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Kerry Threatens Putin With Revocation of G-8 Status

The U.S. secretary of state warned Sunday that Russia could be expelled from the G-8 and face economic sanctions unless President Vladimir Putin stops his “incredible act of aggression” and withdraws troops from Ukraine.

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John Kerry Slams Climate-Change Deniers for ‘Burying Their Heads in the Sand’

Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot across the bow at climate-change skeptics and deniers during a diplomatic visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday.

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Now Peace Talks, John Kerry, Are ‘Anti-Semitic’ in Eyes of Israeli Far Right

The Likud-led Israeli government doesn’t like U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at all.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



Is Syrian ‘Peace’ Conference Laying the Foundation for War?

The Geneva II “peace” conference has all the indicia of a sham. Those opposed to war in Syria better get ready to prevent war again.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE


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Syria Conference Roiled by Shouting Matches, Insults

The Geneva II negotiations at Montreux, Switzerland, opened on a sour note on Wednesday.

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Syrian Peace Talks Get Tense in Opening Session

Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it’s not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Sets Date to Start Shrinking Uranium Stockpile

The White House announced Sunday that Iran will start whittling down its stockpile of enriched uranium by Jan. 20, giving a sense of momentum to the agreement announced in November between Washington and Tehran.

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Is John Kerry Fist-Bumping Snoop Weirder Than Elvis Meeting Nixon?

Sometimes popular culture and politics collide in delightful and titillating ways. Perhaps the best example is “The President Meets the King.” Until now?

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Obama Catches a Break From Nuclear Deal With Iran

Since things on the domestic front aren’t exactly rosy for President Obama, the weekend’s breakthrough in international diplomacy, in the form of the early-morning deal struck by the U.S., Iran and five other key nations to reconfigure Iran’s nuclear program comes as a much-needed boost.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Ramblin’ Man

Four decades after his Vietnam experience, John Kerry has achieved what will undoubtedly be the highest post of his lifetime: secretary of state. And he’s looked like a bumbler first class. Has he also once again been a true man of his time, of a moment in which American foreign policy, as well as its claim to global moral and diplomatic leadership, is in remarkable disarray?

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The Dead Rhetoric of War

After years on a drunken bender, Americans are awakening to lies masked in patriotism and glory.

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What If Congress Says No on Syria?

The past 12 years have not been good ones. Our leaders consistently let the missiles and bombs fly, resorting to military force and legal abominations in what passed for a foreign policy, and then acted surprised as they looked up at the sky from an ever-deeper hole.

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Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

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Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two

“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

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Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

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Case Against Assad Based on ‘Common Sense,’ Not ‘Irrefutable’ Evidence

The White House is certain of Bashar Assad’s culpability, despite a lack of proof.

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Rebel Atrocities Documented as Obama Pushes for Strikes Against Assad

Neither side seems to embrace modern codes of combat in the Syrian civil war. A freshly smuggled video shows a rebel commander reading a “poem of revenge,” then leading his squad in executing seven captured and kneeling Syrian soldiers.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria and the Hour of Decision

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama should start a war after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is clear evidence Syria used poison gas against rebels and civilians. Should Obama wait for more evidence from U.N. inspectors? What is the proper role of the U.S., and should the issue be taken to Congress?

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Kerry Presents Case for Attack on Syria

After the British Parliament’s refusal to join a U.S. attack on Syria, the secretary of state declared Friday there was “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against its citizens. Meanwhile, the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report intended to back up the claim.

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U.S. Promises ‘Consequences’ in Syria, Whatever U.N. Inspectors Find

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised action against Syria while a U.N. team scrambled to gather evidence amid sniper fire.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



Revolutionary Learning: The Zapatistas’ First School

More than a thousand students have enrolled in the leftist group’s la escuelita de libertad to learn about the Mexican rebels’ life philosophies; a Canadian teenager protests Monsanto by eloquently refuting a bumbling TV host; meanwhile, same-sex marriage is garnering immense support in Latin America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Israel Gives Settlements Go-Ahead on Eve of Palestinian Peace Talks

Israel approved nearly 1,200 new housing units Sunday on land that the Palestinians claim for their state just three days before U.S.-sponsored peace talks on the borders of such a state are due to begin in Jerusalem.

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Mideast Negotiators Hope to Broker Peace in the Time It Takes to Make a Baby

Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators have given themselves a nine-month deadline to reach a deal.

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After 3 Years of Silence, Palestinians and Israelis to Restart Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that Palestinians and Israelis could be headed back to the negotiating table as early as next week.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



Perry Makes Major Announcement, Koch Brothers Try to Kill Obamacare, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an IRS mistake leaves tens of thousands of Social Security numbers exposed and Fox News rules (at least according to a depressing new Gallup poll).

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Asks Russia for Whistle-Blower Snowden, Putin Says Nyet

Responding to Secretary of State John Kerry’s request that Moscow transfer NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to American custody, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow’s airport and therefore not technically in Russia.

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Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto, Glenn Beck’s Bizarre Interview, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Republican insults against women and why the GOP is upset (again) with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE



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John McCain Shows Up in Syria

The office of the Arizona senator has confirmed reports that he made a secret trip into war-torn Syria on Monday and met with rebels in that country for several hours.

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Revenge of the Bear: Russia Strikes Back in Syria

Not since the end of the Cold War in 1991 has Russia asserted itself so forcefully beyond its borders.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Seeks Confirmation of Venezuelan Election Outcome (Video)

The United States is inserting itself into Venezuelan politics again by questioning the victory of Hugo Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro and calling for a recount of the vote from Sunday’s closely fought election.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE


Democrats Also to Blame for Iraq War, Journalist Scahill Says

Nation writer Jeremy Scahill ripped into Republicans and Democrats on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, claiming that both parties are to blame for the war during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Austerity and the Threat to Democracy Around the World

The “sequester” is actually, of course, the American form of austerity, or cutbacks in government spending during a recession. Austerity, or stingy government in Europe has kept employment extremely depressed compared to what it would have been with government stimulus, as Paul Krugman argues.

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Sen. Leahy Calls Out NRA’s LaPierre, Fox News’ Ratings Drop, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Kerry’s Senate replacement named and the GOP’s failing attempt to rig the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



The Death of the Republican Party, Schwarzenegger’s Sex Picture, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the country’s new secretary of state, President Obama’s immigration reform plan and some bad news for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



Kerry Calls Out Johnson, Zuckerberg Plans Christie Fundraiser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama naming a new SEC head and Joe Biden dispensing some interesting earthquake advice during a Google+ “Fireside Hangout.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE


Kerry Responds to Anti-War Protester During Confirmation Hearing

Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation hearing for secretary of state was briefly interrupted by an anti-war demonstrator Thursday, giving the longtime Massachusetts legislator a chance to show off his diplomacy skills in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Bush Health Update, Starbucks Gets Bipartisan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest member to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and Barbara Walters’ awkward interview with the Obamas.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



Ron Paul Denounces NRA Gun Plan, the Top 10 Media Stories of 2012, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s last political wish and the worst pundit predictions of this year.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE



Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



Gingrich Switches on Gay Marriage, Limbaugh ‘Honored’ for Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including speculation about actor Ben Affleck’s political future and Rachel Maddow’s sounding off on the government’s weak gun regulation efforts.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE


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