Biden’s Climate Summit Won’t Save the World

There is only one way for the Biden administration to make good on its emissions commitments.

#greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-monetary-fund, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #state-department, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization

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Chevron Lobbies to Head Off New Sanctions on Myanmar

The oil company is arguing against efforts to restrict its involvement in a gas operation in Myanmar that provides funding for the junta there.

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Mike Pompeo Had State Department Employees Do Personal Tasks, Report Says

A State Department inspector general’s report found that Mr. Pompeo had deployed government employees to perform personal tasks.

#pompeo-mike, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis

The Biden administration is close to completing a review of Trump-era weapons sales to the two Gulf Arab states. Democrats in Congress oppose the deals.

#arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #military-aircraft, #peace-process, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Once a Backer of Military Force, Biden Nominee Now Embraces Soft Power

If confirmed to oversee the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power will confront adversaries by bolstering democracy and human rights. China is an early focus.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #power-samantha, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In New Holocaust Survivor Testimony, Hate Speech Is a Dangerous Seed

A new campaign called #ItStartedWithWords features short videos from Holocaust survivors on the origins of World War II and offers a timely message amid an outbreak of anti-Asian hate.

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Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China

As China grows stronger and bolder, some experts want to end Washington’s decades-long policy of “strategic ambiguity.”

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Reversing Trump, Biden Restores Aid to Palestinians

The move will once again make the United States a leading donor to the United Nations agency that assists about 5.7 million Palestinians in the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran and U.S. Agree on Path Back to Nuclear Deal

In indirect talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran agreed to try to synchronize Washington’s lifting of sanctions and Iran’s limiting of uranium enrichment.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brussels-belgium, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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State Dept. Reverses Trump Policies on Reproductive and Religious Freedoms

Even as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken similarly condemned abuses and oppression from China to Syria to Venezuela, he overturned aspects of the Trump administration’s human rights agenda.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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With an Eye on 2024, a Rarely Bashful Pompeo Grows More Combative

Criticized for partisan activity even when he was the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo is taking aim at the Biden administration and talking like a candidate.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #content-type-personal-profile, #pompeo-mike, #republican-party, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Under Biden, Diplomacy Is an Attractive Career Again

Interest in becoming a diplomat has grown, and President Biden’s outreach to other nations is appealing to aspiring diplomats, many of whom felt alienated by Trump policies.

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Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’

At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

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Insiders Jockey for Whittled-Down Ambassadorship Slots

Hundreds of donors and former lawmakers, who have not been Foreign Service officers but are close to the president, are said to be clamoring for about 35 ambassadorship slots available.

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China’s Sharp Words in Alaska Signal its More Confident Posture

The Biden administration’s strategy to curb Beijing’s behavior faces a stiff challenge as China uses its economic, diplomatic and military might to deflect criticism.

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Stop Letting Rich People Buy Ambassadorships

President Biden could score a quick win by dismantling the donor-to-ambassador pipeline.

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As Biden and Xi Begin a Careful Dance, a New American Policy Takes Shape

Top administration officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts for the first time on Thursday as the United States shifts to a more competitive posture with Beijing.

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U.S. Punishes 24 Chinese Officials on Eve of First Talks Under Biden

Setting a confrontational tone ahead of meetings in Alaska, the United States punished Chinese officials involved in eroding democracy in Hong Kong.

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Blinken Will Meet Chinese Officials After Asia Tour Next Week

In his first foreign trip, the secretary of state will visit Japan and South Korea before the first in-person diplomatic encounter between the United States and China in several months.

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Sanctions Are Reimposed on Israeli Billionaire Granted Relief Under Trump

The Biden administration moved to reverse an action that had benefited Dan Gertler, who has been accused of corruption over mining deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Official Arrested in Storming of Capitol Left Little Mark Before Riot

Federico Klein was an outspoken religious conservative with a “perfectly suburban” background before the F.B.I. arrested him for assaulting Capitol Police.

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A midlevel member of the Trump State Dept. has been arrested on charges related to the Capitol attack.

Federico G. Klein is the first member of the Trump administration to face criminal charges in connection with the storming of the Capitol.

#klein-federico-g, #state-department, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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C.I.A. to Expand Havana Syndrome Inquiry

A task force will push for better care for officers injured in unexplained incidents in Cuba, China and Russia that have caused an illness known as Havana syndrome.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haspel-gina, #havana-cuba, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #russia, #state-department, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Blinken Proposes a Foreign Policy Not ‘Disconnected From Our Daily Lives’

In his first major address, the secretary of state pledged to focus on how diplomacy has a direct effect on regular Americans. At the top of the list: dealing with China.

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Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach

The decision will disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the U.S. was failing to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable.

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Biden Speaks With Saudi King; Unclear if Khashoggi Killing Was Discussed

An intelligence report is expected to be released on Friday as the Biden administration engages in a “recalibration” of the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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On the Front Lines of Diplomacy, but at the Back of the Line for a Vaccine

State Department officials overseas expressed anger and disappointment that diplomats in Washington were being vaccinated before those in more perilous posts.

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Blinken, Without Leaving Home, Tries to Mend Fences With Allies Abroad

The secretary of state has postponed diplomatic travel during the coronavirus pandemic, which experts say is a challenge at a moment of flux in the world.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa. In Donald Trump’s final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

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Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran

President Biden campaigned on restoring an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program. It remains unclear if Tehran, which is demanding that sanctions be lifted, will accept the offer to talk.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Harry Dunn’s Family Can Sue for Damages in U.S., Judge Rules

Anne Sacoolas, a State Department employee, was charged in a car accident that killed British teenager Harry Dunn in 2019. She returned to the U.S., but a Virginia judge says his parents can sue for damages.

#diplomatic-immunity, #dunn-harry-d-2019, #extradition, #royal-air-force, #sacoolas-anne, #state-department, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Nuclear Deal Debate

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

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U.S. Prepares to Lift Terrorist Designation Against Yemeni Rebels, Despite New Attacks

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said the designation of the Houthi rebels would be formally revoked next week, in “recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen.”

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Biden Speaks With China’s Xi for First Time as President

The two leaders developed a friendly relationship during the Obama years, but now face a wide range of contentious issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-department, #international-trade-and-world-market, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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George Shultz: Last of the Postwar Statesmen

The human touch was at the heart of everything achieved by George Shultz, the former secretary of state who died on Saturday.

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I.C.C. Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Examine Possible Israel War Crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday said it has the authority to investigate alleged crimes in the occupied territories, in a ruling condemned by Israel and praised by Palestinians.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bensouda-fatou, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-criminal-court, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #state-department, #west-bank

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Biden Signals Break With Trump Foreign Policy in a Wide-Ranging State Dept. Speech

The president said that he would end support for Saudi Arabia in its intervention in Yemen and that the U.S. would no longer be “rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions.”

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To ‘Re-engage the World,’ Biden Looks to Win Over U.S. Diplomats First

Some diplomats said the president’s speech was a much-needed antidote to distrust and dismissiveness at the State Department during the Trump administration.

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Anne Sacoolas, Suspect in Harry Dunn Case, Worked for U.S., Lawyer Says

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving after colliding with Harry Dunn, a teenage motorcyclist, in 2019.

#diplomatic-immunity, #dunn-harry-d-2019, #england, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #royal-air-force, #sacoolas-anne, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #virginia

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Biden Announces End of U.S. Support to Saudi War in Yemen

In the first foreign policy speech of his administration, the president said he would rebuild “the muscle of democratic alliances that have atrophied over the past few years of neglect and, I would argue, abuse.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Biden and Immigration: President to Welcome More Refugees, but Far From All Will Get In

Gutted by the Trump administration, the refugee resettlement system is unable to quickly process tens of thousands of the world’s neediest people.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #obama-barack, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Names Iran Envoy in Battle of Wills With Tehran Over Nuclear Negotiations

Robert Malley, a former Middle East adviser to Democratic presidents and a conflict resolution analyst, had faced opposition from conservatives even before his appointment was announced.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Team Rushes to Take Over Government, and Oust Trump Loyalists

President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.

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Comparing Biden and Trump’s Cabinet Picks

President Biden has chosen policymakers, while President Donald J. Trump valued cabinet secretaries he saw as deal makers.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #state-department, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-council-of-economic-advisers

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Blinken Takes Over at State Dept. With a Review of Trump’s Policies

The Senate confirmed Antony J. Blinken as secretary of state. He is looking to reverse the Trump administration’s confrontational approach to diplomacy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Says Russia Wants to Force It Out

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been threatened with fines and criminal charges for its journalists, forcing a tough decision on the Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #freedom-of-the-press, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #putin-vladimir-v, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #rt-tv-network, #russia, #sputnik-russian-news-agency, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Team Delays Naming Some Interim Officials Until Trump Is Out

The unusual move underscores the deep mistrust of Trump loyalists among Biden transition officials even hours before the inauguration.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #haines-avril-d, #justice-department, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-transition-us, #shiao-lora, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans-affairs-department

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U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sterilization-reproductive, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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