Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

U.N. General Assembly: How Will Trump's Agenda Fare?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A look at the administration's latest moves: U.N. Human Rights Council withdrawal, defunding the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees and lowering a cap on refugees to be resettled in the U.S.


White House To Cap The Number Of Refugees Allowed Into The U.S.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Trump administration slashed the number of refugees it will permit into the United States next year by 30 percent. The new ceiling is 30,000 — that's 15,000 fewer than this year.


U.S. And Cuba Ties Strained Over Mysterious Health Attacks

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cuba is asking the U.S. to stop describing bizarre health incidents as attacks saying there's no evidence that Americans have been targeted with some sort of sonic device.


'The Department Of Swagger': The State Department's Instagram Rebranding Campaign

Friday, September 14, 2018

Mike Pompeo has rebranded the Department of State the "Department of Swagger." That's how he launched his Instagram feed, at any rate.


U.S. Will Retaliate If ICC Tries To Prosecute Americans, Bolton Says

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, is a critic of the International Criminal Court. He's threatening to sanction judges who investigate Americans for actions in Afghanistan.


Trump Administration Closing Diplomatic Mission That Represents Palestinians In D.C.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Trump administration is shutting down the Palestinian diplomatic post in Washington, D.C. The move comes after big U.S. aid cuts to the Palestinians and the United Nations agency that supports them.


Many In Syria Worried That Government Is Preparing To Launch Assault On Idlib Region

Friday, September 07, 2018

The fate of close to 3 million Syrians living in the Idlib region hangs in the balance as leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Tehran to discuss the situation on Friday, while U.N. diplomats met in New York.


Trump Administration Is In No Hurry To Leave Syria, U.S. Envoy Says

Friday, September 07, 2018

The new U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, says the U.S. is committed to maintaining a presence in Syria until ISIS is fully gone and Iranian forces are out.


Ugandan Opposition Figure To Trump: Stop Providing Weapons To Government

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Ugandan pop star-turned legislator, Bobi Wine, says presidential guard forces had orders to brutalize him during an opposition protest against President Yoweri Museveni's long rule.


U.N. Diplomats Warn Fight For Syria's Idlib Province Could Worsen

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The U.N.'s senior envoys for Syria offer updates on their efforts to slow regime and Russian attacks on Idlib province before it becomes a disaster for the three million civilians there.


Zalmay Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Adviser To Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The Afghan-born former diplomat served as U.S. ambassador in Kabul under President George W. Bush. In Afghanistan, views of Khalilzad are mixed, with some blaming him for many of the country's woes.


U.N. Human Rights Probe: Top Myanmar Generals Should Face Genocide Charges

Monday, August 27, 2018

A United Nations-mandated Fact-Finding Mission issued a scathing report documenting Myanmar security forces' violence against the country's ethnic Rohingya Muslim population last year.


Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo's North Korea Trip Gets Cancelled

Friday, August 24, 2018

President Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming trip to North Korea, tweeting that "we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."


South Africans Reject Trump's Characterization Of Land Ownership Issues

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been ordered by President Trump to study South Africa's efforts to overhaul land ownership and the "large scale killing of farmers." South Africa angrily rejected Trump's characterization and said it smacked of the colonial past.


British Foreign Secretary Calls For U.S. And Europe To Unite In Response To Russia

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The U.K. accuses Moscow of poisoning a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent and wants others to step up sanctions in response.


U.S. To Pull Back Aid From Syria, Asks Other Countries To Pitch In For Rebuilding

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Trump administration is cutting money it was going to spend aiding the people of Raqqa — a Syrian city that still has many areas in rubble after the fight to push out ISIS.


Secretary Of State Pompeo Announces Creation Of Iran Action Group

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of an "Iran Action Group" on Thursday. The State Department's Brian Hook will work to try to build a strategy to counter what Pompeo sees as Iran's nefarious behavior.


Chile's Ex-President Michelle Bachelet Picked As U.N. Human Rights Chief

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Former Chilean president and torture victim Michelle Bachelet is set to become U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. The U.S., no longer on the human rights council, wants her to focus on Venezuela and Iran.


Face-Off Between U.S. And Turkey Escalates

Friday, August 10, 2018

President Trump's ongoing battle with Turkey's president has two headstrong leaders taking an important alliance to the brink. It centers on on the case of a U.S. pastor in Turkey.


State Department Officials Impose More Sanctions On Russia

Thursday, August 09, 2018

The State Department is punishing Moscow for allegedly using a chemical agent against a former Russian spy and his daughter — an attack that happened on British soil.