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August 9, 2009 | Associated Press
President Hugo Chavez on Saturday announced the return of his ambassador to Colombia, but said Venezuela still intended to take a stand against negotiations to lease seven Colombian military bases to the U.S. Chavez told Ambassador Gustavo Marquez to return to Bogota, the Colombian capital, 11 days after the diplomat was recalled. He also reiterated concerns that the U.S. could use bases in Colombia to destabilize the region. "We're not telling Colombia what it has to do with its territory," Chavez said from Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, in an interview with Colombia's RCN television.
America's dominant shadow has long been welcome in much of the world as a shield from tyranny, a beacon of goodwill, an inspiration of unique values. But 10 years after communism's collapse in the Soviet Union left the United States to pursue its interests without a world rival, that shadow is assuming a darker character. The preponderance of America's power--economic, political, military and cultural--is fast becoming a liability.
January 8, 1995 | Richard B. Straus, Richard B. Straus is the editor of the Middle East Policy Survey
Shortly after the Republican landslide in November, Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke to a liberal, internationally minded audience on New York's Upper East Side. The prospect of the outspokenly conservative GOP senator from North Carolina, Jesse Helms, assuming control of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had shaken their composure. McConnell sought to reassure them.
December 5, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Author Daniel Jouve likes to peer through an iron fence outside the Hotel de Coislin in Paris, where Benjamin Franklin emerged as a citizen of an independent nation. It was Feb. 6, 1778, and across the Atlantic, American colonists were fighting a bloody revolution that would last five more years.
October 1, 2007 | Ned Parker and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
Iraq's political leadership, in a rare show of unity, skewered a nonbinding U.S. Senate resolution passed last week that endorses the decentralization of Iraq through the establishment of semiautonomous regions. The measure, which calls for a relatively weak central government and strong regional authorities in Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish areas, has touched a nerve here, raising fears that the United States is planning to partition Iraq.
February 2, 2008 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Poland's foreign minister said Friday that his country had agreed in principle to a controversial missile defense system proposed by the U.S. after receiving assurances that Washington would help with other defense needs.
July 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The top U.S. envoy at stalled North Korean disarmament talks said Thursday that the United States wants to meet with China, Japan, Russia and South Korea next week to figure out a way to persuade the regime in Pyongyang to return to the negotiations. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill told reporters that the goal was to include North Korea at the gathering on the sidelines of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations' annual meeting of foreign ministers in Malaysia.
December 17, 2004 | Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday that he returned from a Middle East tour last week "more hopeful than just about any time" about easing the tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. But the Delaware lawmaker urged the Bush administration to appoint a special envoy to help ensure that the Palestinian Authority's Jan.
December 15, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has responded to President Bush's letter on nuclear arms disclosures, indicating a willingness to adhere to commitments to provide details on his country's weapons activities, administration officials said Friday. Kim sent a response through diplomatic channels, which was conveyed verbally on Wednesday to State Department officials by a North Korean official in New York, Bush administration officials said. The North Korean leader was responding to the Dec.
October 31, 1996
In the last dozen years, Secretary of State Warren Christopher says, Congress has cut spending on international affairs by 51%, adjusted for inflation. In the four years Bill Clinton has been president, foreign policy-related spending has been slashed by $2.5 billion. That has meant, among other things, that 30 embassies and consulates around the world have had to be closed, along with one-fourth of the overseas libraries operated by the U.S. Information Agency.
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