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  • Obama talks with communists to air radio show

    09/01/2014 6:56:02 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 30, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Former enemy could broadcast 'Welcome to America'The Obama administration is looking to negotiate with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the government that emerged after a war costing more than 58,000 American lives, to carry a “Welcome to America” radio program over its state radio station, WND has discovered. If the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG, has its way, its Voice of America program will work in tandem with the Voice of Vietnam, or VOV, to broadcast the 15-minute prime-time radio program Monday through Friday across the communist nation. BBG is looking for a distributor to do its bidding...
  • Obama seeks to appease pagan gods

    08/10/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 10, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Project to protect Egyptian temples gets more fundingAmid surging violence in the Mideast, from Gaza to Syria to Iraq, the Obama administration is stepping up efforts in Egypt to preserve a multi-deity temple to the “creator god” Horus and the “crocodile god” Sobek. After footing a multi-million-dollar bill to help the government of Egypt lower the water level at the Temple of Kom Ombo and other archeological sites, U.S. taxpayers are now shelling out more cash to extend the project beyond its contractual end date, according to procurement documents WND discovered via routine database research. The Groundwater Lowering Activity for...
  • Newest Obama handouts hidden behind 'summit' plans

    07/26/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    WND ^ | July 26, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    African visitors to U.S. conference to be taught about subsidies, assistancePresident Obama has begun touting his upcoming “U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit” as an opportunity for African nations “to become partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children.” The event, according to the White House, will “build’ on the president’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 in which U.S. taxpayers paid $60 to $100 million for the Obama family’s lavish comforts and entertainment. While the summit’s official theme is “Investing in the Next Generation,” a close inspection reveals that U.S. taxpayers again ultimately...
  • Obama millions to fund 'transparency' projects ... OVERSEAS

    07/20/2014 3:58:26 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    WND ^ | July 20, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Goal is 'greater accountability' ... for foreign nations' governments...[C]hanges to government transparency are in the works with a plan to spend up to $600 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money to launch programs to “foster greater accountability of institutions and leaders to citizens.” However, Obama’s plan won’t benefit the U.S. taxpayers, who will be on the hook for the changes. His plan is to help make foreign governments more accountabile to their citizens. The Democratic, Responsive, and Accountable GOverNance, or DRAGON, project is to develop strategies to encourage citizens “to participate actively in governance,” according to a “concept paper” that WND...
  • U.S. taxpayers buy 'proverb cubes' for prostitutes

    07/13/2014 5:12:29 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 12 replies
    WND ^ | July 13, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Millions of dollars dumped into questionable foreign health campaignsThe Obama administration will continue bombarding individual nations with “family planning” and health-care messages costing tens of millions for each campaign, despite acknowledging that some of its past efforts largely failed. The administration casts partial blame for these failures on foreign government recipients, some of whom neglected to adequately cooperate with U.S. plans to change cultural beliefs, for example, about contraception and family size. Islamic leaders in nations such as Jordan rebuffed previous persuasive efforts to increase sterilization and other approaches to reducing birth rates. The administration backed off from that tactic,...
  • Keeper of Names

    07/08/2014 8:58:16 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 43 replies
    Steve Peacock, poet | n/a | Steve Peacock
    (Based an actual encounter in an inner-city Trenton, NJ charter school). A poem.Keeper of Names By Steve Peacock Why do so many black students’ names end with “-quan” and “-asia,” the middle-aged white teacher inquires of the sole black educator in the break room. As I understand it, she replies humbly, (so as not to claim expertise on the matter), “quan,” like “DaeQuan,” has African roots. But what about “asia”? We’ve got Ta’Asia, Ti’Asia, Sequasia, Shyasia? I am truly unsure, she says. Still, he persists. There’s also Arquasia, Tintasia, and… I said I don’t know. Then there’s Quintasia, Sashasia… Oh...
  • Feds to spend big bucks so jobless feel OK

    07/08/2014 8:44:31 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    WND ^ | July 7, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    $1.7 billion plan to preach humanity's 'goodness'The federal program Job Corps will tap into a proposed $1.7 billion budget not simply to provide career-development services to at-risk men and women but to raise awareness of the “inherent goodness” found in each human being. The money will be spent to make people feel good. The “I Am Somebody” initiative for fiscal year 2015 will teach appreciation of “ethnic diversity” in response to problems among job training and other employment-assistance recipients, according to the project Statement of Work, or SOW, which WND located via routine database research. “Recently Job Corps students have...
  • U.S. dilemma: Does $1.5 billion sent to Egypt help?

    07/03/2014 4:21:03 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 12 replies
    WND ^ | July 2, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Solution is to spend more tax money thereAmerican taxpayers are sending some $1.5 billion to Egypt annually, but the Obama administration is finding it difficult to fulfill its policy goal of awarding contracts to companies in the Middle East nation and in others that receive aid in an effort to improve their economies. The problem is simply that there aren’t enough foreign organizations qualified to help in the U.S. effort, especially in Egypt. So a “simple” solution has been implemented: spend even more taxpayer funds to teach other governments and NGOs – as well as the U.S. government itself –...
  • Kaboom! State Dept. finally gives explosive answer

    05/27/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 24 replies
    WND ^ | May 27, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Bureau boss overseeing shipments has Benghazi connectionsThe State Department bureau tasked with secretly sending to embassies plastic and liquid explosives operates under the guidance of Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, whom a congressional panel last year separately found to be largely responsible for security lapses in Benghazi, WND has learned. A series of WND articles recently exposed the purchase and international transport of many hundreds of pounds of plastic, sheet and linear explosives along with thousands of containers of high-energy liquid explosives. Weeks after a State official laughed in response to WND’s inquiry, the department belatedly...
  • State Dept. amassing explosives stockpile

    05/12/2014 8:56:54 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 18 replies
    WND ^ | May 10, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    C4, blasting equipment destined for embassies?The U.S. State Department has ordered hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives and thousands of containers of liquid explosives, WND has discovered, shipping them to the location of U.S. centers that typically send sensitive materials to overseas embassies. According to procurement documents WND obtained through routine database research, State recently put in four separate orders for high explosives – purchases accompanied by tens of thousands of feet of detonating cords with hundreds of blasting caps and fuse igniters. The ultimate destination of these products and their cost is unknown, but the government contracting office responsible...
  • Another Obama project lands in toilet

    05/07/2014 3:22:08 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 18 replies
    WND ^ | May 7, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Public outcry follows WND report on plans for U.S. militaryAn Obama administration plan to have U.S. military personnel oversee the construction of latrines for a Kenyan girls’ school has come to an abrupt halt, after WND’s exclusive report on the diversion of defense resources. The U.S. Navy had been tasked with carrying out the project, which would have involved the construction of a building containing 16 female “dry-pit latrines” for the Mpeketoni Secondary School in Kenya, President Obama’s “home country,” as first lady Michelle Obama once publicly put it. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command on Tuesday terminated the project without...
  • Obama battles 'war on women' ... in Pakistan

    05/04/2014 5:45:41 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    WND ^ | May 4, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Plan calls for 'gender team' to collect data on abusesCulturally embedded mistreatment of women and girls has earned Pakistan a reputation as one of the world’s worst nations in which to be female. The Obama administration, however, is setting out to reverse that cultural phenomenon, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. Indeed, the administration is deploying a team of experts to “travel extensively” throughout Pakistan to assess existing U.S. efforts to reverse “gender disparity” and to collect data about ongoing gender-related abuses and discrimination. The gender team likewise will propose steps for future U.S.-funded actions. This U.S. Agency for International Development endeavor...
  • NASA's new mission: Warbots?

    04/22/2014 5:57:36 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | April 22, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    'Terminator' coming alive as agency explores humanoids 'for Earth applications'While the federal government’s increased use and advocacy of drones over U.S. skies is widely known, its promotion of another technological advancement has received less attention: the accelerated deployment of “humanoid robots” into American society. WND has discovered that NASA is recruiting help from industry and academia to speed up the commercialization of such robotic humanoids “for Earth applications.” Among the applications is warfare, the agency said. NASA said technical hurdles remain before sending human-like machines into combat operations and other “hazardous and remote environments.” Among the obstacles are “object recognition/detection”...
  • Obama now probes everyone's health – in Kenya!

    04/06/2014 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 27 replies
    WND ^ | April 6, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. subsidizing massive in-person surveyIn the latest addition to the Obama administration’s growing aid-to-Kenya portfolio, the U.S. will help subsidize a nationwide citizen-health assessment in every Kenyan county without exception. While the estimated project cost remains undisclosed, a separate Kenya-based trade-promotion project unveiled late last week came with an additional $70 million price tag. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, with U.S. taxpayer help, will implement the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, or KDHS. Kenya will coordinate the efforts with United Nations agencies, the U.S. government and “other partners.” The U.S. will fund a KDHS requirement to deploy contractor...
  • Obama gives military latrine duty new meaning

    03/29/2014 5:56:31 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 14 replies
    WND ^ | March 29, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Government document puts naval engineering group in charge of Kenya pit toiletsThe Obama administration lately has demanded much from American soldiers, who now face possible reductions in the number in their ranks as well as higher payments toward their health benefits. That’s in addition to duty in Afghanistan, or worse. In the latest slap to the face of U.S. Department of Defense personnel, Obama now is asking those soldiers to oversee the digging of toilets at a girl’s school in Kenya, his “home country,” as First Lady Michelle Obama once publicly put it. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command is tasked...
  • Obama moves to protect taxpayers ... in Kenya!

    03/11/2014 1:40:05 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 10, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration is infusing millions of additional dollars into the stabilization and strengthening of county governments across Kenya to protect taxpayers there by having Americans foot the bill. Without opening the endeavor to competitive bidding, the U.S. Agency for International Development simply changed the terms of an existing Kenya aid program and put more money into it. Kenyans had been facing additional financial costs for their own local governments before the agency extended the contract by assigning new responsibilities to Development Alternatives Inc., or DAI. But the change by USAID means that Americans, not Kenyans, will be on the...
  • Blacked out! Details of U.S. drone plans

    03/05/2014 6:03:18 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 5, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Obama administration hiding costs, names of decision-makers from publicA planning document uncovered by WND reveals that the Obama administration is hiding certain details from the public – including costs and the names of decision-makers – regarding “special projects” governing the federal government’s global deployment of U.S. and ally drones. The document indicates the government is extending support of unidentified Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCOs, for up to 15 additional months. A break in service also could have affected what was, as of January, the “imminent release” of armed MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper surveillance drones to new Foreign Military Sales,...
  • Feds want to track your DNA like a license plate

    02/15/2014 5:53:46 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 22 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 15, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Seek 'biosignature' spying ability to 'identify, locate specific individuals'The federal government doesn’t just want the ability to track down your car; it wants to be able to track down your body as well. Just as details are emerging about a controversial, nationwide vehicle-surveillance database, WND has learned the federal government is planning an even more invasive spy program using “physiological signatures” to track down individuals. The goal of this research is to detect – as well as analyze and categorize – unique traits the government can exploit to “identify, locate and track specific individuals or groups of people.” According to...
  • Obama plan: Temp jobs at $1 million each

    02/09/2014 4:50:44 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 21 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 2, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Global health-care initiatives continue expensive expansionThe federal government’s portfolio of international health-care initiatives has grown so enormous that the Obama administration is infusing another quarter-billion dollars simply to help operate this global bureaucracy. The estimated return on this taxpayer-funded venture: 250 new support staff. This discovery comes at a time when new information reveals that Obama’s growing health-care bureaucracy at home will eliminate the equivalent of 2.3 million private-sector jobs within a decade. The U.S. Agency for International Development – based on its own estimate – now is poised to spend the equivalent of a million dollars on each temporary...
  • Hearing: Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests [?] (Commentary)

    02/03/2014 10:44:02 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Feb. 3, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Thus far there is just one "witness" scheduled to testify Wednesday (2/5/14) at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, which is titled "Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests." Mr. Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, apparently is going to help sort out the situation for this critical committee. Upon reading the hearing title, unconsciously I released a barely audible “Uh-oh,” wondering where such a hearing might lead us. While it is too early to make assumptions about the direction of U.S. policy on...
  • Obama spending money ... to spend more money

    02/01/2014 6:05:14 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 2, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Move fuels USAID's already exponential growth in Kenya aidNow that an $87 million African trade-promotion project is reaching the end of its five-year run, the Obama administration might spend millions more to decide whether it wisely invested U.S. taxpayer dollars in the venture. If the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion, or COMPETE Trade Hub project, is deemed to have been effective, a follow-up program could receive more cash from the Treasury. In this latest facet of a five-year U.S. Agency for International Development experiment in and around Kenya, the federal government will obtain contractor-conducted project evaluation services before committing additional funding.
  • FBI becomes the 'watchers-in-chief'

    01/21/2014 1:58:28 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Jan. 20, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Documents reveal demand for 116 more workers to review, investigate 'suspects'The number of people identified by the Obama administration as potential terrorists surged in the past two years, and the FBI now is preparing for another spike as it plans to intensify its scrutiny of foreign visitors and U.S. citizens, WND has discovered. The federal government will hire up to 116 full-time private-contractor personnel to help amass and screen data on persons whose movements or activities are brought to the attention of the Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI-administered interagency unit... TSC lacks authority to independently collect personal data or communications....
  • U.S. seeks to keep dollars flowing to Nigeria

    01/06/2014 8:51:32 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 01/05/2014 | Steve Peacock
    Contractors, others in billion-dollar programs facing terror threatsThe successful provision of $1.2 billion in Nigerian-assistance programs requires heightened attention to the security of U.S. mission and contractor personnel, the Obama administration concluded. Increased safety is particularly critical for staff traveling in the predominantly Muslim northern states, where the majority of U.S. aid is targeted, according a government planning document that WND located via routine database research. The administration wants to extend that umbrella of protection to aid recipients, too. Consequently, in order to assess and address those security needs, the U.S. Agency for International Development will deploy a private contractor-adviser...
  • U.S. slams 'conservative gender norms'

    12/28/2013 7:59:06 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 31 replies
    WND ^ | Dec. 28, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Obama agenda won't tolerate 'preference for heterosexuality' in other countriesHomosexuals, prostitutes, and transgendered people of Central America are about to receive another boost from the Obama administration, which is expanding an HIV program initially launched during the William J. Clinton presidency. But chief among impediments to achieving U.S. policy goals in the region are “conservative gender norms related to sexuality and strong normative preference for heterosexuality,” a revised government planning document says. Organizations that help “Most-at-Risk Populations,” or MARPs, therefore, will be the beneficiaries of this Phase Two initiative, according to the revised Statement of Work detailing the Central America...
  • Obama plan uses Hollywood to lure Iran toward peace

    12/21/2013 7:20:34 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 25 replies
    WND ^ | Dec. 21, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    President wants to deliver American culture to Islamic regimeThe proposed easing of sanctions against Iran represents the most visible enticement by which the United States and five other nations intend to guide the Islamic regime toward peace. The Obama administration, however, has another tool in its diplomatic arsenal that it intends to leverage against Tehran. Hollywood. The responsibility of producing a California-centered news and entertainment program “appealing to Farsi-speaking youth in Iran” soon will be fall into the hands of a contractor working on behalf of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG, according to planning documents that WND...
  • Surprise! Plenty of Obama money for these people

    12/09/2013 6:28:14 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 5 replies
    WND ^ | Dec. 8, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Newest plan for stabilizing economy not intended to help U.S.The Obama administration is launching a program with the ambitious goals of sparking business investment, reducing investment risks, and creating and sustaining new jobs. However, the beneficiaries are Middle Eastern and North African nations, not workers in the United States, WND has discovered. The MENA Investment Initiative, or MENAII, “will provide needed support to early stage businesses in order to create and sustain jobs,” according to a Request for Information, or RFI, that WND discovered via routine database research... The provision of matching capital to private-sector investors is one of the...
  • Obama Finally Fixing Health Care … In Kenya

    11/11/2013 1:31:27 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 11/11/2013 | Steve Peacock
    Though the federal government is struggling to make Obamacare functional for Americans, the administration is simultaneously helping to upgrade the health-care system in Kenya. The ambitious plan to expand health-care and social-services access to millions of Kenyans is one of several recent U.S. endeavors to surface, indicating that yet another spike in assistance to Kenya is taking place. As U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor reported, the U.S. Agency for International Development in June 2012 alerted contractors that its Kenyan aid portfolio was growing “exponentially.”Now, the most recent endeavor is the enhancement of an existing “five-year mission supporting the centralized health-care...
  • Palestinian Justice Project-Contract Awarded by USAID

    10/02/2013 5:59:31 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 6 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Oct. 2, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded a $24.5 million contract in a program whose stated aim is to "build a more effective and competent Palestinian justice sector that is accountable to the public and responds to citizens' needs." According to the solicitation: The program will support the Palestinian Authority's commitment to strengthen and reform government institutions, and will focus on supporting visible improvements in the delivery of services that contribute towards increased public confidence. USAID noted that "Ethics and anti-corruption will be cross-cutting themes of the program." Chemonics will provide the Palestinians with a combination of equipment,...
  • U.S. to teach Mexicans to game American system

    09/29/2013 11:47:26 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 29, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Feds plan to spend $100,000 to help give away more moneyIt’s an expenditure of only $100,000 – mere pocket change in the vast labyrinth of federal spending – but the funds are for the creation of a manual to teach people how to get more money from the U.S. government. And the recipients aren’t even citizens of the United States. The U.S. Trade & Development Agency, an independent White House agency, is laying the foundation for the government of Mexico to infuse hundreds of billions of dollars into modernizing its roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure. While it remains to...
  • Obama spending millions on schools – in Pakistan

    09/14/2013 2:56:50 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 9/12/2013 | Steve Peacock
    Also giving Indonesians more college scholarships Budget deficits, spending limits, the sequester and economic headwinds all seem to fall by the wayside for Barack Obama’s overseas spending program. Now that a $305 million U.S. initiative has built and renovated hundreds of Pakistani schools – including private Islamic madrassas in addition to public institutions – the Obama administration is set to infuse $25 million to improve student reading skills in those schools. Using congressionally authorized FY 2010-FY 2012 funds, a pair of U.S. Agency for International Development initiatives will embark upon the literacy phase of the massive educational project, according to...
  • Obama can't stop spending — in Kenya!

    09/06/2013 3:47:54 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 5, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    USAID soaking taxpayers to support growing 'humanitarian' effortsThe Obama administration is seeking additional U.S. taxpayer funds to provide more health services to Kenyans through a massive assistance program that has already grown so “rapidly and exponentially” the U.S. government now needs help from outside contractors to oversee it. A Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm known for its work with the United Nations Development Program, the European Union and the World Bank has been hired by the administration to monitor, analyze and improve the foreign-assistance program, known as the Evaluation Services and Program Support endeavor. The U.S. Agency for International Development has...
  • U.S. escalates contractor roles in Africa

    09/02/2013 5:48:07 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 2, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Military planning for ways to haul supplies, weapons to and from EgyptThe Obama administration suddenly is hunting for contractors to help haul military equipment and supplies to and from Egypt and other nations within the U.S. Africa Command’s area of responsibility, WND has discovered. The endeavor comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Mideast and North Africa, as U.S. warships already have arrived in the Mediterranean and warships from Syrian ally Russia reportedly are on the way. Though it remains unclear which specific operations the initiative may support, the Army nonetheless is rapidly moving toward obtaining private-sector assistance...
  • U.S. to Host Annual China Law-Enforcement Conference

    08/28/2013 9:13:19 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 28, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. and Chinese criminal justice officials are gearing up for their next annual gathering in Washington, D.C, where the U.S. Department of State is preparing to hold the 11th meeting of the China-U.S. Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation (JLG). The JLG is one of 54 U.S. government policy groups that address U.S.-China relations, a "misaligned institutional structure that has been created haphazardly over time rather than consciously designed," according to Heritage Foundation scholar Derek Scissors. These groups have the potential to improve diplomacy between the two nations, but at the time of his 2011 policy backgrounder "Tools to...
  • U.S. Extends Program to Reduce School Dropout Rate [In...]

    08/27/2013 12:44:53 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 5 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 27, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    A U.S. government effort to discourage students from dropping out of secondary and even primary school has been extended, giving a federal contractor two more years to achieve the Obama Administration's goals in this program. The initiative, however, focuses on students in the Middle East and Asia. Creative Associates International since 2010 has carried out the School Dropout Prevention Pilot program (SDPP) in Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which awarded Creative a three-year task order with a $51.5 million maximum ceiling. The contract balance is projected to remain around...
  • U.S. offers token protection for Serbian Christians

    08/25/2013 11:39:57 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 6 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 25, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Plan suggests more public spaces for inter-ethnic minglingThe Obama administration intends to leverage U.S. leadership in lowering racial tensions in the U.S. by making such ethnic-peacemaking expertise available globally. Obama’s most recent endeavor specifically wants to “increase constructive inter-ethnic cooperation and interaction” among people in the Balkans region of southeastern Europe. Although this approximately $15 million U.S. Agency for International Development venture arguably could benefit the minority Christian Serb population, its scope is notably miniscule in contrast to other ethnic and tribal peacemaking initiatives around the globe, particularly in Africa. In and around Nigeria, for example, USAID is engaged in...
  • Half-Billion for USAID Global-Resource Distribution System

    08/19/2013 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 18, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Up to $500 million is slated for improvements that the U.S. Agency for International Development seeks to achieve in its global-health resources network. USAID's Global Health Supply Chain Program is seeking contractor help in modernizing how the agency manages and secures its health-specific supply system. The half-billion cap on procuring technical assistance, or TA, is for "supply chain management and commodity security" in foreign assistance recipient-nations. "Since 2005, USAID has procured and delivered more than 4,300 different products valued at $2.4 billion and has provided more than $500 million in supply chain technical assistance in more than 50 countries," according...
  • U.S. gives Palestinians $300 million in contracts

    08/18/2013 5:57:04 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 18, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Allegations of corruption, praise for terrorists not obstaclesThe U.S. government recently awarded a batch of contracts worth up to $300 million to Palestinian construction companies, including a firm targeted in a Palestinian Authority corruption probe. PA Prosecutor-General Ahmed al-Mughni, likewise, survived the investigation, having escaped a car-bomb assassination attempt related to his probe of Tarifi Contracting & Reconstruction Co., other companies and PA officials, the Jerusalem Post reported at the time. The chairman of Tarifi Contracting is H. E. Jamil Al Tarifi, the former PA civil affairs minister. At the time of the investigation, he reportedly co-owned the firm with...
  • USAID Bans U.S. Companies from Competition in Mexican Program

    08/18/2013 9:21:38 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 17, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Project is to assess south-of-the-border social conditionsThe Obama administration intends to keep contractors on stand-by to help officials evaluate conditions on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, but U.S. companies are not allowed to apply for the work. Tracking remittances – funds sent over a distance – from the U.S. to Mexico is one of several possible research and consulting services that Obama through the U.S. Agency for International Development may solicit. Such a task will not support, for example, tax- or drug-enforcement operations. Instead, it would help determine the extent to which the funds subsequently are “invested into...
  • Obama bans U.S. companies from competition

    08/15/2013 3:32:18 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Project is to assess south-of-the-border social conditionsThe Obama administration intends to keep contractors on stand-by to help officials evaluate conditions on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, but U.S. companies are not allowed to apply for the work. Tracking remittances – funds sent over a distance – from the U.S. to Mexico is one of several possible research and consulting services that Obama through the U.S. Agency for International Development may solicit. Such a task will not support, for example, tax- or drug-enforcement operations. Instead, it would help determine the extent to which the funds subsequently are “invested into...
  • Ex-Obama employer gets Kenyan contract

    08/11/2013 6:37:10 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 11, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Prez brings home bacon in midst of Chicago corruption probeA no-bid contract to assess a $48 million Kenyan youth program has been awarded to the University of Chicago, where President Barack Obama taught constitutional law for 12 years. This discovery coincides with the federal embezzlement indictment of Quinshaunta R. Golden, former key aide to Eric E. Whitaker, the one-time U. of C. Medical Center executive vice president and former colleague of Michelle Obama.
  • Have U.S. 'investments' in Mideast paid off?

    08/04/2013 8:57:52 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 3, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    WND examines some of Obama's proposed aid for regionContradictory claims of total dollar figures for U.S. foreign aid circulate around the Internet, containing oft-repeated figures that may or may not reflect reality. In response to those conflicting claims, WND has compiled a list of significant U.S. aid totals based on a review of congressional and Obama administration documents and databases. As the debate often focuses on whether the U.S. receives, in financial parlance, an adequate return on its investment, WND decided to first focus on arguably the world’s greatest hot spot, the Middle East/North Africa, or MENA, home to three...
  • Feds plan to give Egypt armed-to-the-teeth ships

    08/03/2013 8:11:55 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 23 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 3, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Harpoon missile among weapons aboard patrol vesselsThe U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to crack down on U.S. taxpayer monies being forwarded to the violence-ridden nation of Egypt, and now the Obama administration is preparing to send more heavily armed, missile-equipped naval patrol ships to the interim government there. For that purpose, Washington is hiring private contractors to make the transoceanic delivery on its behalf. This shipment of Fast Missile Craft, or FMC, comes at a time when congressional interest in suspending U.S. military aid to Egypt had heated up – to the point there was a Senate proposal to...
  • Corruption a hurdle for Obama 'power Africa' plan

    07/28/2013 6:44:51 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | July 28, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    President Obama’s multi-billion-dollar “Power Africa” initiative aims to double citizen access to electricity and other power sources across Sub-Saharan Africa. But it plays down the creation of a new public-private bureaucracy needed to overcome the pervasive corruption and incompetence of African governments and power utilities. A significant portion of the Kenya-based endeavor is designed simply to administer the program. Segments include efforts to sway public and congressional opinion in favor of the initiative, according to a new planning document WND located through routine database research. The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, will hire a contractor or contractors primarily...
  • U.S. picks up tab to expand China's economy

    07/28/2013 6:41:35 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    WND ^ | July 28, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Obama strategy implements expansion of previous aid programThe Chinese business sector must be in trouble. Why else would President Obama be sending taxpayer dollars there to modernize China’s energy grid, hire private-sector consultants to help its Ministry of Environmental Protection and separately help to modify the nation’s corporate laws? The U.S. Trade & Development Agency, or USTDA – technically designated as an “independent” White House agency – is funding these and other initiatives, all of which aid China while simultaneously benefiting U.S. contractors.
  • Writer compares black incarceration to Jewish Holocaust

    07/27/2013 7:15:07 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 59 replies
    Your Black World ^ | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    "We’re being locked away in a mass incarceration epidemic that is as bad as the Jewish holocaust." Dr. Boyce Watkins, in a commentary criticizing rap star Jay-Z for his disrespect of Harry Belafonte, made the above remark when lambasting Jay-Z for not doing more for the black community. I am sickened that someone can compare the attempted extermination of an entire group of people to the consequences of criminal actions leading to imprisonment. Not a soul commented on that passage via the website (which I stumbled across through a Facebook "friend.")
  • George Zimmerman, I have felt (some of ) your pain

    07/22/2013 6:52:27 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 21 replies
    WND ^ | July 21, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    4-year courtroom gauntlet of false racist accusations describedHe stalked him. He’s a racist. That white man attacked him because he was black. Justice was not adequately served at the criminal-court level. Federal intervention is necessary. Yes, politicians, so-called “activists” and their mainstream media mouthpieces are throwing these claims around, jockeying for position as they exploit “white-Hispanic” George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case. Those same claims, unfortunately, were once spewed in my direction. Once, that is, meaning a four-year period of post-traumatic stress and turmoil stemming from multiple, nightmarish dramas – courtroom circuses that I entered as an attempted-murder...
  • "Play Dead, Roll Over" - Memoir to Explore Black-on-White 'Justice'

    07/20/2013 10:21:48 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 21 replies
    Gravel: LIterary Journal ^ | July 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The following literary essay recounts my post-shooting thoughts & experiences specific to getting shot by a black, retired New York City police officer. The whole story soon will be revealed. For now, a snippet. Click through if you wish to read the entire piece via Gravel: A Literary Journal.So this is how my life’s going to end. My mind latches onto the sound of footsteps approaching as I lie face down on the filthy sidewalk. I let my mouth droop open, smuggling and releasing puffs of air through my nostrils, appearing—I hope—to look as if I’ve ceased breathing. I...
  • Obama hiring contractor for African bombs

    07/15/2013 11:03:16 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    WND ^ | April 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration continues to ramp up its military-response capabilities in Africa, where it is now looking for contractor support to transport U.S. Africa Command troops, weaponry and explosives. The U.S. Transportation Command on behalf of AFRICOM is soliciting help from private aircraft providers who can move U.S. troops and supplies in the Central African nations of Uganda, Central Africa Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The development comes at a time when the Department of Defense simultaneously is strengthening its ability – also with contractor assistance – to retrieve soldiers trapped and injured in hot spots...
  • Obama spending $650 million on shorelines

    07/13/2013 6:13:10 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 19 replies
    WND ^ | July 13, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Prepping for 'climate change' floods everywhere but in U.S.The Obama administration wants to spend as much $650 million to improve urban- and local-government service delivery, which includes the development of strategies to adapt to climate change and respond to natural disasters. The endeavor will target cities and towns around the globe – with the exception of those in the United States. Many coastal cities around the world are ill-prepared to deal with rising sea levels and extreme weather events that the administration expects from “climate change.”
  • U.S. Modernization of Egyptian Air Force Continues as Planned

    07/09/2013 2:26:37 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 11 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | July 9, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration is proceeding with the next phase of its plan to modernize the Egyptian Air Force, coinciding with the White House claim that continued aid to Egypt is in the national interests of the United States. That modernization will start with new facilities and upgraded infrastructure in support of Egypt’s F-16 fighter jet program, according to procurement documents that Patriot Update located through routine database research.