Christmas postcard, 1911

Christmas postcard, 1911 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bill Lara

Well hello folks! Every one on staff hopes you all had a wonderful thanksgiving feast and, are already preparing for Christmas! Here at IPC HQ we are already  looking past Santa’s work day and, are already preparing for the New Year!

In fact we are gearing for a fantastic party at one of our new favorite places, Juana M at 923 Brickell. This year we will starting the celebration with a five course meal fit by a King and prepared a Prince among Chefs who is simply known as …Gaston!

The night is going to be amazing, entertainment, five course meal, wine and champagne all for only $80 per person. They are preparing for two services, one for the  early birds with somewhere to go, and a second one for those who would rather enjoy the music, the food and the wine while watching the ball drop on one of their large screen Tv’s!

Well, we’ll be there along with the Florida Association Of Hispanic Journalists, World Press Services and the International Press club folks in Miami for the Holidays. Just don’t miss out, at those prices the tables will go very fast. You can contact them at either their web page at http://juanambrickell.com, their blog at juanammiami.wordpress.com or, through their FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/JuanaMBrickell?ref=br_tf.

Here are some images taken at our last adventure at the monthly Hot Topic VIP Networking event at Juana M.  Happy Holidays!

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Mr. Demetrius Smith, CEO Empower Market




“Premio “30 Aniversario” a Delicias de España”.
when Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
location Delicias de España. 4016 S Red Rd, Miami FL 33155
 MJPresidentFlorida Association of Hispanic Journalists, Since 1984 Asociación de la Florida de Periodistas Hispanos251 Valencia Avenue, # 253Coral Gables, FL 33114www.fahj.orgTelephone: (786) 286-3600on facebook: fahj/afphTwitter: @afph_fahj



Teen Court Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ishchaji Robertson, General Magistrate Carolyn Howard with Teen Court Youth Volunteer Victoria Urdaneta,

Teen Court Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ishchaji Robertson, General Magistrate Carolyn Howard with
Teen Court Youth Volunteer Victoria Urdaneta,

(MIAMI, December 2, 2013) – Miami-Dade County Teen Court, a program of the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, unveiled “Making the Connection” at its recent Juvenile Justice Forum. Making the Connection is a new initiative aimed at exposing students to various professional opportunities and environments.  Ten of Teen Court’s youth volunteers were paired with a variety of different industry professionals who participated in the Juvenile Justice Forum held in May.

Participants were exposed to new career paths and realities experienced by the professionals including:  day-to-day happenings, types of sacrifices made, and industry best practices.  These interactions gave students access and insights for their professional development.  This initiative is another example of Teen Court’s commitment to youth empowerment and development.

“Today’s teens need much guidance, especially when it comes to the reality of their desired professions, states John E. Dixon, Jr., Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Executive Director.  This initiative gave the youth an opportunity to expose them to a profession that they might be interested in and to see the profession in a realistic way.”

Judge Magistrate Carolyn Howard participated in the first batch of volunteers for Making the Connection.  She expressed, “Making the Connection initiative and the Teen Court program is an excellent experience for students to learn about the judicial system, and I enjoyed being a part of it.”

Teen Court Administrator LaVerne Dean, Captain Jeffrey Scott Dennis,  Teen Court Youth Volunteer Stephanie Palacios’ mom Martha Jiron and Stephanie

Teen Court Administrator LaVerne Dean, Captain Jeffrey Scott Dennis,
Teen Court Youth Volunteer Stephanie Palacios’ mom Martha Jiron and Stephanie

  For more information, visit www.miamidade.gov/economicadvocacytrust or contact Anthony D. Williams, Teen Court Youth Development Division Director, at 305-375-5661 or email awill1@miamidade.gov.

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At 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13 internationally acclaimed soprano, Yana Eminova returns to SoBe Arts to celebrate the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi with an exquisite evening of his amazing music and that of Giacomo Puccini*. Ms. Eminova will be joined by tenor Casey Finnigan (Florida Grand Opera) and pianist Alexandra Naumenko (Metropolitan Opera and Florida Grand Opera).
“I was 24 years old when I sang Traviata on stage.
It was an unforgettable and life changing experience.”
Yana Eminova

VERDI – Ave MariaStornelloAddio del passato and Alfrefo and Violetta duet Parigi o cara from La Traviata; Duke’s aria La donna e mobile from Rigoletto; Oscar’s aria Volta la terrea from Un Ballo in Maschera and Ah la paterna mano from Macbeth.  MUSIC BY PUCCINI – Aria RodolfoAria Mimi and O soave fanciulla duet from La BohemeAvete Tortoand O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi 
Please join us for a post-concert reception and meet the artists.

FREE PARKING: Enter lot off Washington Ave. between the 21st Street Recreation Center and the Miami Beach Convention Center. Walk to NE pedestrian gate to enter SoBe Arts’ Little Stage Theater.

Tickets $25 (senior $15 and student $10 tickets available at the door) Seating is limited. To guarantee seating please purchase in advance. 20% discount for Miami Beach residents available at the door.)
* Puccini and his brother, Michele, walked 18.5 miles to see a performance of Verdi’s Aida in Pisa and he became entranced by opera. This experience inspired Puccini to become an opera composer.


SoBe Arts 2013/14 Season is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and the City of Miami Beach, the Horowitz Family Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Neil and Carolina Rodin as well as our generous individual donors and volunteers.   Please make a tax-deductible donation of any amount:
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CALL OR EMAIL IVONA SHEDROFF 305.674.9220 info@sobearts.org


Carl Fisher Clubhouse/Little Stage Theater Complex

2100 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Acknowledgement to / Reconocimiento a la Embajadora/Ambassador Mª Cristina Barrios y Almanzor Cónsul de España en Miami

Consul de espanaThe International Press Club of Miami and The Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists (www.fahj.org), recognized the work of Ambassador Maria Cristina Barrios and Almanzor, Consul of Spain to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia, for the promotion Hispanic culture and our language in the U.S..

Ms. Barrios and Almanzor, who was special ambassador for the Reconstruction of Haiti and comply Special Mission for Climate Change (2007), after serving as Deputy Consul of Spain in Dusseldorf, was the first Deputy Chief of Protocol and the first introducer of Ambassadors and upper boss Protocol Department, Foreign Ministry and Orders.
In 1998 he was appointed ambassador to Spain in Sweden and Latvia with residence in Stockholm, and in 2003 was appointed ambassador to Mexico.
In the photo, from left to right, Humberto Estenoz, secretary general of the International Press Club in Miami (www.internationalpressclub-miami.org), the Consul and Peter A. Gonzalez, Jr, president of the AFPH.
The year 2013 will mark the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and in two years will be held the fourth centenary of the foundation by the Spanish also Menendez St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country.
Spanish is the most studied language in the United States while Spain is the tenth U.S. investor, with $ 50.000 billion.

El International Press Club of Miami y La Asociación de La Florida Periodistas Hispanos (www.fahj.org), reconoció el trabajo de la Embajadora Mª Cristina Barrios y Almanzor, Cónsul de España para la Florida, Carolina del Sur y Georgia, por la promoción de la cultura hispana y nuestra lengua en los EEUU.
La Sra. Barrios y Almanzor, quien fuera embajadora especial para la Reconstrucción de Haití y cumpliera Misión Especial para el Cambio Climático (2007), luego de desempeñarse como Cónsul adjunta de España en Dusseldorf, fue primera jefe adjunta de Protocolo y primera introductora de Embajadores y jefa superior de los Servicios de Protocolo, Cancillería y Órdenes.
En 1998 fue designada embajadora de España en Suecia y Letonia, con residencia en Estocolmo, y en 2003 fue nombrada embajadora en México.
En la foto, de izquierda a derecha, Humberto Estenoz, secretario general del Club Internacional de la Prensa de Miami (www.internationalpressclub-miami.org), la Cónsul y Pedro A. González, Jr, presidente de la AFPH.
Este año 2013 se cumplirá el 500 aniversario de la llegada del explorador español Ponce de León y en dos años se celebrará el cuarto centenario de la fundación por el también español Pedro Menéndez de Avilés de San Agustín, la ciudad más antigua del país.
El español es la lengua más estudiada en EEUU al tiempo que España es el décimo inversor en los EEUU, con $50,000 millones de dólares.

Elections For the Board of the International Press Club of Miami

Humberto Estenoz, President of IPC-Miami

Humberto Estenoz, President of IPC-Miami

The 16 founders of the International Press Club of Miami, elected January 31st in the Hyatt Regency Hotel of Coral Gables (FL) their first Board, with a total of 32% of ballots casted by mail.
The five member board elected is as follow: Humberto Estenoz and Pedro A. Gonzalez, Jr with 100% of votes, Bill Lara with 80%, Joseph B. Treaster with 60%, Natalie French, Vicente Rodríguez and Pedro Rodríguez Medina with 50% and Aleida Marin Perez and Agustin Rangugni with 20%.
The positions in the five member Board are: Humberto Estenoz, President; Pedro A. Gonzalez Jr, Vice-president; Bill Lara, Secretary and the Directors: Joseph B. Treaster and Vicente Rodriguez.

Margolis at City Hall

A new business speakers series has been inaugurated at famed City Hall Restaurant in downtown Miami. Where owner and long time area entrepreneur Steven Haas  agreed to host the Kotel Financial Speaker series created and produced by local high visibility promoter Tony Major.

Florida Senator Gwen Margolis (D)

On it’s first event of this sort, the restaurant, which is located at 2004 Biscayne blvd,just a couple of blocks from the venerable offices of the Miami Herald, The keynote speaker was State Senator Gwen Margolis who was brought to the podium by Hass after, he himself was introduced to the crowd by a representative of the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalist and the International Press Club-Miami.

Margolis took to the podium with her polished open style and touted Miami’s new and rising real estate development surge as a joint community effort. And, in a few cases, a demonstration of how there can there can be bi-partisan progress in the state congress when the initiative is clear and well led. A

Margolis specifically noted business tourism as one of the major cause for this rise and, declared that her and her colleagues are trying to further procure the necessary regulations and funds to insure all possible advantages are given to this opportunity.

Sven H. Haas and his lovely wife with Miami’s top promoter Tony Major

Worthy of special mention is that, among the world class  local notables present there was also Master Chu-Fei Tsai, one os the most spiritually  influential  (yet  almost invisible to the locals)  women of her time.. Master Tsai is the Head of the Heart of Humanity Foundation and a direct representative of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Leader of the Buddhist faith who, she has helped bring to Miami for the last two visits.

Tsai is planning a series of community oriented fundraisers  and events starting in November of this year and, continuing through to June culminating with the Third Visit of the Dalai Lama to Miami. to  a third for next year.. Master Tsai is not only an accomplished PhD and Chinese Physician who sits in multiple academic board worldwide but, she is also based in Miami’s Coconut Grove’s Zen Village.

She and Senator Margolis happen to be neighbors in Coconut Grove so, it is expect they will further cooperate in the effort to attract business and pleasure visitors to our area. Among the many students of Master Tsai around the world are quite a few heads of State, International bankers of the first order and any other number of potential further sources of visitors.

Rick Romash, Master Chufei Tsai and Kotel Managing Partner Eli Mualin

While the Q & A that followed Senator Margolis’s words at the podium was generally focused on the details of  the specific incentives being offered now to help businesses and individuals take advantage of this economic surge, the opening question requested confirmation on the fact the in Florida, ex felons and and certain other that have completed their sentences may still not vote.  This is a very volatile issue at this time since i.e. the ACLU is currently suing Governor Scott to relax what they (the ACLU) considers are “voter suppression” efforts guided by party orientation. And, the rights of offenders that have already paid their debt to society in prison but, are still not allowed to vote are also a big past of the disagreement.

Jobvelin Escalona nd friend Maria with Master Tsai and Mr. Mualin

Fortunately the Senator managed to command the room and her session at the podium returned very quickly to the topic for which most of the attendees had come to hear. Eli Mualin of Kotel Financial services and Wealth Management actively made private  introductions during the lunch period since, as a title sponsor  of the speaker series, they are on a mission to enhance the changes of all new businesses and,or investors coming in to the area.  As part of which, Kotel Financial is currently sponsoring a series of events  to  promote the concept of credit protection,  Kotel’s strategy to help enhance the area  is to  advise companies trying to make a home base in Miami on how to safely,  effectively and expediently  finance their penetration instead of having to lay out  the currently scarce hard currency and, avoid catastrophic compromising of principal investments.

The Speaker series will continue monthly at City Hall Restaurant. Any local persons or corporations interested in participating either as guest or, for consideration as speakers should contact Tony Major  though the Kotel front desk at: 305-712 2060 or you can find his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194612913999334/

International Press Club-Miami News May 2012

European Union Hosts Discussion

and New Book on Immigration

Coral Gables, FL

The Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables was the setting for a European Union Center of Excellence immigration discussion and, Pilar Marrero‘s (author, columnist La Opinión from Los Angeles, CA,) release of her new book on the subject (El despertar del sueno americano (Waking Up from the American Dream) (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]).  Dr. Joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Miami, also hosted the event and discussion on the particular topics of immigration and it’s socioeconomic and political implications for the United States.

The relevance of the Hispanic /Latino population’s perception and voting reaction during the current presidential campaigns were, discussed in particular detail. Questions and commentary from attending media and the general audience reflected much concern that the current Democrat administration’s actions have been much more stern than the past  Republican one, at least  as far as deportations and legal actions against illegal immigrants go.

(left to right) Dr. Joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Miami; Excel. Javier Pagalday Gastelrrutia, Consul General Adjunct of Spain, Pilar Marrero, author, columnist La Opinión from Los Angeles (CA), Leonardo Cesar Ferreira, Assistant Profesor of Journalism, University of Miami, Lic. Pedro A. González, Jr. President, FAHJ.

(left to right) Javier Pagalday Gastelrrutia, Consul General Adjunct of Spain, Pilar Marrero, author, columnist La Opinión from Los Angeles (CA), Leonardo Cesar Ferreira, Assistant Profesor of Journalism, University of Miami, Lic. Pedro A. González, Jr. President, FAHJ.

The point that the Hispanic/Latino national community would have to come to terms with it’s perceived preference of President Obama versus the actions of his administration was driven home by several of the panelists. It will be interesting to see the resolution this community will come too when they are at the voting booth.

(right to left) Tyson George, Liaison Officer, Consulate General of Canada, Ms. Cheryl Gaile Thompson, Deputy Consul General of Barbados, Mrs. Harriet Jordan-Terry and Mrs. Lolita Payne, Consulate General of Barbados and Mr. Joseph N. Hunte, Consul of Barbados.

Dr. Joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Chair, University of Miami

Rebecca Friedman, Co director, European Union Center, FIU

Michele Pérez, European Union Center, FIU and Dina Molionkova European Union Center, UM.


More images courtesy of

Christine I. Caly-Sanchez

Associate Director


European Union Center of Excellence at:



El despertar del sueno americano (Waking Up from the American Dream) (Spanish Edition)






Please be advised…We have 6 guest spots left open for a media visit to the Miami Seaquarium to experience their new underwater attraction. Please let us know if you would like to attend! We must give them a date by Friday which we will share to coordinate the remaining spots based on publication relevance to the topic. .
There is no charge for this activity…

Su atencion por favor. El Maimi Seaquarium nos ha invitado a llevar 8 (quedan 6 puestos) personas a su nueva experiencia submarina. Necesitamos darles una fecha este Viernes asi, que coordinaremos los puestos restantes basados en la relevancia al topico de la visita.

Por favor avisar aqui si tiene Ud. interes en venir.
Esta actividad no tiene costo..

Para registrarse por favor enviar un correo electronico  a / To register for this please email:



Got Your Six

Los Angeles Times/Business Section: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/05/hollywood-takes-up-veteran-causes-with-got-your-6-effort.html

“A coalition of major media companies, talent agencies and unions are teaming up with two dozen nonprofit organizations as part of a campaign to build awareness for veteran issues such as employment, health, housing and education.

The wide-reaching initiative — dubbed “Got Your Six,” which is military speak for “I’ve got your back” — will include a celebrity-filled public service campaign as well as greater effort by Hollywood to incorporate positive portrayals of veterans in movies and television shows, giving greater visibility to the challenges they face after returning from active duty.

Companies participating include Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, Time Warner Inc.’s HBO and Warner Bros., News Corp.’s Fox, Sony, Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, as well as talent agencies Creative Artists Agency, United Talent and William Morris Endeavor. Also on board are the Directors Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America, West. “




Krypy Balze Artist, Friend & Patriot

 Continuing our series of events leading to the 4th of July convoy parade originally proposed by the Independent Chamber of Commerce of South Dade, the Florida Association of Hispanic Journalists and, IPC-Miami, we are planning another small get together at Barrio Artspace Workshop this coming Memorial Day Monday.  Though we are still i n the planning stages and, had considered creating a third group to handle our new involvement with this venue, we have decided to continue as we had with only the three original organizations that started this project.

Furthermore, we have reached an agreement with Barrio Artspace founder, philanthropist and community activist Jose Fernandez (JFI properties to organize two months of  Friday night events at the Jose Marti Park in little Havana.  Due to this new commitment to help promote little Havana , we will be also assume the artistic management of the Artspace Workshop. 

For the Memorial day event we will be featuring the theme we began with (When Johnny Comes Marching Home)  as well as the ideals behind the just premiered “Got your 6” effort mentioned earlier in this issue.

Among the featured artists for the evening,we will also be debuting a very special  Scott Welliver’s “Scrappy Chihuahua” video podcast. Scrappy  began as a an audio podcast based on a Mafia Wars (Zynga) “living” “tiny but mighty” chihuahua and his gang of loyal mafia dogs. The characters created by Scott and his company of actors has become quite popular and,  has also evolved out of the strict Mafia Wars setting  into a full fledged super heroe canine
League of Paws”. To get a glimpse of the funny and often touching adventures of the Scrappy Chihuahua and his friends, please take a look at their recently created FB fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Da-Scrappy-Chihuahua-Podcast-Fan-Page/164708863596837

Though we would like to have some of our previously featured artists back (Such as Mercury Wolff, Marisbel Lavastida, Christian Bauman, Josh Lucy)  we are still working out some kinks in the planning. A full schedule and detailed event information will be posted as a special notice early next week. Resident Curator Frank Chinea and, Floyd “The Rock Artist” Heglichs are also expected to be represented.

Some of  the guests expected to attend will include cultural media , the Mexican,Dominican, Japanese, Chinese and Panamanian consulate and business missions. Representatives of Miami  Military Academy’s Alumni group, Florida International University, the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and representatives both local and federal government among others.

For images of the last event at Barrio Artspace we suggest you visit: http://barriogalleryartspace.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/bwa-news-and-updates/


CNN in Spanish introduced its new programming

From left to right: Isabel Bucaram (PR Manager for U.S. and VIP Planning CNNE Producer), Juan Carlos Lopez, Samuel Burke, Lucia Navarro, Maria Santana, Cynthia Hudson (Vice President and CEO of CNN in Spanish), Fernando del Rincon Eduardo Suarez (Vice President of Programming), Dr. Marisa Azaret, Adriana Hauser, Ismael Cala and Mercedes Soler.

CNN in Spanish organized an event that brought together its VIP clientele last night at the Hotel Gansevoort in New York City to present the achievements of last year and unveil its new programming. Cynthia Hudson, Vice President and CEO of CNN in Spanish, and Greg D’Alba, President of CNN News Networks & Digital Turner Ad Sales and Marketing, were accompanied by a talented group of CNN in Spanish that included Dr. Marisa Azaret, Ismael Cala, Fernando del Rincon, Juan Carlos Lopez, Lucia Navarro and Mercedes Soler.

Hudson welcomed the guests and highlighted the continuing evolution of CNN in Spanish: “We are pleased with the growth of the channel last year. We continue to invest in new talent and programming to ensure we provide our viewers with the more relevant and compelling news and information that is available in Spanish. “

Cukaj Katrina, Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales for CNN, thanked the present advertising agencies for the support they have given to the channel recognizing the importance of the Hispanic market. He also said that demand for CNN in Spanish is healthy and that the channel upfront 2012-2013 forecast more strengthened.

During the event, CNN in Spanish offered its customers a sample of the latest additions to its lineup including The Influential, Trending Topics, Latin America Review, Travel and Oppenheimer Presenta.

The Influentials: Here presenter Claudia Palacios explores the events that are changing the history of Latin America, the U.S. and the world through the personalities who lead them.

Trending Topics: Weekly program hosted by Rene Solorio, featuring videos words, phrases and topics of the week labeled social networks.

Latin America Review: A virtual discussion that analyzes the current problems and relevant to American society, featuring analysts and protagonists of the daily events of the nation. With questions from the audience made weekly on the World Panorama program, Latin American Review will provide a constant digital interaction through social networks and the official website of the channel http://www. cnnespanol.com to channel the views and concerns of citizens, and will be the centerpiece of which will be discussed each week.

Destinations: With Claudia Palacios, explore beyond the borders, some of the most interesting cities in the world along with the audience entering the lifestyle and culture of the best the world has to offer.

Oppenheimer Presents: A program of analysis of the main themes of the political, economic and social development by journalist Andres Oppenheimer. This program airs Sundays at 9pm (ET).

CNN in Spanish

CNN in Spanish, the first television network CNN 24 hours of independently produced in a language other than English, was launched on March 17, 1997. It offers continuous coverage of the most relevant news of the region and the world with context and analysis, and programming that delves into topics such as economics, finance, healthcare, technology and entertainment. Since its launch, CNN in Spanish has increased its subscriber base to 28 million households and hotel rooms in Latin America and 7 million households in America. In its 15 years, the network has set the standard for credible news, relevant and up to the minute, with programming that offers its audience a unique connection with the world around them, including all the news and now they need to be informed and make sound decisions to secure their future.


Global Water Security: The Intelligence Community Assessment

“Each day, nearly 4,000 people – mostly children under five – die from preventable diseases caused by contaminated water. Not surprisingly, women and girls are impacted most.In addition to the health impacts, water will affect our ability to protect the environment, achieve food-and-energy security, and respond to climate change.

Competition for water and that lack of access to basic water and sanitation services may become a source of conflict.”

Maria Otero
Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Woodrow Wilson Center
Washington, DC
May 9, 2012

Arms Control and International Security: Middle East Issues

05/09/2012 02:45 PM EDT

Middle East Issues

“The United States fully supports the goal of a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction. This support is unequivocal and I can assure you that my government is prepared to take practical measures that can move us toward this goal. A Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction is an achievable goal, but a long-term goal. It will not occur overnight or without a concerted effort in the region and internationally to make it a reality. Just as our efforts to seek peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons will not be realized quickly, we understand that a WMD free zone in the Middle East can only be achieved once essential conditions are in place, most critically a comprehensive and durable peace and full compliance by all countries in the region with their nonproliferation obligations”

Thomas Countryman
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
First Session of the Preparatory Committee, 2015 Review Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Vienna, Austria
May 8, 2012

Collected Department Releases: Interview With Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg Radio

05/09/2012 09:00 AM EDT


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Taj Palace Hotel
New Delhi, India
May 8, 2012

Interview With Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg Radio

QUESTION: I wanted to start out by asking you, last week in China you were involved in a roller coaster ride of backstage negotiations over a blind legal activist, Chen Guangcheng. Take us behind the scenes. Did your talks reach the highest levels of China’s government, and what leverage did you have to convince President Hu Jintao to let a dissident leave for the U.S.?SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, India, I’m not, at this point, going to be able to go into the details. Right now I’m focused on the here and now, which is, briefly stated, Mr. Chen remains in the hospital obtaining medical treatment, some of which was suggested as being necessary based on examinations that our doctors at the Embassy gave him. We remain in close contact with him. He is meeting with Chinese authorities in order to pursue the necessary steps to be able to leave to pursue his studies in the United States. And we’re also on our end expediting and making all the necessary preparations.

So my goal is to welcome him to the United States to pursue his studies. There’ll be plenty of time in the future for him and others to discuss how we got to the point where we are today.”