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  • Obama millions to fund 'transparency' projects ... OVERSEAS

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

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

    07/05/2014 8:42:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Logically, one might assume that "foreign" aid is legitimate aid to foreigners. A little digging reveals the true nature of "aid". For example, please consider the Foreign Policy Journal report Monsanto and Foreign Aid: Forcing El Salvador’s Hand. U.S. foreign aid is expected to promote poverty alleviation and facilitate developmental growth in impoverished countries. Yet, corporations and special interest groups have permeated even the most well-intended of U.S. policies. El Salvador is a recent example of corporate domination in U.S. foreign aid. The United States will withhold the Millennium Challenge Compact aid deal, approximately $277 million in aid, unless El...
  • Libertarianism and the Proper Meaning of Patriotism

    07/05/2014 8:30:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Since we’re enjoying a long holiday weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, let’s take a moment to ponder patriotism. I’ve always been inspired (in more ways than one) by this t-shirt. My patriotism is for American principles, not the federal government. Indeed, I’m very proud that a Clinton Administration official once accused me of being unpatriotic for helping foreign jurisdiction oppose some bad policies from Washington. But I’m a libertarian, and we’re different than most people (some would even say needlessly ornery). So what about the average American? How do regular people define patriotism? Well, we have a new...
  • U.S. dilemma: Does $1.5 billion sent to Egypt help?

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

    06/10/2014 1:56:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 06/10/2014 | Cécile Barbière
    A European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) has called on the EU to stop funding abortion in developing countries. The European Commission has dismissed it outright. EurActiv France reports. The EU’s executive stuck to its guns and refused to limit direct or indirect European finances for abortion in developing countries. The EU is the number one aid donor in the world and differs from the United States, where funding for abortion is not permitted in development aid. The rejected demand was presented by a citizen initiative called One of Us, which has collected over one million signatures across seven EU member states....
  • U.S. Will Spend $24.5M to Circumcise Men in Swaziland

    05/15/2014 7:45:23 AM PDT · by GailA · 28 replies
    CNS ^ | 4/14/2014 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – The United States Agency for International Development is planning to spend $24.5 million to circumcise an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 male infants and males aged 10 to 49 in the kingdom of Swaziland by 2018. The Kingdom of Swaziland has the highest rates of HIV in the world, accounting for 31 percent HIV prevalence among adults, the grant said.
  • Obama battles 'war on women' ... in Pakistan

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

    01/27/2011 6:32:30 PM PST · by speciallybland · 217 replies
    JTA ^ | 01/27/2011
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel. Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was on the departments of energy, education and housing. Interviewer Wolf Blitzer then asked about foreign assistance, asking if he wanted to end "all foreign aid." Paul said yes, and Blitzer asked him about aid to Israel. "Well, I think what you have to do is you have to look,"...
  • Rand Paul In Israel: End The Gravy Train Of US Foreign Aid

    01/09/2013 3:45:57 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 15 replies
    The U.S. Senator (R-Ky.), who is already being touted as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was recently appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and is showing some strong Woodrow Wilson-style isolationist tendencies. The role of the committee, according to its own website, is to “develop and influence United States foreign policy,” and in the past has “helped shape foreign policy of broad significance.” In other words, the actions of the committee matter just a bit, and the membership of a Senator like Rand Paul, who’s primary policy goal seems to be deficit reduction and budget balancing to the exclusion...
  • Rand Paul: End 'welfare' to Israel

    02/04/2011 9:18:10 PM PST · by Captain Kirk · 92 replies
    Politico ^ | February 4, 2011 | Jennifer Epstein
    Tea party-backed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) isn’t sure that congressional Republicans have the guts to make the big budget cuts they’ve promised and, he said, members of the movement are becoming frustrated. “There’s a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but aren’t maybe yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come,” the freshman senator said in an interview with ABC News, responding to the spending plan released Thursday by the House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which would cut non-defense discretionary spending by $58 billion for the rest of fiscal 2011. “I go to...
  • (Rand Paul) GOP senator favors cutting US aid to Israel (deceptive title alert)

    01/28/2011 9:48:21 AM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    AP/KSL ^ | 1/28/11
    Freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul is calling for deep cuts in foreign aid, including eliminating U.S. money for Israel, a plan that has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans. The tea party-backed Paul unveiled a budget proposal this week that would slash overall government spending by $500 billion, saying the growing debt requires nothing less. It makes significant cuts in education, energy and defense while eliminating some agencies.
  • Rand to Introduce Bill to Halt Palestinian Aid Following Fatah-Hamas Accord

    04/28/2014 4:58:25 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 6 replies
    lawyerherald.com ^ | Apr 28, 2014
    According to a statement by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, he is planning to propose a bill that would suspend the US government's aid to the Palestinians. The proposal is said to be a response to the reconciliation between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah and Hamas, which is the militant Islamist group that currently rules the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Haaretz said that the proposal also follows the warnings issued by key Congressional appropriators Nita Lowey and Kay Granger, who has voted to cut off financial aid to the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the Palestinians' warming to the militant...
  • Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt's Generals: 'How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?'

    08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 122 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
    Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt's military -- even as Cairo's security forces massacre anti-government activists. "This is something that those who voted in Congress are going to have to live with," Paul told The Cable on Thursday. "The question is: How does their conscience feel now as they see photographs of tanks rolling over Egyptian civilians?" As the official Egyptian death toll climbs to 638, the legislation the Kentucky libertarian is referring to was an amendment to suspend aid to Egypt until the country holds free and fair...
  • Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Stand with Israel Act of 2014

    04/30/2014 5:53:08 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    paul.senate.gov ^ | Apr 29, 2014 | Rand Paul
    Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Stand with Israel Act of 2014 Bill ends foreign aid to Palestinian government Apr 29, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul today introduced the Stand with Israel Act of 2014. This legislation halts all U.S. aid to the Palestinian government until they agree to a ceasefire and recognize the right of Israel to exist. The bill, S. 2265, can be found HERE and below: "Today, I introduced legislation to make all future aid to the Palestinian government conditional upon the new unity government putting itself on the record recognizing the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish...
  • UKRAINE: How should the West help us- the EU, NATO, USA, Canada?

    04/21/2014 6:23:26 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 12 replies
    Tsenzor.NET ^ | 4-21-2014 28 minutes ago | Yuri Butusov, Contributing Editor
    TRANSLATION: "I am often asked - how should the West help us: the EU, NATO , USA, Canada? If I represented Ukraine in the negotiations and could influence the process, I would say this: If you want to help us - do not interfere with their money - invest in our own intelligence/ability. If the IMF and the World Bank really want to conduct economic reforms in Ukraine, they will not give us any "Stabilization" loans. Lending money from a rich country - hence encourages corruption and mismanagement. This means instead of bringing order it encourages cutting and theft. This...
  • Obama now probes everyone's health – in Kenya!

    04/06/2014 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 27 replies
    WND ^ | April 6, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. subsidizing massive in-person surveyIn the latest addition to the Obama administration’s growing aid-to-Kenya portfolio, the U.S. will help subsidize a nationwide citizen-health assessment in every Kenyan county without exception. While the estimated project cost remains undisclosed, a separate Kenya-based trade-promotion project unveiled late last week came with an additional $70 million price tag. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, with U.S. taxpayer help, will implement the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, or KDHS. Kenya will coordinate the efforts with United Nations agencies, the U.S. government and “other partners.” The U.S. will fund a KDHS requirement to deploy contractor...
  • Hillary Clinton 'would have loved' to spend 25% of federal budget on foreign aid

    04/03/2014 6:56:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 3, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of State and leading Democratic presidential candidate, said Thursday that she “would have loved” to spend 25 percent of the federal budget on foreign aid to overseas countries while the nation's top diplomat. At a USAID event in New York to push for global spending to reduce poverty, she addressed the country’s limited foreign aid budget compared to the huge amount the public believes State spends. “You all know that the polls continuously show that most people in our country think we spend 20-25 percent on foreign aid, and I would have loved that to...
  • Republicans Declare Harry Reid 'Unhinged,' After He Says They May Have Helped Russia Annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 7:42:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-24-14 | Brett Logiuratu
    A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "unhinged" on Monday, after Reid charged Republicans may have had a helping hand in emboldening Russia to annex Crimea. "Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases," Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. "It's impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice." Reid was referring to the stalling of a Ukraine aid...
  • Senators Head to Ukraine Empty-Handed (McCain mouths off)

    03/14/2014 8:35:18 AM PDT · by don-o · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 14, 2014 | Sarah Mimms
    The infighting has been particularly vexing for McCain, who took to the Senate floor Thursday, after senators had wrapped up their votes for the week, with an impassioned screed against his colleagues who are planning to vote against the aid package over the IMF provision. "You can call yourselves Republicans," McCain continued. "That's fine, because that's your voter registration. Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans. Ronald Reagan would never—would never—let this kind of aggression go unresponded to by the American people." snip McCain was later joined on the floor for a lengthy, heated exchange among several of his GOP colleagues, including...
  • Obama: "A Trillion Here, a Trillion There, and it is Still Not Nearly Enough Money"

    03/12/2014 1:43:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The federal government has grown obscenely fat over the years, and under President Obama it's gotten much fatter, eating into our economy and the very foundations that made America great. It has outgrown our incomes and now threatens us with suffocating debt, costly regulations, punishing mandates, and a punitive tax code that's invaded every nook and cranny of our society and our daily lives. You don't hear much about this growing crisis, certainly not in the national news media which never saw a federal domestic program it didn't like. Even a lot less in Congress which enacts our...
  • Obama moves to protect taxpayers ... in Kenya!

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

    03/04/2014 5:19:35 AM PST · by maggief · 62 replies
    AP ^ | March 4, 2014
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. officials say the White House is announcing an aid package to Ukraine of $1 billion in lost energy subsidies as it seeks to extract itself from Russia’s influence. The announcement came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday to show American support for Kiev’s military and political struggle against Moscow.
  • U.S. seeks to keep dollars flowing to Nigeria

    01/06/2014 8:51:32 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 01/05/2014 | Steve Peacock
    Contractors, others in billion-dollar programs facing terror threatsThe successful provision of $1.2 billion in Nigerian-assistance programs requires heightened attention to the security of U.S. mission and contractor personnel, the Obama administration concluded. Increased safety is particularly critical for staff traveling in the predominantly Muslim northern states, where the majority of U.S. aid is targeted, according a government planning document that WND located via routine database research. The administration wants to extend that umbrella of protection to aid recipients, too. Consequently, in order to assess and address those security needs, the U.S. Agency for International Development will deploy a private contractor-adviser...
  • Obama Spent $7.4 Bil Helping Third World Fight Imaginary Problem

    01/05/2014 11:54:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/05/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No word on how much money was spent helping the Third World fight ghosts, a problem that like Global Warming doesn’t exist, but is much more entertaining. Just compare The Day After Tomorrow to Paranormal Activity. American taxpayers spent $7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change in fiscal years 2010 through 2012, according to a federal government report submitted to the United Nations on a subject that Secretary of State John Kerry described as “a truly life-and-death challenge.”That sum of $7.45 billion, which reached more than 120 countries through bilateral and multilateral channels, met President Obama’s...
  • Obama plan uses Hollywood to lure Iran toward peace

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

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

    11/18/2013 1:15:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | November 18, 2013 | Raghda Hilal
    The European Union believes that of the many obstacles Egypt faces in its ongoing transition to democracy, the absence of security is the greatest cause for concern. The EU maintains that failure to adequately address the security vacuum in the country could result in instability throughout the region. James Moran, the EU’s ambassador in Cairo, has said that Egypt is going through a new phase in which the greatest challenge is security. Moran added that the EU is concerned about the situation in the Sinai specifically, and therefore considers the reassertion of security there to be of paramount importance. The...
  • Judge: Show me Obama foreign aid order

    11/12/2013 4:57:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/13 8:32 AM EST | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge is demanding to see a copy of a government-wide foreign-aid-policy order President Barack Obama issued three years ago which administration lawyers have argued is protected by executive privilege. The Obama administration acknowledges that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development the president signed in 2010 is unclassified, but officials have steadfastly refused to make any portion of it public, even after a watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the document earlier this year. (The White House has released a fact sheet about the order.) On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered...
  • Egypt Turning from US to Russia for Military Aid

    11/06/2013 12:09:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 11/5/2013, 5:13 PM | Ari Yashar
    An Egyptian delegation visited Moscow last Thursday to strengthen ties between the two countries, reports Haaretz, just a few days after America announced the suspension of $250 million in military aid to Egypt. With the return of the delegation from Moscow, Egypt expressed intentions to buy MiG-29 planes and other military equipment from Russia in a $15 billion deal. Some reports indicate Saudi Arabia—which is itself experiencing something of a crisis in its relations with the Obama administration—will help finance the deal. …
  • US quietly releasing $1.6B in Pakistan assistance

    10/19/2013 6:35:56 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    WHTI TV ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT | BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers. Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow the money to flow again. American and NATO supply routes to Afghanistan are open. Controversial U.S. drone strikes are down. The U.S. and Pakistan recently announced the restart of their "strategic dialogue" after a long pause. Pakistan's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif,...
  • Egypt’s FM to U.S.: Cut Off Aid and You Will Hurt Yourself

    10/18/2013 9:14:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 10/19/2013, 12:09 AM | Elad Benari
    Egypt’s Foreign Minister said on Thursday that his country will “find other sources” of funding after the U.S. announced it would suspend its military support to Egypt. At the same, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy warned in an interview with CNN that the U.S. would hurting itself if cut off aid to Egypt. …
  • From Egypt, the message is 'Obama keep your aid'

    10/16/2013 9:54:03 AM PDT · by kimtom · 13 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Yasmine Saleh and Asma Alsharif
    CAIRO (Reuters) - A U.S. decision to curtail military and economic aid to Egypt to promote democracy may ultimately backfire, pushing Cairo to seek assistance elsewhere and giving Washington less leverage to stabilize a country in the heart of the Middle East. Washington faces a dilemma in dealing with its major regional ally: Egypt controls the Suez Canal and has a peace treaty with neighboring Israel but its army overthrew the first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in July. The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles to Cairo as...
  • Israel Expresses Dismay at Cutback of U.S. Aid to Egypt

    10/09/2013 12:20:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct 9, 2013 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    Officials and experts in Israel responded on Wednesday with a mixture of disappointment and alarm to the news that the United States planned to reduce its military aid to Egypt in response to this summer’s brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the continuing violence it has spawned. Israel views the aid as part and parcel of its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, and essential to the maintenance of stability in the region. But one Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate diplomacy involved, warned that the implications of punitive cuts in Egypt’s aid could...
  • U.S. to teach Mexicans to game American system

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

    09/22/2013 10:36:42 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | September 13 2013 | Christopher Joyce
    ... forensic scientists who use DNA say the technology isn't always available where it's most needed, like in poor countries, or in war zones like Syria. The technology is often too expensive, and where there are large numbers of unknown dead, you need far more than just DNA profiling equipment. You also need sophisticated computer programs to match DNA samples from numerous family members, as well as experts to read the samples properly. Alex John London, a medical ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University, says that while there are numerous groups that do DNA identification worldwide, and the process is often...
  • Dwindling EU aid spurs UN ‘global governance’ calls

    09/18/2013 9:21:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 18 September 2013 | Arthur Neslen
    The imminent breach of a promise by EU states to spend 0.7% of their gross income on overseas aid by 2015 is sparking calls for the UN to be given ‘coercive’ powers to force rich nations to honor future aid pledges.The secretary-general of the Africa-Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, Alhaji Mumuni, and the chairwoman of the European Parliament’s development committee, Eva Joly, both told EurActiv that they favored giving the UN stronger policy-setting powers. … Calls for strengthening the UN’s aid enforcement regime will be given a shot in the arm by new figures from Concord Aidwatch, a...
  • Why is the US giving Pakistan weapons to be used against India?

    09/15/2013 11:24:05 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 30 replies
    FirstPost ^ | Sept 15, 2013 | Seems Sirohi
    The US government has funded eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, 2,000 TOW anti-armor missiles, 14 older model F-16 fighter jets, 59 T-37 trainer jets, one missile frigate, six AN/TPS-77 surveillance radars, and 20 Cobra attack helicopters among other weapons for Pakistan. ------ In the context of the recent continuous tensions on the LOC, it is useful to take a hard look at the unhealthy US-Pakistan relationship of dependence, if only as a reminder of how some things never change. The Pakistani military's signals to India are clear and present. The continuous attacks along the Line of Control are an...
  • Obama can't stop spending — in Kenya!

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

    09/03/2013 3:49:02 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 12 replies
    Nearly two months after Egypt’s June 30 Revolution, it is interesting to note how the final dialogue between ousted President Morsi and General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi—full of threats and vows of determination on both sides—have all come to pass, including in the very details, specifically the U.S. government’s role. On July 5, the Arabic language, Egyptian newspaper El Watan published what it said were the final words between the two Egyptian men, as transcribed by an eyewitness, before the general put the president in prison. The relevant portions of the dialogue between Sisi and Morsi follow, interspersed with my retrospective...
  • U.S. escalates contractor roles in Africa

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

    08/29/2013 7:31:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 29, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama Crosses ‘Red Line’ by Supporting Jihadi TerrorismPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On August 29, 2013 @ 12:21 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments By now it should be obvious that whenever the U.S. interferes in another nation’s politics in the name of “human rights,” that that is only a pretext. So it is in Syria, as Obama prepares to plunge America in a war with that nation, and, inevitably, its allies. The United States’ stated reason for intervention, as articulated by John Kerry, is that Syrian President Assad used chemical weapons on the...
  • U.S. Extends Program to Reduce School Dropout Rate [In...]

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

    08/22/2013 12:21:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 146 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | 8-22-2013 | Kris Zane
    Obama Bankrolled Attack On The Benghazi Consulate AUGUST 22, 2013 BY KRIS ZANE VIDEO-Obama Bankrolled Attack On The Benghazi ConsulateIt has been widely reported in Egyptian media that one of the leaders in the attack against the Benghazi consulate on September 11, 2012 was Mohsen Al-Azazi.According to Ahmed Moussa, a former high ranking intelligence official with the Egyptian government and several other sources, Al-AzaziÂ’s passport was found in the house of Khairat Al-Shater, the Number Two man in the Muslim Brotherhood hierarchy, now under house arrest in Egypt by the Egyptian military. Al-Azazi has been implicated as the actual assassin...
  • USAID Bans U.S. Companies from Competition in Mexican Program

    08/18/2013 9:21:38 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 17, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Project is to assess south-of-the-border social conditionsThe Obama administration intends to keep contractors on stand-by to help officials evaluate conditions on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, but U.S. companies are not allowed to apply for the work. Tracking remittances – funds sent over a distance – from the U.S. to Mexico is one of several possible research and consulting services that Obama through the U.S. Agency for International Development may solicit. Such a task will not support, for example, tax- or drug-enforcement operations. Instead, it would help determine the extent to which the funds subsequently are “invested into...
  • US gives 4 more F-16 fighter jets to Egyptian government despite outcry [Obama helped murderers]

    08/16/2013 5:17:36 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2013 | Maxim Lott
    Four more F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. on Thursday headed for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package that has generated controversy given the political upheaval in the Mideast country. Critics say the military aid should stop because the president Egyptians elected last year has led the Muslim Brotherhood, called President Obama liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children. US gives 4 more F-16 fighter jets to Egyptian government despite outcry By Maxim Lott Published April 11, 2013 FoxNews.com Debate over US sending F-16 fighter jets to Egypt How dangerous are US F-16 fighter...
  • Obama bans U.S. companies from competition

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

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

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

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