Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2013-12-22T20:51:14-05:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad Federal Judge Slams Obama on Foreign-Aid and Secrecy (Fox News),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019b037c64c6970c 2013-12-22T20:51:14-05:00 2013-12-22T20:51:14-05:00 Steve Peacock 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 Media Ignored Big Picture of NSA Surveillance, Focused on Jobs,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20192abaae7e9970d 2013-06-27T07:06:40-04:00 2013-06-27T07:06:40-04:00 While the breadth of NSA’s communications-intercept program only recently came to light, a review of federal records and news reports shows that mainstream media largely ignored or overlooked a massive surveillance-system buildup that started to accelerate in 2006. Steve Peacock CNN Rips Off U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor Story on Biden's Plush Parisian Jaunt,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017ee9e56ec3970d 2013-04-01T09:26:02-04:00 2013-04-01T17:43:24-04:00 Over a month ago U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor broke the story on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's pricey trip to Paris, during which time taxpayers shelled out $585,000 and $322,000, respectively, for hotel room and limos. CNN this past week reported on the trip -- using the same documents that the Monitor had discovered via painstaking database research -- and tooted its own horn on international TV as if that were its own discovery. Steve Peacock Contract for U.S.-Funded Survey of Arab TV Consumption Awarded,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017d3cef74e5970c 2012-10-28T21:44:24-04:00 2012-10-29T07:18:25-04:00 Gauging how the Arab world consumes -- or fails to digest -- U.S. government broadcast news is about to cost $110,000 for such an assessment. Steve Peacock Obama/Palestinian Monitor Article Sparks Angst in Cyberspace,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201761752af59970c 2012-08-19T14:50:29-04:00 2012-08-19T14:50:29-04:00 The response in cyberspace to the article "Obama to Exclude U.S. Companies from $300 Million Palestinian Project" truly has been phenomenal, as the piece helped generate over 1,000 page views at U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor in less than 48 hours. Steve Peacock Beyond Barbeques: How Will You Fight for Independence? (Commentary),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20167682a2730970b 2012-07-04T15:14:42-04:00 2012-07-04T15:14:42-04:00 Though roughly one mile from the beach, instead I gladly choose to gently goad my fellow Americans from the comfort of my computer desk to consider what Independence Day truly is about. Don't get me wrong; I'll also be in the backyard later cooking up some burgers, too, but please, right now, I urge you to consider whether you are satisfied with the state of affairs of our nation. Steve Peacock WND Piece on Obama's Kenyan Spending Spreading Quickly,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017615b1dba5970c 2012-06-21T10:25:06-04:00 2012-06-21T10:25:06-04:00 The latest article I sold to WND -- "Obama's spending grows 'exponentially' – in Kenya!" -- already is making serious waves in cyberspace. Steve Peacock U.S. to Pay 'Selected' Foreign Journalists to Cover State Dept.,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2016767679667970b 2012-06-12T11:13:08-04:00 2012-06-12T11:13:08-04:00 U.S. taxpayers soon will pay for hotel rooms, flights, and even the TV production costs of foreign journalists covering the Department of State. The purported goal of the endeavor is to communicate and promote U.S. policies and "American values." Steve Peacock U.S. Baseball as a Propaganda Tool? (Updated),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20168e7857229970c 2012-02-17T12:43:36-05:00 2012-02-17T15:16:55-05:00 Radio and television broadcasts of baseball games beamed into Cuba has become the latest BBG brainchild, whose Radio/TV Marti programs will make the cherished American sport available to Cuban citizens for free. Steve Peacock