No Place for Stash When Crime Fighters Cooperate

This article is part of the eJournal USA issue "Partnerships Against Corruption."
By Christopher Connell Corruption has no borders, and corruption-related problems concern rich and poor countries alike. “You cannot deal with it just by pointing fingers at the developing
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Broken Promises, U.N. Inaction Doomed Annan’s Syria Mission

The Obama administration praised the efforts of Kofi Annan, the outgoing joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syria crisis, but officials also said Annan’s efforts could not succeed because the Syrian government would not honor its promises, and the (more...)

Transnational Crime: Challenge for All

This article is part of the eJournal USA issue "Partnerships Against Corruption."
By Louise Shelley Organized crime cannot function without corruption of officials. Transnational crime syndicates need to “buy” customs officials, border officials and sometimes consular officials to facilitate drug or human trafficking, firearms smuggling or other

Who Are You, ‘The Dark Knight’?

Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado: “My most heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible act of violence.  My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Aurora, and all of (more...)

Russian, Chinese Veto of Syria Resolution “Deplorable,” Rice Says

By Stephen Kaufman
Staff Writer
Russia's and China’s veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria that would have imposed Chapter 7 consequences for failing to implement a U.N. peace plan is “dangerous and deplorable,” said U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Susan Rice, and it marks the (more...)

Colorado Massacre at Night of “the Dark Knight”

A heavily armed gunman clad in black kicked in an emergency door at a movie theater in Colorado early Friday, hurled two canisters of an unknown gas and opened fire on the stunned audience, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens of others who were watching the midnight premiere (more...)

8 Reported Killed in Terror Attack Against Israelis In Bulgaria

A lanky, long-haired man wearing a baseball cap and plaid shorts with a fake Michigan driver's license carried out a deadly suicide attack on a bus full of Israeli vacationers, Bulgarian officials said Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the attack on Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim guerrilla group, (more...)

U.S. at OSCE on Russian Law on Foreign Agents

United States Mission to the OSCE Statement on Russian Law on Foreign Agents As delivered by Political Officer Tim Fingarson to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States notes with concern the proposed draft legislation currently scheduled for its first reading in the Russian Duma, July 6. If passed, the law would (more...)

U.N. Security Council Now United Behind Syria Plan, Clinton Says

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the transition and peace plan for Syria that was agreed to in Geneva June 30 is significant because of Russia and China’s support, and she said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad will not play a role on the (more...)

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

The founders of the United States knew that independence was something to celebrate. And although U.S. Independence Day celebrations have evolved over time, July 4th festivities remain an important part of American life. But Independence Day wasn’t supposed to be on July 4. In the spring of (more...)

Mexico Chooses New President

On Sunday night, July 1, Mexico finished voting for a new president. According to Agence France-Presse citing the data from exit-polls, published by local TV channels, Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party gets about 38%  of votes. Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gets approximately 31 percent. Josefina Vazquez Mota (more...)

Lukashenko’s Monarchic Ambitions

Belorussian president Lukashenko has recently visited Venezuela and announced there yet another sensation: “Some people became skeptical of seriousness of Belarus-Venezuela prospect collaboration; here with me is my son Nikolai, and that means, that we have laid a strong and long-lasting foundation for the future collaboration of our two countries, (more...)

Obama Declared Colorado a Federal Disaster Area

Barack Obama has declared Colorado’s wildfire a major federal disaster. He has signed the Disaster Declaration today, June 29th, so now the state and local authorities are able to receive federal aid to fight spreading fires. President Obama plans to visit the zone of disaster later today. At present moment the most (more...)

Hot Debate, Hard Compromises Marked U.S. Constitutional Process

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Against a backdrop of geographic and political factionalism, unpaid troops and a weak economy only beginning to recover from years of war, devising a new form of government is a considerable challenge. That was the situation facing the United States in 1787, four years after achieving (more...)

Immigrants Own Nearly One in Five U.S. Small Businesses

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Immigrants own nearly one in five of the small businesses operated in the United States, according to a recent study. The study, the first of its kind, was conducted by the Fiscal Policy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, research and education organization based in New York. Using (more...)