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  • Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin on Iran, Arab Spring, U.S. Aid, and More

    08/16/2014 6:13:21 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 May 2013 | Alex Newman
    Deputy Knesset Speaker Feiglin on Iran, Arab Spring, U.S. Aid, and More The New American 20 May 2013 JERUSALEM — Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Moshe Feiglin, who leads the Manhigut Yehudit (the Jewish Leadership) faction of the ruling Likud Party, spoke to The New American’s Alex Newman in late April during an interview at the Knesset in Jerusalem. (The photo shows MK Feiglin, center, with Newman.) While a controversial figure in Israel and still relatively unknown abroad after his successful election in January, the new lawmaker has developed a strong following among liberty-minded Jews. However, MK...
  • How foreign aid exacerbates instability around the world

    08/15/2014 4:50:33 AM PDT · by profreedomdude · 5 replies
    Civitas ^ | 14 August 2014 | Oliver Williams
    According to Kofi Annan, right up to March 1994 reports were still being written by international development agencies, praising Rwanda as an unusual success story. This was also the view of the aid worker Peter Uvin who writes in his book Aiding Violence that the country was usually seen as a model of development in Africa, with good performance on most indicators of development. Development aid poured in from most western countries. Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of development was followed by 6 weeks of genocide with a rate of death that exceeded that of the Nazi extermination camps....
  • Why Foreign Aid Hurts the Poor

    08/15/2014 6:35:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 14, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    In his newest book, The Tyranny of Experts, William Easterly, a former World Bank economist who now teaches at NYU, attacks the top-down economic model that aid organizations and bureaucracies have pushed for decades. He also gives a passionate defense of Friedrich Hayek economics versus John Maynard Keynes and other like-minded economists throughout the years. tyranny of the experts book cover Easterly blasted the odd trio of Bill Gates, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for their actions in Ethiopia. When the longtime dictator Meles Zenawi died and there was an opportunity for...
  • Joe Conason: With Ebola on March, Don't Let Tea Party Obstruct Aid, Science Funding

    08/12/2014 4:27:10 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 15 replies
    NoozHawk (Santa Barbara) ^ | August 12, 2014 20:30 GMT | Joe Conason
    Most Americans have long believed in embarrassing ignorance that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad. Years ago, this mistaken view was amplified from the far right by the John Birch Society. Today, it is the Tea Party movement complaining that joblessness and poverty in the United States result directly from the lamentable fact that President Barack Obama keeps sending our money overseas. Actually, spending on foreign assistance has remained remarkably steady for many years in Washington, at around 1 percent, a...
  • Obama seeks to appease pagan gods

    08/10/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 10, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Project to protect Egyptian temples gets more fundingAmid surging violence in the Mideast, from Gaza to Syria to Iraq, the Obama administration is stepping up efforts in Egypt to preserve a multi-deity temple to the creator god Horus and the crocodile god Sobek. After footing a multi-million-dollar bill to help the government of Egypt lower the water level at the Temple of Kom Ombo and other archeological sites, U.S. taxpayers are now shelling out more cash to extend the project beyond its contractual end date, according to procurement documents WND discovered via routine database research. The Groundwater Lowering Activity for...
  • U.S. Exporting Welfare

    08/09/2014 10:12:36 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 August 2014 | Laurence M. Vance
    The U.S. government borrows nearly half of what it spends, yet it gives billions to countries around the world, though foreign aid hasnt led the Third World poor to prosperity. Exporting Welfare 07 August 2014 Back in 1979, the Department of Education was formed from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). But instead of shortening the name of the older department to the Department of Health and Welfare, it was re-christened the Department of Health and Human Services. The term welfare has since fallen into disuse in other areas as well. Income security, entitlement, and public assistance...
  • Ethiopian Man Does What We Should Do: Expose Foreign Aid

    07/28/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    It's not just the comic - but in reality tragic - waste of public money from both the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Legal Aid system. It's also the umpteenth confirmation that the money given to Third World countries as foreign aid helps local tyrants to better oppress their people. And it's one of those very people now who is saying it not only in words but also in actions, so convinced he is of it as to be prepared to sue Britain. "Ethiopian farmer gets legal aid... To sue us for sending aid to Ethiopia: Case...
  • Newest Obama handouts hidden behind 'summit' plans

    07/26/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    WND ^ | July 26, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    African visitors to U.S. conference to be taught about subsidies, assistancePresident Obama has begun touting his upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as an opportunity for African nations to become partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. The event, according to the White House, will build on the presidents trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 in which U.S. taxpayers paid $60 to $100 million for the Obama familys lavish comforts and entertainment. While the summits official theme is Investing in the Next Generation, a close inspection reveals that U.S. taxpayers again ultimately...
  • 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, Obamas plan wont 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 Salvadors 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 were enjoying a long holiday weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, lets take a moment to ponder patriotism. Ive always been inspired (in more ways than one) by this t-shirt. My patriotism is for American principles, not the federal government. Indeed, Im very proud that a Clinton Administration official once accused me of being unpatriotic for helping foreign jurisdiction oppose some bad policies from Washington. But Im a libertarian, and were 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 arent 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 | Ccile Barbire
    A European Citizens 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 EUs 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 worlds 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, whos 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.) isnt sure that congressional Republicans have the guts to make the big budget cuts theyve promised and, he said, members of the movement are becoming frustrated. Theres a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but arent 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 administrations 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 countrys 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 neverwould neverlet 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 Russias influence. The announcement came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday to show American support for Kievs 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 EUs 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 Arabiawhich is itself experiencing something of a crisis in its relations with the Obama administrationwill 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,...
  • Egypts 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
    Egypts 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 summers 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 Egypts 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 moneyIts 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 arent 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 Parliaments development committee, Eva Joly, both told EurActiv that they favored giving the UN stronger policy-setting powers. Calls for strengthening the UNs 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...
  • Morsis 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 Egypts June 30 Revolution, it is interesting to note how the final dialogue between ousted President Morsi and General Abdel Fattah al-Sisifull of threats and vows of determination on both sideshave all come to pass, including in the very details, specifically the U.S. governments 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 Commands 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...