John Kerry named new US Secretary of State

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – John Kerry, senator from Massachussetts, has been named the new secretary of state for the United States, replacing Hillary Clinton to head the foreign policy programme. Clinton retires Friday 1 February. The Senate confirmed Kerry’s nomination quickly as expected, Tuesday, with a 94-3 vote. Clinton is ending her term with a series […]

Kerry’s nomination for US secretary of state going smoothly

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Former presidential nominee, war veteran and longtime senator from Massachussetts had a smooth four-hour hearing Thursday 24 January for the post of US secretary of state. The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote on him as the replacement for Hillary Clinton, who is retiring, and he could be in […]

Geneva settles down to post-Syria talks Monday blues


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Glum Monday it is in diplomatic Geneva, with rain and gray skies the order of the day and post-partum blues for the weekend Syria conference, which made progress on paper, but without support from the two sides fighting in the conflict that the UN now estimates has killed 10,000 people. Top diplomats […]

Chinese dissident leaves US embassy in Beijing, Clinton visit starts

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has left the US embassy in Beijing where, the US says, he was seeking medical help, in a first confirmation that he was at the embassy. His six-day stay had potential to badly strain relations between the two countries just as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was […]

Hillary Clinton to step off “hire wire” job: surprise, non-surprise and kudos

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hillary Clinton’s offhand announcement, at the tail end of a Town Hall meeting in Washington, Thursday 26 January, that she’ll leave her post as Secretary of State when the president has time to name a replacement came as a big surprise to many while others wondered why it is news, since it’s […]

Clinton brings gays out of the human rights closet (update)


Update 06:00, transcript available  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have surprised more than one person in her audience at the United Nations Palais in Geneva Tuesday evening when her speech on human rights focused, not on the hot topic of Syria, but on a group whose rights rarely get this […]

Hillary Clinton visit will raise US political profile in int’l Geneva (update)

Clinton plans to meet with Syrian opposition representatives in Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, is about to come to town, but not just for a conference and a chat with the press: her Tuesday-Wednesday stopover includes major appearances at three Geneva international organization events. The US State department has […]

White House shrugs off Qaddafi appeal

Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi has appealed to US President Barack Obama in a letter to end what he called “an unjust war”, but the White House is shrugging off the appeal, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying at a press briefing that Qaddafi “knows what he has to do”. The deputy foreign minister of the […]

Clinton, Lavrov reportedly meeting in Geneva


Libyan crisis brings foreign minister to UNHRC meeting Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are both attending the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva starting Monday and a plenary session of the Conference of Disarmament. Russian media reported Sunday that the […]

Clinton to join Human Rights Council meeting on Libya

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – US President Barack Obama is sending Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, to a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday 28 February, to study options for dealing with Libya’s violent response to protesters. Libya is a member of the council, and others on the council have called […]