State Department/Department of State (DOS)
- Homepage: http://www.state.gov/
May 2005: "The State Department leads the United States in its relationships with foreign governments, international organizations, and the people of other countries. It aims to provide a more free, prosperous, and secure world. The management of all of these relationships is called diplomacy. Diplomacy is vital to the United States in that it is the way in which the State Department formulates, implements, and represents to other nations the foreign policy goals of the President.
Diplomacy is vital to U.S. interests. The State Department is a vital part of the U.S. Government because it:
- Represents the U.S. overseas and conveys U.S. policies to foreign governments and international organizations through American embassies and consulates in foreign countries and diplomatic missions;
- Negotiates and concludes agreements and treaties on issues ranging from trade to nuclear weapons;
- Coordinates and supports international activities of other U.S. agencies, hosts official visits, and performs other diplomatic missions; and
- Leads interagency coordination and manages the allocation of resources for foreign relations.
There are more than 190 countries in the world, and the United States maintains diplomatic relations with some 180 of them, as well as with many international organizations. Advances in travel, trade and technology have made the world more interconnected today than ever before, making interactions with other countries and their citizens more important for the United States.
The State Department has four main foreign policy goals:
- Protect the U.S. and Americans;
- Advance democracy, human rights, and other global interests;
- Promote international understanding of American values and policies; and
- Support U.S. diplomats, government officials, and all other personnel at home and abroad who make these goals a reality."
December 2012: "Three years ago, we debunked an email claiming that Obama wanted to ban the possession of guns through a United Nations treaty. But this year, the message started popping up again in our inbox. The truth is that the treaty in question pertains to international exporting and importing, and it’s still in the discussion stage among various countries. The State Department, however, has said it wouldn’t support anything that conflicts with the Second Amendment or covers domestic transfer of firearms."http://factcheck.org/2012/12/viral-spiral-2012/
March 2001: "WASHINGTON, March 5 — A recently declassified State Department document shows that Latin American officers involved in Operation Condor, the joint effort in the 1970's by right-wing governments to crush left-wing opposition, used an American communications installation to share intelligence."http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/06/world/06COND.html
August 2011: "Still, many aid organizations are reluctant to venture into Shabab areas because of the obvious dangers — the Shabab have killed dozens of aid workers — and because of American government restrictions. In 2008, the State Department declared the Shabab a terrorist group, making it a crime to provide material assistance to them. Aid officials say the restrictions have had a chilling effect because it is nearly impossible to guarantee that the Shabab will not skim off some of the aid delivered in their areas."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/world/africa/02somalia.html
July 2011: "According to one American law enforcement official, the F.B.I. had originally hoped to arrest the two men working for the charity, the Kashmiri American Council, several times earlier this year but was told each time by the State Department or the C.I.A. that the arrests would only aggravate the frayed relations between the United States and Pakistan."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/world/asia/24isi.html
June 2011: '(CNN) -- In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation.'http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/06/17/un.lgbt.rights/index.html
May 2010: "In recent months, top lawyers for the State Department and the Defense Department have tried to square the idea that the C.I.A.’s drone program is lawful with the United States’ efforts to prosecute Guantánamo Bay detainees accused of killing American soldiers in combat, according to interviews and a review of military documents."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/world/asia/28drones.html
August 2009: "WASHINGTON — Mexico’s fight against drug traffickers generated a sixfold increase in human rights complaints against the Mexican military between 2006 and 2008, and it is unclear that any of those complaints resulted in prosecutions, according to a State Department report on the effort."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/world/americas/19mexico.html
July 2009: "Danielle Grijalva, director of the Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students, said she once worked in the industry. The agencies, which she calls unregulated travel agents, can make millions of dollars enticing rich foreigners and lobbying for State Department grants to lure scholarship-eligible students here for a year of study."http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/15/us.exchange.students/index.html
November 2008: "In response to the rise of online gatekeepers like Wong, some House Democrats and Republicans have introduced a bipartisan bill called the Global Online Freedom Act, which would require that Internet companies disclose to a newly created office in the State Department all material filtered in response to demands by foreign governments."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/magazine/30google-t.htm
September 2008: "The State Department is denying passports to people born in southern Texas near the border with Mexico if they were delivered by midwives, citing a history of birth certificate forgeries there for Mexican-born children dating to the 1960s, according to U.S. officials."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090802623.html
July 2008: "The State Department cannot resettle in the United States about 25,000 Iraqi interpreters and other refugees who worked for the U.S.-led coalition over the next two years because of limits on the number of applications that can be reviewed, according to Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/24/AR2008072403524.html
July 2008: "The work to date, which the State Department says it supports, has helped spur small-arms control programs around the world, including disarmament efforts, reintegration centers for child soldiers and the creation in many countries of arms-brokering laws."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/world/europe/19guns.html
July 2008: "Government workers repeatedly snooped without authorization inside the electronic passport records of entertainers, athletes and other high-profile Americans, a State Department audit has found. One celebrity's records were breached 356 times by more than six dozen people."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/03/AR2008070303799.html
July 2008: "United States policy is to warn companies that they incur risks in signing contracts until Iraq passes an oil law and to strengthen Iraq’s central government. The Kurdistan deal, by ceding responsibility for writing contracts directly to a regional government, infuriated Iraqi officials. But State Department officials did nothing to discourage the deal and in some cases appeared to welcome it, the documents show."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/world/middleeast/03kurdistan.html
July 2008: "Former South African President Nelson Mandela is to be removed from U.S. terrorism watch lists under a bill President Bush signed Tuesday....The bill gives the State Department and the Homeland Security Department the authority to waive restrictions against ANC members."http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/07/01/mandela.watch/index.html
June 2008: "UNITED NATIONS -- The State Department has urged the United Nations to retain a Rwandan general as the second-highest-ranking U.N. peacekeeper in the Darfur region of Sudan, even though he has been indicted for allegedly committing war crimes in Rwanda during the mid-1990s, according to U.S. and U.N. officials."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/28/AR2008062801759.html
June 2008: "Rice, for instance, has been urged by the State Department's East Asian Affairs bureau and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte to forward an official recommendation to the president to issue the notifications, but she has not yet done so. Hadley, meanwhile, has limited the discussions on the issue between the White House and State, further slowing the process."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/11/AR2008061103281.html
June 2008: "The changes in Europe follow eight years of vigorous opposition from the U.S. chemical industry and the Bush administration. Four U.S. agencies -- the EPA, the Commerce Department, the State Department and the Office of the Trade Representative -- argued that the system would burden manufacturers and offer little public benefit."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/11/AR2008061103569.html
June 2008: "JERUSALEM — The American State Department has reinstated seven Fulbright grants offered to Palestinians in Gaza for advanced study in the United States, reversing a decision to withdraw the scholarships because of Israel’s ban on Palestinians’ leaving Gaza for study abroad."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/02/world/middleeast/02fulbright.html
May 2008: "Like KBR, DynCorp, based in Falls Church, Va., has had serious problems in past contracting work, including allegations that its employees engaged in sex trafficking in Bosnia while working on a police training contract there in the late 1990s. In addition, government auditors concluded last year that the State Department’s $1.2 billion contract with DynCorp for police training in Iraq was so badly managed that they could not determine exactly what was done for the money. Just last week, DynCorp lost a racial discrimination and breach-of-contract lawsuit in Virginia when a jury found in favor of a minority subcontractor that had done work in Iraq and Afghanistan. A DynCorp spokesman said the company would appeal the $15 million judgment."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/24/world/middleeast/24contract.html
May 2008: "In December 2001, two Pentagon Mideast experts—Larry Franklin and Harold Rhode—secretly traveled to Rome. They met with a group of Iranians who supposedly had information about plans by Iranian-backed terrorists to attack Americans—including U.S. troops who were then closing in on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The meetings were approved by high-level officials at the White House and the Pentagon. The CIA, however, was kept in the dark. When the CIA and the State Department found out about the meetings a few weeks later, they strenuously protested to the White House and demanded that the contacts be terminated immediately. At least officially, the White House complied."http://www.newsweek.com/id/136084
March 2008: "The State Department is investigating whether four employees-at two different government contractors-improperly examined confidential data from the passport application files of the three leading presidential candidates."http://www.newsweek.com/id/124566/
March 2008: 'The State Department's annual survey of human rights practices around the world calls Sudan's record "horrific" and notes that countries where power is in the hands of unaccountable rulers are the most systematic violators of human rights standards.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/11/AR2008031102957.html
March 2008: 'State Department officials in Washington on Tuesday sidestepped questions about why China was dropped from the worst-offenders list, where it has appeared in each of the previous two years. Jonathan Farrar, acting assistant secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said only that China's "human rights record remains poor" and that the report gives a "very frank appraisal" on the status of human rights in the country.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/12/AR2008031201539.html
November 2007: Four days before a deadline for Foreign Service officers to volunteer to go to Iraq or face the prospect of being ordered there, the State Department notified employees yesterday that 'about half' of 48 open assignments there for next year have been filled.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/10/AR2007111001472.html
October 2007: Two cases pending in federal court in Manhattan will soon test how far the government can go in keeping Americans safe from what a State Department manual calls the “irresponsible expressions of opinion by prominent aliens.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/us/22bar.html
October 2007: Janice Jacobs, a senior consular affairs official at the State Department, said she is aware of the difficulties that the arts world faces in getting entry visas: 'If we know there's a performance and they have to be here by a certain date, all of our posts have procedures to get people in quickly,' she said. While citing the importance of security measures, she added, 'the welcome mat is definitely out for legitimate visitors.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/19/AR2007101902544.html
October 2007: In defending American policy in this area in 2006, the State Department told the United Nations that sentencing is usually a matter of state law. “As a general matter,” the department added, juvenile offenders serving life-without-parole terms “were hardened criminals who had committed gravely serious crimes.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/us/17teenage.html
October 2007: Many spraying advocates, including officials at the White House and the State Department, view herbicides as critical to curbing Afghanistan’s poppy crop, officials said. That crop and the opium and heroin it produces have become a major source of revenue for the Taliban insurgency.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/world/asia/08spray.html
October 2007: The U.S. Consulate and adoptive parents said those allegations do not taint the more than 4,000 adoptions that were processed legitimately last year. But due to the uncertainty expected from then anticipated changes in process, the State Department has recently issued a warning advising American citizens not to initiate any new adoptions from Guatemala.http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/10/03/guatemala.adoption/index.html
October 2007: The foreign affairs agency in the State Department had one of the highest shares of questionable premium-class travel, the investigators said. Cases highlighted included a family of eight that flew business class to Eastern Europe from Washington at a cost of $46,000, as part of permanent change of assignment, a trip that auditors said should have cost $12,000.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/washington/03air.html
October 2007: Guards working in Iraq for Blackwater USA have shot innocent Iraqi civilians and have sought to cover up the incidents, sometimes with the help of the State Department, a report to a Congressional committee said today.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/01/washington/01cnd-blackwater.html
July 2007: Immigration lawyers raised unusually irate protests yesterday after the State Department and the immigration service abruptly withdrew tens of thousands of job-based visas they had offered last month to foreign professionals hoping to become permanent residents in the United States.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/04/us/04visas.html
July 2007: New regulations this year have led to an overwhelming demand for passports, extending the usual six-week turnaround time to many months. 'We are mobilizing the State Department' to fulfill a responsibility it has held since 1789, Kennedy said.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/03/AR2007070302096.html
June 2007: The State Department did not head off a massive backlog of passport applications before this summer's peak travel season, despite warnings as early as November that demand was running far higher than expected, congressional investigators said yesterday.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/18/AR2007061801753.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) Organization Dec 17, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) Organization Jan 12, 2009 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Organization Mar 26, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) Organization Jun 9, 2005 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Feb 28, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Elliot Abrams Esq. Person Nov 9, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dean Acheson Person Apr 14, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) President John Quincy Adams Person Apr 1, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Richard L. Armitage Person Organization Head/Leader (past or present) James A. Baker III Person Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Hiram "Harry" Bingham IV Person Jun 16, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) John R. Bolton Esq. Person Organization Executive (past or present) L. Paul Bremer III, MBA Person Sep 30, 2006 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) William J. Burns Person Organization Head/Leader (past or present) John Caldwell Calhoun Person Aug 28, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Ambassador Luis CdeBaca Person May 25, 2010 Organization Executive (past or present) Gov. Paul Cellucci Person Mar 29, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Warren M. Christopher Esq. Person Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Person Dec 3, 2010 Organization Executive (past or present) William "Bill" H. Donaldson Person Organization Executive (past or present) Mark R. Dybul Person Aug 17, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Lawrence S. Eagleburger Person Apr 14, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Stuart E. Eizenstat Esq. Person Organization Executive (past or present) Peter W. Galbraith Person Jun 26, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Ambassador David A. Gross Person Dec 1, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Marc Grossman Person Jan 24, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Christian Archibald Herter Person Sep 11, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Richard C. Holbrooke Person Nov 21, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes Person Aug 1, 2011 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary John F. Kerry Esq. Person Sep 5, 2013 Organization Executive (past or present) Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad Ph.D. Person Mar 29, 2010 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Stephen J. Kim Person Jun 18, 2011 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary of State Henry Alfred Kissinger Person Apr 1, 2008 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Prof. Harold Hongju Koh Esq. Person May 14, 2010 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Rep. James "Jim" A. Leach Person Nov 26, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Jacob "Jack" Joseph Lew Esq. Person Sep 27, 2013 Organization Executive (past or present) I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Esq. Person Oct 17, 2005 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Ambassador R. Niels Marquardt Person May 26, 2010 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gen George C. Marshall Person Jan 10, 2006 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Pres. Sean D. Murphy Esq. Person May 3, 2010 Organization Executive (past or present) Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) John D. Negroponte Person Organization Executive (past or present) Prof. Michael A. Newton Esq. Person Sep 20, 2006 Advised by (past or present) Prof. Robert A. Pastor Ph.D., M.P.A. Person Jan 10, 2009 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary of State Colin L. Powell Person Feb 28, 2005 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) John Prendergast Person Jul 21, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Ph.D. Person May 5, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Ambassador Susan E. Rice Ph.D. Person Jun 17, 2011 Organization Executive (past or present) David M. Satterfield Person Oct 14, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) David J. Scheffer Person Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Jim Schollaert Person Sep 20, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) George P. Schultz Ph.D. Person Dec 2, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Robert A. Seiple Person Jan 19, 2008 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) George Pratt Shultz Person Jan 9, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Kristen Silverberg Person Apr 2, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Joseph J. Sisco Person Jul 25, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Prof. Anne-Marie Slaughter Ph.D. Person Jun 24, 2012 Cooperation (past or present) Rep. Linda Smith Person Sep 26, 2007 Advised by (past or present) Bob Stallman Person Sep 7, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Dean James B. Steinberg Esq. Person Jun 19, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Ambassador Todd Stern Esq. Person Nov 17, 2013 Advised by (past or present) Sen. Fred Dalton Thompson Esq. Person Nov 3, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) President Martin Van Buren Person Aug 28, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Sen. Daniel Webster Person Aug 28, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Caspar W. Weinberger Person Oct 20, 2008 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Christian Westermann Person Jul 12, 2005 Organization Executive (past or present) Prof. Paul D. Wolfowitz Person Jan 9, 2006 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) William Braucher Wood MBA Person Mar 26, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Dr. Philip D. Zelikow Person Oct 7, 2004 Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Prof. Jonathan Zittrain Esq. Person Sep 7, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Robert B. Zoellick Esq., MPP Person May 7, 2006
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 15, 2013 The Banality of Systemic Evil (THE STONE)
QUOTE: Clearly, there is a moral principle at work in the actions of the leakers, whistle-blowers and hacktivists and those who support them. I would also argue that that moral principle has been clearly articulated, and it may just save us from a dystopian future. In “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” one of the most poignant and important works of 20th-century philosophy, Hannah Arendt made an observation about what she called “the banality of evil.” One interpretation of this holds that it was not an observation about what a regular guy Adolph Eichmann seemed to be, but rather a statement about what happens when people play their “proper” roles within a system....A good illustration of this phenomenon appears in “Moral Mazes,” a book by the sociologist Robert Jackall that explored the ethics of decision making within several corporate bureaucracies.
New York Times Jul 05, 2013 Mayhem in Cairo as Morsi Backers Fight for Return
QUOTE: violent clashes in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere on Friday as masses of demonstrators celebrating the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi battled crowds of Islamists who wanted him reinstated....The new violence suggested that the military’s removal of Mr. Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, after protests by millions of Egyptians angry with his rule, had worsened the deep polarization between Islamists who call his ouster a military coup and their opponents who say his removal was the result of an urgent need to fix Egypt’s myriad problems.
New York Times Dec 27, 2012 Viral Spiral 2012: The constant battle against crackpot claims, paranoid conspiracy theories and malicious lies.
QUOTE: old viral emails, unfortunately, never die — and new ones spread like a highly contagious disease. These overwhelmingly anonymous messages are, by and large, bogus. Many not only twist the facts but also peddle pure fabrications, urging recipients to forward these “shocking” revelations to all their friends. And despite all good common sense, people do pass along these malicious attempts to deceive, often in the same amount of time it would take to check their tenuous hold on veracity.
FactCheck.org Nov 23, 2012 Clashes Break Out After Morsi Seizes New Power in Egypt
QUOTE: Protests erupted across Egypt on Friday, as opponents of President Mohamed Morsi clashed with his supporters over a presidential edict that gave him unchecked authority and polarized an already divided nation while raising a specter, the president’s critics charged, of a return to autocracy.
New York Times Oct 25, 2011 Death of U.S. teenager in drone strike stokes debate
QUOTE: 'Proportionality' is at the heart of the argument....is it acceptable in law to carry out an attack against an identified terrorist suspect where others in his immediate vicinity - whose identities are unknown - are likely to be killed or injured?...
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 09, 2011 Pipeline Spills Put Safeguards Under Scrutiny
QUOTE: The little-known federal agency charged with monitoring the system and enforcing safety measures — the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration — is chronically short of inspectors and lacks the resources needed to hire more, leaving too much of the regulatory control in the hands of pipeline operators themselves...
New York Times Aug 01, 2011 Somalis Waste Away as Insurgents Block Escape From Famine
QUOTE: The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.
New York Times Jul 25, 2011 Question of Birth Becomes One of President’s Power
QUOTE: In 2002, [Congress] directed the State Department to “record the place of birth as Israel” in passports of American children born in Jerusalem if their parents ask. President George W. Bush signed that bill...But Mr. Bush also said he would not obey it.
New York Times Jul 23, 2011 Pakistan Spies on Its Diaspora, Spreading Fear
QUOTE: compared with countries like China and Russia...the ISI’s operations here are less extensive and less sophisticated... Even so, officials and scholars say the ISI campaign extends to issuing both tacit and overt threats against those who speak critically about the military.
New York Times Jun 17, 2011 U.N. council passes gay rights resolution
QUOTE: In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution, introduced by South Africa, is the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 28, 2011 U.S. Envoy Sees ‘Backsliding’ of Human Rights in China
QUOTE: United States was worried by “a serious backsliding” of freedoms in China and at loggerheads with Beijing officials over many aspects of the issue.
New York Times Apr 27, 2011 China’s brutal repression
QUOTE: China is governed by a violently repressive regime. And the United States, through its economic policies, is helping it stay that way.
Washington Post Apr 17, 2011 In Sometimes Deadly Clashes, Defiant Syrians Protest
QUOTE: Security officers responded with deadly force, witnesses reported, including live ammunition fired at a funeral and the seizure of critically wounded demonstrators from a hospital… Clashes between security forces and protesters left at least five dead and dozens injured on the holiday, meant to celebrate the removal of the last French troops from Syria in 1946.
New York Times Apr 15, 2011 As Bahrain stifles protest movement, U.S.’s muted objections draw criticism
QUOTE: "The kingdom has largely silenced the opposition, jailing hundreds of activists in a crackdown that has left the Obama administration vulnerable to charges that it is upholding democratic values in the Middle East selectively…”
Washington Post Apr 08, 2011 Rights Abuses Extend Across Middle East, Report Says
QUOTE: Dire abuses of political and social rights that fueled popular uprisings in the Arab world and a war in Libya are continuing and have in some cases worsened in countries important to American security, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and Pakistan.
New York Times Apr 03, 2011 Tense Calm Prevails in Syria as Latest Crackdown Victims Are Buried
QUOTE: But people in Douma were simmering because official news reports said the deaths were caused by unidentified armed gangs, who were roaming the streets and shooting at people until the state security services intervened. Protesters said the armed gangs and the security services were one and the same.
New York Times Jun 21, 2010 Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror
QUOTE: In a case pitting free speech against national security, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes the form of training for peacefully resolving conflicts.
New York Times May 27, 2010 U.N. Official Set to Ask U.S. to End C.I.A. Drone Strikes
QUOTE: Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday that he would deliver a report on June 3 to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva declaring that the “life and death power” of drones should be entrusted to regular armed forces, not intelligence agencies.
New York Times May 22, 2010 Escape Attempt Led to Killings of Unarmed Inmates
QUOTE: Haitian officials here say they did not use lethal force but rather found lifeless bodies when they entered the prison....But an investigation by The New York Times casts doubt on the official version of events...
New York Times Oct 28, 2009 As US seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, government cracks down on students
QUOTE: those efforts [of better relations between the US and Kyrgyzstan] are being complicated by a government campaign against students seeking to study at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA)... Some students have been barred from travelling abroad to the school and others have been subject to surveillance and harassment when they come home.
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