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John Kerry Accidentally Sanctions Self

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.23.2014 | Comedy
Peter Van Buren

"I'm still not sure exactly what happened," said gaffe-prone, beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry, "but I'm told I agreed to sanctions on myself."

This Is Where You Don't Want Your Tax Dollars Going

Danielle Higgins | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

The Devil, the Detail, and the Future of Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Corruption is a disaster for development. It wastes the resources that can build sustainable economies, guts confidence in government, and fuels inequality and conflict.

Government Audit Finds Hydropower Aid Doesn't Benefit the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Norway is a leading voice in the global dams debate and is often considered a model in development and energy finance. A new audit adds to the growing evidence that large hydropower projects are not effective at reducing poverty, and that better tools for achieving this goal exist.

How -- And Why -- The International Community Is Rallying to Educate More of the World's Children

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Julia Gillard

The stakes could not be greater. More than 58 million children around the world are simply not in school and 250 million are not acquiring the basic knowledge and skills they should by grade four.

Barack Obama: A Foreign Policy That Fails by Trying to Do Too Much

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The ultimate folly is the belief that people are infinitely malleable, that Americans have been anointed to shape and mold humanity against its will, and that there is nothing which cannot be achieved through a few bombing runs, an occasional invasion, and a thorough military occupation. Real leadership means being prepared not to get involved. Real leadership means not being flattered into war by other states proclaiming America's indispensability in solving their problems. Real leadership means allowing, indeed, expecting, others to take control of their own destinies. Foreign policy is a difficult business. In practice the administration has been foolish and feckless, often blundering along even when it has made the right decision, such as not to attack Syria. And its desperate desire to do something risks drawing it in by increments, a serious danger in Iraq today.

The House and Senate Battle over Egypt Aid

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expecting the United States to deliver the $1.3 billion in annual military assistance without any delays or restrictions, he may be in for a "rude awakening," as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said during a hearing on Egypt earlier this month.

Gorgeous Summer Accessories That Actually #GLAM4GOOD

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 06.27.2014 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

At GLAM4GOOD, we search for stylish brands that truly empower the human condition. It's now the trend for fashion companies to claim they're making a difference somehow, but when GLAM4GOOD takes a closer look, all we find is false marketing. With MADE, it's different.

Washington to Cairo: Start Acting Like a Democracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the United States and many other foreign leaders around the world, from Great Britain to Australia, this sentence was a vivid reminder of Egypt's grotesque reality: that of a country dominated by the military, where the right to a fair trial, a free press, and free expression are blatantly crushed.

Foreign Aid Is Not Charity. It's Smart Investing.

BloombergBusinessweek | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support Pres...

House GOP Sounds Off With Still More Disagreeable Dissonance

John Seager | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
John Seager

Why do Republicans in the House play the same old song every year when sitting down to decide the fate of millions of women worldwide? Every year they trot out their mean-spirited, anti-woman agenda aimed at cutting funds for reproductive health.

Making Sure Haiti Aid Helps the Most Vulnerable

William F. Schulz | Posted 06.13.2014 | Impact
William F. Schulz

Haitians continue to face tremendous challenges. It's not too late to make a difference.

Pollution Deaths Soar but Aid Is Cut

Ben Barber | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Ben Barber

A widening plague of industrial pollution in the developing countries has become the largest cause of global deaths each year -- killing 10 million pe...

What Have You Achieved #BecauseOfSchool?

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Julia Gillard

The more people share their stories, the more we can push global leaders towards taking action and making substantial financial pledges for education on June 26, 2014.

Nigerian Army Abuse Is Making It Difficult to #BringBackOurGirls

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The deployment of Special Operations Forces from the United States would be appropriate if the operation was conducted unilaterally and not in conjunction with a Nigerian military unit suspected of human rights abuses

250 Million Reasons to Invest in Global Education

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Julia Gillard

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals are the promises the global community made to the poorest in the world. One of those promises was to the world's children. We said that by the end of 2015, every child would be able to go to primary school.

Shipping Companies Could Benefit From the Suffering of Millions

David Beckmann | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
David Beckmann

Simply put, U.S. food aid works for its intended purpose: to fight long-term hunger and respond quickly in emergency situations. This is about the millions of lives saved with U.S. food aid and its long-term benefits in developing countries -- benefits that will be diminished if this bill is passed.

The Global Attack On Schools... And How We Fight Back

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

It's outrage heaped upon outrage. As financial resources for education decline globally particularly in the poorest countries, the risks of not getting an education or attending a school that cannot be kept safe continue to escalate. So what should we do?

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

In the Field With CARE in Central America

Dan Glickman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Foreign assistance is much maligned in the US, especially in periods of fiscal constraint. It is a shame that foreign aid's detractors do not understand that it is clearly in the US national interest to improve economic conditions and reduce violence in countries like Guatemala and Honduras.

The Powerful New Way to Help Syrian Children Now

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

Syrian children continue to suffer immeasurably -- targeted by snipers, enduring hunger and displacement from their homes, a lack of health care, and the unsanitary conditions of massive refugee camps stretching out for miles.

Sophia Jones

Democracy In Egypt Not Actually That Important To U.S., Analysts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.24.2014 | World

CAIRO -- After months of icy relations between the United States and Egypt, the Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it's resuming partial m...

Lions, Zebras and African Children: Voluntourism in the Age of Social Media

Pippa Biddle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

The truth is, I have some of those photos. Photos of me with three or more young children on my lap smiling for the camera. When you don't even know the other subjects' names, the shared stage of your Facebook profile picture becomes and altar to the commodification of poverty.

State Department: Egypt Is Cleared For U.S. Military Aid

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and theref...