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How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. General in Nigeria to Aid Search for Schoolgirls

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



Washington’s Pivot to Ignorance

As Washington increasingly comes to rely on the “forward projection” of military force to maintain its global position, the Fulbright Program, now on the State Department’s chopping block, may be the last vestige of an earlier, more democratic, equitable, and generous America that enjoyed a certain moral and intellectual standing in the world.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



An Apartheid of Dollars

There are many sides to whistle-blowing. The one that most people don’t know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family relations, that follows the decision to risk it all in an act of conscience. Here’s a part of my own story I’ve not talked about much before.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Unidentified Leaker of State Department Call

Someone—maybe the Russians—leaked an audio recording of a high-ranking State Department official and the American ambassador in Kiev seeming to plot a coup d’etat against the elected government of Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE


How the Oil Lobby Rigged the Keystone Pipeline Environmental Review

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Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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State Department Finally Releases List of ‘Special Government Employees’

Last year, Politico reported that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had a special arrangement under which she simultaneously worked for the State Department and a corporate consulting firm.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Keystone XL Pipeline Passes Major Hurdle, Remains on Course for Approval

The State Department has provided President Obama the cover he needs to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, dealing a severe blow to environmentalists who oppose the oil and gas project.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



Times Books

The Brothers

Stephen Kinzer tells the story of the Dulles brothers, who served as secretary of state and director of the CIA in the Eisenhower administration. It is a bracing, disturbing, and serious study of the exercise of American global power.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders

Documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA monitored phone calls by 35 world leaders after getting the numbers from an official in another department of government.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



Don McCullough (CC BY 2.0)

Each Drone Strike in Yemen Makes as Many as 60 New U.S. Enemies

A former official of the U.S. State Department in Yemen says every drone killing by the American military there creates 40 to 60 new enemies of the United States.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Andrew Cockburn

In reporting on decades of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Harper’s Magazine’s Washington editor fully uncovers a mass destruction and murder scheme on a Napoleonic scale.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Stay Home and Forget the Rest of the World

More and more it seems that “don’t go far” is the message the U.S. government is sending Americans. The global travel alert issued Aug. 2 is a perfect example of how the State Department uses fear to keep people “safely” at home, and ignorant.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert Based on Terror Threat

If the State Department wanted our attention, it has it.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning

With a “Nuremberg defense” and other key avenues blocked by the judge in his trial, the Army private has been left with little option but to beg for mercy from the court. The erosion of judicial protection for those who expose state crimes is a dire development.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Moises Castillo

Pakistan Says Senior Taliban Leaders Killed in Drone Strike

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has reportedly killed senior Taliban militants, including the group’s second in command. Four people were said to be dead after the attack in the North Waziristan region.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

Benghazi: Dissecting Congressional Follies, Media Coverage and ‘Cover-Up’ Charges

An interview with Thomas Pickering, the distinguished American diplomat who oversaw the State Department’s Benghazi review board and has found himself a target of Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the excitable partisan who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



Wikipedia

How the U.S. Government Shills for Monsanto

Thanks in part to WikiLeaks, we now know that the State Department is acting like a global sales agent for biotech behemoths such as Monsanto.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



The Nation Institute and the State Department

Chris Hedges Resigns From Human Rights Organization PEN

The Truthdig columnist was scheduled to speak at events sponsored by PEN American Center next month, but he has resigned his membership in the writers’ organization over its executive director, Suzanne Nossel, a former aide to Hillary Clinton who may have coined the term “soft power.”

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Generalissima Clinton’ Expands the Empire

Behind the public relations sheen, the photo opportunities with groups of poor people in the developing world, an increasingly militarized State Department operated under Hillary Clinton’s leadership.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE


Clinton Gets Testy With GOP Senator During Benghazi Hearing

After Ron Johnson questioned the State Department’s handling of the deadly terrorist attack, even claiming that it had misled the public about what happened, Hillary Clinton lost her temper and fired back.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons/United States Congress

How Republicans Would Benefit From John Kerry Secretary of State Nomination

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is reportedly now President Obama’s top choice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state after Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the top diplomat position late last week.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ School Shooting, Susan Rice Withdraws, and More

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the “Left, Right & Center” crew discuss the horrific school shooting in Connecticut, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the top slot in the State Department, Michigan’s new status as a right-to-work state and more.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Susan Rice Withdraws From Secretary of State Consideration

“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice said in an interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Palestine, Rice and the Fiscal Cliff

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly—and over the vociferous objections of the U.S. and Israel—to elevate the status of Palestine to “nonmember observer state.” Will this shift the balance of power in the Middle East? Is this a recipe for peace or for even greater conflict? The “Left, Right & Center” commentators consider the possibilities on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Tests Pakistan by Declaring Haqqani a Terror Group

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States would formally recognize the militant Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan as a terrorist organization, a report to Congress said Friday.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War

From Asia and Africa to the Middle East and the Americas, the Obama administration is increasingly embracing drones and special operations forces to fight scattered global enemies on the cheap. A centerpiece of this new American way of war is the outsourcing of fighting duties to local proxies around the world.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Hello China My Old Friend, I’ve Come to Lecture You Again (Editorial)

The State Department is once again giving China a hard time about its human rights record, a worthy cause to be sure, though the United States makes for an odd champion. What’s the saying? Those who torture should not throw stones, maybe.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE



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D.C. Corruptus: Glenn Greenwald Counts the Ways

The State Department looks ready to remove an Iranian opposition group’s designation as a terrorist organization thanks to its high-level bipartisan connections in Washington.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



Private Prison Corporations on a Shopping Spree

Private prison corporations are taking advantage of the economic crisis to buy state prisons; the French right wing is, unsurprisingly, falling apart; meanwhile, Obama goes back on his word and cracks down on medical marijuana dispensaries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP/K.M.Chaudary

Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

Why has the Obama administration committed itself to releasing more than $1 billion to a government that has challenged its attempt to bring to justice an alleged mastermind of cross-border terrorism?

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



openDemocracy (CC-BY)

Bush Official Warned About Torture in Secret Memo

Months before al-Qaida operative Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is set to stand trial for his alleged role in the 9/11 attacks, a draft of a secret memo written in 2006 by a senior adviser to Condoleezza Rice warning that the “enhanced interrogation” techniques used by the Bush administration in the “war on terror” violated U.S. law has surfaced at the U.S. State Department.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Phillip Pavlovich

U.S. Contemplates ‘Additional Measures’ for Syria

Press representatives at the White House and the State Department are using the same vague phrase, “additional measures,” to describe the administration’s mystery plan for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Silent State: Washington’s Campaign Against Whistle-Blowers

There can be little doubt that government retaliation against whistle-blowers is not an isolated event, nor even an agency-by-agency practice. The number of cases in play suggests an organized strategy to deprive Americans of knowledge of the more disreputable things their government does.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

State Department to Downsize Massive Baghdad Embassy

A $750 million, 104-acre complex that employs 16,000 people might have been George W. Bush’s concept of an embassy, but the people who run the country that happens to surround America’s fortress in Baghdad aren’t thrilled and the State Department has decided to scale back. (more)

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



NASA

‘Our Sky Is Our Sky, Not the USA’s Sky’

Those words above belong to Iraq’s acting minister of the interior, Adnan al-Asadi, who is quoted by The New York Times among other Iraqi officials reacting negatively to the State Department’s unmanned (and unauthorized) surveillance drones flying over Baghdad.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



CBS News via washingtonpost.com

White House Denies Involvement in Iranian Nuke Scientist’s Death

President Obama’s team of top diplomats didn’t wait long to respond to the report that an Iranian nuclear scientist died in a car explosion Wednesday. Later that day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the U.S. was in no way involved in the death by detonation of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



Joseph Voves (CC-BY)

Thought Crime in Washington

Morris Davis was fired by the Library of Congress not because of his work performance, but because he wrote a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on his own time, using his own computer, as a private citizen. The government just did not like what he wrote.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



Asian Development Bank (CC-BY)

Pentagon Spends Millions Protecting Uzbekistan Dictator

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov is notorious for heading one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, and millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are being given to a for-profit military contractor turned propaganda machine to make sure he remains a faithful and able ally in the global war on terror.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



Elvert Barnes (CC-BY-SA)

Investigators and Activists Target Keystone XL Pipeline

Friday, just two days before thousands of protesters encircled the White House, the State Department inspector general’s office said it would launch an investigation into the vetting process for a controversial oil pipeline that would snake its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



Metropolitan Books

Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department

On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in my 23-year State Department career by State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security for posting on my blog a link to a WikiLeaks document already available elsewhere on the Web.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / acidpolly

AP Review Downplays Threat From WikiLeaks Disclosures

An Associated Press inquiry into U.S. State Department sources who were outed in the latest unredacted WikiLeaks file dump found virtually no one who felt endangered by public knowledge of their involvement in U.S. government information gathering. (more)

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / National Counterterrorism Center

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Leader Is Dead

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaida’s second in command and trusted confidant of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Waziristan, Pakistan’s tribal region, a U.S. government official announced Saturday. The State Department had placed a $1 million reward on his head. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



State Department

Abandon Ship and/or Yemen

The United States is evacuating “certain non-emergency personnel” from Yemen and encouraging other Americans to leave the country while they still can. The State Department cites “terrorist activities and civil unrest” in its most recent travel warning. Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses ... (more)

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Blackwater Founder Builds Secret Army for UAE

Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater (now Xe Services), the world’s most notorious private military contractor, is discreetly training an 800-man army capable of defending infrastructure, suppressing rebellions and battling regional state enemies for the UAE. (more)

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE



State Department

Dear Hillary Clinton, Our Human Rights Record Is ‘Deplorable’ Too

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells The Atlantic that China’s “deplorable human rights record” is “a fool’s errand” to “stop history.” That’s some tough talk from the global representative of a country that throws its enemies in an island gulag when it isn’t remotely executing them.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


Ousted State Dept. Spokesman Stands By Manning Treatment Comments

Former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley, who stepped down (presumably under pressure) after condemning the treatment of accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning, tells Al-Jazeera English he does not regret his comments.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE


iPhone
Courtesy of Apple

Activist App: ‘Panic Button’ for Cellphones

A new “panic button” cellphone application is being promoted by the U.S. State Department for pro-democracy activists, especially those in the Arab world and China, that wipes out the phone’s contacts and alerts fellow activists.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE


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