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
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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, Russian President Putin After Meeting in Mexico

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT PUTIN OF RUSSIA AFTER BILATERAL MEETING Esperanza Resort Los Cabos, Mexico PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, this has been our second meeting. I remember our lengthy meeting we had in Moscow. Today we had a very meaningful and subject-oriented discussion. We've been able to discuss (more...)

U.S. at OSCE on Freedom of Expression in Russia

United States Mission to the OSCE Statement on Freedom of Expression and Association in the Russian Federation As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, Vienn The United States is deeply concerned by the apparent harassment of Russian political opposition figures on the eve of the planned demonstrations on (more...)

U.S. Political Party Conventions Evolve to Remain Relevant

By Bridget Hunter Staff Writer As with many aspects of U.S. politics, national party conventions and their roles in the race to the White House have evolved over time to serve the changing needs of the electorate. The U.S. Constitution does not reference political parties and is equally silent (more...)

“Tear Down This Wall!”

“As long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand,” said President Ronald Reagan, standing at Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987 (above), “it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind.” Berlin’s majestic Brandenburg (more...)

Clinton on National Day of Russian Federation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON National Day of the Russian Federation On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Russia as you celebrate your National Day this June 12th. This is an occasion (more...)

Clinton Appeals to Assad Supporters to Abandon Syrian Regime

By Phillip Kurata
Staff Write
The United States is appealing to pro-government business, religious and military figures in Syria to withdraw their support from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to avoid civil war. “As bad as the Assad regime is, it could get worse,” Clinton said in Copenhagen, Denmark, (more...)

U.S.- Azerbaijan Ties Benefit Region, Global Community

By MacKenzie C. Babb Staff Writer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov for talks highlighting what Clinton called a “constructive, comprehensive” U.S.-Azerbaijan relationship that has benefited the people of both countries for more than two decades. “One only (more...)

Clinton at U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton At Omnibus Session of the Strategic Partnership Commission Batumi, Georgia SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you very much, and it is a great pleasure being here on the 20th year anniversary of our diplomatic relations. And I appreciate greatly Georgia hosting this third meeting (more...)

Frequently Asked Questions on Political Conventions

Why are national political conventions held? The processes of the political national conventions have evolved over more than a century, but the purpose has remained the same: to nominate presidential candidates and lay out goals and party priorities. The first political convention was held in 1831 when the Anti-Mason (more...)

Portraits of George W. Bush, Laura Bush Unveiled at White House

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush to the White House May 31 for the unveiling of the Bushes’ official portraits, which will be hung alongside those of other U.S. presidents and first ladies. Describing the (more...)

Two Cities Prepare for Presidential Nominating Conventions

By Mark Trainer Staff Writer The final sprint to the U.S. presidential election begins when the two major political parties throw two major parties: the Republican and the Democratic national conventions. When Republicans gather in Tampa, Florida, the week of August 27 and Democrats in Charlotte, North Carolina, the week (more...)

Texas Gives Romney Majority Needed for Republican Nomination

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Although former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s eventual nomination as the 2012 Republican candidate for president has been presumed for several weeks, his May 29 primary victory in Texas put him past the 1,144 delegates needed to ensure he will be the nominee. In other words, (more...)

2011 Country Reports on Human Rights: Europe Highlights

The full report is available at U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011. U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Europe Conditions in Belarus remained poor following the flawed presidential election of December 2010. Security forces beat protestors and detainees, and (more...)