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.

U.S. Voices Outrage as Syria Assumes Presidency of U.N. Disarmament Body

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department voiced outrage on Tuesday over the Syrian government’s assumption of the presidency of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament for the next month, saying Damascus lacked credibility to preside over the body because of its use of chemical weapons.