Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Americans attempt to answer that question by performing community service. Born
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Kerry on Death of Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon

Ariel Sharon's journey was Israel’s journey. The dream of Israel was the cause of his life, and he risked it all to live that dream. I remember reading about Arik in the papers when I was a young lawyer in Boston and marveling at his commitment to cause and (more...)

End Boycott Of Israeli Academic Institutions!

In response to the recent decision by the American Studies Association (ASA) to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, State Rep. Brendan Boyle releases the following statement: “As a Pennsylvania state Representative and Drexel University professor I am disappointed and shocked at the tone-deaf decision by the American Studies (more...)

New Year’s Day: A Time for Renewal

New Year’s Day in the United States is a time for fresh beginnings: hope for a better future and resolutions to improve one’s behavior. Observed January 1, New Year’s celebrations actually begin the night of December 31 with parties, concerts, fireworks and special events of all kinds. The (more...)

An Overview of U.S. Holidays

The United States, like other nations, sets aside a number of days each year to commemorate events, people or public occasions. These holidays typically are marked by a general suspension of work and business activity, and by public and/or religious ceremonies. Technically, the United States does not (more...)

Snowden’s Message: “Together We Can Find a Better Balance”

Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has given this year's Alternative Christmas Message to Britain's Channel4, an alternative to the Royal Christmas by Queen Elizabeth 11. It was his first television appearance since arriving in Russia. And it was addressed to "everyone out there listening". Mr Snowden opened his two-minute (more...)

Secretary Kerry on Release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

We welcome the pardon and release from prison of Mikhail Khodorkovskiy. We have repeatedly expressed our concerns about due process violations and selective prosecution in Russia, including against Khodorkovskiy and his business partner Platon Lebedev, who remains in prison. The United States strongly encourages Russia to pursue (more...)

Youth Provide Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The world’s youth — more than half the world’s population is under age 30 — provide huge opportunities for social change and the advancement of human rights, says Uzra Zeya, the U.S. State Department’s acting assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor. “Unburdened by (more...)

Presidential Proclamation on Death of Nelson Mandela

Today, the United States has lost a close friend, South Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and human dignity -- Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he belongs to the ages. Nelson Mandela achieved more than could (more...)

Obama Praises the Life and Accomplishments of Nelson Mandela

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama said on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela that the man, who struggled for decades to end apartheid and bring democracy and justice to his country, was “one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human (more...)

Day of Remembrance for President Kennedy

A half century ago, America mourned the loss of an extraordinary public servant. With broad vision and soaring but sober idealism, President John F. Kennedy had called a generation to service and summoned a Nation to greatness. Today, we honor his memory and celebrate his enduring (more...)

Holodomor Remembrance Day

Statement by the Press Secretary on Holodomor Remembrance Day Eighty years ago, the Ukrainian people were subjected to unimaginable suffering as a result of the deliberate policies of the regime of Joseph Stalin. Ukrainian men, women, and children died of starvation as the product of their labor was (more...)

Russian Exchange Journalists Share Impressions of America

By Paula Thomson Staff Writer American and Russian journalists recently explored each others worlds in a professional exchange program supported by both nations. From October 28 to November 20, a dozen young Russian journalists participated in the second U.S.-Russia Young Professional Journalist Exchange Program. The Russian journalists spent three weeks (more...)

U.S. Aid Pouring into Philippines

Fulfilling President Obama’s promise to President Benigno Aquino “to deliver whatever help we can, as quickly as possible” to the Philippines, four more U.S. V-22 Osprey aircraft have been deployed from the U.S. Marine Corps air station in Futenma, Japan, to support relief operations in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The (more...)

President Obama on 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

I join millions of people in the United States and around the world in marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedy of Kristallnacht – “the Night of Broken Glass.” On November 9 and 10, 1938, Nazi paramilitaries marched under the cover of darkness throughout the towns and (more...)