Egypt’s Chilling Detour on the Path to Democracy

On Monday, an Egyptian court convicted three international journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network along with 15 others of conspiring with “terrorists” to harm national unity. Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste received seven-year sentences; Egyptian Baher Mohamed got an extra three years for possessing a single spent bullet, a souvenir from his reporting on the country’s street protests.

Read more on DipNote.

In today’s world, there’s no sustainable way for a country to seal itself off electronically by dropping an iron curtain on the Internet…
Tear down that wall — demand a single, global, and open Internet.
John Kerry on DipNote, April 30, 2014
Moscow is subjecting Ukrainians, Russians and the rest of the world to an intense campaign of disinformation that tries to paint a dangerous and false picture of Ukraine’s legitimate government.
Check out Under Secretary Stengel’s blog on DipNote setting the record straight.

Moscow is subjecting Ukrainians, Russians and the rest of the world to an intense campaign of disinformation that tries to paint a dangerous and false picture of Ukraine’s legitimate government.

Check out Under Secretary Stengel’s blog on DipNote setting the record straight.

Today is World Intellectual Property Day! Find out more about this year’s focus on the movie industry on DipNote. 

Today is World Intellectual Property Day! Find out more about this year’s focus on the movie industry on DipNote

Widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea
STEMatState: Saving Lives through Advanced Engineering

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Did you know that the Department of State uses 3-D printing technology to create models of landmines and military ordnance to train demining technicians on how to safely clear explosive remnants of war in post-conflict countries around the world?

Learn more about the Department of State’s efforts in STEM on DipNote and at www.state.gov/stem.

MLB Opening Day 2014 Marks Another Year for ‘Diamond Diplomacy’

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Today is Opening Day of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season! This day provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the international appeal of this quintessential American game, and showcases how the culminating event that decides the MLB champion each October is truly a “World Series.” Read more about what the Department of State is doing in sports diplomacy on DipNote!

Happy World Water Day! Learn about the U.S. TechH2O water technology event exhibit on DipNote.
Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Tischenko Irina

Happy World Water Day! Learn about the U.S. TechH2O water technology event exhibit on DipNote.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Tischenko Irina

You represent some of the brightest minds that are aiming at the brightest stars in the sky… Be the next women to take the reins and succeed!
Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan on girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
USAID Remains Focused on Typhoon Response in the Philippines

In the days before Typhoon Haiyan hit, USAID prepositioned a number of disaster assistance staff in Manila from our regional office in Bangkok and, within the first day, they were immediately working with colleagues from the Department of Defense to deliver supplies. But it’s always a concern that after the first month or two of a large emergency, that the attention fades because there are many other pressing issues around the world.

However, USAID knows that it’s important to remain engaged going forward and they are now beginning a pivot to the early recovery stage including a focus on transitional shelter, livelihoods, health, cash-for-work, microfinance, temporary schools, and the rebuilding of rural health units. You can read more about what USAID is still doing in the Philippines on DipNote and on USAID’s website!