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  • Seriously? Obamacare Covers Foreign Diplomats

    10/29/2014 2:07:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 29, 2014 | Tim Mak
    Two House committees are demanding answers after learning that the Affordable Care Act makes foreign diplomats eligible for health care subsidies.Obamacare has a loophole that allows foreign diplomats to receive healthcare subsidies, the House Ways and Means and Foreign Affairs Committees revealed Wednesday as they announced a joint investigation. “According to the Department of Health and Human Services, foreign diplomats holding ‘A’ or ‘G’ visas are eligible to participate in an array of medical programs administered by the federal government, including participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces governed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” wrote chairmen Ed Royce and Dave Camp...
  • Mali National Arraigned in 2000 Killing of American Diplomat in Niger

    03/14/2014 1:57:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Adam Goldman
    "Mali national arraigned in 2000 killing of American diplomat in Niger" 

  • Pedophile teacher abused scores as clues

    05/13/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT · by mgist · 46 replies
    wistv ^ | 5/13/14 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    Pedophile teacher abused scores as clues missed He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites. He was often the first to arrive in the morning, and the last to leave each day. He led students on class trips to exotic places, treating them to cookies and milk at bedtime. That was the public persona of William Vahey, carefully crafted over four decades until a maid cleaning his home in Nicaragua stole a 16-gigabyte memory drive. There, in photograph after photograph, was...
  • No Visa for a Kidnapper-Diplomat Implicated in Assassination

    05/10/2014 6:01:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Raymond Tanter
    A kidnapper-diplomat is an oxymoron—words with contradictory meanings, In this case, the terms suggest that an ambassador has operated outside the rules of diplomacy. Now tack on evidence that he is linked to an assassination of another envoy; then surely there are grounds for his exclusion from the United States. Iran nominated Hamid Aboutalebi to be Ambassador to the UN, but Washington refused to issue a visa. The Committee on Relations with the Host Country refrained from making a recommendation to the General Assembly, and the case remains on the Committee agenda. On April 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed...
  • Foreign Ministry goes on strike, all Israel's embassies and consulates abroad to close

    03/23/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/23/2014 15:50 | Herb Keinon
    Services needed for everybody from new immigrants to employers bringing in foreign workers will be brought to a halt. Foreign Ministry’s workers committee declared a full-fledged strike on Sunday, closing the ministry and all the country’s embassies and consulates around the world for the first time. The strike is the latest development in a nearly two-year-old work dispute that the workers declared for improved salaries and work conditions. Seven months of mediation efforts exploded on March 4 when the workers rejected a Finance Ministry proposal. The workers then resumed crippling labor measures that had been put on hold during the...
  • Venezuela Expels Three US Diplomats As Deadly Anti-Government Protests Spread Throughout The Country

    02/20/2014 8:06:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Elite Daily ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | Aaron Kaufman
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced Sunday that his government has expelled three US consulate officials accused of meeting with students involved in anti-government protests that have raged throughout Venezuela for nearly two weeks.In an address on Venezuela state television, Maduro accused the consulate workers and the United States government of conspiring with opposition forces to incite turmoil across the country. “We are determined to defend our country,” said Maduro. US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern over Venezuela’s handling of the protests, resulting in at least three deaths, more than 40 injuries and numerous arrests and detentions. “We are...
  • Top US leadership feels diplomat row with India 'most stupid thing to do'

    01/11/2014 9:37:19 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 50 replies
    Recognising the damage that the diplomat row has done to the India-US relationship, there is a realisation in the top American leadership that "it was the most stupid thing to do" on their part and that they would now have to "work overtime" to bring back the ties on track. As Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade landed in New Delhi last night, there was a sense of relief in the US government, with officials expressing their determination to move forward the relationship, which President Barack Obama has described as the defining partnership of the 21st century. "The US and India enjoy...
  • With privileges withdrawn, US Ambassador Nancy Powell calls off Nepal visit

    12/31/2013 6:44:22 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 13 replies
    India's tough measures against United States diplomats following the arrest of a senior Indian diplomat in New York has impacted US Ambassador Nancy Powell who called off her travel to Nepal after her special privileges were withdrawn. Powell, who had informed the government here about her travel plans to Nepal, cancelled her visit after airport pass which gave her special access to various procedural checks at the airport stood withdrawn as India downgraded privileges and benefits to US diplomats in sharp retaliation to the arrest of its Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade. Only the ambassador's airport pass came with a...
  • All Russian Diplomats Charged in US ($1.5 mil Medicaid) Fraud Case Have Returned Home

    12/28/2013 3:08:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/25/13
    **SNIP** “None of our diplomats charged by the Americans remains in the United States, they have all returned home,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. Ryabkov added that Russia had discussed the matter with US officials and planned to take no action in response. “I repeat what we have always said: we do not want to go down the path of retaliating with an eye for an eye.”
  • Nude pictures of Carla Bruni let hackers access diplomatic PCs

    Nude pictures of former French first lady Carla Bruni were used to break in to the computer systems of dozens of diplomats. The shocking security breach was first discovered at the G20 summit in Paris in February 2011 and may be ongoing. "To see naked pictures of Carla Bruni click here" said a message sent to those attending, who included finance ministers and central bank representatives. Once accessed, it infected the computers of senior officials as well as forwarding the offensive email on to others. "Almost everybody who received the email took the bait," said a government source in Paris,...
  • U.S. Charges Dozens of Russian Diplomats and Spouses With Medicaid Fraud

    12/05/2013 2:48:58 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2013 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    Federal law enforcement authorities have charged nearly 50 past or present Russian diplomats and their spouses in a $1.5 million Medicaid fraud scheme, an unusual twist in what has become a familiar criminal story line in New York. An F.B.I. investigation revealed “the systemic fraudulent submission of falsified applications for Medicaid benefits” by the diplomats and their spouses, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday in United States District Court in Manhattan. The diplomats and their spouses obtained the benefits for pregnancies, births and first-year-of-life medical needs, generally applying at the same New York hospital, which was not identified,...
  • Possible Human Trafficking Investigated at Saudi Diplomatic Compound in Virginia

    05/03/2013 7:45:45 AM PDT · by AuntB · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | May 3, 2013 | By Jackie Bensen and Richard Jordan
    McLean home owned by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, real estate records say A case of "possible human trafficking" at a Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia is under investigation, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed to News4. Homeland Security Special-Agent-in-Charge John Torres, who is leading the probe, said Fairfax County Police responded to a tip Tuesday night citing a possible case of modern slavery. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations were called to a home in the 6000 block of Orris Street in McLean and -- in the words of a source familiar with the investigation -- "rescued" two women....
  • North Korean Diplomats 'Sell Millions of Dollars Worth of Drugs'

    North Korean Diplomats 'Sell Millions of Dollars Worth of Drugs' North Korea sent a large amount of illegal drugs to its embassy in an East European country last December and ordered diplomats there to sell it for cash by early April, a diplomatic source here claims. "South Korean intelligence obtained the information from a North Korean agent who defected recently," the source said. "Similar orders were delivered to other North Korean embassies." North Korea has ordered each diplomat to raise US $300,000 to prove their loyalty and mark the birthday of nation founder Kim Il-sung on April 15. Each North...
  • Letter #56: Holding to Benedict (Francis stands with on Christian conception of truth)

    03/22/2013 1:23:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 22, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Holding to Benedict“But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, the dear and venerated Benedict XVI, called the ‘tyranny of relativism’…”(Original Italian: “Ma c’è anche un’altra povertà! È la povertà spirituale dei nostri giorni, che riguarda gravemente anche i Paesi considerati più ricchi. È quanto il mio Predecessore, il caro e venerato Benedetto XVI, chiama la ‘dittatura del relativismo’…”)–Pope Francis, March 22, 2013 (today), in the Vatican, speaking to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, citing words...
  • U.S. kicks out two Venezuelan diplomats

    03/11/2013 10:04:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/11/13 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration has moved to kick two Venezuelan diplomats out of the United States in response to Venezuela’s expulsion last week of two U.S. officials from the U.S. embassy in Caracas, The Washington Times has learned. In a sign that U.S.-Venezuelan relations are unlikely to warm quickly in the post-Chavez era, the Venezuelan government confirmed that two of its diplomats have left the U.S., a State Department spokesman told The Times. One of the diplomats had apparently been based at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, while the other worked at a Venezuelan office in New York.
  • Obama: US troops sent to aid evacuation of diplomats in Central African Republic

    12/30/2012 7:17:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Kyle Balluck
    President Obama sent approximately 50 U.S. military personnel to Chad earlier this week to aid in the evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel and U.S. citizens from the neighboring Central African Republic. In a letter to congressional leaders on Saturday, Obama cited the “deteriorating security situation” in the Central African Republic and the threat to U.S. citizens. U.S. embassy personnel and several private U.S. citizens were evacuated from the Central African Republic capital of Bangui on Thursday. Obama said the “stand-by security force” was deployed for the sole purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property. Rebels in the Central African Republic...
  • Christmas for Obama Bundlers

    12/05/2012 5:57:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Merry Crony-mas! It's time to pass out the goodies. While President Obama's lips champion the middle class, his administration's old hands are preparing to lavish rewards on the creme de la campaign creme: his wealthiest political donors. Several media outlets reported this week that the White House is considering fashion doyenne Anna Wintour for a possible appointment as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain or France. The rumored short list also includes Obama campaign finance chairman Matthew Barzun and investment banker Marc Lasry. The three share one common, er, "qualification": Each raked in more than $500,000 for Team Obama 2012. As...
  • Bombshell: White House Covers Up Ambassador's Murder, Were Warned of Attacks Months in Advance

    10/02/2012 5:42:16 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 6 replies
    We know the Obama administration has been actively engaged in a cover-up as to why the U.S. consulate in Benghazi came under attack on September 11th, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats. How else to explain the weeks-long campaign to convince people that the attacks were not terrorism. Now we're finding out more details as to why they may have engaged in such a wide-ranging cover-up. But the real smoking gun is whether the Obama administration was warned in advance that al-Qaeda was planning an attack. A number of Israeli newspapers have suggested that Washington was warned as...
  • Newspaper: Iran-linked operatives attempted to assassinate U.S., Israeli diplomats

    05/28/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    JTA ^ | May 28, 2012 | unattributed, Washington Post
    Operatives linked to Iran tried to kill foreign diplomats, including Israelis and Americans, in at least seven countries over 13 months, the Washington Post reported. New evidence uncovered by investigators in four countries linked the assassination attempts to either Iran-backed Hezbollah militants or operatives based inside Iran, the Post reported Monday, citing U.S. and Middle Eastern security officials. The officials reportedly said that the assassination attempts stopped in early spring, when Iran began to take a softer tone with the West. Shortly after, Iranian officials formally accepted a proposal to resume negotiations with six world powers on proposals to limit...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Indonesian Cleric Calls On Muslims To Kill U.S. Diplomats In Revenge For Mohammed Film…

    09/19/2012 3:18:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 19, 2012
    Via Global Post: One of Indonesia’s most notorious hardline Muslim clerics has issued a jailhouse proclamation to his faithful: feel free to mimic the coordinated attacks on America’s Libyan embassy in Indonesia.There is still speculation as to whether those attacks, which killed U.S. envoy J. Christopher Stevens, were provoked by the poorly made, anti-Islam “Innocence of Muslims” video posted on YouTube.But Abu Bakar Bashir, a cheerleader for violent jihad still in prison for organizing the 2002 bombings in Bali, is clear in stating that the film must be answered with violent reprisals.In an interview with Indonesian outlet “Voice of al-Islam,”...
  • Diplomats defend themselves against Perry criticism

    11/10/2011 12:47:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | November 10, 2011 | Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty
    Foreign Service officers are firing back at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's charges that some State Department employees are not working in the best interest of the country. In a written statement, the American Foreign Service Association said Thursday the Texas governor's comments "reflect a serious misunderstanding" of the role of Foreign Service officers "in promoting American interests overseas." In a radio program this week with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, Perry said, "I'm not sure our State Department serves us well." ....Perry added that Congress might have to take action to ensure the nation's diplomatic corps is doing work...
  • US apologises for diplomat's 'dirty' Indians comment

    08/13/2011 9:43:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/12/11 | Agence France-Presse, by Staff
    The United States has apologised for controversial remarks made by a US diplomat who spoke of "dark and dirty" Indians, calling the comments "inappropriate". US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told Indian students on Friday that her "skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians" after a long train journey, according to Indian media -- referring to people from the southern state of Tamil Nadu. During her speech in the Tamil Nadu capital, Chennai, Chao was quoted as saying: "I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to (the eastern Indian state of) Orissa. "But, after 72 hours,
  • Nations Unhappy About Secret Diplomatic Cables

    11/29/2010 2:05:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | November 29,2010 | annem040359
    Once again, Wikileaks had done a HUGH bombshell of a number a large trove of diplomatic information online. The names of individuals and nations was not only very shocking, but very embarrassing as well, and in the end, very damaging in respects to international relations.
  • Israeli diplomats boycott Mossad spies over wage dispute

    08/14/2010 11:17:28 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/13/10 | Adrian Blomfield
    Israel's foreign diplomats have refused to work with Mossad spies "anywhere in the world" after agents effectively broke a strike picket line. The rift was caused after the agency’s spies stepped in to help organise a trip for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, to Greece next week, after foreign diplomatic staff refused because of industrial action over pay. The strike, which was triggered by claims that diplomats get half the pay of defence ministry officials, has seen workers engineering a series of diplomatic faux pas. These include leaving the wife of Estonia’s president stranded at a restaurant outside Jerusalem...
  • Israel orders families of diplomats out of Turkey

    06/01/2010 10:17:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 477+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli media say the Foreign Ministry has ordered the families of its diplomats in Turkey to leave that country because of the uproar over Israel's deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. State-run Israel radio and other stations and newspapers say the diplomatic mission itself will remain in Turkey.
  • Diplomats: Iran expands enrichment facility

    05/14/2010 1:07:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 130+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/14/10 | ap
    Second "cascade" of centrifuges for enriching Uranium to critical 20% level ready to go online VIENNA — Iran has set up new equipment that will allow it to boost its efficiency at enriching uranium at higher levels, diplomats said Friday. The move is likely to give the US more leverage with Russia and China in its push for new UN sanctions on Teheran. Iran's clandestine enrichment activities were discovered eight years ago and have expanded since to encompass thousands of centrifuges churning out material enriched to 3.5 percent. But despite three rounds of Security Council sanctions meant to enforce demands...
  • Told Ya So: Shoe Bombing Muslim “Joker” Not Charged, Qatar Defends Him, Criticizes US; Blase Feds

    04/08/2010 2:09:25 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 114 replies · 2,695+ views
    Debbie Schlussel.com ^ | Apr 8th, 2010 | Debbie Schlussel
    If Barack Obama had any guts, he’d have expelled this guy–this Muslim diplomat who thinks threatening shoe bombs and lighting fires is funny (and a way to test our response and out the Federal Air Marshals on the plane). But he doesn’t have the guts. And don’t think that President Bush–whose Islamo-pandering was not as overt but just as deep, nauseating, and harmful–would have the guts either. Bush’s inept, Muslim butt-kissing National Security Advisor Fran Townsend joined the chorus of the stupid and described last night’s incident as a “misunderstanding.” She sounded like Janet Napolitano when she said, “The system...
  • Pakistan Reported to Be Harassing U.S. Diplomats

    12/16/2009 8:46:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 960+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/16/09 | JANE PERLEZ and ERIC SCHMITT
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Parts of the Pakistani military and intelligence services are mounting what American officials here describe as a campaign to harass American diplomats, fraying relations at a critical moment when the Obama administration is demanding more help to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The campaign includes the refusal to extend or approve visas for more than 100 American officials and the frequent searches of American diplomatic vehicles in major cities, said an American official briefed on the cases.
  • Diplomats arrested for cigarette smuggling (two North Koreans claimed diplomatic immunity)

    11/20/2009 3:24:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 607+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/20/09 | Jens Hansegard and Nick Vinocur
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish police have arrested two North Korean diplomats on suspicion of smuggling 230,000 cigarettes into the Nordic country, the Swedish Customs Office said Friday. The pair, a man and a woman who have diplomatic status in Russia, were stopped by Swedish customs officers Wednesday morning as they drove off a ferry from Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Customs officials discovered Russian cigarettes in the car driven by the couple, Swedish Customs spokeswoman Monica Magnusson told Reuters. The two North Koreans claimed diplomatic immunity. "They were accredited as diplomats in Russia, but had no accreditation in Sweden," she said....
  • Diplomatic Immunity Leaves Abused Workers in Shadows

    09/19/2009 8:02:49 PM PDT · by Saije · 2 replies · 562+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/19/2009 | Sarah Fitzpatrick
    When Lauro L. Baja Jr. returned to his native Philippines in 2007, he had just finished a four-year stint as ambassador to the United Nations that included two terms as president of the Security Council... Then a three-month episode from his U.N. days returned to haunt him. He was sued by Marichu Suarez Baoanan, who had worked as a maid in New York City for Baja and his wife, Norma Castro Baja. Baoanan, 40, said the Bajas brought her to the United States in 2006 promising to find her work as a nurse. Instead, Baoanan said, she was forced to...
  • BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS ABROAD The View from Amman, Jordan

    09/11/2009 3:35:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 234+ views
    FBI.gov ^ | September 10, 2009 | n/a
    BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS ABROAD The View from Amman, Jordan 09/10/09 SNIPPET: "We opened our international office in Amman, Jordan on January 11, 2001—exactly eight months before the attack on the World Trade Centers. Today, in the post-9/11 era, our presence in Jordan and elsewhere overseas is more important than ever to our security at home. The FBI has more than 60 international offices—called Legal Attachés, or Legats—located around the world. Our agents who lead them act primarily as diplomats, building relationships with host countries and fostering the exchange of information with our international law enforcement partners. “Our mission is to develop...
  • Visas For Hondurans

    07/29/2009 5:31:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 404+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 29, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Diplomacy: The U.S. revoked visas of four Honduran officials, claiming that a coup occurred there. But if they could travel, the Hondurans could educate Americans otherwise. So why are we trying to silence them?Nobody pushes "dialogue" or "citizen diplomacy" more than the U.S. Department of State. So how can it justify revoking the visas on these Hondurans in what a department spokesman confirmed Tuesday as "a turning of the screw." The Hondurans targeted are the very ones whose presence would be valuable to the U.S. if it means to understand the constitutional action that necessitated the removal of President Mel...
  • Diplomats: Syria has put missile facility on bombed nuke site

    02/24/2009 1:12:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 405+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/24/09 | ap
    Syria has indicated that it has built a missile facility on the site of an alleged nuclear reactor that IAF warplanes reportedly bombed, diplomats said Tuesday. A satellite photo from Sept. 16, 2003, shows a large structure being built near a site in Syria. Photo: GeoEye/SIME/ NY Times Slideshow: Pictures of the week The diplomats cited Syrian nuclear chief Ibrahim Othman as telling a closed meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency about the facility. The diplomats said that the facility appeared to be either a missile control center or an actual launching pad. They demanded anonymity for reporting on...
  • Coalition Forces, Diplomats ‘Engineer’ Peace in Baghdad (ESSAYONS to the fore)

    01/16/2009 2:36:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 205+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2009 – Coalition and Iraqi partnerships are stronger than ever, and they are taking advantage of the improved security situation to further reconstruction efforts in Baghdad, the U.S. military’s top engineer officer in Baghdad province said yesterday. Throughout the past year, nearly 400 projects and reconstruction actions valued at more than $70 million have led to “tremendous improvements” in infrastructure as well as the availability of essential services to Baghdad residents, Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Talley told reporters during a news conference in Baghdad. Rebuilding and refurbishing Iraq’s infrastructure “represents a commitment from the people of the...
  • EU resists push to limit free speech at UN meeting

    12/17/2008 3:57:35 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 7 replies · 775+ views
    <p>GENEVA (AP) - Islamic proposals to ban criticism of religion, which have gathered strength since the publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad two years ago, threaten to derail an already troubled U.N. anti-racism conference planned for next year. The European Union rejects suggestions by Algeria—backed by other Muslim and African countries—that limits on free speech are needed to stop the publication of offensive articles and images.</p>
  • 100-Plus Former Ambassadors Endorse McCain

    10/05/2008 9:17:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,230+ views
    NewsMax ^ | October 5, 2008 | Ronald Kessler
    More than 100 former American ambassadors are endorsing John McCain and Sarah Palin for president and vice president. To be announced by the McCain campaign later this week, the endorsements counter Barack Obama’s claims that McCain is inflexible when it comes to diplomacy and negotiations with other countries, Newsmax has learned. Obama has specifically said that in contrast to McCain, he would sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other world dictators to negotiate, without preconditions. “Senator Obama does not have sufficient leadership experience, nor has he been tested in difficult times,” said Mark W. Erwin, a Democrat and...
  • Report: Serbia disciplines diplomats accused of helping crime suspect flee US

    07/01/2008 10:54:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 123+ views
    www.iht.com ^ | June 30, 2008 | Associated Press
    BELGRADE, Serbia: Serbian authorities have started a disciplinary procedure against two of its diplomats accused of helping a Serbian college basketball player flee the U.S. after being charged with severely beating a classmate, a radio station reported Monday. The Serbian Foreign Ministry said it will "be extremely efficient" in solving the case of Miladin Kovacevic, Belgrade's independent B92 radio reported, without providing any details about what it would do. The 6-foot-9-inch (2.05-meter), 260-pound (118-kilogram) Kovacevic, who was recruited to play basketball for Binghamton University in upstate New York, was arrested after a May 4 fight at a downtown Binghamton bar...
  • U.S., British diplomats attacked in Zimbabwe (Officials stopped at gunpoint, worker beaten)

    06/05/2008 7:57:28 AM PDT · by Smogger · 45 replies · 102+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/5/2008 | MSNBC News Services
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - U.S. diplomats and British colleagues were attacked as they tried to investigate political violence in Zimbabwe, American officials said Thursday. The U.S. ambassador reportedly blamed the incident on President Robert Mugabe's government. "Police put up a roadblock, stopped the vehicles, slashed the tires, reached in and grabbed telephones from my personnel, and the war veterans (Mugabe's supporters) threatened to burn the vehicles with my people inside unless they got out and accompanied police to a station nearby," Reuters quoted U.S. Ambassador James McGee as saying. McGee said he believes the orders of intimidation are "coming directly from...
  • Rift Between UK Diplomats And Army In Basra

    03/28/2008 8:57:26 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 450+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-29-2008 | Damien McElroy
    Rift between UK diplomats and Army in Basra By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 1:13am GMT 29/03/2008 British forces are facing increasing pressure to intervene in fighting in southern Iraq after government efforts to defeat Shi'ite militias in Basra ground to a halt. Signs of a rift were growing among British officials as diplomats said that UK forces "stand ready to support" Iraqi soldiers as and when requested, contradicting military statements that UK forces would be confined to "niche" roles. Fighting in Basra, Baghdad and the central town of Kut has claimed at least 100 lives this week...
  • US diplomats sometimes go off-message

    02/01/2008 1:27:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 65+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/08 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON - More and more, top government diplomats are straying from official Bush foreign policy as the administration wanes, leaving Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice struggling to keep them in check. Twice just this week, Rice and her aides had to rebuke, disavow or otherwise try to explain away public words or actions by three top officials on delicate affairs ranging from North Korea and Iran to the violence in Kenya. The trouble began on Jan. 17, when Jay Lefkowitz, the special U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, delivered a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think-tank...
  • Two senior diplomats expelled from Afghanistan (UN & EU)

    12/27/2007 9:58:10 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 79+ views
    CSM ^ | 12/27/07 | Mikey_1962
    A senior United Nations official and the acting head of the European Union's mission in Afghanistan were expelled from the country Thursday after the government accused them of holding talks with the Taliban and giving the group cash. UN officials have denied the allegations. Analysts say the incident reflects divisions over growing efforts to neutralize the Taliban by negotiating with their tribal alliances. The two men, whose expulsion was announced Tuesday, left Kabul Thursday morning, reports Reuters. UN spokesman Aleem Siddique said the UN staffer had left on Thursday morning on a regular chartered flight to neighbouring Pakistan. Diplomats in...
  • State Dept. Won't Order Diplomats To Iraq

    11/16/2007 5:19:45 AM PST · by RDTF · 17 replies · 83+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Nov 16, 2007 | Karen DeYoung
    The State Department expects to announce, perhaps as early as today, that volunteers have filled all 48 open jobs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for next year and that it will not order any foreign service officers to work there against their will, officials said yesterday. Volunteers for the last three or four positions are currently being vetted. Once that process is completed, a senior department official said, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will ask personnel officers to assure her that everyone selected "does in fact have the right skill sets" and meets all requirements before an announcement is...
  • US drops plan to force diplomats to Iraq

    11/15/2007 3:44:32 PM PST · by BGHater · 21 replies · 23+ views
    AP ^ | 15 Nov 2007 | Matthew Lee
    The State Department is backing down for now from forcing diplomats to serve in Iraq this summer because enough have volunteered to work in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and in outlying provinces, officials said Thursday. Three foreign service officers who signed up for the last of the 48 vacancies have won tentative approval. Once personnel panels give a formal OK, the department will announce it will not need to enforce a plan for the forced assignments, the officials said Thursday. That word could come as early as Friday, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because...
  • Duncan Hunter: Fire State Dept. 'Refuseniks' Hire Wounded Warriors

    11/06/2007 9:49:19 AM PST · by Calpernia · 21 replies · 58+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 11/06/2007 | by John Gizzi
    The ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee has called on the President to fire State Department personnel who refused to be deployed to Iraq and replace them with wounded veterans at Walter Reed and Bethesda Hospitals. “We have a lot of wounded warriors at the [military] hospitals -- a pool of great talent,” Rep. Duncan Hunter (R.-Cal.), the last Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and now a candidate for his party’s presidential nomination in ’08, told me outside the White House last week. Hunter was going to a meeting with President Bush as well as...
  • With Shortage of Volunteers, U.S. State Department to Order Diplomats to Serve in Iraq

    10/27/2007 7:21:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 29+ views
    WASHINGTON — In the largest call-up of U.S. diplomats since the Vietnam War, the State Department is planning to order some of its personnel to serve at the American Embassy in Iraq because of a lack of volunteers.Those designated "prime candidates" — from 200 to 300 diplomats — will be notified Monday that they have been selected for one-year postings to fill the 40 to 50 vacancies expected next year. They will have 10 days to accept or reject the position. If not enough say yes, some will be ordered to go to Iraq and face dismissal if they refuse,...
  • Fearing Iraq Pullout, State (Department) Boosting Private Chopper Force

    08/01/2007 6:07:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 438+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | August 01, 2007 4:59 PM | Kirit Radia
    Fearing Iraq Pullout, State Boosting Private Chopper Force August 01, 2007 4:59 PM Kirit Radia Reports: Fearing an imminent drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment from Iraq amid escalating violence, the State Department is hiring its own private helicopter squad to ferry its personnel around the country. Government military contractors Blackwater, DynCorp and Triple Canopy are the only three companies competing for the contract, possibly valued at more than $100 million a year for up to the next five years, sources tell ABC News. The requirements call for approximately 20 helicopters with maintenance, storage and crew to ensure 24-hour availability....
  • Four UK Diplomats Expelled As Russia Retaliates

    07/19/2007 11:01:54 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 424+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-19-2007 | Matthew Moore
    Four UK diplomats expelled as Russia retaliates By Matthew Moore and agencies Last Updated: 4:47pm BST 19/07/2007 Russia has expelled four British diplomats from Moscow, in tit-for-tat retaliation for the expulsion of four of its own officials earlier this week. Moscow will also halt co-operation in the war on terror David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, branded the move "completely unjustified" and said the Government would be doing all it could to ensure their families are properly looked after. Moscow also announced that it would withhold future co-operation with Britain in the war on terror, and stop issuing visas to British...
  • Putin Vows Revenge As Britain Expels Diplomats

    07/16/2007 7:49:03 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 2,863+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-17-2007 | David Blair - Adrian Blomfield
    Putin vows revenge as Britain expels diplomats By David Blair, Diplomatic Correspondent, and Adrian Blomfield in Moscow Last Updated: 3:07am BST 17/07/2007 Russia threatened Britain with "serious consequences" last night after David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, revived memories of the Cold War by announcing that four Russian diplomats were to be expelled from London. President Vladimir Putin: emboldened by Russia’s growing economic strength The decision showed how Anglo-Russian relations have sunk to their lowest ebb since the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. Mr Miliband said that Britain had no choice but to send a "clear and proportionate signal" to Moscow...
  • Britain may expel Russian diplomats

    07/11/2007 9:28:23 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 13 replies · 408+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | july 11th, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    Britain is poised to expel Russian diplomats for the first time in a decade in protest at Moscow's refusal to extradite the chief suspect in the murder in London of a KGB defector.The option is one of several being considered by Downing Street after Moscow formally refused to hand over Andrei Lugovoi, a suspect in the poisoning of the former agent Alexander Litvinenko last November. The expulsions would be reminiscent of former Cold War rows between Moscow and London and almost certainly prompt similar retaliation by the Kremlin. Incensed by Russia's refusal to co-operate in the inquiry into Mr Litvinenko's...