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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Lucia Graves

Groups Sue To Block Construction Of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups filed suit against the Obama administration on Wednesday, alleging that U.S. federal officials illegally allowed wo...

Chickening Out in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Peter Van Buren

Who doesn't like roasted chicken? Fresh, crispy with a little salt, it falls off the bone into your mouth. It's a great thing, unless the price is $2.5 million of your tax dollars.

Sex and the Single Drone

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the world of weaponry, they are the sexiest things around. Others countries are desperate to have them. Almost anyone who writes about them becomes a groupie. They are, of course, the pilotless drones, our grimly named Predators and Reapers.

State Department Tries To Bully Iraq Author Into Silence

Foreign Policy | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

I never intended to create this much trouble. Two years ago I served 12 months in Iraq as a Foreign Service Officer, leading a Provincial Reconstr...

US Approach to Punishing Pakistan Is Ineffective: Why Bridges, Books & Butter Approach Will Win Hearts and Minds

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Contrary to popular opinion among U.S. foreign policymakers, the way to undermine growth of insurgencies in Pakistan is not through drone strikes, air and night raids, or covert operations,

The State Department and USAID Get It

Alex Wirth | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Alex Wirth

This weekend I was in New York for a State Department Panel entitled, "Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement." The event itself was just as amazing as the story behind it -- one that is still developing.

Gerry Smith

State Department Official Accuses Russia and China Of Vying For Greater Internet Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology

A top State Department official on Tuesday accused China and Russia of abandoning international talks on cybersecurity and seeking United Nations appr...

Lucia Graves

Keystone XL: Environmentalists Seek Probe Of Pipeline Lobbyist's Activities

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists on Tuesday called on the Department of Justice to investigate a Canadian oil lobbyist who failed to disclose his statu...

Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The State Department and its Bureau of Diplomatic Security never took responsibility for their part in the loss of all those cables. No one will ever be fired at State because of WikiLeaks -- except, at some point, possibly me.

Social Media and the Arab Spring: What Have We Learned?

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
Raymond Schillinger

As the ongoing tumult throughout the Middle East enters a sort of adolescence, the true role of social media in the revolutions is undergoing a necessary closer inspection.