John Kerry Articles

Kerry Brings James Taylor to Serenade French With 'You've Got a Friend'

8:25 AM, Jan 16, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Paris Friday in what was billed as a show of solidarity with the French people after terrorists attacked last week. The former Massachusetts senator brought fellow Bay Stater and singer-songwriter James Taylor to sing a slightly off-key rendition of "You've Got a Friend" to a Parisian audience. Watch the video below:

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Kerry: I'm Going to Give 'a Big Hug to Paris'

12:09 PM, Jan 15, 2015

John Kerry is going to France today to give "a big hug to Paris," a week after the brutal terrorist attacks there.

His plan is "to share a big hug with Paris and express the affection of the American people for France and for our friends there who have been through a terrible time," he told reporters today in Bulgaria.

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Kerry: Climate Change 'Enormous Cloud Hanging Over All of Us'

'Global Climate Change Is Already Violently Affecting Communities … Around the World'
7:03 AM, Jan 12, 2015

While the attention of much of the world Sunday was focused on the massive unity rally in France in response to the recent terror attacks in that country, Secretary of State John Kerry was in India for a "global business" summit where he spoke of, among other concerns, the "one enormous cloud hanging over all of us which requires responsibility from leaders.

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John Kerry: 'Martyrs For Liberty'

11:09 AM, Jan 07, 2015

In remarks this morning from Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry said he agreed with the French imam who called the victims of today's murderous rampage in Paris "martyrs for liberty."

"I agree with the French iman who today called the slain journalists 'martyrs for liberty,'" said Kerry.

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Kerry Uses Tsunami Anniversary to Push 'Climate Change' Agenda

3:10 PM, Dec 22, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry used the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Indian Ocean region as a reminder about climate change. The earthquake released huge walls of water that inundated a number of coastal regions in both Asia and Africa just before Christmas in 2004. Kerry recalls hearing the news:

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John Kerry Tries to Channel Reagan: 'Tear Down the Digital Wall' in Cuba

8:17 AM, Dec 22, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry, who wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald along with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, evoked Ronald Reagan's timeless challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev at the Berlin Wall in 1987, "Mr.

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Kerry: U.S. Cuba Policy Has 'Isolated the United States' Instead of Cuba for Fifty-Five Years

7:17 AM, Dec 18, 2014

In John Kerry's statement on President Obama's Cuba policy changes, the secretary of state doesn't simply suggest the policies in place for five and a half decades are outdated. He seems to be suggesting they were a failure from the start. And in doing so, he apparently misstates his own age at the time President Kennedy made one of the most well known presidential addresses in our nation's history, and certainly the most notable regarding Cuba.

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Rubio: Administration Lied About Cuba Policy Change

1:35 PM, Dec 17, 2014

Republican senator Marco Rubio said a top State Department official was "dishonest" about the Obama administration's plans to change its policy on Cuba. Tony Blinken, the newly confirmed deputy secretary of State, told the Florida senator at his confirmation hearing in November that the administration would not unilaterally change its Cuba policy without "full consultation" with Congress. That consultation, Rubio says, never happened to his knowledge.

"He was dishonest," Rubio told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Wednesday. "He was clearly evasive."

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Extending Extensions

The ‘complex’ negotiations with Iran.
Dec 08, 2014

Predictably, President Barack Obama and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have decided to extend again the Joint Plan of Action, the interim nuclear deal they concluded in November 2013. Unlike the last extension, which was for four months, this one is for seven months; the “political” parts of the deal, Secretary of State John Kerry assures us, should be done by March, while further “technical and drafting” details may take until July. 

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John Kerry: 'Mideast Peace Process' Currently a 'Misnomer'

2:01 PM, Dec 03, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry has often spoken with some degree of optimism about the chance for peace between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East. Wednesday, however, in remarks after a meeting with European Union representative Federica Mogherini in Belgium, Kerry acknowledged that the Mideast peace process "may at this particular moment be a misnomer.

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Why Are the Iran Talks and the Israeli-Palestinian Talks Alike?

12:05 PM, Nov 24, 2014

Today we learned that it has been impossible to reach an agreement with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Even a short "framework" agreement or one-pager was beyond reach. And this, despite the extension of the talks from the original deadline last spring.

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State Department Changes Website Announcement of Kerry's Vienna Trip After Delay

8:34 AM, Nov 19, 2014

Contradicting reports that Secretary of State John Kerry has delayed a trip to Vienna to join the nuclear talks with Iran, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki tweeted 

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Kerry: Terror Attack 'Pure Result of Incitement'

1:01 PM, Nov 18, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry called today's terror attack in Jerusalem the "pure result of incitement" and called on "Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms." Here's video:

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Obama to Chinese President: I Want to 'Take the Relationship To a New Level'

7:37 AM, Nov 11, 2014

President Obama told the president of China he wants to "take the relationship to a new level."

Obama, who is visiting China as part of a global summit, attended an event at the residence of Chinese president Xi Jinping Tuesday. According to the pool report, Xi told Obama he wanted to work more closely with the Americans, and the American president agreed.

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Kerry: If U.S. Gave Up All Fossil Fuels, It Wouldn’t Stop Climate Change

9:21 AM, Nov 05, 2014

While the nation was focused on the mid-term elections Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Johns Hopkins School

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While We’re Young?

4:28 PM, Oct 29, 2014

Laura Barron-Lopez of the The Hill is reporting that:

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White House Does Not Deny Bibi 'Chickens***' Comment

10:09 AM, Oct 29, 2014

The belief that the prime minister of Israel is "chickenshit" is "not the administration's view," a spokesperson for the National Security Council says in a statement. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic reported Tuesday that a "senior administration official" viewed Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, as the most frustrating foreign leader to the White House and the State Department.

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State Dept. Urges Israel to Remain Calm After Terror Attack Kills American, Injures Others

10:34 AM, Oct 23, 2014

After the latest terror attack in Israel, the State Department issued the following statement urging all sides -- which would include Israel, the victims here -- to remain calm:

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Kerry: 'Hopeful That We Can Avoid ... Another Cold War' With Russia

6:29 AM, Oct 23, 2014

While some in Congress have warned that Russian involvement in Ukraine portends a "looming" new cold war, Obama administration officials have for the most part brushed off the comparison.

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Kerry: Ebola Could Take 'Decades' to Fight, Likens to 'HIV or Polio'

10:27 AM, Oct 17, 2014

John Kerry says the fight against Ebola could take "decades."

He called it "a scourge like HIV or polio that we will end up fighting—all of us—for decades,” according to Vaughn Sterling, a CNN producer.

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Kerry Uses Arab Name 'Daesh' to Refer to Islamic State

'Nothing whatsoever about ISIL that is related to Islam.'
6:14 AM, Oct 13, 2014

Following the lead of Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday began using the Arabic acronym "Daesh" at times when referring to the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS).

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Kerry Quotes Burke

3:31 PM, Sep 26, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry writes in his hometown paper, the Boston Globe, about how with U.S. leadership, "the world" will defeat the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. Kerry, who voted for the Iraq War in 2003 and later withdrew his support,tries to draw a distinction between the military actions of his current boss, Barack Obama, and those of Obama's predecessor by appealing to a conservative authority:

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Kerry: World is 'On Track To Warm At Least 4 Degrees' in 20-40 Years

10:22 AM, Sep 23, 2014

"Mother Nature ... is screaming at us about" climate change, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the crowd at the opening event of Climate Week NYC 2014. While Kerry used a more measured tone than that which he attributed to Mother Nature, the apocalyptic nature of his warnings were in keeping with her purported sentiment. Using projections that appear hyperbolic, even compared to the worst case scenarios presented in the latest United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Kerry said that "we’re on track to warm at at least 4 degrees over the course of the next 20, 30, 40 years, and by the century, even more.

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Senators: 'Gravely Concerned' Kerry Will Sign Bad Nuclear Deal With Iran

6:26 AM, Sep 22, 2014

Thirty-one U.S. senators have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to express concern that the U.S. might sign a bad nuclear deal with Iran.

"As nuclear talks with Iran resume in New York this week, we have learned that the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners may now be offering troubling nuclear concessions to Iran in the hopes of rapidly concluding negotiations for a 'deal,'" the letter reads.

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Kerry Makes 'Climate Change … a Foreign Policy Priority' at UN

12:42 PM, Sep 21, 2014

At the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of State John Kerry will make "climate change ... a foreign policy priority," the State Department announced in press release. "Secretary Kerry Elevates Climate Change at UN General Assembly," the press release is titled.

"Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action this coming week during the UN General Assembly in New York," reads the release.

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Kerry to Meet with Iran's Foreign Minister

12:23 PM, Sep 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, later this afternoon at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Matt Lee of Associated Press reports on Twitter:


#SecKerry to meet #Iran FM at the Waldorf in NYC this afternoon, per @StateDept

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Kerry: 'People Killing Each Other Over Water' Shortages Due To Climate Change

1:08 PM, Sep 19, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at U.S. Aid's 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum Friday and gave a stark warning about "500-year" drought conditions around the world that he says are a result of climate change. He went so far as to say that "[t]here are people killing each other over water in certain parts of the world," and part of the solution lies in a "low-carbon economy" [emphasis added]: 

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Kerry: We Must 'Put Real Islam Out There'

6:15 AM, Sep 16, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a "religious foundation" for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to "begin to put real Islam out there." Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on

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Wasting Time

1:45 PM, Sep 15, 2014

The Obama administration is behaving like a prisoner under interrogation: eventually, if unintentionally, it ends up talking most about the subjects it least wishes to discuss.

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Kerry Flip-Flops On 'War'

What difference does it make?
10:42 AM, Sep 14, 2014

John Kerry argued that it doesn't really make a difference if we call U.S. action against ISIS a "war." He criticized the "tortured debate" this morning on CBS:

"Mr. Secretary, thank you so much," said CBS host Bob Schieffer. "Can I clear up one thing first. This week you went to some lengths to say you wouldn't call this a war, but yet at the Pentagon and at the State Department even they were saying we are at war with ISIS. Are we at war?"  

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