Tag Archives: State Department

TONIGHT: Hillary To Highlight Foreign Policy Experience In Video For Democratic National Convention

Watch below. Via press release from Hillary For America: Tonight, the Democratic National Convention Committee is releasing a new video touting the steadfast leadership and smart diplomacy that Hillary Clinton displayed as America’s 67th Secretary of State. Clinton brokered an improbable ceasefire in Gaza to stop rockets from raining down on Israel. In Copenhagen, Clinton and President Obama crashed a ...

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BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Says No Charges For Hillary

Via Politico: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday said the Justice Department has decided not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton or her aides and will close the investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. “Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents ...

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Dominican Cardinal Who Used Anti-Gay Slurs Against US Ambassador

From the Washington Blade: The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archbishop of Santo Domingo. The Holy See said in a statement that the pontiff has named Monsignor Francisco Ozoria Acosta of the Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís as López’s successor. López has repeatedly used ...

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IVORY COAST: Gay Men Attacked By Mob After Signing Pulse Massacre Condolences Book At US Embassy

From the Associated Press: Gay men in Ivory Coast say they’ve been assaulted and forced to flee their homes after the U.S. Embassy published a photo of them signing a condolence book for victims of this month’s killings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The photo, published on the embassy’s website, shows the faces of six men with the ...

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Family Of Slain US Ambassador Chris Stevens: We Blame Congress Not Hillary Clinton For Benghazi

From Mediaite: In a new interview with The New Yorker, the sister of slain Ambassador Chris Stevens — one of the four American casualties from the September 11, 2012 attack on a compound in Benghazi, Libya — says that the fault does not lie with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On the same day that the Republican-led Select Committee ...

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Jamaica Slams US Embassy’s “Disrespectful” Pride Flag

From the BBC: Jamaica’s attorney general has sparked criticism after saying it was “disrespectful” to Jamaican law for the US embassy to fly a rainbow flag following the Orlando shooting. In response, the US embassy in the capital Kingston asked Marlene Malahoo Forte to explain her legal reasoning. Forty-nine people died when a gunman opened fire in a gay club ...

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Feds: Hillary Broke Rules With Private Email Server

NBC News reports: Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a State Department audit has concluded. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” says an audit by the State Department Inspector General, obtained by NBC News. ...

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BANGLADESH: Police Arrest Suspect In Terrorist Killing Of Gay Rights Activist Xulhaz Mannan

From the Associated Press: Police in Bangladesh said Sunday that they have arrested a suspected Muslim militant for his alleged involvement in the killing last month of a gay rights activist and his friend in the capital. Police identified the suspect as Shariful Islam Shihab, a former member of the banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad. They said he joined another ...

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JAPAN: US Embassy Tweets Marriage Equality Message From Evan Wolfson To Promote Rainbow Week [VIDEO]

Less than a month after last year’s landmark ruling from the Supreme Court, Freedom To Marry held its “going out of business” gala and has since closed its offices. But founder Evan Wolfson is far from retired from fighting for LGBT equality. From the US Embassy in Tokyo: “To mark the beginning of Tokyo Rainbow Week starting tomorrow, here’s a ...

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BANGLADESH: Al-Qaeda Claims Credit For Murder Of Gay Activist, US Ambassador Demands Action

The Telegraph reports: An al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed the murder of a prominent gay rights activist who was hacked to death in Dhaka by men armed with guns and machetes who entered his flat pretending to be parcel couriers. Xulhaz Mannan, along with his friend Mahbub Tony, also an activist, died on the spot from cuts to their heads, according ...

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Democrats Launch #ImWithWally Tweetstorm In Support Of Gay US Ambassador Wally Brewster

As I’ve reported here several times, openly gay US Ambassador Wally Brewster is under attack in the Dominican Republic, where anti-LGBT activists and the Catholic Church have launched a joint campaign calling for his resignation for spreading “homosexual indoctrination.” Today US House Democrats launched a tweetstorm in support of Brewster using the hashtag #ImWithWally. Brewster stands accused in part because ...

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Catholic Church Backs Call For Removal Of Gay US Ambassador Wally Brewster

From the petition: We request the Obama administration to remove the U.S. ambassador in the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster for primarily promoting in his official duties an LGBT agenda inconsistent with the Christian cultural values and tradition of the Dominican Republic. Since his arrival in November 2013, he has supported the inauguration of an LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Amb. ...

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State Department: Condoleezza Rice & Colin Powell Both Used Private Email Accounts For Classified Info

Well, well, well. ABC News reports: The State Department is now saying that Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only former Secretary of State or their staff to handle classified information on a private email account, a Congressman told ABC News. Colin Powell and the immediate staff of Condoleezza Rice, both of whom served under President George W. Bush, also had information ...

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DAYS BEFORE IOWA: State Department Classifies 22 Hillary Clinton Home Server Emails As Top Secret

The Associated Press reports: The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails with material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate. Department officials also said the ...

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Cardinal Calls Gay US Ambassador A “Wife”, Tells Him To Go Do Housework

Dominican Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, whose archdiocese has been wracked by a pedophilia scandal, yesterday called married gay US Ambassador Wally Brewster a “wife” and said he should focus on housework. The Associated Press reports: A Dominican cardinal upset over comments that the U.S. ambassador made about corruption in his country has said the openly gay diplomat should ...

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State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

Via press release from the State Department: Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016. Authorities believe ...

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Judge Rules For Hillary On Benghazi Emails

The wingnuts at Judicial Watch today lost a battle to force the federal government to release hundreds of Hillary Clinton’s emails related to Benghazi. The Hill reports: Judge Amit Mehta said that it would be “unwise and potentially risky” to order the government to quickly release some of the 329 emails specifically related to the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, ...

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State Department To End Domestic Partners Benefits

Now that marriage equality is the law of the nation, the State Department has announced that it will phase out domestic partners benefits. Via the Washington Blade: Diplomatic and consular posts on Oct. 14 notified Foreign Service personnel that the State Department will begin to phase out the Same-Sex Domestic Partner program on Dec. 14. The SSDP will officially end ...

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State Department Invites Evan Wolfson To Help Marriage Battle In Three European Nations

Freedom To Marry may have already held its “going out of business” party, but founder Evan Wolfson still has marriage battles to fight. Via the Guardian: US embassies in Europe have invited an instrumental figure in the movement to legalize same-sex marriage to visit three countries where it is not yet legal. Evan Wolfson, founder of marriage equality campaign group ...

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BREAKING: The Iran Deal Will Happen

CNN reports: In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced support for the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, providing the White House the votes it needs to prevent Republicans from scuttling the agreement. The announcement means that at least 34 senators — the number required by the Constitution to sustain a veto — will ...

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