Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Albright speaks

Madeleine Albright came to the UN to speak, along with Hernando de Soto (the economist, not the conquistador, of course) to us journalists about legal empowerment of the poor. The two had headed a report that concluded that 4 billion people don't have access to the law, meaning that they have no legal recourse to secure rights regarding property, labor, or justice, or business. This by itself is a rather shocking conclusion.

But of course the press didn't care about it. We cared much more about what Albright -- former Secretary of State and UN Ambassador and current Hillary Clinton supporter -- might say about the election, and about Iran.

And what did she say? That she supports Hillary but is a democrat and will support the nominee whoever it is. Sort of refreshing to hear, after the "McCain 08!" chants at the DNC meeting last week.

And that Iran's nuclear issue is best dealt with through the international community, and that the nonproliferation regime is broken. She's got a new book out on what the next President must do, and I might just have to pick that one up.

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