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My Day as a Douchebag

Opinion: My Day as a Douchebag

OPINION: Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, the proverb states. In other words, have some empathy. All righty then, I will try spending a day as a RWNJDB (rightwing nutjob douchebag) and see how it feels.

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US Department of State

Leading Global Science and Technology Entrepreneurs land in Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: Top entrepreneurs participating in the State Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Entrepreneurship Journey will arrive in Chicago this week to begin their 14-day program. The entrepreneurs, from Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Uganda, will experience a customized and highly curated program – workshops, mentoring, and interactions […]

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Patriots in Name Only

Opinion: Conservatives are PINO (Patriots in Name Only)

OPINION: Freedom comes at a price. People in the USA have the right to be stupid, just as the rest of us have the right to mock them or shun them. But when they form into a know-nothing, obfuscating, and obstructionist political party, the true cost of freedom begins to be experienced.

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Are You a Scumbag

Opinion: Are You a Scumbag? Take This Simple Test

OPINION: There are many reasons people vote Republican besides stupidity and racism. With so much doubt and confusion swirling around “the moron party,” we thought it was a good time to provide this little test. You can try this quick and easy examination for yourself as well as give a copy to close family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and that weird uncle who always ruins your family gatherings by spouting rightwing nutjob nonsense he heard on “the Fox News.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry

2014 Global Partnerships Week Kicks Off in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: The U.S. Department of State today announced the start of the 2014 Global Partnerships Week (GP3) that will run from March 24 to 30, 2014. GP3, which is led by Secretary Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships in collaboration with its partners, including the Concordia Summit and .CO Internet, is a […]

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Thanks for Your Sochi Prayers

Thanks for Your Sochi Prayers that Helped Joy Win!

OPINION: As an Olympic skier, I want to thank all those who prayed for the joy and safety of everyone at Russia’s surprisingly “awesome” games. Joining with the Olympic families, were Christian Scientists, Native Americans, Aetherius Society, Monks of Moscow and so many more to help preserve this greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1,000 years in Ancient times, and 100 years in Modern times.

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GOP Outfitters

Opinion: GOP Outfitters

OPINION: Are you running for public office in a district full of incredibly dim-witted people? Hello republican candidates! Worried about attracting a large number of moron voters? Not to worry, GOP Outfitters is ready to serve you.

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NM-AZ Native Program

Sipapu’s NM-AZ Native Program Helping Heal America

OPINION: To further help heal and unite America, on February 26, New Mexico’s Sipapu ski area announced that it is joining Pajarito Mt and Ski Santa Fe in offering landmark affordable skiing and snowboarding opportunities to the tribes of New Mexico and Arizona.

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Could World Prayer Help Protect Sochi Olympics?

Could World Prayer Help Protect Sochi Olympics?

OPINION: The Olympics has been the greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1000 years in Ancient times and 100 years in Modern times.  Given that Olympic heroes have inspired countless youth to be happily healthy, productive, brilliant and generous, we hope you will take a moment to join this world prayer for “The Joy and Safety of the Sochi Olympics,” heartened by how it has worked for the last five Olympics.

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Opinion: Red State TV

Opinion: Red State TV

OPINION: After a friend wrote me about seeing a TV show called ‘Focus on New Mexico,’ we both started wondering if GOP-controlled states have similar programs. Of course they do! Let’s take a peek at the outline for one of their offerings.

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Francesca Maetas giving David Vosburgh

Santa Fe Ski Area Gallantly Safety-nets Pajarito’s NM-AZ Native Ski Program

After launching in early January the most generous Native snowsports outreach in history, inviting tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona to ski in their Los Alamos Mountain, Pajarito Mt temporarily had to close for lack of enough snow. So Santa Fe Ski Area’s GM Benny Abruzzo heroically agreed to provide Pajarito and these tribal youth […]

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Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Present 2013 Awards for Corporate Excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will announce and present the 15th annual Secretary of State’s Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 9:20 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State. The ACE, inaugurated in 1999, emphasizes the important role U.S. businesses […]

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Pajarito Dance

Pajarito Mountains New Mexico-Arizona Tribal Ski Outreach Helping Heal America

On January 4, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, nestled near New Mexico’s Bandelier Canyon Cliff Dwellings going back 11,000 years, magnanimously launched an unprecedented snowsports outreach for the tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona. It was thanks so much to ski instructor David Vosburgh, also director of the Native Nations Sports Ambassadors program, working with our […]

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Greedy Obtuse Prig PIN

Opinion: Rename the GOP

OPINION: Republicans have long ceased to be the Grand Old Party, if that term ever applied to them, and therefore we are announcing a contest to re-brand republicans with an appropriate moniker.

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US Department of State

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from 50 Countries Convene in Washington, D.C., Dec. 12-13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host approximately 400 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from 50 countries around the world for an enrichment workshop in Washington, D.C., December 12-13, 20913. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) are early career and prospective English teachers in their […]

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George W. Bush Talking Doll

Opinion: The W Death Watch Doll

OPINION: Note to the Secret Service: This column in no way calls for any harm to come to the 43rd POTUS. It’s just that there is a monetary gain that will accrue to some of us upon his demise and so, well, we’re interested in his health, that’s all. A long time ago on a planet very similar to ours, two friends had a practice of giving each other bad Christmas presents. It was a contest of sorts in which the winner was whoever could find the most outrageously awful gift …

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US Department of State

US to Provide $98.5 Million for Private Financing for 4,000 SMBs in Latin America

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: Today, the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced partnerships with three private banks in Latin America that will make available $98.5 million in local lending exclusively for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson stated that “these […]

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Article: Homeschooling: Is it Right for Your Kids

Opinion: Homeschooling: Is it Right for Your Kids?

OPINION: Let’s say you are a moron and a member of the treason party. Oh I’m sorry, let me make that easier to understand: Let’s say you are a republican. And let’s say you want to indoctrinate your progeny in private. Oops, sorry again, I mean: Let’s say you want to home school your kids. Are you ready for the challenge?

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US State Department

2013 Tech@State: EdTech Conference will explore the revolutionary changes that technology has brought to education

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: The U.S. Department of State will explore the revolutionary changes that technology has brought to education and how those changes can enhance diplomacy and development at Tech@State: EdTech on Friday, November 1, 2013. The event will be held on the campus of the George Washington University (GWU) at the Jack […]

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Secretary of State John Kerry

Journalists Explore U.S. Democracy and Best Media Practices on Edward R. Murrow Program Exchange 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: 100 international journalists will begin a three-week exchange this week as participants in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The Murrow program is an innovative public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and nine leading U.S. schools of journalism. On October 30, Secretary of State John Kerry will […]

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US Department of State

U.S. Reaches its Refugee Admissions Target for the First Time Since 1980

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: The United States announced today it brought 69,930 refugees to safety and new lives in the United States in fiscal year 2013. That number is closer to the authorized ceiling – 70,000 in 2013 – than in any year since 1980. Reaching this threshold is a demonstration of the Administration’s efforts […]

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The Prose of Cons

Opinion: Conservatism Causes Cancer: A Drudge Report Exclusive

OPINION: For anyone with an I.Q. above seventy, the Drudge Report is a wasteland of filth, bile, lies, and dreck. So when it was reported that a former writer for that site published an expletive-riddled story equating conservatism with cancer, a great many people took note.

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Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Secretary Kerry Announces New Initiative to Address Gender-Based Violence in Global Humanitarian Emergencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the provision of $10 million in funding for a new U.S. initiative, Safe from the Start, to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

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To Walk the Earth in Safety

To Walk the Earth in Safety: New Report Showcases 20 Years of Landmine Clearance

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) has released the 12th Edition of “To Walk the Earth in Safety,” a report summarizing the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program. This edition commemorates 20 years of U.S. efforts […]

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US State Department

‘A New Beginning’ exchange hosts International Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: Entrepreneurs and business leaders from 29 countries will travel to the United States from September 14 through October 5 as participants in “A New Beginning” exchange, a special initiative of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. During their three-week visit, the participants will meet with leading American entrepreneurs, business […]

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US Department of State

Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research Scholar Symposium 2013 in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ NEWS: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host the 2013 Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Scholar Symposium: New Connections for a Changing Climate in Washington, D.C., September 16-20. Twenty scholars, professionals, and applied researchers from throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, will present the culmination of […]

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US State Department

Launch of the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On September 12, Nerissa Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs will participate in the launch of the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination. The U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is committed to working with […]

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US Department of State

Global Sports Mentoring Program 2013 announced by espnW and US Dept. of State

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State and espnW are proud to announce this year’s mentor organizations and international emerging leaders participating in the 2013 Global Sports Mentoring Program. Now in its second year, this program supports the United States global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around […]

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Is Conservatism Infectious?

Opinion: Is Conservatism Infectious?

OPINION: Sixty million people voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 race for President of the United States and since that candidate was one of the least-qualified in modern history it should be obvious that the ranks of conservative voters are huge. And yes, “rank” would be the operative word.

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US Department of State

Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship Winners for 2013 Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, announced today the four 2013 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship recipients. Fulbright-mtvU is an academic exchange program established in 2007 to promote “the power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding. The Fellowships were awarded to: Phil Babcock, a […]

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John Scott G – TRUTH

Opinion: The Seven Pillars of Perfidy

OPINION: The seven core positions of conservatives pose a very real threat to democracy in the United States. You have undoubtedly noticed some of their more onerous activities, but it might be instructive to examine their seven subversive doctrines all at once. Hold your nose and let’s start wading through the muck of the Seven Pillars of Perfidy.

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US Department of State

Women Leaders from Pacific Region to Participate in U.S. Program on Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — From August 18 – 28, 2013, twelve women climate leaders from across the Pacific region will visit Washington, D.C., Pensacola, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii to meet with policymakers, scientists, and innovators to share their experiences and to learn about U.S. efforts to combat climate change. This exchange, a joint initiative of […]

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Olympic skier Suzy ‘Stevia’ Chaffee and Alicia Partida

Mayor Bloomberg and Mex President Pena Nieto Help N. Americans Win Battle of the Bulge

OPINION: After Mexico became No. 1 in obesity and diabetes in June, their new President Pena Nieto surprisingly recommended as a solution the no-carb herbal sweetener stevia discovered by the South American tribes. And while soda lovers criticized Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign to reduce the size of sodas, most fit Americans and Mexicans cheered on their bold interventions.

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US State Department

WNBA Diplomacy: Sports Envoys Ticha Penicheiro and Cedric Ceballos to Empower Youth in Angola

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State today announced an upcoming sports envoy program to “empower youth in Luanda, Angola.” In partnership with the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), Ticha Penicheiro and Cedric Ceballos, will travel to Luanda to engage with underserved youth both on the court […]

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Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Out There: Book review of ‘Space Chronicles’ by Neil deGrasse Tyson

BOOK REVIEW: How much humor do you expect from an astrophysicist? How much passion? What should be the ratio of fact to fancy in the essays of a scientist? With Neil deGrasse Tyson, you get an enjoyable mixture of levity and reality on a subject that might hold the key to your future.

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US Department of State

Sixty disability and civil society organizations from 20 countries and U.S. to participate in the Professional Fellows EMPOWER Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. State Dept. announced that 60 disability and civil society orgs from 20 countries and the United States have been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s “Professional Fellows EMPOWER Program.” This two-way exchange program will expand the capacity of organizations in the United States and overseas […]

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Secretary of State John Kerry

Opening the World to Americans with Disabilities with the Disabilities Treaty

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — As the United States celebrates the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week, Secretary of State John Kerry met today with senior representatives of veterans, religious, business, and disability rights organizations, all of whom are advocates for the Disabilities Treaty. Secretary Kerry noted that yesterday was the 90th […]

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US State Department

2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge announced by US State Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance launched today the “2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge” where we ask the public, “What Information Technology Tools and Concepts Can Support Future Arms Control Inspections?” In the future, our current inspection methods and capabilities may be bolstered by […]

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U.S. Department of State

African Women Entrepreneurship Exchange Promotes Business Growth – AWEP elevates women entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), a special initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program, runs from July 22-August 9, 2013. Thirty women entrepreneurs from 27 African countries arrive in the United States this week to look at ways to grow their small and medium businesses. The U.S. Government is committed […]

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US State Department

Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Winners for 2013 Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. State Department has announced the 2013 winners of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). This competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs. Teams, comprised of at least ten alumni, carry out public service projects using the skills and knowledge gained […]

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US Department of State

U.S. and China Commit to Work Together to Combat Wildlife Trafficking at 2013 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats and Administrator Zhao Shucong of the Chinese State Forestry Administration led a historic breakout session on wildlife trafficking during the 2013 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, DC. Experts from multiple agencies met to review our […]

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U.S. Department of State

Spirit of Soccer Teams with the U.S. to Support Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — According to the U.S. State Dept., childhood is far from carefree for millions of children growing up in conflict. Even a simple game of soccer can mean serious risk when a playing field may contain buried landmines or unexploded munitions. A new initiative by the U.S. Department of State is working […]

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US State Department

U.S. Seeks Enhanced Protection of Antarctic Waters and Ross Sea Region

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — According tor the State Department, U.S. policy makers and scientists are meeting with governments from around the world this week, on July 15-16, 2013, at an international conference in Bremerhaven, Germany, in an effort to advance significant new marine protection for the waters surrounding Antarctica. They will attempt to gain adoption […]

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U.S. Department of State

Path to Paralympics: Brazil Sports Diplomacy Program with WorldChicago

CHICAGO, Ill. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced today that youth and coaches from Brazil will be in Chicago, Illinois this week for a sports exchange program. In partnership with WorldChicago, 12 athletes with disabilities and eight coaches, with and without disabilities, will participate in activities […]

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US State Department

On-line Publication of 2012 Digest of United States Practice in International Law announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State today announced the release of the “2012 Digest of United States Practice in International Law,” covering developments during calendar year 2012. The Digest provides the public with a record of the views and practice of the Government of the United States in public and private international […]

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US Department of State

Museums Connect Cultural Exchange 2013 Awardees Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums, announced the selection of 11 new projects as part of the Museums Connect program. Museums Connect links U.S. communities with communities around the world through innovative, museum-based exchanges that foster mutual […]

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‘The Center Holds’ by Jonathan Alter

Battling Extremism: Book review of ‘The Center Holds’ by Jonathan Alter

BOOK REVIEW: Every presidential election is deemed crucial to America but with the choice of Obama versus the obviously unqualified Mitt Romney, it was more than crucial; it was imperative. In the detailed yet fast-paced ‘The Center Holds,’ author Jonathan Alter takes you inside the campaigns and reveals some of the evil forces backing the GOP.

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What Would President Jefferson Say

What Would President Jefferson Say this 4th of July?

OPINION: On this 4th of July, wouldn’t it be a dream come true for the U.S. and many World Citizens if President Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of independence and Bill of Rights, came back at this pivotal time to coach us on getting our Grand Experiment in Democracy back on course?

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U.S. Department of State

Mr. Salih Yuce named International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month for July 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — Today, the U.S. Department of State announced selection of Mr. Salih Yuce of Turkey as July’s International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout July, Mr. Yuce’s passion for cancer research and youth cooperation will be featured on the International Exchange Alumni website, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official […]

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‘The Unwinding’ by George Packer

In Decline: Book review of ‘The Unwinding’ by George Packer

BOOK REVIEW: The deterioration of our country during the past three-and-a-half decades makes for a broad canvas but author George Packer provides insightful detail and hits some emotional high points. There was an incredible battle in the United States from around 1978 until right now, a conflagration that did not emphasize armed conflict but which decimated large chunks of the basic goodness of our nation.

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Bigotry Backed by SCOTUS

COMMENTARY: Do not get too excited about the good news for marriage rights because the troglodyte half of the Supreme Court has gutted a vital section of the Voting Rights Act. Celebrations by the LGBT community over two recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) strike me as misguided, disingenuous, and […]

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US Department of State

First Sports Diplomacy Program with Turkey Announced by U.S. with 8 wheelchair basketball athletes

WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — The U.S. Department of State welcomes its first sports exchange delegation from Turkey to the United States. From June 27-July 9, 2013, eight wheelchair basketball athletes and four coaches will participate in activities on inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities. While in Washington D.C., the Turkish athletes will play wheelchair […]

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Chaffee an Lautenberg

Congress: Honor Senator Lautenberg and Generations by signing his Chemical Safety Improvement Act!

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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Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry: Say ‘No!’ to Child Labor in Domestic Work on 2013 World Day Against Child Labor

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. […]

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US Department of State

Winners of the 2012 U.S. State Department Human Rights Awards Announced

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 […]

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US State Department

United States and Columbia to Hold First Meeting on Racial and Ethnic Equality Action Plan

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 […]

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It’s Even Worse Than it Looks

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.

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U.S. Department of State

Tech@State: Moneyball Diplomacy Conference comes to George Washington University

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 […]

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US State Department

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 […]

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US State Department

U.S. State Dept. submits ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2012′ to Congress

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, […]

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U.S. Department of State

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 […]

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U.S. and Saudi Arabia Sign Open Skies Air Transport Agreement

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 […]

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U.S. Department of State Hosts EMPOWER Conference to Advance Disability Rights Worldwide

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, […]

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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 […]

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Workshop Promoting Labor and Human Rights Through Investment hosted by US Dept. of State

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. […]

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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 […]

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‘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, […]

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First 2013 Sports Envoy Program Advancing Disability Rights and Inclusion in China

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 […]

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U.S. Government Financial and Humanitarian Assistance to Syria Update: May 2013

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 […]

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U.S. Department of State to Honor International Policing Partners at Partner Appreciation Ceremony

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How ‘The People’ Can Beat Iranian-American Peace Drums

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.

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Finalists of the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals announced

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, […]

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Book Review: Gadget Go Boom – ‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan

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.

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First 2013 Sports Visitor Exchange Program Advancing Disability Rights and Inclusion

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 […]

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World Press Freedom Day: U.S. Department of State Launches Central America Journalism Security Hub

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 […]

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Book Review: Shabazz! ‘Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention’ by Manning Marable

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.

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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 […]

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Empowering Environmental Leaders – programs engage youth, women, and undeserved audiences

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 […]

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