U.S. Providing Humanitarian, Nonlethal Aid to Syria

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States is providing an “exceptional amount” of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and rising levels of nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. The Syrian
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U.S. Supreme Court: The Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

According to the media," the issue of same-sex marriage has been front and center in Washington this week.  The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that could have a profound impact on the legal and political acceptability of gay marriage around the country." Thousands of (more...)

Russian Oligarch Boris Berezovsky Died at His Home in Britain

According to the media, "Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian oligarch and long-time opponent of the Kremlin, died at his home in Britain on Saturday in "unexplained" circumstances." Berezovsky's spokesman in Britain said the oligarch had been found at his home in Ascot by his bodyguard, refusing (more...)

Obama’s Proclamation on Women’s History Month 2013

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other place on earth -- a country where no matter (more...)

American Juries

The U.S. jury system derived from a British practice that aimed to protect subjects from tyranny by the king. For hundreds of years, the system has evolved with changes in society and has survived, still presenting a check on government power. Fred Graham is an anchor (more...)

U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Iran

The United States took a number of actions February 6 to tighten sanctions on Iran’s access to its oil revenues and further expose the Iranian government’s continued abuse of human rights. Key provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (TRA) went into (more...)

Crowdfunding: The Power of People

Colleen Wainwright wanted to do something big for her birthday, so she challenged herself to raise $50,000 in 50 days for WriteGirl!, a Los Angeles–based nonprofit that empowers girls through self-expression. By the eve of her birthday, Wainwright had raised $61,517. How did she do it? She had (more...)

Statement by Acting Deputy Spokesperson on Russia’s Yakovlev Act

We deeply regret Russia’s passage of a law ending inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia and restricting Russian civil society organizations that work with American partners.  American families have adopted over 60,000 Russian children over the past 20 years, and the vast majority of these (more...)

Obama at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil


To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests -- Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (more...)

President Obama Speaks on the Shooting in Connecticut

President Obama made a statement from the Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.  And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else (more...)

Protest Against the ‘Right-To-Work’ Legislation In Michigan

Lansing, Michigan saw protest and confrontation, because of the law  "right-to-work" limiting union power, that have been passed by lawmakers in the state of Michigan.

About 12,000 people descended upon downtown to rally against the legislation that prohibits requiring nonunion employees to financially support


Vigilance, Commitment from U.S. on Human Rights Day

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States joined the international community in recognition of International Human Rights Day December 10. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said governments that respect their citizens and the will of the people enjoy greater stability, security and prosperity. “The Universal Declaration is not just (more...)

Human Rights Linked to Economic Growth and Security, Clinton Says

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said religious freedom, the right to free use of the Internet, the ability to participate in civil society groups and the need to respect and protect the rights of women and girls are four “frontlines” in the modern (more...)

2012 Vote Boosts Women’s Share of Congressional Seats

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Women won seats in the U.S. Congress in record numbers in the 2012 U.S. elections, giving them the strongest representation they have ever held in the nation’s legislative branch of government. In the U.S. Senate in 2013, 11 newly elected women will join nine female (more...)

New License Plates Honor Decorated Military Heroes

Pennsylvania now offers a new series of license plates designed to honor our veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces who have received medals for their heroic actions, according to state Sen. Mike Stack. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) now offers plates displaying the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished (more...)


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