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  • Media Silent As 4 Top Russian Diplomats Die Mysteriously In Last 60 Days

    02/27/2017 9:52:13 PM PST · by LucyT · 11 replies
    Market Slant ^ | 24/02/2017 | MarketSlantEditor
    While few might consider being a diplomat a life-threatening or even dangerous job, that trend may be quickly reversing — that is, at least for Russian diplomats.[snip] Since late December, four top Russian diplomats, including three ambassadors, have died under circumstances that remain unclear. .....................................
  • Trump Fires All Obama Politically Appointed Ambassadors Effective Inauguration Day (You're FIRED!)

    01/05/2017 7:15:12 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 219 replies
    Gateway ^ | 1-5-2017 | Kristenn Taylor
    President-elect Donald Trump has fired,effective Inauguration Day January 20, every U.S. ambassador politically appointed by President Barack Obama, according to a report published Thursday night by the New York Times. The Times reports the State Department sent out a notice on December 23 informing the ambassadors of Trump’s order. The move sent shock waves through the diplomatic corps as some ambassadors in previous transitions had been given time to leave their post for personal convenience.
  • Does Anyone Know What to Make of Obama's Sanctions?

    01/01/2017 3:57:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 12, 2016 | David D. Graham
    The president’s move to punish Russia has scrambled partisan lines. What is a bewildered citizen to make of the sanctions that President Obama levied on Russian officials and the Russian government on Thursday? The confusion starts with the news coverage. The Associated Press, for example, blares that “President Barack Obama has slapped harsh sanctions on the Russian intelligence services.” Meanwhile the former head of the CIA’s Russia operations tells The New York Times, “I think these sanctions are pretty weak. It’s more perhaps symbolic.” Some sloppy reports even suggested, wrongly, that Russian agents had interfered with vote counts or voting...
  • Putin 'Sidesteps' Obama in New Year's Statement, Applauds Trump

    12/31/2016 9:15:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies ^ | December 31, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    On the heels of new sanctions enforced by the Obama administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has released his annual New Year's statement to the international community. CNN repeatedly noted that Putin "sidestepped" President Obama in the statement, instead offering his congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump. In his annual greetings statement, Putin expressed hope that after Trump is sworn in as US President on January 20, the two countries, "acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner, will be able to take real steps to restore the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in various areas and take their interaction in the international arena to...
  • Russian airlift: Moscow sends plane to ferry its 35 expelled diplomats and families out of U.S. as P

    12/30/2016 11:24:42 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 55 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 30, 2016 | Ashley Coleman
    Russian airlift: Moscow sends plane to ferry its 35 expelled diplomats and families out of U.S. as Putin REFUSES to retaliate against 'lame duck' Obama's punishment for hacking Hillary President Obama has given 35 Russian diplomats until New Year's Day to leave the U.S. as punishment for the country's 'meddling' in the election Kremlin announced Friday that they will be sending a plane for their diplomats, since many were having a hard time booking flights Also on Friday, Russian officials were seen hurriedly packing up their government residences in Maryland and New York President Obama said the compounds were used...
  • Russians laughing off Obama’s ridiculous temper tantrums

    12/30/2016 9:18:58 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/16 | Judi McLeod
    Obama’s temper tantrums show more than anything else what Obama really is Update: Russia retaliates after US sanctions—See video below Not since Nikita Khrushchev’s 1960 shoe-banging histrionics at the United Nations has a hissy fit gone such a long way to torpedo the persona of an on his way out the door political junkie. Mirthful millions of LOLers—including what was supposed to be the chief aggrieved party—are laughing at a sulking Obama’s 11th-hour expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. from the USA.
  • Putin: Russia will not expel anyone in response to US sanctions

    12/30/2016 5:21:36 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 54 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 30 Dec, 2016
    The Russian president has rejected a suggestion of the foreign ministry to expel 35 American diplomats in response to a similar move by the US. He said Obama’s act was designed to provoke a reaction, but Russia would not take the bait. “We reserve the right to retaliate, but we will not sink to the level of this irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. We will take further moves on restoring Russian-American relations based on the policies that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump adopts,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published by the Kremlin website. Putin said that, unlike the...
  • White House bars Russian diplomats from Md. riverfront compound

    12/29/2016 5:02:32 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 42 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | December 29, 2016 5:49 pm | AP
    CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — Russian Federation diplomats will no longer have access to the swanky riverfront compound on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where they played tennis, went sailing and enjoyed respite from the nation’s capital. As part of the move to punish Russia for its role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and influencing a United States election, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced sanctions that include shuttering the compound.
  • The Perfect Cartoon for a Putin Response to Obama (vanity)

    12/29/2016 3:08:03 PM PST · by Stayfree · 9 replies
    Self | December 29, 2016 | Stayfree
    I wish I could draw...if I could, I would draw a cartoon of Obama & Putin with Putin turning his head toward Obama and yelling "BOOH!" AND Obama jumping out of his skin......
  • U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds: official

    12/29/2016 11:20:11 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 291 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 29, 2016 | (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Yara Bayoumy)
    The United States on Thursday expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the Russian diplomats would be given 72 hours to leave the United States. Access to the two compounds will be denied to all Russian officials as of noon on Friday, the official added. "These actions were taken to respond to Russian harassment of American diplomats and actions by the diplomats...
  • Mounting pressure unlikely to sway Obama on Syria

    06/19/2016 2:10:17 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/16 | Andrew Beatty
    (AFP) Exasperated US diplomats are in open revolt over Barack Obama's Syria policy, but radical change is unlikely in the twilight of his presidency. More than 280,000 people have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes. A relentless drumbeat of cluster bombs, barrel bombs, chemical bombs, murder, rape and torture has turned swaths of Syria to dust. Humanitarian aid sometimes drips into the beleaguered cities, but when it does, President Bashar al-Assad's regime makes sure "punishment" bombings quickly follow. "The Assad regime's actions defy all definitions of human decency," said one US official. There are ominous signs the regime...
  • Benghazi chill ripples through State Department

    12/02/2015 4:04:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2015 | Julian Hattem
    The political fallout from the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, has had a chilling effect on the Foreign Service that has left U.S. diplomats wary of treading into areas with questionable security. Multiple former diplomats and other knowledgeable sources say security precautions in the Foreign Service have intensified since Benghazi, with officials in Washington fearful of another disaster abroad. Former diplomats say the heightened security has become excessive and warn that American leadership is suffering as a result. "It undermines the ability of our diplomats to do our job when you essentially have a governor...
  • Lawmakers to Kerry: Yank Visas for Diplomats’ Spouses from Countries that Don’t Allow Gay Spouses

    07/28/2015 7:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/28/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    One hundred and twenty-five members of Congress asked Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter Monday to deny visas to diplomats’ spouses if the envoys come from a country that doesn’t recognize same-sex spouses of State Department personnel. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) led the letter, which got one GOP signature — Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who has a transgender son. The lawmakers argued that countries not granting accreditation to same-sex spouses of American foreign service...
  • House Issues Subpoena for Release of Diplomatic Spending Documents

    06/01/2015 6:51:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The House Foreign Affairs Committee has issued a subpoena to the Obama administration compelling it to release long-withheld documents concerning the training of diplomatic security personnel tasked with defending Americans abroad. Since 2014, Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.) the committee’s chairman, has been seeking key documents from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding State Department plans to construct a nearly $1 billion training facility for diplomatic security personnel. Royce issued a subpoena to the OMB on Friday to force the release of documents detailing whether construction of the new training facility will be cost effective. Critics such as...
  • Hijacker "Given Anthrax Flask By Iraqi Agent"

    10/27/2001 10:27:09 PM PDT · by Fulbright · 30 replies · 821+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/27/01 | Daniel McGrory
    INTELLIGENCE agents from Prague to Swansea are uncovering a trail of clues that point to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq having a hand in al-Qaeda’s terrorist missions. Iraqi ministers have spent the week protesting Baghdad’s innocence to the United Nations, but will not say why some of its diplomats who met Mohammed Atta, one of the suspected September 11 hijackers, disappeared from their European posts after that date. Nor will Baghdad explain why Saddam’s agents were spotted at various times this year with Atta in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Many in the Pentagon are sure Saddam ...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 · 15 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...

    09/11/2009 3:35:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 234+ views ^ | 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...