Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2014-02-03T13:30:54-05:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad Hearing: Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests [?] (Commentary),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201a5116308ba970c 2014-02-03T13:30:54-05:00 2014-02-03T13:30:54-05:00 Thus far there is just one "witness" scheduled to testify Wednesday (2/5/14) at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, which is titled "Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests." Mr. Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, apparently is going to help sort out the situation for this critical committee. Steve Peacock Hurricane Sandy: Another Example of Why We Need to Invest More in America, Less Around the Globe (COMMENTARY),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017ee4a33344970d 2012-11-01T13:25:28-04:00 2012-11-01T13:25:28-04:00 I have an idea how we as a nation can better cope with the financial burden that nature has imposed upon us in this post-hurricane environment of devastation on the East Coast: Assess and then cancel various programs that U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Trade & Development Agency currently are carrying out or are planning to implement across the globe. Steve Peacock $90 Million Price Tag to Prop Up Iraqi Education Bureaucrats,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017c325d7590970b 2012-10-06T18:52:41-04:00 2012-10-06T18:52:41-04:00 A $90 million contract to build up the Iraqi national education bureaucracy has been awarded to the Washington, D.C.-based firm Creative Associates International. Steve Peacock U.S. Troops in Iraq Are Gone, But Embassy Costs Go On and On,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2016768f4282a970b 2012-07-31T11:26:37-04:00 2012-07-31T11:37:46-04:00 A $348 million contract to maintain the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was awarded this week by the U.S. Department of State to PAE Government Services. Steve Peacock USAID Launching Arabic-Themed Education Project,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201630444b6db970d 2012-04-16T19:28:37-04:00 2012-04-16T19:43:17-04:00 The nation must place “sustained focus” on improving teacher quality in order to create a genuinely “democratic and economically stable society,” the Obama Administration has concluded. Consequently, the White House has decided to invest nearly $100 million into a new program to enhance primary school teaching-training and management nationwide—nationwide, that is, in Iraq. Steve Peacock Senators Oppose Hiding Wartime-Contracting Records for 20 Years,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015392ff8e94970b 2011-11-12T10:11:22-05:00 2011-11-12T10:11:22-05:00 Many thanks to Sens. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for pressing the Archivist of the United States to release contracting records that the government decided to seal for the next twenty years. Steve Peacock U.S. Seeks New Means of Predicting Internet Growth Overseas, from Albania to Zimbabwe,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015390378688970b 2011-07-27T17:23:19-04:00 2011-07-27T17:34:13-04:00 The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is looking for a contractor capable of developing a new analytical model to predict Internet usage and growth -- in thirty-two foreign nations, from "A" (Albania) to "Z" (Zimbabwe). Steve Peacock U.S. Treasury Seeks Help in Mending Economy -- But Whose Economy?,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8a0cdcea970d 2011-07-22T14:31:58-04:00 2011-07-22T14:34:01-04:00 As congressional and White House budget battles rage on along the littered landscape of national financial woes, the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury this week reached to the private sector for help. Steve Peacock USAID Contractor Killed in Iraq Leaves Behind Wife, Three Children,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e895c8d07970d 2011-06-24T17:50:12-04:00 2011-06-24T17:50:12-04:00 Despite whatever criticisms that may be leveled at many U.S. foreign assistance programs, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor expresses its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Dr. Stephen Everhart. Steve Peacock USAID Pours Millions More into Afghan Civil-Service Project,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8944e90b970d 2011-06-20T18:50:16-04:00 2011-06-20T18:55:52-04:00 Millions of dollars in additional U.S. assistance is being provided to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to create a civil-service institutional structure in that nation. Steve Peacock