Early Voting Already Underway in U.S. Midterm Elections

On October 20, President Obama joined an estimated 2 million Americans who have already cast their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections. “I’m so glad I can early vote,” Obama said in Chicago before stepping up to the voting machine. “It’s
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Airstrikes Continue in Syria

Sailors direct an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Aircraft from the George H.W. Bush are supporting operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. U.S. aircraft conducted 14 airstrikes in Syria on October 15, (more...)

U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Russia’s Violations, Situation in Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna In the interest of time I’ve considerably shortened my statement, it covered many of the issues just covered by the European Union. The United States remains deeply concerned by the violence in eastern Ukraine that threatens the ceasefire. Despite (more...)

U.S. Rejects Russia’s Discrimination Against Crimean Minorities

The U.S. delegation publicly rejected the Russian Federation’s targeted discrimination against Tatars and other ethnic minorities in Crimea during the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE’s) September 29 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting session on national minorities. The meeting is held against the backdrop of (more...)

Ukrainian President Poroshenko Addresses U.S. Congress

This article originally appeared on the Voice of America website on September 18. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, whose country has seen part of its territory annexed by Russia and another part destabilized by pro-Russian separatists, has called on U.S. lawmakers to continue to support Ukraine in its quest (more...)

Sea Breeze Brings Ukrainian Helicopter to U.S. Ship

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Sahley salutes as a Ukrainian Navy Ka-27 Helix helicopter takes off from the USS Ross in the Black Sea. The two navies participated in the Sea Breeze 2014 military exercise September 8–10 along with Georgia, Romania and Turkey. Three NATO (more...)

Kerry: ISIL a Threat to Russia, Too

By Scott Stearns VOA News This article originally was posted to the Voice of America website on September 11. Jeddah, Saudia Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. administration are disappointed by Russia’s initial reaction to President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State of Iraq and (more...)

NATO, U.S. Efforts to Support NATO Partners

The United States strongly supports NATO’s cooperation with partners as a means to share more effectively burdens and act worldwide to accomplish our common security goals. This aligns with wider U.S. strategy of driving global cooperation on security challenges through networks of alliances. NATO’s Wales Summit marks (more...)

NATO Leaders United in Support of Ukraine

President Obama, shown above with French President François Hollande (left) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, met with the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Ukraine on September 4 in a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales. Obama and (more...)

President Obama on Defending Baltic Allies Against Russia

Hello, Estonia! Tere Eesti! Thank you, Oskar, for your wonderful introduction and for representing the talent and the energy and the optimism of today’s Estonia, especially its young people. And Oskar is sitting next to his father, and his father and I agree that we’re getting (more...)

Kerry on Murder of Steven Sotloff by ISIL Terrorist Group

Yesterday, the world bore witness again to the unfathomable brutality of ISIL terrorist murderers when we saw Steven Sotloff, an American journalist who left home in Florida to tell the story of brave people in the Middle East, taken from us in an act of medieval savagery (more...)

Why Our Community Commends Governor Cuomo!

Op-Ed By: Ezra Friedlander As the world continues to grapple with the uncertainties surrounding the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East, it remains a key concern for us New Yorkers. The global community has become more and more interconnected and events that occur thousands of miles away can (more...)

DOD: Russian Movements Further Increasing Tensions

By Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DOD News This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 25. Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, Russia’s actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border, continue to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Colonel Steven Warren told (more...)

More U.S. Soldiers Rotating into Eastern Europe

By Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DOD News  This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 13. Washington — The U.S. Defense Department announced August 13 the next scheduled unit rotation as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which a Pentagon spokesman said continues to demonstrate U.S. (more...)

President Obama on Murder of Journalist by Terrorist Group ISIL

The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. He was taken hostage (more...)

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