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Envoy's Mid-east trip to revamp US image

BBC - Karen Hughes, a close adviser to US President George W Bush, is visiting three Muslim countries in an effort to improve public perception of the United States and its Middle East policy.

But this is a delicate task at a time when even at home, people are increasingly concerned about the situation in Iraq

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Saudi Women Have Message for U.S. Envoy

NY Times - JIDDA, Saudi Arabia - The audience - 500 women covered in black at a Saudi university - seemed an ideal place for Karen P. Hughes, a senior Bush administration official charged with spreading the American message in the Muslim world, to make her pitch.

But the response on Tuesday was not what she and her aides expected. When Ms. Hughes expressed the hope here that Saudi women would be able to drive and "fully participate in society" much as they do in her country, many challenged her.


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Turkish Women Blast Karen Hughes With Iraq War Criticism

Wash Post - A group of Turkish female activists confronted Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes Wednesday with heated complaints about the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, turning a session designed to highlight the empowering of women into a raw display of the anger at U.S. policy in the region.

"This war is really, really bringing your positive efforts to the level of zero," said Hidayet Sefkatli Tuksal, an activist with the Capital City Women's Forum. She said it was difficult to talk about cooperation between women in the United States and Turkey as long as Iraq was under occupation.


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On Mideast 'Listening Tour,' the Question Is Who's Hearing

NY Times - Even by Middle East standards, it has been a tumultuous week. Violence is spreading in Iraq and Lebanon and between Israel and the Palestinians; Egypt is prosecuting a popular opposition leader for fraud; Turkey is in an uproar over efforts to block its entry into the European Union.

The relentlessly upbeat American under secretary of state for public diplomacy, Karen P. Hughes, President Bush's longtime communications aide, came into this vortex. She was trying to make news by defending unpopular American policies and by projecting her message that the United States stands for peace, democracy, faith and family values.

She also repeatedly asserted, no less than three times in an interview on the Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera, that Mr. Bush was the first American president to call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. It was a bit of an exaggeration, since President Bill Clinton endorsed such a state a couple of weeks before he left office in 2001.


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