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XL Pipeline: Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman Question Koch Bros

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

As a writer on environmental issues, as well as a person concerned about the future of the planet, I am anxiously awaiting the decision on the XL pipe...

OOPS: Goverment Lost Contract Files Worth Billions

AP | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion i...

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, Climate Undiscussed

Steve Horn | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-posted from DeSmogBlog In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congre...

Massive Anti-Keystone Message Scheduled For Tonight

The Huffington Post | Brianna Elliott | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green

The U.S. Department of State opened a 30-day public comment period in February for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and they received a really clear...

We Don't Use That History Stuff Anyway, Do We?

William E. White | Posted 03.06.2014 | Education
William E. White

Americans are terribly present-minded. We are mostly concerned about the here and the now. Please consider for just a moment the very unique role of the individual in our American story and what it can teach us about the critical role of citizens in a republic.

Economic Diplomacy as Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Philip Seib

It could be argued that the United States is trying to buy hearts and minds. That is an unnecessarily uncharitable judgment of these programs. American foreign policy planners would be foolish not to use economic muscle to accomplish their goals.

Two Americans Disappear in West African Dictatorship

James Moore | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
James Moore

The U.S. needs to immediately hold him responsible for the welfare of two American citizens and demand verifiable information on their safety, or proof of their deaths and the return of their remains.

Public Diplomacy and Press Freedom

Philip Seib | Posted 02.24.2014 | Media
Philip Seib

The White House and State Department need to rev up the engine of public diplomacy and make it more central to U.S. foreign policy. Forcefully defending press freedom would be a good way to start. The world will take note.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Michelle Kwan on Sports as a Diplomacy Tool (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Sports
Jimmy Nguyen

Michelle talks about her work as a Senior Adviser and Public Diplomacy Envoy for the U.S. State Department, and using the universal appeal of sports to improve international relations. She also talks about her efforts to inspire youth around the world.

Keystone XL's Northern Leg: A Fracked Oil Pipeline Along with Tar Sands

Steve Horn | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Many doubt that rail could ever replace pipeline as a viable marketing mechanism for Alberta's tar sands. But few could argue the fact that rail reigns supreme for bringing Bakken fracked oil to market.

Bringing a Hard Edge to Soft Power

Philip Seib | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

In some countries, including the United States, politics and the scarcity of common sense have led to soft power being pushed out of the policy mainstream, consigned to the backwaters of wishful thinking. Correcting this, in the United States at least, will require structural change.

Radio Beijing in the Middle East

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.

The Kardashian Index: On the "How" and "Why" of International Development Work

Ming Holden | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

I wondered what the tenuous connection was between Britney Spears the breathing human and the faded sticker bearing her image thousands of miles away.

State Dept's Keystone XL Contractor, ERM Group, Also OK'd Controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska

Steve Horn | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

One thing is clear as Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama head into decision-making time on Keystone XL's northern half: ERM has always been able to turn a blind eye to serious environmental impacts.

U.S. State Department Slams Top Syrian Diplomat For 'Inflammatory' Speech At Peace Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is criticizing Syria's top diplomat for his "inflammatory" speech at an international peace conferenc...

State Department Issues Travel Alert For Sochi Olympics

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, should be vigilant about their security due to potential terror...

Rodman May Be the Right Messenger on North Korea

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Whether through intent or accident, Rodman stumbled onto the harsh political fact that at times when belligerent nations are at seemingly hopeless loggerheads, an offbeat jaunt from a non-political personage may actually do some good.

Public Citizen: Dents, Holes in Keystone XL Southern Half Weeks Before Planned Startup

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Public Citizen has released a chilling report revealing that the 485-mile KXL southern line is plagued by dents, faulty welding, exterior damage that was patched up poorly and misshapen bends, among other troubling anomalies.

U.S. Pledges To Aid Philippines In Recovering From Storm

Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he told Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del ...

Economic Public Diplomacy for the Middle East

Philip Seib | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Philip Seib

The deteriorating security situation throughout much of the Arab world underscores the need to urgently search for nonviolent methods of achieving stability. At the heart of the current unrest are not only political issues but also economic failures that are wiping out the vestiges of hope that remain after the region's recent revolutions.

U.S. To Meet With Japan, South Korea To Discuss North Korea's Nuclear Program

AP | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S., Japan and South Korea will meet next week in Washington to discuss North Korea and its nuclear program. E...

Janice Wilson, an American Social Entrepreneur: Making a Difference by Manufacturing Hair in Cambodia

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Steve Mariotti

Determined to get involved in building better lives for women out of the trade, she soon found a way to start a business. Something she always wanted to do, make something, and help women at the same time. Her idea was simple: hair.

Visiting High Schools in Cambodia as an Entrepreneurship Educator

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.20.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Rallying the world's young entrepreneurs to create wealth and solve problems, and encouraging every young person to consider being capable in financial literacy and entrepreneurship is one of the most important agenda items of our time.

U.S. Renews Global Terror Alert

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 09.25.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for U.S. citizens following the attack by al-Qaida linked extremists on an ups...