always been a die-hard core of machos that were ignorant, arrogant, and greedy and in favor of status quo. In their small world or cocoons they were threatened by any change. With no offense to all conservatives, far more of these groups felt more at home with conservatives than liberals and more in religious groups than secular. Who were these groups, you might ask. In a way, these could be called the America's Taliban! The hidden truth is that Taliban were not born recently in Afghanistan. They have been around as long as humans have.

    Rush Limbaugh, the mouthpiece of the neocons who could be considered as an American Taliban, symbolizes one major contemporary anti-feminist movement. Rush refers to the women's movement as Feminatzis! One major anti-Moslem could be the newspaper columnist Ann Coulter of the Universal Press Syndicate, who refers to Barack Obama as B. Hussein Obama to frighten the people of blacks and Moslems. There are of course others, but no time to go over them all.

    One would expect that if there is one country in the world in which women have become equal to men, that country is America. In fact, the number one question of twenty first century is, why does America remain the only industrial nation in which a woman has not been allowed to become president, or even vice president when even in many developing countries that has happened many times. Therefore, the anti-women factions mentioned above, with some of the big media at their service have managed to neutralize the women's struggle for more equality or place it on the back burner.

    The America's extremists have not only delayed equal rights for women, but have also taken major steps to undo the American Revolution and change the "government of the people, by and for the people" to government of a few, by and for a few to better achieve their agenda. Their secret weapon for doing this has been to make a mockery of public education, pacify the people with consumerism, luxury consumption, substance abuse and apathetic attitude to reach their goals unchallenged.

    In the meantime while the extremists fought to maintain the status quo, the rest of the world moved forward. This hypocrisy has managed to keep not only the American public, but also the women opposed to equal opportunity for women. It was the continuation of that anti democracy movement that led to Electoral College, defeat of campaign finance reform that in effect excludes the people with less money from the political process. Not only that, but also the rich people's votes and popular votes were manipulated and ignored during the last presidential elections.

    It is also the continuation of that anti-American policy that has turned the establishment and media against Hillary Clinton. No, this is the truth and not a paid campaign ad for Hillary. It is the resistance of the America's extremism to women and human rights.

    There will never be a woman president in America unless the public and especially women realize that America's enemies are more domestic than foreign. Thomas Jefferson said it best, "An empire collapses more from within than from without." One can only hope that the American public wakes up to the reality that no future president, man, woman or in-between will be able to ruin America and our world more than GWB. This comes from the keyboard of a person who was misled to vote for GWB once.

    The silent and apathetic public through no fault of its own is conditioned to self-destruct and to disappoint the world that used to look up to us as an example. As long as we have double and multiple standards in dealing with other nations with respect to human and women's rights, as long as we go to bed with regimes with notorious human and women rights in exchange for submitting to our bullying, we are damaging the moral authority of America. As long as we support terrorist regimes in the name spreading democracy and freedom we will be breeding terrorism. As long as we bomb Iraq to get rid of Ben Ladin in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and as long as we plan to bomb Iran for thinking of nuclear power and let Israel go scott free with more than 300 nuclear warheads, we are least likely to be looked at as the champion of women and human rights.

    Even a simple common sense condemns our recent role as 'policeman of the world'. We never think a teacher can enforce discipline in a classroom by letting his fair-headed boy get away with misbehavior while the rest are told to put up or shut up and yet that is what we are doing in our global village and global classroom. In the Middle East this is called planting thorn bush and expecting to harvest dates!

    Let us also add that as long as we shortchange the American public in education, health care, social security and the best use of their taxes, other countries will not believe that we are out to help them to gain freedom and democracy. America has the wherewithal to reverse this tragic situation and once again be an example of solving seemingly insolvable problems. As long much of our foreign policy is based on arrogance and colonial mentality and underestimating the intelligence of other countries and progressive human and women rights groups we make more enemies and pay for it too!

    We should not forget that we as Iranian Americans have an obligation to protect this adopted country from all enemies, we equally have the responsibility of protecting our motherland Iran and the wrol from the erratic foreign policies of America especially that of neocons.

    We have to realize that historically America's progress has largely been due to the constant influx of immigrants who kept this Nation of Immigrants vibrant and alive before becoming complacent and apathetic and taking its blessings for granted. We are also indebted to volunteer work of millions of decent Americans at home and abroad who are doing their best to counteract the destructive work of America's extremists and keep America's image until there is more public awakening.

    Philosophically speaking, let us not forget that we are indebted to GWB and cohorts for making such a mess of things that will take us a few steps closer to saving America and the world from the grip of extremism.




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    Hillary Clinton threw the Democratic race wide open today when she bounced back to win the two mega-states of Texas and Ohio and end Barack Obama's long string of victories.

    Her wins raise the prospect of an extended contest for the Democratic nomination that could go all the way to the party convention in Denver in August.

    Obama had won the previous 11 contests.

    She also took the small New England state, Rhode Island, giving her three out of the four contested yesterday. Obama got the consolation prize of another small New England state, Vermont.

    Her tactics over the last week, pressing Obama hard on national security, the economy and his relations with Anton 'Tony' Rezko, who is on trial for alleged corruption, paid off.

    Her team also exploited questions about Obama's integrity raised by a leaked memo suggesting he was playing a double-game over the North American Trade Agreement, blamed by many in Ohio for job losses.

    Speaking in Columbus, Ohio, Clinton dedicated her victories to everyone across America who has been counted out but refused to give up.

    Referring to Ohio's place in US election history as the key swing state, she said: "You know what they say: 'As Ohio goes, so goes the nation'. Well, this nation's coming back and so is this campaign," she said. "We're going on, we're going strong and we're going all the way."

    Clinton had been close to being written off and faced calls from Obama's supporters to quit the race, but she staged a comeback today more impressive than her surprise win in New Hampshire in January. She was flying back to Washington DC early today to trumpet her victories on six morning television shows.

    She won Ohio comfortably but had a close-fought contest with Obama for Texas. With 77% of the votes counted in Texas, Clinton had 51% to Obama's 47%. The US television networks and the Associated Press called it for Clinton.

    In his speech in San Antonio, Texas, Obama congratulated Clinton but reminded her that, in spite of her victories, he retained almost the same overall lead in the number of delegates who will vote for the nominee at the party convention. "We are on our way to winning this nomination," he said.

    Before yesterday's primaries, Obama had 1,386 delegates (including the 'super-delegates', senior Democrats such as members of Congress who automatically have a vote) and Clinton 1,276.
    There were 370 delegates at stake in the four primaries, 193 of them in Texas and 141 in Ohio.

    Clinton picked up at least five delegates in Rhode Island. Obama won at least eight delegates in Vermont.

    Although she won Ohio and Texas, delegates are distributed on a proportional basis, meaning that Obama will take a signficant number of them too.

    The next contest is Wyoming, which holds its caucuses on Saturday, followed by Mississippi, which has its primary on Tuesday.

    Two senior members of Clinton's team, Howard Wolfson and Phil Singer, yesterday signalled they expected Obama to win both given the demographics. But they expressed confidence that she will take the next big prize, Pennsylvania, on April 22, the last of the mega-states in the race.

    The Ohio and Texas victories will allow Clinton to claim that she wins the big states - New York, California and New Jersey - while Obama has won mostly small ones.

    In her speech, Clinton referred to one of the most successful ploys she adopted in her aggressive pursuit of Obama over the last week that will go down in election history as a turning point in the campaign, the phone call ad.

    The ad showed sleeping children and asked voters who they would want to answer the phone at the White House at 3am to deal with a crisis, the implication being that Obama lacked the experience.

    In Ohio, with 81% of the vote counted, Clinton had 56% to Obama's 42%.
    With 98% of the votes counted in Rhode Island, Clinton had 58% to Obama's 40%. With 85% of the vote counted in Vermont, Clinton had 38% to Obama's 60%.

    Texas has a cumbersome and complex voting system. Two-thirds of the delegates in the state are allocated on the basis of the vote in the primary. But the remaining third are distributed on the basis of caucuses held immediately after the primary.

    Obama, in previous contests, has done better than Clinton in caucuses because of better grassroots organisation. With 5% of the caucuses counted, Obama was beating Clinton by 56% to 44%.

    In the other contest, John McCain formally wrapped up the Republican race with a clean sweep of Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island that gave him 1,199 delegates and pushed him over the magic line, the 1,191 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

    Last night, before all the votes were counted, his main rival, Mike Huckabee, phoned McCain to inform him he was pulling out of the contest. President George Bush is expected to endorse McCain today at the White House.

    With Clinton and Obama continuing to battle it out for the Democratic nomination, McCain has a potential advantage in that he is now free to prepare for the November general election.

    With 74% of the votes counted in the Republican contest in Texas, where Huckabee had hoped he could secure a victory as he had in other southern states, McCain took 52% to the Baptist pastor's 37%.

    In Ohio, with 80% of the votes counted, he took 59% to Huckabee's 31%. In Rhode Island, with 97% of the vote counted, he took 65% to Huckabee's 22%. In Vermont, with 85% of the vote counted, he had 72% to Huckabee's 14%.

    The magic number for securing the Democratic nomination is 2,025 delegates at the party conference in Denver in August. There are ten contests remaining, with more than 600 at stake.

    Exit polls showed that concern about the economy was the biggest issue for most voters, 61% in recession-hit Ohio and 48% in Texas.

    Exit polls in Texas showed Clinton won the overwhelming support of Latino voters, who make up about a third of Democratic voters in the state. She won 64% of them.

    Exit polls in Ohio showed Clinton holding on to her core support: women, low-income voters and union households.




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    نفس تازه کلینتون با پیروزی در اوهایو


    کلینتون می گوید با پشتوانه رای دهندگان در اوهایو، تا پیروزی کامل به رقابت ادامه می دهد
    با به دست آوردن یک پیروزی ارزشمند در ایالت اوهایو، حرکت متزلزل هیلاری کلینتون به سوی کاخ سفید، جان تازه ای گرفت.
    رسانه های آمریکایی می گویند خانم کلینتون، در دو ایالت دیگر (تکزاس و رود آیلند) نیز، بر رقیب دموکرات خود باراک اوباما پیشی گرفته است. درحالی که رای ایالت تکزاس، هنوز به طور کامل شمارش نشده است.

    آقای اوباما هم، در ایالت شمال شرقی ورمونت پیروز شده است.

    در این حال، سناتور جمهوری خواه، جان مک کین، در رقابت بر سر نامزدی انتخابات در چهار ایالت برنده شد.

    نزدیک ترین رقیب جمهوری خواه آقای مک کین، مایک هاکابی از ادامه رقابت بازمانده و اعلام کرده است که از نامزدی آقای مک کین در انتخابات ریاست جمهوری آمریکا حمایت می کند.

    بدین ترتیب، حزب جمهوری خواه، سناتور جان مک کین از ایالت آریزونا را به عنوان نماینده خود در انتخابات ریاست جمهوری 2008 آمریکا برگزیده است.

    رای 'تعیین کننده' اوهایو

    هیلاری کلینتون از حزب دموکرات، در جمع هوادارانش در ایالت اوهایو، گفت که مصمم است به رقابت خود ادامه دهد و انتظار دارد هفته آینده، مناظره با رقیب خود باراک اوباما را ادامه دهد.

    خانم کلینتون همچنین با توجه به پیروزی خود در این ایالت، به پیشینه اوهایو به عنوان ایالتی که در دوره های اخیر انتخابات ریاست جمهوری آمریکا، نامزد برنده را برگزیده است، اشاره کرد.

    او گفت: می دانید که همیشه می گویند وقتی اوهایو رای داد، همه کشور رای می دهد.


    مک کین، نامزد جمهوری خواهان شد
    خانم کلینتون خطاب به جمعیت هوادار خود گفت مردم اوهایو با رای خود به او، به روشنی گفته اند که با قدرت و تا پایان کار، همراه او هستند.

    او با اشاره به اینکه هیچ دموکراتی نمی تواند بدون پیروزی در اوهایو به ریاست جمهوری آمریکا برسد، گفت با این پیروزی، تا رسیدن به کاخ سفید، به مبارزه خود ادامه خواهد داد.

    'وحدت حزب'

    در جبهه جمهوری خواهان، جان مک کین و مایک هاکابی، تا این مرحله به رقابت خود ادامه دادند.

    آقای هاکابی، فرماندار سابق آرکانزاس، اکنون کناره گیری کرده و طی تماسی تلفنی پیروزی سناتور مک کین را به وی تبریک گفته است.

    او طی سخنانی در تگزاس در میان هوادارانش گفت اکنون وقت آن است که "نه بر آنچه باید می شد یا ما می خواستیم بشود" بلکه بر "آنچه باید باشد یعنی وحدت حزب" تمرکز شود.

    جان مک کین در نطق خود به مناسبت کسب نامزدی حزب جمهوری خواه عمدتا بر سیاست خارجی و پیروزی آمریکا در عراق و همچنین مبارزه با تروریسم تاکید کرد.






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    ایران به اظهارات کلینتون رسما اعتراض کرد


    جمهوری اسلامی اظهارات هیلاری کلینتون را نقض حقوق بین الملل توصیف کرده است
    ایران به اظهارات یکی از داوطلبان نامزدی حزب دموکرات در انتخابات ریاست جمهوری آمریکا رسما اعتراض کرده است.
    روز پنجشنبه، 1 مه (12 اردیبهشت)، گزارش شد که معاون نمایندگی دایم جمهوری اسلامی در سازمان ملل متحد با ارسال نامه هایی برای بان کی مون، دبیرکل، و رئیس شورای امنیت سازمان ملل اعتراض دولت خود را نسبت به سخنان اخیر هیلاری کلینتون علیه ایران ابراز داشته است.

    خانم کلینتون در مصاحبه ای با شبکه تلویزیونی ای بی سی که هفته گذشته صورت گرفتاز امکان واکنش شدید آمریکا نسبت به حمله اتمی ایران به اسرائیل سخن گفت.

    وی در پاسخ به این سئوال که در صورتی که اسرائیل هدف حمله اتمی ایران قرار گیرد، چه واکنشی نشان خواهد داد گفت که "مایلم ایران بداند که اگر من رئیس جمهور باشم، در چنین صورتی ما به ایران حمله خواهیم کرد."

    هیلاری کلبنتون گفت که اگر در آینده ایرانیان، به گفته وی، از سر نادانی به حمله اتمی به اسرائیل فکر کنند "ما می توانیم آنان را کاملا محو کنیم."

    مهدی دانش یزدی، معاون نماینده دایم ایران در سازمان ملل، در نامه اعتراضیه خود با محکوم کردن اظهارات خانم کلینتون، سخنان وی را "غیرمسئولانه، غیرقابل توجیه و تحریک آمیز علیه ملت و تمدن ایران" خوانده و آن را تخطی آشکار از منشور سازمان ملل متحد توصیف کرده است.

    آقای دانش یزدی، با حذف آن بخش از سخنان خانم کلینتون حمله به ایران را واکنشی نسبت به حمله اتمی احتمالی این کشور به اسرائیل دانسته، گفته است که سناتور آمریکایی "بدون دلیل موجه و با استناد به بهانه های واهی و بی اساس تهدید کرده است که علیه جمهوری اسلامی ایران به زور متوسل می شود."

    وی گفته است که این اظهارات نقض آشکار مفاد منشور ملل متحد و مبانی اصلی حقوق بین الملل است و با تلاش برای تقویت صلح و امنیت منطقه ای و بین المللی مغایرت دارد.

    معاون نمایندگی دایم ایران در شورای امنیت سازمان ملل از رئیس شورای امنیت خواسته است نامه اعتراضی وی به عنوان سند رسمی انتشار یابد و در میان اعضای شورا توزیع شود.

    مخالفت با اسلحه اتمی

    در نامه آقای دانش یزدی آمده است که ایران یکی از کشورهای پیشتاز در مخالفت با هر نوع اسلحه کشتار جمعی از جمله تسلیحات هسته ای بوده است.


    هیلاری کلینتون توانست در انتخابات مقدماتی پنسیلوانیا بر اوباما غلبه کند

    وی افزوده ایران بارها اعلام داشته که جنگ افزارهای هسته ای، که خطرناک ترین و غیرانسانی ترین تسلیحات هستند در دکترین نظامی این کشور جایی ندارد، و از سال 1974 (1353) از هیچ تلاشی برای تحقق هدف ایجاد خاورمیانه ای عاری از سلاح های اتمی دریغ نکرده است.

    در نامه نمایندگی ایران در سازمان ملل، ضمن تاکید بر اینکه این کشور قصد تهاجم به هیچکس را ندارد، آمده است که جمهوری اسلامی بر اساس حق دفاع از خود "در پاسخ به هرگونه حمله علیه ملت ایران و در اتخاذ اقدامات مناسب دفاعی برای محافظت از خویش هیچگاه تردیدی به خود راه نخواهد داد."

    خبر اعتراض دفتر نمایندگی ایران در سازمان ملل در پی اظهار نظر محمود احمدی نژاد، رئیس جمهور ایران، در مورد نتیجه احتمالی انتخابات ریاست جمهوری آمریکا انتشار می یابد.

    روز چهارشنبه گزارش شد که آقای احمدی نژاد در گفتگو با خبرنگاران در دهلی، پایتخت هند، گفته است که انتخاب هیلاری کلینتون، به عنوان یک زن، و باراک اوباما، به عنوان یک سیاهپوست، به مقام ریاست جمهوری آمریکا را نامحتمل می داند.

    در حالیکه دولت جورج بوش، رئیس جمهور آمریکا از حزب جمهوریخواه، موضع تندی علیه ایران اتخاذ کرده و دولت جمهوری اسلامی را به تلاش برای دستیابی به اسلحه اتمی، حمایت از تروریسم و مداخله در عراق متهم می کند، نامزدهای حزب دموکرات در مبارزات انتخاباتی خود نرمش بیشتری نسبت به ایران نشان داده اند.

    از جمله خانم کلینتون و آقای اوباما از مذاکره با ایران برای کاهش تنش بین دو کشور و به منظور یافتن راه حلی برای بحران امنیتی عراق حمایت کرده اند.

    در عین حال، خانم کلینتون دیدگاه خود در مورد ایران را در روز 22 آوریل و در آستانه رای گیری در انتخابات مقدماتی ایالت پنسیلوانیا ابراز داشت که، به گفته ناظران، بسیاری از رای دهندگان آن را سفیدپوستان محافظه کار تشکیل می دهند و یک اقلیت یهودی متنفذ نیز در این ایالات سکونت دارد.

    خانم کلینتون که تا کنون از نظر مجموع آرا ایالتی از آقای اوباما عقب است، توانست در انتخابات مقدماتی پنسیلوانیا پیروز شود.





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    Senator Clinton should apologize for using a genocidal term during her campaign. Her recent remark-- stating that if Iranians were to launch a nuclear attack against Israel, the United States would be able to obliterate Iran -- is out of the line, politically inappropriate, and reflects a hawkish approach toward foreign policy based on the Bush administration model.

    Even neoconservative warmongers who have been saber rattling with Iran over the past 8 years have never used such a term. If the media were not distracted by Rev. Wright's controversial remarks, this comment would cause a huge backlash against Clinton.

    This calls into question Clinton's ability to pick up the red phone at 3 a.m. and make a tough decision on a crucial foreign policy issue. Also, before taking that 3 a.m. call, Clinton should read the National Intelligence Estimates during the daytime. She did not read them a single time for Iraq in 2002 and consequently voted for the Iraq war.

    Once again, it seems that she did not read the latest NIE on Iran's nuclear program (PDF), which is a collection of reports conducted by dozens of intelligence agencies. The report released last December emphasizes that Iranians stopped their efforts to make a nuclear bomb in 2003. This means Iran has no bomb to attack Israel with, and consequently there is no need to "obliterate" a country with 70 million people, three times larger that Iraq in size and population.

    Even if Iranians were to gain a nuclear bomb, there would be no way for them to use it against Israel, simply due to the geography of the region. Palestinians and Israelis live side by side. No bomb has yet been made that can differentiate between ethnicities.

    Clinton's attempt to be tough has pushed her to internalize a neoconservative tone in her foreign policy agenda that is disrespectful of international mechanisms in dealing with global crisis. This destructive approach has dramatically damaged the image of the United States since the Iraq war in 2003.

    Moreover, in the literature of peace and conflict studies, "obliteration" of a country, in whatever shape or form, is genocidal, irresponsible and irrational.

    While thousands of people have died in a war that could have been avoided, talking about obliteration of yet another country -- which President Bush has called "the third World War" -- does bode well for change in the White House in January 2009.

    Clinton should also know that there are between 25,000 to 35,000 Jews in Iran. Jewish people have a member in the Iranian parliament. They can practice their religion freely to a large extent, and love their homeland, even though they might not like their controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She should also remember that Iranians were the first in the Middle East to show their sympathy for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy by lighting candles in their memory.

    Clinton's remark is disrespecting millions of Iranians who are struggling hard for their rights, which include thousands of intellectuals, journalists and activists who have paid huge costs to change their society but still think that the west and Iran should engage in a constructive dialogue -- even with the current government -- rather than go to war.




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    President-Elect Barack Obama was poised to name his national security team on Monday, with former political rival Hillary Clinton in line to be picked as secretary of state.

    As part of a deal with Obama to clear the way for his wife to get the post, former President Bill Clinton agreed to make public the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation, the New York Times reported in Sunday's editions.

    A person close to Clinton, the New York senator who waged a sometimes heated battle with Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on Sunday that "she will be in Chicago tomorrow to be named secretary of state."

    Others expected to be picked for key posts include: current Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican who would stay in the new Democratic administration; retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, and Susan Rice, an Obama foreign policy adviser, as U.N. ambassador.

    The Obama national security team will face the tasks of extricating U.S. forces from Iraq, tackling a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, and rebuilding the U.S. image abroad after eight years with President George W. Bush in office.

    The appointments come amid other global security challenges such as the attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed nearly 200 people and threatened to undermine India's improving ties with fellow nuclear-armed neighbor Pakistan.

    Obama's office said in a statement on Sunday that Obama would announce members of his national security team at a news conference at 10:40 a.m. EST (1540 GMT) on Monday. Vice President-elect Joe Biden will also attend the session where other officials in the next administration might also be named.

    U.S. media also reported Obama will name former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security chief.

    Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised Hillary Clinton's pending nomination, but made clear that her husband's activities might come under scrutiny.

    BILL CLINTON FACES QUESTIONS

    "I would vote in favor of Senator Clinton, knowing what we have here," about her husband's disclosures on his foundation, Lugar told ABC's "This Week."

    "I suspect, however, that I'm not alone in suggesting that there will be questions raised, and probably legitimate questions," Lugar added.

    The New York Times, citing Democratic sources, reported that Bill Clinton had decided to make public his contributor list to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest with his wife's duties as the top U.S. diplomat.

    Clinton turned over names of all 208,000 individuals and organizations that have given money since 1997, the Times said, and his foundation will release them publicly by year's end.

    Future donors also will be disclosed as long as Hillary Clinton serves in Obama's cabinet, the newspaper reported.




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    President-elect Barack Obama named former rival Hillary Clinton as secretary of state on Monday and said Robert Gates would remain defense secretary as part of a national security team charged with recasting America's leadership of world affairs.

    Clinton and Gates, who have been at odds with Obama in the past over foreign policy and defense issues, will implement Obama's vision of rebuilding the U.S. image abroad and oversee two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "I assembled this team because I am a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions. I think that's how the best decisions are made," Obama said at a news conference.

    Clinton, standing with Obama on the stage in Chicago, said the United States must rely on its friends to help confront threats like global warming and terrorism -- an implicit rebuke to the go-it-alone approach of President George W. Bush.

    "While we are determined to defend our freedoms and liberties at all costs, we also reach out to the world again, seeking common cause and higher ground," she said.

    Along with Clinton and Gates, Obama named retired Marine Gen. James Jones as national security adviser and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as head of homeland security.

    He also named former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Susan Rice, an Obama foreign policy adviser, as U.N. ambassador.

    All the nominees are expected to win quick confirmation by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    The announcements have been given added emphasis by last week's rampage in Mumbai, India, where gunmen killed nearly 200 people, including at least five U.S. citizens, ratcheting up tensions with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan.

    With polls showing most Americans more concerned about the dire state of the economy than national security, Obama spent much of last week naming leading members of his economic team and presenting himself as a strong chief executive officer.

    But the Mumbai attacks were a timely reminder that Obama will not have the luxury of focusing only on fixing the economy as he succeeds outgoing Bush. His vice president-elect, Joe Biden, warned during the presidential campaign that Obama could be tested by a national security crisis within six months of taking office on January 20.

    U.S. authorities warned last week of a possible al Qaeda threat to transit systems in and around New York City, although they added there was no specific information to confirm the plot had developed "beyond aspirational planning."

    GATES OFFERS CONTINUITY

    Gates has said he wanted to leave at the end of the Bush administration and it is unclear how long he plans to serve in Obama's administration.

    While Gates avoided direct criticism of Obama during the election campaign, he has advocated policies that have been at odds with Obama on issues like the Iraq war.
    Obama wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office, but Gates has argued against setting timetables and a quick pullout, saying it could jeopardize the security gains that have been made over the past year.

    However, Gates has been praised by Democrats and Republicans since taking over the Pentagon from Donald Rumsfeld in 2006 and he would provide continuity while the United States fights wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Obama clashed with Clinton during a bitter campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton famously ran an advertisement depicting a 3 a.m. crisis call at the White House to argue that Obama, a first-term Illinois senator, was not ready to be commander-in-chief.

    Clinton also tended to talk tougher, once saying she would "obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel. She criticized as "naive" Obama's call for direct presidential-level engagement with foes like Iran and North Korea.

    But Clinton broadly agrees with Obama in supporting a greater emphasis on engagement in U.S. foreign policy.

    Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, has agreed to make public the names of more than 200,000 donors to his foundation as part of a deal with Obama to clear the way for his wife to become secretary of state, a member of Obama's transition team said.

    Clinton has decided to publish his contributor lists to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest with his wife's duties as secretary of state.




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    Hague talks
    MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell interviews Clinton on Iran talks

    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat met Iran's delegate at an international conference in the Hague on Tuesday in a sign of tentatively improving ties after decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran. In a rare diplomatic exchange, the United States also directly gave a letter to Tehran seeking help to resolve three separate cases involving Americans, one a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran two years ago.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Iran's participation at the Hague conference on Afghanistan, which she proposed and personally had urged Tehran to attend. "I think the fact that they came today, that they intervened today is a promising sign that there will be future cooperation," Clinton said.

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    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the previous Bush administration's attempts to isolate Iran did not work. In testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee Thursday, Clinton said isolation "did not deter Iran one bit" in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its support of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. The Obama administration has taken a different approach than the previous administration by offering to engage in dialogue with the Iranians. Clinton said engaging Iran diplomatically would put the U.S. in a better position to organize tougher sanctions against Tehran if needed.


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