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 U.S. to Teach Mexicans to Game American System (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019affae521a970c 2013-09-29T19:42:37-04:00 2013-09-29T19:42:37-04:00 It’s an expenditure of only $100,000 – mere pocket change in the vast labyrinth of federal spending – but the funds are for the creation of a manual to teach people how to get more money from the U.S. government. And the recipients aren’t even citizens of the United States. Steve Peacock USAID Bans U.S. Companies from Competition in Mexican Program,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201901ed9ddea970b 2013-08-17T21:16:55-04:00 2013-08-17T21:57:19-04:00 The Obama administration intends to keep contractors on stand-by to help officials evaluate conditions on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, but U.S. companies are not allowed to apply for the work. Steve Peacock Patriot Update: Obama Seeks to Raise Global Competitiveness—In Mexico,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019101afabd5970c 2013-04-30T21:02:09-04:00 2013-04-30T21:02:09-04:00 In terms of global competitiveness, Mexico ranks 58th among 142 nations—and U.S. taxpayers are stepping in to help raise that ranking. Steve Peacock Obama's Plan to Make Illegals Comfy,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017ee898ee49970d 2013-02-18T16:59:36-05:00 2013-02-18T16:59:36-05:00 As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expands its outsourcing of detention across the nation, potential contractors are being forewarned to abide by the Obama administration’s kinder, gentler approach to detaining illegal aliens. Steve Peacock U.S. Launches 'Flagship Project' to Reform Mexican Justice System,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017c3250a95f970b 2012-10-05T22:37:22-04:00 2012-10-06T15:59:32-04:00 Continued modernization of the Mexican criminal justice system will help stem "the drug-fueled violence that has threatened citizens on both sides of the border," according to the Obama Administration. Obama through USAID consequently has launched a new program called the Mexico Promoting Justice Project, or PROJUST, which will attempt system reform in several Mexican states. Steve Peacock Hearing: “Emerging Threats and Security in the Western Hemisphere: Next Steps for U.S. Policy.”,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015392258526970b 2011-10-07T18:59:20-04:00 2011-10-07T18:59:45-04:00 The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, October 13, will host a hearing titled, “Emerging Threats and Security in the Western Hemisphere: Next Steps for U.S. Policy.” Steve Peacock U.S. Considers Funding Various Mexican Energy Projects,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20154346097c9970c 2011-08-09T11:06:23-04:00 2011-08-09T11:06:23-04:00 The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) is weighing whether it should help finance a trio of energy projects in Mexico; however, prior to making those decisions, the agency will award consulting contracts to U.S. vendors to assess the viability of those respective endeavors. Steve Peacock U.S. Seeks to Fill Crime-Prevention Advisor Slots in Mexico,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e89746a70970d 2011-06-28T15:57:27-04:00 2011-06-28T18:30:19-04:00 The U.S. government is deploying law enforcement advisors to Mexico to assist that nation in stepping up activities of an anti-crime endeavor known as the Merida Initiative. Steve Peacock Senate Panel Questions Whether $3.1 Billion in 'Drug War' Contracts Were Worthwhile,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015432e60ad5970c 2011-06-09T13:34:17-04:00 2011-06-09T14:22:57-04:00 The federal government doled out $3.1 billion in contracts to vendors in the "War on Drugs" from 2005-2009 in Latin America alone, but has no clue whether this outsourcing was effective in helping to achieve its counternarcotics goals, a Senate panel has determined. Steve Peacock