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May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan

QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.

New York Times
Mar 29, 2010 Afghan corruption: How to follow the money?

QUOTE: a Defense Department contract worth up to $360 million to transport U.S. military goods through some of the most insecure territory in Afghanistan. But his company has no trucks. Instead, Wardak sits atop a murky pyramid of Afghan subcontractors who provide the vehicles and safeguard their passage. U.S. military officials say they are satisfied with the results, but they concede that they have little knowledge or control over where the money ends up.

Washington Post
Nov 17, 2009 Paying Off the Warlords: Anatomy of an Afghan Culture of Corruption

QUOTE: Afghan political analysts observe that Ghazanfar and Zahid Walid are striking examples of the multimillion-dollar business conglomerates, financed by American as well as Afghan tax dollars and connected to powerful political figures, that have... emerged as part of a pervasive culture of corruption here.

TomDispatch
Aug 24, 2009 Karzai Opponent Alleges 'Widespread' Voter Fraud

QUOTE: The allegations of fraud, combined with the slow pace of vote tabulation and the cumbersome process for investigating complaints, are raising political tensions as the nation [Afghanistan] waits to see whether its second presidential election will produce a result that Afghans can trust.

Washington Post
Aug 19, 2009 Obama endangering developing countries' access to affordable drugs, activists charge

QUOTE: [activists] say the problem may lie in the administration's reluctance to confront the giant pharmaceutical companies at a time when the companies are crucial allies in President Obama's struggle to revamp the U.S. healthcare system.

Aug 18, 2009 Mexico Drug Fight Fuels Complaints

QUOTE: Mexico’s fight against drug traffickers generated a sixfold increase in human rights complaints against the Mexican military between 2006 and 2008, and it is unclear that any of those complaints resulted in prosecutions, according to a State Department report on the effort.

New York Times
Aug 11, 2009 The Sheik Down: How the Pentagon bought stability in Iraq by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the country's next generation of strongmen.

QUOTE: Eifan is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq... It was also a reinstitution of a strategy started by Saddam Hussein, who picked out tribal leaders he could manipulate through patronage schemes.

Mother Jones
Aug 11, 2009 How America Is Funding Corruption in Pakistan: Graft is on the rise in Islamabad, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

QUOTE: For the last eight years, U.S. taxpayers' money has funded hardly any bona fide counterterrorism successes, but quite a bit of corruption in the Pakistani Army and intelligence services.

Jul 26, 2009 Reviews prompt suspension of Iraqi jobs program

QUOTE: The top U.S. aid agency has suspended a $644 million Iraq jobs program after two outside reviews raised concerns about misspending, including an inspector general's audit that found evidence of phantom jobs and money siphoned to insurgents.

USA TODAY
Jul 23, 2009 Programs' Religious Ties Raise Concerns

QUOTE: The U.S. Agency for International Development funded programs that rebuilt Iraqi mosques and used biblical lessons to promote sexual abstinence in Africa, despite a prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds to support "inherently religious activities,"...

Washington Post
Jul 23, 2009 Crackles of hatred: Radio propaganda

QUOTE: Peacekeeping pundits agree that more must be done to pre-empt and counter the effects of “hate radio”.

Economist
Jul 09, 2009 G-8 leaders pressured to honor aid pledges: The global recession has helped reduce aid from wealth nations – even as it pushes millions more into poverty.

QUOTE: Underlying the alarm over a rising tide of poverty, infant mortality, and hunger is the criticism that wealthy nations have not honored their commitments to substantially increase global aid.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 08, 2009 G8: Does world need new rules on food security?

QUOTE: As rich countries snap up farmland in developing world, calls grow for regulation to prevent what many see as neocolonial behavior.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 25, 2009 A new (under) class of travellers: Migration and climate change

QUOTE: The scale of the likely population shift [due to climate change] raises big questions. Will climate-change migrants be recognised?

Economist
May 04, 2009 Report: U.N. spent U.S. funds on shoddy projects

QUOTE: Two United Nations agencies spent millions in U.S. money on substandard Afghanistan construction projects...

USA TODAY
Mar 16, 2009 Kidnapping aid workers: part of Sudan's strategy? Three Western aid workers were released Saturday. The government denies involvement but some analysts see a broader strategy at work.

QUOTE: A rebel leader and analysts say the kidnapping and recent expulsion of 13 aid groups are part of a [Sudanese] government strategy to scare away remaining aid workers and break up camps housing Sudanese civilians who have fled the war.

Christian Science Monitor
May 12, 2008 When Burmese Offer a Hand, Rulers Slap It

QUOTE: The politics of food aid — deciding who gets to deliver assistance to those homeless and hungry after the cyclone — is not just confined to the dispute between Myanmar’s military junta and Western governments and outside relief agencies.

New York Times
May 06, 2008 Farm Bill Negotiators Cut Funds for Overseas School Lunch Program

QUOTE: House and Senate negotiators bargaining over a new farm bill have reduced funding for a key school lunch program for poor children abroad and agreed to sharply expand nutrition programs for low-income families and children in the United States.

Washington Post
Dec 08, 2007 Abortion Complicates Congressional Debate Over Foreign Aid Bill

QUOTE: This is the latest skirmish over a policy to prohibit giving federal funds for family planning programs to foreign groups that perform abortions or promote abortion as a family planning method.

New York Times
Oct 09, 2007 Distribution of Nets Splits Malaria Fighters

QUOTE: Villages like Maendeleo are at the center of a debate that has split malaria fighters: how to distribute mosquito nets.

New York Times
Oct 04, 2007 Ethiopian Envoy Furious Over Bill to Limit U.S. Aid

QUOTE: The Ethiopian Democracy and Accountability Act would withhold aid from Washington's chief counterterrorism ally in the Horn of Africa unless Ethiopia accepts outside human rights monitoring, builds an independent judiciary, allows freedom of the press and permits $20 million in U.S. assistance to bolster democracy.

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2007 As U.S. Food Dollars Buy Less, International Agencies Differ Over How to Use Aid

QUOTE: Officials representing more than a dozen aid groups, including Catholic Relief Services and Food for the Hungry, testified Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that Congress should increase the food aid budget and use a larger share of it for long-term antipoverty programs.

New York Times
Jul 24, 2007 Rising food prices curb aid to global poor: Food commodity prices have risen by 21 percent since 2005, which will stretch aid groups' resources.

QUOTE: the lives of some 850 million people are affected by some form of chronic hunger or malnutrition, according to UN estimates .... [But] for all food-aid programs funded by the US government, the volume of food delivered has declined 52 percent in the past five years.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 15, 2007 Stop Trying To 'Save' Africa

QUOTE: [Some] campaigns [to help Africa] , however well intentioned, promote the stereotype of Africa as a black hole of disease and death. News reports constantly focus on the continent's corrupt leaders, warlords, "tribal" conflicts, child laborers, and women disfigured by abuse and genital mutilation.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2007 Ecuador moves to cut Interest rates for poor: Banks and microlenders say Ecuador's leftist president may hurt most those he wants to help with 'financial justice' law.

QUOTE: [Although] The bill...paves the way for a complete overhaul of an abusive financial system...[it] could hurt most those Correa hopes to help.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 11, 2007 Darfur's aid lifeline in danger: Bandits from all factions are increasingly targeting relief convoys and aid workers in Sudan's conflict.

QUOTE: With three rebel groups splitting up into more than a dozen groups – many of them based on personal or tribal loyalties – armed groups have taken to robbing the relatively soft target of aid workers, who have many of the vehicles, money, and communications equipment that an armed movement needs.

Christian Science Monitor
May 20, 2007 Sudanese Police Attack On Aid Workers Tests U.N. Chief's Diplomacy: He Calls It 'Unacceptable' in Letter to Bashir

QUOTE: Bashir and other Sudanese officials have said the episode underscores how foreign aid workers trample on Sudan's Islamic traditions, and Sudanese religious leaders have organized demonstrations to protest the outsiders' behavior...[the United Nations] concluded that Sudan violated provisions of the status of forces agreement governing the U.N. presence in Sudan.

Washington Post
May 12, 2007 Bank May Vote No Confidence In Wolfowitz

QUOTE: The World Bank executive board has concluded that the bank's president, Paul D. Wolfowitz, broke ethics rules in engineering a hefty pay raise for his girlfriend, and plans to try to end his tenure next week, senior bank officials said yesterday.

Washington Post
Feb 09, 2007 Chinese leader's almost triumphal trip to Africa: Growing skepticism met President Hu the further south he went as leaders signaled the end of the China-Africa honeymoon

QUOTE: But[Chinese President--Ed.] Hu canceled a visit to Zambia's copper belt, fearing protests over low pay and poor working conditions at Chinese- run mines. In the lead-up to Zambia's Sept. 28 elections, runner-up presidential candidate Michael Sata promised to kick out the Chinese if he had won. In South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki recently warned his fellow African leaders not to allow Chinese investment to become a "colonial relationship."

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 26, 2006 Concerns Accompany U.S. Support for Uribe: Talks in Colombia Note Alleged Abuses Of Human Rights

QUOTE: a high-level U.S. delegation that visited here this week raised concerns with President Álvaro Uribe's government about human rights abuses by the army and about the scandal-plagued effort to disarm paramilitary groups.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2006 Corruption Cited in Iraq's Oil Industry

QUOTE: ..."massive corruption" and "a lot of theft going on" in Iraq's government-controlled oil industry is hampering the country's ability to govern itself...complicated by the insurgency and difficulties in maintaining the aging oil infrastructure.

Washington Post
Jan 31, 2006 U.S., Allies Set Terms for Palestinian Aid

QUOTE: The United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia agreed Monday that financial assistance to the new Palestinian government, which will be led by the radical Islamic group Hamas, would be contingent on the government's recognition of Israel and renunciation of violence.

Washington Post
Jan 07, 2006 World Bank Cuts Off Aid To Chad in Oil Dispute: Nation Won't Yield On Pipeline Revenue

QUOTE: World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz announced yesterday that he is suspending all of the bank's aid to Chad, taking a hard line in the first major test of his pledge to fight corruption.

Washington Post
Oct 14, 2005 Katrina Food Aid Blocked by U.S. Rules: Meals From Britain Sit in Warehouse

QUOTE: ...because of fears about mad cow disease and a long-standing ban on British beef, the rations routinely consumed by British soldiers have sat stacked in a warehouse in Arkansas for more than a month.

Washington Post
Jul 26, 2005 U.S. Pushes Anti-Terrorism in Africa: Under Long-Term Program, Pentagon to Train Soldiers of 9 Nations

QUOTE: ...some of the governments the U.S. military is working with have embraced counterterrorism as a way to stifle legitimate dissent and Muslim groups...

Washington Post
Jun 02, 2005 Fighting AIDS in Mozambique

QUOTE: In 2004, Mozambique's health ministry spent $50 million to fight AIDS. The United States dropped $27 million last year and will donate $48 million more in 2005. From the passenger seat of a pickup truck bumping along a teeth-grinding road in one of the most infected parts of the country, Aurelio Gomes has just one question: Where is the money?

Slate
May 29, 2005 Clinton Endorses Tsunami Aid for Sri Lankan Rebels

QUOTE: Former president Bill Clinton on Saturday endorsed a proposal by Sri Lanka's president to share tsunami aid with the Tamil rebel group.... An important partner in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's coalition government opposes the proposal to share aid with the rebels, saying it will give them too much legitimacy.

Washington Post
Feb 15, 2005 U.N. Oil-for-Food Chief Faces Fresh Charges

QUOTE: The Senate subcommittee...says it has documents showing that the former head of the United Nations oil-for-food aid program may have made as much as $1.2 million personally from illegal oil shipments by Iraq.

New York Times
Apr 26, 2004 Donor Nations Reach Accord for Efficient Use of AIDS Funds

QUOTE: Admitting that donors often force poor countries to waste precious resources doing duplicative surveys and reports, the United Nations AIDS organization reached an accord with the United States, Britain and other nations to streamline the way they give money to countries fighting AIDS.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2004 An Ideal Goes Starving

QUOTE: ...Democrats are genuinely trying to protect workers from foreign competition. But whatever the merits of the argument, the effect is startling: a radical reversal of the older liberal vision of America as helpmate for the poor and suffering of the world.

Washington Post
Mar 29, 2004 Follow-Up To Kofigate

QUOTE: At least $5 billion in kickbacks went from corrupt contractors — mainly French and Russian — into the pockets of Saddam and his thugs. Some went to pay off his protectors in foreign governments and media, and we may soon see how much stuck to the fingers of U.N. bureaucrats as well.

New York Times
Aug 06, 2003 Israel's fence draws threat of US sanctions

QUOTE: "Where the president has a problem is when the fence is no longer just on your land but because of the way it's being designed or built, it starts to infringe and take over Palestinian land,"...

Guardian Unlimited
Dec 25, 2001 The Scrooge Syndrome

QUOTE: ... the share of G.N.P. given in foreign aid by advanced countries; the United States ranks dead last, well behind far poorer countries such as Portugal and Greece.

New York Times