Most of the time when Americans vote, they're choosing officeholders to make and enforce the laws. But twenty-four states and Washington allow citizens at times to bypass legislators and vote directly on an issue through procedures known as initiative and referendum.
Every five years the international community gathers to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The next review will begin on April 27th and run until May 22nd at the UN in New York City. Secretary Kerry will deliver the U.S. national statement on April 27th.
The tradition of expressing contrary viewpoints is alive and well in the United States and around the world today.
Enabling women to enjoy equal rights can help alleviate poverty, illiteracy, and abuse and benefit entire societies. For example, a 10-percent increase in girls' school attendance means a country's economy grows an extra 3 percent.
"When I made the decision to run for public office, I did so because I firmly believe that my generation's voice, fresh perspective and innovative ideas can help solve some of our state's most challenging issues," Blair wrote on her official Facebook page after winning.
On this first-ever International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the United States commends the priceless contributions by journalists to the freedom and security of us all, shining light into the darkness and giving voice to the voiceless.
ISIS fighters have exhibited repulsive savagery and cruelty. Even as they butcher Shiite Muslims and Christians in their effort to touch off a broader ethnic and sectarian conflict, they pursue a calculated strategy of killing fellow Sunni Muslims to gain and hold territory. The beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, has shocked the conscience of the world.
"Africa is no longer a sleeping giant but is awake and open for business." These words from a rising South African leader at last week's Young African Leaders Summit could not be more accurate: Africa might well be the biggest market opportunity in the global economy today, and U.S. companies cannot afford to miss out.