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  • Obama to Improve Ethiopian Education Ministry Office Conditions

    08/19/2011 10:43:38 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The Ethiopian Ministry of Education headquarters is getting an upgrade, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers via the Obama Administration. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today issued a presolicitation notice (#SOL-663-11-000007) alerting interested contractors about the refurbishment project, which seeks to improve office conditions for the Ministry's Planning and Resource Mobilization Directorate staff at Arat Killo. Specifically, the initiative seeks to: Create an open floor space plan for teams; increase the number of workstations; and new office spaces such as a meeting room, a kitchen, and an archive by office partitioning; supply modern office furniture and sanitary fixtures; refurbish the...
  • U.S. to Use Contractors to Establish State Dept. Presence in Libya

    08/16/2011 1:32:15 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 16, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The establishment of a U.S. State Dept. presence in Libya took another step toward reality yesterday with the planned deployment of private contractors to support “the nascent political transition” in that nation, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. A recruitment campaign led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initially seeks to deploy a Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative to Libya, where the vendors will work with the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), according to personal contracting service (PSC) notices dated Aug. 15: The OTI program...
  • El Nino, La Nina, Climate Change and the Horrific Drought in Somalia

    08/06/2011 10:21:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    ecocentric.blogs.time.com ^ | 4 Aug 2011 | Bryan Walsh
    As I write this, Somalia is suffering its worst drought in 60 years. The lack of rain—combined with civil unrest and political interference from the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group—has produced catastrophic results. Yesterday Nancy Linborg, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told a Congressional committee that more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 had died over the past three months in Somalia, thanks to the famine. If conditions worsen—and there's little reason to expected that they won't—upwards to 800,000 children may die of hunger and other causes. The violent political situation on the ground...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • USAID to Launch Five-Year Ethiopian Education Endeavor

    07/20/2011 2:15:30 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | July 20, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A preliminary five-year plan to improve Ethiopia's educational system was released today by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The draft Statement of Work (SOW) outlines what the agency expects to accomplish via the Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed (READ) project, which seeks to improve the reading and writing skills of elementary school students. According to the draft SOW: "The overall program will have four components: curriculum improvement, pedagogical techniques, appropriate technology and teaching aids, and co‐curricular activity and community outreach. In addition, an evaluation project is expected to conduct mid‐term and final evaluations of the complete READ program...
  • U.S. to Bring Education Officials & Leaders to America

    07/19/2011 4:16:55 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | July 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A delegation of Egyptian officials and educational leaders are coming to America to observe the operation of science, technology, and mathematics magnet schools—and U.S. taxpayers will foot the entire bill. “President Obama discussed the importance of education and science and technology in his famous June 2009 Cairo University speech,” the project solicitation emphasizes. “In Egypt, there is an urgent need to improve the quality of science and mathematics education in the pre-university education system.” The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is responsible for this Observational Study Tour (OST), is recruiting potential contractors to coordinate the one-week trip, which...
  • USAID reaches out to 5000 MAP collectors in remote areas of KP

    07/05/2011 7:37:05 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 3 replies
    www.allvoices.com ^ | 6 July 20111 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 6 July 2011 with meritorious services for the cause of the needy and the unfortunate communities in Pakistan, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently made another commendable feat by providing support to 5,000 male and female collectors of medicinal and aromatic plants in Dir Upper, by imparting skilled-related training along with requisite tool kits. In partnership with PaRRSA, the USAID Pakistan entrepreneurs launched the 'Post-flood Livelihood Recovery project for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Dir Upper' which was entrusted to HDOD (Human Development Organisation Doaba) for implementation, said a press release issued here today. The project...
  • Obama Administration will Seek to Encourage Business Investments -- in the Philippines

    06/22/2011 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 22, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A U.S.-funded program whose aim is to “address the constraints that impede the overall business climate of the Philippines and consequently improve levels of investments in the country” is on the horizon. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to launch the 2-3 year endeavor, known as the Investment Enabling Environment (INVEST) Project, so that it can help make “regulations less cumbersome” for Philippine business owners. USAID ultimately intends to accomplish that task by lowering the cost of compliance with and “limiting the scope” of excessive bureaucratic oversight, according to a presolicitation notice (#SOL-492-11-000011) that the Monitor located via...
  • USAID Pours Millions More into Afghan Civil-Service Project

    06/20/2011 7:48:47 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 20, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Millions of dollars in additional U.S. assistance is being provided to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to create a civil-service institutional structure in that nation. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $17.1 million extension to Deloitte Consulting LLP to provide another five months of work in support of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. (Contract award #306-C-00-07-0508-23) The agency initially awarded a $2.4 million contract for this endeavor, known as the Afghan Civil Service Support project, early last month. (Contract award #306-C-00-07-00508-22) Other than stating that the contract extension would enable Deloitte...
  • 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.-Funded Projects Increase as Kazakhstan Power-Brokers Curry Favor From Washington

    06/08/2011 6:16:27 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 7, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A trio of initiatives aimed at modernizing the infrastructure of oil-rich Kazakhstan—while simultaneously benefiting U.S. consulting firms—was unveiled, albeit without without fanfare, by the federal government. The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) late last week began its search for Kazakh project vendors at a time when the U.S. increasingly is becoming embroiled in a tempestuous controversy between the Kazakh President and his exiled son-in-law. According to The New York Times, Rakhat Aliyev, son-in-law to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has taken his case to Washington in search of safe passage to the United States. Aliyev, whom Kazakh authorities had accused of...
  • Small Businesses Receive Yet Another Boost from Washington

    06/03/2011 7:08:09 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 5 replies
    U,S, Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 2, 2911 | Steve Peacock
    Another small-business support project is about to be unveiled by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—this time in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in southeastern Europe. While the endeavor is significantly smaller than other overseas small-business programs financed by U.S. taxpayers, it comes at a time when USAID is embarking upon other—and bigger—related initiatives. As the Monitor recently reported, for instance, the agency increased to $73 million the Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality (SABEQ) project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (Monitor, May 16, 2011: Small-Business Initiative Gains Momentum, More Money) Macedonia Regional Small Business Development,...
  • Obama Administration Pours Millions into Indonesian Education --

    05/31/2011 2:35:57 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 15 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 31, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    -- Support for Islamic, Public Schools Begun by Bush ContinuesInsufficient public funding and substandard educational quality—-poorly qualified teachers, ineffective classroom methodologies, lack of education planning, teacher absenteeism, budgeting and management—all result in low completion rates after primary school and extremely low rankings against international testing standards, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics.Having reached the above conclusion about one of the largest school systems in the world, the Obama Administration is infusing $90 million into a project to improve teacher performance and student outcomes in that particular system—the nationwide school network, that is, of Indonesia. The five-year endeavor will...
  • Small-Business Initiative Gains Momentum, More Money

    05/16/2011 1:15:42 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 16, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A project aimed at helping small- and medium-sized businesses to compete globally has attained success, but the federal government says more funds are needed to “sustain the current momentum in creating jobs and increasing revenues, exports, and investments.” This momentum, it should be noted, is gaining in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Deloitte Consulting, LLP (formerly Bearing Point) has helped the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to achieve “impressive results” in the first four years of the Jordan initiative, known as the Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality, or SABEQ, project. According to an Action Memorandum to the...
  • Fat Contracts Drift Toward Former Obama Official's Company...

    05/05/2011 10:56:57 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 14 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 05/05/2011 | Steve Peacock
    -- Vendor Gets Yet Another Multi-Million-Dollar Award A nonprofit whose vice president is a former Obama administration official has secured a nearly $100 million government contract in Afghanistan, raising concerns with at least one former U.S. State Department insider.
  • Billion-Dollar Global Health Care Plan Unveiled

    04/28/2011 1:38:43 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 12 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 04/28/2011 | Steve Peacock
    A trio of additional healthcare projects of the Obama Administration are slated to be administered by a handful of private-sector vendors at a cost of nearly $1 billion—initiatives that contractors will carry out in Africa, Asia/Middle East and the Latin America/Caribbean regions.
  • Furious George's Terrorist Training Program

    04/20/2011 1:41:48 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 16 replies
    Free Republic | 4/20/11 | Alan Levy
    Did you know that George $oros, everyone's least favorite Nazi collaborator and socialist sugar daddy, and his Open Society Institute are helping Palestinian college students come to the United States to earn their degrees ? Did you know that you, the taxpayer are helping to pay for it ? Feel like tossing your cookies like Mary Kate Olsen yet ? Check this out: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The PFDP [Palestininian Faculty Development Program] aims to increase the capacity of higher education faculty in the West Bank and Gaza by addressing the long-term issues of reform in teaching and learning practices. The program provides...
  • US to fund $20m remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan

    04/09/2011 1:34:15 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | April 9, 2011 | Syed Shoaib Hasan
    In a new effort to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, USAID - the development arm of the US government - is donating $20m (£12m) to the country to create a local Urdu version of the show. The project aims to boost education in Pakistan, where many children have no access to regular schooling. The show is to be filmed in Lahore and aired later in the year. "The programme is part of a series of ventures that is aimed at developing the educational infrastructure in the country," Virginia Morgan, a spokesperson for USAID, told the BBC. "Education is one...
  • Obama Administration: GOP Cuts Would Kill 70,000 Kids

    03/31/2011 12:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | March 31, 2011 | Adam Sorensen
    That's what would happen if Congress pares back appropriations for USAID, says Rajiv Shah: "We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 would lead to 70,000 kids dying," USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee. "Of that 70,000, 30,000 would come from malaria control programs that would have to be scaled back specifically. The other 40,000 is broken out as 24,000 would die because of a lack of support for immunizations and other investments and 16,000 would be because of a lack of skilled attendants at birth," he...
  • KPK government and USAID join hands to Rehabilitate Shahi Bagh

    03/16/2011 7:30:19 AM PDT · by musarratullah
    Own ^ | 16 march 2011 | Musarrat Ullah Jan
    Peshawar 16 March 2011, the senior minister of KPK, Mr., Bashir Ahmed Bilour and regional Director, us Agency for international Development (USAID) Mr. Edward birgells today signed an agreement for the rehabilitation and renovation of Shahi Bagh. Only recreational park in down town Peshawar. According to the agreement the USAID will provide approx RS.70 Million ($ 818330) for the project. The 100 acre park , designed and constructed during the Mughal era , is the area only recreational place and has remind a favorite spot for approx. one million . The government of Khyber Pukhtoon Khawa and the US Government...
  • Human rights a foreign phrase to Cuban government

    03/14/2011 9:06:09 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 2 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | March 14, 2011 | John David Powell
    Cuba is an example of an international subject with a Texas tie-in, and particularly the Houston/Galveston area, which includes ShadeyHill Ranch, where we have a sizeable Cuban population. In fact, the guy who makes my hand-rolled cigars is Cuban. And a former colleague came to the United States with his parents in the early 60s after watching the Bay of Pigs fiasco from his apartment window. Well, last week the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12658025) reported on the death of Alberto Granado, the guy who tooled around Latin America on a motorcycle in the 1950s with Che Guevara. That diaries kept by this...
  • Japan radiation unlikely to reach US: officials (the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC))

    03/13/2011 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/13/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Radiation from nuclear plants damaged in Japan's earthquake is unlikely to reach US territory in harmful amounts, US nuclear officials said Sunday. "Given the thousands of miles between the two countries, Hawaii, Alaska, the US Territories and the US west coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity," the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in a statement. "All the available information indicates weather conditions have taken the small releases from the Fukushima reactors out to sea away from the population," the statement read. The office also said it sent two boiling-water reactor experts...
  • Egyptian press attacks U.S.: Assault comes after Washington denies new aid

    08/22/2002 11:52:15 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 17 replies · 65+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, August 23, 2002 | By Jon Dougherty
    Several pro-government Egyptian newspapers and media outlets are attacking the United States following the Bush administration's decision not to increase financial aid to the North African nation. The Egyptian press has attacked U.S. policy and policymakers in the past, usually at low points in the oft-rocky relationship between Washington and Cairo. But the new attacks are particularly vitriolic and have even gone so far as to compare some U.S. officials to Nazi Germany's Third Reich. "[Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld is a new Hitler in America," wrote columnist Kamal Abd Al-Raouf for the government weekly Akhbar Al-Yaum last week, predicting the...
  • Abrams Tanks in Cairo Underscore Importance of U.S. Arms Sales

    02/02/2011 8:44:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/1/2011 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    As I watched the making of history in Cairo, I noticed something. The Egyptian Army was moving into the city. A column of tanks was moving down one of the city’s broad avenues. They were M-1 Abrams, the same kind used by the U.S. Army. The Egyptian Army has around 1,000 M-1s built under license and which together with some 1,400 older M-60s and 2,500 M-113s constitute the core of that country’s conventional warfare capability. Moreover, if you looked up in the skies over Cairo you would see U.S. made F-16s. The Egyptian Air Force flies more than 200 of...
  • No Jobs For Americans at Heinz

    12/04/2010 2:37:07 PM PST · by Lorianne · 73 replies · 4+ views
    Fire Dog Lake ^ | 04 December 2010 | Ruth Calvo
    No Jobs for U.S. workers declares Bill Johnson, CEO at Heinz, on Wall Street Journal Report last Saturday Last Saturday, the CEO of Heinz, best known for ketchup production, told Maria Bartiromo that Heinz will not be hiring Americans this year. The reason he gave was the ‘uncertainty’ produced by the ‘inability’ of the government to decide on really important things such as the tax rate his business will pay. He announced at the same time on the same program that Heinz will be opening facilities and hiring in other countries, and concentrated on China where they make soy sauce.
  • U.S. considering combining military, international affairs budgets

    11/18/2010 11:20:53 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 18, 2010 | By KEVIN BARON
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Obama administration is considering creating a unified national security budget that would combine elements of the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development with the Pentagon, according to a draft copy of a long-awaited foreign policy strategy review shared with Congress this week. Citing the joint planning required between U.S. military and civilian agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proposal is one of several that would put the U.S. diplomatic corps and its lead global humanitarian agency on a stronger national security footing, according to a draft of the State Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and...
  • Along With NPR, Soros Groups Get Millions in Taxpayer Funds

    11/05/2010 9:39:35 PM PDT · by bronxville · 15 replies
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | 10/21/2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Public Radio's firing of Juan Williams and its acceptance of a $1.8 million gift from left-wing billionaire George Soros' foundation have put the spotlight on the NPR's taxpayer subsidy. What is less well known is that Soros' private foundations also receive millions in taxpayer funds. Not only that, but the projects that taxpayers fund through Soros' foundations appear to violate a federal prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds to promote drug use and prostitution. Our efforts to expose this misuse of tax money in 2007 were met with hostility by the State Department and disinterest in Congress. In October...
  • Along With NPR, Soros Groups Get Millions in Taxpayer Funds

    10/22/2010 9:10:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 21, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      National Public Radio's firing of Juan Williams and its acceptance of a $1.8 million gift from left-wing billionaire George Soros' foundation have put the spotlight on the NPR's taxpayer subsidy. What is less well known is that Soros' private foundations also receive millions in taxpayer funds.Not only that, but the projects that taxpayers fund through Soros' foundations appear to violate a federal prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds to promote drug use and prostitution. Our efforts to expose this misuse of tax money in 2007 were met with hostility by the State Department and disinterest in Congress.In...
  • White House Spent $23M of Taxpayers' Money on Fight to Legalize Abortion in Kenya

    07/22/2010 7:13:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-22-10 | Tess Civantos
    A Republican lawmaker is accusing the White House of “unconscionable” and “illegal” acts for its role in Kenya's referendum on a new constitution, which would legalize abortion in the country for the first time. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey cited a report by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, that estimated that more than $23 million in U.S. taxpayer funds have been spent on the referendum. Smith and other conservatives have complained that at least some of that money has been spent in support of the proposed constitution, possibly violating U.S. law. “Under no circumstances should the...
  • USAID funded the agro- and eco-tourism branch of the Russian spy Chapman/Kushchenko firm

    07/08/2010 9:42:49 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 9th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Deep in your heart you knew there are tax-payer’s money wasted somewhere in the whole Russian spy drama. Why did the Obama administration and the Russian government wanted to get rid of them so fast? We may never know. However we can prove that USAID funded the agro- and eco-tourism project in 2004 run by the company 4Vlast for which Anya Chapman and Vasily Kushchenko worked at the time. As you know from the previous research Chapman was the London contact person for the 4Vlast firm, Kushchenko was running their tourism firm and worked for the 4 Vlast Mrs. World...
  • NASA to boost Muslim self-esteem?

    07/05/2010 3:08:43 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 73 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 7/5/2010 | Rick Moran
    This is a truly remarkable video found at Powerline of NASA administrator Charles Bolden telling al-Jazeera that NASA is now tasked "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering." The agency that sent a man to the moon has been enlisted to improve the self-esteem of Muslims.
  • Hillary Clinton Urges State Department Employees to Let Teens Know It's Okay to Be Homosexual

    06/23/2010 4:57:53 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/23/2010 | Penny Star
    (CNSNews.com) – At an event celebrating Gay Pride Month on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged State Department employees to let teenagers know homosexuality is okay. “We’ve come such a far distance in our own country, but there are still so many who need the outreach, need the mentoring, need the support to stand up and be who they are and then think about people in so many countries where it just seems impossible,” Clinton said. “So I think that each and everyone of you, not only professionally, particularly from State and USAID and every bureau and every embassy...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel's announcement on Gaza

    06/23/2010 3:20:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 20, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-press-secretary-israel-s-announcement-gaza Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 20, 2010 Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel’s announcement on Gaza The President has described the situation in Gaza as unsustainable and has made clear that it demands fundamental change. On June 9, he announced that the United States was moving forward with $400 million in initiatives and commitments for the West Bank and Gaza. The President described these projects as a down payment on the U.S. commitment to the people...
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority after Meeting

    06/09/2010 5:54:17 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 144+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 9, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-obama-and-president-abbas-palestinian-authority-after-meeting Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 09, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority after Meeting Oval Office 11:58 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. Be careful, careful. Before I begin, I know that there was just a vote in the United Nations Security Council. I'm going to comment on that separately. I don't want to detract from the topic at hand here. So for reporters who are interested in that issue, I...
  • White House Now Says It Discussed USAID Position with Candidate Andrew Romanoff to 'Avoid Costly

    06/04/2010 11:37:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 697+ views
    cns news ^ | 6/4/10 | Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    (CNSNews.com) – The White House last fall denied that any job offer was made to Colorado Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff after reports first surfaced in the media. Now, the White House concedes that overtures were made to Romanoff about a job – but not an actual offer -- “to avoid a costly battle” with incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet, who has the backing of President Barack Obama. On Sept. 27, 2009, The Denver Post reported that Jim Messina, Obama’s deputy chief of staff, had contacted the candidate and “suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration...
  • White House dangled key jobs to Romanoff despite slim qualifications

    06/03/2010 8:36:53 PM PDT · by Qbert · 7 replies · 347+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/3/2010 | Jonathan Strong
    Andrew Romanoff, the Democratic Senate candidate in Colorado who was offered key administration jobs by the White House to convince him not to run, is known for his successful record in the Colorado legislature, where he rose to be speaker of the House. But his qualifications – and the type of experience on his resume – are slim in comparison to some of the previous people who have held those same positions. For instance, Romanoff does not have any significant managerial experience, but each of the three slots the White House dangled in front of him would have involved leading...
  • Democratic Senate Candidate: White House Floated Possible Jobs... (Romanoff)

    06/02/2010 7:14:18 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 85 replies · 3,226+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/2/2010 | Jake Tapper and the ABC News Team
    Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado house of representatives, issued a statement Wednesday evening claiming that the White House raised the possibility that he might be offered an administration job if he opted to not challenge incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Romanoff also released what he said was an e-mail from White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina outlining three possible jobs -- deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and Caribbean for the U.S. Agency for International Development; director of the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID; and director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency...
  • Presidential Delegation to Bethlehem to Attend the Palestine Investment Conference

    06/01/2010 7:24:42 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 261+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 1, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-delegation-bethlehem-attend-palestine-investment-conference Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 01, 2010 Presidential Delegation to Bethlehem to Attend the Palestine Investment Conference President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Bethlehem to attend the Palestine Investment Conference from June 2-4, 2010. The Honorable George Mitchell, Special Envoy for Middle East Peace will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Mr. Daniel Rubinstein, American Consul General in Jerusalem Mr....
  • USAID Steers No-Bid Haiti Contract to 'Politically Connected' Firm of Bill Clinton Friend

    02/16/2010 9:44:50 AM PST · by cowtowney · 4 replies · 336+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/16/2010 | James Rosen
    The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded another lucrative no-bid contract, Fox News has learned -- this time to a "politically connected" lobbyist and high-profile friend of former President Bill Clinton. This marks the second no-bid contract the agency has been found to have awarded since the start of the year, despite a long history of vows by President Obama to crack down on the practice. The first, awarded on Jan. 4 and worth nearly $25 million, was steered to a firm owned by a donor to the Obama presidential campaign, for legal work in Afghanistan. The cancellation of...
  • Republican Candidates Rally to Haitian Relief Effort

    01/13/2010 8:10:32 AM PST · by Leah at A Better Florida · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Sansaricq, Garcia and Postelnik Campaigns ^ | 01/14/10 | Yomin Postelnik, Bernard Sansaricq
    Florida (Statewide) – Human rights leader and congressional candidate, FL-23, Bernard Sansaricq has announced the formation of a coalition of candidates to rally to the aid of Haiti in the aftermath of yesterday’s devastation 7.0 earthquake. Candidate for Florida House District 91, Yomin Postelnik, will chair efforts among candidates on the state level. The effort is in tandem with the relief effort launched by congressional candidate Tom Garcia, FL-24, who traveled to Haiti this morning to begin relief efforts. Sansaricq on the federal level and Postelnik on the state level are seeking to gather supplies and direct funds to Non-Governmental...
  • U.S. sending disaster response teams to Haiti

    01/12/2010 7:19:11 PM PST · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 812+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2010
    The U.S. Agency for International Development is sending disaster response teams to Haiti to help the impoverished nation after it was hit by a major earthquake on Tuesday. USAID said in a statement it would be sending teams including up to 72 people, six search and rescue dogs and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment. The teams will be accompanied by USAID disaster experts...
  • Nuclear scientist among Hizb-ut-Tahrir members arrested in Islamabad

    10/27/2009 7:18:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 386+ views
    SINDH TODAY.net (ANI) ^ | October 20th, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Islamabad, Oct. 20 (ANI): A Pakistani nuclear scientist is among 32 members of banned terror organization Hizb- ut-Tahrir who were arrested from Islamabad on Sunday. Rizwan Aleem, a nuclear scientist and a PhD student at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology is currently being interrorgated by the Islamabad Police. According to Daily Times, the arrested activists also include a USAID official and an environmental scientist. Abid Mehmood is an officer of a United States Agency for International Development while Aman Hamza is an environmental scientist." SNIPPET: "Nearly, all the 32 are highly qualified persons such...
  • Stupid Government Tricks-->Taliban Getting "US AID"

    09/03/2009 2:02:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 327+ views
    Global Post/The Lid ^ | 9/3/09 | The Lid
    Here's an interesting piece of information on the day the United States announces it is cutting off aid to the Democratic Government of Honduras, The Taliban is on the unofficial payroll of the United States government. According to a report in Globalpost.com A portion of American taxpayer dollars slated for development projects in Afghanistan ends up in the hands of the Taliban. The United States Agency for International Development is investigating if its funds are being used by contractors to pay the Taliban for protection — from itself. Here's how it works, just like a Brooklyn mobster, the Taliban holds...
  • The Reproductive Health Bill: Ending Manila's war against women

    07/08/2009 4:57:40 PM PDT · by LadyDoc · 4 replies · 532+ views
    ABS-CBN News ^ | 70/07/2009 | Payal Shah and Jaime Todd-Gher
    The Reproductive Health Bill currently being considered by Filipino lawmakers has stirred up significant debate over its potential to promote economic development and improve access to healthcare, particularly reproductive healthcare. But one crucial point has been neglected: the Reproductive Health Bill is essential to remedy egregious violations on Filipino women’s international and national legal rights occurring under restrictive, ideologically driven policies, such as Manila City’s de facto ban on birth control. The Manila City ban on contraception, also known as Executive Order 003, was passed nine years ago by former Mayor Jose “Lito” Atienza to effectively prohibit Manila City women...
  • African AIDS experts voice support for Pope on condoms

    03/27/2009 2:22:46 PM PDT · by chase19 · 7 replies · 545+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 27, 2009
    African AIDS experts voice support for Pope on condoms More than a week after the media attacked Pope Benedict XVI for his comments on condoms and AIDS, CNA is still hearing from experts around the world who support Benedict’s evaluation of the African AIDS epidemic. Dr. Filippo Ciantia, a Ugandan specialist in tropical medicine, along with eight other experts says that his experience resonates with the Pope’s statement. On Thursday, CNA received a letter from Dr. Filippo Ciantia, a representative of the Association of Volunteers in International Service and a former USAID policy advisor on HIV/AIDS, along with 8 other...
  • U.S. condom maker deflated by Obama stimulus plan

    03/24/2009 6:49:11 AM PDT · by free_us_from_obama · 8 replies · 593+ views
    Fort Wayne News ^ | 03/24/2009 | Fort Wayne News
    The U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) distributes close to 10 billion condoms in poor countries around the world, and until now distributed condoms made in the United States. When Congress dropped the “buy American” language from the recent stimulus bill, USAID got a rise and decided to head to South Korea and China for their condoms. They cite the cost difference as their motive. Korean and Chinese condoms cost 3 cents less each. The net effect will be placed squarely on one firm, Alabama-based Alatech. The company expects to layoff 300 workers as a result of losing the contract....
  • Environmentally Engineered Landfill in Kirkuk is First for Iraq

    03/02/2009 3:22:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    KIRKUK, Iraq, March 2, 2009 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is part of a joint, multinational effort to provide solutions for city officials here on what to do with the 900 tons of trash Kirkuk residents generate daily. A truck offloads trash at Solid Waste Transfer Station 1, south of Kirkuk, Iraq. The $2.5 million facility has the capacity to handle 300 tons of waste per day. U.S. Army photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. For years, Kirkuk residents have been dumping their garbage into unregulated areas or merely unloading it in open fields outside...
  • Statement by the President on Zimbabwe

    11/23/2008 10:23:14 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 688+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV - News ^ | November 22, 2008 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/11/20081122-3.html For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary November 22, 2008 Statement by the President on Zimbabwe White House News Nearly eight months have passed since the Zimbabwean people voted for a new president, yet they still are governed by an illegitimate regime that continues to suppress democratic voices and basic human rights. In addition to its disastrous economic policies which have forced half the population to rely on food assistance, the Mugabe regime is now assaulting doctors and nurses, denying citizens access to basic medical services, and stealing donor funds intended...