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  • Rep. Clyburn: Benghazi Committee ‘Same Kind of Thing’ That Led to End of Reconstruction

    05/22/2014 9:44:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 5/22/14 | Evan McMurry |
    Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) told NewsOne Now host Roland Martin Wednesday evening that the recently-announced Benghazi select committee, which just gained five Democratic members, was redolent of the efforts to intimidate black politicians during the Reconstruction. “I seem to remember our history,” Clyburn said. “After reconstruction, when people of color gained political presence throughout the south, they drummed up all kinds of things, indictments and accusations, they drove these people out of the south. Some went to Chicago, some came here to Washington D.C. And I see the same kind of efforts to discredit this president and this administration.” RELATED:...
  • Need Good History of Reconstruction (Vanity)

    05/11/2012 10:02:22 AM PDT · by Trailerpark Badass · 8 replies
    5/11/12 | Trailerpark Badass
    Looking for a good, balanced (read "not leftist") survey of the period, both political/legislative & social/cultural developments.Don't need anything with an agenda on either side.
  • Moving letter from freed slave to old master after he was asked back to work on farm

    02/01/2012 6:45:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 31, 2012 | Louise Boyle
    A fascinating letter has emerged from a one-time slave to his former master in reply to being invited back to work on the farm where he spent more than 30 years in servitude. Jourdon Anderson wrote to Colonel P.H. Anderson in August 1865, explaining that since he had been emancipated, he had moved his family from Big Spring, Tennessee to Ohio, was being paid for his labour and could support his family. According to an edition of the New York Daily Tribune published at the time, Jourdon Anderson dictated the letter to give his weighty and fitting response.
  • Over 60% see no prospect of reconstruction (Japanese municipalities affected by tsunami)

    06/12/2011 8:10:00 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    nhk.or.jp ^ | June 13, 2011 | no byline
    An NHK survey of municipalities affected by the March 11th disasters has found more than 60 percent of them see little or no prospect of reconstruction. The mayors of 42 cities, towns and villages in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima responded to the survey. 6 mayors, including those of Otsuchi Town in Iwate Prefecture and Fukushima's Namie Town said there is no prospect of reconstruction. Another 20 municipal heads said there is little prospect of reconstruction. Whereas 80 percent of municipalities said they are seeing progress in building temporary housing and in restoring utilities, 90 percent said there was still no...
  • Ex-governor dies at 94 (Texas)

    05/29/2011 10:58:21 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 6 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 30 May 2011 | Clay Robison and Joe Holley
    Bill Clements, a blunt-spoken former roughneck who founded an international oil drilling company before becoming Texas' first Republican governor of modern times, died Sunday at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He had been in declining health since suffering a stroke last year and had undergone surgery the day before his death. He was 94. A statement released by his family said he also had been grieving over the death of his son, B. Gil Clements, who was murdered last year. Clements had never held elective office before shocking the Texas political establishment in 1978 with a...
  • Possible breakthrough in breast reconstruction surgery

    02/21/2011 8:59:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/21/11 | Staff
    There's an exciting prospect for breast reconstruction for women. As CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explained on "The Early Show" Monday, stem cells and the body's own fat are used to essentially re-grow breast tissue. "A patient's own fat and stem cells are combined in the lab," Ashton told co-anchor Erica Hill, "growth factors are added. It's then injected into a biodegradable chamber in the breast. A blood supply is attached to feed these cells, and in about six-to-twelve months, that tissue then creates the form and shape of a breast."
  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • Fear and Lies: The Liberal Way

    01/14/2011 6:12:43 AM PST · by topcat54
    American Vision ^ | January 14, 2011 | Joel McDurmon
    A recent attempted expose by a “ lefty pinko rag ” called Mother Jones has called out Michelle Bachmann and Coral Ridge Ministries and its founder D. James Kennedy for allegedly being tied to “Christian Reconstructionists.” Coral Ridge has answered the charge as nonsensical and distorted considering the religious expression of some of our founding fathers. I think the retort against the obvious propaganda of Mother Jones is needed, but protests a bit too much. After all, Kennedy did have friendly connections with the Christian Reconstruction leaders, had them at his conferences and shows, and said things like this: “As...
  • Christian Reconstruction (10 points that DEFINE what it means to be a patriot/conservative!)

    10/10/2010 7:49:50 PM PDT · by USALiberty · 20 replies
    The best description of the tenets of Christian Reconstruction, as espoused by Dr. R. J. Rushdoony, is found in his "Christian Manifesto": --Sovereignty is an attribute of God alone, not of man nor the state. God alone is Lord or Sovereign over all things; over state, school, family, vocations, society and all things else. --The Bible is given as the common law of men and nations and was for most of U. S. History the common law, as Justice Story declared. --Salvation is not by politics, education, the church, or any agency or person other than Jesus Christ our Lord....
  • Democrats expel African-American state legislators

    09/03/2010 10:44:09 AM PDT · by Michael Zak · 9 replies
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | September 3, 2010 | Michael Zak
    On this day in 1868, the Democrat majority expelled all 28 African-Americans from the Georgia state legislature. The ousted legislators, all Republicans, had offended the neo-Confederate establishment by supporting the civil rights of emancipated slaves. Henry Turner (R-GA), an AME bishop and state legislator, was one of the most influential African-Americans in the 19th century. In his last speech before being expelled, he said:
  • Dominion

    05/23/2010 6:25:56 PM PDT · by USALiberty · 22 replies · 284+ views
    Chalcedon Foundation ^ | R. J. Rushdoony
    Taken from The Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 448-452 Man was created in the image of God and commanded to subdue the earth and to have dominion over it (Gen. 1:26-27). Not only is it man's calling to exercise dominion, but it is also his nature to do so. Since God is the absolute and sovereign Lord and Creator, whose dominion is total and whose power is without limits, man, created in His image, shares in this communicable attribute of God. Man was created to exercise dominion under God and as God's appointed vicegerent over the earth. Dominion is thus...
  • Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Works to Improve Life in Eastern Afghanistan

    04/17/2010 7:41:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 177+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane, USAF
      PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Capt. Phillip Stone, civil affairs team chief and officer in charge of the Orgun detachment of the Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team, speaks to local residents of Warjana Kalay, Orgun district, during a recent civil affairs mission to gain an understanding of the village’s most-pressing needs and concerns.(Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs) By U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U. S. Army Capt. Phillip Stone, the civil affairs team chief and officer in charge of the Orgun detachment...
  • Iraqis organize civil project plans for Ninewa

    03/28/2010 1:56:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 179+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Chad Nelson, 135th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ – A massively-scaled reconstruction planning effort in the Ninewa province is underway, as the Ninewa government, with assistance from the 130th Engineer Brigade's Ninewa Reconstruction Cell, is building a plan for the future. Instead of several small construction projects, the Ninewa provincial government is working on a vision statement. The goal of this statement is to focus on the future, long-term effects of all civil projects to ensure they benefit the province as a whole. The planning effort, known as “Ninewa 2030,” was conceived by the 130th Eng. Bde.'s NRC and briefed to the provincial governor,...
  • Provincial Reconstruction Teams Look at Way Forward in Afghanistan

    03/20/2010 11:35:07 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 235+ views
      KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Orphanage staff and U.S. Army Master Sgt. Tim Vaughan, Civil Military Operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Khost Provincial Reconstruction Team, and Aurora, Ill. native, distribute humanitarian assistance items at an orphanage in downtown Khost, Afghanistan, Nov. 21, 2009. North Atlantic Treaty Organization At the 2010 Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Conference held in Kabul on the 16 and 17 March, NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative, Ambassador Mark Sedwill, stressed PRTs’ role in promoting reconstruction, development and good governance throughout Afghanistan; a role that will be key to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) strategy over the...
  • THE FBI VERSUS THE KLAN

    03/01/2010 5:55:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 630+ views
    FBI.gov ^ | February 26, 2010 | n/a
    Note: Old archived photo included. PHOTO CAPTION: "Early KKK rally in Florida. Photo courtesy of the National Archives." Note: The following text is a quote: THE FBI VERSUS THE KLAN Part 1: Let the Investigations Begin 02/26/10 Early KKK rally in Florida. Photo courtesy of the National Archives. Ninety-five years ago this month—in February 1915—the D.W. Griffith movie later titled The Birth of a Nation premiered in a Los Angeles theater. Though considered progressive in its technique and style, the film had a decidedly backwards plot that glorified a short-lived, post-Civil War white supremacist group called the Ku Klux Klan....
  • Need Recommendation for Books About The Reconstruction Era (Vanity)

    02/16/2010 4:22:11 PM PST · by dajeeps · 20 replies · 415+ views
    2/15/10 | self
    I'm doing self-study about the political history of the civil war and I'm up to the late 1840's so far. I have the "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era" (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson on its way, but it ends as the Reconstruction Era is starting. There are so many on the subject it's impossible to know which are worth my time. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks a bunch in advance!
  • Provincial reconstruction team expands hospital for Afghans

    01/08/2010 4:05:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Angelique N. Smythe, USAF
    1/8/2010 - KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- A cornerstone ceremony for a new, modern wing of the Zabul Provincial Hospital took place Dec. 26, in Qalat, Afghanistan. The International Security Assistance Forces Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul is partnering with local community leaders to complete this project. Contractors have approximately nine months to complete this new $300,000 hospital expansion. "We've all worked very hard during the last several months with a lot of transitions," said Maj. Elizabeth Erickson, the PRT Zabul senior medical officer. "I would like to applaud the hospital staff for their flexibility and for working in this much...
  • Provincial reconstruction team builds up Zabul to benefit Afghans, future generations

    12/10/2009 5:09:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 212+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Angelique N. Smythe, USAF
    12/10/2009 - KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- The Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team is on a nine-month tour assisting the Afghan government in bringing about stability through governance, reconstruction and development. Although the Zabul PRT has been in country for several years has completed approximately 40 projects this year and is scheduled for more than 30 more. In the end, approximately 350,000 Afghans and their future generations will reap the benefits of the Zabul PRT's labor. The Zabul PRT, a diverse organization with joint, interagency and international components, is one of the principle counter-insurgency units in the region part of a...
  • On Southern History: What is the Difference Between a "Scalawag" and a "Carpetbagger"?

    12/04/2009 11:25:06 AM PST · by pinochet · 186 replies · 3,158+ views
    I have always been fascinated by America's Civil War history, and its aftermath. Some terms such as "Scalawag" and "Carpetbagger" can can be confusing. How exactly do you define those two terms? From the perspective of American history, should "Scalawags" and "Carpetbaggers" be considered heroes or villains? Should the White Southerners who fought for the Union during the Civil War be seen as heroes, who deserve monuments built to them in the South?
  • Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team helps Afghans

    11/16/2009 4:19:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 160+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Capt. John T. Stamm, USAF
    11/16/2009 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Members of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team here combine resources from the Air Force, Army, Navy, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of Agriculture into one unified effort aimed at the economic, judicial, social, educational and infrastructure development of the Panjshir valley. James DeHart, a State Department member and director of the Panjshir PRT, leads the governance efforts of the team while Lt. Col. Eric Hommel is the PRT commander and exercises command authority over military operations. Both civilian and military expertise and resources are needed in a...
  • N. Korea: Reconstruction of Ryongchon (site of massive explosion in 2004)

    11/06/2009 8:03:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 430+ views
    Reconstruction of Ryongchon In 2004 much of the town of Ryongchon was tragically destroyed in a large explosion. Here is the Wikipedia page on the disaster if you would like a quick reference. I compiled a couple of images to construct this “before” picture of Ryongchon: Notice that the center of town is composed largely of traditional houses. Here is the first “after” image (which is the default image on Google Earth): As you can see a large number of traditional houses were destroyed as well as a school. Below I have compiled more recent images to show how the...
  • Reconstructing and Replicating Vintage Log Buildings

    08/09/2009 1:17:25 PM PDT · by jay1949 · 18 replies · 569+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 9, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Featuring log buildings presently under re-construction at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. This provides a good look at how such buildings were made.
  • IG Seeks Help in Stamping Out Afghanistan Reconstruction Fraud

    06/19/2009 5:37:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2009 – The inspector general who tracks Afghanistan reconstruction has sent out a call for help in stamping out fraud, mismanagement and waste of U.S. appropriated reconstruction funds. Arnold Fields, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said that without help from people involved in the process, millions of taxpayer dollars could be wasted. “Weak oversight means we are open to wasting valuable taxpayer dollars, as has reportedly happened in Iraq.” Fields said. “We need the help of those on the front lines of U.S. funded reconstruction projects, including U.S. government employees, military servicemembers, contractors and the...
  • Leaders Gauge Provincial Reconstruction Team Progress in Salah Ad-Din

    05/07/2009 4:16:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 284+ views
    TIKRIT — Several senior leaders from the U.S. Embassy and Multi-National Corps – Iraq recently visited Contingency Operating Base Speicher to review the progress achieved by the Salah ad-Din Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). PRTs have often been hailed as crucial components in creating stability here. The team's relationship with the military units they serve with is a key part of their success -- the stronger the mutual support, the more effective both organizations are. In Salah ad-Din, that relationship is strong and growing daily. "The CG's priority is to support the PRTs," said Maj. Gen. James P. Hunt, deputy commanding...
  • Security Forces Provide Safety Net for Reconstruction Mission

    02/25/2009 3:34:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 156+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 25, 2009 – Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Camardo is a self-described pain in the backside. A security forces member of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Paktia province scans the area after the convoy stopped during a mission to drop humanitarian aid, Feb. 24, 2009, in the province’s Sayed Karem district. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. An infantry officer with the Illinois Army National Guard, Camardo is in charge of the security force tasked with keeping the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Paktia province safe...
  • Reconstruction Team Serves on Front Line of War on Terror (ESSAYONS)

    02/10/2009 3:58:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2009 – Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Moy is a busy man, and for good reason. Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Moy, provincial reconstruction team commander in Afghanistan’s Paktia province, travels by Black Hawk helicopter to a remote combat outpost with the provincial governor, police chief and a religious leader for a meeting with district leaders, Feb. 8, 2009. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Fresh from an assignment at the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Moy heads an 80-member provincial reconstruction team here and...
  • Commanders Visit Reconstruction Projects in Rusafa, Sadr City (ESSAYONS)

    02/07/2009 9:31:49 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jennifer Keefer, USA
    Iraqi workers clean the streets of Jamilla Market, the economic hub of Sadr City, Jan. 28, 2009. Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jennifer Keefer, 926th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — Under the direction of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander, 926th Engineer Brigade, the last ten months brought significant engineering progress to Baghdad, specifically in Sadr City. The creation of Task Force Gold and Gold Spike provided reconstruction projects aimed at employing the people of Baghdad and improving essential services.“We bring employment back into the community,” said Master Sgt. Tracy Jackson, TF Gold Spike’s operations non-commissioned officer in charge. “And keep...
  • On the Ground: U.S. Forces Build Checkpoints, Renovate Town Hall in Iraq

    01/26/2009 3:42:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 171+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2009 – Besides their regular military duties, U.S. forces in Iraq oversee many building and humanitarian projects. In recent days, they have helped Iraqis complete construction on security checkpoints, a town hall and greenhouses, and helped provide a generator that will keep a health clinic open 24 hours per day. Army 1st Lt. David Lisovich, left, executive officer for Troop B, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; and Sgt. 1st Class Eric McCoy, civil affairs team leader assigned to Company D, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, discuss greenhouse construction projects with Sheik Ayad...
  • Reduced Violence Aids Iraq Reconstruction Efforts, General Says (ESSAYONS)

    01/26/2009 3:34:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 153+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2009 – Greatly reduced violence in Iraq over the past year has aided in the completion of a multitude of reconstruction projects that benefit the Iraqi people, a senior U.S. military officer posted there said yesterday. Five years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division “was tasked with overseeing a great deal of the reconstruction effort in Iraq,” Army Maj. Gen. Michael R. Eyre, the GRD’s commanding general, told reporters during a news conference held in the organization’s Baghdad headquarters. The GRD in Iraq, Eyre said, consists of more than 600 federal civilian employees...
  • Team Improves Future Prospects for Afghan Village

    01/21/2009 3:25:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 180+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2009 – Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province visited Zirat village this month to assess the effectiveness of completed projects and to develop ideas for future initiatives. Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province inspect the condition of a canal used by villagers to irrigate their wheat and corn fields in Zirat, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2009. NATO photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Until February of last year, the main income for the villagers was earned by harvesting poppy. Since the eradication of poppy production, the villagers...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Working to Win Hearts, Minds of Baghdad Citizens

    01/20/2009 2:58:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Brian Tierce, USA
    Students at the Asya school in the Hurriyah neighborhood of northwest Baghdad wait in line to receive school supplies from Iraq Army Soldiers, Jan 14. (U.S. Department of Defense photo) BAGHDAD — Some consider building trust in a relationship to be a cornerstone for sustaining through tough times. Another part of a successful relationship is cooperation between both parties to achieve a common goal. For the Iraqi Army Soldiers of the 6th IA Division, Jan. 14 was a chance to lay the foundation for future success with local Iraqi citizens as the combined forces delivered school supplies to students at...
  • Louisiana Begins Reconstruction of National Guard Landmark

    01/07/2009 4:23:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 253+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Michael L. Owens and Army Sgt. Beyonka D. Joseph, USA
    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 7, 2009 – A massive reconstruction of the historic Louisiana National Guard headquarters is under way and inching closer to its projected completion date of January 2010. Reconstruction has begun on a building that will house the Louisiana adjutant general's office at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. Jackson Barracks is the Louisiana National Guard headquarters that was heavily damaged in 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Beyonka Joseph  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Jackson Barracks, built in the mid-1830s, was heavily damaged by flood waters after Hurricane Katrina devastated...
  • Reconstruction Teams Work ‘One Block at a Time’ in Iraq

    11/24/2008 3:04:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 185+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2008 – Reconstruction in Iraq means more than fixing broken walls and stocking store shelves. It means securing a future where Iraqis can sustain themselves, a provincial reconstruction team leader said. Army Col. John Hort, right, briefs members of a congressional delegation visiting Iraq in October. Hort commands the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Multinational Division Baghdad. The brigade works closely with the Provincial Reconstruction Team 3 in Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Mott  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The mission is to help bring a...
  • American servicemembers take reconstruction to new level

    11/12/2008 4:43:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 189+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt, USAF
    11/12/2008 - JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- American military members helped with about $8 million worth of construction projects in the Nangarhar Province in the last two years here to improve security and to help rebuild the region in Afghanistan. Almost $40 million worth of U.S. military-funded construction is ongoing in the province as fiscal 2008 came to a close, and American servicemembers oversaw and helped with the construction projects. The Nangarhar Province Reconstruction Team is currently building 20 schools, 12 major roads, five irrigation systems, two bridges and five major structures. This includes the refortification of the existing canal...
  • Reconstruction Team Saves Time, Money by Mapping Afghanistan Improvements

    11/07/2008 4:21:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 267+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Scott Davis, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 7, 2008 – Using a method called “district mapping,” the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province helps to make the decisions on how to spend $57 billion allocated for construction and infrastructure improvements. PRT officials plot construction plans on a map that shows projects that have been completed, those in progress and those that are scheduled to begin. Once that step is done, that map is laid over another map that shows existing infrastructure in the district. Officials at the Nangarhar PRT and PRTs in 13 other provinces throughout Regional Command East, are focusing on...
  • Team Takes Reconstruction to New Level in Afghan Province

    11/05/2008 3:33:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 237+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2008 – After overseeing and funding about $8 million in construction in the previous two years in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, the U.S. military had almost $40 million in projects ongoing in the province as fiscal 2008 came to a close Sept. 30. "I am proud of the accomplishments of my team in Nangarhar, especially the [provincial reconstruction team],” Army Col. John Spiszer, commander of the 1st Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team said. “They have accomplished a level of development and support to governance not seen anywhere else in Afghanistan. Their efforts in Nangarhar are...
  • Reconstruction Projects Improve Life in Iraqi City

    10/27/2008 5:01:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 160+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2008 – When students in Tarmiyah, Iraq, returned to school in September, they were welcomed by new classrooms full of new furniture and supplies. Their school, northwest of Baghdad, also had new electrical and sewer systems. Army 1st Lt. Erik Peterson meets with local contractors Oct. 20, 2008, and conducts a final assessment of improvements made to the Huda Teacher’s School in Tarmiyah, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. After conducting a final assessment of improvements made to the Huda Teacher’s School on...
  • U.S., Iraqi Officials Address Sadr City Reconstruction

    10/19/2008 4:57:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2008 – Noting that increasing employment, rebuilding infrastructure and providing basic services are tactics in the war on terror, coalition and Iraqi officials today discussed the pace of civil-military rebuilding in Baghdad’s Sadr City district today. Iraqi spokesman Tahseen al-Sheikhly said the government has been putting billions of dinars into reconstructing the Shiite section of the Iraqi capital. Sadr City – once named Saddam City – holds about 3 million of Baghdad’s citizens. Virtually ignored under the former regime, the area has severe infrastructure problems and a very high unemployment rate. The city was the scene of...
  • Reconstruction Improves Infrastructure Northwest of Baghdad

    09/18/2008 5:20:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 103+ views
    American Forces Press Service | Sgt. Whitney C. Houston, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2008 – Reconstruction projects throughout the Tarmiyah region northwest of Baghdad are providing many opportunities for residents to move forward and begin living better lives. Army 1st Lt. Eric Peterson discusses progress of recent contracts in the Tarmiyah area northwest of Baghdad with Abid Al Hamed Majed Mehseh, a member of the Tarmiyah area council and director of engineers, Sept. 10, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Whitney C. Houston, Multinational Division Baghdad  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The citizens of Tarmiyah have lacked many essential services such as schools, potable water, sewers...
  • Reconstruction Efforts Spawn Hope in Southern Afghanistan

    09/15/2008 4:37:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Anna K. Perry, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Sept. 15, 2008 – Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan and the U.S. Agency for International Development have been working hand in hand with the local government in the Khas Oruzgan district of southern Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province on a number of developmental projects. A newly repaired mosque in the Khas Oruzgan district southern Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province stands ready for worshipers. The renovations were completed by Afghan villagers supported by U.S. Special Forces and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The team has a close relationship with the...
  • U.S. to Provide $1 Billion for Georgia Reconstruction, Humanitarian Aid

    09/04/2008 4:48:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 114+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2008 – The United States will provide $1 billion in recovery aid to Georgia, President Bush announced today. Russia invaded the Caucasus republic in August and still has troops in the country in violation of a cease-fire agreement reached Aug. 13. Through Operation Assured Delivery, the U.S. military has delivered more than 2 million pounds of humanitarian supplies to the former Soviet republic. Bush said the new funds will help meet Georgia’s humanitarian needs and support its economic recovery. “More than half of these funds will be made available in the near term and will support reconstruction...
  • When the Republicans nominated a Democrat for Vice President

    08/29/2008 11:28:34 AM PDT · by bmweezer · 8 replies · 132+ views
    The GOPNation.com ^ | August 29, 2008 | Michael Zak
    Most history books written by Democrat professors downplay the fact that the Worst President Ever was a Democrat. Did the Democrats nominate him? No, he was the 1864 Republican nominee for vice president.Andrew Johnson – Andrew Jackson Johnson, to be precise – was the only southern Senator not to go with the Confederacy. For being strong on nation security, this hardline Democrat was nominated to be Abraham Lincoln's 1864 running mate. // continued at http://grandoldpartisan.typepad.com/blog/2008/08/andrew-johnson.html
  • Iraq seeks investors for ‘honeymoon isle’

    08/28/2008 11:14:27 AM PDT · by Allegra · 4 replies · 115+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 28, 2008 | Jeff Schogol
    Iraq hopes to consummate a deal with a developer to turn "Baghdad’s Honeymoon Island" into a world-class resort. "Iraq’s Tourism Board is seeking investors for the development of Jazirat Al A’ras, also known as Jazirat Janin, a romantic island in the heart of historic Baghdad, on the Tigris River," the board said in a Tuesday news release. Featuring a recreational lake on its north side, the island has a "history of being a romantic getaway for newlywed couples to honeymoon and relax," according to the board. The project has an estimated cost of between $2.5 and $4.5 billion, and it...
  • GAO: Iraq could have $79 billion budget surplus

    08/07/2008 12:01:01 PM PDT · by houston1 · 29 replies · 270+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 08/05/2008 | PAULINE JELINEK
    The Iraqi government could end the year with as much as a $79 billion budget surplus as ever-increasing oil revenues pile on top of leftover income the Iraqis still haven't spent on their national rebuilding effort, congressional auditors say. A report by the Government Accountability Office made public Tuesday prompted renewed calls from senators that Baghdad pay more of the bill for its own reconstruction, which has been heavily supported with U.S. funds. The projected Iraq surplus, including unspent money from 2005 through 2008, has been building because of rising world oil prices, increasing Iraqi oil production, the government's inability...
  • Race In America

    07/31/2008 7:06:26 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 9 replies · 125+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 07/31/2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    This is particularly relevant since Congressional Democrats spent a whole day passing a resolution - apologizing for slavery and segregation - for something that everyone acknowledges was a crime. All because one of their members is a white guy in a black district in a tough race. http://www.thebulletin.us/site/index.cfm?newsid=19880631&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=576361&rfi=8
  • Team Supports Reconstruction of Afghan Health System

    07/22/2008 4:44:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 43+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Neil Myers, USN
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 22, 2008 – Like most of Afghanistan's provinces, Konar has historically been unable to meet the medical needs of its 381,000 residents. But the Konar Provincial Reconstruction Team is working to meet those needs. Navy Lt. Gregory Monk, a provincial reconstruction team physician assistant from Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif., conducts a village medical outreach visit in the Chowkay district of Afghanistan’s Konar province. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. As recently as 2002 and shortly after the departure of the Taliban, Afghanistan has faced some of the worst health statistics ever recorded...
  • Upgraded Substation Provides Reliable Power to 300,000 in Al Kut

    07/21/2008 5:41:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 92+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    The refurbished Old al Kut substation 33kV switchgear provided more reliable electrical power to approximately 300,000 people in al Kut. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson. FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA — The people of al Kut are receiving more reliable electricity, thanks to the upgrade of the Old al Kut substation 33kV switch gear, which increases the availability of power for transmission and distribution. Two sections of the antiquated substation were replaced and came online approximately two weeks ago. Government officials celebrated its completion during a ribbon cutting ceremony, July 16.“The people of al Kut have noticed...
  • Upgraded Substation Provides Power to Iraqi City

    07/21/2008 5:05:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 36+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, July 21, 2008 – The people of Kut, Iraq, now have more reliable electricity, thanks to the upgrade of a substation switch gear, which increases the availability of power for transmission and distribution. Bob Kagler, right) Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team chief, delivers remarks while Capt. Hayder Adnan Ali Al-Saidy, Iraqi police liaison officer to coalition forces in Iraq’s Wasit province, translates during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a refurbished electrical substation in Kut, Iraq, July 16, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Workers replaced two...
  • Economic Reconstruction Programs Boost Iraqi Payrolls, Businesses

    07/16/2008 4:21:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 76+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 16, 2008 – Two U.S.-military sponsored economic reconstruction programs are helping to put thousands of Iraqi citizens into productive jobs while boosting the country’s business activity, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today. In March 2007, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, directed his officers to find ways to provide jobs and increased opportunities for economic expansion, entrepreneurship and skills training for the people of Iraq, recalled Army Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale, director of personnel, logistics and resources for Multinational Force Iraq. The successful Iraqi First LOGCAP and Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone...
  • Michigan Guard Members help Safeguard Reconstruction Efforts

    06/27/2008 4:59:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 81+ views
    CAMP RAMADI — Hot wind swirled orange dust around idling Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles as 2nd Lt. Stephan Shuster, platoon leader, described the day’s mission to the combat-equipped force. The troops mounted their vehicles and headed for the heart of the provincial capital city of Ramadi. What might have been a hair-raising combat mission just a year ago is today a trip to securely deliver civil-military operations personnel to the Ministry of Health for a meeting with Iraqi officials. And the combat gear? Well, that is a precaution, not a preparation for battle. Shuster and other Soldiers from...