Friday, July 25, 2008

Condoleeza Rice $5,000 Citizens Arrest Bounty Recalled

NZ students recall Rice's arrest bounty

July 25, 2008 - 4:55PM

Auckland University Students' Association (AUSA) has retracted its $NZ5000 ($A3,881) reward for any student who makes a citizen's arrest of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

AUSA president David Do said it was withdrawing the reward in the interests of safety, but the association would still support any student who sought to arrest Dr Rice.

"None of the multiple justifications for her arrest have changed," he said.


Condoleezza Rice: World power? I'd rather go shopping

She may be one of the most powerful women in the world, holding court with world leaders and standing centre stage on the international arena, but at heart Condoleezza Rice is just like every other woman – all she wants to do is shop....

Ms Rice, who lives just five minutes from a giant shopping mall in Stanford, California, recalled fondly show he and her mother "hit the stores" every Sunday morning after church when she was a child.


Rice unconcerned by freelance campaign diplomacy

PERTH, Australia (AP) — If Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is worried that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is complicating the Bush administration's foreign policy with freelance campaign diplomacy, she isn't showing it.

In her first public comments about Obama's overseas jaunt during which he has contrasted his international approach to that of President Bush in meetings with foreign officials, Rice said the trip was part of the election cycle and would not affect the administration.

"Everybody knows that we are in a presidential campaign, so this a part of America's democratic process," Rice told reporters aboard her plane as she flew from an Asian security conference in Singapore to Australia.

"Sen. Obama is a senator, let's remember. He sits on the Foreign Relations Committee and he is a candidate for president. He is all of those things," she said. "But he has said, and we continue to act on the basis, as do our foreign partners, that this government remains in power until January 2009."

Rice last week reminded U.S. Embassy staff around the world that they should provide only minimal assistance to candidates on campaign trips abroad, but she noted that both Obama and Republican hopeful John McCain had pledged not to run a shadow foreign policy on the stump.

They "have made very clear that there is one president of the United States at a time and that they respect that," she said.


Still time for Mideast peace deal under Bush: Rice

PERTH, Australia (AFP) — There is still time for Israel and the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement before US President George W. Bush leaves office, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.

"There's still time for them to, in accordance with Annapolis, reach agreement by the end of the year and we'll keep working towards that goal," Rice told a news conference in the West Australian capital Perth.

At talks in Annapolis outside Washington last November, Israel and the Palestinians revived negotiations aiming at concluding a comprehensive peace agreement by the end of 2008.

"The Israelis and the Palestinians have their first serious peace process in seven years and they are discussing very sensitive and difficult issues," Rice said.

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