Via the US Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan/FB:
Women’s Day in Badghis
| 500 men and women attended a Women’s Day celebration in Badghis last week. During the program Deputy Governor Shakib spoke about the importance of involving women in education, economic and political processes in Afghanistan. Project manager for Ring Road contractor EMJV Dr. Hamid Scander pledged $100,000 from the Ring Road Community Development program for women’s advocacy programs in Badghis.
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The US ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas hosted a “boodle fight” for the reporters of the Defense Press Corps at the U.S. Embassy’s Najeeb Saleeby Courtyard on March 21, 2013. According to the embassy’s online post, defense and security officials of the U.S. government, including Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines Deputy Commander David Cole (left), also joined the “boodle fight” which was patterned after the traditional Philippine military way of enjoying a humble feast piled on top of banana leaves.
Ambassador Thomas (in a pink shirt) during the boodle fight.
Photo via US Embassy Manila
This seems to be the best explanation for a boodle fight, although it is posted under martial arts:
From my experience during my compulsory military training, a “boodle fight” is the Philippine Military jargon for a mess hall banquet where all the food are piled into one big tray in each table and every soldier, enlisted men and officer alike eat from that same tray with their hands as a symbol of camaraderie, brotherhood and equality in the Armed Forces. The “fight” part refers to the fact that it’s everyman for himself during these feasts, this means you grab and eat as much as you can before the food runs out or else go hungry because everyone else is gorging away.
Food typically is placed if not on a food tray then on banana leaves or old newspapers, you eat using your bare hands, so jugs of water are put on the side to wash hands before and after the eating combat. Looks like they’re eating rice, noodles and some sort of meat and most of them appears to be enjoying themselves. More photos here from the embassy’s boodle fight.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in John Kerry as Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., February 6, 2013.
Photo via state.gov/Flickr
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A video of the swearing in complete with the speeches are here. A text transcript of the remarks at the swearing in is available here.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says farewell to State Department employees at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 1, 2013.
[State Department photo/ Public Domain]
With Secretary Clinton in the photo above is Deputy Secretary Tom Nides (who is reportedly leaving his D/MR post), career diplomat and Deputy Secretary Bill Burns (rumored to be going to the UN sometime), and career diplomat and permanent Foggy Bottom fixture, Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy (61st Secretary James Baker said recently that “Pat Kennedy was here way back in the dark ages when I was here. He’s been here ever since”). Remains to be seen if the 68th Secretary of State will keep Mr. Kennedy around or send him off to do an overseas tour.
Secretary Clinton’s farewell remarks before leaving Foggy Bottom is here. Remember that as Hillaryland empties out the upper floors, there will be multiple vacancies for Secretary Kerry to fill. Ditch usajobs.gov, get busy speed dialing!
Via the 2nd Marine Regiment from Camp Lejeune:
As Marines and sailors of BSRF-13 prepared to deploy as the crisis contingency force in Eastern Europe they did a role play of an embassy attack. About 40 role players stood in a crowd screaming at the Marines in the simulated embassy as six Marine role players attacked the embassy.
“The scenario is an embassy is being attacked and we are called in to support them,” said Cpl. Wesley Lanier, a team leader with Easy Co., BSRF-13 “Once at the embassy we help out any way we can whether it’s calming riots or talking to locals about what we can help with.”
Marines with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, hold back Marine role players that are attacking the mock embassy as an evaluator watches and grades them. Marines and sailors with Easy Company, and the 2013 iteration of the Black Sea Rotational Force conducted their first embassy reinforcement mission rehearsal exercise the week of January 7. Photo By: Cpl. Phillip R. Clark
The Marines says that “Training like this is very important so they can practice repetition and work out the kinks before they deploy in case they are called upon to reinforce an embassy.” According to Capt. Robert L. Long, the intelligence officer for 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment,“The goal of embassy reinforcement is to help protect the embassy and all the personnel inside of it and the Marines are doing just that.”
Via the US Consulate General Toronto:
Consul General Jim Dickmeyer greets Honest Ed (background) and Tecumseh along with their riders, Sgt. Jim Patterson and Staff Insp. Bill Wardle, respectively. The horses and the police officers – all members of the Toronto Police Service’s Mounted Unit – will take part in President Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21st. The CG presented the horses and their riders with Canada-U.S.A. pins to wear at the event.
Photo via US Embassy Ottawa/Flickr
The record snowfall in Jerusalem on January 10 closed the U.S. Consulate General. The biggest snowfall since 1992 by some accounts. Take a look –
Snow in Jerusalem
(photo via USCG Jerusalem/FB)
BAMYAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A farmer cuts alfalfa in a field near the town of Bamyan June 16, 2012. Many farms in the area are still planted and harvested entirely by hand. The Bamyan Provincial Reconstruction Team has been labouring to replace these kinds of outdated farming techniques with mechanization (tractors) and other modern advancements. Potatoes have become the main cash crop for the province, contributing millions of dollars to its economy every year. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)