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The State Department Took an Important Step Against Extremists

Philip Seib | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Philip Seib

This week, the U.S. State Department has taken a significant step forward by announcing that it will place greater emphasis on development aid in its CVE efforts. A joint strategy that will better coordinate State Department CVE projects with USAID should bring new substance to public diplomacy that has CVE potential.

U.S. Must Send Clear Message to Egypt on Human Rights

Curt Goering | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
Curt Goering

The U.S. should press harder for an end to the crackdown, which has included dropping probes into NGOs' funding from foreign sources, potential travel bans on activists, asset freezes and harassment of human rights activists.

U.S. Business in Burma: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

Roee Talmor | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Roee Talmor

Burma is modernizing at a ceaseless pace. An enigma to foreigners for most of the latter half of the 20th century, Burma's rapidly expanding economy is quickly opening its doors to multinational investors.

Water Turns the Tap on Human Potential

Catherine A. Novelli | Posted 03.21.2016 | Green
Catherine A. Novelli

Water access and safety should never be taken for granted, but it's difficult to comprehend water's true value until clean water suddenly no longer flows from the tap.

Cuba Has An Ambitious Plan To Protect Its Environment From Tourists

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.19.2016 | Science

President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Cuba on Sunday promises to revive a question raised when the U.S. began normalizing relations with the islan...

The Return on Investment of Foreign Assistance

Hari Sastry | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Hari Sastry

As the worldwide landscape continues to evolve, we are truly a global community. What may appear to be a distant concern has the power to impact Americans right here on our home soil.

New Outbreak of State Homophobia in Indonesia

Grace Poore | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Grace Poore

Randy Berry, the United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons meets with the In...

Despite Saudi Women's Historical Vote, Saudi Arabia Still Opposed to Democracy

David Oualaalou | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

True, more than 80 percent of Saudi women showed up at the polls on Dec. 12. But anyone assuming the kingdom is at long last liberating its women is deceived.

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogA federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion project, p...

Brazil Should Stand Firm Against U.S.-Led Campaign to Undermine Venezuelan Elections

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 12.06.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Washington has been trying to get rid of the Venezuelan government for more than 13 years, going back to the failed military coup of 2002. There is something sinister going on here.

Painting in Provence

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In Provence, I chose the Luberon for its beauty, and for the most part, stayed in the villages to paint. The Chambres d'hotes were the most memorable and staying in the old farmhouses also provided painting material.

How to Be a S.M.A.R.T. Traveler in a Danger Zone

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 11.16.2015 | Travel
Kimberly Krautter

For most westerners, terror attacks have been limited to sites with centralized military, economic, or cultural significance. We have forgotten what i...

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.

Finally, Standing Up to Pacific Bullying

Robert J. Natter | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Robert J. Natter

In a case of better late than never, the Obama Administration on October 27 dispatched the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen to breach China's newly-claimed 12-mile zone around one of its just-completed artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea.

The Unseen Work of Preparing an Exhibit: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscape are currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I've been spending summers painting in Maine for close to forty years and exhibiting there for over thirty.

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.

Replacing Diamonds With Startups -- Entrepreneurship in Botswana

Michael Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2016 | 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!

Fund the U.S. Embassy in Havana

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

This amendment is just one of a series that Republicans have added to various appropriations bills in their effort to hobble Obama's opening to Cuba and reinforce the 2016 campaign narrative that Obama is weak on foreign policy.

Boy Scouts of America Deserves Condemnation -- Not Praise

Peter McGraith | Posted 07.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter McGraith

Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

David Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies -- would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.

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

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2016 | 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.

The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America: A Hidden Gem in New York City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.

Appeals Court Rules Keystone XL South Approval Was Legal, Lifting Cloud Over TransCanada

Steve Horn | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

In a 3-0 vote, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Tenth Circuit has ruled that the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline was permitted in a lawful manner by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

An Obama Policy of Disingenuousness in Rwanda

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

My feeling is that Obama's State Department is persecuting the only stable government in Central Africa and coddling a brutal dictator in Congo by sending the equivalent of schoolchildren to do the work of policy experts. Ask yourself how DRL's Steven Feldstein can be an "expert" on both Sudan and Rwanda and responsible for international religious freedom on top of it all.

America and Iran: An Opportunity for Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Philip Seib

For years, the United States and other nations have reached out to this population through broadcasting and online venues, but this process should be immediately expanded. Exchange programs -- academic and cultural -- are effective in breaking down stereotypes.