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Alive and Bleeding

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We're in a state of perpetual war and have no intention of escaping it. Certainly we have no intention of critiquing our own actions or questioning the effectiveness of war, occupation or high-tech terror as a means to create a stable, secure world. Thus Marie Harf, deputy State Department spokesperson, had her moment of right-wing ridicule when she talked about ISIS this week.

Croatia: 'Criminal Enterprise HDZ' Takes Over Presidency -- Organized Crime and the Rise of Nationalism

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Strong rule of law nations must urgently address transnational organized crime in the Balkan region's mafia states including Croatia, and, help establish the rule of law and independent judiciary.

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Steve Horn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Steve Horn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

U.S. State Dept. Official's Speech May Fuel Global Civil Society Crackdown

Kay Guinane | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Kay Guinane

Looks like the U.S. State Department -- or at least William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement -- didn't get the memo.

A Tale of Two Countries: Cuba and Vietnam

Llewellyn King | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Llewellyn King

One way or the other, the United States has this choice: Maintain the servitude in Cuba that the brothers Castro have been able to blame on U.S. policy since 1960, or let the force of openness prevail.

New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

Introducing 'Natural Gas Exports: Washington's Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat'

Steve Horn | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Many former Obama administration officials now work as lobbyists or PR professionals on behalf of the LNG exports industry, as do many former Bush administration officials. So too do those with ties to potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Tar Sands Trade: Kuwait Buys Stake in Alberta As It Opens Own Heavy Oil Spigot

Steve Horn | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogChevron made waves in the business world when it announced its October 6 sale of 30-percent of its holdings in the Alberta...

7 Techniques on How to Tell Real Stories That Will Make People Connect With Your Mission

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

How do you make people CARE about your mission? This is what I do every day: I work with nonprofits to tell stories that make people care about their...

'The Golden Hour' - A Talk with Todd Moss

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Todd Moss was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Condeleeza Rice. He oversaw diplomatic relations with 16 West African countries. After penning four non-fiction books, he has turned to fiction.

Sports Diplomacy With Iran: Breaking Barriers, Bridging Differences

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Bahman Baktiari

Although sports exchanges by themselves cannot resolve all of our problems with Iran, with sports diplomacy we can lay the foundation for a lasting relationship between Iran and the United States.

Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

Steve Horn | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On the Friday before Labor Day -- in the form of an age-old "Friday News Dump" -- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Charles Barber on the Complexities of Stopping Deforestation

Andrew Dudley | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Andrew Dudley

Washington, DC: As the need to feed a burgeoning population is pitched against our ability to preserve rainforests, the need for people like Charles (...

Revealed: Heather Zichal Met With Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

According to a DeSmogBlog review of White House meeting logs, between 2009 and 2013, the Obama White House held 32 meetings with Cheniere board members and lobbyists.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

Silent Coup: How Enbridge Is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogWhile the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a deca...

The Somaly Mam Story: What We Still Know About Sex Trafficking

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

When trust is breached, those even slightly involved with the targeted fabricator panic and recoil. The fight or flight response kicks in: Does one stay silent and hide; or support and defend?

Social Media Are Undervalued in Counterterrorism

Philip Seib | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Philip Seib

Social media constitute the virtual battlefield in a struggle against terrorism that shows no signs of becoming less fierce. Once the foreign fighters now engaged in the Syrian war turn elsewhere, they will find numerous paths to follow, perhaps urged forward by their social media cheerleaders.

New Ads Reveal Coal Isn't Cheap in Kosovo

Justin Guay | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

Co-authored with Jeta Xharra, editor in chief of Kosovo's current affairs TV program 'Life in Kosovo' People across Kosovo are banding together to sa...

TransCanada Charitable Fund Launches Keystone XL "Good Neighbor" Charm Offensive

Steve Horn | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTransCanada has taken a page out of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's playbook and deployed a public relat...

Vice President Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force On Ukraine Trip

Steve Horn | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDuring his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S....

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

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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...