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BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

Random Acts of Kindness

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.27.2014 | Good News
Fran Moreland Johns

One particularly gray day, the kind of day writers have when their brains fog over and their vocabularies vanish, I had an email from the irrepressibl...

Follow the Money: Three Energy Export Congressional Hearings, Climate Undiscussed

Steve Horn | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-posted from DeSmogBlog In light of ongoing geopolitical tensions in Russia, Ukraine and hotly contested Crimea, three (yes, three!) U.S. Congre...

Keystone XL's Northern Leg: A Fracked Oil Pipeline Along with Tar Sands

Steve Horn | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Many doubt that rail could ever replace pipeline as a viable marketing mechanism for Alberta's tar sands. But few could argue the fact that rail reigns supreme for bringing Bakken fracked oil to market.

Obama Approves Major Border-Crossing Fracked Gas Pipeline Used to Dilute Tar Sands

Steve Horn | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Unlike Keystone XL -- which would carry diluted tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") south to the Gulf Coast -- Kinder Morgan's Cochin pipeline would carry the gas condensate (diluent) used to dilute the bitumen north to the tar sands.

Public Citizen: Dents, Holes in Keystone XL Southern Half Weeks Before Planned Startup

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Public Citizen has released a chilling report revealing that the 485-mile KXL southern line is plagued by dents, faulty welding, exterior damage that was patched up poorly and misshapen bends, among other troubling anomalies.

Raising Hope for Syrian Refugees in Jordan Through the World's Most Popular Sport

Merissa Khurma | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Merissa Khurma

Football (soccer); the world's most popular sport has found its way to the world's second largest refugee camp in Za'atari; providing at risk young Syrians with an enjoyable outlet and helping them cope with the hardship of displacement and the psychological trauma of conflict.

Opening Doors of Opportunity for Women and Girls Through Sports

Lee Satterfield | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Lee Satterfield

These women may have come from all corners of the globe and speak different languages, but one trait unifies them: They all want to create more opportunities for women and girls through sports.

US Diplomatic Posts Lack Adequate Security, Report Says

Al Jazeera | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

The U.S. Department of State has known for decades that inadequate security at embassies and consulates worldwide could lead to tragedy, but senior of...

Secretary Kerry Launches Office Of Faith-Based Community Initiatives At The State Department

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion

Secretary of State John Kerry introduced the first Special Advisor of the new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, Shaun Casey, at the State D...

API Spent $22 Million Lobbying for Keystone XL, State Dept. Contractor ERM an API Member

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

It's important to remember that ERM was chosen on behalf of State by TransCanada itself . Further, one of the ERM employees tasked to conduct the SEIS, as exposed in Mother Jones investigation, is a former TransCanada employee.

U.S. Suspends Operations At Embassy In Central African Republic

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending operations at its embassy in the Central African Republic as rebel...

Freedom Remains Elusive For Millions

Posted 06.21.2012 | World

As many as 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor and the use of child soldiers, accord...

Nigerian Collaboration Sparkles with the Bronx Museum's smARTpower Initiative

Atim Oton | Posted 06.26.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

This is the first blog in my series, The Pulse of Africa talking with Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora. It takes an inside v...

Public Diplomacy That Lasts: The Value of International Visitor Exchanges

Stuart W. Holliday | Posted 04.28.2012 | World
Stuart W. Holliday

While people are rightly pointing to the power of social media to bring people across societies together, exchanges still represent a key component of public diplomacy. Exchanges offer an in-depth experience with a foreign country, its culture, its systems, and most importantly, its people.

12 Days Of Giving To Support Women And Girls Globally

Stephenie Foster | Posted 02.24.2012 | Impact
Stephenie Foster

As we begin the Twelve Days of Christmas, and mark the fifth night of Hanukah, here are some organizations I recommend that help create sustainable change for women and girls worldwide.

The 2013 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery, AKA The Green Card Lottery

Aggie R. Hoffman | Posted 12.04.2011 | Latino Voices
Aggie R. Hoffman

True to its name, the purpose of the DV Lottery is to diversify our immigrant population. Here's how it works.

Commentary on Comments: Wolves, Pipelines, and Dams, Oh My

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Everyone has something to say about something these days, on blogs, Twitter and Facebook. All fine and dandy. But there's another way to get heard: by putting your two cents on the record through what's known as the public comment period.

The Keystone XL Pipeline: A Tar Sands Folly?

Bill Chameides | Posted 09.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The U.S. State Department is in the rare position of having to decide on an environmental issue. Hillary Clinton is in the tar sands hot seat. Is she asking the right questions?

A Decade of Anti-Trafficking Legislation: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 08.26.2011 | World
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

On Monday, government officials, law enforcement agents, advocates, and journalists head to the Department of State to discuss slavery. They will not receive a history lesson. They will discuss a problem that still affects at least 12.3 million people worldwide.

Government Shutdown Could Affect Passport Applications, Travel Plans

Sue Frause | Posted 06.07.2011 | Travel
Sue Frause

I'm somewhat nervous about the potential government shutdown this weekend. Not so much that the national parks and museums will be closed, but because I have international travel plans in early May.

United States Acknowledges Relationship Between Homelessness and Human Rights. So What?

David Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Henderson

Today, it is the rest of the world telling the United States to address its own domestic poverty and burgeoning homelessness.

An Incredible Journey, Madam Secretary

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

I have known and worked for the current Secretary of State for nearly half of my life. This wouldn't be unusual, except for one major fact: I am only twenty-three years old.

Travel Warning Deters Some From Summer Study In Mexico

Stephen Montemayor | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stephen Montemayor

Careful review of the circumstances in specific regions of Mexico and the same precautions and common sense that is employed at home could mean the difference between gaining study and understanding and ignoring an opportunity.

Agent Provocateur

Megan Shank | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Megan Shank

Federal law prohibits compensation-based recruiting of students who qualify for financial aid, but it doesn't apply to the international students who contribute $18 billion annually to the U.S. economy.