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The Art of Giving

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 12.21.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Over the years during the holiday season I've donated a portion of the proceeds from my print sales to support organizations that give back to the community. This year the proceeds will go to support Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the fight against Ebola.

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

Form Follows Dysfunction: The Enduring Legacy of a Strategic Failure

Paul Gunther | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gunther

Besides some failed emblem of American exceptionalism shining brightly abroad, it seems reasonable to conclude that national security and its according intelligence tools were and remain the principle role for such a massive presence abroad.

U.S. Consulate Vehicle Attacked In Afghanistan, Injuring 2 Americans

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2014 | World

HERAT, Afghanistan, May 28 (Reuters) - Two Americans have been injured in an attack on a U.S. consulate vehicle in western Herat province in Afghani...

U.S. Diplomats' Influence in Washington (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of Conversations with Nicholas Kralev, we discuss the role career diplomats play in making U.S. foreign policy, and why presidents tend to distrust the Foreign Service.

A Tree Grows in Helsinki

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

What's more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. I know. I'm one such guy.

More Money for Diplomacy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I am concerned not only for the safety of our diplomatic corps, but also from the growing perception that they are not a priority concern. Right now we are busily chopping the Pentagon's budget, which in my view is long overdue, but at the same time we need to beef up our diplomatic budget.

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 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.

How to Prepare an Emergency Medical Contact Card Before You Go Abroad

Rita Anya Nara | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Rita Anya Nara

If you've ever had to visit an ER or doctor in another country, you know how critical it is to have an emergency medical card, and several supplemental documents, with you at all times (or at least in your hotel room).

Once Expelled, Gay Diplomat Thrives in Foreign Service (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Kralev

Jan Krc tells his story and talks about the recent advances for LGBT officers, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's now-famous gay rights speech in Geneva in 2011, and about being a foreign-born U.S. diplomat.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Chief Thinks China Is Poised For A Green Revolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday that China is where the U.S. was in the 1950s and '60s, namely, ...

2 Americans Died In Typhoon Haiyan

AP | Posted 11.13.2013 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says two Americans have died in the typhoon tragedy in the Philippines. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) say...

Iranians Hold Massive Anti-American Rally

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 11.04.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In Tehran's largest anti-U.S. rally in years, tens of thousands of demonstrators joined Monday in chants of "dea...

Obama: 'We Know We Can Do More'

Reuters | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics

* Obama says U.S. must do more to court investors * U.S. global share of investment shrinks * Embassies to focus on inve...

U.S. Embassy In Uganda Issues Alert Of Westgate-Style Attack

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.18.2013 | World

Ugandan police issued a security alert on Friday amid warnings of a possible attack similar to the bloody assault by Somalia's Shebab fighters in Keny...

An Iranian Spy in Israel? Hardly a Professional

Haggai Carmon | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Haggai Carmon

Unless this operation was planned by a clumsy and unsupervised Iranian intelligence officer, now behind bars in Tehran, this operation must have had purposes other than traditional espionage.

Behind the Scenes of Running an Embassy (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
Nicholas Kralev

How do you create a playbook for performing basic administrative functions around the world? How do you establish common procedures when every host country has its own rules? Kerry O'Connor, the State Department's innovation catalyst, answers these questions.

Iran Plans Revenge If Syria Is Attacked, Report Says

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The United States has intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack U.S. inte...

Iran Plans Revenge If Syria Is Attacked, Wall Street Journal Reports

Wall Street Journal | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON—The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in th...

Venezuelan Gets 5 1/2 Years In Strip Club Shooting Of U.S. Embassy Employees

AP | Posted 08.31.2013 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela -- A man who shot two U.S. Embassy employees in a Caracas strip club has been convicted of attempted murder by a Venezuelan court a...

Some U.S. Embassies Reopen After Security Concerns

Agence France Presse | | Posted 10.11.2013 | World

A number of US diplomatic missions closed on August 4 over an Al-Qaeda security alert reopened Sunday, while others stayed shut for the Muslim holiday...

18 Embassies To Reopen After Threat

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Eighteen of the 19 U.S. embassies and consulates that were closed in the Middle East and Africa because of a terrorist threat will reope...

Latest Terror Threat: Looking for More Than Just a Headline

Nida Khan | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Nida Khan

It's a sad day when our government has to shut down our embassies and diplomatic posts in such vast numbers. But it's an equally sad day when nobody really questions or digs beyond the surface into why such extreme actions must be taken.