Welcome Back to the Analysis of the Huma Abedin Emails that were recently released by Judicial Watch only a day or two ago.
These emails reveal the State Department’s pay to play scheme in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation, where donors got access to private meetings with Secretary Clinton, funding and grants for projects from the Foundation itself.
If you haven’t read the 1st part, go here:
Last Time, we talked about The Iscol connected Acumen Fund, in which the Founder was on the state Department Board during Clinton’s tenure and the Skoll Foundation that tried to pay to reserve the USAID slot in 2009 for Paul Farmer, a Clinton Foundation Recognized doctor who runs Partners in health.
We will shed light on more companies that contacted the state department in order to gain special access and perks.
1) Angola Relations
On May 4th, 2009, Hillary Clinton sent an email to State Dept. Staff member Lona Valmoro in order to finalize a meeting with eh Foreign Minister of Angola to Strenghten relations with the Country.
In a 2009 brifing on the Angola Embassy Website, A meeting took place on May 21st. Here’s what happened:
Clinton: We are impressed by the progress that Angola has made, and we look forward to a very close and deep coordination and working relationship that will enable both of our countries to have a greater understanding and a commitment to a better future…
…Minister Dos Anjos:
And we come here at this precise moment as a result of the exchange of letters between our presidents, President Obama and President Dos Santos, and their exchange of willingness to strengthen our overall relations and our relations in every sector that brings our countries together.
And we come here to meet with U.S. Government officials, with American public opinion, and also to bring information to all the parties, information about aliquid novo, aliquid novo being a new Angola, a more tolerant Angola, democratic Angola, a participating Angola, Angola who wants to be part of the African continent to help solve problems in Africa, to be a partner with other countries, to be prosperous and to grow. And therefore, to reach this goal, we are now going to work with the Secretary of State.
And therefore, the reason is that the American people, side by side with the Angolan people, will work together for the reconstruction of Angola. This is the moment to do it because the American people – the experience that it has accumulated and the ability, the capacity, the skills that we find in this country, will be of great help for the Angolan people to put together what’s necessary to, as our own president say, make living in Angola a pleasant experience, a fulfilling experience.
In August, This happened:
Thank you very much, Mr. Minister, for that warm welcome. It is a pleasure for me and my delegation to be in Angola, and I bring greetings from President Obama, who looks forward to a very positive, productive relationship between our two countries.
The minister and his colleagues in government and I, along with my delegation, just concluded a very productive discussion on a wide range of issues. Peace and stability after 27 years of conflict have given the Angolan people the opportunity to realize their great potential and given the Angolan Government the opportunity and responsibility to demonstrate that democracy, peace and stability delivers results for people.
The United States will partner with you in the comprehensive strategic partnership that the minister and I have discussed. We will work together to revitalize agriculture in Angola. It was once a great economic sector with many jobs that was destroyed by war, but it is capable of becoming an engine for economic growth for Angola.
We will cooperate to enhance regional security here in southern Africa. We will partner against the scourges of HIV/AIDS and malaria. I am proud that through our PEPFAR initiative and the malaria initiative, the United States has helped Angola cut in half the number of children who die from malaria by the end of next year.
We discussed ways to deepen and strengthen our energy partnership, including a commitment to work with Angola on renewable energy, including hydropower. Later today, I will meet with the petroleum minister to explore ways to advance energy security while ensuring that energy resources are a force for development and progress in Angola and Africa.
We will work to expand trade and investment between our two countries by implementing our Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. We know that opportunity and prosperity for the Angolan people depend on good governance and strong democratic institutions. That requires a strong civil society, transparency, accountability, and vigilance in the fight against corruption.
We are encouraged by the steps the Angolan Government has taken for greater democratic participation, including the legislative elections the last year, the first in 16 years, and they were peaceful and credible. We look forward to Angola building on this positive step, including the adoption of a new constitution, investigating and prosecuting past human rights abuses, and holding a timely, free, and fair presidential election.
In summary, The US was to partner with Angola ina recovery process from their 27-year civil war by offering Humanitarian aid and health care to those affected by the Angola conflict. The partnership was expected to revitalize the economy and bring much needed reform to the country’s infrastructure, energy and implement a more democratic government.
Then this happened:
The United States and Angola have signed the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue, which formalizes increased bilateral partnerships in energy, security, trade and democracy promotion. The agreement also paves the way for expanded cooperation in agriculture and strengthening democratic institutions.
At the July 8, 2010 signing ceremony at the State Department with Angolan Foreign Minister Assunçao Afonso dos Anjos, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the dialogue “represents a new chapter in the relationship between Angola and the United States, and reflects the many ties that already connect our nations.”
Although the ceremony marked the official launch of the dialogue, “work has already begun,” Clinton said.
Following her August 2009 visit to Angola, a bilateral group on energy cooperation met in November 2009 to outline shared U.S. and Angolan objectives in developing Angola’s oil and gas reserves, promoting greater transparency in its oil sector and developing renewable energy sources, the secretary said.
Clinton said that in April, the U.S.-Angola Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council met for the first time to discuss how to expand bilateral trade beyond the oil sector.
The two countries also have started a working group on security cooperation that has discussed Angola’s growing role in African regional security, the country’s work against human trafficking, joint efforts to improve air and maritime safety, and the destruction of excess munitions, she said, and an air services agreement signed in April paves the way “for increased commerce and air travel” between the United States and Angola.
First, let’s talk about the health care.
Who helps the Clinton Foundation in their Health Care efforts in Angola? CLinton donor Nancy Aossey.
The President of Int’l Medical Corps, Aossey has been helping her own company, as well as the Clinton Foundation, has been a member of the CGI.
Next, the energy part of the agreement.
It can be alleged that Many companies have benefited off of grant money from the Foundation to invest in Angola, which has not had any results.
According to a CNN article:
But despite the numerous new developments and Luanda’s shiny facade, inequality prevails
Read related: Is oil-rich Angola a development success?
Next to the sleek skyscrapers and luxury apartments, ramshackle shantytowns and crowded slums spread for miles in every direction, housing millions of people living on less than $2 a day.
In many cases, even basic necessities like water and electricity are lacking.
Activists like Elias Isaac say the much-vaunted oil wealth bypasses ordinary people in the country, run by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos since 1979.
“We don’t see the money that is being generated from oil having direct impact on people’s livelihoods,” said Isaac, Angola program manager of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.
“Angola makes a lot of money out of oil, there is no doubt about this,” he added. “Angola is one of the few countries that can really pay its national budget without any donor funding, which is great. But where this money goes, that’s the biggest issue.”
Oil deals are shrouded by confidentiality agreements, making it almost impossible to gauge how much money goes into Sonangol, Angola’s state oil company.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Sebastiao Gaspar Martins, Sonangol’s executive manager, admitted that Angola is making “a huge amount” from its oil.
He said Sonangol produces “1.75 million barrels a day, which of course, if we multiply at the end of the year we make billions.”
When asked about Sonangol’s closed books and the flow of industry revenues, Martins was quick to suggest that the oil money is being used for Angola’s rebuilding efforts.
There is no sign of that oil partnership money being used towards rebuilding efforts of Angola, which may have been rerouted to companies that have taken part in the deal, such as Chevron.
Judicial Watch writes about this email:
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours.
According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
On June 26, 2009, a Closed Press meeting took place with the CP of Bahrain, in which the topic of the discussion was never publicly released.
However, in march 2009, this article was released:
US oil giant Occidental has signed a ‘billion dollar deal’ to develop and overhaul Bahrain’s Awali onshore oil field, it was reported on Monday.
Abdul Hussein Ali bin Mirza, the minister of oil and gas affairs and chairman of National Oil and Gas Authority, said the project would be operational by the end of the year, according to Saudi daily Arab News.
“Since the investment will be made by Occidental, we don’t have exact figures but it must be billions of dollars,” the minister told reporters after the signing ceremony held on the sidelines of the Middle East Oil and Gas Show.
CEO of Occidental Ray Irani, signed the initial deal, and an interim agreement and framework between the Bahrain government and the company would now be would be ratified by parliament and Shoura, Mirza added.
It is possible that the conversation involved future oil deals and other topics that concerned deals with Bahrain, such as Military.
More Emails will be analyzed soon.