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  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Colleges want more Public/State Funding

    10/31/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 30, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Running out of funds and ideas, colleges want more public funding to help keep them afloat. During a recent panel discussion at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, speakers praised President Barack Obama’s higher education push for performance-based pay and incentives for colleges and universities. Ted Mitchell, , U.S. Department of Education undersecretary, complained about today’s higher education funding environment, telling the audience, “There has been systematic disinvestment by states throughout the Great Recession in higher education,” adding that it “really does disadvantage students” from low-income neighborhoods and backgrounds. He felt the state governments, by not funding state...
  • Satire: Guatemalan President Blames US for Illegal Immigration from His Country

    10/20/2014 10:23:53 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Guatemalan President Otto Perez says the recent influx of illegal immigration to the US from Central American nations is America’s fault. “Look, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvadore are veritable cesspools,” Perez admitted. “Who wouldn’t want to leave? Compare this to welfare obtainable in the United States if you are poor and you have a strong motivation to try to get there. With President Obama’s open border policies its practically an invitation to make the arduous journey north.” As an alternative to mass migration, Perez suggested that “more generous foreign aid to our counties in the south could dampen the need for...
  • Israel Vs. Ebola

    10/12/2014 8:28:33 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | October 12, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Vs. EbolaBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — October 12, 2014 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning held a discussion on the spread of the Ebola virus, in continuation of a similar discussion held last Monday, 6 October. At today’s meeting in Jerusalem it was decided to emphasize the questioning of travelers arriving in Israel from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, who are most at risk. The questioning will be implemented at air, land and sea entry points into...
  • US pledges $212 million to reconstruct Gaza terror tunnels

    10/12/2014 12:19:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/12/2014 | Rick Moran
    Of course, we're pretending that the money will go to rebuild homes and businesses. But everyone above the age 5 knows what the money is really buying. From Reuters: Out of this conference must come not just money but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for peace that meets the aspirations of all, for Israelis, for Palestinians for all people of this region," Kerry told the conference. "And I promise you the full commitment of President Obama, myself and the United States to try to do that," he said. At the conference Kerry also announced an additional $212 million...
  • Obama 'Can't Buy Control of Israel With Military Aid'

    10/06/2014 10:56:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 10/6/14 | Ari Yashar
    Likud Central Committee Chairman Danny Danon on Monday weighed in on the spat between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama's administration, warning that Israel cannot be bought. The falling out focuses on a construction project to build 2,610 new homes in the Jewish Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos, which while slated for construction since 2012 was only given final approval last week, opening the path for bids sometime in the future. "President Obama is mistaken if he thinks American military aid, which is given for reasons of American strategic interests, buys him the right to dictate to...
  • UN: $550 Million to Gaza Despite Renewed Terror Tunnels

    09/09/2014 4:13:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/9/14 | Ari Yashar
    The United Nations (UN) and Palestinian Authority (PA) on Tuesday called for international donors to supply $550 million to the Hamas terror enclave of Gaza, despite the fact that Hamas has already restarted construction on its terror tunnels to attack Israel. The appeal seeks to repair damage caused in the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, which started in July after Hamas launched a rocket war on the Jewish state. "The scope of damage and devastation is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip," said UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley in a statement, reports AFP. "The crisis is far from over." Rawley and PA...
  • Ukraine Says Russia Violated Its Border (Aid Convoy Arrives Lugansk Without Permission)

    08/22/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8-22-2014 | Anton Troianovski in Kiev, and
    -Kiev Says Crossing of Russian Trucks Without Red Cross Violates Agreement Ukraine charged Russia with violating its borders by driving dozens of trucks into the rebel-held east of the country on Friday, a sharp escalation in tensions after an extended standoff over a large convoy believed to be carrying humanitarian aid that Moscow dispatched last week. Russia's foreign ministry said it sent in the trucks unilaterally because Kiev was deliberately halting the delivery. But Ukrainian officials said trucks had entered Ukraine without being accompanied by the International Committee of the Red Cross, violating a previous agreement. They charged that Russian...
  • UKRAINE: Poland will provide Ukrainian armed forces 320 tons of aid

    08/21/2014 2:07:24 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    www.hromadske.tv ^ | Thursday, 21 September 2014
    Ministry of Defense of Poland will provide humanitarian aid deliveries to the military in the zone of ATO. This is stated in a message on the website of the Ministry of defence of Poland. "Next week the city will be delivered the first batch of planned almost 320 tons of Polish aid»,-said in a statement. The Ukrainian military will, in particular, food, mattresses and blankets. In the Polish Office stressed that the assistance will be provided on the basis of the Protocol signed between the defense ministries of the two countries. "
  • ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

    08/20/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-20-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a Trojan horse to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists in the area. Moscow says the mission is purely humanitarian in support of civilians trapped by the conflict. "An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees from groups controlling the territory for this...
  • How foreign aid exacerbates instability around the world

    08/15/2014 4:50:33 AM PDT · by profreedomdude · 5 replies
    Civitas ^ | 14 August 2014 | Oliver Williams
    According to Kofi Annan, “right up to March 1994 reports were still being written by international development agencies, praising Rwanda as an unusual success story.” This was also the view of the aid worker Peter Uvin who writes in his book Aiding Violence that the country “was usually seen as a model of development in Africa, with good performance on most indicators of development.” Development aid poured in from most western countries. Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of “development” was followed by 6 weeks of genocide with a rate of death that exceeded that of the Nazi extermination camps....
  • JOURNALISTS: We Just Saw Russian Military Vehicles Cross Into Ukraine

    08/14/2014 12:27:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8-14-2014 | Jeremy Bender/Reuters
    The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, and The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant tweeted today that a column of armored personnel carriers (ACPs) and other Russian military vehicles have crossed over the Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin's government is sending a convoy of unmarked white trucks to Ukraine, and military vehicles started traveling alongside a supposed Russian aid convoy earlier on Thursday. Most of the fleet of more than 262 vehicles, including about 200 trucks carrying aid, stopped 15 miles from the border of Ukraine's rebel-held eastern region of Luhansk. If these reports are correct, a separate military convoy has apparently continued into...
  • Russia Calls for Ceasefire in East Ukraine to Facilitate Humanitarian Effort

    08/14/2014 11:56:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Rossiya Segodnya ^ | 8-14-2014
    Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday called for an immediate ceasefire in violence-torn eastern Ukraine to ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid to civilian population suffering amid armed clashes between Kiev-led forces and independence supporters. "It is necessary to guarantee the security of the upcoming humanitarian mission," the ministry said in a statement. "We urge the warring sides at this crucial junction to show the political will to alleviate the suffering of the population of the affected region," the statement said. Russia has sent a convoy of 280 trucks carrying some 2,000 metric tons of humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine,...
  • Ukraine: Humanitarian mission into rebel-held territory will be led by Red Cross

    08/11/2014 10:30:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Winnepeg Free Press ^ | 8-11-2014 | Yuras Peter Leonard
    The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation with Russia and the European Union into the rebel-held city of Luhansk — a plan that Ukraine says the backing of President Barack Obama. The Kremlin earlier announced that it was dispatching the humanitarian convoy into eastern Ukraine. Ukraine had previously objected to Russia sending any aid into the region, and the West had strongly warned Russia that any attempt to send its military personnel into Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian assistance would be seen as an invasion. In the last week, Ukrainian government forces have been closing in...
  • U.S. Drops Aid to Iraqis; Militants Are Hit by Air Strikes

    08/07/2014 6:51:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/07/2014 | By HELENE COOPER, MARK LANDLER and ALISSA J. RUBIN
    President Obama said Thursday that United States military aircraft had dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq. Speaking Thursday night from the State Dining Room at the White House, the president said he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil, threatening the American citizens and military personnel there. And he said that at the request of the Iraqi government, he had authorized the military to use airstrikes to help provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi citizens,...
  • Aid to Africa: donations from west mask '$60bn looting' of continent

    07/16/2014 5:34:29 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 15 July 2014 | Mark Anderson
    Western countries are using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide the "sustained looting" of the continent as it loses nearly $60bn a year through tax evasion, climate change mitigation, and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies, a group of NGOs has claimed. Although sub-Saharan Africa receives $134bn each year in loans, foreign investment and development aid, research released on Tuesday by a group of UK and Africa-based NGOs suggests that $192bn leaves the region, leaving a $58bn shortfall.
  • HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!

    07/11/2014 11:05:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 186 replies
    Liberty News ^ | July 11 2014 | Eric Odom
    FULL TITLE: EXCLUSIVE: HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for Obama’s 2014 Invasion!//// A month or two ago news broke that Obama’s HHS was calling for private contractors to help transport illegal aliens throughout the interior United States. What made this already big news even bigger is the fact that the original call for proposals came out in January, long before the bulk of the illegal alien surge began. The breaking news you’re about to read is ten times bigger, because the following proves the Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches back in 2010....
  • LePage policy puts squeeze on cities, immigrants; he says plan will help 'most vulnerable'

    06/26/2014 8:28:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    The Republic ^ | ALANNA DURKIN
    Gov. Paul LePage understands hardship. He was homeless for a time as a boy. But tell that to Douglas Mpay, an immigrant from Angola who is seeking asylum in the United States and whose family relies on a municipal welfare program in Maine that the governor says will get no state funding if cities and towns continue to assist residents living in the country illegally. (SNIP) But LePage, who has made reforming welfare a priority since taking office in 2011, insists the new policy will preserve assistance for the most needy and bring the state into compliance with federal law....
  • US sending helmets, other non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

    04/17/2014 10:17:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 41 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2014
    The U.S. is sending helmets, sleeping bags and generators to support the Ukrainian military -- but stopped short of approving other items the interim government reportedly says it needs to stand up to the might of Moscow, saber-rattling on its doorstep. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the U.S. will send the additional non-lethal military aid. The additional aid was announced as fighting between Ukraine's military and pro-Russian factions intensified in the eastern part of the country. Hagel, speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon with his Polish counterpart, said the approved aid would include medical supplies, helmets,...
  • Chronicling Higher Education’s Disarray

    02/10/2014 8:04:32 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 7, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A look at the latest education news seems to show that academia’s left hand doesn’t know what its far left hand is doing. From the Chronicle of Higher Education we learn that “As students confront rising college costs and a labyrinthine financial-aid process, some are turning to crowdfunding websites like Go-FundMe to cover their expenses.” “While the approach is still novel and hardly widespread, financial-aid officials say, enthusiasm for online campaigns is very much a reflection of the times,” Libby Sander wrote in the Chronicle. “Students are frustrated with the aid process, eager to avoid student-loan debt, and worried over...
  • You Can’t Save the World

    02/01/2014 4:41:40 PM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-31-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    For only ten dollars a day or a month you can feed all the starving children in Africa. For only the price of a cup of coffee a year, you can make sure that no one in Kansas City ever goes hungry again. For just a third of your paycheck, you can subsidize a vast bureaucracy that will conduct studies on the best way to save the world and then come up with proposals that will only cost you half your paycheck. This misplaced philanthropic confidence is the idiot stepchild of a free enterprise society where anything can be accomplished...
  • U.S. Aid to Afghans Flows On Despite Warnings of Misuse

    01/30/2014 1:12:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    New York TImes ^ | JAN. 30, 2014 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG and AZAM AHMED
    With billions of dollars in American aid increasingly flowing straight into Afghan government coffers, the United States hired two global auditing firms three years ago to determine whether Afghanistan could be trusted to safeguard the money. The findings were so dire that American officials fought to keep them private. But the money has continued to flow, despite warnings from the auditors that none of the 16 Afghan ministries could be counted on to keep the funds from being stolen or wasted. The problems unearthed by the auditors are detailed in a report to be published Thursday by the Special Inspector...
  • Free money might be the best way to end poverty.

    12/31/2013 9:58:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | undated, but published: December 29 | Rutger Bregman
    In May 2009, a small experiment involving 13 homeless men took off in London. Some of them had slept in the cold for more than 40 years. The presence of these street veterans was far from cheap. Police, legal services, health care: Each cost taxpayers thousands of pounds every year. That spring, a local charity decided to make the street veterans — sometimes called rough sleepers — the beneficiaries of an innovative social experiment. No more food stamps, food-kitchen dinners or sporadic shelter stays. The 13 would get a drastic bailout, financed by taxpayers. Each would receive 3,000 pounds (about...
  • Obama Gives Somalia $1.5 Bil, Somalia Bans Christmas

    12/26/2013 5:11:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/26/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan Somalia has about 1,000 surviving Christians. And that’s a challenge in a country where everyone is either in an Islamic militia or trying to move to the United States to sponge off welfare and plot terrorist bombings.In 2009, four Christian orphanage workers were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam. Now Somalia has gotten enough of its act together to ban Christmas. The Somali Government has banned celebration of Christian festivities in the country.The Director General of the ministry, Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow Aden, and the Director...
  • EU Dangles 'Unprecedented' Aid Package for Israel-PA Deal

    12/16/2013 7:25:16 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/12/13
    The European Union on Monday pledged "unprecedented" levels of support to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the event that the two parties reach a final status agreement which would include the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in Judea and Samaria, along with the ethnic-cleansing of at least 100,000 Jews in communities throughout the region. Commending US Secretary of State John Kerry for his efforts in launching direct talks between the two, EU foreign ministers said the 28-nation bloc would "contribute substantially" to post-conflict arrangements to ensure the sustainability of a peace deal. "The EU will provide an...
  • US Unemployment Aid Applications Surge to 368,000

    12/12/2013 3:59:13 PM PST · by Son House · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2013 | JOSH BOAK
    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday. Economists will track the next few weeks closely to see if that trend is reversing, or if the surge is a temporary blip caused by seasonal adjustments. The recent drop in layoffs has coincided with a pickup in hiring. The economy has added an average of 204,000 jobs a...
  • Africa's Aid Mess: why the philanthropy of Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and Bono largely fails.

    12/02/2013 6:29:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Barron's ^ | 12/02/2013 | PAUL THEROUX
    The desire of distant outsiders to fix Africa may be heartfelt, but it is also age-old and even quaint. Curiously repetitive in nature, renewed and revised every decade or so, it is an impulse Charles Dickens described, in a wickedly accurate phrase, as "telescopic philanthropy." That is, a focus from afar to uplift the continent: New York squinting compassionately at Nairobi. Never have so many people, so many agencies, so many stratagems, so much money been deployed to improve Africa -- and yet the majority of the movers are part-timers, merely dropping in, setting up a scheme in the much-mocked...
  • US Gives $75M in aid to Palestine

    11/06/2013 4:04:24 AM PST · by Netz · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | November 6, 2013 | Belfast Telegraph
    US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will provide an additional $75 million (£46 million) in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure. US officials say the aid is designed to boost Palestinian public support for faltering peace talks with Israel by showing them tangible benefits from the process. Kerry announced the aid in Bethlehem, where he is meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry earlier met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The new aid brings the US contribution to a Palestinian infrastructure programme to $100 million (£62...
  • U.S. Lawmakers Speak Out Against Cutting Off Aid to Egypt

    10/29/2013 10:55:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged the White House to lift its suspension of military aid to Egypt, AFP reports. The lawmakers warned that freezing funds and weapons deliveries might unravel decades of cooperation with a key regional ally. Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he had initially supported a temporary halt to deliveries of F-16 aircraft to the Egyptian military following its ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in July. “But today I do not believe that suspending the military aid will make the Egyptian government more democratic or make it easier for the...
  • Report: U.S. to Cut Off Aid to Egypt

    10/08/2013 10:28:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    INN ^ | 10/9/2013, 4:12 AM | Elad Benari
    The United States will cut off aid to Egypt in the wake of the July coup against President Mohammed Morsi and the turmoil that has followed, a U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the full suspension has been prompted by an “accumulation of events,” including recent violence against protesters, dozens of whom were killed over the weekend. The suspension will formally take effect in the coming days, the official said. …
  • State Department: US government shutdown could threaten military aid to Israel

    10/03/2013 8:49:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/13 | Michael Wilner
    The US federal government shutdown could have direct repercussions on the transfer of US aid to Israel, US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday. "The impact of the shutdown could threaten our ability to provide foreign military financing to Israel and other important allies," Harf said. (Snip) In 2007, the two countries agreed on a 10-year, $30-billion military aid package covering the 2009-18 fiscal years. Total US foreign military funding was about $5.5 billion for more than 80 countries in 2011, according to State Department data. Harf said the State Department had not had to
  • US aid to Syrian opposition tops $1 billion mark

    09/02/2013 10:57:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | 9/2/13 | Jordan Schachtel
    According to USAID (United States Agency For International Development), the federal agency in charge of distributing the vast majority of foreign aid monies to other countries, United States taxpayers have paid for over one billion dollars in foreign aid packages to help support the “Syrian Humanitarian Response." Despite the threat of continued chemical attacks against the Syrian people that has served as the focal point of rallying cries for advocates of US military intervention (including the Obama administration), The Daily Beast reported that gas masks were not among the items
  • Senator-obama, administration-secretly-suspended-military-aid-to-egypt.

    08/19/2013 9:24:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | Josh Rogin with helper
    The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup. After asserting this was not a coup has now decided to go with a temporarily press blitz attributing the spontaneous De-Morsification is connected directly to earlier ant-imam, video and California pure pork sausage sponsor, according to this leading U.S. senator. “The decision was we’re going to avoid saying it was a Coup, Embassy attack, Muslim fanatic rampage, Gun running grab, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the , designation has been...
  • 'No Bailout': Senators look to pre-empt U.S. aid to Detroit

    07/25/2013 5:01:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/25/13 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the Senate want to make sure the federal government does not become involved in the financial maelstrom hitting Detroit, which filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history last week. They have proposed at least three "No Bailout" amendments to spending bills that the Senate is currently considering, all of which would limit the U.S. government's ability to help cities in fiscal crisis. Even though the amendments will likely fail in the Democrat-dominated chamber, cities and counties are alarmed by legislation they say could jeopardize funding for hundreds of local governments and are pushing...
  • F.A.Q. on U.S. aid to Egypt: Where does the money go—and who decides how it's spent?

    07/11/2013 5:11:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-11-13 | Marian Wang and Theodoric Meyer
    This article has been updated to reflect new developments. It was first published on Jan. 31, 2011. The recent military coup in Egypt has prompted a renewed debate about American aid to the country. Sens. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, have both called for cutting off aid, while the White House has said it's in no hurry to end the aid. We've taken a step back and tried to answer some basic questions, including how much the U.S. is giving Egypt, what's changed in the two years since the Arab Spring and who is...
  • White House: U.S. To Give Syria Rebels Military Aid After Chemical Attacks

    06/13/2013 3:37:49 PM PDT · by edpc · 217 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 June 2013 | Olivier Knox and Rachel Rose Hartman
    In a sharp escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's bloody civil war, the White House announced late Thursday that it will provide military aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad after confirming that his government used chemical weapons on the opposition. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call that President Barack Obama had heard pleas from Syria's rebel Supreme Military Council (SMC) for more help. "Our aim is to be responsive," Rhodes said, underlining that the new assistance would have "direct military purposes."
  • Israel exported military equipment to Pakistan, says report

    06/11/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Hindu ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Hasan Suroor
    London - The claim was made by the Israeli liberal newspaper “Haaretz” citing a report of the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which oversees security exports. Israel is reported to have exported to Pakistan a range of military equipment purchased from Britain, but Islamabad denied the claim with a spokesman for the Directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations describing it as “baseless”. “The report is misleading and not based on facts,” he said. The claim was made by the Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz citing a report of the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which...
  • Kerry Skirts Law Put in Place by Congress, Sends Muslim Brotherhood-Controlled Egypt $1.3 Billion

    06/07/2013 3:38:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    THE BLAZE ^ | June 7, 2013 | By Jason Howowerton
    Secretary of State John Kerry last month secretly sent $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt, waiving the restrictions put in place by Congress to withhold such aid unless the country could meet certain democracy standards. “Under U.S. law, for the $1.3 billion to flow the secretary of state must certify that the Egyptian government ‘is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law’,” Reuters reports. Kerry’s quiet decision came before an Egyptian court this week sentenced 43...
  • U.S. quietly allows military aid to Egypt despite rights concerns [ $1.3 billion ]

    06/07/2013 4:03:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 6, 2013
    Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt's failure to meet democracy standards. Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations. Rights groups believe Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is retreating from democratic freedoms, notably in a new civil society law and in proposals for judicial reform that critics see as a way to purge judges...
  • The West Has an Irrevocable Duty to Help the Christians of the World

    05/12/2013 3:21:12 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 May 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Raymond Ibrahim’s fundamental new book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (Amazon USA), (Amazon UK ), has been widely reported, covered and praised and does not require an introduction, but it prompts a reflection. The problem of Christian discrimination and persecution by Muslims is in fact two problems. Like unpunished crimes’ victims who suffer twice, for the crime and for the injustice of the criminal’s going scot-free, while the atrocities committed against Christians are unbearable enough on their own, the total indifference of the rest of the world adds to the pain. Floods, earthquakes, natural calamities and...
  • Bolivia, angered by Kerry, says it is ejecting U.S. aid agency [Obama & Lurch FAIL]

    05/01/2013 3:59:57 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/1/13 | Emily Alpert
    Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Wednesday he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country, accusing the aid agency of conspiring against his government. “Surely to think that you can still manipulate us economically, politically -- those times are past,” Morales said at May Day celebrations in La Paz, according to the Bolivian national news agency. The Bolivian leader asserted that USAID had sown divisions and destabilized the country and his government. Ejecting USAID was also a message to U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, “who says that Latin America is the backyard of the United...
  • Congress blocked Kerry from offering more aid to Egypt

    03/10/2013 1:31:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Julian Pecquet
    Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped to offer considerably more aid to Egypt than the $250 million he announced during his trip to Cairo but was blocked by Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said. “This is not the aid package that the administration wanted to announce,” Royce told The Hill. The administration wanted to release a “larger sum,” but bowed to the wishes of Royce's committee as well as congressional appropriators, he said. Royce wouldn't say how much Kerry had hoped to announce, but the State Department has been pressing Congress to greenlight $450 million...
  • Obama Approves Direct Funding For Hamas

    02/11/2013 4:23:04 PM PST · by w4women · 38 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/10/2013 | L.D. Jackson
    In all of his infinite wisdom and glory, President Barack Obama has waived restrictions placed on the direct funding of the Palestinian Authority. If you remember, this is the group that is run by Hamas. Going further back in your memory, you will recall Hamas is the terrorist organization that has refused to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. In fact, their charter calls for the destruction of Israel. -snip- If you will look at the date of the press release on the White House website, you will find it was Friday. The Obama administration is so open and transparent that...
  • Federal Rule (Obamacare) Limits Aid to Families Who Can’t Afford Employers’ Health Coverage

    01/31/2013 4:46:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/30/13 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration adopted a strict definition of affordable health insurance on Wednesday that will deny federal financial assistance to millions of Americans with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by employers. In deciding whether an employer’s health plan is affordable, the Internal Revenue Service said it would look at the cost of coverage only for an individual employee, not for a family. Family coverage might be prohibitively expensive, but federal subsidies would not be available to help buy insurance for children in the family. The policy decision came in a final regulation interpreting ambiguous language...
  • Obama approves $155 million more in aid to Syrian people

    01/29/2013 6:08:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/29/13
    **SNIP** The president says that he is "under no illusions" about the situation in Syria, where government forces and rebel groups have clashed for two years. But he says Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime continues to weaken and will eventually come to an end.
  • Marines and strangers rush to aid of victimized veteran

    01/23/2013 3:37:53 AM PST · by humblegunner · 37 replies
    ABC13.com ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Miya Shay
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There's a good news update on a home ransacked and spray painted by a pair of teen burglars in northwest Houston. While the burglars are now in custody, community members and Marines stepped in to help the homeowner -- a 93-year-old World War II veteran. The Marines quickly marched into the defaced home of WWII veteran Elbert Wood, eager to help. "It's important that he knows we're here for him and that we're always his brothers," Major Roberto Rodriguez said. The presence of these local Marines is just one example of the outpouring of support for Wood...
  • VANITY: Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy?

    01/12/2013 8:04:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    VANITY | 01/12/2013
    Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy? I am asking this because I got an e-mail from a friend that I am trying to fact check. Here it is ... ____________________________________ As you know, America is always the first country to send aid to other countries when they are in trouble. It is highly appropriate that we Americans, must now send our "THANKS" to all those countries that reciprocated our help with their disasters, misgivings, social turmoil, & poverty when they returned to the USA monetary and physical help after Hurricane Sandy...
  • Shackled by sanctions, Iran sends India SOS for life-saving drugs

    01/04/2013 6:08:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Shubhajit Roy
    New Delhi - Its healthcare system crippled by international economic sanctions, Iran has asked India for help to procure life-saving drugs for patients battling critical illnesses in that country. Tehran has put in an urgent request to New Delhi for drugs to treat lung and breast cancers; brain tumours; heart ailments; infections after kidney, heart and pancreas transplants; meningitis in HIV patients; arthritis; bronchitis and respiratory distress in newborns; and epilepsy, South Block sources told The Indian Express. On December 27, the sources said, the government forwarded the request for 28 essential medicines to Indian pharmaceutical companies. The required quantities...
  • Cats' ears (vanity)

    12/14/2012 7:47:50 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 16 replies
    Quirky ^ | 12/12/12 | self
    Greetings! I just published an invention on Quirky, and would like to get some up votes, and other positive thoughts from the FR community. Thanks in advance, FRiends.
  • White House: No Plans to Withdraw Palestinian Aid After U.N. Vote

    11/30/2012 9:22:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/30/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    There are no plans to withdraw aid to the Palestinian Authority following the United Nations vote to recognize Palestine as an independent state, a White House spokesman said Friday. Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One that the U.S. opposed the resolution to give the Palestinian Authority nonmember observer state status because the Israel-Palestinian conflict should be resolved “only through face-to-face negotiations, not unilateral actions,” according to the White House pool report. A bipartisan group of senators had threatened to cut off millions in U.S. financial aid to the Palestinians if the vote succeeded. Earnest said there were...