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

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.14.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.14.2014 | 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.

'Green News Report' - August 12, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: If it seems like there's more extreme weather -- you're right; What san...

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

Sam Stein

John Kerry Hasn't Been MIA On The Middle East -- If Anything, He's Traveled Too Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" several weeks ago, Secretary of State John Kerry was confronted with comments he had made in a...

What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.

John Kerry Raises a Beacon to the Spirit of the Saint Louis

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Ironically, there is another transatlantic transport with the name 'St. Louis' whose story is one of the nadirs of America's storied past. Though little known, perhaps no other moment since the Emancipation Proclamation might well have burdened America's conscience as much.

Israel vs. Hamas Through the Eyes of a Son of Holocaust Survivors

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Today my prayers are for the safety of the people of Israel but also for the Palestinian people. May our prayers help to move Hamas to recognize and accept Israel, and for Israel to then accept terms that will ensure a better future for the people of Gaza.

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

Tom Weis | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson Calls For U.S. Travel Ban In Response To Ebola Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is calling on the Obama administration to impose a travel ban on three West African nations in response to a growing Ebola ...

The Cost of Surveillance

Sen. Chris Murphy | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Murphy

The bottom line is this: just because we can obtain a piece of information, or listen into a conversation, doesn't mean we should. This is especially true when it comes to our nation's most important allies, like Germany.

U.S. Highlights Bahrain Sectarianism in New Religious Freedom Report

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Today's State Department report on international religious freedom for 2013 is unlikely to heal the increasing rift between the U.S. government and Bahrain.

Ted Cruz Blames Democrats For Congressional Dysfunction

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is worried about dysfunction in Congress, but he's placing the blame for inaction squarely at the feet of Democrats in Washing...

AWKWARD: GOP Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Nationals

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) addressed what he believed were two members of the Indian government at a House hearing on Thursday and assured them that, ...

Ban the Bundlers!

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

An ambassador is neither a social secretary nor a socialite. It is, quite frankly, embarrassing that so many of our key diplomatic positions are now considered commodities for sale to the highest bidder or bundler.

New Twist In German Spy Scandal

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - A German defense official under investigation for alleged spying was in contact with a U.S. State...

'Teaching People to Fish' Through Biotechnology

Richard Ha | Posted 09.09.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Can you imagine: Local Kohala boy Dennis Gonsalves working with the Gates Foundation to help save lives of the poorest of the poor in sub-Saharan Africa?

Revolvers: Blurred Lines Between Human Rights Organizations and the State Department

Jack Healey | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Helping is now big business. Human rights groups have become big industries with big salaries. While I do not believe activism is better with poorly paid staff, the focus should be on helping others rather than personal gain.

Ending Human Trafficking

Lauren Supina | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Supina

No country is immune to the horrors of modern day slavery, including the United States. Ending human trafficking will take an enormous effort, but your action as a consumer at the store is a start.

Secretary of State Kerry Pays Lip Service to LGBTI Equality While Denying Pride Visas for LGBTI Africans

Melanie Nathan | Posted 08.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Melanie Nathan

While Kerry gushed about the State Department's accomplishments for LGBT people and reminded us to be active instead of alarmed at the growing global anti-gay trend, the embassies he leads were turning down visas for LGBTI Africans to attend San Francisco Pride 2014.

10 Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Terrible Idea

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The smell of blood is once again in the air in Washington -- this week for airstrikes and other forms of violent intervention in Iraq. Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.