Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts for talks in Washington on Friday, aiming to repair strained relations with Moscow.
President Obama snubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he called off plans to go to Moscow next month for a one-on-one summit. He was reacting to Russia's offer of temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
But on Friday, the diplomats seemed eager to show that the dispute is not some new sort of cold war.
His name is "Boulet." Just Boulet. He's French. He's had a blog for years and what we have here, as you will no doubt notice, is a rough French-to-English translation, but the words don't matter that much. This is a fantastic voyage, one of the coolest I've seen on the Web.
In October 2011, NPR aired a series of reports by correspondent Laura Sullivan about the placement of Native American children in foster care. The series focused on South Dakota, where it found an unusually high number of native children were placed in non-native foster homes, despite a 1978 law intended to curb such "removals." In addition, it found that federal subsidies for foster care appeared to have had the effect of spurring such placements.
Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 12:18 pm
In October 2011, NPR aired a three-part investigative series by reporter Laura Sullivan and producer Amy Walters alleging abuses in the foster care system for Native American children in South Dakota. With a mix of statements by the reporter and much innuendo, the series unmistakably alleges that the state's Department of Social Services was systematically removing Indian children from their families in order to collect federal reimbursements.
This Sept. 8, 2012, photo shows a playground on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The reservation for years has attracted the eyes and ears of journalists and activists eager to tell the stories of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 11:19 am
The Allegation: Indian children are being forcibly removed from their families and put into foster care at high rates that reflect widespread or systematic abuse by the state Department of Social Services.
The best case in defense of the NPR series on Indian foster care in South Dakota is in the first hearing of the story. You have a hard heart if you don't get goose bumps.
The weaknesses emerge when you start taking apart the transcript.
Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 11:20 am
Allegation: South Dakota receives almost $100 million a year in federal reimbursements for foster care of Native Americans.
A cartoon poster summoned Lakota Indians to the May summit on foster care. "South Dakota receives $100 million each year from Washington D.C. for foster care," declared the poster, and highlighted the amount in red.
"Shouldn't this funding go to the tribes so that they can handle their own foster care needs?" It is a good question. A big red "Yes" followed.
Sioux children as they arrived at the Indian School at Carlisle Barracks, Oct. 5 1879.
Credit Victoria Wicks / SDPB
People gather outside the Rapid City, S.D. federal courthouse in March to demonstrate their support of the lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of three Native mothers and the Rosebud and Oglala Sioux tribes.
Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 11:20 am
Allegation: Indian foster children are put in white homes at extraordinarily high rates, reflecting systematic cultural bias and violating the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
"Kill the Indian in him and save the man," said Capt. Richard Henry Pratt, the 19th century founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. It was a prescription that became a model for Indian boarding schools that often coerced attendance and forced Indian children to change their language, dress and manners.
Heading into Friday's news conference, President Obama had a delicate balancing act before him: how to acknowledge widespread concerns about National Security Agency surveillance without in any way legitimizing the actions of leaker Edward Snowden.
The best course, the president decided, was to acknowledge that Snowden's revelations to some degree forced his administration to accelerate and expand a review of the federal government's surveillance activities.
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 7:18 pm
U.S. trade officials have ruled that South Korea's Samsung infringed on patents owned by Apple for specific smartphone features, ratcheting up a tit-for-tat legal battle between the two electronics giants that is matched only by the ferocity of their marketplace competition.
NPR's Alt.Latino Host Jasmine Garsd is spending a few months in Mexico City, a city she calls "one of the Latin meccas of music." In addition to researching great stories there, she's been tracking down innovative places to record quality audio.
Garsd posted this photo from one of her makeshift recording studios in the city, and says:
"Desde las oficinas de grabacion de Alt.Latino en Mexico- tmbn conocido como un placard con buena acustica"
Should you ever meet Donny McCaslin, you'll encounter an imposingly tall fellow who's one of the nicest guys you'll shake hands with — and who wields a sax like few others. His band has gone electro-funk with fuzz-dub bass, analog synths and hard grooves. One of his newer tunes is called "Stadium Jazz," which is a little tongue-in-cheek and with a little bit of the grand vision implied. They played a side stage in the morning. The audience didn't know what hit 'em.
Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:56 am
Babies come in pretty cute packaging — we're pretty sure it has something to do with Mother Nature wanting you to coo over a burping, pooping little freeloader. But now Chinese Internet users have found a way to one-up nature: They're wrapping those already adorable babes in watermelons.