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  • Obama's Chickens Come Home To Roost In Egypt

    02/14/2012 5:48:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 14, 2012
    Mideast: As the president sneaks more money in the budget for Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood thugs he helped install in Cairo show their gratitude by threatening to attack Israel. For three decades, the U.S. essentially paid Egypt not to attack our closest ally in the region. The policy worked to maintain peace. But Obama nullified that deal by backing Islamist revolutionaries against reliably pro-U.S. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Now the bribe has lost its effect. The new Egyptian leadership, led by the virulently anti-Jewish Muslim Brotherhood, this week issued a warning to Washington that it should understand that "what was...
  • How About $800 Million for the Arab Spring? (Obama's foreign aid to anti-Christian "spring")

    02/14/2012 12:46:01 PM PST · by Milagros · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 14, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Guy has been bringing you the dirty domestic details of Obama's latest budget, but tucked away in the mounds of text and numbers, President Obama has allocated a cool $800 million to go towards the "Arab Spring."
  • Muslim Brotherhood Warns U.S. Aid Cut May Affect Egypt’s Peace Treaty With Israel

    02/14/2012 8:36:39 AM PST · by bimboeruption · 38 replies ^ | 2-14-2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    A top Muslim Brotherhood official has warned that any cuts in U.S. aid to Egypt could affect Cairo’s peace treaty with Israel – the latest sign that Egypt’s emerging political forces intend to call Washington’s bluff over the diplomatic dispute triggered by a crackdown on non-governmental organizations. Egyptian judges have referred 16 Americans and 27 others linked to NGOs for trial, accusing them of using foreign funds to encourage disruptive protests. Among the targeted NGOs whose assets and funds have been seized are the U.S. government-funded International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute. On Capitol Hill, the chorus of senior...
  • Brotherhood lawmaker: US aid to Cairo 'assured'

    02/13/2012 10:59:52 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/12/2012 | OREN KESSLER
    Senior Muslim Brotherhood official tells 'Al Hayat' if the US cuts aid to Egypt, it would be violation of 1979 peace accords. US aid to Egypt is guaranteed by the Camp David Accords, and stopping it would be a violation of that treaty, a high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker said Sunday. Essam El-Erian, who also serves as chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said that should aid from Washington be cut, the Brotherhood would consider changing the terms of Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. El-Erian told the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat the US needs to understand that “what was...
  • Obama gambles on costly initiatives in new budget

    02/13/2012 5:14:11 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    .....At the same time, the president’s foreign aid request includes an entirely new $770 million account in 2013, described as the Middle East and North Africa Incentive Fund with the purpose of advancing democratic and economic reforms in the region after the turmoil of the past year. The two initiatives come on top of the budget’s plan for an almost 50 percent, six-year increase in transportation spending, $231 billion of which would be financed not by gas taxes but war savings attributed to Obama pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Conservatives are sure to challenge this assumption and...
  • USAID Proposes New $60 Million Project for West African Farmers

    02/10/2012 6:30:47 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Feb. 10, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    African farmers ostensibly will benefit from an approximately new $60 million project that U.S. taxpayers could be funding. The U.S. Agency for International Development's "USAID/WA [West Africa] Trade Hub and African Partner Network Project," as the endeavor is known, will seek to "assist farmers and firms to increase trade in key grains and livestock" in that region, according to a presolicitation notice that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has located. The document says the initiative, which remains "subject to the availability of funds," will keep in line with the U.S. government's Feed the Future strategy as well as support the...
  • Early Reading Education-Improvement Project to Span Five Years

    01/30/2012 5:58:40 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Jan. 30, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Having recognized that successful early reading education programs contribute to future student success both in and out of the classroom, the Obama Administration intends to execute a new program to build upon those successes. And it intends to carry out that task in the African nation of Mozambique. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which will carry out this endeavor with private sector assistance, late last week issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from vendors capable of launching such an initiative. The Early Grade Reading Assessment Plus Quality Instruction and Management (EGRA+QIM) Project, as it is known, "will be...
  • Report: Obama To Speed Up Pace Of American Aid To Muslim Brotherhood-Led Egypt…

    01/26/2012 8:00:05 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/25/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Disgusting misuse of our tax dollars. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama plans to accelerate the pace of American aid to Egypt, a top State Department official said on Wednesday, as the most populous Arab nation reaches a critical stage in its uncertain transition away from autocratic rule. Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats, part of a U.S. delegation that held unprecedented talks last week with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, said Washington wanted to provide “more immediate benefits” to Egyptians, who earlier this month conducted their first democratic elections in decades. “During this period, we want to be as supportive as we...
  • Spotlight On: U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA)

    01/21/2012 9:27:04 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    EDITOR'S NOTE: The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA), an independent White House agency, in recent weeks awarded several contracts and separately launched multiple initiatives in nations including Colombia, Egypt. Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam, and Turkey. U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor posts these news briefs to encourage readers to ponder -- and comment on -- the question: are these relatively small expenditures a worthwhile investment of U.S. taxpayer dollars to promote global U.S. trade, or are they unjustifiable transfers of wealth from the taxpayer to businesses and to U.S. client states? We leave it up to the reader to decide....
  • From Israel: Let My People Go! ["Jews for Ron Paul"]

    12/31/2011 2:17:27 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 29 replies
    Settlers of Samaria ^ | December 29, 2011 | Rafi Farber
    Lately I’ve been having trouble sleeping. I sit here in my living room in Karnei Shomron, Israel, on the 8th night of Chanukah, wondering what other miracles lay in store on January 3rd and in the months ahead. The name Ron Paul is constantly at my fingertips. I’ve typed it in so many times the past month it’s insane. I’m experiencing an excitement I’ve rarely ever felt, and I don’t even live in America anymore. During the last Republican debate I woke myself up at 3am Israel time to watch an 8pm EST live stream on YouTube, with no fatigue...
  • WikiLeaks: UN aid cash went to Islamist insurgents ( Somalia )

    02/04/2011 10:44:25 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04 February 2011 | Holly Watt and Tim Ross
    The United Nations was paying one of the world’s most notorious terrorist groups after getting “too close” to it, secret documents disclose. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) had to suspend activities in southern Somalia after being manipulated by al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda. In a meeting last year with the UN ambassador Susan Rice, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the special representative for Somalia, said the WFP had been withdrawn “because it had become too reliant upon al-Shabaab and its system of pay-offs”. Al-Shabaab, an Islamic group fighting to overthrow the Somalian government, controls much of south and central Somalia and...
  • Ron Paul : I Am the Most Pro-Israel Candidate

    12/28/2011 10:52:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/11
    <p>Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul said Wednesday night that he is not anti-Semitic, and that he is pro-Israel, despite remarks made earlier this week by his former aide by which Paul would have preferred it if Israel did not exist.</p>
  • Rick Perry Says Human Rights for Gays ‘Not in America’s Interests’

    12/06/2011 1:41:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 123 replies
    ABC ^ | December 6, 2011 | Arlette Saenz
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today that using foreign aid to combat human rights abuses against homosexuals in foreign countries is “not in America’s interests” and attacked President Obama’s decision to require U.S. agencies operating abroad to promote equal rights for gays as part of the administration’s “war on traditional American values.” “Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights. This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop,” Perry said in the statement. “Promoting special rights for...
  • McCain: Billions in US aid to Pakistan in jeopardy (Welfare for Terrorists Alert)

    12/04/2011 11:55:57 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-12-04
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says the billions of dollars of U.S. aid to Pakistan must come with strings attached.
  • George W. Bush to raise cancer awareness in Africa (Bush defends his Big Government™ programs)

    11/23/2011 11:58:19 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-11-23 | Jamie Stengle
    DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush will travel to Africa next month to raise awareness about cervical and breast cancer, an effort he calls a "natural extension" of a program launched during his presidency that helps fight AIDS on the continent. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and officials with the George W. Bush Institute are heading to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia from Dec. 1 through Dec. 5, where they'll visit clinics and meet with governmental and health care leaders. "We believe it's in our nation's interest to deal with disease and set priorities and save lives," Bush...
  • Ron Paul: Israel can take care of itself

    11/22/2011 11:29:18 PM PST · by Just4Him · 71 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 22, 2011 | Stephanie Condon
    Setting himself far apart from his Republican colleagues, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul on Tuesday night suggested that the U.S. should have less involvement in Israel's affairs. "I think they're quite capable of taking care of themselves," he said. The statement came in response to a question in a Tuesday night debate about whether the GOP candidates would, as president, support Israel in an attack against Iran. Paul responded that he wouldn't expect such an attack to take place -- but if it were to, "Why does Israel need our help? We need to get out of their way."...
  • Graham, DeMint face off over foreign aid (RINO Grahamnesty defends $53+ Billion in foreign welfare)

    11/21/2011 4:22:21 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 2011-11-18 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON -- If U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to know why his foreign aid bill has stalled in the Senate, he need only look in the direction of the junior senator from South Carolina. In an extraordinary clash between Republican senators from the same state, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to postpone consideration this week of a $53.3 billion foreign aid bill, backed by Graham. DeMint demanded the bill be debated by itself and not combined with other spending measures. “I respect and work well with Lindsey, and I share his goal to secure our...
  • U.S. to Assess Education Program Progress -- in USAID-backed Filipino Muslim Schools

    11/18/2011 7:43:12 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Nov. 18, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A U.S.-funded education project carried out in predominantly Muslim regions of The Philippines is about to undergo a review of its effectiveness, following the conclusion of the latest five-year segment of the $90 million endeavor. This review -- in addition to a bevy of other new or follow-up programs now seeking private contractor assistance in that nation -- comes at a time when President Obama has declared the Pacific Region as a new "top U.S. priority." The initiative, known as the Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS) Project, had begun in 2004 under the Bush Administration,...
  • Rick Perry: My foreign aid budget starts at zero (Israel is the exception)

    11/12/2011 9:45:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/12/2011 | Alex Sundby
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would cut the United States' foreign aid budget to zero and then allocate taxpayer dollars depending on each country's support for America, indicating that Pakistan would no longer receive U.S. aid but Israel would. "It's time for us as a country to say no to foreign aid to countries that don't support the United States of America," Perry said. His idea received support from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich but, in the case of Pakistan, was opposed by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at the CBS News/National Journal debate...
  • ‘Let them cut off aid:’ African countries revolt against UK threat to cut aid over homosexuality

    11/08/2011 5:16:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-8-11 | Peter Baklinski
    The president of Ghana is leading the charge as several African countries are making their stand against Britain’s threat that they either legalize homosexual acts or be excluded from financial aid. “I, as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempts to legalize homosexuality in Ghana,” said President John Evans Atta Mills in an official statement to the UK government under Prime Minister David Cameron last Wednesday. Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia at the end of October, which Prime Minister Cameron attended, the issue of homosexuality...
  • U.N.’s $2 Billion Building Binge: Getting Worse While It Lobbies for $3 Billion More (Occupy UN?)

    11/03/2011 7:58:50 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies ^ | November 03, 2011 | George Russell
    United Nations Building in New York City. With a $2 billion renovation of its New York headquarters building still more than two years from completion, the United Nations is already lobbying member states for some $3 billion or so for additional major building projects in New York City and Geneva. About $2.4 billion of the total would go for construction of a new office tower in Manhattan to accommodate the world organization’s burgeoning staff. Another $590 million or so would go for yet another mammoth renovation job -- this one of the U.N.’s venerable offices in Geneva, located in the...
  • U.S. Government Plans Tax-Reform Initiative...

    11/03/2011 4:53:22 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Nov. 3, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. Government Plans Tax-Reform Initiative... ... in Armenia!The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said this week that it expects to award an estimated $5-10 million, four-year contract to assist the Armenian government in the areas of: (a) revenue policy formulation, strategic planning, revenue analysis and tax policy review and simplification; and the appeals policies, procedures and implementation carried out by the Ministry of Finance and (b) improving the SRC strategic planning, human resource management and internal control processes to better administer taxes and to enhance taxpayer trust and compliance. [emphasis added] USAID intends to release a more detailed Request...
  • 115 Pakistani Schools to Receive U.S.-Funded Equipment, Furniture; U.S. Contractors Need Not Apply

    10/29/2011 2:31:35 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Oct. 29, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. taxpayers are going to pay for equipment and furniture for 115 schools in Pakistan—and unlike most other federal programs, companies from the United States are not allowed to compete for contracts stemming from this initiative, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. Data about this project became available almost simultaneously with U.S. Secy. of State Hillary Clinton's warning to Pakistani officials that they could "pay a very big price" for failing to take decisive action against insurgent havens in that nation. Clinton issued that threat on Oct. 20; similarly, according to a Request for Proposals (see #SOL-391-12-000001), the U.S....
  • US pledges $100 million in East Africa hunger aid

    10/25/2011 11:44:58 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 23 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | October 24, 2011 | Shaun Tandon
    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday pledged another $100 million in food aid to drought-hit East Africa amid warnings that millions of people face starvation, mostly in lawless Somalia. Despite tight foreign aid budgets, Clinton said that food security was a critical priority for President Barack Obama's administration whose "Feed the Future" initiative aims to address long-term reasons for global hunger. Clinton said that the administration would also boost immediate food assistance by adding to the $647 million it has already committed to address the crisis on the Horn of Africa. "I am pleased to announce...
  • Obama to the Rescue for [Non-U.S.] Importers/Exporters

    10/21/2011 3:09:19 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Oct. 21, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Struggling U.S. businesses may be curious to know that the Obama Administration wants to help reduce “the cost and time of exporting/importing goods” in order to improve “the overall trade environment.” Improvements, that is, in Ethiopia. The implementation of what is known as the Trade and Customs Enhancement Reform Project, or TraCER, will be carried out via a five-year $19 million contract, which the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) intends to award to an as-to-be-determined vendor. The specific goals of TraCER are to: * Create a trade center that links academia, the private sector, and the public sector; *...
  • Feds Step in to Help Gifted Science, Tech, and Math Students

    10/19/2011 4:37:53 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Oct. 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Having recognized “the importance of building a strong human resource capital base of Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) professionals for a country’s ability to compete globally,” the U.S. government is taking action… in Egypt. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) therefore is seeking bids from private contractors to provide technical assistance to the Egyptian Ministry of Education, which last month opened its first STM specialty school. The government of Egypt is looking to build more of such schools for its gifted students—and U.S. taxpayers will bear the cost of helping it “strengthen the quality and management” of the new...
  • Foreign aid for countries with anti-gay rights records to be slashed, pledges Cameron

    10/11/2011 4:26:22 PM PDT · by Salman · 15 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | 10-10-2011 | Daniel Martin
    David Cameron has pledged to slash aid to African countries with poor records on homosexual rights. The Prime Minister will tell struggling nations they will receive funding ‘fines’ if persecution of gays continues.
  • 'ObamaGhanaGas' Terminal to Get Boost from U.S. Treasury

    10/08/2011 4:02:57 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 10 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Oct. 8, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for a “feasibility study” aimed at helping the government of Ghana decide whether to build a ship-mounted liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal. While the initial study will cost $691,000, the estimated cost of a subsequent LNG infrastructure project could be as much as a quarter-billion dollars. It remains unclear how much of that amount will be borne by the U.S. According to a modified solicitation (#2011-11016A) extending the proposal deadline to Nov. 4, the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) said the project: is a high priority for the Government of Ghana, and...
  • Fed Eye Possible Expansion of 2-Year Colleges Across (Which) Nation [Egypt]

    09/19/2011 4:05:47 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 19 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The expansion of community-college systems nationwide could improve students’ career options while supporting economic growth, according to the Obama Administration. Consequently, the federal government is exploring the possibility of financing such a modernization project — not in the United States, but in Egypt. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today issued a request for quotations (#263-11-003) from vendors capable of conducting an assessment of the “legal, technical, managerial and financial feasibility of establishing community colleges in Egypt.” According to a Statement of Work (SOW) for the endeavor, “The U.S. Secretary of State has indicated her desire to enter into...
  • U.S. Census Bureau to Modernize eStatistics System -- in Bangladesh

    09/08/2011 2:01:16 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Sept. 8, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics is modernizing it computer-assisted data entry system -- and the U.S. Census Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce is paying for it. The Bureau on Sept. 7 announced via Solicitation #51-SO-BC-11-00082 that it intends to award a noncompetitive contract to the Greenbelt, Md.-based Jmat Systems, LLC, to support the project. It says the sole-source contract is justified because the company "is the only known source with the knowledge and experience needed to provide additional in-country deployment, setup, configuration, and disaster recovery services" for the Bangladeshi endeavor. The Bureau, however, did not offer justification as...
  • U.S. sending North Korea emergency aid

    08/18/2011 8:23:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies ^ | 08/18/2011 | William Wan
    For the first time in almost a year, the United States is providing aid to North Korea, sending up to $900,000 in emergency assistance for flood relief.The plans to deliver aid, announced on Thursday, come at a time when North and South Korea have tried to improve relations, with the United States playing a key roleAfter a meeting of nuclear envoys from the North and South last month in Indonesia, U.S. officials met with North Korea representatives in New York. Pyongyang has been pushing to resume broader, multinational talks on its nuclear disarmament, but other countries, including the United States,...
  • U.S. offers North Korea flood aid, but no food yet

    08/18/2011 3:39:23 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:19pm EDT | Andrew Quinn
    (Reuters) - The United States has offered North Korea up to $900,000 in emergency flood assistance but has made no decision yet on a broader request for humanitarian food aid for the isolated country, the State Department said on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. offer would likely include plastic sheeting, tents and other supplies and that details were being worked out between U.S. and North Korean diplomats at the United Nations in New York. "We have offered to North Korea $900,000 in flood assistance. We are working now, using the New York channel, to ensure that...
  • US considers funding $12 billion Pakistani dam project

    08/17/2011 6:05:07 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 35 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/17/2011 | Saeed Shah
    Even as U.S.-Pakistani cooperation on anti-terrorism programs is withering, the United States is considering backing the construction of a giant, $12 billion dam in Pakistan that would be the largest civilian aid project the U.S. has undertaken here in decades. Supporters of a U.S. role in the project say American participation would mend the United States' tattered image, going a long way toward quieting widespread anti-Americanism amid criticism that the U.S. lavishes money on Pakistan's military while doing little for the country's civilian population. Approval of the project still faces many hurdles. India objects to the dam because it would...
  • I Stop for Ducks, Too

    08/12/2011 8:07:04 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 9 replies
    We Stop for Ducks By Norma Zager “Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?” Will Rogers Few Americans haven’t seen a line of baby ducks following the Mama duck across the street. This picture also includes a line of cars stopped on both sides to allow the ducks safe passage. I, too, stop for ducks. Human beings are nothing if not paradoxical. The safety of a baby duck is paramount, and yet we allow the good of our nation to come second to political and...
  • White House announces $105 million in Africa aid

    08/08/2011 6:47:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. White House press secretary Jay Carney says the money will help provide food, shelter, water, and sanitation and health services to those in need.
  • US set to announce $100M in Somalia famine funding

    08/08/2011 10:09:10 AM PDT · by BigFinn · 40 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | Aug. 08, 2011 | By JASON STRAZIUSO
    DADAAB, Kenya -- Hundreds of thousands of Somali children could die in the country's famine unless more help arrives, a top U.S. official said Monday as Washington prepared to announce $100 million in new famine aid. To highlight the crisis, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden visited a refugee camp on a patch of desert in eastern Kenya where tens of thousands of Somalis have massed. A drought has turned into famine because little aid can reach militant-controlled south-central Somalia. Jill Biden is the highest-profile U.S. visitor to East Africa since the number of refugees coming across the Somali...
  • Phase II of Federal Project to Help Poor Farmers Forthcomimg -- (but guess where)

    08/03/2011 1:51:01 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U. S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 3, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A potential $65 million contract to help boost the productivity of poor farmers is about to be unveiled by the U.S. government — in Nigeria. Indeed, this is just the latest phase of Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprise in Targeted Sectors Program (MARKETS), which from 2005-2010 contractor Chemonics International Inc., helped carry out for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at a cost of $51.7 million to U.S. taxpayers. According to the new solicitation (#SOL-620-11-000001), which was released yesterday: MARKETS II is conceived of as a follow-on of the MARKETS project and shall continue MARKETS activities to build...
  • Response to Kerry OpEd in the Washington Post

    08/03/2011 8:43:46 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 11 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 3, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Having just read an opinion piece by John Kerry, the Democratic Senator and former presidential candidate from Massachusetts, I can no longer maintain my previous stance on keep the Monitor a strictly news-only, opinion-free service. The continued push to redistribute our nation's wealth around the globe under the misguided name of foreign aid continues unabated in the U.S. Congress, despite growing public opposition. Kerry's powerful position as Foreign Affairs Committee chairman makes his stance on maintaining the status quo all the more troubling to me as a citizen. A little more analysis is needed to put the overall U.S. foreign...
  • OECD to Obama: Propagandize U.S. Citizens into Supporting Global Aid Projects

    07/28/2011 6:20:43 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | July 28, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    OECD to Obama: Propagandize U.S. Citizens into Supporting Global Aid Projects By Steve Peacock, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor; July 28, 2011 The United States should launch a heightened domestic propaganda campaign in order to gain support at home for its role in providing global aid, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) today recommended. Though it did not use the term "propaganda," OECD indeed exhorted the Obama Adminstration to endeavor to gain domestic support for overseas aid programs. The report therefore recommended that the U.S. government do a better job at molding public perception of international assistance,...
  • Pakistan could "pull troops from Afghan border" if U.S. cuts aid

    07/12/2011 2:00:05 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 27 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 12 July 2011 | Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan could pull back troops fighting Islamist militants near the Afghan border if the United States cuts off aid, the defense minister said on Tuesday in an interview with Pakistani media. The United States Monday said it would hold back $800 million -- a third of nearly $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan -- in a show of displeasure over Pakistan's removal of U.S. military trainers, limits on visas for U.S. personnel and other bilateral irritants. "If at all things become difficult, we will just get all our forces back," Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said in...
  • US To Hold Back $800 Mln In Aid To Pakistan: Report

    07/10/2011 7:05:20 AM PDT · by edpc · 14 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 9 July 2011 | Bill Trot
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will hold back about $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military because Washington is unhappy with Pakistan's expulsion of U.S. military trainers and its campaign against militants, the New York Times reported Saturday. Relations between the two governments have been strained with the United States wanting Pakistan to intensify its counterterrorism efforts. The relationship also has been tense due to the surprise U.S. raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, U.S. drone attacks that have killed civilians and a raft of other issues. The Times, citing three U.S....
  • $1 billion slated for Central America’s drug war (funded by you, the American taxpayer)

    06/25/2011 6:32:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | 2011-06-24
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla and other leaders met in Guatemala City to discuss how to better fight crime and narco-trafficking in the region. GUATEMALA CITY – The World Bank unveiled Wednesday a billion-dollar bid to support security measures in Central America, as the United States and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) upped their funding in the region as well. The new funds come amid an upsurge in drug-related killings in Central America, a region the United Nations says is now the world’s most violent area outside of war zones. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla...
  • Video: McCain: U.S. ‘ready to invest’ in Egypt (McCain gives away your tax dollars to Islamists)

    06/25/2011 1:18:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-06-25
    U.S. Senator John McCain, joined by business leaders on a visit to Cairo, says the U.S. is ready to invest in Egypt. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
  • US provides $10m in food aid to Yemen

    06/20/2011 5:03:46 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Xinhua via China Daily ^ | Updated: 2011-06-20 17:14
    SANAA - The United States announced the arrival of $10-million worth of food aid in Yemen on Sunday, its embassy in Sanaa said in a statement later the day. "The aid was provided by the American people through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to the World Food Program. The food items, including flour, beans, and vegetable oil, will contribute to the support of 416,000 internally displaced people (IDP) in conflict-affected northern provinces of Saada and Hajjah," the statement read. The embassy said it has overseen the allocation of approximately $35 million this year to Yemen for emergency and...
  • USAID Launches 'Clean Stoves' Project in Haiti

    06/15/2011 5:12:44 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 14, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The creation of market demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stoves in Haiti is one of the latest endeavors to emerge from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which says the Caribbean nation’s reliance on coal to cook food is contributing to “climate change” and leaves the country vulnerable to catastrophic weather conditions. Besides, Haiti’s use of the fuel is not in its best economic interests, USAID has declared. Although USAID admittedly met with “limited success” in previous pilot projects, that is not stopping the agency from launching yet another effort to encourage the use of LPG and other...
  • U.S. grants $190 million aid for Pakistani flood victims

    06/13/2011 10:18:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    BNO News ^ | June 13, 2011
    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) -- Pakistani Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, on Monday announced that the United States granted $190 million in aid for the victims of last year's devastating floods, state-run media reported. The announcement was made following a meeting between Pakistani officials and a U.S. delegation led by Thomas Nides, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and Cameron Munter, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. "When terrible floods hit your nation last summer, the United States was the first country to provide aid," said Nides, as cited by APP. "Today, I am...
  • Update: U.S. Government Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Libya Crisis

    06/10/2011 6:08:31 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    State Department ^ | June 9, 2011 | Office of the Spokesperson
    Fact SheetOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 9, 2011 The United States is deeply concerned about the welfare of the hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced and caught up in the Libya conflict. We continue to call upon Libyan authorities to provide humanitarian actors with full access to those in need and to ensure the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance. We applaud the hospitality extended by neighboring states to those who have had to flee the country.As of June 9, 2011, the U.S. government is providing over $80 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the...
  • U.S., German Leaders Discuss Aid for Libya

    06/08/2011 4:03:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 6/7/2011 | LAURA MECKLER And CAROL E. LEE
    President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel worked to minimize differences concerning military action in Libya, with both leaders saying they want Col. Moammar Gadhafi gone, and Germany pledging assistance to a post-Gadhafi Libya. Some tension grew between the allies when Germany abstained from the United Nations vote that authorized force to protect civilians from what Mr. Obama said promised to be a mass slaughter. At a joint news conference, the leaders also agreed that the European debt crisis must be brought under control, with Mr. Obama predicting "disastrous" results if there is an "uncontrolled spiral and default in...
  • U.S. gives billions in foreign aid to world's richest countries - then asks to borrow it back

    06/07/2011 12:57:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 6/3/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid to some of the world's richest countries - while at the same time borrowing billions back, according to report seen by Congress. The Congressional Research Service released the report last month which shows that in 2010 the U.S. handed out a total of $1.4bn to 16 foreign countries that held at least $10bn in Treasury securities. Four countries in the world's top 10 richest received foreign aid last year with China receiving $27.2m, India $126.6m, Brazil $25m, and Russia $71.5m. Mexico also received $316.7m and Egypt $255.7m. And...
  • 'Arab Spring,' Christian Winter

    06/07/2011 8:44:27 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 14 replies
    investors ^ | &#8206;May 20, 2011&#8206;
    Islamofascism: Obama wants to reward "democratic Egypt" with $1 billion in debt relief. Only, "democratic" Egypt is torching churches and slaughtering Christians left and right. There's a howling disconnect between the president's Pollyannaish ...