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It's Two Lanterns for the Maritime PSC Industry

David Isenberg | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

In case you haven't noticed, all of a sudden maritime security contracting seems to have turned a corner in gaining both industry, and more importantly, governmental approval.

Tom Zeller Jr.

U.S. To Explore New Keystone Pipeline Route | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Federal officials postponed a crucial permitting decision for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline Thursday afternoon, issuing plans to consider a new ro...

The Real Meaning of "Smart Power"

Brian F. Keane | Posted 01.09.2012 | Green
Brian F. Keane

When I picked up my copy of this week's Time magazine, I was momentarily stopped in my tracks by Massimo Calabresi's cover story: "Hillary Clinton and the Rise of Smart Power."

Andy Rooney Goes to Baghdad

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Andy Rooney, who we'll all admit became kind of a pain in the neck at the end, died this past weekend. He did write something interesting: Having got...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline: A Symbolic Struggle Steeped In Fuzzy Math | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green

This is the second of two articles about the controversy surrounding the development of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The first installment can be fou...

Joshua Hersh

Keystone XL: Haste And Inexperience Hampered State Department's Environmental Review | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green

This is the first of two articles about the controversy surrounding the development of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Earlier this year, top officia...

Good Luck to the U.S. State Department: You're Going to Need It

David Isenberg | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Given the ongoing withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and the transition to a State-Department-led mission for all remaining U.S. personnel in Iraq, this is a good time to focus more closely on what exactly is happening.

Progressives Launch Anti-Keystone XL Pipeline Ad Campaign

Posted 12.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Progressives fighting to stop the construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline found a new outlet for their message this week with...

Afterwards: The War Ends in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Iraq will bumble forward, its problems unresolved by America -- Sunni-Shia rifts, Arab-Kurd disagreements, unresolved oil revenue sharing, and empowered Iran.

Is the National Security Complex Too Big to Fail?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Think of Iraq as the AIG of wars -- the only difference being that the bailout there didn't involve just three payouts. More than eight years after the Bush administration invaded that country, the bailout is, unbelievably enough, still going.

Clinton, Karzai Share A Laugh About Herman Cain

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shared some laughs Thursday over GOP presidenti...

America's Investment in Global Leadership Advances U.S. National Security and Economic Prosperity

Thomas R. Nides | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Thomas R. Nides

Serious cuts to development and diplomacy -- to America's investment in global leadership -- would seriously undermine our long-term national security and economic prosperity.

'Green News Report' - October 18, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.18.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republica...

The Case For Pulling The Plug On The US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

The Commissioners are now more interested in maintaining their institution and their positions on the Commission than truly advancing the cause.

Is the Keystone XL Pipeline a Good Deal for Americans?

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

It's the State Department's job to decide if the Keystone XL pipeline is in the best interests of regular Americans who don't work for oil companies and American businesses that need oil to operate. And, from their perspective, it's not such a good deal.

Obama to Create Thousands of Jobs: In Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The U.S. is prepared to spend up to five billion dollars to create more jobs for police officers, paying $100-$150k a year. One catch: the jobs are for Iraqis, in Iraq. No Americans need apply.

US Congress Ruining Ten Years of American Effort in Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian educational ministry sources estimated that as many as 65 percent of all Palestinian children enter first grade without having been exposed to any preschool learning. Perhaps this is why educators embraced the USAID-funded educational programs.

What's That Smell? Keystone XL

Michael Brune | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Whether or not to permit this travesty is still one of the most important decisions facing President Obama. It's time for him to clear the air, kill this Koch brothers-backed pipeline, and let the State Department get back to issuing passports and visas.

Clinton Fights To Spare Foreign Aid From Cuts

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.12.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Congress is demanding that the State Department do it all with less money, from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to processing th...

U.S. Issues Travel Alert Over Alleged Iranian Plot To Assassinate Saudi Ambassador

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 12.11.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The State Department is warning Americans around the world of the potential for terrorist attacks against U.S. interests following the e...

'Green News Report' - October 11, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 12.11.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Occupy Wa...

Lucia Graves

Pipeline Opponents' Last Chance To Urge State Department To Stop | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists, union laborers, farmers and businessmen gathered in the nation's capital on Friday to take part in the State Departme...

The Climate Post: 'Crony Capitalism' Alleged Behind Tar Sands Pipeline Review

Mason Inman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request imply the State Department -- charged with evaluating the pipeline -- may have worked closely with TransCanada to help the plan win approval.

Hillary Clinton's Keystone XL Crony Lobbyists Problem

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Hillary Clinton and the State Department have the final word on whether to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, unless Obama intervenes. The influence of industry lobbyists connected to Clinton is finally getting some media attention, but there is more to this story.

Joshua Hersh

Keystone XL: State Department Pushes Back On Claims Of Bias In Pipeline Review Process | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The State Department has begun to push back on claims by environmental groups that the process for approving a controversial oil pipelin...