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100 years of Occupation in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Mark Schuller

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934.

A Glimpse Of An Everyday Struggle Among Haiti's Health Care Workers

The Huffington Post | Peter Mellgard | Posted 07.20.2015 | World

JEAN DENIS, Haiti -- At the health clinic here, three hours northwest of Port-au-Prince, a crowd of mostly women and girls linger in the shade away f...

U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

Reuters | Lawrence Hurley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a long-standing ban on U.S. government contra...

Jessica Schulberg

USAID May Not Even Know Locations Of Clinics It Funds In Afghanistan, Watchdog Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government oversight agency reported on Wednesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development provided inaccurate or incomplet...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Were Schools A U.S. Win In Afghanistan? Maybe Not So Much.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Afghanistan's situation already looking more precarious than ever because of a re-energized Taliban insurgency and potential Islami...

Surprised by MERS Again? The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Asia

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Dr. William Karesh

It's hard to believe but I first posted the article that this is adapted from almost two years ago to the day. Little has changed other than Ebola drawing the world's attention away from MERS until a new and significant outbreak erupted in east Asia three weeks ago after being introduced by a traveler returning from the Middle-East.

State Department Clarifies Stance on Western Sahara, USAID Activities

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I asked the State Department to clarify the official U.S. position on the Western Sahara. Below a Q&A conducted via email in May 2015 with an official State Department spokesperson, with answers provided for quotation on background.

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

Birth Control and the Human-Wildlife Connection

John Seager | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
John Seager

Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Pakistani Friends Mourn U.S. Aid Worker Killed In CIA Drone Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Warren Weinstein made his Pakistani friends nervous when he first arrived in their country in 2004. The trouble wasn't that the vete...

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

A Grim Anniversary for Liberia

Jolene Mullins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Jolene Mullins

Anniversaries. We use them to commemorate the best of times and the worst of times. In Liberia, this is a grim anniversary -- one year of fighting Ebola. As I look back on my past year, I think of where we all were in the beginning of April, 2014, and I think of where we need go.

From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa

Darius Mans | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Darius Mans

All told, the project reached approximately 180,000 people across two regions of the country. With this rising tide, and with new knowledge and skills to keep growing, communities can start distancing themselves from severe poverty and scarcity.

Celebrating #WorldWaterDay

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

March 22nd, World Water Day, is a day to celebrate one of the planet's most precious resources, fresh water. But that resource is being rapidly depleted.

Oh, Snap!

Astrid Caldas | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Astrid Caldas

f you know what to expect it is easier to plan or agree on actions. That was the message I got from an interactive exercise during the USAID-led Advancing Climate-Resilient Development Symposium yesterday.

Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.

Is Alan Guilty of Gross Ingratitude?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Gross may not have been an American spy. But he was surely a U.S. government agent who got caught on the job breaking Cuban law. Now that he's home, his continued lawsuit against the government that saved his life, paid him millions and made him a celebrity, is nothing less than Gross ingratitude.

The United States and Malaria: A Long History of Smart Investments That Benefit All

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré

For the first time, some African nations are on the way to eliminating malaria, and fewer people on the continent are being infected than ever before. This means healthier children, more vibrant economies and stronger, less burdened health systems.

MacArthur Award Validates Climate Strategy

Forest Trends | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

A $1 million award from the MacArthur Foundation confirms a highly effective, sustainable, and groundbreaking climate change strategy. Nine organi...

Hottest Year on Record: What Universities and Aid Agencies Can Do

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

Providing the next generation with the skills and experience that could begin to reverse an impending global-scale ecologic crisis and bring us a bit closer to putting the planet and its population on a trajectory towards sustainability.

5 Years Later, Haiti Is Embracing Its Potential

John Groarke | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
John Groarke

This shift encourages us to keep an eye toward the future. Working closely with Haiti's Education Ministry, USAID is helping schools introduce proven methodologies for teaching kids how to read. This will help diversify and expand Haiti's labor pool to compete for 21-century jobs.

Five Years Later: Haiti's Progress, Before and After the Earthquake

David Weiss | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

As we remember the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti five years ago, it is important that we understand that tragic event in the broader context of that nation's recent history. Thirty-four years ago, I was assigned to Haiti for two years as an economic officer in the U.S. Embassy.

Promoting Press Freedom -- U.S. Spends Over $100 Million Per Year

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Frank Vogl

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.

Lessons Learned a Decade After the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Nancy Lindborg

I will never forget the surreal sights and stench of such massive destruction. In a humid heat, bodies were still trapped beneath towers of debris and piled along the road. Survivors and humanitarian workers alike had a dazed look. In the face of this utter tragedy, the world mobilized to save lives and reconstruct.