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Kate Sheppard

Report Lends Support To Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The State Department released a new environmental analysis of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday that increases the likelihood ...

Keystone Report Said Likely To Disappoint Foes

Bloomberg | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

The U.S. State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmental groups and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according t...

U.S. To Release Keystone Pipeline Review 'Soon'

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - An environmental impact review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with Canada is close to being completed and will be re...

What Is an American

Brent Roske | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Brent Roske

What is an American? It can be hard to keep track. Ask 20 people down the street and you'll hear 20 different answers, and if you ask someone across the border you'll get something else.

Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Reportedly Expected By June

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration will make its final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by early summer, the Wall Street Journal reports. The proposed p...

Book Review: Pomegranate Peace

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The novel is also a cookbook.

U.S.: Reports Of Killings In Syria Suggest Widespread, Systematic Violations

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics

(Adds quotes) WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Photographs of the torture and killing of thousands of detainees in Syria suggest serious...

India and the United States: Why the Twain Shall Never Meet

Sunil Adam | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Sunil Adam

The month-long drama, which ended last week with the recall of Devyani Khobragade laid bare the fundamentally distrustful nature of relationship between the United States and India.

Senate Panel To Release Report Criticizing State Department's Benghazi Response

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee to be released on Wednesday was expected to criticize the State Departm...

Defining the Endgame of the Peace Process

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 03.14.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Sec. of State Kerry is certainly aware of the history and histrionics of the peace process, as well as the risks of failure, and his persistence despite seeming intransigence underscores the potentially grave consequences of walking away.

Syrian Refugees Plight Goes Beyond Funding

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Whether one was for or against the U.S. strikes supporting NATO strikes on Syria last September, or one believes that the Syria conflict is a civil war rather than a revolution, Syrian refugees remain the consistent symptom of Syria's plight -- however it is described.

Former Guantanamo Detainee Implicated In Benghazi Attack: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 01.07.2014 | Politics

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Thailand's Invisible Revolution

Michael Hughes | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

The Western media's neglect of the ongoing political unrest in Thailand seems quite conspicuous considering it's a sordid gem of a story ready-made fo...

Kidnapped American Asks Obama To Negotiate For His Release

Posted 12.26.2013 | World

A U.S. government contractor who was abducted by terrorists in Pakistan more than two years ago has appeared in a new video, The Washington Post repor...

Regardless of Rank, Consular Officials Should Be Held Accountable for Domestic Worker Exploitation

Tiffany Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Tiffany Williams

While much of the media surrounding this case has focused on Khobragade, and the irony of her gender and job description, what's missing from the conversation is the context: exploitation of migrant domestic workers is not unusual.

U.S. Prosecutor Defends Treatment Of Indian Diplomat

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics

(Adds Indian Embassy statement, paragraphs 15-17) By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. attorney in Manhatt...

Kerry Expresses 'Regret' To India After Diplomat's Strip-Search Incident

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics

(Adds Indian Embassy statement, paragraphs 15-17) By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. attorney in Manhatt...

Senate Confirms U.S. Ambassador To Egypt For State Department Post

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted by an overwhelming 78-16 on Monday to confirm Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt and ...

CIA Benghazi Team Clash Led To 'Stand Down' Report

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers who testified privately to Congress about the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, revealed...

Kate Sheppard

Democrats Ask Obama To Postpone Keystone XL Decision Until Key Investigation Concludes

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Twenty-five House Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday urging him to delay a decision on Keystone XL until th...

Once Expelled, Gay Diplomat Thrives in Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Kralev

Jan Krc tells his story and talks about the recent advances for LGBT officers, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's now-famous gay rights speech in Geneva in 2011, and about being a foreign-born U.S. diplomat.

How Money in Politics Affects U.S. Diplomacy (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who coined the term "soft power," talks about presidential leadership in the conduct of diplomacy, and how the United States can maintain its primacy in world affairs.

Officials: Americans Are Joining Syria's Civil War, Posing Security Risk

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalized by...

Obama Approves Major Border-Crossing Fracked Gas Pipeline Used to Dilute Tar Sands

Steve Horn | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Unlike Keystone XL -- which would carry diluted tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") south to the Gulf Coast -- Kinder Morgan's Cochin pipeline would carry the gas condensate (diluent) used to dilute the bitumen north to the tar sands.

Warsaw Climate Talks -- So Bad U.S. Looked Good

Kyle Ash | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Kyle Ash

No one really expected the Warsaw negotiations to include landmark political or legal decisions. But there is a lot of work to do in the next two years before finalizing a climate treaty in Paris.