Kremlin Reportedly Planning to Revive KGB-style Security Behemoth

The Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing unnamed sources, reported this week that before the next presidential election, scheduled for March 2018, the Kremlin plans to create a gigantic new ministry that will absorb most of Russia’s existing security agencies. According to Kommersant’s
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Trump, Clinton Vie for Votes in Battleground Pennsylvania

Will they decide to "make America great again" or are they with her? Voters in this predominantly white, working-class city of 77,000, set in a region buffeted by manufacturing losses, might readily align this November with presidential nominee Donald Trump for the Republican’s protectionist stance on trade. Or, (more...)

Libertarian Intrudes in US Presidential Race

VOA Ken Bredemeier A previously little-noticed U.S. political figure, Libertarian Gary Johnson, again won his party's presidential nomination Sunday, drawing new attention to his candidacy at a moment when majorities of Americans have unfavorable opinions about the major party front-runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Recent polls (more...)

On Voting … And Not

By Lee H. Hamilton The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, (more...)

White House on Illegal Elections in Eastern Ukraine

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Illegal Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine The United States condemns the illegitimate, so-called “elections” held on Sunday by Russia-backed separatists in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk. These sham elections contravened Ukraine’s constitution, the law on “special status,” and the most basic electoral norms. (more...)

Ambassador: U.S. Won’t Stand By While Russia Destroys Peace

This essay by U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun was first published in the online version of the Daily Mail on May 10. by Matthew Barzun Standing up to violence does not require that we be violent ourselves – but it does demand that we stand (more...)

Treasury Secretary Lew on U.S. Economic Assistance to Ukraine

Statement of Secretary Lew on Economic Assistance to Ukraine We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will help the Ukrainian government implement the reforms needed to restore financial stability and return to economic growth. The new government of Ukraine has said (more...)

United States Strongly Supports Ukrainian Leaders’ Ongoing Work

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States strongly supports Ukrainian leaders’ ongoing work to form an inclusive, multiparty government to represent all the people of Ukraine as they prepare for May elections, and to restore order, stability, and unity to the country. As the process (more...)

Deputy Secretary Burns at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine

Statement and Q&A at U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of deep admiration for the courage and determination of Ukrainians (more...)

White House Statement on Ukraine

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine. We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal. The unshakeable principle guiding events (more...)

United States Reduces Some Military Assistance to Egypt

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States will reduce delivery of some military and cash assistance to Egypt pending “credible progress” toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government with free and fair elections, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says. “As a result of the review directed (more...)

Campaign 2012: Voter Registration Drives Assume New Urgency

Students at Clark Atlanta University fill out voter registration forms following a speech by civil rights icon Joseph Lowery at the school's convocation on September 18. In a speech aimed at encouraging young people to vote, Lowery told students to step up, take responsibility, and carry on the
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Belarusian Elections

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson September 24, 2012 STATEMENT BY VICTORIA NULAND, SPOKESPERSON The September 23 parliamentary elections in Belarus fell short of international standards and their conduct cannot be considered free or fair. The preliminary assessment of the OSCE election observation mission found that the elections were
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Mitt Romney Wikipedia Entry Locked Down

The Wikipedia pages of US presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other members of the Republican party who may run alongside him have been locked down. Wikipedia has put a silver padlock icon on the top right hand side of their entries. This means that anonymous users cannot make editorial (more...)

U.S. at OSCE on Russian Law on Foreign Agents

United States Mission to the OSCE Statement on Russian Law on Foreign Agents As delivered by Political Officer Tim Fingarson to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States notes with concern the proposed draft legislation currently scheduled for its first reading in the Russian Duma, July 6. If passed, the law would (more...)

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