League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, the year U.S. women won the right to vote. Created to teach this new bloc of voters how to vote, the league now fosters public interest in voting
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State Dept. Fact Sheet: 10 False Claims About Ukraine

President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.” Below are 10 of (more...)

Obama, Israel’s Prime Minister on Middle East, Ukraine

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it's a pleasure to welcome once again Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Oval Office. There’s nobody I’ve met with more or consulted with more than Bibi. And it's a testimony to the incredible bond between our two nations. I’ve said before and I will (more...)

North Atlantic Council Statement on Situation in Ukraine

North Atlantic Council Brussels, Belgium March 2, 2014 The North Atlantic Council condemns the Russian Federation’s military escalation in Crimea and expresses its grave concern regarding the authorization by the Russian Parliament to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine. Military action against Ukraine by (more...)

President Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin

President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the (more...)

Human Rights Depend on Courageous Individuals, Kerry Says

By Jane Morse Staff Writer “Some of the greatest accomplishments in expanding the cause of human rights have come not because of legislative decree or judicial fiat, but they came through the awesomely courageous acts of individuals,” says Secretary of State John Kerry. In comments made February 27 upon the (more...)

United States Strongly Supports Ukrainian Leaders’ Ongoing Work

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States strongly supports Ukrainian leaders’ ongoing work to form an inclusive, multiparty government to represent all the people of Ukraine as they prepare for May elections, and to restore order, stability, and unity to the country. As the process (more...)

Deputy Secretary Burns at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine

Statement and Q&A at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of deep admiration for the courage and determination of Ukrainians (more...)

U.S. Teenagers Volunteer in Their Communities

Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1831 that he had seen “Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another.” That statement is as true today (more...)

Social Media Seen as Powerful Force for Foreign Policy Messages

By Sonya Weakley Staff Writer In a round-table discussion February 18, representatives from the U.S. Department of State shared their opinions on using social media to promote U.S. foreign policy objectives on a personal level. The discussion was part of a Social Media Week conference in New York City. The (more...)

Global Efforts Proving Successful in Suppressing Maritime Piracy

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Intensive international efforts to suppress maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia are proving to be successful, says Donna Hopkins, the U.S. State Department’s coordinator for counterpiracy and maritime security issues. In the last 20 months, there have been no piracy hijackings off the (more...)

White House Statement on Ukraine

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine. We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal. The unshakeable principle guiding events (more...)

Interim Authorities In Kiev, A New National Unity Government

Some facts about Ukraine for last days: " On Saturday, parliament voted to dismiss President Yanukovych and set early elections for May 25. Parliament also elected a new speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, a longtime Tymoshenko ally. He has temporarily taken over presidential responsibilities. Former speaker and (more...)

“Notorious Markets” List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy

“Trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy on a commercial scale cause significant financial losses for rights holders and legitimate businesses,” the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) asserts in a new report that identifies select online and physical marketplaces that engage in and facilitate substantial piracy (more...)

Kerry on Ukraine Events, with French FM Fabius

Secretary of State John Kerry And French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Before Their Meeting February 19, 2014 Quai d’Orsay Paris, France SECRETARY KERRY: Hello, everybody. First of all, let me say I’m very happy to be back visiting with Foreign Minister Fabius so soon after his visit to Washington. And we all (more...)