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How to Beat ISIS: It's Counter Intuitive

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.26.2015 | World
Alan Kelly

The developed nations, and most especially the United States, have long been frustrated at their poor ability to do what diplomats and politicos carefully call winning hearts and minds.

The State Department Travel Alert Doesn't Mean You Should Stay Home

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 11.24.2015 | Travel

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State Department Warns Of 'Increased Terrorist Threats' In Worldwide Travel Alert

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Citing "increased terrorist threats" from militant groups in various regions of the world, the U.S. State Department is...

Don't Judge Today's Refugee Screening Process By Past Failures, Says Official

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official handling the now-controversial admission of refugees from Syria on Thursday pushed back against a p...

Harvard Law Professors and Scholars: State Governors Have No Legal Authority to Block Refugees

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation's states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.

The Jonestown Massacre

ADST | Posted 11.18.2015 | World

Jonestown, Guyana was the scene of one of the most harrowing tragedies in American history. On November 18, 1978, at the direction of charismatic cu...

France Cries ISIS -- Obama Cries Uncle -- A Field Guide to a Better Battle Against ISIS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Based on President Obama's defiant ("I know better than everyone") defensive crouch at his post-Paris attacks G-20 Turkey press conference don't expec...

Refugee Screenings Are More Intensive Than Some Politicians Would Have You Think

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress and half of the nation's governors have said the U.S. shouldn't accept Syrian refugees in light of terrorist att...

The Department of State Wishes You a Happy National Adoption Month

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

This month on the 4th the Department of State's Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele Bond issued a statement on the occasion of National A...

State Department: Americans Injured In Paris Attacks

Associated Press | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.14.2015 | World

A State Department spokesman confirms that Americans are among the injured in the Paris terror attacks. The department's deputy spokesman, Mark Toner...

Rand Paul Is Right On Defense

William Hartung | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

Restricting the Pentagon to its core missions, rooting out waste in the department, and using force as a tool of last resort is an approach that conservatives and liberals alike should be able to support. Rand Paul deserves credit for putting this issue on the agenda.

TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas With State Department Help

Steve Horn | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid.

'Green News Report' - November 10, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A very bad week for fossil fuels: Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline; ...

'Green News Report' - November 5, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Koch Brothers claim they are environmental stewards; New legislation to...

State Department Rejects TransCanada's Request To Pause Keystone XL Review

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The State Department on Wednesday rejected developer TransCanada's request that it halt its review of the Keystone XL pipeline.  T...

Shut the Artifacts-for-Arms Market Doors

Greg Werkheiser | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Greg Werkheiser

If MENA countries want to effectively battle the sale of their history to the highest bidder, they are going about it wrong and largely going about it alone. This is a regional crisis requiring regional solutions.

Bye Bye, Idi -- Evacuating US Embassy Kampala, Uganda

ADST | Posted 11.04.2015 | World

From 1971-1979, Uganda was under the control of the mercurial Idi Amin, one of the most brutal military dictators ever to rule in Africa. Towards the end of 1973 it became clear that the United States could no longer maintain its embassy in Kampala and would have to shut it down.

Shunning Obama's Warning, Gen. Museveni's Uganda Regime Strips Female Opposition Leader Naked And Escalates Repression

Milton Allimadi | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Milton Allimadi

After 30 years in power there is no indication that Uganda's dictator of 30 years, Gen. Yoweri Museveni, plans to heed President Obama's warning for rulers not to cling to power when he addressed the African Union (AU) gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, in July.

A Program Meant To Keep Kids From Coming To The U.S. Illegally Hasn't Let Anyone In Legally Yet

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After facing a crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America for the U.S. last year, the government created a program that wou...

Diplomats and Witch Doctors

ADST | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

When stationed abroad, Foreign Service Officers may face dangers such as carjackings, bombings, or even assassination attempts. However, for some, the most serious threat may be a supernatural one: being cursed by a local witch doctor.

Intersex Navy Veteran Sues State Department For Denying Passport

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

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When a Dictator Falls

Todd Moss | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Todd Moss

From inside the thick walls of the State Department headquarters on the western edge of Washington DC, I watched a country I love come within a whisker of democracy. The southern African nation of Zimbabwe was on the brink of finally getting rid its longtime dictator.

What the Holocaust Can Teach Us About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

David Bier | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
David Bier

The State Department's response to the Syrian crisis virtually mirrors its official response to the Holocaust. From the outset of World War II, the State Department set up high security standards on the pretext that refugees could be German spies, while only admitting token numbers.

Stakes Are High For Clinton, GOP As Benghazi Takes Center Stage

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

EmbedContent(5628eb65e4b0aac0b8fbc88a,,Embed,html,Some({})) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton firmly defended her record before and durin...

Climb or Die

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 10.21.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

We started our adventure following what we thought were two wild boars through the dense vegetation of the Amazon jungle. We were following closely and hoping they had tusks which would make a more interesting photograph.