State Department Gets Report It Wants on Keystone XL Pipeline From Deputy IG Geisel

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 2:15 pm

Deputy Inspector General Harold Geisel gives the State Department a clean bill of health over its handling of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline affair today [PDF]. The release of his report has inspired numerous “well, that’s that” articles, as well as a nod to its legitimacy by Bernie Sanders.

A few things remain to be said about the report, however.


Bahrainis March Again Despite Brutal Crackdown; Demand Civil Rights, Democracy

By: Friday March 25, 2011 6:07 am

Bahraini civil rights activists plan to march again on Friday in defiance of monarchy and continuing brutal crackdown.

Clinton Plays Iran Card, Winks, While Bahrain Arrests and Beats Human Rights Activists

By: Sunday March 20, 2011 6:45 am

The Bahraini monarchy is continuing its repression and crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Egypt’s “Day of Departure”: A Statement from the “Youth Protesting in Midan al-Tahrir”

By: Friday February 4, 2011 6:02 am

And so begins the Day of Departure, the mass demonstration called by the Youth of Tahrir Square for after Friday prayers.

Clinton Asks Mubarak’s VP to Investigate Mubarak’s Thugs

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 6:10 am

The pro-democracy people apparently held control of Tahrir Square overnight — but at a price.

As we watch events unfold, we here in the States must remember that our tax dollars bought the bullets and thugs of Mubarak. Call the White House and demand that all funding be cut – sign the FDL petition calling on Congress to stop funding Mubarak.

Sunday in Egypt: Who Will Decide the Future?

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 12:40 am

It’s Sunday in Egypt, the first day of the working week. As yesterday, no one yet knows what will happen next though all signs are that the protesters have no plans to leave the streets.

Dr. ElBaradei Returns to Egypt: Change is Inevitable

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 6:45 am

Dr Mohammed ElBaradei addresses the protests in Egypt as he prepares to return there. We can stand with the Egyptian people by calling on the White House to guarantee his – and their – protection.

The Palestine Papers – In Which We Learn No One Speaks for the Palestinians

By: Monday January 24, 2011 7:15 pm

Yesterday, as Israel prepared to launch a PR campaign to support their self-investigation of the Mavi Mamara, Al Jazeera released the first of 1700 leaked documents telling us what has really been going on during the “Israeli Palestinian peace talks.” As one commentator has said, “they blow the cover off the secret negotiations.” Al Jazeera has shared the documents with the Guardian, where comments note that Israel’s persistent claim to not have a “partner for peace” can no longer be given any credibility.

Clinton Criticizes Israel … a little

By: Sunday January 9, 2011 6:00 pm

Obama Administration’s kabuki over Israeli Palestinian peace efforts continues as historic Shepherd Hotel in Palestinian neighborhood is demolished.

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