U.S. Pledges More Aid, Continued Support for Syrian People

By MacKenzie C. Babb
Staff Writer
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced the United States will contribute an additional $5.5 million to support the more than 140,000 people who have fled Syria’s ongoing violence. “With these contributions, the United
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Romney Picks Conservative Paul Ryan as Running Mate

The Republican Party’s presumed presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, has picked Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential nominee. Having Ryan on the Republican ticket will focus much of the remaining U.S. presidential campaign on the competing economic visions between Romney and (more...)

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...)

Broken Promises, U.N. Inaction Doomed Annan’s Syria Mission

The Obama administration praised the efforts of Kofi Annan, the outgoing joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syria crisis, but officials also said Annan’s efforts could not succeed because the Syrian government would not honor its promises, and the (more...)

Russian, Chinese Veto of Syria Resolution “Deplorable,” Rice Says

By Stephen Kaufman
Staff Writer
Russia's and China’s veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria that would have imposed Chapter 7 consequences for failing to implement a U.N. peace plan is “dangerous and deplorable,” said U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Susan Rice, and it marks the (more...)

U.N. Security Council Now United Behind Syria Plan, Clinton Says

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the transition and peace plan for Syria that was agreed to in Geneva June 30 is significant because of Russia and China’s support, and she said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad will not play a role on the (more...)

Mexico Chooses New President

On Sunday night, July 1, Mexico finished voting for a new president. According to Agence France-Presse citing the data from exit-polls, published by local TV channels, Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party gets about 38%  of votes. Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gets approximately 31 percent. Josefina Vazquez Mota (more...)

Lukashenko’s Monarchic Ambitions

Belorussian president Lukashenko has recently visited Venezuela and announced there yet another sensation: “Some people became skeptical of seriousness of Belarus-Venezuela prospect collaboration; here with me is my son Nikolai, and that means, that we have laid a strong and long-lasting foundation for the future collaboration of our two countries, (more...)

Obama, Russian President Putin After Meeting in Mexico

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT PUTIN OF RUSSIA AFTER BILATERAL MEETING Esperanza Resort Los Cabos, Mexico PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, this has been our second meeting. I remember our lengthy meeting we had in Moscow. Today we had a very meaningful and subject-oriented discussion. We've been able to discuss (more...)

U.S. at OSCE on Freedom of Expression in Russia

United States Mission to the OSCE Statement on Freedom of Expression and Association in the Russian Federation As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, Vienn The United States is deeply concerned by the apparent harassment of Russian political opposition figures on the eve of the planned demonstrations on (more...)

U.S. Political Party Conventions Evolve to Remain Relevant

By Bridget Hunter Staff Writer As with many aspects of U.S. politics, national party conventions and their roles in the race to the White House have evolved over time to serve the changing needs of the electorate. The U.S. Constitution does not reference political parties and is equally silent (more...)

“Tear Down This Wall!”

“As long as this scar of a wall is permitted to stand,” said President Ronald Reagan, standing at Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987 (above), “it is not the German question alone that remains open, but the question of freedom for all mankind.” Berlin’s majestic Brandenburg (more...)

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 your National Day this June 12th. This is an occasion (more...)

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...)

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