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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 07.16.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.22.2014 | 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.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Calls On Agencies To Crack Down On Illegal Seafood

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he plans to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to create the ...

Managing the State Department

Tom Fox | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Heather Higginbottom is deputy secretary for management and resources at the State Department. She previously served as deputy director of the Office ...

Child Welfare Group Issues Report on Impact of Nepal Adoption closure by U.S.

Andrea Poe | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Andrea Poe

Armed with a new study, Both Ends Burning, a nonprofit organization focused on advocating children's right to permanent families, is urging the Department of State to reopen adoptions from Nepal, which have been closed to U.S. citizens since 2010.

Branding Terrorism for What It Really Is

Matt Freear | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Matt Freear

Al Qaeda might have been "decimated" yet our fear of terrorism remains a specter that haunts our way of life, hindering our Constitution and foreign policy. We still allow easy cliches, propaganda and generalizations to decide our actions and obscure a way forward.

We're Gonna Train 'Em: The Fallacy of American Total Make-Over in Iraq

John Brown | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
John Brown

What were/are we training Iraqis for? Should not the training, for a country we knew nothing about but were trying to "save," have been the other way around?

Darrell Issa Begrudgingly Says John Kerry No Longer Has To Testify On Benghazi

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is throwing in the towel. The House Oversight Committee chairman on Friday released Secretary of State John Kerry from...

Let the Republicans Talk About Clinton's Age and Health

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The question this raises for the GOP, and whoever they nominate in 2016, is whether they are smart enough to run a campaign that focuses on Clinton's record, accomplishment, missteps and the like, rather than her gender and increasingly less polarizing personality. This would be hard for a party that has generally proved itself unable to avoid that temptation.

My Message to Harvard Kennedy School Grads

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Ambassador Samantha Power

Even as some countries continue steadily along the path toward greater democracy, others have taken some concerning steps back with respect to political rights and civil liberties. Your challenge is to ensure that democracy expands, deepens, and delivers.

Hillary Clinton Touts Record In Excerpt Of New Book

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in new excerpts from her upcoming book that she wishes she could go back and reconsider some of her p...

Time to Close Guantanamo -- Not One More Day

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Rev. Ron Stief

The president should act now -- he should not wait for additional authority before doing the right thing, the moral thing. The president should transfer a significant number of detainees out of Guantanamo.

Are U.S.-India Diplomatic Strains Over? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, Nisha Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, talks about the complex U.S.-India relationship, and about attitudes toward Russia in Central Asia.

Darrell Issa and the Canary in the Coal Mine

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

In 2014, we have an (unfortunately not lone wolf) Congressmen attempting to use the death of a distinguished ambassador to bring down a former Secretary of State who may or may not be a political opponent in 2016.

The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

Auren Kaplan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.