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  • 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 ďU.S.-Africa Leadersí SummitĒ as an opportunity for African nations ďto become partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children.Ē The event, according to the White House, will ďbuildí on the presidentís trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 in which U.S. taxpayers paid $60 to $100 million for the Obama familyís lavish comforts and entertainment. While the summitís official theme is ďInvesting in the Next Generation,Ē a close inspection reveals that U.S. taxpayers again ultimately...
  • US to send $47m in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip

    07/21/2014 2:34:51 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 45 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 21 July 2014 | AP & Gavriel Fiske
    CAIRO - The US is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians.....
  • 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 arenít enough foreign organizations qualified to help in the U.S. effort, especially in Egypt. So a ďsimpleĒ solution has been implemented: spend even more taxpayer funds to teach other governments and NGOs Ė as well as the U.S. government itself Ė...
  • US boosts aid to Central America to cope with migrants

    06/20/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 June 2014
    The United States is boosting aid and speeding up deportations to cope with the growing number of migrants from Central America. Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras will all receive millions of dollars to combat gang violence. The money will also be used to help citizens repatriated from the US The White House said it would also step-up the removal of illegal migrants from the country and open additional detention centres. But, in a statement, it added it would protect the rights of those seeking asylum. From October 2013 to 15 June, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on the US border with...
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

    04/12/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Itís not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP "broke" a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, "a secret plan aimed at undermining Cubaís communist government," was courageously exposed by the APís intrepid Havana bureau. Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on...
  • Russia Claims American Mercenaries Are in Eastern Ukraine

    04/08/2014 4:06:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/8/2014
    Russia claimed Tuesday that 150 specialists from an American private military group are in eastern Ukraine, the region where pro-Russia protesters are clashing with government forces. A woman who identified herself as an employee of the group, the security contracting company Greystone, declined comment. She also declined to provide her name. Greystone, on its website, identifies itself as a ďprovider of aviation and protective support services and trainingĒ formerly part of Xe Services, the security contracting company once known as Blackwater. A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Americans were wearing the uniforms of Sokol, a Ukrainian...
  • It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

    04/08/2014 2:26:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Gaurdian ^ | 4-7-2014 | Sergri Lavrov
    The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world. Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians...
  • Obama now probes everyone's health Ė 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 administrationís 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 ďother partners.Ē The U.S. will fund a KDHS requirement to deploy contractor...
  • The Cuban Spring That Never Was Ė A Social Networking Petri Dish

    04/04/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 1 replies
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | April 4, 2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    In a move that brings to mind George Sorosí machinations in the various colored revolutions, comes the Alinsky inspired Arab Spring model that our government recently deployed in Cuba by way of a Twitter-like social media platform, ZunZuneo. The project, which was codenamed ďZunZuneo,Ē slang for a Cuban hummingbirdís tweet, was publicly launched shortly after the 2009 arrest in Cuba of American contractor Alan Gross. He was imprisoned after traveling repeatedly to the country on a separate, clandestine USAID mission to expand Internet access using sensitive technology that only governments use. If you guys are going to spy, could you...
  • Tony Blair handed £3m slice of Barack Obamaís aid for Africans

    03/23/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mathew Holehouse, Edward Malnick
    Tony Blair is celebrating another multi-million pound contract after his charity secured a key deal with the US government. This time, the former prime ministerís Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has won a £3.3 million contract to play a key role in Barack Obamaís flagship African aid programme.Ö It is thought to be the third grant obtained by Mr Blairís charity from USAID. The body was, until last February, overseen by Hillary Clinton, who, along with her husband Bill, the former US president, is a close friend of Mr Blair and his wife, Cherie.
  • Russia: Crimea 'Reunification' Was 'Not Planned'

    03/23/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 23, 2014 | Staff
    Moscow's ambassador to the EU has welcomed what he called the "reunification" of Crimea with Russia but denied that the move was planned. Vladimir Chizhov told the BBC the move was the end of an "abnormality" which had lasted for 60 years. Russia formally annexed the Ukrainian region on Friday after a referendum. On Saturday Russian troops and pro-Russian protesters stormed two Ukrainian military airbases in Crimea, bringing them under Russian control.
  • Ron Paul on Crimea: Why does US Care ?

    03/18/2014 11:16:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 189 replies
    Politico ^ | March 18, 2014 | Tal Kopan
    Former Rep. Ron Paul says that Americaís reaction to Crimeaís vote to secede from Ukraine should be,ďso what?Ē ďWhy does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away?Ē the Texas Republican and libertarian icon wrote in a USA Today op-ed Monday. ...Over the weekend, Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia,which the Russian government has moved to approve. American politicians have called the vote a sham and the administration has said it does not recognize the results of the vote,placing sanctions on some Russian officials in response. Ron...
  • Opinion: Obama can't have it both ways on Crimea

    03/18/2014 11:23:59 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2014 | By Simon Tisdall
    London (CNN) -- Whatever U.S. and European leaders may say, it seems clear a majority of the residents of Crimea were only too happy to abandon Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The referendum held there on Sunday was illegal according to Ukrainian constitutional law and took place under duress, following the large-scale incursion of "pro-Russian forces" -- and voters did not have the choice to say "no" to severing ties with Kiev. But these failings aside, it appears plain that most of Crimea's population, with the exception of the Tatar minority and some ethnic Ukrainians, was content to return...
  • McCain Blasts Obama For 'Timid' Response to Russia

    03/17/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT · by McGruff · 76 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 17th 2014 | Carrie Dann
    Sen. John McCain blasted the "timidity" of the Obama administrationís sanctions on Russian officials Monday, saying that the White House needs a "fundamental reassessment" of the relationship between the United States and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "This presidentís response Ė I donít know how it could have been weaker, besides doing nothing," McCain said during an appearance on MSNBCís Andrea Mitchell Reports. The Arizona Republican said that Putin is likely "encouraged by the absolute timidity" of the U.S. reaction to Russia's incursion into Crimea. "I donít know when the president and his advisers are going to wake up to what...
  • John Kerry To Explain Where The New Red Line Is - Live Feed

    03/14/2014 8:32:25 AM PDT · by Errant · 40 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 14 March
    On the heels of yet another multi-hour meeting with Russian foreign minister Lavrov, John Kerry takes to the podium to explain next steps... Live feed at link...
  • As West Dithers With Weak Sanctions, Putin Moves On Ukraine

    03/14/2014 5:38:14 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 14 March 2014 | Editorial
    Ukraine: Two weeks after Russian troops covertly slipped into Crimea and took over, the consequences of U.S. passivity are clear: some 80,000 Russian troops amassing on Ukraine's border, three hours from Kiev. It's no surprise that they should be: The lack of leadership seen from the U.S. and the European Union in these lost days has been read as a green light for Russia to make a final grab for Ukraine.
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Ukrainians and Russians clash March 13th on the streets of Donetsk [video]

    03/14/2014 12:16:51 AM PDT · by No One Special · 21 replies
    Last night, March 13th, on the streets of Donetsk, Russians and Ukrainians clash. Very violent and very good quality film by Vice News. Link is to youtube video.
  • Russia Must Stop U.S. Expansion in Ukraine [Propaganda Alert]

    03/13/2014 10:29:12 PM PDT · by No One Special · 36 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | March 14, 2014 | Sergei Markov
    Today, as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, U.S.-Russian relations have hit their lowest point since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 or of Czechoslovakia in 1969 ó or perhaps even since they bottomed out during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Crimean crisis, which began as a power struggle between the ruling authorities in Kiev and opposition forces, transformed in to an attempt to overthrow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by pro-Western and nationalist opposition forces with the support of the U.S. and European Union. The crisis escalated into a conflict between the U.S. and Russia after the West supported a...
  • Russian Troops Engage in War Games Near Ukraine

    03/14/2014 3:47:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    ABCNews.go.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Mike Eckel,Vladimir Isachenkov
    Russia conducted new military maneuvers near its border with Ukraine on Thursday, and President Vladimir Putin said the world shouldn't blame his country for what he called Ukraine's "internal crisis." In Crimea, where the public will vote on Sunday whether to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia, jittery residents lined up at their banks to withdraw cash from their accounts amid uncertainty over the future of the peninsula, which Russian troops now control.
  • 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...
  • Putin Doesn't Threaten Our National Security, Obama Does

    03/05/2014 12:05:23 AM PST · by kingattax · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3-5-14 | Don Feder
    Vladimir Putin isnít the Easter Bunny. On the other hand, he isnít Joseph Stalin. It takes a truly fevered imagination to see Russian forces in the Crimea as a prelude to Russian tanks rolling across Europe toward Berlin and Paris. Putin is a power player who cares more about Russiaís national interests, and Russian minorities in his near abroad, than in that mythical force known as world opinion. Would that America had a president who cared more about our interests than in promoting globalism and the leftís social agenda. The Crimeaís population is 60% ethnic Russian. For most of the...
  • Dennis Kucinich Blames US Meddling for Russian Invasion

    03/04/2014 6:44:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | March 04, 2014 | Greg Richter
    Russia's invasion of Ukraine was spurred by American behind-the-scenes actions, says former Ohio Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday accused Kucinich of being a pacifist because of his opposition to the Iraq War, but Kucinich countered he believed that war was wrong, but not all U.S. military action is so. O'Reilly then asked how Kucinich would have handled the Ukraine crisis had he been elected president. "What I'd do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers' money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine,...
  • Russia Gives Ukrainian Forces In Crimea Ultimatum To Surrender - Interfax

    03/03/2014 8:06:14 AM PST · by Fennie · 184 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5.am (0300 GMT) on Tuesday or face a military assault, Interfax news agency quoted a source in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry as saying. The ultimatum, Interfax said, was issued by Alexander Vitko, the fleet's commander.
  • Obama spending money ... to spend more money

    02/01/2014 6:05:14 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 2, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Move fuels USAID's already exponential growth in Kenya aidNow that an $87 million African trade-promotion project is reaching the end of its five-year run, the Obama administration might spend millions more to decide whether it wisely invested U.S. taxpayer dollars in the venture. If the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion, or COMPETE Trade Hub project, is deemed to have been effective, a follow-up program could receive more cash from the Treasury. In this latest facet of a five-year U.S. Agency for International Development experiment in and around Kenya, the federal government will obtain contractor-conducted project evaluation services before committing additional funding.
  • Govt loses bid to conceal documents showing AIDS-Depo Provera link

    01/10/2014 2:39:57 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 9, 2014 | LISA CORRENTI
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 9, 2014 (C-FAM.org) - Lawyers for U.S. government agencies have failed in an initial attempt to force a watchdog group to remove leaked documents from the group’s website. The documents describe studies showing complications of a long-lasting contraceptive heavily backed by the agencies and the Gates Foundation for use by African women. The U.S. agencies are accused of attempting to conceal their knowledge of studies showing women using the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera are at higher risk of getting HIV/AIDS. Allowing The Rebecca Project to publish the information means “this issue of Depo Provera’s harm now has...
  • Secretary of State Kerry: promoting gay rights abroad Ďat the very heartí of U.S. policy

    01/05/2014 6:36:10 PM PST · by ckilmer · 37 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | Mon Jun 10, 2013 19:17 EST | Kirsten Andersen
    Secretary of State Kerry: promoting gay rights abroad ‚Äėat the very heart‚Äô of U.S. policy by Kirsten Andersen WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď Secretary of State John Kerry wishes homosexuals around the world a ‚ÄúHappy Pride Month.‚Ä̬† That was the message conveyed in a recorded message released Friday to employees of the U.S. State Department, in which he outlined the bureaucracy‚Äôs robust approach to promoting homosexual advocacy throughout the world.‚ÄúI wanted to take a moment to join people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month,‚ÄĚ Kerry said in the message.‚ÄúThis month is about...
  • PA to receive $440 million in US funds in 2014, an increase of $14 million from 2013.

    01/01/2014 12:59:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    The United States has increased its financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, but linked this aid to progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported on Wednesday. The American aid will be increased from $426 million in 2013 to $440 million in 2014, said Maen Rashid Areikat, the head of the PLO delegation in Washington DC. Despite the increase, the 2014 US aid is significantly lower than previous years. In 2011, the US provided the PA $545 million in aid money, and $495 in 2012. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides funding for economic projects,...
  • Obama Finally Fixing Health Care Ö In Kenya

    11/11/2013 1:31:27 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 11/11/2013 | Steve Peacock
    Though the federal government is struggling to make Obamacare functional for Americans, the administration is simultaneously helping to upgrade the health-care system in Kenya. The ambitious plan to expand health-care and social-services access to millions of Kenyans is one of several recent U.S. endeavors to surface, indicating that yet another spike in assistance to Kenya is taking place. As U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor reported, the U.S. Agency for International Development in June 2012 alerted contractors that its Kenyan aid portfolio was growing ďexponentially.ĒNow, the most recent endeavor is the enhancement of an existing ďfive-year mission supporting the centralized health-care...
  • Iraq seeking new US aid after pushes out troops

    10/30/2013 1:54:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2013 4:52 PM EDT | Lara Jakes
    Nearly two years after the U.S. military left the country, Iraq is now asking for more American weapons, training and manpower to fight a bloody resurgence of al-Qaida. Violence in Iraq has risen in recent months to levels comparable to the darkest days of the nationís civil war. Ö
  • Shutdown Doesn't Stop Grant for 'Reproductive Health' in Pakistan; USAID seeking applications

    10/10/2013 4:26:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/10/13 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Though the government shutdown has reached its tenth day, the federal government has deemed the collection of grant proposals for the improvement of reproductive health of women in Pakistan ďessential.Ē The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) created a grant on Thursday seeking applicants to administer ďfamily planningĒ in the south Asian country through its Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program. ďThe MCH Programís overall goal is to dramatically and sustainably improve health outcomes of women and children in target areas, and the MCH Program comprises five components: 1) Family Planning/Reproductive Health; 2) Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; 3) Health...
  • Palestinian Justice Project-Contract Awarded by USAID

    10/02/2013 5:59:31 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 6 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Oct. 2, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded a $24.5 million contract in a program whose stated aim is to "build a more effective and competent Palestinian justice sector that is accountable to the public and responds to citizens' needs." According to the solicitation: The program will support the Palestinian Authority's commitment to strengthen and reform government institutions, and will focus on supporting visible improvements in the delivery of services that contribute towards increased public confidence. USAID noted that "Ethics and anti-corruption will be cross-cutting themes of the program." Chemonics will provide the Palestinians with a combination of equipment,...
  • Obama spending millions on schools Ė in Pakistan

    09/14/2013 2:56:50 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 9/12/2013 | Steve Peacock
    Also giving Indonesians more college scholarships Budget deficits, spending limits, the sequester and economic headwinds all seem to fall by the wayside for Barack Obamaís overseas spending program. Now that a $305 million U.S. initiative has built and renovated hundreds of Pakistani schools Ė including private Islamic madrassas in addition to public institutions Ė the Obama administration is set to infuse $25 million to improve student reading skills in those schools. Using congressionally authorized FY 2010-FY 2012 funds, a pair of U.S. Agency for International Development initiatives will embark upon the literacy phase of the massive educational project, according to...
  • Morsiís 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 Egyptís June 30 Revolution, it is interesting to note how the final dialogue between ousted President Morsi and General Abdel Fattah al-Sisiófull of threats and vows of determination on both sidesóhave all come to pass, including in the very details, specifically the U.S. governmentís 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. 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...
  • U.S. offers token protection for Serbian Christians

    08/25/2013 11:39:57 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 6 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 25, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Plan suggests more public spaces for inter-ethnic minglingThe Obama administration intends to leverage U.S. leadership in lowering racial tensions in the U.S. by making such ethnic-peacemaking expertise available globally. Obamaís most recent endeavor specifically wants to ďincrease constructive inter-ethnic cooperation and interactionĒ among people in the Balkans region of southeastern Europe. Although this approximately $15 million U.S. Agency for International Development venture arguably could benefit the minority Christian Serb population, its scope is notably miniscule in contrast to other ethnic and tribal peacemaking initiatives around the globe, particularly in Africa. In and around Nigeria, for example, USAID is engaged in...
  • Half-Billion for USAID Global-Resource Distribution System

    08/19/2013 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 18, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Up to $500 million is slated for improvements that the U.S. Agency for International Development seeks to achieve in its global-health resources network. USAID's Global Health Supply Chain Program is seeking contractor help in modernizing how the agency manages and secures its health-specific supply system. The half-billion cap on procuring technical assistance, or TA, is for "supply chain management and commodity security" in foreign assistance recipient-nations. "Since 2005, USAID has procured and delivered more than 4,300 different products valued at $2.4 billion and has provided more than $500 million in supply chain technical assistance in more than 50 countries," according...
  • U.S. gives Palestinians $300 million in contracts

    08/18/2013 5:57:04 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 18, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Allegations of corruption, praise for terrorists not obstaclesThe U.S. government recently awarded a batch of contracts worth up to $300 million to Palestinian construction companies, including a firm targeted in a Palestinian Authority corruption probe. PA Prosecutor-General Ahmed al-Mughni, likewise, survived the investigation, having escaped a car-bomb assassination attempt related to his probe of Tarifi Contracting & Reconstruction Co., other companies and PA officials, the Jerusalem Post reported at the time. The chairman of Tarifi Contracting is H. E. Jamil Al Tarifi, the former PA civil affairs minister. At the time of the investigation, he reportedly co-owned the firm with...
  • 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 Ė funds sent over a distance Ė 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 ďinvested into...
  • Obama administration begins TRAINING homosexual activists around the world

    06/11/2013 1:33:21 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Jun 06, 2013 | Tony Perkins
    (Family Research Council) - If the president doesn't respect America's views on marriage, what makes us think he would respect other countries'? Certainly not his latest USAID project. In April, to relatively little fanfare, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) embarked on one of the most shocking abuses of taxpayer dollars in the last five years. With help from the Levi Strauss Foundation and millionaire liberal Tim Gill, the U.S. government is spending $11 million to train homosexual activists in other countries. The Washington Blade, D.C.'s gay newspaper, praised the Obama administration for creating an army of international lobbyists...
  • Benghazi Terrorists: ĎDr. Morsi Sent Usí

    06/03/2013 4:44:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 37 replies
    Frontpagemag ^ | May 13, 2013 | Cynthia Farahat
    The terrorist attack in Benghazi is far more disturbing than previously thought. Although it has not been reported in the U.S. media, the possibility exists that the Egyptian government may have played an operational role in the attack. YouTube videos of the terrorist strike raise a serious problem that only an Arabic speaker would detect: some of the terrorists are speaking in the Egyptian dialect of the Arabic language. Indeed, one of the videos shot with a cell phone of one of the attackers emerged around the time four Americans were killed. It shows a mob approaching the American compound...
  • Middle East Genocide

    06/02/2013 6:51:01 AM PDT · by opentalk · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 2, 2013 | Ralph Peters
    We are witnesses to murder,and our governments are accomplices. The relentless destruction of the last remnants of the Middle Eastís Judeo-Christian civilization is well under way. And we are silent. Captives of political correctness,our governments cater to radical immigrant tantrums as our leaders contort the truth to deny the existence of Islamist terrorism. Meanwhile,our Middle Eastern ďalliesĒ and foes alike eradicate thousands of years of Jewish and Christian heritage. Our diplomats treat the persecution as a minor embarrassment,best ignored. The banishments and butchery arenít new, but the breakdown of the last rotting order in the wake of the ďArab SpringĒ...
  • HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: WH IGNORED SUGGESTED REFORMS WORTH $67 BILLION

    06/01/2013 1:10:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 1, 2013 | By Kerry Picket
    In addition to leaving Inspector General posts at key agencies vacant, a March 5 report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform claims the Obama administration has ignored 16,906 recommendations from 73 agency OIGís that could potentially save taxpayers $67 billion per year. ďThis report chronicles $67 billion in unimplemented reforms that non-partisan Inspectors General have identified,Ē said Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (RĖCA). ďPresident Obama should listen to the recommendations of his Administrationís own Inspector Generals and work with Congress to implement common sense spending cuts that target wasteful and poorly performing programs instead of settling for the...
  • Joseph Kony 2012: filmmaker Jason Russell arrested on suspicion of masturbating in public

    03/17/2012 5:28:09 AM PDT · by mgist · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3/17/2012 | Nick Allen
    Joseph Kony 2012: filmmaker Jason Russell arrested on suspicion of masturbating in public One of the creators of the ďKony 2012Ē film about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has been arrested for allegedly being drunk and masturbating in public. Jason Russell, 33, was also accused of stripping off his clothes and vandalising cars before he was detained in San Diego. Russell, an evangelical Christian, is a co-founder of the American advocacy group Invisible Children. Their 29-minute film has been watched by more than 100 million people and become the fastest spreading video ever.
  • Obama bankrolling 'green' projects abroad

    05/02/2013 5:54:33 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    WND ^ | May 2, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    U.S. taxpayers funding 'gender equality' in Ghana's energy developmentPresident Obama recently joked that he should just ďpack up and go homeĒ if Congress is going to continue resisting his policies. But before he heads back to Chicago, his administration plans to spend up to $400 million on ďgreenĒ projects around the world, survey the satellite television viewing habits of Africans and simultaneously try to spark private-sector investment in the West Bank and Gaza, among other federal endeavors.
  • Video: Bombersí father tells son to surrender, threatens US

    04/19/2013 8:47:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 0:31 am on April 19, 2013 | 1 Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today, I said that we should cut the father of the two bombing suspects some slack for calling his younger sonĖ now on the run from police ó ďa true angel.Ē On the other hand, the apple does not fall far from the tree, apparently:Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.Watch More News Videos at ABC |Technology News |Celebrity News The father of suspected Boston Marathon bomber called on his son today to give up peacefully, but warned the U.S. that if his son is killed ďall hell will break loose.ĒAnzor Tsarnaev spoke to ABC News from his home...
  • Seeds of violence

    04/13/2013 11:15:30 PM PDT · by ilcenter · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/13/2013 | NITSANA DARSHAN-LEITNER
    The militarization of a population, the manner by which a regime systematically destines its people for a perpetual clash with an enemy, is a prime method for dangerously prolonging a conflict, sometimes for decades. Indeed, the past couple of weeks of unrestrained provocations have reminded us of the 60- year-old war footing maintained by the North Korean government against the West. But one need not look so far eastward to find another example of a regime using its resources for waging hostilities with both its external and internal enemies. Indeed, Israelis can find a more telling example of a government...
  • U.S. offers to help Iran after deadly quake

    04/10/2013 2:46:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:28pm BST | Steve Holland
    The White House, at odds with Iran over its nuclear program, offered on Wednesday to help Tehran grapple with a deadly earthquake in southern Iran. The powerful 6.3 magnitude quake struck close to Iranís only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two small villages, Iranian media reported. Ö
  • New Fatwa Permits Rape of Non-Sunni Women in Syria - politely known as ďthe opposition"

    04/03/2013 9:24:50 AM PDT · by opentalk · 24 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 2, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Yet another Islamic cleric recently made it permissible for the Islamic fighters waging a jihad in Syriaópolitely known as ďthe oppositionĒóto rape the nationís women. Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-ĎAjlawni, a Jordanian of origin who earlier lived in Damascus, Syria for 17 years, posted a YouTube video last week where he said he was preparing to issue a ďlegitimate fatwaĒ making it legal (in the eyes of Islam) for those Muslims fighting to topple secular president Bashar Assad and install Sharia law to ďcapture and have sex withĒ all non-Sunni women, specifically naming Assadís own sect, the Alawites, as well as...
  • Obama Spending $500 Million on Foreign Readers

    03/20/2013 2:55:00 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 15 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | March 19, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    A $500 million reading-skills project has been unveiled by the Obama Administration. And young readers all around the globeóexcept United States citizensówill benefit from it. The Assistance to Basic Education Learn to Read Now, or ABE LEARN, program is seen by the administration as a key step in carrying out the U.S. Agency for International Developmentís Education Strategy 2011-2015. According to a Request for Proposals that Patriot Update located via routine database research, ABE LEARN specifically is aiming to attain Goal One of that plan: Improve the reading skills of 100 million primary grade-school children globally.