Post Tagged with: "state department"

Propaganda Ban Reversal Concerns Civil Libertarians

Propaganda Ban Reversal Concerns Civil Libertarians

July 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm

BUZZFEED 07/25/13 By Rosie Gray WASHINGTON — Civil libertarians are warning that an amendment to an anti-propaganda law that will allow United States government-made news to be spread to Americans could lead to “blowback” from our adversaries and inundate Americans with government propaganda. The change to the Smith-Mundt Act, which […]

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Keeping America Accountable in the War Zone

Keeping America Accountable in the War Zone

July 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

ROLL CALL 07/15/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Southworth The House Foreign Affairs Committee heard a compelling case recently for better oversight and accountability of war funding. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen delivered the agency’s final oversight report to the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North […]

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Bribes, Money Hidden in Teddy Bears: Welcome to US Spending in Afghanistan

Bribes, Money Hidden in Teddy Bears: Welcome to US Spending in Afghanistan

July 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

THE GUARDIAN 07/09/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Steve Cohen The Department of Defense is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made aircraft for an Afghan aviation squad that lacks the troops and expertise to operate or maintain them. We know about this example of […]

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How U.S. War Funds Get Wasted … And How to Stop It

How U.S. War Funds Get Wasted … And How to Stop It

July 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/01/13 By Michael Shank The scandal at the Internal Revenue Service illustrates well the critical importance of an inspector general in keeping an administration accountable, regardless of which party holds the presidency. Had it not been for the Office of the Inspector General within the […]

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Aid Gone Awry in Africa

Aid Gone Awry in Africa

June 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 06/19/13 By Michael Shank and Cassidy Regan As the U.S. government gears up to militarize more of the Middle East by arming rebels in Syria, we are witnessing a similar mission creep toward the African continent. Not merely in the more obvious military interventions into […]

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Iran’s Election Win Warrants US Sanctions Rethink

Iran’s Election Win Warrants US Sanctions Rethink

June 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

HUFFINGTON POST 06/17/13 By Michael Shank and Kate Gould Iran’s presidential elections offered a rare opportunity for the world’s media spotlight to shift from focusing on Iranian officials, donning white lab coats flanked by metallic centrifuges, to the Iranian people. Tens of millions of Iranians headed to the polls to […]

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U.S. Sanctions On Iran Should Be Lifted For Humanitarian Goods

U.S. Sanctions On Iran Should Be Lifted For Humanitarian Goods

June 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

POLITIX 06/15/13 By Michael Shank and Kate Gould Iran’s presidential elections on Friday offered a rare opportunity for the world’s media spotlight to shift from focusing on Iranian officials, donning white lab coats flanked by metallic centrifuges, to the Iranian people. Tens of millions of Iranians headed to the polls, […]

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The Only Way Forward on Syria

The Only Way Forward on Syria

May 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

FOX NEWS 05/28/13 By Michael Shank and Kathy Zager United States-Russia diplomacy is finally making headway on Syria. Monday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Paris to discuss their joint proposal for peace talks, they were encouraged by news over the […]

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Stop Atrocities Before They Start

Stop Atrocities Before They Start

April 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

CNN 04/26/13 By Michael Shank and Madeline Rose One year ago this week, President Barack Obama launched the Atrocities Prevention Board to find ways to get ahead of the kind of crisis we’re seeing in Syria, and the kind we witnessed in Darfur and Rwanda. The board’s aim is to […]

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Tackling the Most Grave and Serious Global Security Threats

Tackling the Most Grave and Serious Global Security Threats

December 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

AL JAZEERA 12/16/13 By Michael Shank The foreign policy docket of President Barack Obama’s second term seems to be giving short shrift to the security threats of the next four years. This is not merely because the US intelligence and defence agencies continue to be wracked with scandal, thanks to […]

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