When the US, the UK, or the Global Fund support NGOs to take on AIDS education, the contracts should be two-way agreements; you do the HIV prevention, and we watch your back and help protect you from those who might be angered.
Covert foreign state support for ostensibly independent journalism violates basic principles of the profession's integrity; even if the journalists who benefited from the grants may not have known of the State Department funding.
We recognize that Congress is faced with agonizing budget choices. However, we must object to cuts that weaken USAID and other agencies that make vital contributions to global development and our national security.
The United States is falling short in getting the most bang for its development buck. Even our best aid projects often fail to maximize the benefits for either effective development or national interests.
Presidential backing for a single bilateral trade agreement does not a policy make. The three-legged stool -- defense, diplomacy and development -- for promoting U.S. interests internationally is still looking pretty wobbly.
This weekend I, like many other fathers in this country, had the joy of celebrating Father's Day with my family. As Dad to five sons, I take special pleasure in helping them to become positive forces in the world.
My first impression is that Haiti seems, on the surface at least, similar to West Africa. There is such vibrancy here and resilience among the people -- but, just under the surface, there must also be a lot of pain and loss.