Just because our combat troops have left Iraq does not mean we should forget our commitment to Iraqis.
Last week, the President set an 80,000-person ceiling on the number of refugees who can enter the United States next year. This is the upper boundary of our commitment – rather than the goal we commit ourselves to fulfilling. In doing so, the President missed an opportunity to rethink our responsibility to vulnerable populations, especially the 4 million Iraqis now scattered across the globe.
Despite international sanctions designed to derail Iran’s nuclear program, the Islamic Republic legally owns 15 percent of the third largest uranium mine in the world.
How is this possible? Ask the management of Rossing Uranium Limited in the southern African nation of Namibia. According to the company’s most recent annual report, Iran has owned a sizeable stake in it since the early 1970s.
Japan, no economic small fry, challenged China last month. The conclusion of the dispute is a cautionary tale for countries confronting China about currency manipulation.
Earlier this year Congress passed and President signed a Wall Street Reform bill which ended “too big to fail,” Wall Street bailouts, and enacted the strongest consumer protections since the Great Depression. The new law also takes concrete steps to stop the horrific violence in one of the most unstable parts of Africa – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Harrowing images of collapsed homes, hospitals, and buildings, showed how badly Haiti’s capital city and towns were hit by the earthquake earlier this year. But the pictures didn’t show the devastating effect on the countryside, where the majority of Haitians must make a living. The disrupted food production affected the entire nation where six out of 10 people were hungry even before the ground shook.
In this pre-election period, while Congress is focused on domestic economic issues, members of the House and Senate recently passed landmark legislation that seeks to mitigate the ongoing, devastating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It is a privilege to be here with so many colleagues and partners from around the world who share a commitment to our mutual security.
It’s a pleasure to be here in this beautiful city that in less than four years will host the 22nd Winter Olympic games—a well-deserved honor for the Russian Federation.
Political campaigns bring out the worst in members of Congress. I can see the influence of the campaign season and a weak economy in the House of Representatives’ recent vote to “punish” China for what it sees as an undervalued currency. But business-as-usual campaign politics in the US are easily and constantly misinterpreted outside of our borders, and end up harming all parties.