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Ecuador Will Say Goodbye To USAID

AP | GONZALO SOLANO | Posted 05.10.2014 | Latino Voices

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government has told the U.S. Agency for International Development that it will not renew its agreements with the Sou...

Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat

Ben Barber | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Ben Barber

But it took years for Russians to develop their sixth senses about being propagandized. Perhaps they are backing Putin in the polls because they are out of practice after 20 years of relative freedom?

U.S. Secretly Created 'Cuban Twitter' To Stir Unrest

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and DESMOND BUTLER and JACK GILLUM | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a soc...

Sweden and America Link Arms on Development Assistance

Mark Brzezinski | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Mark Brzezinski

Development agencies in the United States and Sweden have partnered up in the fight against extreme poverty. Disbursing over $36 billion in official development assistance during 2012, they have long been two of the top donors of foreign aid.

We Don't Use That History Stuff Anyway, Do We?

William E. White | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
William E. White

Americans are terribly present-minded. We are mostly concerned about the here and the now. Please consider for just a moment the very unique role of the individual in our American story and what it can teach us about the critical role of citizens in a republic.

A World Without AIDS? A Promising Approach Is Bringing Vietnam Closer

Ward Cates | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Ward Cates

For those of us who work in the field of HIV, words like "eradication" or "elimination" are not commonly used. Yet, new evidence and tools suggest that getting to zero might just be possible if we look at HIV through a fresh lens and focus our limited resources in strategic ways.

Military Scales Down Aid Efforts In Philippines

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. military has began scaling back its emergency relief operations in the Philippine...

Increasing U.S. Investments in Advanced Education and Professional Training to Build Skilled African Workforce

Amini Kajunju | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

Advanced education and professional development training programs are needed more than ever. Africa is a youthful continent with stats showing that one in three Africans is between the ages 10 and 24. Young people in Africa make up nearly 40 percent of the working-age population, yet 60 percent are unemployed.

New Program Aims To Empower 75,000 Afghanistan Women

AP | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agency for International Development is launching a program to educate, train and empower at least 75,000 women between th...

Can Bosra Still Beckon History Buffs to Syria?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Looking through stacks of old pictures today, I came across a set I shot in Bosra, Syria, 23 years ago showing stately, if worn, internationally recog...

We Must Give Every Child a Shot at a Healthy Life

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen | Posted 05.09.2013 | Impact
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Vaccines have saved the lives of over 20 million children globally, but continued support from the U.S. and other global players is critical to sustaining this progress.

Former Gov't Contractor Renovated Home With Stolen $1 Mil.

AP | FRED FROMMER | Posted 04.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A former official with a government contracting firm and his wife have been charged with stealing more than $1 million from a government...

SEC Watchdog Faces Complaints Of 'Abusive Investigative Practices'

Posted 12.02.2011 | Business

David Kotz, the top watchdog of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is facing mounting criticism over some of the investigative techniques tha...

World AIDS Day

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Dr. Rajiv Shah

By building on a strong legacy of progress and bipartisan support and relying on proven interventions and new breakthroughs, the United States is leading the world in making real the vision of an AIDS-free generation.

USAID and ISC Celebrate Anniversaries with Ben and Jerry's!

Maura O'Neill | Posted 08.24.2011 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

For USAID, this anniversary is a time to reflect on service and an opportunity to continue to deliver meaningful results by cultivating future alliances for development. Together, as partners, we can create a safer world that strives to let all people realize freedom's potential.

Haiti: Seeding "Reconstruction" or Seeding Destruction?

Jane Regan | Posted 07.01.2011 | Green
Jane Regan

About a month ago, a team of journalists in Haiti released a nine-article study of a massive seed distribution that took place after the earthquake la...

Elise Foley

Eric Cantor Defends Foreign Aid Cuts In Aftermath Of Japan Earthquake, Tsunami

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Japan reeling from last week's magnitude-8.9 earthquake and the tsunami that followed, leading House Republicans on Monday defended...

A Bipartisan Strategy for Sharpening U.S. Foreign Aid

Rich Tafel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Tafel

Bring a butcher knife to U.S. foreign aid? Not a good idea. But sharpen it? Yes. Let's make it a double-edged sword and address America's economic health and security.

Not enough colère against cholera

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

Now they are saying we have 3,481 killed by cholera. It is doubtless many more... But in any case, these are just numbers to newspaper readers and ra...

Haiti Elections -- Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

2010-11-26-Screenshot20101126at6.19.18PM.pngGo ahead and vote on these photos... since you can't vote in the questionable elections funded by US tax dollars to be held in Haiti on Nov. 28.

Haiti - What "work" are the "cash-for-work" programs really doing?

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Regan

"As Haiti suffers, the world dozes," remarked a recent Washington Post editorial. But not everyone is dozing... All across Haiti, humanitarian agen...

Haiti - Humanitarian Crisis or Crisis of Humanitarianism?

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

The way in which international and national authorities in Haiti are dealing with Hurricane Tomas can teach us a great deal about how the economically...

Haiti's 1.3 million displaced people face months, maybe years in tents

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

UN, NGOs carrying out expensive, disjointed, uncoordinated and unworkable plan for "return and resettlement" Nine months after the catastrophic ear...

Haiti's 1.3 Million Displaced People -- In Their Own Words

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

2010-10-19-pul.jpgWhat's in store for the 1.3 million displaced people in Haiti?

State Department Should Have Gone for More in QDDR Process

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she should have established an "Under Secretary for Development" at the Department of State and shored up that 'command' in her own shop.