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Making room for peace in the Middle East

Jason Greenblatt, assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations, recently identified “an opportunity for peace at hand” in the Middle East. Find out what he means.
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Banning Barbie and Bart?

Freedom of expression is a fundamental U.S. right, but in some countries, governments take the extraordinary measure of blocking what their citizens can see and hear.
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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
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U.S. vice president’s wife welcomes Japan’s Akie Abe

Akie Abe, wife of Japan's prime minister, pays a visit to Karen Pence at the residence of the U.S. vice president in Washington.
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U.S., Latin America join forces to counter gangs

Juvenile justice officials from six countries share their evolving approaches to preventing youth from joining gangs in their countries at a U.S.-hosted conference.
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Finding creative ways to protest

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.
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In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.
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Human rights award winner languishes in Iranian prison

Narges Mohammadi voiced her opinion about Iran's death penalty and began a peaceful campaign to end the regime's public executions. She was jailed for expressing her views.
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Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report assesses religious freedom in countries around the world. "The state of religious freedom is dire," says Ambassador Brownback.