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  • Cuomo, Schneiderman duke it out over $600 million fund (pol pork-fest)

    01/19/2014 4:41:12 AM PST · by Liz · 20 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/18/14 | Carl Campanile
    EDITED......Albany pols are in a boiling dispute over who gets to spend a $600M housing foreclosure settlement from JP Morgan Chase. Sap-happy lefties want to help underwater homeowners victimized by the subprime debacle.....vote-crazed Gov Cuomo's infected with "higher office brain disease" -- plans $2 billion in tax cuts – though his plan doesn’t count on the $600M settlement money. Bertha Lewis, president of the Black Insitute and former head of ACORN, said, “What I want to know is WTF? Why take our funds? This settlement money was intended to help struggling homeowners in New York, too many of whom are...
  • Bill de Blasio’s Other Party: How the Working Families party took over New York City

    01/15/2014 7:21:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2014 | John Fund
    As recently as 1998, New York State’s Republican party controlled the governorship, a United States Senate seat, and the mayor’s office in Manhattan. Today, it is greatly diminished, with its sole beachhead of influence in the state senate, where it shares a majority with four independent Democrats. In contrast, the Working Families party (WFP), a 15-year-old left-wing, union-fueled group with just 20,000 members, now holds the whip hand over much of the dominant Democratic party in New York — and is already spreading its wings to other states. The WFP not only was a major force behind Bill de Blasio’s...
  • What are the Obamas Doing in Africa?

    06/30/2013 11:22:39 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 83 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/30/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama's trip to Africa has largely been ignored by the U.S. media, and for good reason: it seems to have no real purpose. While attention to Africa is long overdue, the president is announcing no new strategy, concluding no significant agreements--merely announcing a new investment in African power generation, which African companies are arguably capable of funding and carrying out themselves. Much of his trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania consists of sightseeing with his family--and an entourage of 1,000, at a cost to taxpayers of $60 to $100 million. Consider the reason Obama gave reporters about...
  • Upstate New York Republicans Deny That Voter Fraud is 'A Normal Political Tactic'

    01/18/2012 8:58:18 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 14 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 1/17/12 | Rusty
    As the city of Troy, NY, awaits jury selection in the first trial involving two Democrats and their alleged roles in a "massive"voter fraud scheme, new details have emerged from the investigation. Details involving two other veteran political operatives that have already pleaded guilty. According to a recent Fox News report, Anthony Renna, a Democrat guilty of second-degree forgery, and Anthony DeFiglio, a Democrat guilty of first-degree falsifying business records, are trying to drag all local politicians, regardless of party affiliation, down with the ship. Thus far, eight people have been charged in connection with the ballot fraud investigation, four...
  • Shocker. Obama’s Top Political Advisor Directly Linked to Occupy Wall Street Protests

    10/11/2011 9:34:05 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Oct. 11, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Obama’s ACORN operative in the White House Patrick Gaspard, a former Working Families Party associate, is helping shape domestic policy– Obama political advisor Patrick Gaspard holds the same White House position his Bush-era predecessor, Karl Rove, did. But before he was the White House political czar he worked in several far left organizations as activist and agitator. NLPC.org reported: One of the more disturbing aspects of the Obama-ACORN connection is that the White House political affairs director is one Patrick Gaspard. Gaspard doesn’t register on the media radar screen in the way that his immediate Bush-era predecessor, Karl Rove, did....
  • The homes Kamp Alinsky Kids won’t protest -Soros,Immelt,Krugman,Bloomberg,Falcone,Kaiser..

    10/11/2011 9:20:40 AM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | October 11, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    You knew it was coming. The Kamp Alinsky Kids are taking a sight-seeing tour today. After a month of trashing Zuccotti Park at a public cost of $2 million per day, the riff-raff is marching uptown to occupy…wealthy people’s private homes. According to the NY Daily News: “A ‘Millionaires March’ will visit the homes – or, more realistically, the gleaming marble lobbies – of five of the city’s wealthiest residents, including News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and conservative billionaire David Koch.” Some millionaires and billionaires and their homes get protected, of course. Billionaire NYC Mayor...
  • “Make $350-650 a week “protesting” on Wall Street" (BARF)

    10/09/2011 7:46:18 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Craigslist ^ | 9/26/2011
    The Working Families Party (WFP) (www.workingfamiliesparty.org) is New York's most energetic, independent and progressive political party. Formed in 1998 by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, we came together to build a society that works for all of us, not just Wall Street CEOs and the well-connected. WFP is independent from corporate and government funding and in-addition we are community based; community funded and equally uninfluenced by both major parties. Our agenda focuses on economic and social justice, corporate accountability, job creation, environmental protection, and investment in education and healthcare. For the past twelve years...
  • “Make $350-650 a week “protesting” on Wall Street"

    10/09/2011 5:11:52 PM PDT · by PMAS · 158 replies · 1+ views
    Craig's List ^ | 10/7/2011 | Craigs List
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/gov/2618821815.html The Working Families Party (WFP) (www.workingfamiliesparty.org) is New York's most energetic, independent and progressive political party. Formed in 1998 by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, we came together to build a society that works for all of us, not just Wall Street CEOs and the well-connected. WFP is independent from corporate and government funding and in-addition we are community based; community funded and equally uninfluenced by both major parties. Our agenda focuses on economic and social justice, corporate accountability, job creation, environmental protection, and investment in education and healthcare. For the past twelve...
  • 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...
  • Why is Hillary Clinton hiding? Perhaps it's because her foreign policy has been a failure

    11/02/2010 11:19:49 AM PDT · by opentalk · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | November 2, 2010 | Nile Gardiner
    As Toby Harnden reports, Hillary Clinton has opted to stay well clear of today’s midterms, sitting them out in a two-week tour of Asia and Australasia. In fact she’s been as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel in the past few days. That’s a perfectly astute move from her point of view. Firstly, she can argue, it’s her job as Secretary of State to represent America on the world stage, and should be above the fray of domestic politics. Secondly, almost every poll is pointing to electoral disaster for her party as well as her administration, and the safest option is...
  • Barack and Hillary: Ideologically Identical

    09/07/2010 2:31:56 PM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Big Government ^ | Sept 6, 2010 | Ben Barrack
    The security of our nation is in danger as a direct result of the policies, ideology, and affiliations of our president. Those who clamor for socialism despite its miserable track record invariably defend it by saying it simply wasn’t implemented correctly. Perhaps those relying exclusively on historical accounts warrant a pass in light of a dynamic taking place between Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton right now. Back in April, the Los Angeles Times published the results of a poll that showed support for Hillary rising and support for Obama falling among voters. That trend appears to be continuing....
  • Texas bill would require birthplace proof for presidential candidates (About Time Alert)

    04/29/2010 8:44:11 AM PDT · by Thurston_Howell_III · 130 replies · 2,313+ views
    FORTH WORTH, Texas — A state lawmaker wants to make sure that any candidate on the presidential ticket from now on can show proof they were born in the United States — or not be allowed on the Texas ballot.
  • Republicans Sound Alarm on Administration Plan to Seize 401(k)s

    05/04/2010 7:43:39 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 232 replies · 7,343+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 4, 2010 | Connie Hair
    In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans through “retirement security” options. The radical solution most favored by Big Labor is the seizure of private 401(k) plans for government disbursement -- which lets them off the hook for their collapsing retirement scheme. And, of course, the Obama administration is eager to accommodate their buddies. Vice President Joe Biden floated the idea, called “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” (GRAs), in the February “Middle Class” report. In conjunction with the report’s release, the...
  • America’s Bloodless Coup d’etat!

    05/01/2010 7:14:47 AM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies · 1,324+ views
    canada freepress ^ | April 30, 2010 | Ron Ewart
    Nationalized the banks and the car companies, Nationalized the entire health care industry, Taken control of all American land And it came to pass, on the 4th day of November, in the year of Our Lord 2008, a cabal of devious con men were elevated to power over all the people. Behind closed doors, under the cover of night and the veil of deceit, aided and abetted by a willing majority in a spineless Congress, most of academia and the lion’s share of the news media, they plotted the overthrow of a once-free America, from within. Using the crises of...
  • SEIU and The Obamas (Both) in North Carolina

    04/25/2010 8:26:33 AM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies · 949+ views
    Romanticpoet's Weblog ^ | April 25, 2010 | Romanticpoet's Weblog
    In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I’m told. SEIU officials setting up the new party, called North Carolina First, are currently on the ground collecting signatures to qualify as a state party, SEIU officials tell me, adding that there are around 100 canvassers on the ground right now.The goal: To have the party up and running so candidates can run...
  • New Yorkers for Growth goes after Cuomo and WFP

    03/15/2010 2:00:25 PM PDT · by lowtaxsmallgov · 4 replies · 243+ views
    New Yorkers for Growth ^ | 3/15/2010 | New Yorkers for Growth
    New York, NY-March 15...A pointed television advertisement aimed squarely at New York State Attorney General - and gubernatorial hopeful - Andrew Cuomo (D-WFP) for his refusal to investigate credible allegations against a political party that could be helpful to his prospective candidacy for governor was released today by New Yorkers for Growth, a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to bringing responsible fiscal policies back to New York State government. The 30-second spot entitled "Prince Andrew" questions why the Attorney General has failed to look into allegations that New York's Working Families Party (WFP) has, among other things, illegally used non-profit...
  • ACORN Cleared by Brooklyn DA in Big "Pimp/Prostitute" Probe [ACORN-front WFP endorsed DA in 2009!]

    03/02/2010 12:32:36 PM PST · by ETL · 16 replies · 665+ views
    Gothamist ^ | March 2, 2010 | John Del Signore
    Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes has concluded his investigation into possible criminality on the part of three ACORN employees caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and companion. (Though the right-wing gadflies who made the hidden camera video edited it to suggest that James O'Keefe was posing as the woman's pimp, the couple actually told ACORN employees he was trying to protect her from the pimp [PDF].) Yesterday Hynes cleared ACORN of any criminality, while perpetuating the misconception that O'Keefe had posed as a pimp and worn a cliche pimp costume during the meeting...
  • NYC Council’s new Speaker will be a Black Panther as ACORN/Working Families Party taking over NYC

    12/08/2009 6:31:36 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 22 replies · 854+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | December 8, 2009 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Because rank and file Democrats paid no attention to their Party’s primaries New York City’s next Council Speaker will be Black Panther Charles Barron a racist anti American far Leftist. This news is scary and concerns every American because what the ACORN/Working Families Party has now done to New York City, it can and WILL do where you live. This column warned America’s cities would be taken over by the ACORN controlled Working Families Party (WFP). Last month WFP effectively seized control of the NYC Council and will elect a Black Panther named Charles Barron, as Council Speaker replacing the...
  • ACORN [Lies]: We're Not Even Working In New Jersey

    11/07/2009 2:31:01 AM PST · by Grammar Nazi · 7 replies · 869+ views
    TPMMuckraker ^ | November 3, 2009, 6:09PM | Zachary Roth
    OK, here's what should be the nail in the coffin for conservative claims that ACORN is poised to steal the New Jersey governor's race through rampant voter fraud. Brian Kettenring, an ACORN spokesman, tells TPMmuckraker that the much-maligned group has conducted absolutely no political or voter registration activity in the state during the 2009 cycle. And Kettenring added that ACORN had done very little such work during the 2008 cycle. In a column published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, John Fund sounded the alarm about the threat from ACORN -- but a close look reveals that even here he...
  • Winning Dede Scozzafava: How Dems got her nod

    11/01/2009 9:16:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 90 replies · 3,484+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/1/09 | Jonathan Martin and Charles Mahtesian
    Fearful that the party had almost no chance of winning the Nov. 3 New York special election after Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava abruptly announced Saturday that she was dropping out, high-ranking national Democrats immediately began working to secure her endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens, POLITICO has learned. On Sunday afternoon, their vigorous efforts paid off as Scozzafava bucked her own party and issued a statement supporting Owens over Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman, a coup for Democrats who recognized that their best remaining chance of winning the Republican-leaning seat on Tuesday was to swing disaffected Scozzafava supporters their way. By...
  • Big Government Productions Presents Next Chapter in ACORN Sting

    10/19/2009 6:46:48 PM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 42 replies · 2,780+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 19 | Big Government Productions
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrew Breitbart's Big Government will hold a press conference featuring James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, the two daring young journalists who, posing as a "pimp" and "prostitute," exposed massive corruption within ACORN's offices throughout the country. The Press Conference will be held at the National Press Club of Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. After suing Breitbart.com, Mr. O'Keefe and Ms. Giles in Maryland over the release of the Baltimore tapes, ACORN has issued public statements denying any wrongdoing in its Philadelphia office and lying about what happened there. Mr. O'Keefe...
  • New York’s Two-Party System - Public-sector unions on one side, billionaires on the other

    10/10/2009 4:01:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 753+ views
    City Journal ^ | 7 October 2009 | Harry Siegel, Fred Siegel
    Many political observers saw the rise of the Working Families Party as the big story of this year’s primaries, which in New York City are effectively the general elections for most offices. That’s accurate, but only part of the story. It would be more meaningful to say that in New York’s left-and-lefter political environment, the once dominant Democratic Party fell victim to its own strategy of minimizing turnout to guarantee that their core constituencies carry the day. In the WFP, the electoral face of Gotham’s public-sector unions, the Democrats found that a party to their left could beat them at...
  • Working for Change: An Interview with Dan Cantor, Executive Director of the Working Families Party

    10/09/2009 3:17:08 AM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 2 replies · 363+ views
    The Indypendent ^ | October 9, 2009 | Elizabeth Henderson and John Tarleton
    Founded in 1998 as a coalition of labor and community groups, the Working Families Party has combined old-fashioned, grassroots organizaing and strategic alliances with the Democrats to become an increasingly powerful force for progressive politics in New York City. The Indypendent recently spoke with the party’s Executive Director, Dan Cantor, about the WFP’s recent victories in the run-off elections for city comptroller and public advocate, mobilizing voters and taking on Bloomberg in November. ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Why has the WFP decided to take on Bloomberg this year when many democrats have given up the hope of defeating him? DAN CANTOR: Eight...
  • The [ACORN] Working Families threat: The party's ascent is bad news for Democrats and New Yorkers

    10/08/2009 3:17:23 AM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 9 replies · 701+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 4:00 AM | Ed Koch and David Yassky
    The Working Families Party was the big winner in this year's Democratic primary elections - having backed the winning candidates in both the public advocate's race and the contest for city controller. That's not good for mainstream Democrats, and it is not good for New Yorkers. As liberals, we recognize the value of left-wing advocates pushing against corporate interests. The WFP has played a useful role in helping to win an increase in the minimum wage and in rolling back tax breaks for luxury development. But as "liberals with sanity," we see danger when narrow agendas overwhelm the public good....
  • UN says offices closed across Pakistan after suicide attack

    10/05/2009 5:36:13 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 12 replies · 490+ views
    Dawn.com ^ | Oct 5, 2009
    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations has temporarily closed all its offices across Pakistan after a suicide blast Monday killed four people at the World Food Programme compound in central Islamabad, a UN spokeswoman said. ‘All UN offices in Pakistan have been closed until further notice,’ spokeswoman Susan Manuel told AFP. Another UN spokeswoman, Ishrat Rizvi, told AFP that the offices would be shut ‘for security reasons.’ A suicide bomber walked into the WFP's heavily fortified offices in Islamabad early Monday afternoon, police say, with three Pakistanis and one Iraqi man killed in the blast.
  • Erratic Reported Rent Payments From [ACORN Front] WFP Mark Last Decade

    10/04/2009 4:00:17 AM PDT · by Grammar Nazi · 6 replies · 880+ views
    City Hall News ^ | 2009 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Average of just $1,486 per month for offices, one check for rent written to “401 K PMTs”Edward-Isaac Dovere by Edward-Isaac Dovere eidovere@cityhallnews.comUPDATE:Harry Zlokower, spokesperson for ISJ Management, called to confirm that the company is indeed the owner of the property at 2 Nevins Street, with Flatbush Fulton Realty Associates its subsidiary.However, Zlokower said, “Working Families Party is not a tenant of ISJ Management,” adding, “ISJ management has no knowledge of the Working Families Party. They assume it’s a sub-lease.”Zlokower also confirmed that ACORN is a tenant of ISJ Management, paying money directly to the property owner.Responding from the Working Families...
  • Massive Vote Fraud in New York Linked to ACORN

    09/29/2009 9:35:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 87 replies · 2,872+ views
    Big Government ^ | 9/29/09 | Mike Roman
    The Working Families Party and local Democratic Party Officials are at the center of a massive voter fraud scandal in Troy, NY. According to the Times Union: Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy. Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties. There may be as many as 50 absentee ballots that were forged,...
  • Seeds of Doubt [New Orleans ACORN office shutting down?]

    09/20/2009 6:14:20 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 38 replies · 2,798+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | September 20, 2009 | Bruce Nolan
    ACORN, a social justice organization with roots in [New Orleans], battles a string of scandals. The announcement stuck to a wall outside the entrance to ACORN's local office in the 2600 block of Canal Street quietly signals the trouble afoot. In English and Spanish, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now tells walk-up clients that ACORN's housing office has shut itself down for two weeks to immerse itself "in an intensive training program." The sign is a symptom of a tumultuous week in the history of a controversial poor people's social justice movement -- one founded by a New...
  • Young and Active, the Working Families Party Shows Muscle in the Primaries (NYC)

    09/17/2009 10:28:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 806+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 17, 2009 | JULIE BOSMAN and KAREEM FAHIM
    Eric N. Gioia, a city councilman from Queens and a candidate for public advocate, was in a great mood Tuesday as he walked to his car after voting in the Democratic primary. Until he spotted a lone young man who stood on the sidewalk, holding a stack of fliers. “See him?” said Mr. Gioia, his face darkening. “He’s from the Working Families Party.” Much to the chagrin of candidates like Mr. Gioia, the still relatively little-known 10-year-old party had dispatched a small army in the weeks before the primary, selling voters on its candidates in the mayoral, City Council, public...
  • Questions Are Raised About Who Profits from UN Aid to North Korea

    07/27/2009 5:30:15 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 165+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2009 | George Russell
    Is North Korea's dictatorial regime quietly profiting from U.N. emergency food supplies delivered to its starving people, even as the regime squeezes those deliveries down to a trickle? Documents produced by the World Food Program, the U.N.'s flagship relief agency, outlining its current emergency operations in the insular communist state, raise a number of touchy questions about the financing and logistics of the effort, which was originally intended to feed some 6.2 million of North Korea's most vulnerable people, but which is currently providing limited rations only to 1.33 million. The $500 million program was meant to run from September,...
  • Hillary Clinton, George Soros, ACORN Tied to Working Families Party Targeting AIG Workers at Home

    03/20/2009 11:23:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 3,181+ views
    Friday, March 20, 2009 | Kristinn
    The Working Families Party that is organizing a bus tour protest this Saturday at the homes of AIG employees has deep ties to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire leftist financier George Soros and the radical group ACORN.A 2005 article by Richard Poe published at Discover the Networks details the connections:The Working Families Party (WFP) is a front group for the radical cult ACORN. It functions as a political party in New York State and Connecticut, promoting ACORN-friendly candidates. Unlike conventional political parties, WFP charges its members dues – about $60 per year – a policy characteristic of ACORN and...
  • A Gulf in Giving: Oil-Rich States Starve the World Food Program

    05/10/2008 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 4 replies · 51+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/9/08 | George Russell
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top lieutenants on Monday are convening the first meeting of the U.N.’s Task Force on the Global Food Crisis. Ban says it will “study the root causes of the crisis,” and propose solutions for “coordinated global action” at a summit of world leaders in June. Ban might want to consider convincing the oil-rich nations of the Middle East to provide more than the near-invisible amount of money they currently give to the World Food Program (WFP), the U.N.’s food-giving arm, which is charged with alleviating the food crisis. WFP internal documents show that...
  • UN food agency needs hundreds of millions for hungry

    04/25/2008 3:43:57 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 15 replies · 78+ views
    YAHOO! ^ | Apr 25, 2008 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS - The World Food Program appealed for hundreds of millions of dollars to cope with rising food prices that have sparked protests and food riots and led to bans on food exports in dozens of countries. Josette Sheeran, the WFP's executive director, said the U.N. agency is facing a 40 percent increase in the cost of food and requests for food aid from countries unable to cope with the rising prices. It expects additional requests from nations like Haiti whose citizens are becoming part of "the new face of hunger," she told a video news conference from Rome...
  • World Bank president calls for action as food prices cause rioting

    04/14/2008 7:38:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies · 183+ views
    Times of London ^ | 04/14/08 | Jenny Booth
    World Bank president calls for action as food prices cause rioting Jenny Booth The president of the World Bank has called for immediate action to deal with rapidly rising food prices that have caused hunger and deadly violence and threatened the economic stability of the world's poorest countries. A doubling of food prices over the last two years was potentially pushing 100 million people deeper into long-term poverty, said Robert Zoellick. “We have to put our money where our mouth is now, so that we can put food into hungry mouths. It is as stark as that,” Mr Zoellick said...
  • Report: US in talks with UN food agency to give N Korea rice aid

    03/29/2008 10:02:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 344+ views
    AP ^ | 03/28/08
    Report: US in talks with UN food agency to give NKorea rice aid AP - Friday, March 28 SEOUL, South Korea - The United States is in talks with the U.N. food agency about providing North Korea with 500,000 tons of rice aid, news reports quoted South Korea's foreign minister as saying while visiting Washington. ADVERTISEMENT The proposal is being held up, however, by the North's refusal to grant appropriate monitoring aimed at ensuring that the rice would not be diverted for other purposes, Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said without elaborating. "It's difficult to understand that an agreement cannot be...
  • WFP plea for $500m to avoid food aid cut

    03/23/2008 5:07:48 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies · 492+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 23 2008 22:02 | By Javier Blas Commodities Correspondent
    The World Food Programme has launched an “extraordinary emergency appeal” to governments to donate at least $500m in the next four weeks to avoid rationing food aid in response to the spiralling cost of food. The WFP, the United Nations agency responsible for relieving hunger, said in a letter to donor countries that if fresh money did not arrive by May 1, it might cut “the rations for those who rely on the world to stand by them during times of abject need”. The letter, a copy of which has been obtained by the Financial Times, was sent to donor...
  • North Korea's Secret Weapon

    08/25/2006 7:58:44 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies · 1,048+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | August 25, 2006 | Staff
    One way the North Korean leadership has maintained control of the country, despite over a decade of famine and the world's harshest police state, is the large number of troops assigned to produce food for the armed forces. Having troops raise their own food is actually an ancient practice. But in the 20th century, the Russian and Chinese communists made food production (mainly farming, but also raising animals) a major part of military life. In this way, these communist dictatorships were able to keep their military budgets low, maintain larger peacetime armies, while keeping the troops busy (and out of...
  • U.S. cancels food aid to North Korea

    12/04/2005 12:10:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 1,031+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/3/05 | Nicholas Kralev
    The Bush administration has canceled a planned shipment of 25,000 tons of food aid to North Korea later this month, citing concerns that the food will not reach those who need it. "We still think there are serious humanitarian needs in North Korea, but we cannot continue to supply food if we cannot even minimally assure that it will reach its intended recipients," the State Department said yesterday. The U.N. World Food Program (WFP), which distributes foreign aid, has been ordered by the North Koreans to cut most of its staff there by the end of December, a move that...
  • N. Korea Rejected Further UN Food Aid(doesn't want to improve human right situation)

    09/11/2005 6:58:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 299+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/08/05
    N.Korea Rejected Further UN Food AidNorth Korea reportedly turned up its nose at any more food aid from the UN and asked the World Food Program early last month to shut its Pyongyang office. A South Korean official said the North last year also vowed to turn down any further humanitarian aid from international bodies, and Seoul was trying to work out what exactly Pyongyang wants. There are said to be two reasons. One is that Seoul promised the North substantial food aid that allowed Pyongyang to cover its shortfall to some extent. It was initially estimated to be short...
  • Oil-for-food probe will praise WFP (will fault 9 other agencies)

    08/31/2005 5:04:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 330+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/31/05 | Nick Wadhams - ap
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N.-backed oil-for-food probe has concluded that the World Food Program did an effective job in delivering food aid to northern Iraq, the agency's chief said in a letter obtained Wednesday. However, the Independent Inquiry Committee has found fault with several of the other nine U.N. agencies that provided most of the humanitarian relief to northern Iraq under the $64 billion operation, World Food Program Director Jim Morris wrote. Despite that criticism, the conclusion about WFP would be a boost to the United Nations, which has been put on the defensive over allegations of fraud and...
  • Somali Hijackers to Release Ship, Hostages

    08/06/2005 5:45:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 424+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 6, 2005
    Somali hijackers to release ship, hostages -WFP Sat Aug 6, 2005 By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali pirates who have held 10 hostages for more than a month on a ship chartered by the U.N. World Food Programme to carry food aid have agreed to release the vessel and free the crew, the WFP said on Saturday. "An agreement has been reached for the release of the ship, crew and food in the next three days," WFP spokeswoman Rene McGuffin told Reuters in Nairobi. The Somali militiamen hijacked the MV Semlow on June 27 as it headed for the...
  • N. Korea: US might find Pyongyang strike 'tempting'

    05/20/2005 8:52:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 805+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | 05/21/05 | Hamish McDonald
    US might find Pyongyang strike 'tempting' By Hamish McDonaldBeijingMay 21, 2005   South Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched a unilateral initiative to improve relations with the North. It has signed North Korean dancer Cho Myong-ae to promote its mobile phones. Cho will be the first North Korean to appear in an advertisement in the South.Photo: Reuters A nuclear arms control expert has warned that the United States might be tempted to carry out a strike on the reactor that is North Korea's source of bomb-making plutonium.The warning comes as North Korean moves suggest it may soon carry out a nuclear...
  • U.N. May Suspend Food Aid to N. Korea(monitoring food distribution interfered again)

    03/31/2005 7:05:58 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 399+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/31/05
    U.N. May Suspend Food Aid to N. Korea The U.N. said Wednesday international donations to North Korea are dwindling because the Stalinist country restricts monitoring of food aid. The World Food Program (WFP) warned it may have to suspend food distribution to millions of North Koreans within a couple of weeks. WFP Asia director Tony Banbury, who recently returned to China after a visit to North Korea, wrote on the U.N. website Wednesday, "Already obliged to stop providing enriched vegetable oil to more than 900,000 elderly people, funding shortfalls will force WFP next week to suspend distribution of vegetable oil...
  • N. Korea: Sights of Silence(Description of Ryongchon Blast Area)

    05/29/2004 7:15:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 133+ views
    NYT Magazine ^ | 05/23/04 | RICHARD RAGAN
    Sights of Silence By RICHARD RAGAN as told to JAMES BROOKE Published: May 23, 2004 North Korea is a whisker smaller than my home state, Mississippi. But when I heard about the explosion last month at Ryongchon train station, I knew I was in for a long, hard drive. As the crow flies, it was 300 miles. But I was in the northeast corner of the country, near the Russian border, when I heard the news on the BBC. With North Korea's bumpy dirt roads and circuitous routes, our convoy of white Toyota Land Cruisers faced a three-day, 800-mile road...
  • Millions of North Koreans Could Lose Food Aid - UN

    12/20/2003 6:18:13 AM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 128+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 20 2003 | Reuters
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Nearly four million North Koreans will be deprived of U.N. food rations by February if foreign donors do not provide more aid to the communist state, the head of the U.N. World Food Program said Saturday. The comments by WFP Executive Director James Morris followed an emergency appeal last week for $171 million worth of rations to feed 6.5 million North Koreans, mostly women and children, plagued by years of hunger compounded by shock price reforms. With the timing of a second round of six-way negotiations to curtail North Korea's nuclear arms program still uncertain, Chinese and...
  • WFP chief warns of food crisis

    09/19/2003 12:09:55 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 141+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, September 19, 2003 | By Betsy Pisik
    <p>NEW YORK &#8212; The Bush administration-nominated director of the World Food Program this week warned that Washington's possible suspension of assistance to North Korea could have a terrible impact on the country's hungriest people.</p> <p>The United States, which accounts for half the organization's assistance to the Stalinist nation, has said it is reconsidering sending 66,000 tons of cereal and rice if the North Korean leadership does not allow the WFP to properly monitor food shipments.</p>
  • ZIMBABWE: WFP retains control of food distributions

    08/26/2003 12:22:05 PM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 165+ views
    JOHANNESBURG, 25 Aug 2003 (IRIN) - The Zimbabwean government has given an assurance that the World Food Programme (WFP) will remain in control of humanitarian food distribution, despite a controversial new policy directive issued by the government this month, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Victor Angelo told IRIN on Monday. "We were told that we can proceed as we did last year ... We will be implementing the [food distribution] programme this month with no operational change at the ground level. The UN will keep monitoring the situation on the ground," Angelo said. The ministry of public service, labour and social welfare...
  • U.N. agency stockpiles food in Turkey, while U.S. soldiers unload equipment for an Iraq war

    03/14/2003 3:57:30 PM PST · by a_Turk · 7 replies · 273+ views
    AP ^ | 3/14/2003 | SELCAN HACAOGLU
    ISKENDERUN, Turkey - U.N. aid workers charged with feeding Iraqi refugees in case of war, stockpiled high-energy biscuits, chickpeas and vegetables oil in a warehouse on Friday, while across the road U.S. troops loaded jeeps and trucks on trains for possible action in Iraq (news - web sites). The World Food Program has been stockpiling food in countries bordering Iraq to feed 900,000 refugees for 10 weeks should hostilities break out and cause thousands of people to flee. The agency is seeking to acquire a total of 32,000 metric tons (35,200 short tons) of food to be stored in Turkey,...
  • US to resume North Korea [food]aid

    02/21/2003 9:32:17 PM PST · by maui_hawaii · 31 replies · 303+ views
    US Secretary of State Colin Powell has indicated that the United States will resume food aid to North Korea. He said he expected to announce the decision during his four-day tour of East Asia to discuss the escalating tensions with both Iraq and North Korea. The announcement will lead to the resumption of US aid supplies to the World Food Programme that ended three months ago. The announcement will also coincide with Mr Powell's efforts to encourage Japan, China and South Korea to put pressure on Pyongyang to halt its nuclear weapons programmes. On Friday, North Korea kept up its...