January 27, 2002 |
Calling for a change in White House policy, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has asked President Bush to ensure that international rules of war govern the treatment of 460 suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters who have been captured in Afghanistan and are in U.S. custody, administration officials said Saturday. The State Department urged the president to give the 158 detainees at the U.S.
January 12, 2002 |
His father was an Austrian Jew who escaped the Nazi Holocaust by fleeing to Cuba. His mother was a Catholic Cuban who escaped Havana after Fidel Castro came to power. Their son, Otto Juan Reich, came to America at 14 with a personal and passionate distrust of dictatorships.
December 19, 2001 |
The white powder in an envelope sent to Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage was probably not anthrax, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. "Preliminary results indicate that the substance does not contain anthrax," Boucher said. The State Department called in the FBI when an aide to Armitage opened the envelope Monday. The envelope was mailed in Kenedy, Texas, on Oct. 29.
December 14, 2001 |
"Do you know a terrorist? . . . Now, do something about it. . . . You may be eligible for a reward." The State Department rolled out a public service advertising campaign Thursday aimed at getting Americans to be on the lookout for terrorists and turn suspects in when they spot them.
November 30, 2001 |
President Bush's controversial choice of Cuban American activist Otto Reich to head the State Department's Western Hemisphere bureau is unlikely to clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a committee staff member said Thursday. The committee has told the White House that approval of the nomination is not expected and that lawmakers would prefer a different nominee, the staffer said.
November 14, 2001 |
The State Department is searching its mail system for an undiscovered anthrax-laced letter after testing at an off-site mail room backed up health officials' theory that another such letter exists, a department spokesman said Tuesday. "We are now proceeding to look at all the mail that we have held up, frozen, sealed off, in mail rooms in this building, annexes and around the world," said spokesman Richard Boucher.
October 27, 2001 |
The Bush administration designated the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan and six other governments the world's worst persecutors of religious believers Friday, but rejected calls to include other countries that the White House views as key in the war on terrorism. Human rights groups complained that Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan should have been added to the annual list released by the State Department.
October 26, 2001 |
The circle of anthrax exposure widened significantly Thursday as health officials announced that one State Department mail worker has the inhaled form of the disease and a second employee has suspicious symptoms, even though neither man is known to have visited a contaminated postal facility or handled an anthrax-laced letter.
June 17, 2001 |
Refugee advocates and abortion rights groups are gearing up to fight the appointment of a veteran Vatican diplomat to head the State Department's refugee and population programs. The White House indicated last month that it was about to name John M. Klink as assistant secretary of State for population, refugees and migration. Klink, 51, is a member of the Vatican's United Nations mission and frequently represents the Holy See at international conferences.
May 29, 2001
I write to take strong exception to Robert Scheer's May 22 commentary, which claims the United States is the main sponsor of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan. We do not support the Taliban and never have. Scheer apparently bases his claim on the fact that the U.S. is providing humanitarian assistance to Afghans. U.S. aid goes to all parts of Afghanistan and is distributed through the World Food Program and other reputable organizations directly to needy Afghans. The Taliban is not involved in any stage of this process, which cannot be seen in any way as support for this group.