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White House Program Slammed As 'Dumb, Dumb, Dumb'

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and DESMOND BUTLER and JACK GILLUM | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday defended its creation of a Twitter-like Cuban communications network to undermine the communi...

Hillary Clinton Promotes Anti-Poverty Effort

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton has helped to announce a new campaign that aims to harness science and technology to end extreme global povert...

ZunZuneo, USAID and How the U.S. Lost the Confidence of the Cuban People

Victor Salcedo | Posted 06.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Victor Salcedo

Kudos to USAID for thinking outside the box and trying to solve this 20th century problem with 21st century technologies. Nonetheless, the agency failed too soon and too publicly.

A Tough Job: Tackling Poverty and Fragility in Afghanistan

Borany Penh | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Borany Penh

While the country's uncertain landscape presents new and evolving challenges, even a child (of war) can see the importance of our continued work to address poverty and fragility in Afghanistan. None of this will be easy to undertake but it is a job well worth finishing.

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...

Does Foreign Aid Help U.S. Security? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), talks about how $33 billion in U.S. foreign aid contributes to American security.

Russia's Shadow Returns

Ben Barber | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Ben Barber

The current confrontation with Russia over its armed seizure of Crimea is in many ways a repeat of the 1968 invasion. And we Americans are partly to blame for it.

Solar Power in a Bottle

Justin Guay | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Every day, 1.3 billion people (20 percent of the world's population) that lack access to electricity pay the price in the form of compromised health, well-being, education, and livelihoods.

Refocusing Humanitarian Aid in Syria

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

The United States has shown leadership in providing aid for the humanitarian crisis in Syria, but we must do more with the international community and Syrian refugee host nations to improve our aid delivery systems while pressuring the Assad regime and its supporters.

Paul Blumenthal

U.S. Aid To Ukraine Flows Though Opaque Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States readies $1 billion in loan guarantees to the new government in Ukraine, along with even more aid for reforming elec...

Is There New Hope for Madagascar?

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Russell Mittermeier

Madagascar is one of the world's most unusual countries -- an iconic "hotspot" in every sense of the word. It has also been the site of devastating poverty and environmental destruction, accelerated in recent years by an ineffective, corrupt government.

The University Is for Counterrevolutionaries

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 05.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A rapper, a graffiti artist, a blogger, two independent lawyers: In all, 17 students have arrived from Cuba with U.S government-sponsored scholarships to study at Miami Dade College.

When Nations Divorce

Ben Barber | Posted 04.26.2014 | World
Ben Barber

From the firebombs in Kiev to the religious killing in Syria to the ethnic battles in Sudan to the Scottish drive for separation from Britain we are witnessing a return to the tribal legacy of mankind.

Delusions Drive (More) U.S. Aid to Afghanistan

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Obama administration unveiled Monday yet another aid package for Afghanistan. The country remains one of the world's poorest and most dangerous countries despite a dozen years of massive international aid efforts.

Bringing a Hard Edge to Soft Power

Philip Seib | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

In some countries, including the United States, politics and the scarcity of common sense have led to soft power being pushed out of the policy mainstream, consigned to the backwaters of wishful thinking. Correcting this, in the United States at least, will require structural change.

Fragile Progress in the Congo

Rep. Adam Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Adam Smith

With the U.S. private sector leading the way, USAID should do its part to support and encourage sustainable economic investment, particularly in the eastern Congo, where small investments create big opportunities for communities to disrupt the familiar cycle of poverty, instability and violence.

Standing with the People of the Central African Republic for a Stronger Future

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

With a total population of about 750,000, almost 400,000 people in Bagui are displaced and 100,000 people are now huddled in an encampment by the airport, seeking refuge from a vicious cycle of attacks and lawlessness.

Matt Sledge

Watchdog Warns Of Corruption As $1 Billion In U.S. Aid Heads To Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.30.2014 | World

Afghan government ministries are teed up to receive $1 billion in direct aid as U.S. and NATO troops leave the country -- but that loosely supervised ...

Book Review: Pomegranate Peace

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The novel is also a cookbook.

Syrian Refugees Plight Goes Beyond Funding

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Whether one was for or against the U.S. strikes supporting NATO strikes on Syria last September, or one believes that the Syria conflict is a civil war rather than a revolution, Syrian refugees remain the consistent symptom of Syria's plight -- however it is described.

Should International Aid to CSOs End After Graduation?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

The economic and political development of the country does not necessarily lead to the development of its philanthropic sector. But what can be done in a time when the need for Western support across the globe far exceeds the availability of funds?

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Karl Hofmann

Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing global health landscape.

The People of Jonglei Need Peace

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

With the stability of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, endangered, Catholic Relief Services' Brigid O'Connor reports on her experiences in one ...

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2013

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.