“Just Be Glad You Aren’t Liberian” – Condoleezza Rice Told People of Ukraine

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 15: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks about her new book, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family," during the Newsmakers luncheon at the National Press Club October 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The book is about Rice's family and growing up in racially-segregated Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1950s and 60s. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 15: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks about her new book, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,” during the Newsmakers luncheon at the National Press Club October 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The book is about Rice’s family and growing up in racially-segregated Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1950s and 60s. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

{By Mikhail Klikushin/Observer} – During her recent visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev—where she stayed at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel—former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had some less-than-inspiring words of advice for Ukrainians: If you’re unhappy, look to Liberia.

On March 9, Ms. Rice was invited by the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation to speak in Kiev, as part of the foundation’s “Public Lectures Project”. (Mr. Pinchuk is a Ukrainian billionaire, philanthropist and son-in-law of the former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma).

Ms. Rice’s lecture was entitled “The Challenges of an Ever-Changing World.”

The event took place at the Diplomatic Academy, where among the crowd of “Ukrainian students, scholars and opinion-makers,” Agriculture Minister Alex Pavlenko and head of the National Bank Valeria Gontareva were spotted. A short, 21-second video of Ms. Rice, as she is accompanied to her car, is all that is available on the internet. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.