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
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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...)

U.S. Response to Russia on U.S. Freedom of Assembly

United States Mission to the OSCE Right of Reply: Response to the Russian Federation Regarding Freedom of Peaceful Assembly in the United States As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 24, 2012 I would like to exercise my delegation’s right of reply to respond to the statement made by (more...)

Obama Administration Urges Senate to Approve Oceans Treaty

The top-ranking foreign policy officials in the U.S. government went to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee May 23 attempting to end a debate that began in the 1980s — whether the United States should join 160 other nations to become a party to the U.N. Convention (more...)

NATO Defense, Afghanistan Withdrawal Are Key Summit Issues

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Drawing a road map for NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and agreement on steps to increase the alliance’s defense capabilities are the notable achievements of the NATO summit, President Obama said May 21 as he delivered a final assessment of the meeting held over the (more...)

Obama Urges G8 to Next Step in World Food Security

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer President Obama announced a plan to accelerate investments in developing world agriculture to meet rising food demands and improve nutrition, calling the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition a moral, economic and security imperative. “We’ve seen how spikes in food prices can plunge millions (more...)

Summary of Obama’s Call with Russia’s Putin

In their May 9 telephone conversation, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin commemorated the occasion of Russia’s celebration of Victory in Europe day, noting the historic war-time alliance between our two countries and underscoring their mutual commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Russian partnership. President (more...)

Belarus Editor Fights for Human Rights

By Mark Trainer Staff Writer Natalya Radzina, a prominent democratic activist from Belarus, is the editor of the opposition Charter 97 website. Her writing long has been critical of Belarus’ poor human rights record. On December 19, 2010, Radzina, along with hundreds of others, including seven opposition presidential candidates, was detained by (more...)