The Roots of Modern Capitalism

Bruce Scott Capitalism and democracy typically did not arise together in history, according to Bruce Scott. Whether they can continue to dominate the world’s systems of commerce and government raises a new question, he says. Scott is Paul
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Sunshine Week Celebrates Government Transparency

To mark the importance of government transparency, Americans are celebrating Sunshine Week (March 10–16). “A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency,” President Obama has said. "Openness,” he added, will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government." To this end, the Obama administration has been actively soliciting (more...)

International Treaty Puts Free Internet in Jeopardy

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned U.S. lawmakers that the Internet “is under assault” following a United Nations telecommunications treaty that was adopted in December 2012 by the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at an international conference in Dubai. In (more...)

OSCE on U.S. Elections

United States Mission to the OSCE Statement on the Elections in the United States As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 8, 2012 The United States knows that much of the world, including participating States assembled here, have taken a keen interest in our elections this year. As
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Portraits of George W. Bush, Laura Bush Unveiled at White House

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush to the White House May 31 for the unveiling of the Bushes’ official portraits, which will be hung alongside those of other U.S. presidents and first ladies. Describing the (more...)

U.S. Seeks Cooperation in Asia-Pacific

The global architecture “is in need of some renovation” as emerging nations, such as those in the Asia-Pacific region, become the “key drivers of global politics and economics,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told future leaders of the U.S. Navy. Speaking April 10 at the U.S. Naval (more...)

Putin’s Return: The Political and Commercial Implications for America

U.S. Department of State Remarks by Philip H. Gordon Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Remarks at Bipartisan Policy Center Washington, DC Moderator: [in progress] lively debate over whether some new form of human rights sanction needs to immediately be put into effect were Congress to lift Jackson-Vanik. So first (more...)

International Women’s Day – March 8

Melanne Verveer Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues As we mark International Women’s Day, we honor the accomplishments and special contributions of women all over the world. The past year has seen new milestones in the struggle for gender equality, illuminating the bravery and determination of so many women working on (more...)

Pro Bono Citizenship Day Events In March 2012

For more than 200 years, America has remained strong because of its diverse citizenship and the common civic values we share.  On the Philadelphia area’s Pro Bono Citizenship Day, local attorneys will help lawful permanent residents achieve their American dream by applying for U.S. citizenship.  Co-sponsored (more...)

Obama:”Georgia Is A Responsible Player In The International Arena”

US President Barack Obama has met Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the White House, marking the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries. Obama said his country appreciates the conducted reforms in Georgia aimed at democratization and respect for the rule of (more...)

Philip Gordon’s Interview in Vilnius, Lithuania

Interview With Egle Samoskaite of Delfi - In Lithuania the most important thing is Russia, Russia, Russia, so the first question will be connected. We see some unrest in Russia, protests against Vladimir Putin regime. So in your opinion, could it change the regime in Russia, and could (more...)

Independence Hall: Where the United States Was Born

The United States was born in the hearts and minds of its founders, who sought to implement fundamental principles of freedom and democracy. But the tangible birthplace of the United States is Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and (more...)

Václav Havel Exposed Emptiness of Repressive Ideology

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer As an artist, Václav Havel spoke the truth to his country about one-party rule and the denial of basic human rights in the former Czechoslovakia during its four decades of Communist rule. As a dissident, he was jailed, blacklisted and harassed until the 1989 (more...)

U.S., Global Partners Pledge Continued Afghanistan Support

By MacKenzie C. Babb Staff Writer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has pledged continued U.S. support for Afghanistan, joining nearly 100 nations in doing so at an international conference in Bonn, Germany, as Afghanistan works toward increasing self-sustainability. “We want to send a very clear message to the people (more...)

White House on Sentencing of Ukraine’s Former Prime Minister

The United States is deeply disappointed with the conviction and sentencing of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko through a politically motivated prosecution. The charges against Mrs. Tymoshenko and the conduct of her trial, as well as the prosecution of other opposition leaders and members (more...)

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