Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

… Just over a mile away, State Department officials wagged a finger, noting widespread voting irregularities that gave Erdogan his razor-thin victory and warning Turkeyto protect all its citizens’ rights and freedoms. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …


Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

… file objections to the execution protocol, and only acted at the last minute. Judge Jane Kelly, in a dissent, argued the the case was about more than which drugs are used to put inmates to death, and questioned whether Arkansas was in line with the Eight Amendments evolving standards of decency. Despite the federal appeals ruling, a state court ruling remains in place that blocks the State Department of Corrections from using pancuronium bromide a second drug in the lethal three-drug mixture. …


Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

… improve troubled US relationships, including with Russia, where President Vladimir Putin is accused of cracking down on free speech and jailing political opponents. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lifted all human rights conditions on the sale of F-16 jets to Bahrain, a country accused of jailing political dissidents without legal due process. And when Tillerson’s State Department released its annual report on the state of global human rights last month, he skipped holding the …


Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

April 1, 2017

(CNN)No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars. “They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose …


Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …


Why Trump’s Failed Attempt To Prioritize Christian Refugees Never Had A Chance

March 12, 2017

… nation, including those in which Islam is a minority religion, Mondays order stated. The Definition Of A Refugee The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, and the U.S. State Department define a refugee as someone who has been forced to flee his or her country due to persecution, war or violence. In cases of persecution, the refugee must have a well-founded fear of being oppressed based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership …


How South Korea’s political turmoil could upend ties with the US

March 11, 2017

(CNN)The impeachment of President Park Geun-hye will usher in new leadership that could take a vastly different approach to South Korea-US relations. Will the next leader in Seoul agree with the United States on key issues including North Korea and the placement of a US-built missile defense system on South Korean soil? Or will South Korea favor a shift? Will it seek closer relations with China, its largest trading partner? State Department spokesman Mark Toner characterized Park’s …


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Recuses Himself From Keystone Pipeline Decisions

March 10, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will recuse himself from any decisions surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said. He has not worked on that matter at the Department of State, and will play no role in the deliberations or ultimate resolution of TransCanadas application, said the letter, signed by Katherine McManus, State Department deputy legal adviser. TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canadas tar sands through the U.S. and on to the Gulf of …


Under Trump, America no longer represents the world

March 6, 2017

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