U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Today’s topics:  Happy birthday State Department / Past Olympians / Murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet / North Korean missile launch / Anti-ISIL Efforts in Libya and Iraq Sporting Greats of Past Olympics 02 August 2016 U.S. Olympic standouts: A look back in photos     As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro bring us new heroes from around the world, we’re taking ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Scotland holiday closure / Free State of Jones / Millennial voting / Gymnastics at Rio Olympics / Munich attack / Restoring vision /  DoD on Counter-ISIL Efforts Scotland Holiday The U.S. Consulate-General in Edinburgh , Scotland, will be CLOSED on Monday, 01 August 2016 for the Scottish Summer Bank Holiday . The Consulate will re-open the next business day, on Tuesday 02 ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 21 July 2016

Today’s topics: Cuba update / Turkey / Solar power / Telehealth / Carter on counter-ISIL fight Cuba 1 Year On 20 July 2016 A year of strengthening Cuba-U.S. ties  Though separated by just 140 kilometers of water, the United States and Cuba have endured strained relations for more than half a century. In 2015, the two countries began to chart a new ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to visit London, 25 June 2016

U.S. Department of State Travel Announcement for Secretary Kerry Travel to Rome, Brussels, and London, June 25-27, 2016 Secretary Kerry will travel to Rome, Italy, June 25-27. The Secretary plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. They plan to discuss a range of issues including Syria, developments in the region and efforts to advance ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Today’s topics:     NATO’s Warsaw summit  / Announcing third “Our Ocean” conference / Preview of Strategic&Economic Dialogue with China / Asia Security Summit   NATO 31 May 2016  NATO Secretary General previews Warsaw Summit in speech at Warsaw University    At the Warsaw Summit, the Alliance will also seek a new level of cooperation with its partners, especially the European Union, on issues such as ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Memorial Day / Failed North Korea missile  launch / UN Peacekeepers / Life in Fallujah under ISIL   Memorial Day Holiday 30 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama on Memorial Day, 2016 28 May 2016 President Obama’s Weekly Address: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Jazz / 2016 Olympics / Climate Change / ISIL / POTUS travels   Jazz 27 April 2016 The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats   Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Today’s topics:    Obama on Europe /  White House Science Fair / 30th Anniversary of Chornobyl /  National Parks / Brussels metro re-opens / Murder of USAID employee / N. Korea / Syria   Brussels Metro 25 April 2016 Brussels Metro Reopens as City Reaches for Normal      Commuters poured out of the newly reopened Brussels Maelbeek metro station Monday, in a fresh sign the ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 25 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama-Cameron press conference / Paris Climate Change Agreement / State Dept news / South Sudan peace process / DoD News   President Obama in London 22 April 2016 Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference : We are so bound together that nothing is going to impact the emotional and cultural and intellectual affinities between our two countries. So ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 15 April 2016

Today’s topics:    President Obama’s London trip / Foreign Aid / Anti-ISIL efforts /  Zika virus /  new VOA Director   President Obama’s London Trip 16 March 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom   “The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch.  ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 05 April 2016

Today’s topics:  Mine clearance / Kerry-Mogherini meet / Wisconsin / The Malaria Hunter / DoD Airstrikes on al-Qaida / Obama and NATO’s Stoltenberg / General Austin on Centcomm U.S. States – Wisconsin Wisconsin: Architecture, air shows and folk art Wisconsin, a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region, has a diverse landscape of forests, farms and lakefront beaches. Outdoor recreation is popular ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom in Russia.   Freedom House, which monitors Internet freedom in 65 countries, for the first time ranked Russia as “not free,” the lowest of three possible rankings.   Russia’s Internet Freedom 29 March 2016 Russia’s internet freedom is shrinking    Two recent independent reports paint a bleak picture of Internet freedom in ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 18 March 2016

President Obama on Appointment of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court   16 March 2016 Remarks by the President in Conference Call with Stakeholders   “As you now know, I nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit to serve as the next associate justice on the Supreme Court.  This is not a decision I ever take lightly.  I’ve now seated two ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 17 March 2016

President Obama / Supreme Court Nomination 16 March 2016  Remarks by the President Announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his Nominee to the Supreme Court   THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Of the many powers and responsibilities that the Constitution vests in the presidency, few are more consequential than appointing a Supreme Court justice — particularly one to succeed Justice Scalia, one of the most influential jurists ...
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DoD Confirms U.S. Strikes Killed Senior Terrorist Operatives

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Defense Department has confirmed the deaths of senior terrorist leaders in Libya and Somalia from recent U.S. airstrikes, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today. Cook said a Nov. 13 U.S. airstrike in Libya killed Iraqi national Abu Nabil, also known as ...
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DoD’s Dunford Says U.S., Coalition Must Put Continuous Pressure on ISIL

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has grown since 2014, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today, and it is important that the United States and coalition partners continue to put pressure on the terror organization across all domains and with every facet of government. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph ...
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U.S.-aided Syrian Forces Complete Successful Anti-ISIL Military Actions

November 4, 2015 By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity  WASHINGTON, November 4, 2015 — Two successful military actions this week in Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant show that U.S. efforts to train and supply friendly Syrian forces are paying off, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today. Army ...
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Statement by Members of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

November 4, 2015 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   The Small Group of the Global Coalition to counter ISIL met today in Brussels at the invitation of the Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, to take stock of recent developments on the ground, continue expanding Coalition efforts ...
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DoD’s Carter: ISIL Prison Raid Saved Lives, Bagged Intelligence Info

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter today said he made the decision that U.S. Special Forces would assist Iraqi peshmerga partners in yesterday’s raid on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison in Iraq to rescue 70 hostages after intelligence indicated a mass execution was imminent. ...
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Special US Envoy in Iraq for Talks on Islamic State

06 October 2015 VOA News (This article originally appeared on the Voice of America website) The special U.S. envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Islamic State) is in the Iraqi capital for talks on the coalition’s support of Iraqi-led efforts to degrade and defeat the terrorist group. Retired Marine General John Allen arrived in Baghdad on ...
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Kerry on Daesh’s Destruction of Historical Heritage in Iraq

06 March 2015 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ISIL’s Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on ...
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U.S. Officials Outline Policy, Posture in Middle East

By Claudette Roulo DoD News, Defense Media Activity   (This article originally appeared on the Department of Defense website ) Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization and preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon are the top two issues that must be addressed in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the undersecretary of ...
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