Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2013-11-29T11:58:53-05:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad Disturbing Truth Behind Obama's Travel Madness (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019b01d898eb970c 2013-11-29T11:58:53-05:00 2013-11-29T11:58:53-05:00 Supporters of Barack Obama tout his dedication to the responsibilities of the presidency by noting that he had taken 96 days of vacation at the point in his term that President George W. Bush had taken a reported 335. But they admit that 51 of Bush’s trips were to his Texas ranch, while records show that Obama’s destinations have ranged from exotic European and African locales to pricey digs to Hawaii, where he’s sometimes traveled separately from his family, effectively doubling transportation costs for taxpayers. Steve Peacock Business Start-Up Grants to Accompany Obama Economic Improvement Project,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017c3233ce1a970b 2012-09-28T21:32:22-04:00 2012-09-28T21:52:15-04:00 The Obama Administration is unfolding its latest plan to address lackluster economic growth, an action it seeks to accomplish partly by reforming national trade policies and regulations. National, that is, specific to the nation of the Philippines, where the U.S. Agency for International Development has launched yet another program to help improve the ability of that country’s business sector to compete internationally. Steve Peacock Sen. Menendez Responds (Sort Of) to HSBC Dirty Dollars Inquiry (Commentary),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201774426e36b970d 2012-08-15T18:21:42-04:00 2012-08-15T18:21:42-04:00 Media scrutiny of the HSBC money-laundering scandal has died down, but I am not letting Sen. Robert Menendez (D) -- who represents me here in New Jersey -- nor any other congressional recipients of the disgraced bank's political action committee generosity off the hook. Steve Peacock Scandal-Plagued HSBC Shopped Congress for Favors,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20167694c0668970b 2012-08-15T18:04:29-04:00 2012-08-15T18:04:29-04:00 The fallout from the HSBC money laundering scandal continues to reverberate around the globe, but U.S. Congress members apparently are in no hurry to return millions of dollars they have received from the scandal-plagued bank. Steve Peacock WND: Scandal-plagued HSBC shopped Congress for favors,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017616dc5b02970c 2012-07-29T19:39:00-04:00 2012-07-29T19:39:00-04:00 Check out Scandal-plagued HSBC shopped Congress for favors -- No officials offer to return bank's blood money," my latest from WND. The WND piece sheds light on the big picture of HSBC's effortful attempts to influence Congress over the years, which took place while the bank largely turned a blind eye to drug-cartel and terrorist money flowing through its vaults Steve Peacock Federal Project Seeks to Strengthen Pension Systems,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20177437d63b0970d 2012-07-20T17:35:47-04:00 2012-07-21T20:39:17-04:00 The Obama administration is embarking upon a project to ensure that pension system across the nation are “fiscally sound and sustainable.” Steve Peacock U.S. Crafting New Economic Recovery Plan,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2016305fa77cb970d 2012-05-30T08:43:20-04:00 2012-05-30T08:45:02-04:00 The damage caused by the global financial crisis requires additional federal intervention, according to the Obama Administration, which is launching a new program to “foster growth and stability at a time of increasing economic turmoil.” Steve Peacock Financial Analyst to be Deployed to Audit USAID/Afghanistan,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2016766454e75970b 2012-05-07T15:10:56-04:00 2012-05-07T15:10:56-04:00 An analyst tasked with auditing governmental and nongovernmental financial documents is being sought by USAID to fill a contractor post in Afghanistan. Steve Peacock Obama Administration Launching Business Competitiveness Project,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2016304cb0974970d 2012-04-26T08:23:33-04:00 2012-04-26T13:22:50-04:00 Improving "private sector competitiveness" as well as increasing access to financing will help drive "sustainable economic growth" while reducing poverty, accordng to the Obama Administration. Consequently, it is launching the Finance and Business Services (FaBS) Project to achieve such goals -- in Ethiopia. Steve Peacock U.S. Debt Facts You Need to Know About -- CBS MoneyWatch,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201676282fd86970b 2012-02-17T11:55:51-05:00 2012-02-17T11:55:51-05:00 A must-read: "12 Scary Debt Facts for 2012." Steve Peacock