March 2, 2001 |
President Bush declared Wednesday that Mexico, Colombia and 18 other drug-producing countries are cooperating fully with the United States in the war on narcotics, despite increases in the worldwide cultivation of marijuana and the crops that are made into heroin and cocaine. It was Bush's first venture into the diplomatically sensitive subject of drug certification.
March 15, 2001 |
After eliminating half its special envoys to world hot spots, the Bush administration has quietly designated a super-diplomat to be in charge of Northern Ireland, as well as being the chief point man on Iraq policy, one of two officials in charge of the Middle East peace process--and a speech writer. Richard Haass, 49, the new director of policy planning at the State Department, is emerging as one of the most influential figures on President Bush's foreign policy team.
January 8, 2005 |
Although Bush administration officials see the Palestinian election as an important opportunity to work toward Middle East peace, they will move cautiously until they are convinced that the new president can curb extremist violence, State Department officials said. The United States will focus its immediate efforts on supporting the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip planned for this summer, officials said. The U.S.
April 11, 2007 |
The White House wants to appoint a czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, State Department and other agencies but has had trouble finding anyone able and willing to take the job, according to people close to the situation. At least three retired four-star generals approached by the White House in recent weeks have declined to be considered for the job, the Post has learned. "The very fundamental issue is, they don't know where ...
March 9, 2007 |
Fictional gay cowboys and a faux reporter from Kazakhstan suffered human rights abuses in 2006 as crackdowns extended beyond flesh-and-blood victims to the Internet, award-winning films and noted plays worldwide, the State Department says. Foreign governments banned or restricted access to a variety of big and little screen entertainment -- including the movies "Borat" and "Brokeback Mountain" -- as well as live events, the State Department says.
October 24, 2007 |
The State Department on Tuesday ordered additional revisions to the way it regulates its security contractors abroad after an expert panel issued a blistering report suggesting the current system was flawed and dangerous. The changes are expected to be the basis for legislation governing overseas contractors, who are now beyond the reach of U.S. statutes, and will bring the contractors' looser rules on use of force into line with those of the military.
January 31, 1998 |
Despite Beijing's often draconian punishment of dissenters, the average Chinese citizen enjoys "more personal freedom than ever before," the State Department said Friday in its annual report on human rights conditions in 194 nations around the world. The report was a striking reappraisal by the Clinton administration, which last year said China's human rights record was so bad that all the government's opponents were either in jail or in exile.
September 12, 1998 |
The appointment of highly regarded diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has been stalled by an investigation of his financial affairs, White House officials said Friday.
August 10, 2000 |
The State Department offered a $25,000 reward Wednesday for anyone who helps recover a missing State Department laptop computer that may contain highly classified information. The laptop, thought to hold information on nuclear proliferation, was reported missing from the department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research in January, and investigators have not discovered whether it was stolen for its contents or merely for its value as hardware.
April 16, 2007 |
A defiant Paul D. Wolfowitz said Sunday that he would not resign as president of the World Bank in the face of controversy over his role in securing a State Department job and large raise for his girlfriend, a former communications official at the bank. "This is important work and I intend to continue it," Wolfowitz said when asked if he would step down after the spring meetings of the bank and the International Monetary Fund.