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  • Pakistan: 92 per cent of USAID projects go to US NGOs (Note to Tea Partiers: All aid is fraud)

    Pakistan: 92 per cent of USAID projects go to US NGOs By Umar Cheema (The NEWS) ISLAMABAD: Over 92 percent of the US aid money granted in previous years is being spent through the American NGOs resulting in the return of a fair portion of the financial assistance back to the donor country. The News investigation found that of the projects run through $1.05 billion assistance, the government agencies were granted an amount of $29.68 million (2.78% of the total amount), UN bodies received $50.80 million (4.8%) and US NGOs bagged projects of $960 million (92.30%). This coincides with Ambassador...
  • RELIEF - RECOVERY - JAPAN - post news here....

    03/20/2011 12:28:54 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 66 replies
    any ^ | 3/20/2011 | any
    Post news of Recovery and Relief in Japan....and ways to help.....HERE Here is previous thread....
  • RELIEF - RECOVERY Thread - JAPAN March 18, 2011

    03/18/2011 2:48:40 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 19 replies
    Anywhere ^ | 3/18/11 | anyone
    In order to keep people appraised of the RELIEF and RECOVERY efforts going on in Japan, and also to focus on the NEEDS they have, this thread is posted.
  • LIVE THREAD...Japan RESCUE operations Information...

    03/17/2011 4:13:20 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 30 replies
    All Sources ^ | 3/17/11 | Any
    I think it would be good to separate the Nuclear Reactor news from the RESCUE operation in Japan....that's the purpose of this thread. Please add links you find.
  • Financial Aid for Illegal Students OK’d

    03/17/2011 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | 3/17/11 | Dave Roberts
    Sacramento, California - The Assembly Higher Education Committee approved two bills on Tuesday allowing college students who are in the state illegally to receive financial aid. Dubbed the California Dream Act, AB130 allows illegal immigrants to receive privately funded college scholarships, and AB131 allows them to receive taxpayer-funded financial aid such as Cal Grants. Currently, illegal students who spend at least three years in California high schools pay only the in-state tuition rate — a significant cost savings over legal citizens from other states who are attending California colleges. That benefit was provided by AB540, which passed in 2001.
  • Request to Japanese/Japan-based Freepers: What's best, fastest way to send aid to most affected?

    03/17/2011 6:30:25 AM PDT · by quesney · 142 replies
    To Japanese and Japan-based Freepers: What's the best, quickest way of getting aid to people on the ground directly -- via local groups, religious instutitons, etc. I'd rather not give it to an international bureaucracy like the Red Cross (Japanese website was confusing), other NGO's or government. This is being posted Front/Breaking because I imagine a lot of other Freepers want this info and, let's face it, it's an emergency over there and these people need quick, effective help as soon as they can get it. I've seen too many stories of waste, corruption and abuse (Haiti, Katrina, etc.) and...
  • “Why do we need to pay them to hate us?”: our foreign aid policy makes no sense

    03/08/2011 7:21:32 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 10 replies ^ | MARCH 8TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Recently Texas Republican Congressman Ted Poe reintroduced an idea whose time might have finally come. He addressed Congress asking that we review the Foreign Aid we are sending to countries around the world with the purpose of cutting most of it. Referring to the many countries with their hands out looking for Foreign Aid, Poe asked a very direct question, “Why do we need to pay them to hate us?” Poe’s fact filled, but brief, speech contained some compelling points. We are giving Foreign Aid money, our tax money, to 150 of the 192 countries of the world. Some of...
  • US Taxpayer-Funded Foreign Aid Received by 150/192 Countries in the World!

    03/07/2011 5:45:23 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 7, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
     That's us dishing-out an allowance to  over 78% of the nations in existence... Thanks US taxpayers- but most of them still hate you anyway. And if you feel like a chump- you should: we'll be paying for this dubious investement (+interest) ad infinitum: America doesn't have any money to be giving-away in the first place, all discretionary federal spending is in-effect borrowed these days... [video of Rep Ted Poe (R-Tx)  on foreign aid and where it goes -here-] Maybe for a start we could cut-off, say, Moscow or Beijing... or so you'd think! The interactive foreign aid map linked below tells all......
  • Obama Admin. Proposes $3.1 Billion For Pakistan

    02/15/2011 10:22:48 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies · 2+ views
    PTI ^ | February 15, 2011 | PTI
    WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has proposed to Congress a $3.1 billion in financial assistance to Pakistan for the year 2012. This is part of the administration's ongoing effort towards its continued funding for operations and assistance in key regions of the world -- Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Of this as many as $1.9 billion in assistance has been proposed to promote a secure, stable, democratic and prosperous Pakistan with a focus on energy, economic growth, agriculture, the delivery of health and education services, and strengthening the Government of Pakistan's capacity to govern effectively and accountably. $1.5 billion of this...
  • Living On US dole, Pakistan Builds Fourth Plutonium Reactor

    02/10/2011 9:33:06 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 10, 2011 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Despite being in the throes of a crippling political and economic crisis and almost entirely dependent on handouts from the United States and multilateral aid, Pakistan is poking a finger in the international community's eye. Days after it was revealed that Islamabad has doubled its nuclear weapons' inventory in the past decade, American experts have discovered that it has begun building a fourth plutonium-producing reactor to produce even more nuclear bombs to add to the 100-plus it already has. The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) announced on Wednesday that it has obtained commercial satellite imagery from...
  • Haitian Aid Goes Down the Toilet

    02/02/2011 6:52:31 PM PST · by tysonbam · 12 replies
    The Battalion ^ | Feb. 2nd, 2011 | Taylor Wolken
    On January 12, 2010, an earthquake reaching a magnitude of 7.0 rocked Haiti. Over the next two weeks, 52 aftershocks measuring a magnitude of 4.5 or greater had added to the devastation. The city of Port-au-Prince was littered with rubble and death as impromptu tent cities sprang up everywhere. By July, an estimated $1.3 billion in funds had been raised by U.S. relief organizations. Charity is one of the most selfless, noble activities in which a person can participate; however, good intentions do not always beget good results. A year later the bodies are gone. The tent cities have upgraded...
  • Israel should give up US military aid

    01/23/2011 10:06:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 19 January 11 | Ran Dagoni
    Israel should give up US military aid It would be wise for Israel to take the initiative, before Tea Party Republicans make a move. 19 January 11 15:06, Ran Dagoni, Washington The time has come to bid goodbye to the military aid that the US extends to Israel, that generous package (currently worth $3 billion) that enables the Israeli taxpayer to share the cost of procuring equipment for the IDF with the US taxpayer. Israel should itself initiate the process of detachment from the Washington breast. It should be done gradually, on terms that will enable Israel to wean itself...
  • U.S. may delay aid for Israel's anti-rocket system due to budget woes

    12/25/2010 10:08:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    haaretz ^ | 12/25/10 | Amos Harel
    Delay comes as a result of Obama's difficulties in pushing next year's budget through Congress due to Republican opposition. American aid to Israel for developing and buying additional Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries might be delayed for at least a few months due to President Barack Obama's difficulties in pushing next year's budget through Congress. The delay will mean a long wait before the weapons can be bought from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. In May, the House of Representatives approved Obama's decision to grant $205 million in special aid to Israel to buy the additional batteries and intercept missiles. Israel has...
  • Iran said to have cut Hizbullah aid by 40%

    12/15/2010 4:00:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies ^ | 12/15/10 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Terror organization faces unprecedented crisis, according to Israeli intelligence assessments, stirring tension with its Iranian patrons. Iran has cut the annual budget it provides Hizbullah by over 40 percent, stirring an unprecedented crisis within the Lebanese Shi’ite guerrilla organization. This comes, according to recent Israeli intelligence assessments, just weeks before a United Nations tribunal is expected to accuse Hizbullah of assassinating former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.
  • More Than Half Leave Obama Mortgage-Aid Program (Just another 'bureaucratic nightmare')

    11/21/2010 6:28:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | 11/22/10 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) – More than half of the 1.4 million homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration's flagship foreclosure-prevention program have fallen out.</p> <p>A separate report Thursday showed that the number of Americans at risk of foreclosure improved slightly over the summer. The Mortgage Bankers Association said that about 9.1 percent of homeowners had missed at least one mortgage payment in the July-September quarter. That was down from 9.9 percen6t in the April-June quarter and compared to a record high of more than 10 percent in the January-March quarter.</p>
  • Mosque Makeovers With Your Tax Dollars

    11/11/2010 7:18:33 PM PST · by takenoprisoner · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Channel 2 Action News Atlanta ^ | 11-11-10 | Channel 2 Atlanta un-named investigator
    WASHINGTON, D.C -- A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending.
  • Relations with Pakistan not at India's expense: US

    10/23/2010 7:16:25 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett
    The Economic Times ^ | 23 October, 2010 | The Economic Times
    WASHINGTON: As it announced a whopping $2.29 billion in new military aid to Pakistan despite India's concerns in this regard, the United States has said its ties with Islamabad do not come at the expense of India and vice-versa. "This is a subject (India's concerns about US military assistance to Pakistan) that comes up in all of our discussions with high-level Indian officials. It comes up in all of our discussions with high-level Pakistani officials," US State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters when asked about New Delhi's concerns on the issue. "We continue to provide the same message...
  • Top Companies Aid Chamber of Commerce in Policy Fights

    10/21/2010 8:26:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/21/10 | Eric Lipton*
    Prudential Financial sent in a $2 million donation last year as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce kicked off a national advertising campaign to weaken the historic rewrite of the nation’s financial regulations. Dow Chemical delivered $1.7 million to the chamber last year as the group took a leading role in aggressively fighting proposed rules that would impose tighter security requirements on chemical facilities. And Goldman Sachs, Chevron Texaco, and Aegon, a multinational insurance company based in the Netherlands, donated more than $8 million in recent years to a chamber foundation that has been critical of growing federal regulation and spending....
  • Viva Palestina' aid flotilla set to depart for Gaza

    10/14/2010 5:30:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] ^ | 10/14/10 | Staff
    A flotilla of ships titled the "Viva Palestina" convoy, hailed by organizers as the largest convoy to break the Gaza embargo, is set to depart this weekend, organizers announced Thursday. The flotilla has been cleared to sail from Syria to the Egyptian port of Al-Arish, from where it will make its way into Gaza. The Egyptian government announced that it will allow the aid convoy to dock at Al-Arish seaport while en route to Gaza. Hussam Zaki of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the convoy will be allowed access to Gaza however he insisted George Galloway, the British ex-parliamentarian
  • China rises and rises, yet still gets foreign aid

    09/27/2010 12:41:12 PM PDT · by goldendays · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09/27/2010 | GILLIAN WONG
    China rises and rises, yet still gets foreign aid BEIJING — China spent tens of billions of dollars on a dazzling 2008 Olympics. It has sent astronauts into space. It recently became the world's second largest economy. Yet it gets more than $2.5 billion a year in foreign government aid — and taxpayers and lawmakers in donor countries are increasingly asking why. With the global economic slowdown crimping government budgets, many countries are finding such generosity politically and economically untenable. China says it's still a developing country in need of aid, while some critics argue that the money should go...
  • Nick Clegg has defended the gov commitment to pouring millions international aid,cut services home

    09/22/2010 7:45:40 AM PDT · by goldendays · 3 replies ^ | September 22, 2010 | Robert Nisbet
    2:19pm UK, Wednesday September 22, 2010 Robert Nisbet, US correspondent Nick Clegg has defended the government's commitment to pouring millions into international aid, while cutting budgets and services back home. The deputy Prime Minister is in New York attending a three-day summit at the United Nations to assess whether the Millennium Development Goals are still on target. Leaders from 192 countries set eight ambitious goals, including eradicating hunger and poverty, reducing child mortality rates and promoting gender equality. They also agreed goals on maternal health and creating a global partnership for development by 2015. Mr Clegg will confirm in a...
  • Why Development Aid for Africa Has Failed

    08/21/2010 2:09:38 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 37 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 16, 2010 | Kurt Gerhardt
    Development aid to Africa has been flowing for decades, but the results have been paltry. Instead, recipients have merely become dependent and initiative has been snuffed out. It is time to reform the system. Development aid to Africa is a blessing for all those directly involved -- both on the giving end and on the receiving end. Functionaries on the donor side, at least those abroad, earn good money. Many of those on the receiving end, for their part, know how to organize things in such a way that their own personal interests don't get short shrift. There is no...
  • 'No to US aid with conditions'- Lebanese minister rejects constraint that arms not be fired at Isr.

    08/11/2010 9:54:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    BEIRUT — Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr Wednesday said he would reject any American military assistance to the Lebanese army if it comes with conditions that the weapons not be used against Israel. Murr was commenting on the decision by a US congressman to suspend $100 million of military aid to Lebanon over concerns the weapons could be turned on Israel and that Hezbollah may have influence over the Lebanese army. He stated that those who want to help the Lebanese army but place conditions on how their funds or weapons are used, should keep the money. The defense minister's...
  • Anger in Lebanon as US Aid Called into Question

    08/08/2010 6:59:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    inn ^ | 8/8/10 | Maayana Miskin
    Lebanese politicians reacted angrily Saturday to what they alleged was “a campaign to prevent the army from being properly equipped.” They appeared to be referring to calls from Israel to restrict the sale of advanced weapons to the Lebanese army, and to fears that the United States may reduce military funding. "The cabinet will draw up a plan to equip the army with all the weaponry it needs, and without taking the attitude of certain countries into account,” said Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. A statement from Suleiman's office said he would turn to “neighboring and friendly states” to obtain “all...
  • 'Investigate US aid to Lebanese army'

    08/07/2010 10:25:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    jpost ^ | 8/8/10 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Washington - A Florida congressman is seeking an investigation into whether American equipment was used by Lebanese forces who fired on Israel last week or if the soldiers had received US-funded training. Democrat Rep. Ron Klein, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, requested the investigation in a letter sent to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday. (Snip) “In addition, if the Lebanese government had authorized this attack, I would be very concerned about continuing to provide military support to Lebanon,” Klein wrote.
  • Restrictions on Education Grants under Consideration

    07/12/2010 3:45:41 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 July 2010 | John Semmens
    Concerned that too many students are using federal grants to attend the “wrong kind of schools,” the US Department of Education is weighing new rules that would restrict grant money from being used to pay for schooling provided at for-profit institutions. For-profit schools provide training in fields like information technology, health care, criminal justice, and automotive repair. Enrollment at these for-profit schools has increased by 20% since the recession knocked so many out of their jobs. “Increasing enrollment in these private for-profit schools is not what the President had in mind when he expanded the grant program last year,” said...
  • Is Obama Failing Congo?

    06/29/2010 2:11:42 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Dana Goldstein
    The administration launched a $17 million program to fight rape in Congo—but is it effective? Dana Goldstein follows the money—and asks if Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric matches reality. Plus: See our entire Congo package on Giving Beast. Less than a year ago, Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit war-torn regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo—site of the deadliest conflict on the planet since World War II. The trip sparked hope that maybe, finally, the world would take action to stop the fighting, which has been characterized by a brutal and indiscriminate campaign of rape against...
  • Note to board: Do your job (SF Supes bury condemnation of Israel)

    06/17/2010 7:32:57 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies · 225+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | June 17, 2010 | Melissa Griffin
    At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, there were almost five hours of public comment on the resolution condemning Israel for raiding a flotilla headed for Gaza. The speakers seemed about evenly split between the pro-Palestine and pro-Israel factions. Aside from a few outbursts (one from Supervisor Chris Daly) and some errant clapping, the meeting was remarkably civil. Did I mention it was a billion hours long? It was. Ultimately, the resolution was “referred to committee” by Supervisor Bevan Dufty. If board President David Chiu refers the resolution to the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee (on which Dufty sits), it...
  • Obama announces additional $400 million in aid to Gaza; Abbas says aid is 'positive sign'

    06/09/2010 9:41:20 AM PDT · by americanophile · 232 replies · 982+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 9, 2010 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama announces additional $400 million in aid to Gaza; Abbas says aid is 'positive sign'</p>
  • We Con The World - Video

    06/04/2010 3:14:27 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 2 replies · 161+ views ^ | 06/04/2010 | Scott Factor
    Sang to the tune of "We Are The World".... There comes a time When we need to make a show For the world, the Web and CNN There's no people dying, so the best that we can do Is create the greatest bluff of all We must go on pretending day by day That in Gaza, there's crisis, hunger and plague Coz the billion bucks in aid won't buy their basic needs Like some cheese and missiles for the kids
  • Israel Publishes Gaza Travel Guidebook For Pro-Hamas Freedom Flotilla

    Dear Crazy People, We’ve been given to understand that you intend to stage another media stunt, wherein you’re again going to float some empty ships – they may be full this time, they were mostly empty last time – in the general direction of the Gaza Strip. Your hope is apparently that your cameramen will capture the Israeli reaction and edit it into an overreaction or, failing that, simply reprint your feverish fantasies with slack-jawed credulity. Again. Our problem isn’t so much that your goal involves obfuscating the millions of tons of food and aid we’ve delivered to Gaza civilians,...
  • Wheelchairs as well as weapons found on board aid ships

    06/03/2010 11:19:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 542+ views ^ | 6/3/10 | RON FRIEDMAN
    Knives, slingshots and night vision goggles indicate activists had less-than-peaceful goals. The array of equipment found on board the ships that made up the Gaza aid flotilla was as divergent as the flotilla’s stated aims. On the one hand there was medical equipment aimed to help ease the suffering of Gaza’s sick and handicapped, and on the other there were knives, slingshots and night vision goggles, which indicate hostile goals. Israeli military officials have said that the amount of goods found on the ships are a drop in the sea compared to the amount of goods that regularly pass into...
  • Villagers receive food, shoes, clothes

    06/02/2010 6:36:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 169+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Michael Carden, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI — U.S. Soldiers here recently conducted a two-dimensional operation; handing out food and clothing to local residents near this base while also gathering information about area security. Sgt. Chelsie Kirkland, an intelligence analyst with Regimental Troop Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Murfreesboro, Tenn., native, passes out donated shoes to an Iraqi boy during a humanitarian and intelligence gathering mission in Taji, Iraq, May 25, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Carden.The operation was organized and overseen by Master Sgt. Melvin Brown, an Iraqi Army liaison with Regimental Troop Squadron,...
  • Israel reports discovery of arms cache on board Gaza aid ship

    06/02/2010 1:17:46 PM PDT · by · 47 replies · 1,756+ views
    Jane's ^ | 02.06.2010 | Jon Rosamond and Yaakov Katz
    Israeli security forces have found weapons, including Molotov cocktails and detonators, aboard the Turkish-flagged merchant vessel Mavi Marmara, which was part of a convoy that attempted to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
  • Honolulu woman detained in Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla

    06/02/2010 2:14:35 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 19 replies · 417+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Jun 01, 2010 | Star-Bulletin Staff
    Honolulu peace activist Ann Wright was one of about 700 people taken into custody by Israeli defense forces after a raid on a flotilla of boats carrying aid to Gaza that left nine people dead, friends of Wright's confirmed. Kyle Kajihiro of the American Friends Service Committee, and Arnie Kotler, publisher of a book on Gaza by Wright, said they recognized her in a video of the detainees being led into detention in Ashdod. The video was posted on YouTube and several Israeli newspaper sites.
  • Flotilla ‘Aid’ to Gaza Includes Expired Medicines, Old Equipment

    06/01/2010 1:16:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1,124+ views
    inn ^ | 6/1/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Much of the equipment and supplies aboard the “humanitarian” ships for Gaza has been checked and found to be worthless. The cargo was taken off the boats at the Ashdod port and checked there, in accordance with the Israeli embargo on Gaza. The embargo is an acceptable measure taken between entities that are in a state of armed conflict, as are Israel and Hamas-run Gaza.
  • Why Gaza aid flotilla a media success

    05/31/2010 3:44:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 596+ views ^ | 5/31/10 | Anav Silverman
    It was exactly the kind of coverage that pro-Palestinian activists behind the Gaza aid flotilla were aiming for: "Deaths as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship." Associated Press, BBC, Fox News, CNN and countless other media outlets across the world and even in Israel, carried such headlines, reporting the ensuing diplomatic crisis and worldwide condemnation that quickly followed. Not surprisingly, this typical knee-jerk reaction by the media and international community to such Mideast confrontations, failed to report the outside circumstances that lead to the unfolding events at sea.
  • After $1 trillion in aid, African countries are still worse off

    05/28/2010 6:15:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 815+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/26/10 | Johathan Clayton
    May 26, 2010 After $1 trillion in aid, African countries are still worse off Johathan Clayton: commentary Most Africans are poorer today than they were 50 years ago. This may not prove that aid does not work, but it poses some very difficult questions: why is it that a continent that has attracted about $1 trillion in assistance is much worse off than at independence about 50 years ago? Then, countries such as Sierra Leone and Ghana had GDPs the same size or even larger than South Korea or Vietnam. Why is it that an idea that seemed so right,...
  • Sweden sacks aid agency chief in major overhaul (rethinking foreign aid)

    05/27/2010 2:12:11 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 3 replies · 239+ views ^ | 05/27/2010 | TT/The Local
    The Swedish government has sacked the director-general of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Anders Nordström, and announced a major overhaul of the sternly criticised public authority. Development aid minister Gunilla Carlsson on Thursday announced a reorganisation of Sida and appointed Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, former head of Save the Children Sweden, to lead the agency in the interim. "I am very happy that we have been able to recruit Charlotte Petri Gornitzka as interim general-director," Gunilla Carlsson said in a press conference on Thursday. The leadership of Sida will be soon be further strengthened by the appointment of Bo Netz,...
  • N. Korea: Beijing’s rebuff made Kim cut China trip short

    05/16/2010 5:08:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 806+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 05/17/10 | Chang Se-jeong, Ser Myo-ja
    Beijing’s rebuff made Kim cut China trip short Request for extraordinary aid denied, as China adhered to UN sanctions May 17, 2010 BEIJING - China told North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during his recent visit that it will respect international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang and refused to provide extraordinary economic assistance, an informed source here told the JoongAng Ilbo. According to the source, the Chinese government’s position prompted Kim to cut short his stay in China. “At the luncheon between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Kim on May 6, the Chinese government informed the North that China will not provide...
  • Aid to Israel Pays US Dividends That Exceed Cost, Making the Jewish State the $3 Billion Bargain

    05/10/2010 7:09:07 PM PDT · by Salem · 26 replies · 440+ views
    The Jewish Voice and Opinion [PDF] ^ | April, 2010 | By Rep. Steve Rothman
    The recent argument made on a handful of websites, blogs, columns, and in college lecture halls that US military aid to Israel is damaging to the United States is not only erroneous, it hurts the vital national security interests of our country and threatens the survival of the Jewish State. In fact US support for Israel is essential not only for the Jewish State’s national security but for America’s as well. Every bit of that support—and more—withstands all reasonable scrutiny. Under the 2010 US budget about $75 billion, $65 billion, and $3.25 billion will be spent on military operations and...
  • Iraqi Army takes lead on aid distribution

    05/04/2010 5:10:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 152+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Pfc. Jessica Luhrs, USA
    KIRKUK – After helping Iraqi Soldiers deliver supplies to a village near here recently, U.S. Soldiers took a back seat as the Iraqis handled the distribution of aid and interacted with the people.Capt. Azad, an Iraqi Army platoon leader, hands out supplies to citizens in the village of Doskushman, near Kirkuk, Iraq, April 22, 2010. U.S. 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Soldiers, out of Fort Bliss, Texas, helped their Iraqi counterparts transport the supplies to the village, and then took a back seat as Iraqi Forces took the lead on the mission. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jessica...
  • Airmen contribute humanitarian aid to Afghan people

    04/19/2010 6:40:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 118+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Richard Williams, USAF
    4/19/2010 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Members of the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron here recently adjusted office space to accommodate more than 1,100 pounds of humanitarian aid sent to Bagram Airfield. The donation, 38 boxes of shoes, was facilitated by Tech. Sgt. Ronald Knight, an air transportation operations center data records technician from the 455th EAPS. Sergeant Knight said when he was here in November, he received an e-mail from Brig. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander. "General Kwast put the word out that hospital personnel had noticed a lot of children coming in...
  • 3 must read articles regarding Israel.

    04/13/2010 1:12:37 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 6 replies · 436+ views
    The following article is a ** MUST READ ** for anyone who wants to know how public opinion against Israel is fed by the media and academia. Israeli journalist Ben-Dror Yemini's article brilliantly demonstrates how the international community's slanted narrative -- which ignores Muslim and Arab violence against Muslims and Arabs -- does injustice to Israel, which is falsely painted as the ultimate source of all conflict and violence in the world today.
  • Study: Health aid made some countries cut budgets (Aid = Down the Toilet)

    04/09/2010 10:32:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies · 185+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2010 | Maria Cheng
    After getting millions of dollars to fight AIDS, some African countries responded by slashing their health budgets, new research says. For years, the international community has forked over billions in health aid, believing the donations supplemented health budgets in poor countries. It now turns out development money prompted some governments to spend on entirely different things, which cannot be tracked. The research was published Friday in the medical journal Lancet.
  • Israel Aid Pays U.S. Dividends That Exceed Cost

    The argument that American military aid to Israel is damaging to the U.S. is not only erroneous, it hurts the national security interests of this country and threatens the survival of Israel. U.S. support for Israel is essential, not only for Israel’s national security, but for America’s. Every bit of that support -- and more -- withstands all reasonable scrutiny. Under the 2010 U.S. budget, about $75 billion, $65 billion and $3.25 billion will be spent on military operations and aid in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan during this fiscal year, respectively. Israel will receive $3 billion, in military aid only....
  • Additional aid thrills TN black colleges

    04/04/2010 3:58:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 682+ views
    upi ^ | 4/4/10 | The Tennessean
    Tennessee's six historically black colleges and universities will receive an estimated $34.5 million over 10 years in badly needed assistance as part of the student loan reform legislation President Barack Obama signed into law last week.
  • Airman comes to aid of heart attack victim

    04/02/2010 7:19:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 521+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Susan Griggs
    4/2/2010 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) -- Tech. Sgt. James Harrell Jr. was on his way home from here after a shift with the 81st Security Forces Squadron about 5:15 a.m. March 26. As he traveled west on Pass Road, he turned south onto Rodenberg Avenue -- not his normal route home to Gulfport, Miss. "I can't explain it ... I just decided to turn there," Sergeant Harrell said. Sergeant Harrell is assigned to the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., but is on temporary duty at Keesler AFB. As he approached Irish Hill Drive,...
  • Cautious, New Delhi puts Kabul medical mission on hold, for now [Suicide Blasts]

    03/05/2010 5:38:56 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 176+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | 5 March 2010 | The Indian Express
    National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon today assured President Hamid Karzai that New Delhi will continue its developmental efforts in Afghanistan. But India has temporarily suspended its medical mission in Kabul that was the target of a suicide attack last Friday. While Menon, in his interaction with Karzai and top Afghan officials, made it clear that reconstruction efforts will not be affected, sources said India will take a more cautious approach after the third major attack on its establishments here in the last two years. The Karzai government assured Menon that security for Indian establishments across Afghanistan would be increased...
  • Haiti death toll tops 200,000+. Fears of civil unrest grow.

    02/04/2010 12:21:56 AM PST · by jerry557 · 11 replies · 599+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 02/04/10 | Clarens Renois
    PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – The death toll in the Haiti quake has swelled to 200,000, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said as angry protests over the slow arrival of aid flared on the rubble-strewn streets. More than three weeks after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, Bellerive said his tiny Caribbean nation had been ravaged by "a disaster on a planetary scale" and detailed the tragic toll suffered by his people. "There are more than 200,000 people who have been clearly identified as people who are dead," he said in an interview with AFP, adding that another 300,000 injured had been treated, 250,000 homes had...