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Comment policy

We welcome your comments and expect our conversation to follow the general rules of respectful civil discourse. This is a moderated blog, and we will only post comments that relate to topics on Bloggers are fully responsible for everything that they submit in their comments, and all posted comments are in the public domain. We do not discriminate against any views, but we reserve the right not to post comments.

Only comments that comply with these specific points will be approved for posting.

No insults, offensive comments, threats, or vulgarities. No off-topic comments. The blog is not the place to express opinions and beliefs not related to that topic. No advertisements. The blog is not intended to promote or advertise business or commercial transactions. Communications made through the blog’s e-mail and messaging system will in no way constitute a legal or official notice or component to the U.S. Department of State or any other official or employee of the U.S. Department of State for any purpose. 

This blog use policy is subject to amendments or modifications at any time to ensure its continued use is consistent with intended purpose as a limited forum.


We do not collect any personally identifying information.

Linking Policy and Disclaimer Endorsement

The views expressed in Blogs at do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of State or any other office in the federal government. blogs include useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals’ blog. We provide these links and pointers solely for our users’ information and convenience.

When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving Blogs at and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

Blogs at does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.

Blogs at does not indorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

Blogs at cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in the linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsors of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide. Contact the website manager to clarify who owns the rights to any materials before copying.

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