Two ways a resemblance can be unwelcome

[ by Charles Cameron — NSFW, I repeat, NSFW , maybe ] . You can be photoshopped from Canada to France, Sikh to Muslim, &c — That’s an iPad, not a Quran, and the Dastar (turban) is worn by Sikhs. pic.twitter.com/xkKzJ0G65f — Grasswire Fact Check (@grasswirefacts) November 14, 2015 The fake (on the left), photoshopped […] Read more »

Follow Dr. Biden’s Trip to Asia on Instagram

Kicking off Dr. Biden’s four-nation tour through Asia, Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Seoul, Republic of Korea on Saturday afternoon.

Military families greet Dr. Biden at Osan Air Force Base outside Seoul, Republic of Korea. https://t.co/FWl9zOw2zh pic.twitter.com/qJYu5yQsJP

— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) July 18, 2015

Her first stop was the Jinkwansa Temple, an ancient monastery that dates back to 1011. It is home to female monks, who use the temple as a place to demonstrate important spiritual, cultural, and historical values in Korean culture. The female monks also serve as leaders in their community, helping empower women and girls in Korea.

The monks led Dr. Biden around the temple grounds, explaining its rich history and showing her the dozens of pots that store doenjang, or fermented soybeans that they prepare.

“We just wanted to say how excited we are to be here in Korea and how wonderful the sisters have been to us today,” Dr. Biden said at the temple. “They’re educating women and empowering women. That’s one of the purposes of this trip.”

In the evening, Dr. Biden continued her discussion of women and girls by meeting with Jim Hee-Jun, the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Gender Equality and Family. The meeting focused on gender equality and women’s leadership in society.

Coming out of their meeting, the two leaders then visited a reception honoring female leaders in the Korean and American communities, including U.S. military personnel.

“Ann yeong haseyo!” Dr. Biden told the crowd, meaning “Hello!”

“President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and my husband Joe, the Vice President, have worked to empower women in the workforce and to shape every level of our government so that their voices are heard throughout society and all around the world,” Dr. Biden said. “To see those same efforts being made in the Republic of Korea shows how far we’ve come – not just as women in individual nations but as a global community of men and women working together toward full gender equality.”

In the Republic of Korea, Dr. Jill Biden delivered the keynote address at a reception hosted by the Minister of Gender Equity & Family. Watch below:

“Throughout my trip, we’ll meet with more women like all of you – women entrepreneurs, youth, and political leaders who are all empowering their communities and the next generation of women, because they know a nation cannot reach its full potential until its women reach theirs.”

Stay tuned as Dr. Biden continues her travels to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Follow her Journey on Instagram

Ahead of a week-long visit to the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Japan, Dr. Jill Biden is joining Instagram to give followers a unique inside look at her trip across Asia. Instagram followers will have access to behind-the-scenes photos from the road as she meets with students, women entrepreneurs, and military families.

Check out her first post:

 

Throughout her travels, Dr. Biden will highlight the importance of women and girls in the workforce and the power of education. While in Japan, she will participate in events as part of her Joining Forces initiative to show support for service men and women, veterans, and their families.

Stay tuned for photos during and after the trip, and don’t forget to follow Dr. Biden on Twitter to see the latest from her travels.

Check back here for updates from the road as Dr. Biden makes her way through Asia!

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No Shangri-La in South China Sea

On Saturday in Singapore, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addressed the attendants at the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-level security forum, asserting China’s recent land reclamation in the South China Sea was "out of step" with international norms, and adding his opposition to “any further militarization” in the region. Read more »

U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. Read more »

West Wing Week: 05/08/2015 or, “Viva Los Estados Unidos!”

This week, the President visited Lehman College in New York City for the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, taped an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration, announced his nominee for the new Cha... Read more »

“A True American Patriot” — President Obama Pays Tribute to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

President Obama, Vice President Biden and Gen. Martin Dempsey participate in an Armed Forces farewell in honor of Secretary Hagel

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff participate in an Armed Forces farewell in honor of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va., Jan. 28, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President traveled to Fort Myer, Virginia yesterday for the Armed Forces farewell ceremony in honor of our 24th Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.

In his remarks, the President acknowledged Secretary Hagel's courageous work during his lifelong service as a decorated veteran and Secretary:

[T]oday is a celebration of a quintessentially American life -- a man from the heartland who devoted his life to America. Just imagine, in your mind’s eye, the defining moments of his life. The kid from Nebraska who, as Marty said, volunteered to go to Vietnam. The soldier outside Saigon, rushing to pull his own brother from a burning APC. The deputy at the VA who stood up for his fellow Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. The senator who helped lead the fight for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, to give this generation of heroes the same opportunities that he had.

I asked Chuck to lead this department at a moment of profound transition. And today we express our gratitude for the progress under his watch.

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Weekly Wrap Up: #ItsOnUs

This week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, met with National Spelling Bee winners, announced a major increase in our efforts to help fight Ebola in Wes... Read more »

Here’s What a Medal of Honor Presentation at the White House Looks Like:

This afternoon at the White House, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for their actions in Vietnam.

Most Americans know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. armed forces can receive -- but what goes into the actual award ceremony at the White House?

In June, we went behind the scenes as the President presented the Medal of Honor to Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter, a retired United States Marine, for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan.

Take a look here -- and pass it on:

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Global Security and Climate Change: The Threats of Sea-Level Rise

Rising sea levels and flooding caused by climate change will have marked consequences on the world’s population, particularly the most impoverished. Consequences will include extensive flooding, leading to the loss of inhabited and arable land. The environmental degradation of already troubled regions will aggravate global conflict as people migrate and their food supplies become threatened. For each of these reasons, climate change is expected to be a major contributor to global conflict.

The post Global Security and Climate Change: The Threats of Sea-Level Rise appeared first on American Security Project.

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Now Is Not the Time to Forget About Asia

With the international order in Asia coming apart at the seams as China flexes its muscles in the South China Sea, the U.S. needs to double down on its commitment to the region.

The post Now Is Not the Time to Forget About Asia appeared first on American Security Project.

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