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13 Jan 2012 09:43


World: Two years later, Haiti continues its slow march towards recovery

  • Where does haiti stand after the deadly 2010 quake? While about $15 billion of aid money is still missing in Haiti, progress is still being made. “Recovery is here. It is painfully slow, it is agonizing to watch, but it is recovery,” said Harvard professor Paul Farmer. He has spent three decades in Haiti and is opening a new hospital. Big factories could also stimulate the country’s economy, creating 20,000 jobs at just one plant. Progress can also be measured somewhat superficially; HuffPo “Good News” writer Cameron Sinclair finds the silver lining in other ways. He noted the lesser-but-still-positive positives of Haiti, such as its fast WiFi and rich history. (Perhaps that’s looking too hard in the forest to see trees, but y’know.) So, while recovery is still being sought after, it is still coming. And in some ways, it is already here. (Photo by Ken Cedeno / The Washington Post) source

10 May 2011 17:46


U.S.: Mr. Diplomat: Senator John Kerry heads to Pakistan

  • Tense times call for Kerry: The Massachusetts Senator, also head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be traveling to Pakistan this week, likely to try to smooth things over after what’s been a very rocky stretch for American/Pakistani relations. Kerry has long been a supporter of the aid the U.S. has been providing Pakistan — as we mentioned yesterday, it totals $18 billion over the last nine years — so one might expect a pacifying tact on this visit. Also, in your alternate political history update, we could be halfway through President Kerry’s second term right now.  source

09 May 2011 14:03


World: Pakistan pushes back against bin Laden insinuations

  • We didn’t know! In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan last week, one pressing question has been this: how on earth could a U.S. ally (made so by the billions in aid America gives them each year) acting in competent good faith not have known that bin Laden was living less than a mile from a huge military academy? In a town swarming with retired military officials? Pakistan denies any knowledge or wrongdoing here, but that’s just it — this is a situation in which any admission of wrongdoing is so diplomatically catastrophic that no government would ever cop to it, regardless of how it would make them look. What do y’all think? source

15 Mar 2011 16:20


World: Video shows town swept away as citizens flee tsunami

  • At the water’s edge: Chilling new amateur video footage of the tsunami that swept away entire Japanese towns and villages. This seems as good a time as any to remind everyone of something we’ve mentioned frequently- if you’re going to donate, first of all, thank you, and second of all, do so intelligently. The idea of people trying to financially exploit natural disasters and human suffering is self-evidently disgusting, and as such informed decisions are important. (EDIT: idroolinmysleep notes that the BBC has a longer version of the clip.) source

07 Mar 2011 10:42


World: Libya: The United Nations pushes for large humanitarian offering

  • 400k the number of people leaving Libya that the United Nations expects to need aid
  • 600k the number of people inside Libya that the UN thinks will need varying degrees of help
  • $160M the amount that the UN wants to set aside to help with the crisis in Libya source

03 Mar 2011 16:08


World: In wake of broad criticism, President Obama speaks out on Gaddafi

  • then President Obama had absorbed criticism over his lack of forceful public remarks towards Muammar Gaddafi, and the need for the dictator to give up power.
  • now The President spoke out on Gaddafi, calling on him to leave while affirming that he’s sent refugee aid and airlift support to Libya’s crowded border. source

28 Jan 2011 15:32


World: Robert Gibbs on the U.S./Egyptian military aid situation

  • We will be reviewing our assistance posture based on events that take place in the coming days.
  • Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs • Offering some more context as to what the U.S. plans to do with the military aid that’s going to the country. Those U.S.-supplied guns don’t seem like quite a good idea now that they’re aimed at protesters, do they? Some more guarded words from Gibbs: “There is a verty important opportunity for the Egyptian government to address grievances that have been in place for a number of years.” Obama’s folks are certainly doing a lot of pussyfooting today, aren’t they? source

28 Jan 2011 14:40


World: U.S. thinking of cutting back or killing its Egyptian financial aid

  • An Obama administration official says the U.S. will review its $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt based on events unfolding in the country, where the authoritarian government is struggling to extinguish huge and growing street protests.
  • An AP story • Reporting on Obama’s plans to possibly keep, cut back on or kill Egyptian aid. It’s not so far as cutting it off entirely, but still … this could prove to be a turning point in U.S.-Egyptian relations. source

28 Jan 2011 13:16


World: U.S. aid money helps prop up Egyptian government

  • $1.3
    the amount that Egypt has gotten from the U.S. government on average each year – second to Israel
  • $30
    the amount that Egypt has gotten from the U.S. since 1975, according to the State Department source

22 Aug 2010 10:21


World: Pakistan getting the flood help it needs, at least financially

  • $800 million in aid from the rest of the world so far source