Using the opportunity to take a jab at Donald Trump, Kerry criticized the idea of using a wall to protect the country’s porous Southern border.

“Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” Kerry said. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others.”

Completely ignoring the fact that J. Michael Springman, the former chief of the visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, testified that the C.I.A. ordered him to approve the 9/11 hijackers’ visas, Kerry went on to accuse those who support a wall as “hiding” from the world.

Kerry Hails Deal With Russia for Syria Ceasefire

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The United States, Russia, and other countries have reached an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry saidMonday.

The announcement follows days of lethal violence across Syria. Expectations for a diplomatic breakthrough to end the civil war in Syria remain low, as past proposals for a truce have failed to materialize on the ground. More than 250,000 people have been killed in five years of conflict, and millions have been forced to leave their homes.

“I am gratified to see the final arrangements concluded today for a cessation of hostilities in Syria and call on all parties to accept and fully comply with its terms,” Kerry said in a statement.

I am gratified to see the final arrangements concluded today for a cessation of hostilities in Syria and call on all parties to accept and fully comply with its terms,” Kerry said in a statement.

The ceasefire is scheduled to go into effect at midnight on Feb. 27 and will not include ISIS militants or those from Jabhat al-Nursa, the local branch of al-Qaeda.

Kerry’s announcement comes a day after a series of car bombings in Homs and Damascus killed at least 140 people. The killings were a deadly illustration of how jihadists groups—including ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra—have the ability to derail any ceasefire.

“We are all aware of the significant challenges ahead,” Kerry said. “Over the coming days, we will be working to secure commitments from key parties that they will abide by the terms of this cessation of hostilities and further develop modalities for monitoring and enforcement.”

Kerry’s announcement also follows a lethal escalation in a Russian-backed offensive by the regime of president Bashar Assad, whose forces are trying to reclaim territory lost to rebel groups.

The Russian bombing campaign, primarily in areas held by mainstream rebel groups, has been characterized by attacks on hospitals, schools, and other civilian targets. More than 70,000 people fled the offensive in the first 15 days of February alone.

Indirect peace talks in Geneva in late January collapsed following an intensification of Russian airstrikes. Opposition groups who agreed in principle to negotiate say they will not participate in talks until past United Nations resolutions on Syria are implemented, calling for an end to attacks on civilians and the lifting of sieges imposed on rebel-held areas.

The most recent proposed ceasefire was announced on Feb. 12 and called for a halt to the violence within one week. The fighting continued as that deadline came and went. As a result, skepticism runs deep among observers and the warring parties in Syria.

John Kerry Says Migrants Pose ‘Near Existential’ Threat to Europe — Months After Obama Mocked GOP Opponents of Syrian Refugees to U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, gestures during his speech at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Though just months ago President Barack Obama excoriated and mocked Republicans who oppose offering Syrian refugees resettlement in the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday characterized the flood of refugees entering Europe as a “threat” of “near existential” proportions to the continent.

“The United States of America understands the near existential nature of this threat to the politics and fabric of life in Europe,” Kerry told the Munich Security Conference Saturday, according to the the State Department’s transcript of his remarks.

The top U.S. diplomat said that half of those trying to get into Europe aren’t even Syrian and that there’s “a whole industry” designed to move them over borders, echoing arguments made by those who want a more stringent vetting process before allowing migrants claiming to be Syrian refugees into the U.S.

Kerry accuses Russia of targeting ‘legitimate opposition’ in Syria –


US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday accused Russia of attacking “legitimate opposition groups” in Syria and called on Moscow to change its targeting strategy in its air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Kerry said that changes to Russia’s air campaign were critical to the success of an internationally agreed proposal for a cessation of hostilities within a week between pro-government forces and some Syrian opposition groups.

“To date, the vast majority of Russia’s attacks have been against legitimate opposition groups,” said Kerry, speaking at an international security conference in Munich.

“To adhere to the agreement it made, we think it is critical that Russia’s targeting change.”

Russia has supported Assad against rebel forces whom it collectively labels “terrorists,” while the US has provided some support to some rebels it terms “moderate” and called for Assad to leave power.

Friday’s agreement called for a “cessation of hostilities” within a week and for greatly increased humanitarian access, but it excludes the Islamic State group and the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, which fights alongside some more moderate factions in the north of the country.

Russia was also criticised at the same conference on Saturday by French Prime Minister Manual Valls, who told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in a head-to-head debate that Moscow needed to stop bombing civilians.



The Democratic establishment is likely in talks with John Kerry – and Joe Biden again – to enter the presidential race against Hillary if the Emailgate scandal gets worse, according to Dr. Ron Paul.

Kerry says effort and good faith could lead to lifting of sanctions on Russia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he believed that, with effort and good faith on both sides, it would be possible to implement the Minsk agreements on Ukraine in coming months to allow for a lifting of sanctions on Russia.

In a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kerry said he and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had meet this week in the Swiss resort with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to help ensure full implementation of the agreements.

“And I believe that, with effort and with bona-fide legitimate intent to solve the problem on both sides, it is possible in these next months to find those Minsk agreements implemented and to get to a place where sanctions can be appropriately, because of the full implementation, removed,” Kerry said.