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Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to Lead Delegation to Financing for Development Conference in Ethiopia


WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew will lead the U.S. Delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which will be held July 13-16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Financing for Development Conference will bring together world leaders, Finance and Foreign Ministers, private sector representatives, and non-governmental organizations to lay out a policy framework that will help countries to identify, attract, and access diverse sources of finance in support of sustainable development.
Secretary Lew will be joined by colleagues from across the U.S. Government, including the leadership of the United States Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation as well as senior representatives from the National Security Council, Department of State, and the United States Trade Representative.
Further details regarding Secretary Lew’s schedule will be made available in the weeks ahead.
For more information regarding Financing for Development, please visit: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd3/index.html.
Virginia Morell Print E-mail



Virginia Morell

Virginia Morell is a New York Times bestselling author of four books. Her latest, Animal Wise, has been widely praised as

"touching and provocative," "fascinating and intellectually sweeping," and "heart- and brain-stirring." A correspondent

for Science since 1990, Morell covers evolutionary biology, conservation, and animal behavior. She's also a regular

contributor to National Geographic, and her writing has appeared in Slate, the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian,

Lapham's Quarterly, Conde Nast Traveler, Discover, Outside, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. Her 2004

National Geographic article on climate change was a finalist for Best Environmental Article from the Society of

Environmental Journalists. She blogs at Animal Wise at Psychology Today.

Blue Nile: Ethiopia's River of Magic and Mystery 


Born in Southern California, Morell received a B.A. in English Literature from Pomona College in Claremont. She also has

M.A. in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and an MSc in Environmental Studies from

California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her parents were great outdoor enthusiasts, who passed to her their travel

skills and "itchy-feet" genes. After her studies at McGill, these travel genes seriously kicked in, and she crossed the globe

to Ethiopia, where she lived for two years, teaching English composition at what was then Haile Selassie I University.

Not long after her arrival, the Ethiopian Army deposed the Emperor, and gave the university the more prosaic name,

The National University. Her time in Ethiopia left her with a lasting love for the country and African continent, the people

and wildlife, and taught her the virtue of patience and that revolutions are not as romantic as they're made out to be in

many books and movies. She has since returned numerous times to Ethiopia and other parts of Africa for her articles and

books. Most recently, she has written about grieving animals, dogs that joke, monkeys that whisper, and the 2,000 wild

coyotes that now populate the city of Chicago.


In addition to Animal Wise, Morell is the author of three other celebrated books. The New York Times awarded a Notable

Book of the Year to Ancestral Passions, her dramatic biography of the famed Leakey family and their notable findings.

Blue Nile, about her journey down the Blue Nile, from Ethiopia to Sudan, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Travel Book.

And The Washington Post listed Wildlife Wars, which she co-authored with Richard Leakey, as one of their Best Books of

the Year.


An accomplished public speaker, Morell spent March 2009 as a principal lecturer for National Geographic Society’s

Expeditions Program on one of its exclusive, round-the-world trips. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband,

writer Michael McRae, a Calico cat, Nini, and a smart, six-year-old American Working Farm Collie, Buckaroo. 

Morell’s speaking engagements are represented by the Gillian MacKenzie Agency, from where this article is adapted. 

June 2015 Print E-mail


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After more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act and multiple challenges before the Supreme Court, here is what we know today: This law worked. It's still working. It has changed and saved American lives. It has set this country on a smarter, stronger course. And it's here to stay.


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Ezana Sehay 5/2/2015

When an accredited media outlet, abandons objectivity and due diligence in order to further a political agenda, it is a cautionary tale of the harm done to journalism.

Take for instance the Washington Post’s April 30th editorial – “The United States’ Irresponsible Praise of The Ethiopian Regime”, which was a censure of the apparent revised US policy toward Ethiopian domestic politics. The new policy as proclaimed by Undersecretary Wendy Sherman, and later substantiated by the state department – would stand by the Ethiopian democratic process and would sternly oppose anyone attempting to derail it. 

Frankly the Ethiopian people didn’t pay much attention to it, because as much as they appreciate the policy shift, the Ethiopian democracy is on solid footing and is more than able to defeat any charlatan. In fact, some say, what all the publicity did is raise the profile of the groups who declare war on the Ethiopian government, but for all intents and purposes are as good as dead.

Furthermore, we knew there will be those who would be (to put it mildly) displeased by the new Ethio-American understanding. But we never expected The Washington Post to be in line with them.

The paper is known for its critical stance pertaining to President Obama’s foreign policy. So, is the aforementioned editorial a perpetuation of the trend (a rebuff to Obama), or is it really aimed at the Ethiopian government?

Notwithstanding, the piece is unbecoming to the prestige of the newspaper. Indeed the accusations labeled against the Ethiopian government looks like a cut and paste from some of the reports by the issue-advocacy groups critical of the government.  That is why the piece has too many holes.

In other words, the paper failed to do its customary investigation and learn about the country’s prevailing political reality. Rather kept fishing for a story - The more the alarmist the better to fit its antecedent ideological template of Ethiopian politics.  

This is nothing short of journalistic malpractice. It looks like the folks at The Washington Post are not concerned about their professional laxity as long as they find a story that merely feeds what they are looking for.

Journalism is a big canvas that can shelter both reportage and bias opinions. But opinions (such as this editorial), generally belong in the comment section. Even then, debates must be based on evidence.

Otherwise, when journalists and (in this case) editors, use their privilege to advance their political partiality at the expense of objectivity, they are cheating the public and degrade the journalistic profession.


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