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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎

Today U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. The two leaders discussed a range of global issues, including cooperation on the crisis in Venezuela and our shared commitment to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Freeland also discussed the importance of continuing negotiations to modernize the bilateral Columbia River Treaty regime and NAFTA.

April 30 Marks The 43rd Anniversary Of The End Of The Vietnam War Rekindling Interest And Reflection

"Escape from Saigon - a Novel", set entirely during April 1975, captures the fear, cunning and bravery of ordinary people during that pivotal event in history

April 30, 2018 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Vietnam War that ended in 1975, with the anniversary rekindling interest in a protracted war that began for America when the US sent its first military advisors there in November of 1950.

“Escape from Saigon” covers the last month of the Vietnam War, April 1975

Says Dick Pirozzolo, coauthor with Michael Morris of “Escape from Saigon – a Novel” set entirely during the final month of the war and with North Vietnamese tanks bursting through the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace gates, “Vietnam is particularly relevant today as Americans look back on that protracted war to grapple with our current role in Middle East hostilities and the global refugee crisis. The Syrian civil war, several sources agree, has produced one fourth of the world’s current refugees. But the Trump Administration has put the brakes on accepting any of them. By contrast, at the end of the Vietnam the US immediately opened its doors to 125,000 Vietnamese refugees. Additional waves of refugees who were followed later by ordinary immigrants swelled the Vietnamese-born US population to over one million by 2012, who have contributed to the economy and fabric of American society.”

“Escape from Saigon” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, January 2017, 264 pages) “captures the tension and fear that mounted during April of 1975 as it follows the lives of both ordinary and powerful people trapped in the besieged French Colonial city once known as The Pearl of the Orient,” explains Pirozzolo.

Among the  characters in the novel are NBS-TV’s first Vietnamese-American correspondent who chronicles the watershed events during what was dubbed America’s first television war, the hard-hitting Sam Esposito of The Washington Legend who infuriate Richard Nixon with his investigative reports, an American businessman who risked his life to smuggle out his employees; a French expatriate barkeep who is hanging on the last vestiges of colonialism, as well as American diplomats, including the disillusioned Ambassador Graham Martin, CIA operatives, spies and double agents.

About The Authors

Both Pirozzolo and Morris are decorated Vietnam veterans, career journalists and writers with five nonfiction books to their credit.

Morris served in the U.S. Army in 1967-68 and was awarded the Purple Heart. Following his return to the States, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University – Graduate School of Journalism, wrote for USA Today and later became an editor and contributor to a number of Times-Mirror magazines and The New York Times.
Pirozzolo was awarded the Bronze Star for service as a US Air Force press officer in Saigon where he often participated during the official daily press briefings aptly nicknamed, “The Five O’clock Follies.”

After returning home, he became a newspaper reporter, freelance journalist and communication consultant. During the mid-1990s Pirozzolo played a prominent role in US-Vietnam reconciliation and recently covered the shift of Vietnam from enemy to a key US ally and trading partner. As a member of the editorial board of Boston Global Forum—a Harvard affiliated think tank—he remains active in US-Vietnam relations.

The novel has won praise from: 

Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump who wrote, “Escape from Saigon brings to life the lives of the men and women trapped in the capital city,” and

Casey Sherman, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Finest Hours, and Boston Strong who wrote, “Escape from Saigon is a sweeping saga…in the grand tradition of Michener and Clavell,”

Llewellyn King, executive producer and host of PBS-TV’s “White House Chronicle, put it this way: “Escape from Saigon has the same ring of authenticity as Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. Its portrait of city in extremis is chilling and completely engrossing.”

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Acting Secretary Of State Sullivan To Travel To Toronto

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Toronto, Canada from April 21-23 to lead the U.S. delegation to the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting offers an opportunity for foreign ministers to exchange views and collaborate on global political and security issues of mutual concern, including counterterrorism, non-proliferation, North Korea, and Syria. These conversations will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit in Charlevoix, Canada, in June.

On the margins of the G-7 ministerial, Acting Secretary Sullivan will meet with a number of his counterparts for bilateral discussions. The Acting Secretary will also engage with staff at Consulate General Toronto.

Boston Global Forum CEO Calls For Using AI To Build Next Generation Democracy At Club De Madrid’s World Leadership Alliance-North American Roundtable

Club de Madrid membership is made up exclusively of former prime ministers and presidents of the world’s democracies

Tuan Anh Nguyen CEO, Boston Global Forum, discusses AI at Club de Madrid meeting with Canada’s Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and other leaders.

Tuan Nguyen, CEO of the Boston Global Forum, a Boston-based think tank aimed at reducing international conflict, addressed world leaders at the recent Club de Madrid roundtable held recently in San Francisco.

Club de Madrid membership is made up exclusively of former prime ministers and presidents of the world’s democracies. These government leaders and heads of state were taking part in the Next Generation Democracy process whose objective is to trigger debate on ways help today’s democracies meet the expectations and needs of their citizens, preserving their rights and dignity as well as securing a sustainable future for generations to come.

Nguyen, who spearheaded Boston Global Forum’s Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) project briefed the former government and corporate leaders at the event on the developing role and influence artificial intelligence has on society. He called for well-meaning citizens of the world to develop an ethical framework for advancement in and deployment of Artificial Intelligence. He further urged the Club de Madrid delegates, together with leaders of Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple, as well as scholars from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Cambridge, and Oxford to work toward building the Next Generation Democracy based on AIWS ethical principles.

Regarding the AIWS-Artificial Intelligence Initiative for Humanity, Nguyen explained, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world we live in, from work to recreation, from healthcare to education, from governance to social interaction. AI applications are growing in number and usefulness, as the technology works its way into nearly every aspect of our lives.

“With this in mind, we created AIWS as a pioneering initiative of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation and the Boston Global Forum. Our goal is to foster informed thinking about AI so that it can contribute to the good of society—now and well into the future.” Details on AIWS.

He added, “The unpredictability of the Internet, computer operating systems, networks, and computer applications have often led to cybersecurity failures. AI’s impact on society suggests a need to establish technical standards, institutions, and norms to ensure AI’s safe implementation within an ethical framework.”

Delegates were welcomed by Vaira Vike-Freiberga, president of WLA-Club de Madrid, and president of Latvia from 1999 to 2007, and John Battelle, EIC & CEO, NewCo. Among the member participants were Jean Chretien and Kim Campbell former prime ministers of Canada, Esko Aho, former prime minister of Finland, and Jorge Quiroga, former president of Bolivia.

The AIWS initiative was created by the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. working in concert with the Boston Global Forum.

Founded in 2012, The Boston Global Forum (BGF) is a not-for-profit think tank based in Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to bring together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of esteemed academic leaders, real-world experts, thought leaders, media experts and promising young leaders, who are dedicated to seeking peaceful solutions to the most contentious issues of our times.

As an offshoot of The Boston Global Forum, The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) was born in 2015 with the mission of generating ideas, creating solutions, and deploying initiatives to solve global issues, especially focused on Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence.

Environment Minister Visits North America To Turn Tide On Marine Plastic

Thérèse Coffey meets Canadian and American counterparts to discuss marine pollution objectives

Minister Coffey and Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Photo Credit: Canadian High Commission

Minister Coffey and Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Photo Credit: Canadian High Commission

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has joined forces with Canada and the USA in the fight against marine plastic.

During a visit to Washington D.C. and Ottawa this week, the Minister met her international counterparts to discuss the UK’s priorities for the marine environment ahead of the G7 Environment meetings to be held later this year.

Like the UK, Canada has already banned microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics, and the Minister met the country’s Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, and Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, to look at how the two countries can unite in further tackling the threats facing our oceans.

Through its presidency of the G7, which includes a focus on climate change, oceans and clean energy, Canada will be pushing member states to take action to deal with plastic pollution, ocean acidification, and develop the blue economy.

Following her visit, the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

There is no greater asset than our blue planet, and it is only by working together we can address the multitude of threats facing our marine life.

In the UK we have already banned microbeads and cracked down on plastic bags, and in 25 years’ time we will have eliminated all avoidable plastic waste. I look forward to working with my international counterparts to do all we can to protect our oceans for future generations.

Minister McKenna and Minister Coffey also discussed the crucial role industry can play in turning the tide on plastic. And with businesses across the UK pledging to ban straws, cut plastic packaging and roll out water refills, the Minister met Mars and Coca Cola to see first-hand how big producers in the USA are tackling waste.

While in Washington D.C. the Minister also met Judy Garber, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the American Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, who was supportive of moving forward work on oceans – especially on improved data and marine mapping.

Minister Coffey also used a meeting with stakeholders from Pew Environmental Trust and the High Seas Alliance as an opportunity to discuss improving biodiversity in the marine environment.

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