Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), considered to be President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State – Hillary Clinton is expected to resign from the position this spring – has often been critical of U.S. foreign policy, likening some American soldiers in Vietnam to Ghenghis Kahn and to war criminals, and being “Messianic” and fueling international animosity, among other criticisms. If nominated for Secretary of State, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will have to vote to confirm him. Some of Kerry’s tough commentary on U.S. foreign policy are published below.
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft headed back to Terminal E at Logan International Airport after a fuel leak today — the second major problem in as many days on the troubled Tokyo route. The venting of the fuel has stopped from the Japan Airlines flight headed to Tokyo, said Massport spokesman Matthew Brelis, adding the plane, carrying 178 passengers, had taxied out to depart when the leak occurred. Crews are still trying to determine what caused the leak, which is believed to have come from one of the plane’s wings, Brelis said. Nobody on board was injured.
Now that Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi has settled the constitutional issues facing his country, he can turn his attention to the truly pressing problems of the Arab Spring state. Would that be religious tolerance, economic growth, and the pursuit of peace in the region? Er … not exactly. In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last night, Morsi urged Barack Obama to free Omar Abdel-Rahman, better known as the Blind Sheikh, currently serving a life sentence in a maximum-security federal prison in North Carolina for his involvement
"What about home schooling? You know, it´s not just for scary religious people any more." That´s a line from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and it should strike fear into the hearts, not of vampires, but of public-school administrators everywhere. The fact is, Americans across the country -- but especially in large, urban school systems -- are voting with their feet and abandoning traditional public schools, to the point that teachers are facing layoffs. Some are going to charter schools, which are still public but are run more flexibly. Some are leaving for private schools. But many others are going
Abuja—Senate President, David Mark, has told proponents of same sex marriage to bury their dreams as such acts would not be allowed to infiltrate the Nigerian culture. He said the bill prohibiting the act was already in place, declaring that people found to have violated the law risked 14 years imprisonment. In a statement from Mr. Paul Mumeh, his Chief Press Secretary, weekend, Senator Mark told Catholic faithful and guests at the civic reception in honour of Cardinal John Onaiyean in Abuja, that it was a criminal offence for any one to indulge in such an act.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron may have been putting on a championship-winning performance on the field, but all eyes were on the stands - and his girlfriend - on Monday night. Katherine Webb sent broadcasters drooling and viewers tweeting their admiration after she cheered for McCarron as his team swiftly defeated Notre Dame to win the BCS National Championship. In the first quarter of the game, the ESPN cameras panned to 23-year-old reigning Miss Alabama, who was sitting with McCarron´s mother, and the sportscasters immediately perked up. ´I´m telling you, you quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women,´ 73-year-old
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has adopted a new term for gun control, “gun violence prevention,” in hopes that the euphemism will make it easier to marshal public opinion in favor of new gun laws as well as other policies designed to prevent shootings. “If we come out of the Newtown experience and all we do is talk about it and not have a result,” Pelosi told The New York Times, “that would be a dereliction of duty on the part of us in public office. We must find a place where we
Sweden´s foreign ministry has labeled as a "failure" its inability to successfully bring two Swedish citizens home from Djibouti before they were extradited to the United States to face terror charges. The two Swedes were detained in Djibouti in August after having left a terrorist training camp in Somalia run by al-Shabaab, a United States-designated terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. (Snip) But before negotiations were concluded, the two men were taken to the United States to face charges of participating in weapons and explosives training with al-Shabaab during a four-year period beginning in 2008.
Nigeria´s navy has transferred for prosecution 15 Russian sailors detained since October for allegedly transporting illegal arms, a navy spokesman said Tuesday. "The police have taken over the custody of the 15 Russians because the navy does not have the power to prosecute them," Lieutenant Commander Jerry Omodara of the Western Naval Command in Lagos, told AFP.(Snip)Weapons found on the vessel included 14 AK-47 rifles with 3,643 rounds of ammunition as well as 22 Benelli MR1 rifles with 4,955 rounds of ammunition. The intended destination or planned use of the arms was not clear. Nigeria is awash with illegal
Prostitutes in one of Brazil´s biggest cities are beginning to sign up for free English classes ahead of this year´s Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte, said Tuesday that 20 have already signed up for the courses and she expects at least 300 (snip) "It will be important for the girls who will be able to use English to let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on," Vieira said by telephone.
People have grown less optimistic about the direction of the U.S. economy, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. "As lawmakers in Washington strained to finalize a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, Americans became less confident in the economy. And their confidence remains lower even after Congress passed and President Obama signed into law a bill that successfully staved off the fiscal cliff," a poll analysis said. "Now that the deal is done, it is possible that Americans will start to feel better about the economy in the days and weeks ahead. However, lingering concerns
Delivered March 4, 1933 -I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our Nation impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself --
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced this morning that he will not seek a 2014 rematch with Republican incumbent John Kasich. The decision, first reported by The Plain Dealer, was "very difficult," Strickland said in a statement emailed by the Ohio Democratic Party. "I look back fondly on my time as Ohio’s 68th governor -- and am proud of my administration’s efforts to guide our state through the greatest national economic crisis since the Great Depression," Strickland said. With the help of my first lady -- Frances Strickland -- my dedicated and loyal Cabinet
Tunis - A Tunisian court has freed a man suspected of attacking the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, due to insufficient evidence, official TAP press agency reported Tuesday, quoting an "authorized judicial source." The suspect, Ali Harzi, was freed at the request of his lawyer for lacking of evidence, TAP said. Harzi, who was arrested in October last year as he attempted to enter Turkey with forged documents, was later extradited to Tunisia where he was detained upon arrival on the charge of belonging to a terrorist network. Following his arrest, Tunisian Interior Minister, Ali Laarayedh,
Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, a veteran of two wars and with a pair of Harvard degrees, got a pleasant surprise last year that helped him win a very competitive Republican primary — and then a very easy general election. It was a FedEx envelope full of checks that he didn’t ask for, from a group he hardly knew — the Club for Growth. Tucked inside that envelope and several to come were $300,000 in checks from Club members, enough to help lift the 35-year-old former Army captain from obscurity — and 47 percentage points down
Should President Obama be willing to print a $1 trillion platinum coin if Republicans try to force America into default? Yes, absolutely. He will, after all, be faced with a choice between two alternatives: one that’s silly but benign, the other that’s equally silly but both vile and disastrous. The decision should be obvious. For those new to this, here’s the story. First of all, we have the weird and destructive institution of the debt ceiling; this lets Congress approve tax and spending bills that imply a large budget deficit — tax
There’s a new voice in the Palin family making the call for political upheaval, with Sarah’s brother — Chuck Heath Jr. — calling for “the disgruntled citizens of the United States… Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians… persons of every race, religion, economic status, and whoever else is interested, join together and form a new party.” He adds, in a posting on his Facebook page: “I’d simply call it, the American Party. ” Heath — who on a personal website identifies himself as “father, teacher, author” and “Alaskan gold miner” — may want to work on that name.
President Obama has selected an Atlanta pastor and the widow of a slain civil rights leader to deliver the invocation and benediction at his inauguration. Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP and widow of Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation, and the Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta will deliver the benediction, the inaugural committee announced Tuesday. Evers-Williams fought for justice for 30 years after her husband, the Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP, was gunned down in his driveway in 1963. She authored three books about their civil rights work. Giglio founded Passion Conferences,
WASHINGTON- Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the Obama administration is calling gun owner groups, victims´ organizations and representatives from the video-game industry to the White House this week for discussions on potential policy proposals for curbing gun violence. President Barack Obama has ordered an administration-wide task force to send him proposals by the end of January. The group, led by Vice President Joe Biden, was formed in response to last month´s horrific massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Biden will meet Wednesday with gun violence victims´ groups and gun safety organizations,
The Obama administration is making a big push this week to gather ideas for a comprehensive plan to curb gun violence, amid reports that the Vice President Biden-led task force is homing in on a host of gun control measures. Biden plans to meet Wednesday with gun safety organizations and gun violence victims´ groups, a White House aide told Fox News. The next day, he plans to meet with gun ownership groups as well as advocates for sportsmen. Biden has also scheduled a meeting with representatives from the entertainment and video game industries.
The mysterious and mythical giant squid has never been spotted alive in the deep sea -- until now. A team from Japan´s National Science Museum has captured footage of a giant squid in its natural habitat: nearly a third of a mile below the surface of the ocean. It is the first such video of its kind. Giant squids, which can grow up to 60 feet in length, have been found dead on beaches and photographed in the ocean and -- more often -- on the surface. But scientists have never seen video of the strange creature below the waves
It´s been almost five years since AIG´s stock dropped 60 percent in a day leaving the company doomed to failure, when Uncle Sam swooped in with $182 billion to rescue it. But AIG must have a short memory, because on Monday night news emerged that the insurance company is actually thinking about suing the U.S. government over the bailout that saved it. The board will discuss the idea with shareholders at a meeting on Wednesday. RELATED: The U.S. Made $22 Billion Bailing Out AIG It´s not so much that AIG´s mad the government bailed them out. Link repaired by staff
A Tunisian man questioned by the F.B.I about the murderous attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has been released by a Tunisian judge due to lack of evidence, according to his lawyer. Ali Harzi, 26, was one of the few known suspects in custody the case, which has been beset by problems stemming from the weakness of the Libyan government and the power of militias in the country - some of whom may have even been involved in the attack. Christopher Stevens, who died in the September 11 attack, was the first U.S. ambassador to be
Outrageous claims made by a professor who specializes in conspiracy theories are set to provoke grieving family by saying that the Sandy Hook massacre may not have happened at all. James Tracy, a tenured history professor at Florida Atlantic University, wrote a lengthy post on his personal blog saying that the shooting that left 20 children and six teachers dead may not have happened the way that it is widely believed, if it happened at all. Backed solely by the erroneous early reports filed during the midst of the horrendous incident, Mr Tracy ´s claim
Metro says that Metrobuses traveling in parts of Southeast Washington are being pelted with rocks. As part of a campaign to discourage this, police are distributing a flier reminding people not to throw rocks at buses or cars. The Metro Transit Police and Metropolitan Police Department have been distributing the flier, which features a reminder that throwing rocks at vehicles is a crime. The Metro Transit Police and Metropolitan Police Department have been distributing the flier, which features a reminder that throwing rocks at vehicles is a crime. Headline split by staff
Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report for 2011-2012, released Monday, reveals that the abortion and women’s health provider received $542.4 million from taxpayers in government grants and reimbursements — constituting 45 percent of the organization’s revenue. Abortions constituted 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provided from October 2010 to September 2011. According to the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, the 333,964 abortions the organization performed in that timeframe represented a record high for Planned Parenthood. The group noted that from 2009 through 2011, Planned Parenthood performed 995,687 abortions.