How Best to Ease the Crisis in Afghanistan

Responses to an essay that urged the U.S. to cooperate with the Taliban to save Afghan lives. Also: Justice Gorsuch, maskless; toxic masculinity. 

#afghanistan, #foreign-aid, #gorsuch-neil-m, #masks, #men-and-boys, #supreme-court-us, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization

U.S. Considers Backing an Insurgency in Ukraine

Conversations about supporting Ukrainian insurgents in the event of a Russian invasion has revived the specter of a new Cold War.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Why NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Anytime Soon

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #treaties, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Soon. Here’s Why.

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #treaties, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

The U.S. Must Work With the Taliban in Afghanistan

Kneecapping the government through continued sanctions and frozen aid won’t change the fact that the Taliban are now in charge.

#afghanistan, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #taliban

U.S. Considers Warning Ukraine of a Russian Invasion in Real-Time

U.S. officials say intelligence sharing is essential to the Ukrainian government’s survival, even as they try to avoid escalating the situation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #kyiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

U.S. Eases Pressure of Sanctions on Afghanistan

The Treasury Department issued new “general licenses” to help aid flow as a humanitarian crisis deepens.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #haqqani-network, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #treasury-department

Detecting Signs of Trouble in Schools

Discussing steps to reduce the number of school shootings. Also: Book censorship; hunger in Afghanistan; abortion after incest; what kind of America?

#abortion, #afghanistan, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #food, #foreign-aid, #gun-control, #incest, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #draghi-mario, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #foreign-aid, #francis, #group-of-twenty, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pfizer-inc, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #rome-italy, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Egypt’s Leader Ends State of Emergency, Says It’s No Longer Needed

The move by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi theoretically rolls back sweeping powers the government wielded in the name of fighting terrorism, but critics called it a cosmetic change.

#bahgat-hossam, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el

The Rich World’s Promise of $100 Billion in Climate Aid Inches Forward

Diplomats announced a plan to make good on an unkept promise of climate aid, a key point of tension in upcoming global climate talks.

#foreign-aid, #glasgow-scotland, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

E.U. Pledges $1.15 Billion in Afghan Aid as U.S. Talks to Taliban

Europe and America are offering stopgap humanitarian aid for a country on the brink of collapse, but larger decisions about the new Taliban government remain on hold.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #european-union, #foreign-aid, #group-of-twenty, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #terrorism, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #von-der-leyen-ursula

As Need in Afghanistan Grows Dire, Aid Groups Plead for Help

Health clinics are closing. Temperatures are dipping. Prices are rising. Food and money are scarce. A calamity looms, humanitarian groups warn.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-federation-of-red-cross-and-red-crescent-societies, #medicine-and-health, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shortages, #taliban, #treasury-department, #world-bank, #world-health-organization

New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University

The new policy for Afghanistan’s premier university is another major blow to women’s rights under Taliban rule, and to a two-decade effort to build up higher education.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #american-university, #colleges-and-universities, #foreign-aid, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-university, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

With Fuel from Iran, Hezbollah Steps In Where Lebanon Has Failed

The militant group trucked more than 1 million gallons of diesel into Lebanon, flouting U.S. sanctions and billing itself as savior to a suffering population.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #hezbollah, #humanitarian-aid, #iran, #lebanon, #middle-east, #nasrallah-hassan, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #syria, #united-states-international-relations

Health Care in Afghanistan Is Crumbling, Aid Groups Warn

After the Taliban’s takeover, international donors withdrew funds that hospitals and clinics depended on. Now a fourth wave of Covid looms.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #taliban, #world-bank, #your-feed-science

U.S. Wrestles With Taliban Sanctions as Afghan Crisis Looms

The Biden administration must balance maintaining pressure and letting humanitarian aid flow.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #kabul-afghanistan, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #taliban

Why the Taliban Desperately Need Cash to Run Afghanistan

The group has long tapped underground banks and opium to fund Afghanistan’s insurgency. Fixing the nation’s problems will require a lot more than that.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-insecurity, #foreign-aid, #hawala, #opium, #poverty, #smuggling, #taliban

Biden Affirms Support for Ukraine Against ‘Russian Aggression’

The Ukrainian president got the Oval Office reception he had long been seeking, after earlier efforts led to his becoming entangled in former President Donald J. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-aid, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

Will the World Formally Recognize the Taliban?

The extremist group back in charge of Afghanistan has been a pariah to much of the world for its legacy of brutality, and the prospects for greater acceptance remain unclear.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #terrorism, #womens-rights

The New U.S. Challenge in Afghanistan: Coping With Taliban Rule

Its longtime enemy now a fact of life, Washington must choose when to shun or tolerate the group, with all the wrenching trade-offs each policy choice brings.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food, #foreign-aid, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

How Will The US Cope With Taliban Rule?

Its longtime enemy now a fact of life, Washington must choose when to shun or tolerate the group, with all the wrenching trade-offs each policy choice brings.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food, #foreign-aid, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

Afghanistan Faces Economic Shock as Sanctions Replace Foreign Aid

The Taliban will be under pressure to keep a fragile economy afloat.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-monetary-fund, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #security-council-un, #taliban, #treasury-department, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-bank

Seeking Global Recognition, Taliban Take a New Approach: Making Nice

The group’s head-spinning claims of moderation follow a common playbook for rebel-held governments, with mixed lessons for Afghanistan’s future.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mao-zedong, #rubin-barnett-r, #taliban, #womens-rights

Women in Afghanistan Wait for US Protection, as Promised

Afghan women who worked with the U.S. or international groups are frantically erasing any trace of those links for fear that they will be targeted by the Taliban.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kabul-international-airport, #mayorkas-alejandro, #politics-and-government, #security-council-un, #state-department, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

A Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

Weeks after the assassination of its president, a second crisis has hit the nation: a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that has left large-scale destruction in its wake.

#audio-negative-tragedy, #caribbean-area, #foreign-aid, #haiti-earthquake-august-2021, #politics-and-government

To Help Haiti, Biden Should Keep America Out

Treating people as helpless has a way of making them so.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #ctu-security, #defense-and-military-forces, #embezzlement, #foreign-aid, #haiti, #humanitarian-aid, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government

Samantha Power Still Believes America Can Help Save the World

Can the new head of U.S. foreign aid make America good again?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #national-security-council, #power-samantha, #state-department, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Dreaming of ‘Global Britain,’ Johnson Is Attacked for Cutting Foreign Aid

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to host the Group of 7 meeting, he faces a battle over efforts to cut foreign aid by a third to help make up for the costs of fighting the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-aid, #great-britain, #group-of-seven, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

Kamala Harris, With Blunt Language on Border, Forges Immigration Image

The vice president concluded her first trip abroad, a high-stakes trip to Mexico and Guatemala during which she took on the politically volatile issue.

#asylum-right-of, #foreign-aid, #giammattei-alejandro, #harris-kamala-d, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #united-states-international-relations

Guatemala Is America’s Best Chance to Fix the Immigration Problem

Is the Mayan vision of a full, plentiful and dignified life finally within reach for all its citizens?

#agriculture-and-farming, #foreign-aid, #harris-kamala-d, #immigration-and-emigration

Kamala Harris, in Guatemala, Discusses Plan to Deter Migrants

Vice President Kamala Harris detailed efforts to combat trafficking and corruption in order to deter northward migration.

#corruption-institutional, #foreign-aid, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #harris-kamala-d, #immigration-and-emigration

U.S. Aid to Central America Hasn’t Slowed Migration. Can Kamala Harris?

A stark reality faces the vice president as she visits the region: Expanding aid programs have failed to stem migration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #foreign-aid, #guatemala, #harris-kamala-d, #immigration-and-emigration, #wages-and-salaries

Blinken Meets Leaders of Egypt and Jordan on Rebuilding Gaza

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan to discuss rebuilding war-ravaged Gaza, largely avoiding talk of a long-term Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

#blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #humanitarian-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Israel’s Dependence on U.S. Shrinks, So Does U.S. Leverage

Israel has quietly sought, and perhaps achieved, a large measure of autonomy from its half-century of reliance on the United States.

#blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Donations to India Get Blocked by Modi’s Tough New Rules

International donors are raising millions, but the Modi administration has erected hurdles for overseas organizations and guided money toward officially endorsed groups.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #foreign-aid, #india, #international-relations, #modi-narendra, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government

Biden Officials Place Hope in Taliban’s Desire for Legitimacy and Money

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and others say the prospect of recognition — and financial aid from the United States — can moderate the militant group. Some call that delusional.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #power-samantha, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-rights

Reversing Trump, Biden Restores Aid to Palestinians

The move will once again make the United States a leading donor to the United Nations agency that assists about 5.7 million Palestinians in the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Names Harris to Work With Central America on Migration

The president gave the vice president a prominent role in the politically charged issue at a time when thousands of children are being detained in facilities along the border.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #central-america, #cuellar-henry, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #foreign-aid, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Rundown School for Palestinian Children Awaits U.S. Aid

Residents worry that the Biden administration won’t restore critical funding for the renovation of the West Bank school.

#education-k-12, #foreign-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations-development-program, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #west-bank

Facing Pressure, Biden Administration Scrambles to Shelter Migrant Children

The White House also revived an Obama-era policy that allows Central American children to apply for admission to the U.S. from their home country.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #children-and-childhood, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #foreign-aid, #health-and-human-services-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #jacobson-roberta-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Help Endangered and Impoverished Peoples

Séverine Autessere’s “The Frontlines of Peace” is a biting account of the humanitarian aid industry by a worker who was on the ground.

#autesserre-severine, #books-and-literature, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #somaliland, #the-frontlines-of-peace-an-insiders-guide-to-changing-the-world-book, #united-nations

Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

After a decade of war, the biggest threat now to President Bashar al-Assad is an economic crisis. But at a recent meeting, he had no concrete solutions to his country’s extreme distress.

#assad-bashar-al, #bread, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #damascus-syria, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #hair, #international-trade-and-world-market, #israel, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

U.S. and Novavax Will Aid Global Vaccination Campaign

The Biden administration plans to make good on a promise to donate $4 billion, while the pharmaceutical company Novavax committed to sell 1.1 billion doses of its vaccine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #gavi-the-vaccine-alliance, #novavax-inc, #philanthropy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Foreign Aid Is Having a Reckoning

The Black Lives Matter movement has given leaders from the Global South new traction for change.

#africa, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #foreign-aid, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #humanitarian-aid, #philanthropy, #united-states-agency-for-international-development

Biden Wants More Stable Diplomacy. An Abortion Fight Is a Test.

U.S. funding for overseas health providers that offer abortion services has vacillated with the changing of administrations for decades. Congress is debating whether to settle the policy by law.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #democratic-party, #foreign-aid, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

How Biden’s Climate Ambitions Could Shift America’s Global Footprint

Serious efforts to address global warming might mean big changes for America’s trade, foreign relations and even defense strategy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coal, #european-union, #foreign-aid, #foreign-investments, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kerry-john, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

2 Hurricanes Devastated Central America. Will the Ruin Spur a Migration Wave?

The storms displaced hundreds of thousands of people, creating a new class of refugees with more reason than ever to migrate north and setting up an early test for the incoming Biden administration.

#central-america, #foreign-aid, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #landslides-and-mudslides, #politics-and-government

Biden’s Plans for Latin America: End ‘Bully Dictating Policy’

If elected, Joe Biden plans to spearhead a repudiation — in policy and tone — of President Trump’s legacy in the region.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-aid, #guaido-juan, #latin-america, #maduro-nicolas, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Bill Gates on Coronavirus, Vaccines and Global Health

The Covid-19 pandemic has set back public health efforts by years. But in an interview, the tech philanthropist expressed hope about new avenues for foreign aid

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #humanitarian-aid, #philanthropy, #stimulus-economic, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science