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  • John Kerry urges Houthis to come to negotiating table (Yemen)

    04/25/2015 8:35:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25.04.2015 | [bw/bk (Reuters, AFP, AP)]
    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen to participate in UN-brokered negotiations to end violence ravaging the country. “This has to be a two-way street,” Kerry told reporters in Canada after taking part in a summit of Arctic nations. “We need the Houthi and we need those that can influence them to make sure that they are prepared to try to move… to the negotiating table,” Kerry said. Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had called on Friday for all Yemenis to enter a political dialogue to end the conflict. …
  • Obama: Nuke Deal With Ayatollah is ‘Political Agreement’ Not ‘Formal Treaty'

    04/18/2015 9:52:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/18/15
    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the deal he and the leaders of five other major powers are trying to cut with the Iranian regime headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is a “political agreement” and “not a formal treaty.”As such, he said, Congress should not ordinarily have authority to sign off on this kind of deal.Obama made the statement when discussing legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and approved unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that would give Congress 60 days to review an Iran nuclear deal made by the administration. During that 60 days,...
  • Nasrallah: Framework Nuclear Deal Strengthens Iran, its Allies [Hezbollah]

    04/07/2015 9:40:47 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Ari Soffer
    Hezbollah leader hails last week's framework deal, says it will allow Iran to back its terrorist proxies 'more than any time in history.' Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has hailed last week's framework deal over Iran's nuclear program, saying it will serve to strengthen the Islamic Republic's position in the Middle East. "Iran will become richer and wealthier and will also become more influential," he told Syria's Al-Ekhbariya TV in a live interview Monday night, in comments translated by Lebanon's The Daily Star. Such as scenario "will also reinforce the position of its allies," he added. "A stronger and wealthier Iran,...
  • Iranian, US Versions of Nuclear Deal Contradict Each Other

    04/06/2015 5:14:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 4/6/2015, 10:23 AM | Ari Yashar
    While US President Barack Obama’s administration has been so busily celebrating the framework deal sealed last Thursday with Iran over its nuclear program, official Iranian statements in Farsi appear to disprove Obama’s claims about what has or hasn’t been agreed. The New York Post outlined on Saturday the different statements about the agreement. Those statements include one by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini, as well as an official Iranian text, a text in French, and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s summary which presents the framework as being a done deal. […] But...
  • FM: Iran could resume nuclear activities if West withdraws

    04/04/2015 3:57:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2015 5:43 PM EDT
    Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran would be able to return to its current level of nuclear activities if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalized in June. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has the power to take “corresponding action” and “will be able to return” its nuclear program to the same level if the other side fails to honor the agreement. …
  • Kerry Mentions Iranian Son-in-Law in Greeting to Iran

    01/25/2014 9:06:33 PM PST · by Mortrey · 66 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | March 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran. “I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement.
  • Old Crimson Interview Reveals A More Radical John Kerry

    03/28/2015 4:41:52 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 23 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | February 11, 2004 | ZACHARY M. SEWARD
    “I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”
  • Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal...

    03/28/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 73 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Michael Dorstewitz
    ""Reporter says John Kerry answered ‘Allah willing’ – in Arabic- when asked if nuke deal would happen"" Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly responded in a most unusual way to a reporter’s question Friday whether a nuclear arms deal could be reached with Iran before the March 31 deadline. “Allah willing,” Kerry replied — in Arabic, according to Laura Rozen, a reporter covering the Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the Washington, D.C.-based online publication, Al-Monitor. As news reached the public Friday that a deal may be forthcoming, Rozen tweeted:
  • Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

    03/26/2015 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015 | By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the...
  • Kerry Warns US Ambassadors They Will Be Dealing With ‘Climate Refugees’ In Not-Too-Distant Future

    03/27/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 59 replies
    CBS DC ^ | March 26, 2015 | CBSDC
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Secretary of State John Kerry warns U.S. ambassadors that they will be dealing with “climate refugees” in the not-too-distant future. Kerry told U.S. ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday about the threat climate change poses around the world. “There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point, if not now, in the not-too-distant future,” Kerry said. “Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a...
  • U.N. Agency to Examine If Western Sanctions Violate Human Rights

    03/24/2015 11:00:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 23, 2015 - 6:02 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.N. Human Rights Council this week will appoint an official whose job is to examine Western sanctions, viewed as constituting human rights violations against the targeted countries. The newly-created post, established by a resolution introduced by Iran, will go to a veteran Algerian diplomat who in his application expressed concern about U.S. and European sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The move comes three weeks after Secretary of State John Kerry in an address to the Geneva-based HRC praised it for the “historic progress” it has made since the Obama administration joined in 2009. …
  • State Dept. Mocked for ‘Over the Top’ Condolences to Rouhani

    03/24/2015 8:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 3/23/2015, 3:50 PM | Ari Soffer
    Associated Press reporter Matt Lee has never been shy of calling out US government spokespeople—often to hilariously cringeworthy effect. Last Friday, Lee was on-form again, grilling the US State Department over its strange, over-the-top series of condolence messages to the Iranian regime, following the death of President Hassan Rouhani’s mother. […] “Aren’t you guys laying it on a bit thick? This is the leader of a country that you accuse of being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, you accuse of trying to develop a nuclear weapon which its leaders have said it will use against one of your...
  • Kerry seeks to smooth differences with France over Iran talks (France takes harder line again)

    03/07/2015 12:07:28 PM PST · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 43 minutes ago | Jo Biddle and Michel Sailhan
    Paris (AFP) - Top US diplomat John Kerry on Saturday sought to smooth differences with France over nuclear talks with Iran, agreeing with the French that there were still gaps to overcome in the "critical weeks" ahead. The US secretary of state said it was up to Iran to prove its peaceful intentions to the world if it wants a deal on its nuclear programme ahead of the looming March 31 deadline. He was speaking to reporters after a 20-minute meeting with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris where they tried to iron out their differing views on the...
  • [Bob] Menendez presses State Department and FBI on Chesimard (ya rite)

    02/28/2015 9:57:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    NJ Advance Media via NJ.com ^ | February 26, 2015 at 5:09 PM | Jonathan D. Salant
    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez today asked the State Department to give the return of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard “the utmost importance” in new negotiations with Cuba. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Menendez said that Chesimard and other fugitives must be extradited to the U.S. before Cuba is removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. …
  • Representatives grill Kerry on aspects of Iran nuclear talks

    02/25/2015 8:20:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 11:10 AM EST | Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee
    The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is pressing Secretary of State John Kerry about sensitive nuclear talks with Iran, saying Tehran is stonewalling international inspectors about its past work on an atomic bomb. California Republican Rep. Ed Royce told Kerry at a hearing on Wednesday that the committee has serious concerns about the direction of the talks. Kerry agreed that Royce’s questions were legitimate and that Iran must answer them if it wants to have an agreement with the U.S. and its partners on a deal to curb its nuclear program. At the same time, Kerry said...
  • US fears Palestinian Authority collapse without more cash

    02/21/2015 11:47:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2015 2:41 PM EST | Bradley Klapper
    The U.S. fears that without a cash injection, the Palestinian Authority could collapse, entailing serious security implications for Palestinians and Israelis. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the issue Saturday with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London. Kerry said the possibility of the Palestinian government halting security cooperation with Israel or disbanding because of its economic predicament was real. The U.S. is trying to find a solution. …
  • Kerry: ‘Silly Debate’ In Media On How To Combat Terrorism

    02/19/2015 11:22:17 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | February 19, 2015
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama argues the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn’t: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims. With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria spreading and terrorists gaining strength in the Mideast and Africa, Obama has sought to use this week’s White House summit on violent extremism to urge the world to broaden its response far beyond military interventions. U.S. airstrikes have managed to blunt some of the militants’ gains in Iraq and Syria, but they don’t address the extreme ideologies that...
  • John Kerry to Appoint Open Sodomite as US Diplomat Overseas

    02/11/2015 6:33:27 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 16 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 2/9/2015 | Suzanne Hamner
    The Obama administration becomes more bizarre at every turn. Leading the pack in the bizarre this week is none other than Secretary of State, John "Lurch" Kerry. According to the Daily News, Kerry will select an open sodomite diplomat to "oversee international human rights advocacy for LGBT people." Kerry will vet candidates for the "specialized" position with the final determination being made at the end of this month. The perfect candidate will be an open sodomite and an already trained diplomat. Of further interest, the position will not require Senate confirmation. Naturally, this move was championed by the LGBT (Lesbian,...
  • Kerry at Davos: Don’t Blame Muslims for Crimes Not Committed by Muslims Alone

    01/24/2015 5:19:09 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 66 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/24/2015 | Aaron Goldstein
    Here is an excerpt from John Kerry's speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: Against this enemy, we are increasingly organizing and fighting back, but in doing so we have to also keep our heads. Obviously, the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone – crimes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose, crimes that their faith utterly rejects, and that Muslim leaders themselves have the greatest ability to address. Religions don’t require adherence to raze villages and blow up people. It’s individuals with a distorted...
  • Kerry: Violent extremism is not Islamic

    01/23/2015 10:10:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2015 12:58 PM EST | Ken Dilanian
    Violent extremists who are killing children and others in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world may cite Islam as a justification, but the West should be careful about calling them Islamic radicals, Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience of opinion leaders Friday at the World Economic Forum. In a speech calling for a global effort against violent extremism, Kerry said it would be a mistake to link Islam to criminal conduct rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill-seeking and other factors. …
  • Kerry to Review ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ Designation Cuba Has Held Since 1982

    12/23/2014 10:25:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2014 4:31 PM | Penny Starr
    As part of President Barack Obama’s restoration of diplomatic ties with the Communist government of Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry will be reviewing the “State Sponsors of Terrorism” designation given to Cuba by the U.S. State Department, a designation the country has held since 1982. Cuba is one of only four countries to have that designation, the others being Syria, Iran and Sudan. In announcing the change on Dec. 17, President Obama said, “This review will be guided by the facts and the law. A nation that meets our conditions and renounces the use of terrorism should not face...
  • Global Missionary: John Kerry’s Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

    08/07/2014 6:08:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 05, 2014 – 11:56 AM | Holger Stark
    John Kerry has spent months rushing from one conflict to the next, but has little show for it. His failures are symptomatic of an America that lacks a foreign policy identity—and of a country that seems uncomfortable with its role as a superpower. […] The helplessness of the world’s most important foreign minister shows just how little influence the US still has in the Middle East. And with each failure, Washington’s influence in the rest of the world erodes as well. A civil war is raging in eastern Ukraine, an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program is still a...
  • US and Egypt find themselves at odds once again

    07/27/2014 6:32:59 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 7 replies
    Jpost ^ | 7/28/14 | Zvi Mazel
    Kerry has messed up the relationship with Egypt, just like he has with Israel. Egypt and Israel are against Hamas and radical Muslim Brotherhood. Obama gives money to the Hamas, and talks with Egypts enemies Turkey and Qatar. Egypt is closer to Israel than America in fighting Hamas.
  • John Kerry Plays Guitar in China; Experts Critique His Chops — Video

    07/13/2014 5:11:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Guitar World ^ | July 11, 2014 | Damian Fanelli
    Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry showcased his guitar-playing skills when he hosted a lunchtime jam session during talks with officials in Beijing, China. In the Wall Street Journal news item about the performance, which was posted last night, reporter Sarah Larimer reached out to two guitar "experts," asking them to comment on Kerry's skills.
  • US Asks Israel to 'Show Restraint in Response'

    07/07/2014 4:03:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/7/14 | Moshe Cohen
    The United States on Monday night condemned the rocket fire by Hamas against Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night in the wake of the heavy rocket fire on Israel. Kerry asked Netanyahu to “act with restraint” in his response to Hamas' pounding of southern Israel. With that, State Department spokesperson Jean Psaki said that the US supported Israel's right to defend itself. “We condemn the firing of missiles at Israel and support Israel's right to defend itself.” Kerry, she said, had spoken to Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and asked...
  • Hamas Reveals: Abbas Told Us He is ‘Tricking the Americans’

    06/08/2014 10:29:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 6/9/2014, 7:49 AM | Ari Yashar
    A former Hamas government spokesman revealed on Sunday that Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has said in private meetings he is lying in public statements to “trick the Americans.” The spokesman, Ihab al-Ghussein, wrote on Facebook that “behind closed doors,” Abbas had said “when I go out and say that the government is my government and it recognizes ‘Israel’ and so on, fine—these words are meant to trick the Americans.” Palestinian Media Watch translated and exposed the Facebook post. “Guys, let me (continue) saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for the Americans and the...
  • Kerry: 'Baloney' to Think Released Taliban Will Kill More Americans

    06/08/2014 10:45:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 108 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 6/8/2014 | Unknown
    Secretary of State John Kerry says it's "a lot of baloney" to suggest the five Taliban prisoners released in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will return to battle and kill Americans. Still, he tells CNN, if they try they'll likely be killed themselves.
  • ‘Wow!’ And so it begins: White House smears vets, claims ‘swift boating’ of Bergdahl

    06/04/2014 8:03:22 AM PDT · by reegs · 62 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 4, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    Unreal. Putting the lives of our brave troops at risk by releasing five Taliban leaders wasn’t enough, apparently. Now the White House has to smear those who put their lives on the line for this country.
  • US Promises PLO Unity Elections in ‘East Jerusalem’

    06/03/2014 4:43:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 6/3/2014, 3:47 PM | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    According to new reports, the American administration has promised the new Fatah-Hamas unity government, which was sworn in this Monday, that it will convince Israel to allow that new government’s elections to be held in the eastern part of Jerusalem. “A source that knows things,” apparently from within the Palestinian Authority (PA) or Hamas, was quoted in the Jordanian paper Al-Arab Al-Youm, reporting the American promise to work for parliamentary and presidential elections for the new unity government to be held in the Israeli capital. […] Despite the American claims of non-affiliation with Hamas, three of the ministers in the...
  • U.S.: There Are No Hamas Members in Unity Government

    06/03/2014 2:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 6/3/2014, 11:13 PM | Elad Benari
    The United States on Tuesday rejected Israel’s expressions of disappointment over its statements that Washington was planning to cooperate with the new Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, in fact, that the new government does not include any members of the Hamas terrorist group. “It is not a government backed by Hamas. There are no members of Hamas in the government,” Harf told reporters. She added that the new unity government is a transitional one that is made up of individuals who are not politically associated with any party. “Hamas is a designated terror...
  • Kerry tells Snowden to 'man up' and come home

    05/28/2014 7:28:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/28/14 | ap
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to "man up and come back to the United States." Kerry was asked about Snowden in a nationally broadcast interview in the wake of an interview in which Snowden said he never intended to be holed up in Russia but was forced to go there because Washington decided to "revoke my passport." Asked about this, Kerry replied on NBC's "Today" show: "Well, for a supposedly smart guy, that's a pretty dumb answer, after all."
  • Former South African President: Israel Not an Apartheid State

    05/28/2014 9:08:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/2014, 5:15 AM | Elad Benari
    F.W. de Klerk, who served as the last President of apartheid-era South Africa, said on Wednesday that it was unfair to say that Israel is an apartheid state. De Klerk, who is visiting Israel where he received an honorary doctorate from Haifa University, gave an interview to Channel 2 News, in which he was asked about comments recently attributed to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, that Israel would become “an apartheid state” if talks failed. “There are many definitions of apartheid. I do not know what Mr. Kerry meant, but one should be careful about making comparisons,” said de...
  • Kerry Slams Boko Haram Jihadists For Not Offering...A Health Care Plan

    05/07/2014 11:59:12 AM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 31 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 05, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the more than 200 schoolgirls that were abducted two weeks ago and vowed to “sell them in the market.” After pressure from the international community for the Nigerian government to act, the country’s president has reached out to the U.S., among other countries, for help finding and ensuring the release of the girls. Secretary of State John Kerry said on a trip to Africa that the U.S. will do all it can to help, and also took the opportunity to slam the jihadists for…not offering...
  • Kerry on Religion: 'Not the Way I Think Most People Want to Live'

    05/05/2014 11:36:36 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/5/2014 | JERYL BIER
    During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what he called the "different cross-currents of modernity" and the challenges they present on the African continent. The comments contain a veiled reference to religion, and the part that religion might be playing in some of the current conflicts in Africa: This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that...
  • Kerry: Hamas-Fatah Pact Was Unexpected

    05/02/2014 12:38:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 5/2/2014, 3:14 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry admitted on Thursday that the unity deal between Fatah and Hamas had been unexpected. Speaking in Ethiopia, where he said it was time for the United States to take a “pause” in Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace talks, Kerry said that the deal announced last week took the U.S. by surprise, according to The Associated Press (AP). That deal, he noted, “came as a complete and total unannounced event, without any heads-up, so to speak, at the moment of important negotiations.” …
  • Kerry Says NATO Territory Inviolable

    04/29/2014 12:11:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 47 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 29, 2014
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Tuesday that NATO territory was inviolable and the alliance would defend every inch of it. “Today Russia seeks to change the security landscape of Eastern and Central Europe,” Kerry said in a speech in Washington. “We have to make it absolutely clear to the Kremlin that NATO territory is inviolable we will defend every single inch of it,” said Kerry.
  • Kerry backs off Israel ‘apartheid’ remark (not really)

    04/29/2014 12:34:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 29, 2014 3:25 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel’s potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an “apartheid state” if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. In a statement released by the State Department Monday, Kerry lashed out against “partisan political” attacks against him, but acknowledged his comments last week to a closed international forum could have been misinterpreted. While he pointedly did not apologize for the remarks, he stressed he was, and is, a strong supporter of Israel, which he called a “vibrant democracy.”...
  • John Kerry Just Gave Russia A Final Warning

    04/24/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 56 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 4 24 14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided Russia with a stern warning Thursday evening — start complying with the de-escalation agreement brokered last week in Geneva, or face the wrath of new U.S. sanctions. Kerry delivered a terse statement from the State Department's briefing room late Thursday, during which he blasted Russia for not taking a "single step in the right direction" toward de-escalation. He criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he called outlandish claims that the Internet is a "CIA plot."
  • John Kerry’s Easter Message: I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of State in 33 Years’

    04/21/2014 3:13:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2014 - 10:14 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. […] Kerry supports legalized abortion. In January 2004, when he was running for president then-Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis said that Kerry should not go to communion. …
  • Ukraine’s ‘Jew Register’ Either a Hoax or a Crude Extortion Scheme [John F. Kerry Hoaxed]

    04/17/2014 3:09:42 PM PDT · by The Bat Ladys Husband · 38 replies
    Time ^ | 04/17/2014 | The Bat Ladys Husband
    A few anti-Semitic fliers in eastern Ukraine made global news after the U.S. Secretary of State spoke out against them. But on the evidence on display in Donetsk, the Jews of eastern Ukraine are in little danger
  • How the U.S. Put Latin America Up for Grabs

    04/05/2014 1:52:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Cliff May
    TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA – I’m not about to pretend that spending a few days in this rather funky little surfing village on the Pacific has given me great insights into Latin America’s current political, economic and social reality. On the other hand, if one keeps an open mind -- and a not excessively open mouth -- one generally learns something. Based on the evidence I’ve been able to gather, Costa Ricans – or Ticans as they refer to themselves – deserve the reputation they enjoy as friendly, good-natured and peaceable. The national slogan here is pura vida, literally "pure life,"...
  • Obama’s pathetic response to Putin’s invasion of Crimea

    03/20/2014 11:06:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2014 | By Charles Krauthammer
    Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that “we went to a knife fight with a baguette.” That was three months ago. Life overtakes parody. During the Ukrainian prime minister’s visit to Washington last week, his government urgently requested military assistance. The Pentagon refused. It offered instead military ration kits. Putin mobilizes thousands of troops, artillery and attack helicopters on Ukraine’s borders and Washington counters with baguettes, American-style. One thing we can say for sure in these...
  • John Kerry likens Crimea 'fervor' to WWII build-up

    03/18/2014 10:18:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    NDTV ^ | 4-19-14 | AFP
    US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Tuesday against any military incursion into eastern Ukraine and likened the "nationalistic fervor" fueled by the Crimea crisis to the build-up before World War II. Any moves by Russia to march into eastern Ukraine "would be as egregious as any step that I can think of that would be taken by a country in today's world, particularly by a country like Russia, where so much is at stake," Kerry said. (SNIP) Kerry said comments from Putin about what was happening in Crimea "just didn't jive with reality or with what's happening...
  • Kerry: I’m approaching the Keystone XL pipeline with a totally blank slate

    03/13/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | March 13 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    During a hearing on the State Department’s 2015 budget, Ms. Landrieu, a Democrat who has been a strong pipeline proponent and faces a tough re-election fight this year, pressed Mr. Kerry to approve the project, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands and from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale Formation to Gulf Coast refineries. Ms. Landrieu, the new chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, said, “Canada is our closest, strongest trading partner,” and “a majority of American people” support Keystone. “It is hard for me to understand why there are still questions about whether building this pipeline is in our...
  • Peace deal reached before haredi protest (Kerry vs. Israel)

    03/02/2014 5:00:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014 10:31 AM | Benji Lovitt
    In an unexpected turn of events just hours before the massive haredi demonstration to protest the “draft bill”, a peace deal with the Palestinians was reached when Israeli negotiators offered the neighborhoods of Mea Shearim, Sanhedria and Geula as the future Palestinian capital. In a formal statement from the American State Department, Secretary John Kerry said, “Everyone said a deal couldn’t be reached but I knew they were wrong. In fact, the Israelis couldn’t make this concession quickly enough. It was almost as if they were asking the other side to take the land.” …
  • (Effin') Kerry to Uganda: Repeal anti-gay law — or else

    02/24/2014 4:02:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/24/14 | Julian Pecquet
    Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Monday that Uganda “repeal” its new anti-gay law and warned that the State Department has begun a “review” of U.S. assistance to the impoverished East African nation. “This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights,” Kerry said in a statement. “Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law.” President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on Monday legislation enacting tough prison sentences for homosexual acts, which were already illegal in Uganda. Kerry threatened to cut the more than $400 million the country receives in...
  • Merkel backs Kerry’s US Middle East peace bid

    02/23/2014 7:15:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Feb 2014 09:06 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will fully support efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch the Middle East peace process during her upcoming visit to Israel. “We need, as soon as possible, a stable two-country solution, with a Jewish state of Israel and at the same time a state for the Palestinians,” Merkel said in her weekly podcast. …
  • After 50 years, ADL head Abe Foxman to retire next year

    02/12/2014 10:10:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.11.14, 01:08
    Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League and its public face for decades, has announced that he is to step down in July 2015. The date coincides with his fiftieth anniversary with the influential American Jewish organization. […] Foxman has been a vocal supporter of equal rights, with the ADL frequently issuing statements condemning any form of racism or discrimination. […] Earlier this month, Foxman also took on an Israeli politician who accused Secretary of State John Kerry of being anti-Semitic. …
  • Obama Lauds Kerry's Peace Efforts Amid Israeli Criticism

    02/06/2014 5:39:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 2/6/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed his appreciation towards his Secretary of State’s peace efforts in the Middle East. Speaking at an interfaith breakfast in Washington, D.C., Obama said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank Secretary Kerry for his extraordinary passion and principled diplomacy that he’s brought to the cause of peace in the Middle East. Thank you, John.” “As we support Israelis and Palestinians as they engage in direct talks, we’ve made clear that lasting peace will require freedom of worship and access to holy sites for all faiths,” he added. The expression of support for...
  • ‘John Kerry is Living in a World of His Own’ (claims no Israelis killed by terrorism last year)

    02/06/2014 1:55:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 2/6/2014, 11:05 AM | Maayana Miskin and Ari Soffer
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry has triggered an uproar in Israel yet again with remarks to the foreign press, this time for a claim that no Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 2013. […] In fact, several Israelis were murdered in terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2013. The widow of one of them—31-year-old Evyatar Borovsky—expressed hurt at Kerry’s remarks. […] “The Americans are supposed to be our best friends, but are actually working against us and putting our backs to the wall,” she accused. Kerry is “living on a planet of his own,” she said....