Weather Causes Rise in Food Prices

By Kathryn McConnell
Staff Writer
Weather problems in major agricultural areas of the United States, Russia and Brazil led to a 6 percent rise in global food prices in July after three months of decline. Prices remain volatile, according to
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Pro-Pussy Riot Concert in Washington D.C.

On August 10th, by the entrance of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., groups Brenda, Mobius Strip, and Sad Bones held a concert in sympathy with Russian punk-band Pussy Riot, whose three members have been imprisoned for almost half a year after their now worldly known punk-prayer at Moscow Cathedral (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...)

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

The founders of the United States knew that independence was something to celebrate. And although U.S. Independence Day celebrations have evolved over time, July 4th festivities remain an important part of American life. But Independence Day wasn’t supposed to be on July 4. In the spring of (more...)

Hot Debate, Hard Compromises Marked U.S. Constitutional Process

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Against a backdrop of geographic and political factionalism, unpaid troops and a weak economy only beginning to recover from years of war, devising a new form of government is a considerable challenge. That was the situation facing the United States in 1787, four years after achieving (more...)

U.S., Georgia Discuss Trade, Investment Relations

U.S. and Georgian officials met May 29 to discuss ways to increase trade and investment between the two countries. The U.S.-Georgia High-Level Dialogue on Trade and Investment was convened by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro and Tamar Kovziridze, chief adviser to the prime minister of Georgia. They discussed the (more...)

Clinton on Release of 2011 Human Rights Report

The full report is available at U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton On the Release of the 2011 Human Rights Report May 24, 2012 Department of State SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. Good morning, everyone. I’m very pleased to be joined (more...)

Philadelphia Armenian Genocide Walk 2012

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the 5th Annual Philadelphia Armenian Genocide Walk will take place, providing an opportunity for the entire Philadelphia community to gather to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and educate the public on Turkish denial of the atrocities committed against the (more...)

President Obama on Armenian Remembrance Day

Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day Today, we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.  In doing so, we honor the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who were brutally massacred or marched to their deaths in the waning days (more...)

President Obama on Yom HaShoah

Statement by the President on Yom HaShoah On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I join people of all faiths across the United States, in Israel and around the world in paying tribute to all who suffered in the Shoah—a horrific crime without parallel in human history.  We honor the (more...)

Race, Culture And Human Relations

Mayor Michael A. Nutter spoke in Tallahassee, Florida at Mayor John R. Marks’, III 9th Annual Summit on Race, Culture and Human Relations.  Mayor Nutter’s speech was entitled: “Cities United: A Conversation about Deaths of African-American Males”. The speech follows: “On February 26th, on a rainy evening in Florida, Trayvon Martin (more...)

Elections: Financing Campaigns

Federal law dictates how candidates for the federal offices of president, senator and representative — and certain of their political allies — may raise funds, as well as from whom and in what amounts. Federal campaign finance laws are separate from state laws that regulate elections (more...)

International Roma Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to send best wishes to all Roma as they mark International Roma Day. Today we celebrate the history, impact and culture of Romani people. From music and art to science and (more...)

Titanic’s Influence Still Strong at 100

Why does a boat that sank 100 years ago hold such a fascination for so many people? The RMS Titanic went under the North Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg on April 15, 1912, taking 1,514 lives. Writers, filmmakers and songwriters have continually been inspired to return to (more...)

Girl Scouts Celebrate Centennial

By Jane Morse Staff Writer The U.S. Girl Scout movement is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, with plans to make greater use of technology to reach more girls and teach them leadership skills. “Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better (more...)


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