Mexico will bestow the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration awarded to foreigners, on U2 singer Bono in recognition of his humanitarian work and close ties with the country.
President Felipe Calderon may deliver the medal to the Irish star during his visit to New York next week for the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa told reporters on Friday.
Espinosa said she spoke to Bono, who founded the global anti-poverty group ONE to help fight poverty and disease in Africa, to inform him of the decision.
“He said that he feels very honored and very pleased with this decision, and that Mexico is a country that he loves and admires,” she said.
Calderon, who leaves office on December 1, met with Bono at the presidential residence of Los Pinos last year to thank the singer for expressing solidarity with Mexico over the country’s drug violence during a concert in the capital.
“Mexico needs to know you are not alone and we are with you… you are not alone in the darkness,” Bono told 93,000 fans at the Azteca football stadium.
[Image via Federico Eduardo Ratier on Flickr, Creative Commons licensed]
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Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed Wednesday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.
"How do you think this should play out, now that they are assembling step-by-step insider accounts with people who are bravely stepping forward, some giving up their careers, Mike McKinley and others having had to quit over this," Mitchell noted. "How do you think this plays out legally or in terms of the politics of impeachment?"
"Well, legally, I’ll defer to others who are more expert. I think what it does underscore is how grossly inept and just broken down the Trump foreign policymaking process is," McFaul replied.
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Speaking to televangelist and CBN founder Pat Robertson, Graham said that if Christians are not praying for the Kurds, "we should all be ashamed of ourselves."
"It was the Kurds who worked with the America military to destroy ISIS," Graham said. "If we abandon the Kurds, it will be dishonorable, it will be a disaster."