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U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Undermine Government

The U.S. government used its multibillion-dollar overseas humanitarian arm to build and launch a social media network that could be used to spark off a “Cuban Spring” and overthrow the country’s communist government, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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A USAID Worker’s Suicide Raises the Flag on a Troubling Issue

The suicide of a USAID worker, the first in a decade of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, spotlights a gap in policy, and a potentially wider problem.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Russia Gives USAID the Boot

According to the Russian government, the U.S. is using its foreign aid organization in Moscow to secretly influence the country’s politics and elections. The U.S. Agency for International Development, known as USAID, will be expelled as part of a broad attempt to stifle the opposition movement.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mike Redwood

Al-Qaida Holding American Hostage in Pakistan

Claiming retaliation for American aggression in Pakistan, al-Qaida said Thursday that it was holding a U.S. citizen, 70-year-old aid worker Warren Weinstein, in that country after capturing him in Lahore four months ago. Al-Qaida boss Ayman al-Zawahiri announced Weinstein’s capture in a video demanding that the U.S. ...

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Agency for International Development

‘Tsunami of Cash’ in Afghanistan Is Questioned

Part of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is creating a “civilian surge” by pouring more money into development and aid projects to stabilize the country and win the hearts and minds of the people. But some aid workers say the “tsunami of cash” is a case of quantity over quality.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

White House Pledges $400 Million to Palestinians

A White House statement calls the $400 million aid package announced Wednesday “a down payment on the United States’ commitment to Palestinians in Gaza, who deserve a better life and expanded opportunities, and the chance to take part in building a viable, independent state of Palestine, together with those who live in the West Bank.”

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


Gates and soldiers
AP photo / Jason Reed, pool

Becoming What We Seek to Destroy

The bodies of dozens, perhaps well over a hundred, women, children and men, their corpses blown into bits of human flesh by iron fragmentation bombs dropped by U.S. warplanes in a village in the western province of Farah, illustrates the futility of the Afghan war.

Posted on May 10, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan ministry attack
AP photo / Rahmat Gul

Afghanistan in Crisis

The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands—all but a square mile at the centre of the city—and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008 READ MORE


The High Price of Democracy in Cuba

The Government Accountability Office has found that USAID funds meant to promote democracy in Cuba were improperly used to purchase luxury items including leather coats, crab meat and Godiva chocolates.  A representative of one of the Cuban-American groups charged with distributing the funds defended the purchases: “These people are going hungry. They never get any chocolate there.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


Condom production
From The N.Y. Times

Why Are GOP’ers Protecting Condom Production?

America has pledged to give condoms to Africa, but Asian factories produce them cheaper than we do. So why have GOP congressmen been so successful in securing federal condom-producing contracts for American factories, instead of the more efficient Asian ones?

  • Hint: It’s not because conservatives are lightening up about their historical antipathy toward non-procreational sex….
  • Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Gov’t Agency Paints Dire Picture of ‘Out-of-Control’ Iraq

    This official U.S. assessment is much darker than what the Pentagon is peddling to the public. It was drawn up for contractors bidding on rehab projects.  | story
    Call us cynical, but why exactly are they getting different intel than the rest of us?

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


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