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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Citrus Flavoring Is Weaponized Against Insect-Borne Diseases

The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chemicals, #deet-insect-repellent, #environmental-protection-agency, #evolva-holding-sa, #foreign-aid, #grapefruit, #insects, #inventions-and-patents, #lyme-disease, #malaria, #mosquitoes, #pesticides, #ticks-insects

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Trump Administration’s Nominee for Development Bank Chief Breaks With Protocol

Mauricio J. Claver-Carone would be the first president of the Inter-American Development Bank from outside Latin America.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #claver-carone-mauricio-j, #cuba, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #inter-american-development-bank, #latin-america, #mnuchin-steven-t, #moreno-luis-alberto, #national-security-council, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

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U.S. Limits Virus Aid for Masks, Gloves and Other Medical Gear Abroad

But the U.S. Agency for International Development will allow relief workers to buy personal protective equipment that is produced in the places it would be used.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #norwegian-refugee-council, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #ventilators-medical

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Despite Big Promises, U.S. Has Delivered Limited Aid in Global Virus Response

The State Department and U.S.A.I.D. have spent a fraction of the humanitarian assistance that Congress approved in March to help curb the coronavirus.

#bush-george-w, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ebola-virus, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #obama-barack, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Merkel and Macron Propose E.U. Coronavirus Aid Fund

Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a $545 billion pandemic recovery fund backed by borrowing by the entire bloc. It would be a major step toward greater European unity.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #foreign-aid, #france, #germany, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government

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State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis

A Democratic House committee chairman said the investigation might have been “another reason” for the firing of the inspector general, Steve A. Linick.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #defense-contracts, #engel-eliot-l, #foreign-aid, #house-committee-on-foreign-affairs, #inspectors-general, #iran, #linick-steve-a, #pompeo-mike, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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What Colombia Did With American Spy Tools

Under pressure to curb the drug trade, the Colombian army turns to old tricks.

#casey-nicholas, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #foreign-aid, #new-york-times, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wall-street-journal

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U.S. Spy Agencies Weigh Tying Intelligence Sharing to Ending Bans on Gays

The move is part of an effort by the acting director of national intelligence to prod countries that outlaw homosexuality to instead decriminalize it.

#africa, #defense-intelligence-agency, #discrimination, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #foreign-aid, #grenell-richard, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east, #national-security-agency, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The World Has a $2.5 Trillion Problem. Here’s How to Solve It.

Poor countries are going to be decimated by the coronavirus. They need a serious rescue package.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #epidemics, #foreign-aid, #global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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U.S. Sends Funds to Needy Nations to Fight the Virus, but Maybe Not for Masks

The Trump administration is working to secure masks, plastic gloves and other protective medical equipment for Americans first as the pandemic sweeps around the world.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #state-department, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Tensions Rise in U.S. Over China’s ‘Donation Diplomacy’

New regulations in China are delaying its shipments of medical supplies around the world. And some American officials worry accepting donated gear helps China’s propaganda efforts.

#3m-company, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #foreign-aid, #general-electric-company, #international-trade-and-world-market, #medicine-and-health, #navarro-peter, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #ventilators-medical, #xi-jinping

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