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Environmental Activists Arrested Outside John Kerry's House

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Twenty activists protesting an international pipeline expansion project were arrested outside Secretary of State John Kerry’s res...

State Department Cautiously Criticizes Dominican Deportations

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.17.2015 | World

The State Department on Friday gently scolded the Dominican Republic for its resumption of deportations, urging the country's government to avoid dep...

An Open Letter to: Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch

James Zogby | Posted 08.15.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

No American citizen should be subjected to the treatment that George Khoury and Habib Joudeh received when they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel last month.

Trump Tarnishes Image for a Fistful of Dollars in Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Harut Sassounian

Donald Trump, by associating himself with questionable business partners in a oppressive regime, risks tarnishing his reputation for a fistful of dollars in the midst of a presidential campaign!

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton State Department Emails, Mexico Energy Reform and the Revolving Door

Steve Horn | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Emails released on July 31 by the U.S. State Department reveal more about the origins of energy reform efforts in Mexico. The State Department released them as part of the once-a-month rolling release schedule for emails generated by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate.

Senators Demand To See Documents Behind State Department Trafficking Report

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers threatened Thursday to subpoena all State Department documentation pertaining to its 2015 human trafficking report, whic...

A Person of Faith for Hillary Clinton

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

As a father of two young girls, who wonder aloud why their nation has never seen fit to entrust the presidency to a women, I recognize the historic important of Clinton's candidacy.

Can the U.S. Counter ISIS on Social Media?

Guy Golan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Guy Golan

In order to successfully counter ISIS online recruitment, both the message and messenger should be of Sunni origin. It is the grassroots Sunni religious leadership not Western powers that can effectively articulate the threat that ISIS poses not only to people of the Middle East but also to Islam itself.

Hillary Clinton: Private Email Not Used For Classified Info

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics

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Replacing Diamonds With Startups -- Entrepreneurship in Botswana

Michael Goldberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Sometimes just getting together for a conversation is what people need to spark a discussion and take action. I am thrilled that I could be a part of starting an important dialogue in Botswana and am eager to see their entrepreneurial community take off!

Congress Formally Receives Iran Nuclear Agreement

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

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U.S. Human Rights Awards Set Off Diplomatic Brawls With Venezuela, Kyrgyzstan

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of State this week honored a human rights activist jailed in Kyrgyzstan and a group of lawyers in Venezuela ...

After Approving Spy Gear For Egypt, Obama Admin Cozies Up To Regime

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, met with their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo on Sund...

Bahrain's In Out In Out Hokey Pokey Dance

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Bahrain still needs a radical, inclusive settlement to its political crisis to get itself off the path of repression and polarization. Shuffling political dissidents in and out of jail isn't real reform. By freeing all its political dissidents, it can begin to open a real dialogue about the country's future.

Don't Lift Arms Curbs on Bahrain

William Hartung | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

The restrictions were imposed in 2011 after the government of Bahrain violently put down the democracy movement there, and followed up with systematic human rights abuses. Not enough has changed in the past four years to justify a change of course.

State Department's TechCamps Provide Strategic Digital Tools for Journalists, NGOs

Sarah Granger | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology
Sarah Granger

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR.

Statelessness: The Obama Administration's Faulty Moral Compass in the Dominican Republic

Brian Ross | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Brian Ross

While Mr. Obama was having his "best week" in office, according to the mainstream media, the biggest blot on his time in office erupted in protest in South Florida over the Dominican Republic's drive to disenfranchise more than 200,000 people of Haitian descent and drive them into statelessness.

Christina Wilkie

America Just Chose A Talented, Qualified Diplomat To Bring Hope To War-Torn Congo Basin | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) will serve as the Obama administration's special e...

Remaining Brit at Gitmo Highlights the Contradictions of Independence Day

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks and beach vacations, some prominent Brits were noting a certain irony.

Jessica Schulberg

State Department Slams Last-Minute Push To Sabotage Iran Deal | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate’s two leading Iran hawks are pushing for legislation that would extend sanctions against Iran for 10 years, despite repeate...

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

With the OECD, the United States Can Lead Against Inequality

OECD | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

Though inequality has been rising for decades, the Great Recession catapulted the issue to the top of the policy agenda, costing millions of Americans their jobs and widening the gap between rich and poor. As the United States looks to reverse this trend, it faces a historic opportunity to lead a global transition to an inclusive model of economic growth.

Kate Sheppard

TransCanada Argues That Recent Emissions Commitments Build The Case For Keystone XL | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- TransCanada, the company seeking to build the controversial pipeline that would carry oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas, is leanin...

3 Questions With America's First Diplomat for Global LGBT Rights

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
The GroundTruth Project

Berry, who is openly gay, is the first to occupy this newly created position, which he began in April. Berry began his Foreign Service career in 1993. He has held positions in several countries where public opinion is unfavorable toward homosexuality, including Egypt, Bangladesh and Uganda.

These Are The World's 5 Most Wanted ISIS Jihadists

Vocativ | Jamie Tarabay | Posted 06.27.2015 | World

Unlike Osama bin Laden, who often appeared in videos to lecture and incite attacks against the West, ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has kept a lo...