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Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer" is a gentle, humorous approach to a very serious threat to Native culture. The filmmakers pulled off a coup that reveals a side of Indian humor that most whites never see.

An Open Letter of Apology to the United States of America

Brian Joyce | Posted 11.25.2014 | Media
Brian Joyce

The media was wrong, and the White House was right. Still, many of us in the media won't admit it. Therefore, I'd like to apologize to you. We should probably make a better effort to understand policy, before we attempt to comment on it. And we should probably also admit, once and for all, that the President was born in America.

Tar Sands End Runs

Michael Brune | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

There's no good reason to support Canadian tar sands expansion, much less allow more dirty tar sands oil into our country. Even though everything about tar sands oil is destructive, dirty, and dangerous, oil companies (and their champions on the Hill) are determined to bring as much of it as they can across our border, even if it means bending, breaking, or changing the rules.

U.S. State Department Email System Reportedly Hacked

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department's unclassified email systems were the victim of a cyberattack in recent weeks, around the s...

State Dept Computers Hacked, Email Shut Down

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair ...

Second Canadian Company Completing Tar-Sands Pipeline into the U.S.

Lou Dubose | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Lou Dubose

TransCanada's fight, and the Keystone XL pipeline, might be moot -- along with the campaign that brought together a broad coalition of environmental groups working to block the project and contain the import of tar-sands oil.

Security Agents Train To Stop The Next Benghazi

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

AT A MILITARY BASE IN VIRGINA (AP) — In long tunics and Bedouin scarves, men kick a soccer ball in front of the U.S. consulate. Women sit and eat. A...

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

History Lessons: My Coming Out Party at the State Department

Thomas Gallagher | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Thomas Gallagher

My journey began as a student at Monmouth College, now Monmouth University, where my psychology professor taught me that homosexuality was a serious mental illness.

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The inclusionary government America's strategy for Iraq rests on is an illusion, a governmental fantasy in 2014 as it was 2003-2011. Everyone with eyes-- except the U.S. government-- can see where this one ends.

Is the United States Government Finally Losing Patience With Bahrain?

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Washington is right to speak out about Rajab and al Khawaja and should now publicly state that the targeting of human rights defenders will not bring stability to Bahrain, that the United States will continue to name individual cases publicly, and that there will be consequences to the U.S.-Bahraini relationship unless the abuses stop.

Can the US Seize Would-Be Jihadis' Passports?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The idea of limiting an American citizen's travel proactively, on the assumption that she or he will end up fighting with ISIS based on documents or web postings, scrapes at liberty, even if the tools are there and it is legal to use them.

Bahrain Human Rights Defender Faces Charges for Tweet

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

The lack of security force reform in Bahrain has been a source of political unrest in the kingdom for years, and although parts of the U.S. government have tried to push for human rights progress the messages from Washington have been inconsistent and contradictory.

Sports Mentoring: Building Stronger Women and a Better World

Evan Ryan | Posted 10.10.2014 | Education
Evan Ryan

When you empower a woman, you elevate her entire community. This message exuded from the 17 international participants in this year's U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

Rethink America's Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Michael Shank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Addressing root causes of inequality, inequity and injustice and promoting the well-being of Yemeni citizens will ensure that the country thrives in the long-term.

Watch Lists and the First and Fourth Amendments

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ray McGovern was put on the State Department's Diplomatic Security Be On the Look Out list-- one of a series of proliferating government watch lists. What he did to end up on Diplomatic Security's dangerous persons list and how he got off the list are a tale of our era, Post-Constitutional America.

Protecting the Health of People and the Planet

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

The erosion of our personal and public health is exactly the kind of attack that will come from unchecked climate change. As pollution makes our planet sick, so will a sick planet erode the health of its people.

ISIS Isn't Alone: The Case for U.S. Ground Troops Anywhere Terror Exists in the World

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

There are over 50 other major terrorist organizations in the world, from Nigeria to the Philippines, and America can't wait for any of them to become the next ISIS.

Of the 17,891 Deaths from Terrorism Last Year, 19 Were American. Let Iraqis Fight ISIS.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The reality of the war against terrorism is that since 2001, the U.S. has weakened groups like Al-Qaeda, but "hasn't wiped any out" according to a recent Washington Post article.

State Dept. Asks North Korea To Release Detained U.S. Detainees

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday requested that the North Korean government release three U.S. citizens currently detained...

White House: Securing Release Of Detainees In North Korea A Top Priority

Reuters | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it was continuing to do all that it can to secure the release of three Americans detai...

Kate Sheppard

State Dept. Denies Seeking Alternative To Climate Treaty, But Has Been Doing So Since 2009 | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Obama administration is planning to make an end run around the Senate in order to get an ...

Will the Middle East Achieve Peace Out of Conflict?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

For the Middle East, ISIS represents a past that it desperately wants to leave behind.

Libya's Last Stand

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Ethan Chorin

If there was ever a J.R.R. Tolkien moment in the Libya conflict, it has arrived. The forces of good and evil are fighting the future of Libya.