Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Ilia Chavchavadze Museum

The concept of “Founding Fathers” is near and dear to American’s hearts. In this country, Ilia Chavchavadze is considered the founding father of modern Georgia. His multifaceted work and rich legacy inspires admiration and pride throughout the nation, and it brings our Mission great pride to know that 30 years of U.S.-Georgia partnership was founded …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Tserovani IDP Settlement

IDP needs, just like their stories, are different. For years, through our close cooperation with organizations like Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub, we’ve helped IDPs improve their lives. As we celebrate 30 years of U.S.-Georgia partnership, it is impossible not to mention the effort that local activists, organizations, and IDPs themselves put in, alongside their American partners, …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Georgia is rich with cultural heritage, and through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the U.S. Embassy has worked with our Georgian partners to preserve and restore some of this country’s most important religious and cultural sites. Whether on official or private visits, we always find time to explore these Georgian treasures. During the Ambassador’s …

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Putin’s latest crackdown on dissent and information

Russians who dare to speak out publicly against the war in  Ukraine  face long prison terms. Alexei Gorinov, a municipal deputy in Moscow, received a seven-year prison sentence July 8 for “spreading false information” about the Russian military. His crime? Gorinov called for “stopping the war and withdrawing Russian troops from Ukraine’s territory” during a March …

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The people of Ukraine inspire the world as they defend their country and their freedom in the face of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression. The United States continues to stand with Allies and partners from more than 50 countries in providing vital security assistance to support Ukraine’s …

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Heroes in the worldwide fight against human trafficking

Human traffickers continued to exploit vulnerable and marginalized communities in 2021 and 2022, according to the latest  U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report , released July 19. “The scale of this problem is vast,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken,  announcing the report’s findings July 19 at the State Department,  noting that nearly 25 million people are currently victims of trafficking. “The United States is committed to fighting it because trafficking …

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Release of the 2022 Women, Peace, and Security Report

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE History shows that the meaningful inclusion of women in peace and security processes leads to more successful peace agreements, promotes stability, and strengthens U.S. national security. Through the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and ongoing support for UN Security Council Resolution …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Trans-Caucasian Trail NGO Representatives

Interested in breathtaking scenery and fascinating history? Add stunning Svaneti to your list! To help create good paying jobs, the U.S. is trying to boost the tourism industry by working with partners like the Trans-Caucasian Trail NGO to increase sustainable tourism and bring prosperity to villages. Ambassador Degnan talked with partners about gains for local …

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OSCE Releases the Second Expert Mission Report on Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations in Russia’s War Against Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON With Ukraine’s assent, the United States and 44 other countries invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism for a second time on June 2, establishing an expert mission to examine the further human rights abuses and humanitarian impacts of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. In the report released at today’s …

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Protecting Ukraine’s internet access and critical data

By  Leigh Hartman The U.S. government and private sector are providing critical cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine, helping the country stay online during Russia’s brutal and unjust war. The Kremlin’s further invasion of Ukraine has used information warfare tactics, including cyberattacks on core infrastructure and  dissemination of disinformation  through state-sponsored malign networks, as well as mass disruption of internet service, according …

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Message on the 27th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Today marks 27 years since the Srebrenica genocide. The American people join the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in mourning and honoring the victims – more than 8,000 men and boys who were murdered in July 1995.  The United States will never forget. We will continue to stand with …

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Biden honors 17 Americans with Medal of Freedom

By Mark Trainer President Biden awarded the  Presidential Medal of Freedom , the country’s highest civilian honor, to 17 Americans. The recipients represent diverse accomplishments across a variety of fields. Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values or security of the United States. Americans at their best, Biden said during the July 7 White House ceremony, “ensure …

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A lot of history happened on July 4

By Emily Louise Bowman Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because that’s when, in 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, eventually transforming 13 English colonies into the United States of America. Whether by plan or by chance, a lot of other firsts happened on the Fourth of July. Here are a few:   …

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The Harsh Sentencing of Human Rights Defenders in Cuba

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is deeply concerned by the ongoing harsh sentencing of political protesters in Cuba, and we will continue to work with our partners around the world to demonstrate our collective support for the rights of Cubans who are unjustly detained.  Cuban judges have sentenced over 550 Cuban protesters …

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, we solemnly observe the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, and in so doing, the United States reaffirms our condemnation of torture no matter where or by whom it is perpetrated.  Torture is not only an unacceptable violation of human rights; it is a …

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Commemorating World Refugee Day 2022

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This World Refugee Day, we acknowledge the unprecedented humanitarian crises across the globe, resulting in the largest number of refugees in history.  Last month, we reached the tragic milestone of more than 100 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.  Through humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, and refugee resettlement, the United …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day 2022

Today, on World Refugee Day, I join people around the world in recognizing the strength, resilience, and humanity of the millions of refugees forced to flee violence, persecution, and war.  This is also a moment to honor the incredible generosity of host communities, the private sector, and state and local government across the United States …

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Beijing echoes Kremlin’s disinformation on Ukraine

By Leigh Hartman The People’s Republic of China claims neutrality on Russia’s war against Ukraine. Yet, according to the State Department’s Global Engagement Center,  PRC and Chinese Communist Party officials and state-run media repeat Kremlin disinformation  about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine and the atrocities committed by Russia’s forces. On February 4, 20 days before Putin’s war began, PRC President  Xi Jinping and Putin declared  the friendship between their countries to have …

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Flag Day

Source – Library of Congress On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in many ways–displaying the flag in the front of their homes, parades, and …

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World Day Against Child Labor

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On World Day Against Child Labor, we renew our commitments and efforts to combat child labor and protect children. The United States was one of the first countries to sign the international treaty against child labor.  When President Clinton signed what is known as the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention …

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Religious freedom: A U.S. founding principle

Religious freedom is a core American value and a  universal human right . It’s also a vital foreign policy priority, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said June 2. “When the fundamental right of each person to practice their faith or to choose not to observe a faith is respected, people can make their fullest contributions to their …

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The Russian military’s history of atrocities

By Leigh Hartman Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces in Ukraine have destroyed apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, shopping centers and ambulances, leaving thousands of civilians killed or wounded. Mounting evidence indicates that the Russian Federation’s forces are torturing and killing civilians in the cities they capture. After Russia’s forces withdrew from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, city officials …

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D-Day anniversary prompts reflection

By Lauren Monsen June 6, 2022, marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day, when the largest amphibious military operation of modern times landed 156,000 Allied soldiers by sea and air on five beachheads in Normandy, France.  D-Day  was the start of Allied operations in World War II that would liberate Western Europe and defeat Nazi Germany 11 months later. …

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The 33rd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Tomorrow, we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, where tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors peacefully joined together to call for democracy, accountability, freedom, and rule of law.  The 50-day protest ended abruptly on June 4, 1989, with a brutal assault by …

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Secretary Blinken to Release 2021 International Religious Freedom Report

NOTICE TO THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver on-camera remarks for the release of the 2021 International Religious Freedom Report on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain will deliver …

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Why is the International Religious Freedom Report important?

Religious freedom  is a universal human right. The United States is committed to defending and supporting it. In many countries around the world, people are persecuted and imprisoned for their religious beliefs. That is why the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report is so important. The annual report comprehensively reviews the status of religious freedom in nearly …

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Voices of Ukraine: Andriy

By Michael Laff This is part of a series of articles highlighting the costs of President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. We conducted our interviews with Andriy before and after Russia’s military launched its full-scale war on February 24. In February 2014, armed forces of the Russian Federation seized Crimea and occupied it by force. A month …

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What Memorial Day means to Americans

What Memorial Day means to Americans   Memorial Day honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and universities are adjourning for summer break. To Americans, Memorial …

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Georgia’s National Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States of America, I wish the people of Georgia a happy Independence Day. The Georgian people understand deeply the value of independence and freedom.  Despite Russia’s ongoing occupation of 20 percent of Georgia, the people of Georgia have shown a firm determination to pursue …

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Launch of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) for Ukraine

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States, along with the European Union and the United Kingdom, has created the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA).  This joint initiative will directly support the efforts of the War Crimes Units of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (OPG) to document, preserve, and …

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How Arlington became a final resting place for veterans

By Lenore T. Adkins Each year on the last Monday of May, Americans honor the men and women who have lost their lives in military service to the United States. Most Americans have the day off from work. Many attend parades, visit war memorials or say a prayer at a relative’s grave. One of the most significant sites …

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Russian-speaking communities in New York rally for Ukraine

Walk the streets of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Queens and other areas in New York City and you’ll likely see signs in Russian and English, along with plenty of support for Ukraine. New York City is home to  600,000  Russian-speaking immigrants, the most of any U.S. city. And many here — as well as others in communities …

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U.S. rushes humanitarian aid to Ukraine

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. government has provided more than  $688 million in humanitarian assistance  to help the people of Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 7.7 million people within  Ukraine  and forced more than  6 million  to flee to neighboring countries. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International …

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Joint Statement by Trilateral Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, Following 21st session of UN Permanent Forum for I

Joint Statement by the Trilateral Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, Following the 21st session of UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues   The text of the following statement was released by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States following the 21st session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous …

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Joint Statement on Syria

Representatives of the United States, the Arab League, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom met in Brussels on May 10, 2022, to discuss the crisis in Syria. Begin Text. We applauded the European Union …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation of Women and Girls in Afghanistan

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text. We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United …

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Political Repression and the Death Penalty in Belarus

As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna Thank you, Mr. Chair. First, I would like to note the passing last week of former Belarusian leader Stanislau Shushkevich, who guided Belarus from its Soviet past to its emergence as an independent nation.  He leaves a legacy that many in the …

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Faces of Kremlin propaganda: Dimitri Peskov

This article is part of a series describing major players in the Russian government’s disinformation campaigns. You also can learn about broadcaster  Vladimir Solovyov . Dimitri Peskov  lives a life of luxury beyond his means as a civil servant. That’s because he has served Russian President Vladimir Putin as deputy chief of staff and spokesman since 2008, spreading  disinformation  and …

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Targeting Russia’s Financial, Defense, and Marine Sectors and Promoting Accountability for Russian and Belarusian Military Officials

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE As President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war enters its fourth month, the United States recognizes the staggering human toll of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.  Civilian casualties continue to mount, as do widespread reports of war crimes and other atrocities perpetrated by Russia’s forces in Ukraine.  As the …

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FACT SHEET: United States and G7 Partners Impose Severe Costs for Putin’s War Against Ukraine

President Biden and G7 Leaders Meet with President Zelenskyy to Continue our Efforts to Support Ukraine and Build on our Unprecedented Sanctions and Export Controls Today, President Biden and G7 Leaders met with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine to reinforce our shared commitment to strengthen Ukraine’s position on the battlefield and at the negotiating table. Our …

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On the 77th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I join my fellow Americans and people across the world as we prepare to mark the 77th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.  Together, we commemorate the shared resilience and resolve of all the soldiers and civilians that led to the Allied victory over the Nazis.  We …

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Ambassador Degnan visited the Institute for Change and Innovation

Peace Corps Volunteers can leave a lasting positive impact in the places they serve. The Institute for Change and Innovation (ICI), an NGO co-founded by current director Tamar Ghlonti and the head of the board, Zviad Eradze, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ozurgeti, is a vivid example of such impact. Since its founding, …

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World Press Freedom Day

Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy. Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,  a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government . Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies. Watch this video to learn more about how other …

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Countries expel Russian diplomats in protest over Ukraine

Nations are sending a loud message in response to Russia’s February full-scale invasion of Ukraine: They’re ordering Russian officials to leave. An estimated 400 Russian diplomatic officials were  expelled from Europe  since the invasion, according to Foreign Policy magazine. Among NATO members, at least 24 out of 30 member states asked Russian officials to leave. Casting out diplomats is just …

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Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention’s Entry into Force

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  For a quarter of a century, the United States has worked with its Allies and partners to help rid the world of chemical weapons and deter their use by anyone, anywhere, …

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Commemorating the Day of Holocaust Remembrance

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Under the theme “Courage Facing Evil,” today we mark the Day of Holocaust Remembrance and honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. As we remember the horrors of that dark chapter, we are surrounded by descendants of Holocaust survivors who were inspired by their family’s suffering …

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Eid traditions in the United States

By Amirah Ismail After a month of fasting for Ramadan, Muslim Americans enjoy the Eid holiday with family, friends and — finally — food during daylight hours. Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States. The number of  mosques in the United States  is also increasing, with nearly 3,000 across the country, according to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. …

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2,000 journalists have been killed since the 1990s

Documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud was shot and killed after he passed through a checkpoint in Ukraine in 2022. Broadcast journalist Sisay Fida was gunned down in Ethiopia as he walked home from a 2021 wedding. Freelance journalist Lyra McKee was covering a 2019 clash between police and rioters in Northern Ireland when a gunman, aiming …

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Remarks by President Biden at the Funeral of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

THE PRESIDENT:  Freedom endures against all odds in the face of every aggressor because there are always those who will fight for that freedom. And in the 20th and 21st century, freedom had no greater champion than Madeleine Korbel Albright. Anne, Alice, Katie — your mom was a force — a force of nature.  With …

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Russia uses conscript soldiers for war in Ukraine

In its brutal war against  Ukraine , Russia relies on conscript soldiers who are often unaware of their assignments and inadequately trained for combat, independent media reports indicate. Vladimir Putin insisted on several occasions that only professional soldiers and officers were involved in Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine and that conscripts would not be used. …

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Ending gender-based online violence

The digital world holds great promise to amplify the voices of women, girls and LGBTQI+ individuals. But it also has given rise to new forms of gender-based abuse and harassment. Gender-based online violence is a human rights issue that must be tackled on a global stage, according to a coalition of governments, international organizations and …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Thus began the Armenian genocide—one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century. Today, we remember the one and a half million Armenians who were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination, and mourn the …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Orthodox Easter

Jill and I send warm wishes to all our friends in the Orthodox Christian community observing Easter. We rejoice with you in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the triumph of light over darkness. During this sacred season, we hold in our prayers all those who are suffering from the brutality of war and persecution. …

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A Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2022

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and throughout this week of remembrance, we reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust when the Nazi regime systematically murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other innocents, including Roma, Sinti, Slavs, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, political dissidents, and many others.  We stand with Jewish people in the United …

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Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Russia and Belarus and Taking Action Against Sanctions Evaders

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, conducted with the complicity of the Lukashenka regime, continues to cause needless suffering and thousands of civilian casualties.  The world has witnessed the horrors of this war in the images from the Ukrainian towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, and in …

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American diplomats study world languages

By  Amirah Ismail Which languages do you speak? American diplomats study many of them. American diplomats reflect the diversity of the United States and the world. In their positions overseas, they make a special effort to connect directly with people by studying foreign languages. Some diplomats grow up speaking multiple languages and others learn them from their …

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Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine reminiscent of Nazi Germany during WWII

Russia’s relentless bombing of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol has killed an estimated  10,000 civilians  and continues to deprive hundreds of thousands of food, water, electricity and shelter. Amid the rubble, many residents can’t leave and relief organizations can’t enter the besieged city because of Russia’s constant shelling. Some 90% of Mariupol’s buildings have been damaged …

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Putin’s poisons: 2020 attack on Aleksey Navalny

This article is part of a series describing how the Russian government and Vladimir Putin conceal their or their allies’ involvement in chemical attacks on civilians worldwide. When a leading political activist in Russia dared to challenge President Vladimir Putin, he ended up poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the former Soviet …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Easter

Jill and I join fellow Christians around the world in celebrating Easter Sunday — a day of joy and hope, of renewal and rebirth. Once again, Holy Week has taken us on a journey from sorrow to salvation. As we reflect today on Christ’s Resurrection, we are reminded that with faith, hope, and love — …

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Easter traditions in America

By Mary Jane Maxwell This year on April 17, many American Christians will celebrate Easter — the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion some 2,000 years ago. Many Christians observe a period of fasting …

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Putin’s poisons: 2018 attack on Sergei Skripal

This article is part of a series describing how the Russian government and Vladimir Putin conceal their or their allies’ involvement in chemical attacks on civilians worldwide. In March 2018, Sergei Skripal, a British citizen who used to work as a Russian intelligence officer, and his daughter, Yulia, nearly died after coming into contact with …

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Russia’s Suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE By suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, countries around the world chose to hold Moscow to account today for gross and systematic violations of human rights in its premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war of choice against Ukraine.  We have seen growing evidence of Russia’s brutal disregard for international law and human rights in Ukraine, most notably …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at 30th Anniversary Concert

Mogesalmebit! Thank you for coming tonight to join us in marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia! We formally established diplomatic relations with Georgia on March 24, 1992. But America’s first diplomatic presence started over 100 years before that, in Batumi in 1890. Our long history of friendship between Americans …

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Joint Readout by the United States and the European Council

Today, the European Council was joined by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of the United States. The leaders discussed the coordinated and united response of the European Union and the United States to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression in Ukraine. They reviewed their ongoing efforts to impose economic costs on Russia and Belarus, as …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Event Marking 30 Years of U.S. – Georgian Diplomatic Relations

We’re here today to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia. We’re very, very proud of what the United States and Georgia have been able to accomplish over the last 30 years. I see it everywhere I go when I travel around Georgia: in the schools that we built together …

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Statement on the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Madeleine Albright was a brilliant diplomat, a visionary leader, a courageous trailblazer, a dedicated mentor, and a great and good person who loved the United States deeply and devoted her life to serving it. She was also a wonderful friend to many, including me. I’ll miss her …

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Statement by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden Marking Nowruz

Jill and I extend our best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz in the United States and around the world today — including in Iran and across the Middle East, in Central and South Asia, in the Caucuses, and in Europe. The Nowruz holiday brings family and friends together around the table to give …

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Russia’s media crackdown hides war in Ukraine

While state-controlled media bombard audiences with disinformation about Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, the Kremlin is intensifying its crackdown on  independent media to prevent the truth from reaching the Russian public. New restrictions from the Kremlin have forced most, if not all, independent media outlets in Russia — both domestic and foreign — to shut down or suspend …

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U.S. companies mobilize to support Ukraine

By Noelani Kirschner  Mar 14, 2022 As the  world denounces  Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the private sector in the United States is showing its support for Ukraine in a number of ways. U.S. tech company Microsoft detected a Russian malware alert in Ukraine on the eve of the Russian government’s invasion. Within hours, protective code was shared …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer continued support to the people and government of Ukraine and to condemn the Russian Federation’s ongoing attacks on Ukrainian cities, which have caused increasing civilian deaths. Secretary Blinken and …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on de facto “elections” in Georgia’s Abkhazia Region

The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called parliamentary elections held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region on March 12 and will not acknowledge their outcome. Our position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains clear: these regions are integral parts of Georgia. Accordingly, we reiterate our strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity …

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Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Meeting Called by Russia to Spread Disinformation About Ukraine

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York March 11, 2022 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you to our briefers for your remarks this morning. Russia asked the Security Council for today’s meeting for the sole purpose of lying and spreading disinformation, and that is exactly what …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Pankisi

During her visit to Pankisi, Ambassador Degnan met with local community and youth leaders to hear their thoughts about regional security issues as well as accomplishments and successes and challenges the community faces. Community and youth leaders discussed the positive and lasting impact U.S. government funded projects have had on local communities in Pankisi. Through …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with French President Macron

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Secretary Blinken and President Macron agreed on the need for continued strong U.S.-France cooperation in the face of the Russian government’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. They discussed ongoing efforts to provide …

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The United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day Joint Statement

This joint statement is issued by the United Nations system in Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia the Embassies to Georgia of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United …

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Voices of Ukraine: Nataliya

This is part of a series of articles highlighting the costs of Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. This interview took place before the Russian military further invaded Ukraine on February 24. For the last seven years, Nataliya has helped her fellow Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes when Russia invaded in 2014. Nataliya and her …

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Overwhelming majority of nations demand Putin end war in Ukraine

Nations around the world are denouncing the Russian government’s unprovoked and unconscionable war against Ukraine. On March 2, in a rare emergency session, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine and demand that Moscow immediately end its military operations in Ukraine. “This extraordinary move by the United Nations demonstrates …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gavrilita Before Their Meeting

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE CHISINAU, MOLDOVA PRIME MINISTER GAVRILITA:  Dear Secretary of State Blinken, welcome to Chisinau.  I’m sure we would have all loved to have met under different circumstances and for your visit to have occurred on a more positive occasion.  Yet precisely because our region has been plunged into …

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World isolates Putin’s regime after Ukraine invasion

Countries worldwide are taking action to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from continuing his war in Ukraine. More than  30 countries have announced strong sanctions and export controls targeting Russia, presenting a united front against Russia’s aggression. The United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Commission are among …

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U.S. increases emergency aid to Ukraine

In recent days, the Russian military has bombed schools, hospitals, homes and even a Holocaust memorial in Ukraine, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their communities for safer regions. To help Ukrainians affected by Russia’s further invasion, the United States will provide nearly  $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance . The additional humanitarian assistance, through the U.S. Department of State and  the U.S. Agency for International Development , will …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to offer support and condemn reports of Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian cities and mounting civilian deaths.  The Secretary emphasized that the United States and its allies and partners are united and resolved to stand with …

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Statement by President Biden on Russia’s Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack on Ukraine

The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will …

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Uyghur authors detail abuses in their homeland

When Gulbahar Haitiwaji returned to Xinjiang, China, in November 2016 after a decade in France, she stepped into a nightmare. She had been summoned back by her employer, purportedly to complete her retirement paperwork. Instead, local authorities arrested Haitiwaji and sent her to an internment camp. Her story is not unique — since 2017, the …

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Department of State Presence in Ukraine

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today the Department of State is again taking action for the safety and security of U.S. citizens, including our personnel.  For security reasons, Department of State personnel currently in Lviv will spend the night in Poland.  Our personnel will regularly return to continue their diplomatic work in Ukraine and …

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Blinken warns of Russia’s threat to Ukraine in U.N. speech

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russia to reject the “path of war” and withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s borders. “As we meet today the most immediate threat to peace and security is Russia’s looming aggression against  Ukraine, ” the secretary said February 17 at the U.N. Security Council in New York. The secretary said evidence of …

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The Kremlin’s disinformation tactics: Media manipulation [video]

Kremlin officials and Russian media are using disinformation to falsely portray  Ukraine  as an aggressor, even as Moscow masses troops at the border and threatens war. Unchecked, this  disinformation  may migrate globally into mainstream media and influence foreign audiences. Learn more about  disarming disinformation .

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Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Relations

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Russia’s ‘barbaric treatment’ of Ukrainian cultural sites

Russia continues an aggressive campaign that aims to erase Ukraine’s cultural heritage. Removing artifacts, demolishing grave sites and shuttering churches are among the tactics Russia has been using since 2014 when it invaded Ukraine, occupied Crimea and instigated conflict in areas of the Donbas region. The aim is to establish control over Ukraine and rewrite …

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Readout of President Biden’s Call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  President Biden reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  President Biden made clear that the United States would respond swiftly and decisively, together with its Allies and partners, to any further Russian aggression against Ukraine.  The …

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Americans honor Ukrainian poet Shevchenko

Taras Shevchenko is a revered figure in Ukraine for his poetry, paintings, and love for the nation. He also spent many years imprisoned for his pro-Ukrainian sovereignty activities in czarist Russia. In 1960, the U.S. Congress passed legislation calling for the creation of a Shevchenko statue in Washington to commemorate the poet and freedom fighter’s …

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France.  They discussed President Macron’s recent meetings in Russia and Ukraine. They also talked about ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts, undertaken in close coordination with our Allies and partners, in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.

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Statement by the Global Coalition on Countering Daesh/ISIS Globally

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS remains resolutely committed to achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS.  Recent events in Syria underscore both the success we continue to have in degrading Daesh/ISIS leadership and the continuing threat the terrorist group poses in the region and beyond. The removal of Daesh/ISIS leader Muhammad Said Abd al-Rahman al-Mawla, …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. They discussed their shared concern about Russia’s build-up of forces along Ukraine’s border, and underscored their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They discussed the readiness of the U.S. and NATO to continue engaging in dialogue with Russia to find a diplomatic …

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U.S. helps preserve Ukraine’s important cultural sites

Ukraine is home to unique historical and architectural landmarks built centuries ago for educational, social, political and religious purposes. The United States values and helps preserve Ukraine’s cultural heritage. Since 2001, the United States has provided more than $1.7 million to support 18 cultural preservation projects in  Ukraine . Support is provided by the Ambassadors Fund …

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Background Press Call By Senior Administration Officials On U.S. Counterterrorism Operations in Syria

8:49 A.M. EST MODERATOR:  Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us on short notice.  Today’s call is going to be on background, attributed to “senior administration officials,” and the contents will be embargoed until the President concludes his remarks later this morning, probably at about 9:45 a.m., but please watch the feed and …

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Ukrainian Americans show support for Ukraine

Ukrainian Americans continue to express solidarity with family and friends in their native homeland. They worry amid threats of another Russian invasion. “We stand with Ukraine and against Russian aggression against a sovereign nation,” Ihor Diaczun, president of the Illinois Division of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America,  said during a December rally  in Chicago. “Our rally rejects the  Russian lies and disinformation .” …

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By Lauren MonsenSherry L. Brukbacher As the countdown begins for the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the world’s  elite athletes  are preparing to compete in a record 109 events in several sports — skating (which includes figure skating and speedskating), biathlon, skiing (which includes snowboarding and ski jumping), bobsledding, luge, skeleton, curling and ice hockey. Team USA  includes several stars, one …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France regarding Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders. The two leaders affirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and reviewed our ongoing coordination on both diplomacy and preparations to impose swift and severe economic costs on Russia should it further …

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Black women transform contemporary literature

By Noelani Kirschner “Being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place to write from,” Toni Morrison said in an interview with the New Yorker. “It doesn’t limit my imagination; it expands it.” Black women in the United States are transforming the literary world as writers, publishers, magazine editors and academics. Here are …

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Crisis in Ukraine: Humanitarian costs

Ukraine is grappling with significant humanitarian needs. The buildup of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine has escalated tensions worldwide, but parts of Ukraine have suffered mightily since 2014. Thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals have been destroyed since Russian-led forces invaded Ukraine , seized Crimea, and instigated conflict  in the Donbas region. More than 14,000 people have …

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How Black History Month came to be

Black communities didn’t need a week or a month dedicated to their history in order to remember and treasure it, says historian Matthew Delmont of Dartmouth University. “They kept it in diaries and family records, in black newspapers, and through stories,” says Delmont, who is busy each February speaking to groups in schools and corporations …

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Russia’s one-sided reporting and blatant disinformation

In democracies,  independent media  are free to publish accurate stories that inform the public — without editorial control by the government. That’s not how Russia’s state-run media operate. Instead, the Kremlin directs media outlets to  publish and amplify information  and stories that support the government’s policies. RT (formerly Russia Today) and Sputnik are Russia’s primary media outlets that produce pro-Kremlin content …

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Political Prisoners in Belarus

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Lukashenka regime now holds more than 1,000 political prisoners.  These Belarusians, from all walks of life, have been arrested and confined simply because they peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of expression and assembly in response to a fraudulent election and the Lukashenka regime’s abuses.  Tens of thousands …

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Blinken pledges support for Ukraine during trip to Europe

The United States and  European allies  continue to emphasize diplomacy as the solution to the crisis in Ukraine as Russia escalates tensions with an unprovoked military buildup on Ukraine’s border. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled January 18–21 to Kyiv, Ukraine; Berlin and Geneva to discuss ongoing efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine. “We’ve …

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Holocaust denial and distortion must stop

By  Lauren Monsen Leaders around the globe are working together to counter dangerous messages of Holocaust denial and distortion that have spread in this digital age. The  International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance , a body that supports Holocaust education, research and remembrance worldwide, explains the terms: “Holocaust denial seeks to erase the history of the Holocaust. In doing so, it seeks to legitimize …

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Descendants of Holocaust survivors make an impact at State Department

By Michael Laff On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world pauses to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust and the millions more who were persecuted and killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. Most importantly, we honor the survivors, whose personal experiences continue to inspire. Ellen Germain, the Special Envoy for Holocaust …

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Honoring an American trailblazer for diversity

“I was considered a troublemaker,” Ambassador Terence A. Todman said of his time at the State Department, “and that was all right.” Todman (1926–2014) was one of the first Black Americans designated a career ambassador, a classification appointed by the president for distinguished service. He paved the way for nonwhite diplomats at the Department of …

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How Russia conducts false flag operations

By Leigh Hartman Why would the Russian Federation send soldiers in disguise to lead protests in another country? Or order its troops to attack partners of Russia? Russia has long conducted such “false flag” operations to portray itself or its partners as victims, evade responsibility, sow confusion and create a pretext for war. In 2008, Russia sent …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Dana Bash of CNN State of the Union

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Joining me now to talk about all this is Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  Thank you so much for joining me.  Let’s start with that new British intelligence that the Russian Government is planning to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine.  Does the U.S. agree with that view? SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, Dana, …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Margaret Brennan of CBS Face the Nation

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Secretary of State Antony Blinken is just back from consultations with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and he joins us this morning from the State Department.  Good morning.  Mr. Secretary, these all look like signs of escalation. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, there is a path of diplomacy and dialogue, which is clearly the …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Chuck Todd of NBC Meet the Press

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. QUESTION:  Joining me now is the Secretary of State.  Secretary Blinken, welcome back to Meet the Press, sir. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thanks, Chuck.  Good to be with you. QUESTION:  Let’s start with that intelligence from the British.  How reliable is it, as far as you’re concerned, and …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Joly

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Joly spoke about our shared concerns regarding the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and efforts to encourage Russia to choose diplomacy and de-escalation. Secretary Blinken stressed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and our …

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ISIS Attacks in Syria

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns Thursday’s ISIS attack on the Hasakah Provincial Internal Security Forces detention center in northeast Syria, which was an attempt to free detained ISIS fighters. We commend the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for their swift response and continued commitment to the fight against ISIS in northeast Syria.  We …

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Russia’s leaders use state media as a political weapon

State-controlled media in Russia routinely hide the truth, but they don’t hide their support for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies. Rather than inform the public and hold the government accountable, broadcasting outlets in Russia offer a pro-Kremlin version of the news. When foreign media coverage of Russian leaders or their policies is unfavorable, Russian state-media …

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Russia targets Ukraine with disinformation campaign

For years, Russian state-funded and state-directed media outlets have promoted false and  provocative stories  about Ukraine. They do this to influence opinion. They portray Ukraine’s government as an instigator of violence, even against its own civilians. In April 2021, one Russian media outlet reported that a young boy was killed in the eastern Donbas region by a …

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Taking Action to Expose and Disrupt Russia’s Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine

Press Statement January 20, 2022 In advance of a potential further invasion of Ukraine, Russian intelligence services, mainly the Federal Security Service (FSB), a U.S. sanctioned entity, have been recruiting Ukrainian nationals in key positions to gain access to sensitive information.  The FSB leverages these officials in an attempt to create instability in Ukraine.  In …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken “The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond”

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of SciencesBerlin, Germany SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  First, let me say how honored I am by the presence of so many friends, colleagues, leaders across different communities here in Germany, and also leaders in the partnership that links our two countries.  I’m grateful to all of you for being here, grateful for this …

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Amb. Degnan and Foreign Minister Zalkaliani’s Video Message Following a Telephone Call with European and Eurasian Bureau Assistant Secretary Donfried

“It is an honor to welcome Foreign Minister Zalkaliani to the U.S. Embassy this evening.  The Foreign Minister and I just finished consultations with Assistant Secretary Karen Donfried about our efforts to respond to Russia’s aggressive actions.  We discussed the high-level diplomacy that happened this week in Europe as we work with all our Allies …

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:18 P.M. EST MS. PSAKI:  Hi, everyone.  Okay, we have another special guest today, our National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, who will give us some brief opening comments.  We’ll take some questions, and then we’ll proceed with a briefing from there.  With that, I will turn it over to …

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Resolving conflicts: Diplomacy works

Diplomacy has solved conflicts, prevented deaths and economic turmoil, and  secured peace . Think negotiation doesn’t work? Here’s a look at some critical times when it did. Colombia, 2016   The 2016 peace accord ended five decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and laid out a path to lasting …

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America’s steadfast support for Ukraine, European security

While Russia’s President Vladimir Putin continues to take an aggressive posture against Ukraine, the United States and its allies are calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. “President Biden has made absolutely clear to President Putin: When it comes to questions of European security, there is going to be nothing about Europe without Europe, …

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National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS anuary is  National Human Trafficking Prevention Month  . Every year since 2010, the President has dedicated the month to raise awareness about human trafficking and to educate the public about how to identify and prevent this crime. The U.S. Department of State raises awareness of human trafficking domestically and abroad, through U.S. embassies and consulates. During this month, we celebrate …

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Working to keep the world safe from nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat. To confront that threat, the United States is committed to working with other nations to prevent nuclear war and strengthen the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In a  January 3 joint statement , the United States and the other NPT nuclear-weapon states called efforts to avoid war and reduce strategic risks “foremost responsibilities,” …

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Kazakhstan State of Emergency

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: The United States is closely following the situation in Kazakhstan, a valued partner.  We condemn the acts of violence and destruction of property and call for restraint by both the authorities and protestors.  We ask for all Kazakhstanis to respect and defend constitutional …

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‘A gift to all humanity’: Remembering Desmond Tutu

Americans are among people the world over mourning the loss of Desmond Tutu, who helped end apartheid in South Africa and championed human rights and equality around the world. Tutu died December 26 at the age of 90. Born into poverty,  Tutu rose through the Anglican Church  and challenged South Africa’s racially segregated apartheid system. After contributing to his nation’s transition …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with Head of Presidential Office Andriy Yermak of Ukraine

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Head of Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak of Ukraine.  They discussed their shared concerns and common approach regarding Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine’s border.  Mr. Sullivan welcomed yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today to discuss their shared concern about Russia’s military build-up on the borders of Ukraine. They discussed NATO’s dual-track approach to Russia, noting the Alliance remains ready for meaningful dialogue with Russia while standing united to defend and …

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Welcoming the Ceasefire in Donbas

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States welcomes yesterday’s OSCE announcement regarding the “strong determination” of Ukrainian government forces and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine to fully adhere to the Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire agreement of July 22, 2020.  We hope the resultant peace will create the diplomatic space necessary to de-escalate regional tensions …

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Fostering equity and equality for all

People around the world should have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Gender shouldn’t matter. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. That’s why the Biden-Harris administration launched what it calls the first-ever  National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality . “By advancing the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI+ persons in all their diversity, we will advance the collective prosperity, …

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Honoring International Migrants Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 18, International Migrants Day, we recognize the rights, contributions, and struggles of migrants, and reiterate the United States’ commitment to support safe, orderly, and humane migration around the world.  Through regional partnerships created by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration with international humanitarian partners like the …

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World urges China’s leaders to respect human rights

By Leigh Hartman What if your culture was banned by your government? Or your child was taken from you and raised speaking another language? Was your wife or daughter sterilized without her consent? Wouldn’t you want the world to know? On October 21, the United States, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium joined 39 other countries in calling for …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Russia and Ukraine

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text:  We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United …

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INL Conducts Public Corruption and Law Enforcement Techniques Course for Georgian Officials

December 9 is International Anti-corruption Day.  It is an annual opportunity to bring attention to the continued importance of combating corruption, ensuring accountability, and fostering transparency.  The United States is stepping up its efforts to combat corruption and support honest governance around the world.  President Biden, in a June 3 memorandum, elevated the fight against global …

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75th Anniversary of UNICEF

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United Nations Children’s Fund, better known around the world as UNICEF, was created 75 years ago as a part of a concerted effort to provide supplies and assistance to children in the aftermath of World War II. Today, the organization works in more than 190 countries as the …

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The United States Promotes Accountability for Human Rights Violations and Abuses

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE We are determined to put human rights at the center of our foreign policy, and we reaffirm this commitment by using appropriate tools and authorities to draw attention to and promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses, no matter where they occur. The United States appreciates the coordinated …

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On Human Rights Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, as chair of the UN Human Rights Commission, helped to spearhead the creation of this landmark document, which has been fundamental to seeking to ensure human rights are …

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Remarks By President Biden At The Summit For Democracy Opening Session

8:12 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Well, hello everyone, and welcome to the first Summit for Democracy. This gathering has been on my mind for a long time for a simple reason: In the face of sustained and alarming challenges to democracy, universal human rights, and — all around the world, democracy needs champions. And I …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at the Virtual Summit for Democracy Leaders’ Plenary Session

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Mr. President, thank you so much for kicking off the Summit for Democracy and pushing us to consider how we can strengthen our democracies to meet the challenges before us in this new century. As the President mentioned, we’ve been very much looking forward to today’s discussion, the work that’s going to follow …

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U.S. and Georgia Bolster Defense Cooperation

STUTTGART, Germany – Brig. Gen. Edward Vaughan, EUCOM’s Deputy Director for Partnering, Security Cooperation, and Space Capabilities, met with Georgian counterparts today in Tbilisi, Georgia to cap off the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) and begin the transition to the Georgia Defense and Deterrence Enhancement Initiative (GDDEI). GDRP, the first U.S. security cooperation effort to focus specifically on Georgia’s …

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In the U.S., democracy begins in the classroom

By Amirah Ismail When does democracy start? In America, kids experience democracy as early as the first grade. Through participation in group activities, American students are immersed in  democratic principles like choice, consensus, and freedom of expression from an early age. In elementary schools — or primary schools — teachers and students make decisions at the beginning of the school …

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First woman leads SOUTHCOM

With her swearing-in on October 29, Army General Laura Richardson  became the first woman  to lead the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and only the third woman to lead one of the U.S. military’s 11 unified combatant commands. As commander, Richardson oversees U.S. military operations across South and Central America, in addition to the Caribbean. “We must hasten to pick …

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On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United States remains steadfast in our commitment and resolve to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities at home and around the world.  We urge foreign governments to engage persons with disabilities in the democratic process, to combat discrimination and abuse, counter prejudice, and to protect their rights …

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World AIDS Day: The progress made

A U.S.-created program, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), continues to help the world fight HIV nearly two decades after it was created. Today,  PEPFAR  is also tackling COVID-19. Among PEPFAR’s achievements: Saved more than 21 million lives. Prevented millions of HIV infections. Accelerated progress toward achieving epidemic control of HIV in  more than 50 countries  since …

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Commemorating World AIDS Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This World AIDS Day, the United States recognizes continued progress in the global AIDS response as well as the serious threat HIV remains to global health and global health security. Over nearly two decades, strong bipartisan U.S. leadership across Administrations and from Congress has helped move the global HIV …

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U.S. Support for Human Rights Defenders

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR Overview Protecting and supporting human rights defenders is a key priority of U.S. foreign policy. Because human rights defenders seek to hold their governments accountable to protect universally recognized human rights, defenders are often harassed, detained, interrogated, imprisoned, tortured, and even killed for doing their work. The Department’s objective is to enable human rights defenders …

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International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON On November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day, the United States commemorates the work of women human rights defenders: all women and girls who work for human rights, all people who defend the rights of women and girls, and all people who defend the rights to be free from …

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Time to end violence against women and girls in Georgia

This joint statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is issued by the United Nations system in Georgia, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the Embassies to Georgia of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, …

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Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights imperative and one this Administration is committed to championing.  Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, GBV impeded women and girls’ free and full participation in society.  The pandemic has only exacerbated existing gender inequities, including increasing women’s economic insecurity; …

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U.S. Thanksgiving resembles festivals around the world

By  ShareAmerica The holiday of Thanksgiving may seem uniquely American, but it echoes fall festivals that have been held throughout the world for centuries. Like its cousins Sukkot, Chuseok,  Day of the Dead , and others, Thanksgiving centers around giving thanks for the harvest, enjoying bountiful food, and spending time with family and friends. Harvest festivals started in an agrarian …

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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

By Lenore T. Adkins The world recognizes the  International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  on November 25, a day to heighten awareness about the physical, psychological and emotional harm women face worldwide. The U.S. Department of State sees  tackling violence against women  as a human rights imperative. Violence threatens women’s and girls’ safety, and it sets barriers to their potential for prosperity or filling leadership …

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Treatment of Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON We are closely following the treatment of former President Mikheil Saakashvili since his arrest on October 1.  We commend the oversight work of the Georgian Public Defender in establishing an independent medical team to evaluate Mr. Saakashvili’s health and to review the state of medical facilities at the prison hospital.  We …

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Persecuted at home, Uyghurs sustain their culture abroad

By Leigh Hartman Growing up in western China, Dilnur Reyhan read French authors and admired ideals enshrined in French culture, such as respect for personal liberty. So in 2004, facing discrimination in Xinjiang, the young Uyghur woman knew where she wanted to go. “I came to France because I believed in human rights,”  Reyhan said in May 2021 , noting her mother …

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International students thrive at U.S. higher education institutions

By Lauren Monsen The United States is the  top destination  for students who study overseas. International students come to the United States because of  strong academics  and institutional support at U.S. schools — and because of the value of a U.S. degree to graduates’ careers. With many options to consider, international students often look for guidance from the U.S. Department of State’s  EducationUSA

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The African American psychiatrist who made landmark Alzheimer’s discoveries

By  Noelani Kirschner Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller made two essential discoveries in the early 20th century about Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. He’s also believed to be the first African American psychiatrist in the United States. Today, scientists know that Alzheimer’s disease — a form of dementia that affects approximately …

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Almost 2,000 journalists have been killed since the 1990s

By Sasha Ingber Broadcast journalist Sisay Fida was gunned down in Ethiopia as he walked home from a 2021 wedding. Freelance journalist Lyra McKee was covering a 2019 clash between police and rioters in Northern Ireland when a gunman, aiming at police, shot and killed her. Reporter Marie Colvin lost her eye to shrapnel in Sri Lanka …

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United States elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

The United States is rejoining the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote and defend human rights worldwide. The United States was elected October 14 to a seat on the council for a three-year term, from January 2022 to December 2024. The United States will be one of 47 nations composing the council. “Together, we …

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Proclamation on the Death of General Colin Powell

General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity.  The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents.  He believed in the …

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The importance of an independent press

Free, independent media allow the public to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable and hear a diversity of opinions — all free of government influence. Journalists in the United States can report on public health questions, question elected officials — sometimes aggressively — and raise controversial issues without fear of reprisal. “Information and knowledge are …

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Columbus Day

Columbus Day, a federal holiday, commemorates Christopher Columbus’ landing in the New World on October 12, 1492.  While Columbus was not the first European successfully to cross the Atlantic, he initiated the lasting encounter between the Europeans and indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. In 1971, Congress moved the U.S. holiday from October 12 to …

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Observance of International Day of the Girl Child

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On International Day of the Girl Child, the United States joins the global community in recognizing an inherent truth: all girls around the world deserve to live safe, healthy, and empowered lives.  Girls are critical participants in our local and global communities, poised to be at the forefront of …

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Preserving a historic African American mural for future generations

American artist Charles White’s famed 1943 mural The Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America celebrates prominent African Americans who fought for equality. Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Crispus Attucks are depicted in the work, which appears on a wall at Hampton University, a  historically black university  in Virginia. …

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Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating day of fall of Sokhumi

Sokhumi fell to Russian-backed forces 28 years ago today. This grave tragedy resulted in thousands losing their lives and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. We remember this day with sorrow and with the hope that remains in the hearts of so many internally displaced people. To mark this anniversary and pay tribute to …

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9 ways USAID strengthens democracy [photo gallery]

The U.S. Agency for International Development works with countries and communities around the world to promote democracy and human rights, including advancing protections for the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia (above). This photo gallery captures some of the many ways USAID supports democracy. Programs in Serbia, Ukraine, Jordan, Iraq, Mongolia and Jamaica are highlighted in these …

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Dictionaries add words as American English evolves

By Lauren Monsen As American English speakers invent phrases to fit today’s realities, dictionaries follow suit by adding new words to their lists of definitions. Recent entries have been driven by the pandemic and by a growing appreciation of diversity in the U.S. population. The  Merriam-Webster Dictionary  and the website  Dictionary.com  (which is based on the Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary) …

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Commemorating the International Day of Democracy 

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On this International Day of Democracy, we underscore our support for democracy as we strive toward a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world. The United States places democracy and human rights at the center of our foreign policy; they are essential elements in achieving and sustaining peace and stability the world …

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Americans across the country remember September 11

By   Linda Epstein and   Noelani Kirschner In the 20 years since the  September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks , Americans have gathered on the anniversary to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as the first responders who put their lives on the line to save victims. Here’s a glimpse at how first responders around the United States …

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20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we honor the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children we lost in New York City, Arlington, and Shanksville on that horrific day. Every one of those individuals was someone’s child, someone’s friend. And the loss of every single one …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States …

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Ukraine National Day – 30 Years of Independence

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States of America, I send best wishes to the people of Ukraine as you celebrate your Independence Day. Thirty years ago, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada made the bold choice for Ukraine to chart a new course as an independent, democratic, and sovereign state grounded in …

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On International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the International Day Commemorating Survivors of Religious Persecution, we recognize that individuals around the world are harassed, threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and killed for exercising their beliefs.  In some cases, governments have used COVID-19 as a pretext to target members of religious groups, members of civil society, opposition voices, and marginalized communities.  This day serves as …

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International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

Today we mark International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Acts of fear-based oppression and violence affect thousands of innocent individuals each year. Victims of terrorism continue in the struggle to have their voices heard, their needs met, and their rights protected. Victims can often feel overlooked, and many have trouble …

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Statement by Secretary Antony Blinken On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize and honor all of the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much – including, for too many of them, their lives — to answer the call to protect and support the world’s most vulnerable populations. We commend the bravery and compassion of humanitarian aid workers who put the …

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What is the Fulbright Program?

By   Lauren Monsen The Fulbright Program — the flagship international academic exchange of the U.S. government — provides U.S. and international students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals opportunities to  solve global problems . The program awards 8,000 fellowships annually to study, teach and conduct research. Since its inception, 400,000 people from more than 160 countries have participated. U.S. Fulbrighters study, …

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Joint Statement from the Department of State and Department of Defense: Update on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement released by the Department of State and Department of Defense on Afghanistan. Begin text: At present we are completing a series of steps to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S. and allied personnel from Afghanistan via civilian and military …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The following is the text of a joint statement on Afghanistan initially released by the following: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federated States of …

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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Harassment and censorship of independent media and government critics is common in the Russian Federation. A so-called “foreign agents” law, passed in 2012 and repeatedly expanded, allows the Justice Ministry to label groups or individuals “foreign agents,” exposing them to fines and harassment that stymie their work. In July, Russian authorities prosecuted  human rights advocate Semyon Simonov , who exposed …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Belarus

One year ago today, the people of Belarus sought to make their voices heard and shape their own future through that most basic expression of democracy—an election. Rather than respect the clear will of the Belarusian people, the Lukashenka regime perpetrated election fraud, followed by a brutal campaign of repression to stifle dissent. From detaining …

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Holding the Lukashenka Regime to Account on the Anniversary of the Fraudulent Presidential Belarusian Election

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the one-year anniversary of Belarus’s fraudulent presidential election, the United States government has taken decisive action against forty-four individuals and entities in order to hold Alyaksandr Lukashenka and his regime to account for its continued, violent repression of Belarusians inside and outside the country.  These steps are a further consequence …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the 13th Anniversary of the August War

Thirteen years ago, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia. Since that time, thousands of residents have been displaced, persecuted, and impoverished. Many have lost their lives. Russia’s aggressive actions, including “borderization” and detention of Georgian citizens, have caused untold hardships. The human costs of the occupation have been particularly grave during the global COVID-19 …

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23rd Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we somberly remember the terror attacks that took place on August 7, 1998, in Kenya and Tanzania.  Nearly simultaneously, terrorists detonated bombs next to the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.  Their attacks killed 224 men, women, and children, and injured over 4,500 others.  In an …

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Hizballah Rocket Attacks into Israel

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns in the strongest terms Hizballah’s rocket attacks into Israel. This violence puts Israelis and Lebanese at risk and jeopardizes Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty.  The United States remains engaged with Israeli and Lebanese officials, as well as the Lebanese Armed Forces. We call upon the Lebanese government urgently to prevent such …

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Imposing Sanctions in Defense of Human Rights in Syria

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is taking action to promote accountability for entities and individuals that have perpetuated the suffering of the Syrian people.  The United States is sanctioning eight Syrian prisons, five Assad regime officials in the institutions that run those facilities, two militia groups, and two militia …

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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention.  At this time of historic global forced displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have exacerbated the challenges refugees face, making the international commitments in the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol more vital than ever.  We are committed to …

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Protests in Iran

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Protests in Iran that began with a water shortage — owing to drought and governmental mismanagement and neglect — in the Khuzestan province have now spread across various cities including Tehran, Karaj and Tabriz. The Iranian people are now putting a spotlight not only on their unmet needs, but also their …

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Escalation of Violence along International Border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns the recent escalation of violence along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.  We call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to uphold their ceasefire commitments by taking immediate steps to de-escalate the situation. Continued tensions along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border underscore the fact that only a comprehensive resolution that …

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How does the U.S. census affect Congress?

Every 10 years, the United States redraws the lines that decide legislative districts at the federal and state levels. In the federal government, each state has two senators, but the 435 House of Representatives seats are divided among the states based on their population. That means the census, which happens every 10 years in years …

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U.S. supports Uyghurs in ‘Voices of Xinjiang’

Adalet Sabit’s daughter has never met her father. The government of the People’s Republic of China confiscated her husband’s passport and refused to let him leave Xinjiang, where Uyghurs live in a state of constant surveillance. Sabit says her video calls to her husband are denied and she doesn’t know if the pictures she sends …

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Department Press Briefing

2:11 p.m. EDT MR PRICE: Good afternoon. QUESTION: Good afternoon. MR PRICE: All right. Happy Tuesday, everyone. Just a couple things here at the top. I wanted to start with developments in our own hemisphere. As you know, President Biden and Secretary Blinken have made human rights central to our foreign policy, and I would like to address …

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U.S. Leadership on Human Rights and Ending Systemic Racism

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE This Administration is deeply dedicated to addressing racial injustice and inequities at home and abroad. On the global stage, the United States is leading by example. Last month, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on racism and police brutality against Africans and people of African …

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Message on the 26th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Today marks 26 years since the genocide in Srebrenica.  The American people join the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in solemn remembrance of the over 8,000 victims who were murdered. We stand with the families of those who lost their loved ones and with those who tirelessly seek justice in their …

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Fight for a world without human trafficking

In 2020, as governments focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, human traffickers found new ways to perpetrate their crimes, a new State Department report says. Traffickers targeted vulnerable families with fraudulent offers that led to exploitation. And more time online left some more vulnerable to trafficking. Meanwhile, lockdowns and social distancing requirements limited victims’ access to …

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Remarks by President Biden Celebrating Independence Day and Independence from COVID-19

7:30 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Today — today we celebrate America — (applause) — our freedom, our liberty, our independence.  The Fourth of July is a sacred day in our country — a day of history, of hope, remembrance and resolve, of promise and possibilities. Before me stands monuments of the greatest and the goodness …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remark about the 4th of July

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very proud to be able to celebrate America’s 245th Independence Day with some of our Georgian friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, we were not able to do the usual big party at the Embassy because of COVID, but I hope we will be able to do that next year. July 4th is …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MS JOHNSTONE: Good afternoon, and welcome. My name is Kari Johnstone. I am the acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us virtually to mark the release of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report, or …

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Release of the 2021 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Report

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Women are a powerful force for peace and essential partners in advancing international security.  The United States has long championed the safe, meaningful participation of women in our diplomatic, development, and defense efforts.  As underscored by the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act of 2017 and our support of …

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we recognize the bravery and humanity of victims and survivors of torture around the world.  The absolute prohibition of torture is a human right enshrined in international law.  Since its inception in 1987, 171 countries—including the United States—have become …

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U.S.-EU-Canada: Joint Statement on Venezuela

The following statement was released by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau. Begin text: We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and its regional and global impact. The peaceful solution to that …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on World Refugee Day

Today, I join people around the globe in commemorating World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize the courage and humanity of the millions forced to flee violence, persecution, and war. It is also a moment to honor the generosity of communities welcoming refugees and the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers who provide life-saving …

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Commemorating World Refugee Day 2021

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE World Refugee Day presents an opportunity to recognize the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, the generosity of the communities that host them, and the united global response of humanitarian partners that help them.  We mark today with news …

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In Commemoration of Juneteenth

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Juneteenth, or June 19, is a reflective day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. Yet it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that his notice of …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Solidarity Walk Dedicated to World Refugee Day

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It is a real honor to be here today to join with this community in recognizing World Refugee Day. The United States is the largest single provider of humanitarian assistance in the world to refugees, displaced persons, persons affected by conflict and related categories. Just here in Georgia, …

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Remarks by President Biden at Signing of the Juneteenth National Independence Day

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, thank you, thank you.   Well, thank you, Madam Vice President.   One hundred and fifty-six years ago — one hundred and fifty-six years — June 19th, 1865 — John, thanks for being here — a major general of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation …

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10th Anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). These principles recognize a three-pronged approach to protecting human rights in the context of business activity: States have the duty to protect human …

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Juneteenth: A day to celebrate Black communities’ strength

Juneteenth — or June 19 — is an annual holiday to commemorate the contributions made by Black Americans, their resilience despite their history of enslavement, and the continued fight against systemic racism. In the words of historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., “Juneteenth offers a chance for reflection on the past and consideration for the future. …

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How the U.S. uses trade to deter forced labor

By Leigh Hartman The United States works to stop forced labor around the world. That’s why it won’t import seafood from a fishing fleet based out of the People’s Republic of China. A yearlong U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation found evidence that PRC-based Dalian Ocean Fishing Company demonstrated all 11 of the  International Labour Organization’s indicators of forced labor  (PDF, 4.2MB). On May …

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USAID and vaccines: Helping save 9.3 million children in the last 10 years

The U.S. Agency for International Development is committed to immunizing people everywhere. Immunization is cost-effective,  slows or halts preventable disease  and gives children a healthy start in life. Most importantly, it saves an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives each year, cutting child deaths globally by at least half. During the last decade, USAID’s child health programs have helped …

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World Day Against Child Labor

NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Child labor harms the physical and mental development of children, depriving them of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity. For their future and for the world’s future, we must do more to combat child labor and protect children from this scourge. June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labor, …

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A Proclamation on Flag Day And National Flag Week, 2021

In the midst of a revolution, less than a year after declaring our independence, the Congress consecrated what would become an enduring emblem of American unity by adopting a national flag on June 14, 1777. In the 244 years since, the United States has grown and changed across the generations — and our flag has …

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Statement by President Joe Biden Recognizing the 40th Year of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Forty years ago today, five young men in Los Angeles were confirmed as the first known patients stricken with an illness that the world would later come to know as AIDS. In the decades since, more than 700,000 Americans and 32.7 million people worldwide have been lost to AIDS-related illnesses – a heartbreaking human toll …

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On the 32nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  Named after the nearby Gate of Heavenly Peace, the square is instead synonymous with the brutal actions by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1989 to silence tens of thousands of individuals advocating to have a …

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What Memorial Day means to Americans

What Memorial Day means to Americans   Memorial Day honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and universities are adjourning for summer break. To Americans, Memorial …

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U.S. Marines and Soldiers March in Georgian Independence Day Parade

U.S. Marines and Army Soldiers stand at attention during the celebration of Georgia’s 30th Independence Day since its separation from the former Soviet Union at Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 26, 2021. Marines from the 13th rotation of the Georgia Deployment Program-Resolute Support Mission, Georgia Training Team, and Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, …

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Georgia’s National Day

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Georgia as you celebrate your Independence Day. The United States and Georgia enjoy a strategic partnership that is based on shared values.  In the year ahead, we look forward to supporting Georgia as …

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U.S. defends religious freedom, a universal right

The United States is committed to defending religious freedom around the world, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said. “Religious freedom, like every human right, is universal,” Blinken said May 12, announcing the release of the State Department’s  2020 Report on International Religious Freedom . “All people, everywhere, are entitled to it no matter where they live, what they believe, …

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE I extend my warmest wishes to all Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr. On this Eid al-Fitr, we reflect on the values of charity, community, cooperation, and compassion, and, in the face of a global pandemic, we honor the Muslims worldwide who came …

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Uyghur educators face prison, death in China

For Uyghurs, using their native language can mean a death sentence. People’s Republic of China authorities are sentencing Uyghur Muslim educators who publish textbooks in their native language to life in prison and even death. A PRC court on April 6 announced the  death sentence against Sattar Sawut , former director general of the education department in Xinjiang, for publishing …

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Meet the Burmese American who led NASA’s flight on Mars

MiMi Aung is no stranger to historic firsts. She was raised in Burma, where her mother was the first woman in the country to earn a doctorate in mathematics. On April 19, Aung served as team lead for NASA’s first helicopter flight on Mars. It “was an incredible moment,”   Aung said of Ingenuity’s 39-second flight , which is drawing comparisons to …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians …

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Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Laboratory professionals from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Georgia and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW), 19-23 April 2021. Since the development of profession in the 1920s, the laboratory science professional has played a vital role in diagnosing and preventing disease. …

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Russia’s Intention To Restrict Navigation in Parts of the Black Sea

The United States expresses its deep concern over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships and state vessels in parts of the Black Sea, including near occupied Crimea and the Kerch Strait. Russia has a history of taking aggressive actions against Ukrainian vessels and impeding access to Ukraine’s ports in the Sea of Azov, impacting …

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Nations support U.S. holding Russia to account

The United States is imposing consequences on the Russian government for cyber intrusions, attempted election interference and other “reckless” conduct against the United States and its allies. More than 20 countries issued statements expressing solidarity with or support for the United States. President Biden in an April 15  executive order  strengthening sanctions authority called Russia’s behavior — …

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Women tackle firefighting’s risks and rewards

Women are making major contributions to fire departments across the United States, achieving new milestones in a field traditionally dominated by men. In February, three women with the  Washington Township Fire Department in Ohio  became the department’s first all-female crew to answer a fire call. In September 2020, five women with the  Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Department  achieved a similar milestone, working an all-woman shift for …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Signing of the 19 April Political Agreement

” I am very pleased to be with all of you this evening after six long, hard months of work. As I have said many times before, and I will say again tonight: the United States is committed to Georgia’s success as a stable, prosperous democracy. You all have shown real political courage throughout this …

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Situation Along Ukraine’s Borders

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union. Begin Text: We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United …

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U.S. and international partners target Beijing’s Uyghur oppression

The United States and international partners are imposing sanctions against senior People’s Republic of China officials for serious human rights abuses against Uyghurs in Xinjiang. On March 22, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the Global Magnitsky sanctions issued in concert with Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union against top officials with two …

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Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science,  politics , the arts or other disciplines. The  2019 American Community Survey  shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish or …

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U.S. and partners seek to deter human rights violations

The United States is working with international partners to defend human rights worldwide as authoritarian regimes step up repression amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standing for people’s freedom and dignity honors America’s most sacred values,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30, announcing the release of the  2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . “At our best, we stand for …

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Trans-Atlantic Webinar Features Educators on the Holocaust 

Teachers and community educators from 32 countries gathered virtually March 18 for the U.S. Department of State’s second in a series of international webinars on Holocaust education. The session, entitled “Trans-Atlantic Dialogues II: Teaching the Holocaust in Challenging Times,” was hosted by U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels in cooperation with the United …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. MR PRICE:  Good afternoon.  Today I have the privilege of welcoming back to the press briefing room Secretary Blinken.  It’s especially a privilege today because the Secretary, as you know, is here to unveil the  2020 Human Rights Report . Secretary Blinken will have a statement; he’ll take …

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Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

When NASA engineers need a name for a robotic Mars “rover,” they know where to find creativity. They turn to America’s young people. More than 28,000 students — from kindergarten through 12th grade — submitted names for the rover that landed on Mars last month. It was Alex Mather, a Virginia seventh-grader, who won the …

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Barbara Watson paved the way for women and Black diplomats

By Noelani Kirschner Diplomat Barbara Watson achieved historic firsts during her time at the State Department. But firsts were familiar in her family. Watson was the child of New York’s first elected Black judge, James S. Watson, and Violet Lopez Watson, a founder of the National Council of Negro Women. Watson’s cousin Colin L. Powell …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the UN Security Council Briefing and Consultations on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY BLINKEN:  (In progress) and thank you, Dr. Ballour, both for the lifesaving service you performed for your fellow Syrians amidst the most harrowing circumstances, and for your powerful, determined efforts to bring the experiences of the Syrian people to the world – and to push for their rights …

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Black women who changed our world

Many of the modern conveniences we rely on each day come from the accomplishments of African American women. Black women inventors helped shaped the way we watch movies, conduct online meetings, and even heat and secure our homes. They succeeded in developing new technologies despite obstacles, such as resistance to developing their products and other …

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Statement by President Biden on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

One of the core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans is standing against hate and racism, even as we acknowledge that systemic racism and white supremacy are ugly poisons that have long plagued the United States. We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our country, and we must change …

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Nowruz Message

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the State Department, I would like to extend my best wishes for a Happy Nowruz to everyone around the world who celebrates this festive occasion: from the people in Iran and the Middle East, to Europe, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Americas. Marking …

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Online Nowruz connects Americans to the world

Millions of Americans will celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on March 20. Nowruz welcomes the arrival of spring, coinciding with the vernal equinox (when the sun moves across the Earth’s equator, evenly splitting daytime and nighttime hours). The celebration originated in ancient Persia, but it has also been observed by diverse communities in Central …

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Joint Statement on Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, China, and Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On March 18, 2021, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the extended “Troika” comprising representatives of …

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China targets Uyghurs with sham trials, long sentences

The People’s Republic of China is stepping up baseless prosecutions of Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, sentencing innocent people to years in prison, a new report says. In a February 24 report, Human Rights Watch says that the PRC’s judicial system in Xinjiang has sentenced 250,000 Uyghur and other ethnic minorities to prison, and that …

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The 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Ten years ago, Japan suffered unimaginable tragedy following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11, 2011. The United States stands in solidarity with Japan to remember those lost and still missing, and to honor the resilience of the Japanese people who rebuilt their homes, their livelihoods, and their …

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Designation of Iranian Officials Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, we made clear our concerns about the abuses the Iranian government continues to perpetrate against its citizens, including the unjust detention of far too many in deplorable conditions.  The United States is committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for such actions.  Therefore, I am announcing the designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) interrogators Ali Hemmatian and …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards Ceremony

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MS FOTOVAT:  Good morning.  My name is Kat Fotovat, and I am the senior official for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues here at the State Department.  It is my pleasure to welcome both our in-person and virtual audience to the 15th Annual Secretary of State’s International Women …

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Meet 6 women pioneers of American diplomacy

The United States has been sending diplomats around the world since the 18th century. For the last 100 years women diplomats have been among them. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has emphasized that diversity and inclusion is a priority of the Biden administration. “Diversity and inclusion make us stronger, smarter, more creative and more …

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Women in politics: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month. Here’s a look at political milestones for U.S. women. 1851–1920. Women’s suffrage started out as an anti-slavery movement, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (right) and Susan B. Anthony leading the way. Women got the vote in 1920. Getting elected to Congress   1916. Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. Representing …

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