With sources saying that Hillary Clinton is close to announcing her intentions to run for president in 2016, it has been revealed that she was scheduled to speak at the Global Initiative Middle East and Africa Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on May 5-7.
She has reportedly cancelled this appearance, but her husband Bill will still be attending. Hillary’s absence does little to alleviate concerns about the large amount of foreign donations that the Clinton Foundation has accepted.
A Politico report described the Moroccan event:
The event is being funded largely by a contribution of at least $1 million from OCP, a phosphate exporter owned by Morocco’s constitutional monarchy, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the event.
When Hillary Clinton announced the Marrakech meeting in September, she praised Morocco as “a vital hub for economic and cultural exchange” in a region “in the midst of dramatic changes.”
This is quite a change from 2011, when Hillary’s State Department accused Morocco of “arbitrary arrests and corruption in all branches of government.”
A proud feminist, you would think Hillary would have a problem with Morocco’s oppression of women.
“And while the country that same year (2011) enacted a new constitution that guarantees gender equality, women’s rights advocates say Morocco’s family law still falls short of that promise.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who just announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination, calls these donations to the foundation from foreign governments “thinly veiled bribes.” He also called on Hillary to give back the donations to any countries that abuse the rights of women. So far, Hillary has ignored his appeal.
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