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Bolton Acted Against US Interests to Push Israel’s Agenda in Lebanon

March 30, 2018

When Israel invaded Lebanon in 2006, then-Ambassador John Bolton worked to prevent a ceasefire, acting as “an asset for Israel against the interests of his own secretary of state, his own State Department, his own superiors, and his own president,” says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

FOIA Documents Reveal Damage Control After State Department’s Trump Mar-a-Lago Promo

January 8, 2018

Emails obtained by the Real News Network through the Freedom of Information Act provide some insight into how the State Department responded to the controversial April 2017 blog post that promoted Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort

Trump’s New Cold War Hurts Ordinary Cubans

November 20, 2017

The State Department announced a tightening of the US economic embargo against Cuba, which hurts average Cubans and reverts to failed Cold War policies, explains Cuba specialist Professor Sujatha Fernandes

US-Cuba Relations Unravel as State Dept Alleges ‘Sonic Attack’

October 12, 2017

While the accusations against Cuba sound like ‘something out of a bad sci-fi film,’ the consequences of reducing diplomatic staff in Havana and Washington DC have serious consequences for relations between the two countries, explains Prof. Michael Bustamante

The Real Scandal of Clinton’s Emails: Conducting Foreign Policy In Secret

August 24, 2016

Former White House counselor Bill Curry says nothing illegal took place – but that’s the essence of corruption which characterizes the political system of the US

Venezuela

June 8, 2016
Several Latin American nations are concerned that The Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro could become an “an instrument of the [US] state department…to intervene in the internal affairs of member states,” says Alex Main of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. On June 1, Almagro convened a meeting of the OAS…

The ‘Anti-Manning’ Positions of Hillary Clinton on National Security and Surveillance

January 21, 2016

Marcy Wheeler, national security and civil liberties reporter at EmptyWheel.net, says Clinton supported secure communications for dissidents – except when it came to leaks from her own State Department to WikiLeaks

Petitions with 100,000+ Signatures Call for Snowden’s Passport to be Reinstated

March 28, 2014

After President Obama announced a proposal to end bulk metadata collection, Snowden supporters call on the government to reinstate his American passport and allow him to seek political asylum without government meddling

Hundreds of Keystone XL Protestors Arrested, Look to Influence Obama’s Final Decision on Pipeline

March 3, 2014

Hundreds of students demand President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline deal, but Obama has already fast tracked the southern half of the pipeline which is currently delivering Canadian tar sands to Texas refineries

Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth

February 3, 2014
Jeffrey Sachs: The State Department’s Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline brings humanity one stop closer to climate disaster