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Diplomatic Security
Protecting State Employee and Buildings Around the World.

Special agents protect the Secretary.

Since August 1998, the bureau has responded to more than a dozen post evacuations, more than 70 post closings and more than 2,500 separate terrorist threats to U.S. Missions. And that's in addition to last year's tragic bombings of two U.S. Embassies in East Africa.



Many people in the room nodded when the speaker explained that he was feeling guilty. His sister, who lived 70 miles from their mother's home, carried most of the burden of caring for her. It cost a lot to fly 1,000 miles for a visit, he told the group, so he mostly "wrote checks" as his contribution toward his aging mother's well-being. What could he do to help make this family situation more fair?


Post of the Month: Niamey

Niger? You mean Nigeria? was the response many of us got when telling friends about our new assignment. No--Niger is separate from, and quite different from, Nigeria. There are, however, many similarities. Both countries share a common border and common people (the Hausa, who make up about 50 percent of Niger's population), and both take their name from the Niger River.


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