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Statement from Secretary Kerry’s Doctor Regarding His Injury

The following is attributable to Dr. Dennis Burke, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School:

"This morning Secretary Kerry underwent a surgical procedure to repair his broken femur. The procedure was performed under a regional anesthetic and the Secretary was conscious throughout the four-hour operation. The procedure was uncomplicated, the fracture was fully repaired, and we plan to get him up walking on Wednesday. I anticipate a short hospitalization, a full and complete recovery, and a return to normal function. I do not anticipate that this will interfere with his duties as Secretary of State."

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Excellent! These modern day doctors can do just about anything.
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken leads the U.S. delegation to the Counter- #ISIL Coalition Small Group Ministerialis that is taking place today in Paris, #France. Coalition partners review progress on the full range of our shared efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL. Watch the Deputy Secretary's remarks bellow and follow him on Twitter  at @ABlinken for more updates.
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"You have to stand for something. That's my most important advice." —President Obama to young Southeast Asian leaders: #YSEALI
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Moving Forward to Strengthen the NPT
By Adam Scheinman

In diplomacy, as in life, sometimes hard work pays immediate dividends, and sometimes the results don’t materialize like you hoped. Such was the case for delegations from parties to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which spent the month of May in New York, working arduously to find ways to strengthen the #NPT. Despite best efforts, the 2015 NPT Review Conference ended without consensus on a final document.

This is not the outcome the United States hoped for, but it is not unprecedented. It does not indicate any lessening of support for the NPT, nor does it affect countries’ legal obligations under the treaty. Since 1975, NPT parties have gathered every five years to review the treaty. Not every Review Conference produced a consensus final document -- three did not -- reflecting differences one might expect on major security issues.

The United States’ delegation worked intensively with the other NPT parties to forge consensus, and we made real progress in advancing the discussion on global nonproliferation policy, nuclear disarmament, and peaceful uses. The draft final document on these three central “pillars” of the NPT was not perfect, but reflected a general agreement that we were prepared to join.

In the end, however, we could not support language in the draft document concerning the proposed conference on a Middle East WMD-free zone. We fully support holding this conference, but not on terms that are unbalanced or that would not allow for consensus-based discussions among all regional states. While we sought to work with other delegations to improve the text, the final proposed document outlined a process that would not build the foundation of trust necessary for holding a productive conference that could reflect the concerns of all regional states.

In his opening remarks to the Review Conference, Secretary Kerry called the Middle East WMD-free zone “a hugely ambitious goal and fraught with challenges, but ambitious goals are always the ones worth pursuing.”

Rest assured that if states in the region are ready to resume the process of building such a zone through consensus, direct dialogue and an agreed agenda, the United States stands ready to be their strongest supporter.

We have long supported regional nuclear and WMD weapons-free zones, when properly crafted and based on arrangements acceptable to all states in the region. This is the universally accepted criterion for such zones.

The UK and Canada joined the United States in opting not to support the final document due to concerns with this language. We made clear that we were prepared to conclude this Review Conference without a final consensus document rather than endorse a bad final document, just as we have said about other matters in the international arena.

Despite the disappointing outcome, Review Conference participants made clear that the NPT remains the enduring cornerstone for the global nonproliferation regime and will continue to serve as the focus for our efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. We agree.

Throughout the Review Conference, we reaffirmed the central role of the NPT in international security and the importance of compliance. We committed to enhancing the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency by making the Additional Protocol more universal, and increasing transparency among nuclear weapons states. The U.S. track record on disarmament is not in dispute. The number of nuclear weapons in our active stockpile now stands at 4,717 -- an 85 percent reduction from its Cold War height. The United States has irreversibly eliminated 10,251 warheads over the past two decades, and Secretary Kerry announced our intent to seek funding to increase the pace of dismantling retired U.S. warheads by 20 percent.

In addition, the United States will continue to promote disarmament education, in particular by fostering international collaboration through a new International Partnership on Nuclear Disarmament Verification that we launched in March. We committed an additional $50 million to the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative over the next five years. And we advanced discussion on methods to address abuse of withdrawal rights under the Treaty.

Moreover, we made clear that we understand and share the widespread concern of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons use. It is precisely our understanding of those consequences that drives our efforts to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- nuclear weapons, and to extend forever the 70-year record of non-use of nuclear weapons. Lasting nuclear disarmament will only be achieved through a sustained, collaborative effort to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.
The United States remains unwavering in our support for the NPT, and we believe that this Review Conference has demonstrated the broad international support for the Treaty and the critical role it plays in global security.

As Secretary Kerry said, “Have no doubt: Every step … makes our planet safer. And one day when we finally approach the finish line, when we have conditions that allow us to go from a hundred warheads to zero, we will already be living in a world that is transformed, and transformed for the better.”

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Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Today at 2:10pm EDT, President Obama will host the “2015 White House Event with YSEALI” in Washington D.C. as part of a high-level engagement with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.

55 YSEALI Professional Fellows and 20 YSEALI Academic Fellows representing all 10 ASEAN countries will attend an hour-long event aimed at celebrating their achievements.

The event will be livestreamed at 2:10 pm EDT in Washington and early Tuesday AM in Asia:

Follow the event live on Twitter at @YSEALI and ‪#‎YSEALI‬!

For additonal information on YSEALI, check out:
Fact Sheet:
YSEALI Website:
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Why the hell doesn't he do something like this in Chicago or Detroit? He hates America and could care less about it. What a maroon!
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"Beau’s loss is crushing for everyone lucky enough to have known him and the whole Biden family, because you can’t know them without feeling their overwhelming love for each other – for family." -Secretary of State John Kerry on the passing of Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau. 

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Sad day indeed.
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"Now that your second term in the office is about to end, how do you want the world to remember you?" 

"What is your word of advice for a young, budding political leader, young legislator, elected official like me in a developing democracy like the Philippines?"

These are some of the questions that young leaders from Southeast Asia #YSEALI asked President Obama yesterday at the White House. Read his reply here:
See President Obama's remarks at a question-and-answer session with young Southeast Asian leaders in the East Room of the White House.
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Having said that though, I still think Obama is the best president ever. He is not perfect, but the best of all. No contest :)
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As Secretary Kerry emphasized during last year’s #OurOcean Conference, sustainable fisheries is a responsibility that falls on all of us, since it affects all of us. So, how can we work together to address this common challenge? Learn more at:
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Spokesperson John Kirby: ‎Secretary of State John Kerry arrived at Boston's Logan airport this evening. He will head to Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment.
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Helping #Afghanistan Confront Challenges from Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance
By Brenna Feigleson

I recently traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for the first-ever donor coordination workshop for Afghanistan conventional weapons destruction programs. Co-hosted by the Department of State, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, and Afghanistan’s Department of Mine Clearance, the workshop reflects the international community’s enduring commitment to helping Afghanistan emerge from decades of conflict, and set the stage for recovery by working to safely clear landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other remnants of war.

The people of Afghanistan face one of the world’s most serious humanitarian challenges from these hidden hazards. The 1979 Soviet invasion, several years of internal armed conflict, and the international coalition’s campaign against the Taliban in 2001 led to the proliferation of landmines and other explosive remnants of war. As of December 2014, the Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan (MACCA) estimated that 524.6 square kilometers (202.549 square miles) of minefields and battlefields remain contaminated, affecting over 1,600 communities. Together, we have made significant progress, but much more work remains to be done before Afghanistan reaches its goal of becoming free of landmines and explosive remnants of war by 2023.

Around the world, the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs funds conventional weapons destruction programs that clear and safely dispose of landmines and unexploded ordnance; conduct community outreach to warn at-risk populations -- especially children -- about potential dangers; and provide assistance to survivors of landmine-related accidents, such as access to prosthetics and vocational training. U.S. efforts to address this serious humanitarian challenge began in Afghanistan in the late 1980s. Since then the United States has invested nearly $400 million in conventional weapons destruction programs in Afghanistan since 1993. Through the efforts of our implementing partners meeting in UAE, which also included Afghan non-governmental organizations, this assistance has restored access to land and infrastructure, developed national capacity to manage mine action programs independently, and protected Afghan communities from potential harm. One great thing about this kind of assistance is that you can see the impact immediately -- where there once was a landmine, it is now clear and the threat to at-risk populations is reduced.

The workshop identified specific challenges, including a decrease in international donor support and increased security threats posed from violent groups. In addition, implementing partners and the international community agreed that the Government of Afghanistan is improving national capacity to handle the problem, and stressed the importance of transitioning the mine action program from United Nations to national ownership.

For me, meeting in person the dedicated men and women working in Afghanistan to make it a safer place was one of the most rewarding experiences of the workshop. Listening to the implementing partners describe their work, it was clear that they are truly passionate about mine action and making a difference. Through initiatives like this workshop, the State Department and its partners from the international community and non-governmental organizations are one step closer to helping Afghanistan achieve its goal of becoming free of landmines and explosive remnants of war.

Since 1993, the United States has invested more than $2.4 billion to more than 90 countries around the world to reduce the harmful worldwide effects of at-risk, illicitly proliferated, and indiscriminately used conventional weapons of war.  For more information on U.S. humanitarian demining and Conventional Weapons Destruction programs, check out the latest edition of our annual report, To Walk the Earth in Safety at

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Happy National Oceans Month!

President Obama has proclaimed June 2015 as National Oceans Month. He calls on all  Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. 

Read President Obama's Proclimation:
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These pathetic republicans are trapped in a cycle of outrage over the fact that reality doesn't care what they think. 
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Statement Regarding Secretary of State John Kerry's Injury
Secretary Kerry broke his right femur in a bicycling accident this morning in Scionzier, France. Given the injury is near the site of his prior hip surgery, he will return to Boston today to seek treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital with his doctor who did the prior surgery. The Secretary is stable and never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Secretary Kerry is in good spirits and is grateful to the French and Swiss authorities, doctors, and nurses who assisted him after the accident.
The Secretary very much regrets not being able to visit Spain to meet with one of our close allies for discussions on a range of issues, as well as being unable to attend the counter-ISIL coalition ministerial meeting on Tuesday in Paris in person. The Secretary plans to participate in the counter-ISIL coalition meeting remotely. -John Kirby, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson. 
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He shoulda broken his fuckin neck..
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