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State Ties Religion to Diplomacy

Ben Barber | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Ben Barber

As religion fuels conflicts in Burma, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere, the U.S. State Department has decided to drop its long-term opposition to religion as part of its diplomacy.

Keepers of the Public Diplomacy Flame: An Appreciation of Embassy Local Staff

Paul Rockower | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Paul Rockower

While diplomats cycle in and out of posts every 2-3 years, it is the local FSN staff that remains over the years. It is truly the local staff that maintains the institutional memory for public and cultural diplomacy programming.

MAP: Where Did The U.S. Close Its Embassies?

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

On Sunday, the U.S. announced it would keep 15 of its embassies and consulates around the world closed for the coming week and will shut down an addit...

Dear Secretary Kerry, Join the Pacific Fight Against Climate Change

Christopher Jorebon Loeak | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green
Christopher Jorebon Loeak

Lying just six feet above the water some 2,000 miles south-west of Hawai'i, there is no doubt that the Marshall Islands stands at the front line. But our story here is quickly becoming the story of people everywhere.

Obama State Department Admits It Doesn't Know Keystone XL's Exact Route

Steve Horn | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

These are important questions that Secretary Kerry, and ultimately President Obama, must answer. The fact that neither man has any clue where TransCanada intends to place the Keystone XL pipeline is a troubling revelation that demands immediate and thorough scrutiny.

REPORT: State Department Spent $630,000 On Facebook 'Likes'

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

A striking finding in a recent Inspector General report revealed that the U.S. Department of State spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook ...

API Spent $22 Million Lobbying for Keystone XL, State Dept. Contractor ERM an API Member

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

It's important to remember that ERM was chosen on behalf of State by TransCanada itself . Further, one of the ERM employees tasked to conduct the SEIS, as exposed in Mother Jones investigation, is a former TransCanada employee.

State Department Reveals Scope Of Human Trafficking Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 06.20.2013 | World

Only 46,570 out of an estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking were identified in 2012. That is the conclusion of a new report released by th...

Dear NSA, George Orwell Is Watching You

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a month of ironies focused on Net freedom and somebody is benefiting from it - with a great sense of humor to boot. Irony 1: "Dear NSA, you can ...

State Department Memo Shows Potential Cover-Ups: Report

CBS News | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ran...

Just How Many Americans Actually Retiree Abroad?

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 08.05.2013 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

How many American retirees live overseas? Why is it nearly impossible to come up with real numbers? One reason has to do with deciding who is an American.

U.S. Confirms Chemical Weapon Use In Syria

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.16.2013 | World

Small amounts of chemical weapons have been used at least twice in Syria, but Washington is seeking more information as it mulls its response, a top U...

This Department Won't See Furloughs

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite budget cuts requiring most federal agencies to furlough workers, the State Department says it will not have to force any of its ...

Hurting the Cuban People Since 1960

Richard Walden | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
Richard Walden

When Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed genocide from 1975 to 1978, which ultimately took 2 million lives, the U.S. government was slow to allow relief ...

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.

U.S. State Department Employee Strangled To Death In Brazil

AP | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — A vacationing employee of the U.S. Department of State was found strangled in a Rio de Janeiro hotel, police said Thursday. Ri...

Climate Change, Terrorism, and Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Philip Seib

Perhaps the greatest deterrent to extremism is prosperity. If people have a decent place to live, can put food on the table for their families, and see their children healthy and being educated, they are likely to tune out recruitment efforts by terrorists and other proponents of violence.

Registering in Afghanistan

Douglas A. Wissing | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Douglas A. Wissing

Any embed with American troops takes a spiraling nebula of approvals. Public affairs-savvy U.S. officers in today's Afghanistan are sticking to well-honed talking points. But for some reason, the Afghanistan Foreigner Registration Card is the thing that causes me the most anxiety.

A New Approach to North Korea

Aziz Nayani | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Aziz Nayani

North Korea, largely by its own choosing, has been isolated from the rest of the world when it comes to technology and communication. More engagement and inclusiveness through civil society, in non-security matters, should be afforded an opportunity.

Keystone XL North: TransCanada's Controversial Shale Gas Export Pipeline Plan

Steve Horn | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

On top of its looming decision on the Keystone XL, it's likely that the Obama administration will make a final decision on whether or not to greenlight shale gas exports sometime in 2013. The policy agenda is about to heat up in the energy and environment policy arenas inside the Beltway.

Why Is America Turning a Blind Eye to al Qaeda?

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

This week Leon Panetta said America has "a responsibility to go after al Qaeda wherever they are." He was referring to U.S. efforts to assist the French in Mali. Yet, not that far away, the U.S. turns a blind eye to extreme Islamist policies and actions that threaten America's security.

Government Concerned About Google Chairman's North Korea Trip

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, and New Mexico'...

U.S. Suspends Operations At Embassy In Central African Republic

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending operations at its embassy in the Central African Republic as rebel...

America Left This Marine Behind

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

By the time you read this, I earnestly hope that formar Marine Lance Corporal Jon Hammar is a free man. For almost four months, he has been held in a notoriously dangerous prison on a trumped up charge that he tried to bring a military weapon into Mexico.

Andrew W.K. Speaks Out About State Department Snub

The Huffington Post | Michael Hogan | Posted 11.29.2012 | Entertainment

Musician, motivational speaker, club owner and television host Andrew W.K. made headlines this weekend when he announced on his website that he was tr...