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Blog Index | January 2012

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Blog Index | December 2011

Storify: Ambassador Bryza’s Rocky Road to Baku and Back..

Insider Quote: ‘Getting off the X’ in Iraq


Diplopundit’s Best Photos – The Foreign Service in 2011…


Quote: Like the French Foreign Legion?


US Mission New Zealand: Two Years in Pictures


Confirmations: Joyce Barr (State/A), Michael McFaul (Moscow), Other Nominations in ‘Status Quo’…


Officially Moved: Nancy J. Powell goes from DGHR to New Delhi and if she turns 65 in 2012, so what?…


Confirm Matt Bryza: 36 Conservative Foreign Policy Experts Write to Raking Senators…


Iraq Operation New Dawn End of Mission Ceremony


U.S. Consulate General Basra: “Dangerously Exposed” but Under Iraqi Protection..


Quickie: The State Department Nightmare on C. Street and It’s Not Friday the 13th …


Ambassador Aponte’s Nomination “DeMinted” Over Old Boyfriend, LGBT Op-Ed and [Fill in the Blank]…


Ambassador Eisen Gets to Stay at the Petschek Villa…


Karzai’s Kabul Bank Scam Excuse –“Created by Foreign Hands”…


US Embassy Syria to Get $21,800 of Meals Ready to Eat …


Insider Quote: On Protecting Our Folks in Iraq


Senate to vote on cloture motions on the Eisen and Aponte Nominations…


Congress gives board sitter nominations “expedited procedures” but not ambassadorial nominations?…


If the Newtster wins, John Bolton may parachute to the Seventh Floor as 68…


Remembering Pearl Harbor – 70 Years Ago Today


US Embassy Kinshasa Restricts Personnel and Family Members to Residences Until Further Notice…


US Embassy Afghanistan: Sesame Street Goes to Kabul but Where’s Elmo?…


US Embassy Beijing Air Monitoring, Pollution Hype? Oh, Yeah, the Smog Fogs the Brain and Closes Beijing’s Airport …


US Embassy Iraq: Severely Restricts Movement of Employees Within the Green Zone…


US Embassy Belgium: Ambassador Gutman in Very Hot Water …


Nando’s “Last Dictator Standing” Pokes Fun at Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe…


Secretary Clinton Visits Burma, November 30-December 2 (Photos)…


FS Blogging: An Opportunity, Not a Threat (FSJ Speaking Out)…


If GOP presidentiable Michele Bachmann wins, you don’t have to worry about bidding on Tehran…


Blog Index | November 2011

 

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Blog Index | November 2011

Democratic Pakistan Bans BBC World News Over “Secret Pakistan” Documentary…

Iranian Mob Attacks British Embassy in Tehran — It’s Dejavu All Over Aga…

Taking Care of the “Troops” — The State Department Way…

Delays in Haiti Reconstruction Connected to USAID Staffing …

Governor #HeBlowsALot Apologizes for Twitter Flap …

The Peter Van Buren Chronicles — John Brown Interviews State’s FSO Non Grata…

Photo of the Day: Clowning around for cross-border ties…

US Mission Pakistan Warns Amcits Against Possible Retaliation…

Thanksgiving Day 2011: Foreign Service Roundup

US Hip-Hop Diplomacy “Recovers” in Karachi and No B-Boying …

US Embassy Kinshasa Diplomat Reportedly Assaulted …

No Superrappin for U.S. Hip-Hop Envoys in Lahore

US Mission Pakistan: Hip-Hop Diplomacy Almost Hit …

Goodbye Foggy Bottom, Hello Oxford!

Peace Corps Officially Suspends Program in Kazakhstan…

US Embassy Laos: Ambassador Karen Stewart Raps  …

After 18 Yrs in Kazakhstan, Peace Corps Will Reportedly…

Taiwan Foreign Affairs Say Its Official Did Not Underpay…

US Mission Baghdad: Who will taste-test the locally..

Secretary Clinton’s “Hawaiian Surprise” in Photo-Op…

State Dept Seeks Aviation Advisor for Iraq Rescues…

Taiwanese Official in Kansas Charged for “Fraudulent…

2012 GOP Presidentiables Debate Foreign Policy on …

Nixon’s 1975 Grand Jury Testimony: No selling of ambassadorships…

AFSA corrects Governor Perry’s “serious misunderstanding…

Question of the Day: Studying Arabic for 4 years a…

ConGen Quebec: CG Peter O’Donohue Visits Nunavut

You’ve been in Afghanistan too long without R&R when…

Photo of the Day: Where can I buy a key chain for…

Officially In: Robert E. Whitehead to Lome

Officially In: Sharon “Shari” Villarosa to Port Louis…

Undiplomatically speaking, Rick Perry Commits Perry-kiri…

Officially In: Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley to Valleta…

Officially Moved: Julissa Reynoso to Montevideo

Before #Occupy Wall Street, There’s #Occupy Congress…

Officially In: Larry Leon Palmer to Bridgetown Plus…

Officially In: Tara D. Sonenshine to be Under Secrretary..

Officially In: Anne C. Richard to State/PRM

General Fuller, Didn’t You Know That Keeping It Real…

Wartime Contracting Records Definitely More Sensitive…

Why the FS Should Be More Like the Army — Esprit …

Former SecState Condi Rice’s Comedy Hour – Everywhere…

USA vs. Most of the World: Now Deadbeat at UNESCO …

Confirmations: Ambassadors Mozena, Leonard, O’Neal…

Confirmations: USTR, ACPD, UN

Snapshot: Top Reconstruction Contractors in Iraq …

Meet the 0.01 Percent: The War Profiteers, the Sup…

Blog Index | October 2011

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Blog Index | October 2011


Iraq Reconstruction – Rogues’ Hall of Shame from 2005-2011…


Nicole Avant, US Ambassador to The Bahamas to Resign By End of Year

Another Bloody Day in Our Pretend 51st State of Afghanistan…

What do you do with a “problem” like Peter Van Buren? Take away his badge, escort him out, bar the door, throw away the key, and …


Paul Bremer Who? Writes About Libya, and What Success is Like…As in Iraq


Condi Congratulates Her Excellent Self in Her New Book, And Why Not?


US Files Complaint Against Obiang Jr., Alleged Kleptocrat and Son of Equatorial Guinea Dictator…


OIG Review of Visa Lottery Snafu Details Failure of CA’s CST…


Blogger Confidential: Deconstructing the Big House “Clearance” Mailbox…


Hamid Karzai, Our Man in Kabul — Misinterpreted Once More!


Secretary Clinton Visits Kabul: October 20, 2011


Secretary Clinton Visits Libya | October 18, 2011


Diplomatic Security Special Agent Indicted for Possession and Receipt of Child Pornography.


Senators Propose U.S. Visas for Alien Home Buyers with $500 in Cash Investment …Dictators and Drug Lords Lining Up Over There  …


US Funds 90% of Afghanistan’s Total Security, Will Afghanistan Go Back to Rock Paper Scissor When US Leaves?…


Arab Spring Not Done Yet, Who’s Next Among the World’s Forever Rulers…


HBR: Why You Should Question Your Culture – Three Simple Questions…


US Embassy Madrid: Spain’s Direct Investment to US….


“Hamsters on the Titanic” Now Showing “It’s Always.Sunny in Kabul”..


“Classified” Information Contained in We Meant Well, It’s a Slam Dunk, Baby!..


Devastating Tsunami Hits Peter Van Buren, Security Clearance and Diplomatic Passport Swept Away in Foggy Waters..


U.S. Mission China Adjudicated More Than 1 Million Visas…


Photo of the Day: If this is over $50, I’ll have to file a gift report…


The First Duty – One’s Obligations In Correct Order…


US Embassy Thailand Braces for More Flooding In Central Bangkok…


Thanks to a Hardworking Congress, Some Feds in the Garden Counties of I’Af/Pak to Lose Benefits…


51st State Department/AAFSW Annual Art and Bookfair…


What Is the Keystone XL Pipeline — and Why Is It So Controversial…


Pakistan Says “Thank You” for USG Flood Assistance by Raiding Its US Embassy Warehouse — You’re Welcome!…


Our Man in Kandahar: From Shop Worker in Pakistan to …


Mad at Kill al-Jubair Iranian Plot But Swept Under…


PRT Laghman Inspects Projects from Air Due to “Unforgiving Terrain” and  “Known Insurgent Activity”


State Dept CA CIO Kirit Amin Rants on FSOs, Cronyism…


Details: Costs to Deploy One Person to Afghanistan…


How to Cover Your Ass When Handling the State Dept Clearance Mailbox…


USG Employee’s Security Clearance Revoked Because …


Peter Van Buren Gets Profiled in NYT: You’re Now ..


Senate Confirms Frank Ricciardone as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey..


Video of the Week: Peter Van Buren Talks About State Department Tigers…


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


U.S. Diplomat Indicted on Domestic Battery Charges…


Asst Sec’y for Something Affairs Formally Announce…


State Dept Angst Over Peter Van Buren’s Book – It Never Got to Give an Affirmative Clearance…


Senate Confirms Robert Ford as US Ambassador to Syria…


Could Not Stick to “No Comment,” the State Dept Finally Has Nothing and Something to Say About the Peter Van Buren Case…


Slash Non-Fiction: There Goes Diplomacy 3.0 But They Sure Ramps It Up in Iraq…


Facts Are Strictly Optional, destroying civilization since 1997 is back…


For Contribution to the Rehabilitation of the Massacre of Poultry…


Blog Index | September 2011

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Blog Index | September 2011

Anonymous FSO on Kojo Nnamdi: “the Foreign Service is a rather broken service…

Peter Van Buren: How the State Department Came After Me…

US Embassy Kabul: We know duck and cover is hard, but clean up when you’re done, okay? …

PRT Farah – Nine Count Indictment For Former Army Contracting Officials and …

Officially In: Michael A. McFaul to Moscow

Injured War Contractors Sue Over Health Care, Disability…

The State Dept Gets Van Burened While the Spokesman Talks About F-16 Fire Sale for a Peaceful Iraq…

US Embassy Kabul: Not Safe Even Inside the Bunker;…

What the State Department Spokesman Said to NPR/Fresh Air…

If only the State Dept could figure out how to clone Ambassadors Crocker and Ford?…

Hilarious Conversation Online on Unaccompanied Post…There is No Official List

US Embassy Libya Reopens With Ambassador Cretz

Peter Van Buren’s “We Meant Well” and the Disresponsibility of Iraq Reconstruction…

Bloggers Beware? Oops! I’m So Scared I Just Wet My Pants and I’m Not Wearing Depend…

Will the State Dept Declare FSO Peter Van Buren Persona Non Grata…

Colton v. Clinton Goes to the Court of Appeals and Who Are We Going to See in Kabul next, Wolf Blitzer……

Attacks in Afghanistan: Afghan Jack Bauer and Eagle Four Wheeere Aaare Youuu…

Snapshot: Cost of One Civilian Employee, One Year in Afghanistan …

Foreign Service Blogging: Tigers Have Teeth, Rather Sharp…

Civilian Surge/Uplift in Afghanistan Costs Nearly $2Billion …So What Are You Complaining About ….

Foreign Service Line of Duty Death Gratuity Act of 2011…

Around the Foreign Service — 9/11 Commemorations

Another Day, Another FS Blog Gone Dark – Goodbye Sass and Sweet…

Modest Diplomatic Footprint Returns to Tripoli Without Ambassador Cretz…

Swimming with Sharks in Damascus: Ambassador’s New Role as Bait?…

Spouse of Former Asst Sec’y for Something Affairs Lands Job at Bureau of Something Affairs …

Russian Ambassador to Kabul advices US not to pull out…

Which Ambassador is planning to unload his/her DCM soon…

US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL Casey 08.28-29.2011

Blog Index | August 2011

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Blog Index | August 2011

Project Unsustainable: Why the Afghan National Security Forces Need to be on Reality Teevee Now …

WASTED in Iraq and Afghanistan: $12 million every day for the past 10 years, true story!


US Embassy Kabul Returns to Regular Social Media Programming…


James Hogan Case: Wife of Missing Diplomat Charged with Witness Tampering, False Statements and Obstruction of Justice …


UK’s Tandem Ambassadors Assignment to ‘Love Embassy’ Roils Yerevan…


America’s Gatekeeper in El Salvador Talks to 400 Applicants a Day?…


US Embassy Kabul: All U.S. workers in Afghanistan deserve praise …


Hurricane Irene Shutters US Embassy in The Bahamas…


Officially In: Susan D. Page to Juba, South Sudan


Ronan Farrow, New Clinton Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues…


US Embassy Kabul: Facebook Diplomacy Strategery in Need of Search and Rescue…


On to 2024: Our Pretend 51st State of Afghanistan, Not/Not a Laughing Matter …


Muttering Behind the Hardline Mutters No More, Goodbye NDS…


State Dept on French-Vietnamese Blogger Currently on Trial in Vietnam — Bonus Entry, the Unless Clause…


State Department Seeks Advisors for South Sudan Armed Forces Transformation…


US Mission at the UN: Disparity is a fact of USUN life…


US ConGen Chennai: “Dirty and Dark” Tamil Remark Lands Diplomat in Hot Water…


Peace Corps Volunteer Jesse Osmun Charged with Sexually Abusing Children in South Africa…


Congress Wants a U.S. Embassy in Every Caribbean Country…


Snapshot: US Funds for Afghanistan from FY2002-June 2011 Totals…


Court Allows US Army Vet to Sue Rumsfeld Over Claims on Confinement Conditions …


State Dept Issues New Travel Warning for Pakistan, the Wild, Wild West of Central Asia…


U.S. Mission Afghanistan: Online Outreach Curtailment…


US Ambassador to The Netherlands Fay Hartog Levin Resigns …


US Mission New Zealand: Independence Day Events August 2011…


Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford Gets Face Time with POTUS…


Whoops! No Double Standard Policy and US Embassy Bogota’s Threat Info Dissemination  …


US Congress on Super Stoopid Ride: Saving $16 Million at a Cost of $364 Million…


US Embassy Bogota: How come an entry-level officer is adjudicating visa referrals…


Catsurgency Strikes US Embassy Kabul, Guerrilla Tactics Playing Out in Full Force…


NOC! NOC! Who’s there? Ambassador Munter Stopped at…


US Missions Iraq and Pakistan: Job Creation Surge Also On …


Confirmations: Shear, Wohlers, Mitchell, DeLaurent…


US Mission Afghanistan: Job Creation Surge Over There…


August 2 SFRC Hearings: Once More – Ambassadors Frank Ricciardone (Turkey), Norm Eisen (Czech Republic) and Robert Ford (Syria)…


Blog Index | July 2011

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Blog Index | July 2011

Cops Kabul Edition: Building Afghanistan’s National Police…

Uzbek National on Revoked Student Visa Indicted for Threatening POTUS…

Senate Confirms Bill Burns as Deputy Secretary of State…

Foreign Affairs Group Urges Expansion of Foreign Service, a Week Later, House Approp Committee Slashes State/USAID Funding…

Locke confirmed to be Ambassador to China by unanimous consent

US Mission Afghanistan: Ambassador Crocker returns, assures everyone “there will no no rush for the exits….” and that’s okay since our soldiers for 2023 are entering kindergarten this fall

UK’s Rory Stewart: Time to end the war in Afghanistan…

US Embassy Mexico: Kept in the Dark on ATF’s Fast and Furious Escapades …

State Dept to SIGIR: Son of a donkey, you have no bizness checking on our private army …

US Diplomat in Mexico Writes Salon Advice Columnist About Her FS Blues…

Peter Van Buren: Oh, dude — WHO did you get “more than upset” at the State Dept?…

NOC, NOC – Who’s There? The Diplomats. The Diplomats, Whoever You Are, You Are Not/Not Allowed to Enter Peshawar…

GPS Tracking for State Dept Staffers in the Danger Zones…

How much is that pony in USA’s Main Street window?…

DS Agents deployed to Iraq charged overpayment for overtime worked…

US Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against State Dept for Voided Green Card Lottery

Quickie: Aatish Taseer Explains Pakistan’s Special Edge…

Weekend World News Catchup: Expulsion, Appointments, Interviews, Defections, Arrests, New Embassies…

US Consulate General Cd. Juarez Warning: Threats of Violence Against U.S. Interests…

Near Eastern Affairs Bureau in Action Gets High Marks: Outstanding Job, High Morale Amidst Intense Workload and Regional Chaos…

July 13 SFRC Hearings: Wohlers, Moser, Heffern, Countryman, DeLaurentis…

Afghanistan-Iraq-Pakistan Staffing Fills Up Fast But Pool of Volunteers Continues to Shrink; Longer Tours on the Table?…

Mumbai: Three Blasts Kill 21, ConGen Mumbai Goes on Partial Reduction of Via Operation..

AGNA PR: ArmorGroup North America Reaches Settlement…

Public Affairs Skills Gap: Shortage of Language Qualified Press Officers…

Snapshot: Af/Pak Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy Strategy, Funding and Staffing…

US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL McCain 07.03.2011

US Embassy #Syria Suspends All Visa Services Until Further Notice…

USA vs. Ishmael Jones (Pen Name): Secrecy Agreement…

The Afghan Plan: Where Dakota Gets Warrior of the Month Award …

US Consulate General Erbil Officially Opens, Embassy Baghdad Posts One Postage Sized Photo as Proof…

Pro-Assad “Mnhebak” Mob Attacks US Embassy Damascus…

Another US Consulate General Opens — This Time in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan…

New Ambassadorship Opens – Available Now in Juba, South Sudan …

US Consulate General Basrah, Iraq – Opening: Videos, Reax…

Officially Moved Up: Mike Hammer as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs…

4th July: US Embassy Paris with Renée Fleming, US Bern with Quincy Jones and a Big Wow for Our FS Stars …

Armor Group North America (AGNA) and Affiliates Pay $7.5 Million…

US Mission Pakistan: New Consul General Assumes Charge in Peshawar…

Flying the Unfriendly Skies: Up Next – Screening for Body Implants…

DHS/CBP Inspector Gets 17 Years in Prison for Alien Smuggling, Drug Smuggling and Bribery…

U.S. Advisory Committee on Public Diplomacy July 12 Public Meeting, An Invitation…

Newest US Consulate General Opens in Basrah, Iraq

US Mission Canada: Ambassador Jacobson Travels to the Canadian North…

Officially In: Wendy R. Sherman as Under Secretary of State…

4th of July – U.S. Embassy Celebration Round-Up (Part 2)…

4th of July – U.S. Embassy Celebration Round-Up

Senate Confirmations: Ryan Crocker to Afghanistan, Anne Patterson to Egypt; also confirms Lukens, Fairfax, Hardt, Koran, Pasi, Thessin, Kubiske, Corbin, Jackson, Tueller, Ziadeh and USAID’s Pablos-Mendez
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GAO Looks Into the State Dept’s Overseas Comparability Pay, Provides No recommendations …

Blog Index | June 2011

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Blog Index | June 2011


U.S. Mission India: Ambassador Tim Roemer Says Goodbye…


Back in the Spotlight: Alleged Abuse of Household Workers by Foreign Diplomats with Immunity…


Officially In: Thomas C. Krajeski to Manama


US Embassy Luxembourg: Be Cool and Keep Yourself Together, Another Political Ambassador Heading Your Way…


US Embassy Latvia: DCM Bruce David Rogers, Sudden Death at 54…


Gaza Flotilla 2011: Set to Sail with Former U.S. Diplomat Ann Wright, Retired Ambassador Samuel Hart, Alice Walker and More…


USAID/OIG: USAID Air Afghanistan “Safe and Reliable but No Show Passengers Cost $14 Million/Year …


Officially In: Sung Y. Kim to Seoul


US Mission Afghanistan: Ambassador Eikenberry Visits FOB Shinwar…


Officially In: Adrienne O’Neal to Praia


SFRC Clears Locke, Crocker, Burns


US ConGen Karachi Sponsors Network!! Pakistan’s First Social Media Summit…


US Embassy Tel Aviv: 2011 July 4th America Challenge…


Snapshot: Top 10 State Department Assistance Recipients FY2010…


Attack on American Convoy in Baghdad Kills USAID Contractor, Wounds Three…


Afghanistan, the Way Forward — You Know What’s Coming…


US Embassy Tel Aviv: Price for Illegal Work in the U.S…


US Embassy Nepal: A Visit to Pangboche Monastery …


Officially In: Mary Beth Leonard to Bamako


KBR Subcontractor Gets USAID/Iraq Contract Despite…


US Embassy Tajikistan: $318,913 to Build Rec Center, $1.5 Million to Demolish, Redesign, Reconstruct Botched Rec Center …


Happy First Day of Summer – Take DiploPundit With You on Kindle  …


The Afghan Plan: Where Dakota Writes About the Eradication of Hope in a Thousand Cuts…


Coming Soon to the Grievance Board Near You


Snapshot: Top 10 State Department Contractors FY2010…


David Ensor: From Kabul to Voice of America


US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL Lamborn 06.08.2011


US Mission Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai, You’ve Been Warned Dude – Stop Calling US Occupiers; and Yes, This Blog Supports Reconstruction at Home. Now. Not in 2014 …


Internet Freedom: The State Department’s High Hypocrisy at Noon and How Eating FS Bloggers When They Write Messy Stuff Ain’t Helpful …


Top Embassy Facebook Pages – 10,000+ Fan Club


2011 AFSA Election Results, a Disappointing Turn Out…


PR Strategery? State Dept Deputy A/S Philippe Reines, Profiled as Main Course, Served with Sauce Hot Enough to Strip Paint …


Iraq Transition: The Civilian Medical Support Services on Paper…


It’s Me Kristie: Ambassador Kenney Returns with a Photo Blog…


Inadequate Oversight of State Dept’s Consolidated Consular Database – Is This WikiLeaks Waiting to Happen, Again?


Iraq Transition: One of the Biggest Risks? Contractor-Led and Run Medical Supply Chain…


US Embassy Dublin: POTUS Visit May 23.2011 (Photos)


Newtster News: Gingrich to move embassy to Jerusalem on first day in office; to restructure State Dept – Details in 392 words


Visa Adjudicators Needed? We Have the Best Suggestion Ever; Unmarried FSOs Pay Attention, Please…


Seattle Superior Court Judge Questions US Embassy Rome’s Consular Support for Amanda Knox, Complains to President Obama …


US Embassy London: POTUS visits and here is the best photo


Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana Guilty in Terrorism Conspiracy…


1998 US Embassy Bombing Suspect Fazul Abdullah Mohammed Killed in Somalia…


Cover Your Eyes – Congressman Rohrabacher Wants Iraq to Repay US for Nutsy and Klutzy Iraq Invasion and Reconstruction…


AFSA’s 2011 Constructive Dissent Awards – No Winners for Entry Level Diplomats…


Iraq Transition: Horrible Deadline, Rough Schedule, But – The Army is Leaving. Really. Really? …


Officially In: Earl Anthony Wayne to Mexico


Officially In: Arnold A. Chacon to Guatemala


Why diplo-spouses can’t get real love at the State Dept – they are real headaches, especially when they are heard and seen …


To Kabul, To Kabul … Senator McCain Introduces Ryan Crocker in Senate Confirmation Hearing…


US Mission Iraq: Not DOD’s Giganotosaurus Footprint but a Super Embassaurus for Real…


Embassy Job Vacancy Round-Up: Because We Need a Good Laugh…


How to save money in Iraq? Withdraw the troops, send in the diplomats and get ready with the fire hoses…


In Search of a Better Neym and Meaning: Trailing Spouse, Trailer Trash, Sidecar?…


The State Department Cast Into the “Foggy Bottom” …Um, Why?


State Dept’s Counternarcotics Programs: Over $1 Billion, Five Countries And?


Snapshot: State Dept Personnel Projections for FY2006-2014…


If you’re in Shanghai, by all means go visit the Embassy of Scotch Whisky Culture…


62nd Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger Dies at 80…


FS Journal: The Foreign Service Blogosphere 2011 Plus More…


Embassy Baghdad General Hospital, the Spinoff – Catch it This Fall or Winter But Don’t Forget Your Kevlar …


Embassy Air Iraq: Tickets Available Soon…In the Meantime, Fire Up Your Brooms…


State Dept’s Transition to a Civilian-Led Mission in Iraq, Whassup?


As 2010’s World’s Deadliest Country for the Press, Pakistan Has a Track Record…


350+ Filipino Teachers on H-1B Visa Files Class Action Suit for Human Trafficking…


Cowboys from Montana, Arizona and Wyoming Visit Afghanistan…


Writer, EFM and Recovering Hostess, Ann B. Knox Dies at 85…


Blog Index | May 2011

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Blog Index | May 2011

US Embassy Bahrain’s Ludovic Hood: Move was in the “context of the summer transfer season” …. ur kidding, right?…

Confirmations: George Krol, Daniel Shapiro, Henry Ensher…


FCO to reposition diplomats, EU diplos under fire,…


Memorial Day Remembrance

WashDC Leaky Cauldron: Michael McFaul, Russia “Reset” Advisor to Moscow…

Curious, Strange, Whatever — Victoria Nuland is Officially …

Today at the SFRC: Gary Locke


Bill Burns At the SFRC: Nomination for Deputy Secretary…


US Embassy Yemen Now on Ordered Departure


“R” for Resignation: U/S for Public Diplomacy and …


Facebook Builds Its Own Foreign Service

By the hair of his chinny chin chin, Yemen’s Abdullah Saleh hangs on to power…

Ireland celebrates homecoming of President O’Bama


Catherine Hurd: Woman, Mother, Wife of UK Diplomat…


Officially In: Anne W. Patterson to Cairo


Officially In: Joyce A. Barr to be Asst Secretary …


USAID Casts Harry Potter Vanishing Spell on Kabul Bank OIG report …


US Consulate General Peshawar: IED Targets Two Consulate Vehicles…


Officially In: John A. Heffern to Yerevan


Officially In: Susan L. Ziadeh to Doha


Officially In: David S. Adams to Legislative Affairs…


Department of State Operations Center Celebrates 50th…


Officially In: Matthew H. Tueller to Kuwait City


Officially In: Jeffrey DeLaurentis to the UN …


US Mission Afghanistan: Firetruck Donation 05.18.2011…


SFRC Clears Nominations of Krol, Shapiro, Ensher, …


Officially In: William H. Moser to Chisinau


Officially In: Jeanine E. Jackson to Lilongwe


Officially In: Michael Corbin to Abu Dhabi


After Team 6 Support in Arabian Sea, USS Carl Vinson…


Wanna be diplomat in New York sent to jail for 21 …


21st Century Career Suicide – No Longer Just Unauthorized…


Officially In: Frankie A. Reed to the Fiji Islands…


Officially In: Dan W. Mozena to Dhaka


US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL Hartzler 05.07.2011


US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL Kerry in Mazar-i-Sharif…


US Mission Pakistan: Threat Against Americans in Karachi…


Another Week, Another Resignation: Middle East Envoy…


On Performance Pay Awards and Why No HR Seniors to Rat-tat-tat Kaboom Posts…


Jon Huntsman: Diplomat and Almost 2012 Candidate…


Waiting for the burp, Blogger ate my blog posts


What happens when America’s ambassadors of hope an…


Officially Moved: William J. Burns to be State’s D…


US Ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in Erik Larson’s…


Rest and Recuperation (R&R) Travel Benefits Under …


Convicted Killer of USAID Employees in Sudan, and …


The “Invisible Woman” in “Europe’s State Department…


US Embassy Baku: Can your ambassador jump like this…


Officially Moved: Amb. Carlos Pascual to be Special…


Pakistan puts temporary hold on media visas, gags …


Barack Hussein Obama: A Promise Kept and Mission A…


In Pakistan, Bin Laden Questions and the Emperors’…


First Geographic Bureau Resignation: WHA’s Arturo Valenzuela…


US Should Aim for an Afghanistan that is “good enough…


Snapshot: State Dept’s Largest Geographic Bureau …


Osama Bin Laden’s Death: The Views From Pakistan


Condi vs. Rummy: Just be glad you don’t have to spend…


To Ambassador Ranneberger: “The nation of Kenya loves…


In Afghanistan, 140,000 soldiers for 100 al-Qaeda …


Get Bin Laden: The White House Situation Room 05.0…


State Dept Issues Worldwide Travel Alert After Bin…


Blog Index | April 2010


Osama Bin Laden Is Dead; Killed in Abbottabad, One of the Best Known Hill Resorts of Pakistan…

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Blog Index | April 2010

April had been a busy month in this corner. Another diplomatic post went from authorized to ordered departure in what seems to be never ending rounds of upheavals; three more ambassadors tendered their resignations (Kmeic, Roemer, Barzun), new nominations continued to trickle down this past month, CODEL slideshows remained as popular as OIG reports, Iraq  moved to the forgotten country of American public opinion, Afghanistan remained a sandy pit headache with no end in sight …

US Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun Resigns, Announces New Obama Mission…

Officially In: President Obama’s New “A” Team


Af/Pak: Excuse me, sirs — with strategeric friends like these, why do we need enemies…


US Embassy Sweden: Must Stay Next Trip, the Tree House of Harads…


Insider Quote: The Problems of Now, the Knee Jerk Variety Response …


U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer Announces Resignation…


Officially In, Tomorrow: Panetta to DOD, Petreaus to CIA, Crocker and Allen to Kabul …


WH to US Ambassador to Malta: Don’t Expect Leader of the Free World to Stop Everything to rescue You from Bad Guys…


Jailhouse Confidential: Hamsters on a Wheel in a Cage Called Afghanistan…


In Diplopundit’s Mailbox: Proper Attire for CODELs…


Crocker-Petreaus: Iraq Dream Team to be Re-united in Afghanistan 10.0


Don’t be a passhole, go vote in the AFSA Elections…


US Embassy Belgium Goes Green With Donations — from Green Companies…


US Embassy #Syria Now on Ordered Departure for Family Members and …


State/OIG on US Embassy Norway: “Ambassador is an Effective Political Appointee”…


US Mission India: CODEL McConnell. April 20, 2011


US Embassaurus: No Seismic Bracing? No Big Deal……


US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL McConnell, April 201…


US Embassy #Egypt: $30 Billion USAID Assistance to Egypt in 30 Years …


Insider Quote: you’re not going to be able to depend on Washington…


So you want to become an ambassador?


WaPo’s In The Loop Iraq Naming Contest — And the Winners Are …


State/OIG on US Embassy Denmark: “Ambassador has, in effect, become a first-line supervisor …


US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL John Boehner 2011.04…


New Word of the Day: Greater Georgebushistan


Wow! If I earn $50K a year, $4.42 of my taxes goes.to international affairs and foreign aid..


Stimson Center: Diplomacy and Foreign Aid Budget Deal Could Have Been a Lot Worse…


Quickie: Why can’t the State Department get any love…


Diplopundit is Officially a Source in Wikipedia –in Disputed Proposed Awards…


Officially In: Stuart Jones to Amman


Officially In: Jonathan D. Farrar to Managua


Officially In: Lisa Kubiske to Tegucigalpa


US Ambassador to Malta Douglas Kmiec to Resign from Post Effective August 15…


Confirmations: Gration, Gavin, Patterson, Tong, Johnson Cook, Torsella and Daulaire…


Officially In: Derek Mitchell as Special Representative for Burma…


Matt Armstrong Joins the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy…


Oh, No! The Sounding Board is in WaPo’s In the Loop…


FY2011 Budget Bill: Senate Votes 81-19, House Vote 260-167…


New FS Blog: We Meant Well, Plus a Book Coming Out This Fall…


Funding Soft Power Maybe Smart, But What About My…


US Mission Afghanistan: Amb. Eikenberry Visits PRT Farah…


Senate Appropriations Releases Highlights of FY2011…


SFRC Clears Gration, Patterson, Gavin, Shear, John…


Officially In: D. Brent Hardt to Georgetown


Officially In: Geeta Pasi to Djibouti


Officially In: Donald W. Koran to Kigali


Final CR for FY 2011 has $8.4 Billion Cuts for State…


Career Diplomacy | Life and Work in the Foreign Service…


US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL Wittman 03.26.2011


Officially In: James H. Thessin to Asuncion


Ayesh, Former US Embassy Baghdad Employee Gets 42 Months…


Ecuador: The Tit for Tat Explusion Not Over Yet –…


Projected Shutdown Cost: Over $65 Million Per Week…


US Mission Afghanistan: CODEL Marino 03.23-24.2011…


US Mission Mexico: Three Posts Warning on Possible…


Congress Govt Shutdown Averted by Cowardly Reps Who Will Do This Again, and …


Al Kamen’s In the Loop Iraq Naming Opportunities Contest…


US Embassy Malta: OIG Slams Political Ambassador for “Outside Activities”, Recommends Termination of Employees’ R&R Benefit…


State Dept Shutdown Details: Non-Emergency Consular Services to Stop…


State Dept Shutdown Details: What Overseas Operation Will Continue …


State Dept Shutdown Details: 30-40% Excepted Domestic, Significantly …


US Declares Ecuadorian Ambassador “Persona Non Grata…


Soldiers Will Continue to Fight But Stop Getting Paid, Congress Will Continue to Play Chicken and Still Get Paid…


Govt Shutdown: State Dept Making Contingency Plans…


State Dept eMED data breach: info not disclosed to others but advises employees to  …


US Mission Afghanistan: Deputy Secetary Nides’ Town Hall…


Govt Shutdown Down the Wire, AFSA Rally on April 8…


Ecuador Declares US Ambassador “Persona Non Grata”…


President Obama Appoints Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman as Special Envoy for Sudan…


US Embassy #Egypt: To Resume Visa and Consular Operations…


SFRC Hearings: Bruce Shear, Kurt Tong


Alleged Fake Amcits Had Contract Jobs at State Dept…


33 Groups Ask Senate to Vote Against Scott Gration…


SFRC Hearings: Scott Gration, Michelle Gavin


SFRC Hearings: Mara Rudman, Robert Patterson


Officially In: Kenneth J. Fairfax to Astana


Officially In: Henry S. Ensher to Algiers


Officially In: Lewis Lukens to Dakar


Officially In: Paul Wohlers to Skopje


SFRC Hearing: Suzan D. Johnson Cook


US Embassy #Syria Now on Authorized Voluntary Departure…


Blog Index | March 2011


US Embassy Côte d’Ivoire: Staff Shelters in Place …


Diplopundit Responds to Blog Take Down Notice from Tiger Boss…


Tiger Boss Sends “Polite” Blog Take Down Notice

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