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No accounting for funds of $1.3 billion sent to Afghanistan

Kabul - The Pentagon is unable to account for $1.3 billion in funds sent to commanders in Afghanistan through the years 2004 to 2014 for reconstruction projects.

New Ukraine finance minister was U.S. State Department officer

Kyiv - Natalie Jaresko was granted Ukrainian citizenship just this week. Jaresko was president and CEO of Western NIS Enterprise Fund(WNISEF) a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Op-Ed: Critical comments removed from review of USAID work in Egypt

Washington - After Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011, the US Agency for International Development(USAID) paid several nongovernmental organizations(NGOs) to begin pro-democracy programs even though they were not registered to work in Egypt.

Op-Ed: USAID to spend $1.5 million more on Ukraine election

Kiev - There has been much ado of late about the US Agency for International Development's(USAID) creation of a "Cuban Twitter" designed to help promote instability if not regime change in Cuba. However, USAID has been hard at work in the Ukraine as well.

Op-Ed: Resurgent Latin America and waning American power

Washington - Singing dirges for American power must be one of the most reused themes in international relations nowadays. And it’s not that surprising.

Obama should negotiate with Cuba to release jailed American

Havana - Scott Gilbert, the attorney for American Alan Gross, serving a 15 year prison term in Cuba, pleaded with the Obama government to "sit down with the Cuban government" and try to negotiate a deal for his release.

Costa Rica demands answers from U.S. about 'Cuban Twitter'

San Josecito - The government of Costa Rica is angry that a controversial "Cuban Twitter" program or Zun Zuneo was launched from the US embassy in San Jose Costa Rica.

Bolivian President Evo Morales to expel USAID

La Paz - Bolivian President Morales is expelling the US Agency for International Development. He accuses the organization of attempting to impose its own will on the country and of fomenting protests against his government.

Op-Ed: Poor Direction for USAID

New York - Since its founding in 1961, USAID has continuously provided poverty relief, public health and education services targeted at the poorest. Under Herbert Hoover we helped prevent starvation in Belgium after the German invasion. Now look at the agency.

Sesame Street, made in Pakistan

Change of scenery: after New York, some of the upcoming episodes of Sesame Street will be set in some back streets of a small village in Pakistan.

Development and Aid in Haiti: Looking into the shadows Part I

Curtained behind the bloated non-profit sector working in Haiti are the for-profit corporations who work for USAID. Not much is known about the for-profits because they are accountable only to the organizations that give them funding.

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Secretary of State John Kerry is briefed on USAID disaster recovery efforts by Disaster Assistance R...
Secretary of State John Kerry is briefed on USAID disaster recovery efforts by Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader Al Dwyer
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