Feds Spending $1.25 Million on ‘Go Viral’ Festival

The State Department is spending over $1.2 million on a “Go Viral” festival in Kazakhstan.

The U.S. embassy and consulate in Kazakhstan released a funding opportunity last week, seeking applications for a nonprofit to run future festivals and events that are modeled on South by Southwest and TED talks. The most recent festival held over the weekend featured sessions on climate change and “fake news.”

American in China Blames State Dept for Delayed Warning About Mysterious Ailment

The latest American employee evacuated from a U.S. consulate in China after suffering from mysterious neurological symptoms is accusing State Department officials of failing to inform him and others about another employee’s similar health concerns until a month after the other staffer was evacuated.