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This Mother's Day, Let's Bring More Women to the Table Through Economic Empowerment

Kathy Spahn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

When we give impoverished women a place at the global table of economic development, we take a firm stand in decreasing rates of child mortality and fostering health and prosperity in the developing world. This is something that is well worth celebrating on Mother's Day and supporting all year round.

On the Death of Anne Smedinghoff, Three U.S. Soldiers and an Interpreter

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

How did the Afghan kids who were to receive books from Anne and the Afghan kids who were blown up by NATO that same day differ? Just an accident of location. Everyone was a victim.

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan Special Investigator Drops Hammer On State Department Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- The special investigator tasked with assessing America's deployment of resources in Afghanistan over the past decade launched a trio of da...

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

From the Bay of Pigs to the 'Bay of Tweets'

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Another covert action, another effort to conceal the truth from the American people, another deceit in our endless struggle to overthrow Cuba's government.

USAID's Twitter Trojan Horse

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

This is President Obama's chance to rethink his administration's support for the regime change programs that should have been retired with the fax machine.

Obama and Cuban Twitter

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

At its peak, some 68,000 Cubans used the Twitter-type "Zunzuneo," thus potentially, the developers hoped, giving the United States the platform to induce anti-government flash-mobs, identify potential opposition leaders, and broaden pools of dissent. All of this while concealing Washington's hand from Cuban users.

Senator: 'Cuban Twitter' Was A 'Cockamamie' Idea

Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By DESMOND BUTLER & JACK GILLUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — A Twitter-like Cuban social media network that the U.S. government built ...

'Dumb, Dumb, Dumb'

AP | ALBERTO ARCE and DESMOND BUTLER and JACK GILLUM | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a "Cuban Twitter" communications network designed to undermine the co...

Hillary Clinton Claims Partisanship Is Taking The Country Backwards

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday night that excessive partisanship flowing through the nation's political system is causing the ...

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.