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Kate Sheppard

Another Firm That Evaluated Keystone Pipeline Had Ties To TransCanada | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The contractor that evaluated greenhouse gas emissions for the State Department's Keystone XL report is the latest company to come under...

US Judge Dismisses Charges In Indian Diplomat Case

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors suggest they plan to seek another indictment against an Indian diplomat who was arrested and strip-searched but ...

The Neo-Nazi Question in Ukraine

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Hughes

The real problem is actually the administration's over-engagement in this case -- as in meddling in the affairs of another state and trying to rearrange its domestic political machinery to suit Washington's agenda.

Over Two Million Comments Filed Against the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Rocky Kistner

In a chilly March wind, protesters marched along the snow-splashed streets of Washington to deliver more than two million comments opposed to building the Canadian-backed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Paul Blumenthal

U.S. Aid To Ukraine Flows Though Opaque Groups | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States readies $1 billion in loan guarantees to the new government in Ukraine, along with even more aid for reforming elec...

State Department Accuses Putin Of Lying On Ukraine

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russian President Vladimir Putin for statements about the situation in U...

Kate Sheppard

Keystone XL Would Have Much Larger Impact Than State Department Suggests, Study Says | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The State Department's final environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline downplays the significance the pipeline...

Things Just Got Awkward Between The U.S. And China

The Huffington Post | Stephen Calabria | Posted 05.24.2014 | World

A Chinese government report published on Friday accused the United States of “serious infringes on human rights.” Beijing's announcement is wi...

Those Ignorant Ambassadors

Dennis Jett | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Critics should unwring their hands because selling ambassadorships is a time-honored tradition that is not going to change. America's representation abroad could be improved, but editorial indignation won't do it.

Passion Remains High Because Keystone XL Marks a Turning Point on Climate

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

We'd be kidding ourselves if we minimized the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department's own report made it clear just how significant this dirty energy project would be -- from a climate perspective.

Ryan Grim

Climate Change Emerges As Central Diplomatic Challenge | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Tom Perriello is leaving the Center for American Progress to head the State Department's Quadrennial Diplomacy and Developme...

Activists Fault U.S. On Africa's Anti-Gay Laws

AP | ROBBIE COREY-BOULET and RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in his office with a team of U.S.-based rights activists concerned about leg...

The Choice That Will Define Obama's Environmental Legacy

John Fiege | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
John Fiege

Obama's environmental record is mixed, at best, but Keystone XL offers him an opportunity to lead the world toward eliminating carbon pollution and changing the balance of power in the climate crisis. There would certainly be a high political cost to rejecting the pipeline, but that is not a sufficient excuse for a president who cares about his legacy.

The Tao of Political Ambassadors

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You don't have to know anything, or have any specific background or training, to be the president's personal representative abroad and conduct foreign policy on behalf of the World's Most Powerful Nation.

Bahrainis Take to the Streets on 3rd Anniversary of Uprising, as John Timoney and U.S. Government Continue Their Role in Violent Crackdown

Kris Hermes | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Unfortunately, it is less a celebration than an ongoing struggle to resist the oppressive regime of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, whose family has ruled the small Persian Gulf Island of one million people for more than 200 years.

Delusions Drive (More) U.S. Aid to Afghanistan

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Obama administration unveiled Monday yet another aid package for Afghanistan. The country remains one of the world's poorest and most dangerous countries despite a dozen years of massive international aid efforts.

State Department 'Deeply Disappointed' In North Korea

AP | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is "deeply disappointed" in North Korea's decision to withdraw for a second time an invitation to a U...

Obama Easing Immigration Rule For 'Limited' Supporters Of Terrorists

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United State...

Kate Sheppard

Keystone Analysts' Ties To TransCanada Still Drawing Fire | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An environmental group is again hammering the contractor that created last Friday's environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keyst...

Radio Beijing in the Middle East

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.

Keystone XL Tar Sands Protests: A Moment in Our History

Rocky Kistner | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Rocky Kistner

Keystone XL has become a rallying cry to protect the climate and our health, a moment in our history that can send a critical message to the world: it's time to cut carbon emissions and stop feeding the most environmentally destructive project on the planet.

De-Demagoguing the Pipeline: A Televised White House Summit

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Paul Abrams

Rather than make the decision with competing, hyperbolic claims clanging around the airwaves, and suffering the residual demagoguery, the president should bring us all in on the decision-making process.

Keystone XL: Set to Reject

Michael Brune | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although he has struggled with the paradox of reducing carbon pollution while promoting a dirty "all of the above" energy policy, Obama already has more than enough evidence to reject this pipeline based solely on its effect on climate disruption. But even though this debate has centered on climate, that is only part of what's at stake.

State Department Review Spurs Rallies Across Country Asking President to Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 04.05.2014 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Why do we say that the President has the grounds to reject Keystone XL? Once you read the final environmental review, you can see that it lays the groundwork for a failing grade for Keystone XL on a number of issues including climate.

Obama's Keystone Pipeline Dilemma: Running Out Of Reasons To Say No

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN and NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is running out of reasons to say no to Keystone XL, the proposed oil pipeline that's long been looming over...