All articles from: May, 2014

June: LGBT Pride Month

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The month of June was originally celebrated as LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, which sparked the modern LGBT civil rights movement in the United States. Read more: “EJ|USA: LGBT Rights in America Today” in PDF (14MB)   Presidential Proclamation — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride […]

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Kerry on International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers

We pause today in grateful recognition of the service and sacrifice of the more than 116,000 men and women serving across 16 UN peacekeeping missions in some of the most dangerous and inhospitable parts of the world.

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State’s Frantz: 10 Takeaways from Obama’s Speech at West Point

Doug Frantz: “In his commencement address to the graduating class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, President Obama laid out his vision of America’s leadership on the global stage. Here are 10 highlights that drew my attention.”

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Assistant Secretary Ryan Pays Tribute to Maya Angelou

Headshot of Maya Angelou with a broad smile (AP Images)

Dr. Maya Angelou, a beloved American poet, author, actor, director, professor, and Civil Rights activist, has died at the age of 86.

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Obama Says Collaboration Is Best Response to Global Challenges

President Obama walking past line of West Point cadets (AP Images)

U.S. foreign policy will place greater emphasis on global collective action through international institutions and alliances, President Obama said.

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U.S. Increases Support to Conserve Forests, Ease Climate Change

Green, forested hillsides, with mist rising (AP Images)

USAID announced its support for the Althelia Climate Fund to lend up to $133.8 million in commercial financing for forest conservation and sustainable land use.

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U.S. Funds Research to Improve Air Quality in Developing Nations

Some 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, crop waste or animal dung for indoor cooking and heating.

EPA announced funding for six universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting and heating homes with the goal of improving air quality and protecting the health of people across the developing world.

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Statement by the United States at the May 23, 2014, DSB Meeting

Statement by the United States at the meeting of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement body, Geneva, May 23, 2014

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U.S. Sends Expert Team to Balkans After Floods Unearth Land Mines

Warning sign on fence in foreground, with uniformed people in field in background (AP Images)

The U.S. State Department is deploying its Quick Reaction Force, a group of civilian explosive-ordnance-disposal experts, to Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina after flooding increased the danger from land mines and unexploded ordnance.

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U.S. Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of Ghana

Ghana is an important and growing trading partner of the United States, and it continues to benefit from U.S. trade preference programs. In 2013, U.S. duty-free imports from Ghana under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) totaled $34.7 million. Such imports included a number of value-added cocoa products, apparel, baskets, and wood products.

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