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,
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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...)

U.S. Honors Military Veterans

A U.S. Army soldier walks up the steps of the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, the site of a national ceremony commemorating Veterans Day on November 11. “On Veterans Day, America pauses to honor every service member who has ever worn one of our nation’s uniforms,” President Obama (more...)

Legislators Consider New Law to Prevent Human Trafficking

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The crime of human trafficking has achieved steadily increasing attention in international law enforcement and judicial circles since 2000. The United Nations adopted an international convention against trafficking in persons that year, and 117 nations are now signatories to that agreement. That same year, (more...)

“New Silk Road” Vision Offers Afghanistan a Brighter Future

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer As the year 2014 brings important security, political and economic transitions to Afghanistan, the country is already becoming more economically connected to its neighbors, and advancements in media and communications are part of the “substantial progress” that offers reasons for optimism, a top (more...)

Kerry at Dedication of Winston Churchill Bust in U.S. Capitol

Remarks Secretary of State John Kerry At the Dedication of a Bust of Winston Churchill Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Leader McConnell, distinguished guests all, thank you to the leadership of the Congress for making this possible and bringing us all together today to celebrate our (more...)

Four Freedoms: The Speech that Moved America

"...We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and of expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship god in his own way — everywhere in the world. The (more...)

Young U.S. Adults Bring New World View to National Problems

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Americans born between 1979 and 1994 are “dramatically different” from generations before them. After more than a decade of study, a prominent U.S. pollster calls this generation the “first globals” because his research reveals that they see and experience the world in such (more...)

Half a Century Ago, John F. Kennedy Addressed United Nations

“We meet again in the quest for peace.” On September 20, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy greeted the U.N. General Assembly with those words and outlined his vision for a world moving beyond the shadow of war to a future of hope and peace. “The world has not escaped (more...)

America Celebrates Its Constitution

The United States celebrates September 17, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, as Constitution Day. In 1787, James Madison and John Tyler proposed holding a convention to revise the Articles of Confederation, the organizing document that had guided the activities of the former British colonies since (more...)