OPINION: New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg(D), a phenomenal champion of American Children and Nature, passed on last week at 89. At his NY funeral he was deeply honored by half the Senate on both sides of the aisle, plus NJ Governor Chris Christie (R), Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden for his passion and foresight in saving millions of Americans through his No Smoking law, raising the drinking age to 21, and fighting for women’s rights and gun control.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — As part of 2013 World Day Against Child Labor, US Secretary of State John Kerry made the following statement: We are proud to stand united with our partners in the international community on this World Day Against Child Labor, and with one voice, we call for the elimination of child labor. [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. Department of State announced the winners of the 2012 Human Rights Awards. The winner of the Diplomacy for Human Rights Award is Ambassador John Tefft of U.S. Embassy Kyiv. Erin Webster-Main from Embassy Rangoon was selected for the Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award. The joint winners of [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels// — Today, the United States and Colombia announced they will hold the first plenary meeting on the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality June 12 – 13, 2013 at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson and Colombian Vice [...]
GOP Extreme: Book Review of ‘It’s Even Worse than it Looks’ by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
BOOK REVIEW: Want to know how and why Washington is such a mess? Two respected analysts of governmental policy, one from the progressive Brookings Institution and the other from the troglodyte American Enterprise Institute, demonstrate that the GOP is at fault.
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State will host Tech@State: Moneyball Diplomacy on June 7, 2013. The conference will explore how use of the latest technologies to conduct rigorous economic analyses can produce new insights, improved forecasting, and reliable predictions that can enhance diplomacy and development. The conference will be held at George [...]
U.S. joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The Department of State joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Forty-four years after Stonewall, we see incredible progress in the fight to advance the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBT people, both here in the United States and globally. Protecting universal [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the State Department submitted Country Reports on Terrorism 2012 to the U.S. Congress as required by law. This report, available on www.state.gov/j/ct, provides the Department of State’s annual assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that occurred from January 1 to December 31, 2012. It includes a strategic assessment, [...]
U.S. Takes Action to Facilitate Communications by the Iranian People and Targets Iranian Government Censorship
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the State Dept. announced that the United States is taking a number of coordinated actions that target persons contributing to human rights abuses in Iran and enhance the ability of the Iranian people to access communication technology. As the Iranian government attempts to silence its people by cutting off their [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Ambassador James B. Smith and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Director of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Dr. Faisal bin Hamad Al-Sugair, signed an Open Skies air transport agreement. The United States-Saudi Arabia Open Skies agreement will, following a transition period, permit unrestricted air service by [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the first EMPOWER Conference on disability inclusive diplomacy. The EMPOWER program is a series of two-way exchanges aimed at bolstering the rights of persons with disabilities around the world. Persons with disabilities have the same rights as non-disabled persons, [...]
US Secretary of State John Kerry announces Ira Forman will serve as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that Ira Forman will serve as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Forman, a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford Universities, previously served as Director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management during the Clinton administration. He led the [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Harvard Law School’s Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project Labor and Worklife Program, hosted a workshop titled “Promoting Labor and Human Rights through Investment.” The May 16, 2013 event attracted representatives from the investment community, international organizations, academic institutions, and U.S. Government agencies. [...]
Solve for X, an initiative of Google[x], hosted May 13 session with STAS and US Office of Innovation and Development Alliances
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Solve for X, an initiative of Google[x], hosted a session on May 13 in collaboration with STAS and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Innovation and Development Alliances (IDEA) that encouraged moonshot ideas – radical technology-based proposals for solving global problems – and highlighted diasporans from MIT Technology Review’s [...]
‘American English’ mobile app launched by US Department of State to open doors to economic empowerment and educational opportunities
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the release of the free “American English” mobile application for lower-tech feature phones and Android devices. Developed in partnership with English Education Alliance (E2A) members, biNu and Worldreader, the application provides new audiences worldwide with “anytime, [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS May 13, 2013: Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced that Paralympian Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith and Deaflympian Dr. Becky Clark will travel to Guangzhou, China, May 15-20, to promote inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities, especially young women and girls. This event [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, The United States announced an updated overview of the support for the Syrian people’s aspirations for a Syrian-led political transition to a democratic, inclusive, and unified post-Assad Syria. The Assad regime has turned its weapons against its own people in a failing effort to perpetuate its rule. The United Nations [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield will deliver remarks at a ceremony honoring federal, state and local criminal justice partners at the Department of State on Monday, May 13. At this Partner Appreciation Ceremony, hosted by the Department of State’s Bureau of International [...]
U.S. Secretary of State imposes sanctions on four Iranian nuclear support companies and one individual as Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today the U.S. Secretary of State imposed sanctions on four Iranian nuclear support companies and one individual as Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and their Supporters pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382. These entities and individual were designated because they provide the Iranian government goods, technology, and services that increase Iran’s [...]
First all-female delegation to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Iraq Police Education Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — A delegation of ten women police officers from Iraq arrived in the United States this week for three weeks of training, the first all-female delegation to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Iraq Police Education Program (IPEP). After meeting the group yesterday, Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State [...]
ARTICLE: In 1977, fellow Olympic skier Billy Kidd and I had an adventure of a lifetime, skiing with Iranian Queen Farah Diba Pahlavi in their fresh “Persian Powder.” It was to promote skiing and goodwill with Iran, made possible by two visionary friends, the popular TV host Barry ZeVan and Iran’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ardeshir Zahedi.
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. Department of State announced that three employees have been named as finalists of the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, a national awards program that honors the achievements of federal employees. Andy Rabens, the Special Advisor for Youth Engagement in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, [...]
BOOK REVIEW: When you’re at work, you have some idea of the product or service your employer provides. Not so for “The Girls of Atomic City.” They had no idea they were helping create Fat Man and Little Boy, the bombs used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII.
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host several programs throughout the year to protect and promote the rights of disabled persons, it was announced today. The United States is committed to improving the rights and inclusion of person with disabilities. The first of its sports [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Jane Zimmerman traveled to San Salvador on April 29 to participate in the launch of a regional Journalism Security Hub, in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day (May 3). The new hub, established through a Memorandum of Understanding among [...]
BOOK REVIEW: Malcolm X is still controversial nearly 50 years after his assassination. In examining his life from a multitude of perspectives, author Manning Marable brings the reader close to Malcolm’s thoughts, deeds, leadership, struggles, conflicts, contradictions, and presence — which even today seems to have been larger than life.
Anti-Poaching and Anti-Trafficking Efforts in the U.S. will be studied by Wildlife and Conservation Experts
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — As part of the U.S. efforts to combat illegal trade in wildlife and promote conservation, 13 parks and wildlife ministry officials, field agents, and NGO leaders from across Africa will visit the United States April 22-May 10, 2013. Wildlife trafficking continues to push some protected and endangered species to the brink [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs programs engage youth, women, and undeserved audiences to address environmental issues in their home communities and empower a new generation of leaders. Through exchange programs, teachers, youth, academics, and emerging leaders gain skills and resources to create positive change for the environment around the [...]
ARTICLE: The National Ski Areas Association’s NRDC study said that Colorado and Utah would be losing its snow by the end of the century unless there is an intervention – the East likely earlier. Fortunately, a consensus of the UN’s 192 countries in 2012 identified the key to regenerating Earth: a combination of science/green energy and Ancient Wisdom, especially through the tribes.
Third Annual 6K Walk for Water kicks off on April 22, 2013 in Washington DC with Earth Day Celebration
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Not letting the recent events in Boston dry up efforts to “walk for water,” The U.S. Department of State will host the third Annual 6K Walk for Water at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, as part of the Department’s Earth Day celebrations. Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, The United States and Colombia signed the U.S.–Colombia Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA). Together with the Environment Chapter of the U.S.–Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA), the ECA will strengthen the ties between the United States and Colombia by creating new opportunities to work together to protect the environment and conserve natural [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Building on seven years of success through women-to-women mentoring, on April 24, 27 emerging leaders from around the world will join Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders at the U.S. Department of State to kick-off the eighth annual Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. This public-private partnership, conducted in coordination with [...]
BOSTON, Mass. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the following statement about the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy: “The entire State Department family joins President Obama in offering our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of all those killed and injured in the April 15 attacks in Boston. [...]
REVIEW: When the United States of America was just a gleam in our founding fathers’ eyes, the country faced some fascinating dichotomies, including human equality versus inhumane captivity and popular will versus monarchal rule. These battles and several others play out in intimate detail in Jon Meacham’s excellent “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs welcomes 220 emerging leaders from 44 countries and territories to the United States for intensive month-long fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise in governance, media, and economic empowerment and promote the Department’s goal of empowering young people globally. They [...]
Support for G-8 Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative announced by United States to the tune of $10 Million
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today at the G-8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London, the United States joined G-8 partners in support of the United Kingdom’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and reaffirmed its commitment to work with the international community to strengthen global coordination and individual countries’ capacity to prevent sexual violence; promote justice and accountability; [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On April 3, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier and Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Paul Weisenfeld hosted Guatemalan Minister of Health Jorge Villavicencio, other Government of Guatemala officials, private sector representatives and a panel [...]
US and Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission to Hold Fourth Working Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. John P. Holdren and Russian Minister of Education and Science Dimitry Livanov will co-chair the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) Working Group on Science and Technology Cooperation on April 4, 2013 in Moscow. Established [...]
Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012 signed into law by Obama
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — President Obama yesterday signed into law the Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012, S. 2318. This new legislation enhances the ability of the United States to bring to justice major fugitives and provides the U.S. Government with an additional tool to combat transnational organized crime. [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The United States is pleased that the United Nations General Assembly has approved a strong, effective and implementable Arms Trade Treaty that can strengthen global security while protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade. The Treaty adopted today will establish a common international standard for the national [...]
BOOK REVIEW: As science reveals more about our place in the universe, sentient beings are ecstatic about Sean Carroll’s “The Particle at the End of the Universe” and its view of what might be called the blueprints of reality.
Rev. Uesifili Unasa of New Zealand named International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month for April 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State has selected Reverend Uesifili Unasa of New Zealand as April’s International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout April, Rev. Unasa will be recognized on the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Exchange Alumni website for his dedication to New Zealand’s Pasifika and other marginalized [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the conclusion of the U.S.–UAE Economic Policy Dialogue (EPD), on March 27 in Abu Dhabi. The U.S. delegation was led by Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with a diverse range of countries from all regions of the world to address urgent human rights concerns. This was the first session of the United [...]
Ambassador William R. Brownfield and Delaware Attorney General Biden to Sign a Partnership Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will travel to Wilmington, Delaware to sign a partnership agreement with Delaware Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III on Tuesday, March 26. The Delaware Attorney General’s Office will join the more than 50 state [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. Department of State recognized the “World Water Day” (March 22, 2013) with the following statement from John Kerry, Secretary of State: “Global growth and climate change are placing ever greater stress on our planet’s most precious shared resource: Water.” Over the next 10 years many countries will experience [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The Department of State has designated Ansar al-Dine (AAD) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Over the last 13 years, governments, major multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations have worked together in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative, in an effort to make sure that when companies extract resources in some of the most difficult places on earth, they take tangible steps to minimize [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment has announced the release of DOSCareers, a new mobile “app.” This app educates and engages aspiring Foreign Service candidates and others seeking to familiarize themselves with diplomatic careers. The DOSCareers app offers essential information right [...]
United States announces Support for the Arms Trade Treaty that advances global security and respects national sovereignty
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — According to the U.S. Department of State, “The United States looks forward to working with our international partners at the upcoming conference from March 18-28 to reach consensus on an Arms Trade Treaty that advances global security and respects national sovereignty and the legitimate arms trade.” We supported and actively participated [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, in an important symbol of America’s commitment to an enduring friendship with Senegal, U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, Lewis Lukens, dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Dakar. Occupying a 10-acre site near Pointe des Almadies, the $181 million multi-building complex provides a centralized location for the [...]
Democracy and Human Rights: Civic Activism and the Media at 2013 Washington, D.C. Fulbright Enrichment Seminar
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host the 2013 Washington, D.C. Fulbright Enrichment Seminar, March 13-17. The theme of the enrichment seminar is Democracy and Human Rights: Civic Activism and the Media. This seminar will explore the important role that activism plays in advancing social issues in the United [...]
U.S. Embassy in Kabul and Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign Agreement to Support Counter Narcotics
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Stephen G. McFarland and Afghan Foreign Deputy Minister Jawid Ludin signed agreements allocating $249 million for joint programs in counternarcotics, rule of law and law enforcement. The funds will support key programs that aim to achieve shared goals toward better governance in improving the administration of justice [...]
US Announces New Sanctions for Iran Sanctions Act and the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the United States imposed sanctions on Greek national Dr. Dimitris Cambis and Impire Shipping for disguising the Iranian origin of crude oil by concealing the control of a vessel by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). The United States also imposed sanctions on Kish Protection and Indemnity Club (Kish P&I), [...]
OPINION: For the last two hundred million years up until 1970, our ‘home’ looked like this beautiful blue planet from Apollo 17 with three satellites orbiting it. Today, earth is shrouded with about 1,100 satellites, most for cell phone companies, and a half a million pieces of trashed ones, and most dangerous of all, some dumped nuclear waste. Together they are blocking the critical sunlight that Man and Nature need to happily thrive.
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State submitted the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2013 to Congress on March 4, 2013. The two-volume report offers a comprehensive assessment of the efforts of foreign governments to reduce illicit narcotics production, trafficking and use, in keeping with their international obligations under UN treaties. The [...]
REVIEW: A newcomer to American politics would write off the Republican Party as a gang of xenophobic, racist, theocratic, misogynistic, fiscally irresponsible war-mongers. In “Rule and Ruin,” Geoffrey Kabaservice explains how and why this happened.
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the United States of America and the Government of Japan at the conclusion of the First Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space. Begin Text: Pursuant to their shared goal of advancing bilateral space cooperation as declared by their leaders, [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State welcomes the 2013 Internet Freedom Fellows to Washington, D.C. March 10 -13. This program, in its third year, is sponsored by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and brings online journalists, and human rights activists from across the globe to meet with fellow [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the following statement regarding International Women’s Day: “On March 8, 2013, the United States joins people around the globe in honoring women and celebrating their contributions toward building a more peaceful, just, and prosperous world. The State Department, which has been led by [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State will host a symposium focusing on the use of technology to enhance and expand Internet Freedom at the Tech@State: Internet Freedom conference March 8-9, 2013. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) Michael Posner and Interim Dean of the GWU Law School Professor Gregory [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State will bring 85 women and men from 57 countries to the United States March 4-22, 2013, for “Women in Action,” a special initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program. This initiative will provide a forum for global leaders across sectors to discuss supporting the next generation [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On Friday, March 8, Secretary of State John Kerry will honor 10 extraordinary women with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary Kerry and the awardees as a special guest at the 3 p.m. ceremony in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State has selected Dr. Shubhalaxmi Vaylure of India as International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month for March 2013. Throughout March, Dr. Shubhalaxmi’s dedication to building greater environmental awareness in India will be recognized on the International Exchange Alumni website, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance announced the winners of the first Innovation in Arms Control Challenge. This Challenge, which received interest from more than 500 potential solvers, sought creative ideas from the general public to use commonly available technologies to support arms control [...]
US State Department Releases Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. Department of State released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in response to TransCanada’s May 2012 application for the Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada to Nebraska. The document is a draft technical review of potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Project, including: impacts [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — For 50 years, Kenya has been a stalwart and reliable partner in a strategically important but volatile region. As the economic powerhouse and transport hub of East Africa, Kenya’s stability is crucial to the security and economic prospects of its neighbors. The success of Kenya’s upcoming presidential, parliamentary and local elections [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, to be held March 4 through 15, 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Head [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of the estimated 65 million U.S. citizens who travel abroad annually. The most important way we do this is by providing U.S. travelers with the information they need to avoid problems in their travels. Today, the Department [...]
OPINION: What if we had the power to reduce the roots of violence by 50% – including one in three women raped world-wide – through a simple diet shift and planting fruit trees in schools? Thanks to UN’s One Billion Rising, women joined with enlightened men, world leaders and stars, like Ann Hathaway and Jane [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced that San Francisco-based hip hop group “Audiopharmacy” will tour Southeast Asia and the Pacific as part of the American Music Abroad program. With roots in hip hop, Audiopharmacy fuses live instrumentation and global musical styles, making for an [...]
U.S. and Afghanistan Announce $18.2 Million in Good Performers Initiative Awards for Provincial Counter Narcotics
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On February 12, 2013, Afghanistan’s Minister for Counter Narcotics Zarar Moqbel Osmani and U.S. Embassy’s Coordinating Director for Rule of Law and Law Enforcement Ambassador Stephen G. McFarland announced $18.2 million in Good Performers Initiative (GPI) awards. GPI awards are given to provinces that achieved or retained poppy-free status, reduced net [...]
BOSTON, Mass. /eNewsChannels/ — The Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (STAS), in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, will host an event on Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science (NODES), an initiative that seeks to support diaspora knowledge networks in science and engineering fields, on February 14, 2013 in [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Barry Larkin and Olympian Natasha Watley will travel as sports envoys to India from February 12-18. Working with Major League Baseball and USA Softball, this trip marks the Department’s first joint baseball and softball program [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. Department of State announced the imposition of nonproliferation sanctions on several foreign entities and individuals under multiple U.S. authorities. Pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA), a determination was made to impose sanctions on: two Belarusian entities [TM Services Limited (TMS) and Scientific and [...]
US State Department Contributes an Initial $171 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of over $171 million toward the 2013 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This year’s initial contribution funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts worldwide. This funding includes support [...]
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Hosts The Fulbright Experience: Reaching Out to All People with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board will host “The Fulbright Experience: Reaching Out to All People with Disabilities,” a public forum on international higher education opportunities and the challenges for people with disabilities and in the deaf community, on February 12, 2013, at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. U.S. Representative [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs welcomes 115 international high school exchange students representing more than 30 countries to Washington, D.C., for a week-long Civic Education Workshop from February 10 – 16. Participants in the Civic Education Workshop were selected from current Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces that 14 teenage athletes—seven boys and seven girls—and two coaches from Brazil will travel to the United States for a basketball exchange February 6-18. The young players are a part of the São Paulo Shooting Stars, a Consulate São [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On February 1, 2013, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, made the following remarks to State Department employees as part of her farewell to the post she accepted during President Obama’s first term in office (transcript follows): DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good afternoon, everyone. Madam Secretary, four years ago, I stood on [...]
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