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14:11 // 9 months ago
August 6, 2013

U.S. orders embassy personnel, other citizens out of Yemen as soon as possible

  • Friday The United States urged caution on the part of any/all citizens traveling abroad; specifically those currently in or headed to Northern Africa and/or the Middle East, following the discovery of a credible threat by possible terrorists apparently allied with al-Qaeda. Relatively little information about a specific target(s) was released; however, the White House made clear the directives were the result of a very real threat.
  • Tuesday U.S. civilians in Yemen are being urged to leave the country and the White House has ordered the evacuation of U.S. embassy staff as both the U.S. and Yemeni government brace for possible attacks that could include dozens of al-Qaeda operatives. The unprecedented local response is apparently in response to intercepted communications between al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander Nasser al-Wuhayshi. source
14:52 // 1 year ago
February 2, 2013
nbcnews:

Turkish far-left group claims responsibility for US Embassy attack
(Photo: SITE Intelligence Group via AFP - Getty Images)
The Turkish far-left group DHKP-C claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, according to a statement on a website linked to the group, news agencies reported.
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"Our action is for the independence of our country, which has become a new slave of America,” the statement reportedly said. 

nbcnews:

Turkish far-left group claims responsibility for US Embassy attack

(Photo: SITE Intelligence Group via AFP - Getty Images)

The Turkish far-left group DHKP-C claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, according to a statement on a website linked to the group, news agencies reported.

Read the complete story.

"Our action is for the independence of our country, which has become a new slave of America,” the statement reportedly said. 

(via nbcnews)

13:21 // 1 year ago
January 13, 2013
We need a new scale: On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which marks off the city’s air quality based on a 0-500 scale set by the EPA, detected air quality so bad that the Twitter account that updates people on the embassy’s air quality detection spat out a 755. 500 was supposed to be the maximum, by the way.

We need a new scale: On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which marks off the city’s air quality based on a 0-500 scale set by the EPA, detected air quality so bad that the Twitter account that updates people on the embassy’s air quality detection spat out a 755. 500 was supposed to be the maximum, by the way.

11:50 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2012
9:30 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2012

Should Chen Guangcheng be described as a “blind activist”?

  • for Many media outlets have referred to Chen’s blindness as a key crux of his story — which came to light as the result of a daring escape from house arrest, made even more daring because of his lack of vision. The Economist’s current cover headline goes so far as to call his story “Blind Justice.”
  • against Some media outlets, most notably NPR, have avoided the term, saying it’s not key to his story. “His blindness did not give him any particular bravery or insight,” says author Stephen Kuusisto, who has written memoirs about being blind. “It is just a factor in a much larger life.” What do you guys think? source

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20:41 // 2 years ago
May 3, 2012
China pledged to guarantee my constitutional rights and called me a free man. I want them to keep their commitment by allowing me to travel abroad to recuperate. I want to go to the United States and rest for a while, since I haven’t had a Sunday in seven years.
Chen Guangcheng • Speaking over speakerphone from his Beijing hospital room to U.S. Congressional commission members. As we pointed out earlier, Chen wants to leave for the U.S. But something about this quote grabbed us — specifically the “I haven’t had a Sunday in seven years” — so we just had to share it. This man — the center of so much controversy in recent days, along with years of personal turmoil — is endlessly quotable.
20:17 // 2 years ago
May 2, 2012

Chen Guangcheng leaves U.S. embassy in Beijing: But why?

  • what Last week, after months of house arrest, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng went to the U.S. embassy in Beijing after escaping. He posted a dramatic video after the escape. However, this week, he ended up leaving the embassy as part of a deal between the United States and China.
  • why While not confirmed, a friend of Chen’s, activist Zeng Jinyan, suggested on Twitter that the Chinese government threatened his family with harm. While Chen wanted to leave China over the while affair, if he did so, he would likely never see his family again, according to Zeng. source

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11:17 // 2 years ago
January 20, 2012
U.S. planning to close Syrian embassy
A foregone conclusion? With a quickly-deteriorating situation in the country, the U.S. will reportedly shut its doors in the country by the end of the month, removing diplomats as soon as it can. “The security situation across Syria, which is deteriorating with each day that Assad clings to power,” an official claimed, “demonstrates further that Assad is losing control of the country and reinforces our point that Assad has lost all legitimacy.” Perhaps this is a move whose time has come: The U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, has not had a fun go of it in the country, finding himself targeted by pro-Assad activists on multiple occasions.

U.S. planning to close Syrian embassy

A foregone conclusion? With a quickly-deteriorating situation in the country, the U.S. will reportedly shut its doors in the country by the end of the month, removing diplomats as soon as it can. “The security situation across Syria, which is deteriorating with each day that Assad clings to power,” an official claimed, “demonstrates further that Assad is losing control of the country and reinforces our point that Assad has lost all legitimacy.” Perhaps this is a move whose time has come: The U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, has not had a fun go of it in the country, finding himself targeted by pro-Assad activists on multiple occasions.

16:44 // 2 years ago
November 23, 2011
13:28 // 2 years ago