Category Archives: Foreign Relations

Drone limits put American ‘lives at risk,’ House Intelligence Chairman says

Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) on a simulated flight. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) on a simulated flight. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

Mike Rogers (R – Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, stated Tuesday that drone limits put American “lives at risk.”

At a hearing that met to discuss global threats to US security, Rogers said, “The President’s May 2013 policy changes for U.S. targeted strikes are an utter and complete failure and they leave Americans’ lives at risk” . . .

Click here to read House Intelligence Chairman’s thoughts on drone limits.

Michael Bloomberg appointed UN special envoy city, climate change

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed special envoy for city, climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone)

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been appointed special envoy for city, climate change by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday as special envoy for cities and climate change.

Bloomberg retired at the end of December after three terms as mayor, and the special envoy appointment is for two years . . .

Click here to read about the new U.N. special envoy for climate change, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 

Afghans to release 37 detainees; US objects

Aerial view of Bagram Internment Facility, Autumn 2009. (Image. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Aerial view of Bagram Internment Facility, Autumn 2009. (Image. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who the US says are national security threats has been condemned by the Pentagon Monday.

A special government panel, Afghan Review Board (ARB), ordered that the prisoners be released from the now Afghan supervised detention facility at Bagram Airfield, in the Parwan province of Afghanistan, north of Kabul. In March, the US transferred the prison over to Afghan control…

Click here for news on the pending release of Afghan detainees.

Okinawa approves relocation of US military base after nearly 20 years

A Japanese man protests against US Marine Corps Base Futenma in Ginowan, Nov. 8, 2009. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A Japanese man protests against US Marine Corps Base Futenma in Ginowan, Nov. 8, 2009. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

Okinawa prefecture Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima announced approval for the US Marine Corps Base Futenma to construct a new site, on the Henoko coast near the town of Nago, while hundreds of Okinawan residents protested Friday.

At a live news broadcast, Nakaima stated that although he gave his approval, the relocation will not be feasible or easy. He added that moving the base outside Okinawa is a “better plan.” Protesters brand Nakaima a traitor as he reversed previous opposition to the move…

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House members from both parties urge Senate to pass new sanctions against Iran

 Secretary of State John Kerry asks Senate for "temporary pause" on punitive sanctions against Iran, pending resumed Geneva negotiations on Nov. 20. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Secretary of State John Kerry asks Senate for “temporary pause” on punitive sanctions against Iran, pending resumed Geneva negotiations on Nov. 20. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

 

House members from both parties Wednesday urged the Senate to pass new sanctions on Iran, while the White House warns that new, punitive sanctions could lead the United States “to war.”

Jay Carney told White House reporters, “The American people, justifiably and understandably, prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon . . . The American people do not want a march to war” . . .

Click here for more on Geneva negotiations with Iran on nuclear weapons.

Syrian crisis: Obama discloses details on military strike plans

President Barack Obama plans a "limited" military strike on Syria, pending approval of the U.S. Congress. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

President Barack Obama plans a “limited” military strike on Syria, pending approval of the U.S. Congress. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

President Barack Obama addressed the American public in the White House Rose Garden Saturday on his decision to proceed in a military strike against Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons. Hours before the president’s speech, UN inspectors left the region.

It may take up to two weeks before a report is finalized. However, the report will only indicate UN findings – not specifics on who executed the attacks . . .

Click here to read about Obama’s plans for a military strike on Syria.

John Kerry responds to European outrage: Spying on allies is ‘not unusual’

US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

 

 

Allegations of US spying have taken on global proportions, and Secretary of State John Kerry says it’s “not unusual” for governments to spy on their allies. His words have incited leaders throughout the world to anger . . .

 

Read about John Kerry’s explanation for US spying on European allies.