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Living Miracles: Celebrating Child and Maternal Survival in Washington

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Many parts of the world have yet to experience the transformation that modern medicine and better public health can bring, but there is rapid progress and very reasonable hope that we will soon live in a world where all families experience this miraculous change.

U.S. NGOs Investing to Help Children Reach Their 5th Birthday

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In 2012, 6.6 million children died before their fifth birthday. While this represents huge progress over past years, in far too many communities parents simply assume that half of their children will not make it.

All Parents Deserve to See Their Child's Fifth Birthday

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In the United States, eight out of every 1,000 children born die before age 5 every year. In Mali, that number is 16 times higher, according to UNICEF. Globally, 6.6 million children -- almost New York City's entire population -- die before they turn 5.

Relief Agencies Must Just Say "No" to War in Iraq

Richard Walden | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Richard Walden

I am hoping that money won't trump morality in the current conflict and that US relief agencies will weigh in on the Obama administration that picking up the pieces from someone else's civil war is not the job of US humanitarian relief agencies.

Climate Change: Expect the Unexpected

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

In the past few weeks, three different events/situations have kept me wondering about how climate change is impacting our lives in ways we cannot even imagine.

InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

Joseph Peterson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent confe...

In Response to Amb. Cathy Russell

Janet Benshoof | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Janet Benshoof

Ambassador Russell's call for rescuing the nearly 300 Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram and then sending them to school ignores reality.

Pollution Deaths Soar but Aid Is Cut

Ben Barber | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Ben Barber

A widening plague of industrial pollution in the developing countries has become the largest cause of global deaths each year -- killing 10 million pe...

Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

While the U.S. government has vigorously protested his treatment, it has proven unwilling to make the diplomatic overtures -- like releasing the Cuban Five -- that could secure his release.

Joshua Hersh

The Real Cost Of Benghazi Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

ISTANBUL -- In early January, as a violent rebellion flared across South Sudan, the world's youngest country, the U.S. State Department announced that...

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...