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Meet the Wayward Ambassadors

Two high-ranking ministers made headlines this week by falling out of line with the governments they represent. They are U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, and Libya’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Ojli. 

It’s been a difficult week for governments–both dictatorships and democracies alike–to keep their ambassadors in line. Libya’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Ojli, urged international action to stop the violence in Libya: 

Meanwhile, a separate international incident centered around the U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman. Was the U.S. government supporting the so-called “Jasmine Revolution” in China? Alarms were raised when Huntsman, who is also seen as a potential GOP Presidential candidate, was spotted at a pro-Democracy rally this week in Beijing. 

China’s Internet censors immediately responded by blocking his name from search engines in China. U.S. officials, on the other hand, claimed he was only shopping