Gaps in Arms Supplies to Ukraine Point to Countries’ Divergent Strategies

Beyond logistical issues, the uneven flow of arms to Ukraine hints at differences among allies about whether Russia should be punished or eventually accommodated.

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How a Military Base in Illinois Helps Keep Weapons Flowing to Ukraine

Thousands of logisticians are responsible for making sure that U.S. military aid reaches its destination, on planes, trains and ships.

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U.S. Officials Predict Path of War in Ukraine

As Russia makes slow but steady progress, the arrival of new weapons systems will help Ukraine hang onto territory, U.S. officials and analysts say.

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Biden Races to Expand Coalition Against Russia but Meets Resistance

Many Asian, African and Latin American nations are maintaining ties with Russia as the United States tries to isolate President Vladimir V. Putin and end the war in Ukraine.

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U.S. Lacks a Clear Picture of Ukraine’s War Strategy, Officials Say

Intelligence agencies know far more about Russia’s military, even as the United States ships billions of dollars in weapons to the Ukrainians.

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PEPFAR Shows What a Global Response to Covid Can Look Like

PEPFAR shows what an effective global response to Covid-19 can look like.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief, #vaccination-and-immunization

Why the Once-Hawkish Heritage Foundation Opposed Aid to Ukraine

The conservative think tank has shifted on foreign policy along with the Republican grass-roots, and it is taking a more skeptical view of U.S. involvement in the world.

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The Senate Approves $40 Billion in New Aid to Ukraine

The measure’s smooth path through Congress reflected a broad consensus on Capitol Hill, for now, to devote massive sums to supporting Ukraine’s war effort with little debate.

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What Is America’s Strategy in Ukraine?

U.S. support for the war is not guaranteed.

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McConnell Takes On Isolationist Wing of G.O.P. in Fight for Ukraine Aid

The top Senate Republican has been working to tamp down on the anti-interventionist strain in his party, his latest proxy battle against President Donald J. Trump’s America First policy.

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Rand Paul holds up $40 billion in aid for Ukraine.

Mr. Paul had sought to alter the bill to include requiring that an inspector general monitor the spending.

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Life in a Ukrainian Unit: Diving for Cover, Waiting for Western Weapons

Analysts say the outcome of fighting now is riding on the accuracy, quantity and the striking power of long-range weapons. Ukraine is pleading for more.

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House Poised to Pass Nearly $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package

As lawmakers have embraced more than $50 billion to Kyiv within two months, they have largely refrained from raising concerns or questioning the Biden administration’s strategy.

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As Diplomacy Hopes Dim, U.S. Marshals Allies to Furnish Long-Term Military Aid to Ukraine

Germany said it would send Ukraine dozens of armored antiaircraft vehicles, a major shift for a country that has been reluctant to escalate the conflict with Russia.

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America, Again the Arsenal of Democracy

President Biden follows in F.D.R.’s footsteps.

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The U.S. is bolstering Ukrainian artillery and air power.

Weeklong training for Ukraine’s soldiers on howitzers is taking place outside of their country, a U.S. defense official said. Additionally, new spare parts have allowed Kyiv to get more than 20 warplanes back in service.

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Senators Propose Cutting Global Vaccine Funding in Covid Package

The $10 billion package does not include funds for the global vaccination effort, frustrating some Democrats.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #senate, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Taliban Renege on Promise to Open Afghan Girls’ Schools

The reversal of the plan to reopen high schools this week could threaten aid at a critical time, as international officials had made girls’ education a condition for greater assistance.

#afghanistan, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Zelensky Pleads for More U.S. Aid, Invoking America’s Darkest Days

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine called for a no-fly zone and more weapons to combat Russia’s assault and implored President Biden to be “the leader of peace.”

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Democrats Strip Covid Aid From $1.5 Trillion Spending Package

Facing disputes over how to cover the cost of the pandemic response effort, Democrats dropped it rather than jeopardize legislation that includes aid for Ukraine and other top priorities.

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House Poised to Approve $13.6 Billion in Emergency Aid for Ukraine

Bipartisan backing for the assistance provided momentum for a broader, $1.5 trillion measure to fund the government through September.

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Zelensky Asks for More Weapons and a No-Fly Zone in Meeting With Congress

The meeting, conducted via Zoom, was the first time President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine had addressed both houses of Congress since Russia’s invasion began.

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The Week That Awoke the World

What the Ukrainians have taught us.

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U.S. Weapons in Ukraine Would Not Stop a Russian Invasion

The effectiveness of the weapons against the better-equipped Russian Army depends on what Moscow orders its troops to do.

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The Unrescued

After the U.S. withdrew, thousands of Afghans have been trying to escape. But how do we decide who deserves refuge?

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Nepal’s Chief Justice Is Suspended, Deepening Political Chaos

Accusations and a possible ouster could aggravate divisions that have paralyzed much of the Nepal government for months.

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Tonga Goes Into Lockdown Over Covid Cases

Among the infected are two workers who were helping to distribute aid shipments at the Tongan wharf after a volcanic eruption and tsunami tested positive.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #fiber-optics, #foreign-aid, #tidal-waves-and-tsunamis, #tonga, #volcanoes

U.S. Blocks $130 Million in Aid for Egypt Over Rights Abuses

The Middle Eastern ally continues to buy billions of dollars worth of military equipment from the United States.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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U.S. Eases Pressure of Sanctions on Afghanistan

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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