Brittney Griner’s Team Meets With U.S. State Department Over Her Detention

The Phoenix Mercury were encouraged to continue their public campaign for the W.N.B.A. star’s release from Russia, where the U.S. government has said she has been “wrongfully detained.”

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #phoenix-mercury, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #womens-national-basketball-assn

U.S. Fails to Assess Civilian Deaths in Yemen War, Internal Report Says

A Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians with U.S. weapons, but the State Department and the Pentagon have fallen short on tracking the deaths, U.S. investigators found.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #government-accountability-office, #houthis, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Team the Best of ‘the Blob’?

It is certainly cohesive. But the downside of cohesion is groupthink.

#blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-department, #global-warming, #national-security-council, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

Jill Biden’s Secret Ukraine Trip

Ukrainian officials reached out several days ahead of Dr. Biden’s planned four-day tour of Eastern Europe to suggest a meeting with the Ukrainian first lady. The East Wing took the chance.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #first-ladies-us, #kyiv-ukraine, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #zelenska-olena

Biden Leads Tributes to Madeleine Albright

The former secretary of state, who died last month, is being honored at a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral drawing much of nation’s top leadership.

#albright-madeleine-k, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #funerals-and-memorials, #national-cathedral-washington-dc, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Picks Bridget Brink to Be Ambassador to Ukraine

The U.S. Embassy, which closed just before Russia’s invasion, could reopen “over a couple of weeks,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brink-bridget, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kyiv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Report Describes a Global Retreat on Human Rights

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says repressive governments “are growing more brazen” and reaching across borders to target their critics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Trump Officials Failed to Provide Accounting of Foreign Gifts

The State Department could not compile a list of gifts for 2020, making it difficult to determine whether officials did anything improper.

#conflicts-of-interest, #gifts-to-public-officials, #pence-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Western Officials Condemn Reports of ‘Massacre’ by Military in Central Mali

The State Department and the French foreign ministry said they were alarmed at reports of deaths caused by the Malian armed forces and their allies — Russian mercenaries with the Wagner Group.

#civilian-casualties, #european-union, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #sahel-africa, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-nations, #wagner-group

State Dept. Will Allow Americans to Mark Their Gender as ‘X’ on Passports

The change is aimed at providing transgender, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming Americans a way to accurately identify themselves.

#airport-security, #gender, #identification-devices, #passports, #state-department, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #transportation-security-administration, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. to Declare That Myanmar’s Military Committed Genocide

The Biden administration had been weighing the legal designation for the bloody campaign against members of the Rohingya, a minority ethnic group.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Afghan Embassy, Now Out of Money, Will Shut Down, U.S. Says

The development caps a sad saga for Afghan diplomats, who have 30 days to apply to remain in the United States or face the threat of deportation.

#afghanistan, #assets-frozen, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

Poland’s Fraught Offer: Fighter Jets for Ukraine, but Only Through U.S. Hands

Neither Poland nor the United States wants to make itself — or NATO — a target of Russia. And providing MIG fighters might cross over Putin’s invisible line.

#blinken-antony-j, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #defense-and-military-forces, #military-aircraft, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

US Officials Travel to Venezuela, a Russia Ally, as the West Isolates Putin

The trip is the highest-level visit by American officials to Caracas in years, driven by a desire to separate Russia from its remaining Latin American allies.

#caracas-venezuela, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #maduro-nicolas, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #stryk-robert, #taylor-scott-w-1979, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Officials Travel to Venezuela, a Russia Ally, as the West Isolates Putin

The trip is the highest-level visit by American officials to Caracas in years, driven by a desire to separate Russia from its remaining Latin American allies.

#caracas-venezuela, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #maduro-nicolas, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #stryk-robert, #taylor-scott-w-1979, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

State Dept. Says Moscow’s Ukraine Diplomacy Was a ‘Pretense’

Officials in the Biden administration met repeatedly with Russian emissaries as the threat of an invasion of Ukraine grew more apparent.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukraine Crisis: What Happens Next for the Rest of the World?

Europe faces a new refugee crisis, and harsh economic penalties to punish Russia are expected to reverberate worldwide.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #treasury-department, #ukraine, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Warns Americans Abroad Not to Count on a Rescue

In Ukraine and Ethiopia, Biden officials have made clear that the 2021 Kabul airlift was a “unique” operation that won’t be repeated.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ethiopia, #kabul-afghanistan, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Requests Extradition of Former Honduran President

Juan Orlando Hernández, who stepped down as president last month, was recently accused in a drug-trafficking case in federal court in New York.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #extradition, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #honduras, #justice-department, #state-department

Afghan Diplomats Seek Permission to Remain in U.S.

American banks have suspended government accounts to prevent the Taliban from gaining access to funds, suspending the salaries of many workers.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #immigration-and-emigration, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

In Hawaii, Blinken Aims for a United Front With Allies on North Korea

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and his counterparts from South Korea and Japan denounced the North’s recent missile tests and called for a resumption of talks.

#blinken-antony-j, #japan, #north-korea, #south-korea, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Pulls Most Diplomats From Kyiv as Tensions Mount

Western officials made another diplomatic push on Saturday to dissuade President Vladimir V. Putin from invading Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

The Crisis That Defined Blinken’s First Year

As the secretary of state enters his second year in office, Russia threatens, China looms and Afghanistan remains a challenge.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why ‘Trust Us’ Is Often Reason Enough Not to Trust the Government

In the most sensitive government operations, the public can be beholden to the official narrative — which sometimes turns out to be wrong. Yet officials can be defensive about skepticism from the news media.

#civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #psaki-jennifer-r, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Phyllis Oakley, Female Pioneer at the State Department, Dies at 87

She had to quit the foreign service to marry. But she was reinstated 16 years later, when female employees challenged the department’s sexist traditions, and she thrived.

#deaths-obituaries, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #oakley-phyllis, #oakley-robert-b-1931-2014, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

U.S. Blocks $130 Million in Aid for Egypt Over Rights Abuses

The Middle Eastern ally continues to buy billions of dollars worth of military equipment from the United States.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

C.I.A.-Backed Afghan Fighters Are Still Waiting to Reach U.S.

Commandos who played a key role in helping American forces are waiting for visas in the United Arab Emirates, and are among the last of the evacuated Afghans to get a chance to reach the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

U.S. Orders Family Members of Embassy Staff to Leave Ukraine

The State Department warned that the United States would “not be in a position” to evacuate U.S. citizens should Russia invade.

#belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Blinken Visits Ukraine, Warning of ‘Short Notice’ Russian Attack

The U.S. secretary of state met with Ukraine’s president before a meeting Friday with Russia’s foreign minister, with Russian forces massed along the Ukrainian border.

#blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

U.S. Refines Tool to Evaluate Havana Syndrome Cases

The tool, essentially a standardized battery of questions and medical tests, can help determine the kind of care needed by people affected by the “anomalous health incidents.”

#government-employees, #havana-syndrome, #state-department, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Palestinian American Dies of Heart Attack After Brief Detention by Israeli Troops

The elderly man, who was identified as Omar Asad, had been held during a raid by the Israeli Army on a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.

#deaths-fatalities, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #state-department, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Biden Taps Michelle Kwan and Caroline Kennedy for Ambassador Posts

Ms. Kennedy, nominated to be ambassador to Australia, and Ms. Kwan, nominated to be the envoy to Belize, were prominent Biden supporters during the 2020 campaign season.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #australia, #belize, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #kennedy-caroline, #kwan-michelle, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Muslim Lawmaker Comes Under Fire in House Debate on ‘Islamophobia’

A conservative Republican accused Ilhan Omar, the sponsor of a House bill to combat anti-Muslim bias, of terrorist sympathies.

#council-on-american-islamic-relations, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #omar-ilhan, #perry-scott-1963, #state-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Diplomats Warn Russia of ‘Massive Consequences’ if It Invades Ukraine

The foreign ministers for the Group of 7 urged Russia to pull back from the tense border standoff. Moscow has massed as many as 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s eastern, northern and southern frontiers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #group-of-seven, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Inside the Fall of Kabul: An On-the-Ground Account

Against all predictions, the Taliban took the Afghan capital in a matter of hours. This is the story of why and what came after, by a reporter and photographer who witnessed it all.

#afghan-air-force, #afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #ghani-ashraf, #haqqani-khalil-ahmed, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #kabul-serena-hotel-kabul-afghanistan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #karzai-hamid, #mohib-hamdullah, #rangina-hamidi, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shariah-islamic-law, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Here are five takeaways from the Biden-Putin call.

The meeting was a big foreign policy test for President Biden, with consequences for the stability of Europe, the credibility of American threats and the future of Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Inside the U.S. Military Base Where 11,000 Afghans Are Starting Over

A New Jersey military base is the only site accepting new Afghan arrivals from overseas. It holds more evacuees than any other U.S. safe haven.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #homeland-security-department, #military-bases-and-installations, #new-jersey, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department

In Israel, the New U.S. Ambassador’s Home Lacks a Certain View

The Trump administration sold the luxurious estate where envoys had lived for decades when it moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #nides-thomas-r, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #state-department, #tel-aviv-israel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Removes Colombia’s FARC Rebel Group From Terrorist List

The move is a Biden administration effort to support the country’s fragile 2016 peace agreement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #duque-ivan, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Two of 17 Kidnapped Missionaries in Haiti Are Freed, Group Says

After being held hostage for 37 days by a gang, two people with a U.S. Christian aid group have been released in Port-au-Prince and are described as “safe.”

#400-mawozo-gang, #christian-aid-ministries, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #gangs, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missionaries, #moise-jovenel-1968, #state-department

Ahead of Summit, U.S. Deported Chinese Nationals, and China Let an American Leave

The moves seemed aimed at untangling diplomatic knots as the two countries are clashing over human rights abuses, economic policies and much more.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #fugitives, #immigration-detention, #international-relations, #liu-changming, #liu-cynthia-1991, #liu-victor-1999, #meng-wanzhou, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #united-states, #xi-jinping, #yujing-zhang

Russia Acknowledges Antisatellite Missile Test

The test forced astronauts on the International Space Station to briefly take shelter in re-entry capsules.

#blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #russia, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #state-department

Zalmay Khalilzad Battles Critics in U.S. and Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad, who stepped down as the envoy for Afghanistan after the U.S. exit, has defended the deal he negotiated with the Taliban during the Trump administration.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #ghani-ashraf, #khalilzad-zalmay, #peace-process, #state-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Blinken Heads to Africa as U.S. Tries to Avert Ethiopia Disaster

The conflict between rebels and the country’s government has already featured numerous alleged atrocities, and experts say it threatens the stability of all of East Africa.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #blinken-antony-j, #ethiopia, #feltman-jeffrey-d, #kenya, #state-department, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Qatar to Represent U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Blinken Says

The Gulf nation will also help process visas for thousands of people trying to flee the Taliban.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #blinken-antony-j, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #peace-process, #qatar, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas

Blinken Warns Russia Against Making a ‘Serious Mistake’ in Ukraine

Appearing with Ukraine’s foreign minister, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said the intentions behind Moscow’s latest military buildup were unclear.

#blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #kuleba-dmytro, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

State Dept. Report on Missing Gifts Finds Poor Oversight

The gift vault was “in a state of disarray,” and tens of thousands of dollars of items remain unaccounted for, including a $5,800 bottle of whiskey.

#gifts-to-public-officials, #inspectors-general, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Mystery of ‘Havana Syndrome’

The puzzling constellation of symptoms has defied a conclusive answer.

#central-intelligence-agency, #havana-syndrome, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

State Department Eases Restrictions for Diplomats Abroad

The State Department is easing some restrictions after employees said that their jobs overseas were harder than they needed to be.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #benghazi-attack-2012, #blinken-antony-j, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel Advances Plan for New Settlements, in First for Bennett Era

Approved despite the objections of the United States, critics say the new homes will consolidate Israel’s presence in the West Bank and make it harder to create a Palestinian state.

#arab-israeli-war-1967, #bennett-naftali, #gantz-benny, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #state-department