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Shooting Ourselves in the Foot: Paying Twice in Colombia to Grow and Kill Legal Crops

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 08.15.2011 | World
Jim Fruchterman

The US government pays one group of people to help convince people to switch to growing legal crops, and then while paying another group of people to kill illegal crops, they accidentally kill the legal plantings.

Andrea Stone

State Department Has Your iPhone App When Your Travel | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.20.2011 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- The State Department now has an app for intrepid travelers and wary tourists alike that will offer danger alerts, provide directions to ...

From Gates to Panetta: Room for Improvement

William Hartung | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

If Gates were all he's made out to be, Panetta's job would be much easier. In reality, Panetta will need to undo some of Gates' most notable policies if he is to have any hope of bringing defense spending into line with new fiscal realities.

Flooding Scours the Whitewash From Haiti Aid Efforts

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.13.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

The OCHA Haiti Flooding Situation Report covering the period from June 6-7 does not paint a pretty picture. This grim report was to be anticipated gi...

Accelerating the Persian and Arab Springs

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 08.13.2011 | World
Alireza Jafarzadeh

The souring relations between Ahmadinejad and Khameini signal a worsening of the regime's internal strife. The widening gaps represent a turning point for a regime that survives on repression and brute force.

Weiner Should Resign

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

What made him think no one would talk? What does this say about his judgment? And why did he lie? Did he really believe he could get away with his claim that his Twitter account was hacked?

State Department: Hillary Clinton World Bank Report Is Untrue

AP | Posted 08.09.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The State Department shot down a report Thursday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in discussions with the Wh...

Elise Foley

Voided Green Card Winners Sue State Department | Elise Foley | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Would-be immigrants who were mistakenly told they'd likely be given green cards are suing the State Department in a class-action suit de...

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Occupying Iraq, State Department-Style: A Frat House With Guns in Baghdad

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.07.2011 | World
Peter Van Buren

To the extent that any attention is paid to Iraq here, the debate over whether eight years of war entitles the U.S. military to some kind of Iraqi squatter's rights is the story that will undoubtedly get most of the press in the coming months.

Flawed Earthquake Report a Bullwhip On the Backs of Haitians

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

In this age of public relations ploys masquerading as news, and personal and political agendas disguised as newsworthy "leaks," it is imperative that readers, writers, and editors apply critical thinking before jumping onto the information bandwagon.

Elise Foley

Government Promises, Then Voids 22,000 Green Cards | Elise Foley | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Macedonian native Marianno Gorgeski found out he had been selected from 19.6 million applicants to receive a green card to move to the U...

Serious Gaming: Improving The World, One Power-Up At A Time

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 07.31.2011 | Technology
Raymond Schillinger

"Gamification" in the real world is not new. Countless aspects of our society -- from tax incentives to local elections -- can be explained in terms of game mechanics.

Limousine Liberals? Number of Government-Owned Limos Has Soared Under Obama

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Joe Eaton, iWatch News reporter Limousines, the very symbol of wealth and excess, are usually the domain of corporate executives and the ric...

Judith McHale's Departure from the State Department

Philip Seib | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Philip Seib

Much work remains to be done, particularly given the changes in the world that have occurred this year. In the Arab states where democracy is taking root, public diplomacy can reinforce not just U.S. relations but also aid the state-building process

Republicans Keen to Kill America's Only Peace Agency -- Forever

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We need vital institutions in this country that have no political agenda and no partisan bias. USIP convenes the left and the right, the civilian and the military, the national and the international players.

The Debt Threat as Economic Terrorism

Stuart Diamond | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Stuart Diamond

Why would someone threaten to make things a lot worse economically? It's like threatening the family that you will burn down the house unless you get what you want. It's extreme, divisive, destructive.

Hillary Clinton's State Department Sued Over Alleged Tar Sands Lobbyist Contact

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 07.18.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The suit follows an extensive effort by the environmental groups to seek information about contacts between Clinton and Paul Elliott, a lobbyist for TransCanada Pipelines and the national deputy director of Clinton's presidential run.

America and the Americas

Ray Suarez | Posted 07.16.2011 | World
Ray Suarez

The New World is fully at home in the New World. With hard work, smart leaders and a continuing supply of good luck, Bolivians and Ecuadorans will live as comfortably and well as Chileans do now.

Obama Tries Again in the Arab World

Philip Seib | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Philip Seib

President Obama has a steep hill to climb as he tries to "reset" the U.S.-Arab relationship but he has a chance to achieve a significant breakthrough in American relations with the Arab world.

Bill Proposed To Prioritize Religious Freedom In State Department

Posted 07.13.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation proposed by a leading congressional watchdog would push the State Departmen...

Afghan in Exile: Taking a Stand Against the Karzai Cartel

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

That "our man in Kabul" heads a criminal state is anything but breaking news, yet what remains a mystery is America's continual support for the brothers Karzai as the U.S. neglects promoting Afghans whose power isn't derived from drugs, guns and money.

Pakistan's DoubleSpeak

Sunil Adam | Posted 07.10.2011 | Comedy
Sunil Adam


Andrea Stone

Bin Laden Assassination Complicates U.S. And Pakistan's Diplomatic Dance | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.02.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Pakistan has long subscribed to the Claude Rains school of diplomacy. Like the corrupt police chief the actor played in the classic 1...

State Department Shuts Down, Pushes Social Media

The Hill | Posted 06.25.2011 | Technology

With little fanfare, the State Department has abandoned – an ambitious digital project launched three years ago to promote Democracy abr...