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 FBI Becomes the 'Watchers-in-Chief' (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201a5113d7c60970c 2014-01-21T19:44:20-05:00 2014-01-21T19:44:20-05:00 My latest from WND. -- S.P. The number of people identified by the Obama administration as potential terrorists surged in the past two years, and the FBI now is preparing for another spike as it plans to intensify its scrutiny of foreign visitors and U.S. citizens, WND has discovered. 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 Obama Blurs Line Between Military, Foreign Aid,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019afff32a1c970b 2013-10-11T18:39:12-04:00 2013-10-11T18:39:12-04:00 The lines between U.S. military and humanitarian actions have become increasingly blurred under the Obama administration, which globally will deploy advisers to further merge what historically were separate defense and foreign-aid functions. The reformation began under President George W. Bush but is reaching new heights under Obama. Steve Peacock Obama Can't Stop Spending — In Kenya!,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019aff4469c8970b 2013-09-08T17:10:36-04:00 2013-09-08T17:10:37-04:00 The Obama administration is seeking additional U.S. taxpayer funds to provide more health services to Kenyans through a massive assistance program that has already grown so “rapidly and exponentially” the U.S. government now needs help from outside contractors to oversee it. Steve Peacock U.S. to Host Annual China Law-Enforcement Conference,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019aff0d5239970c 2013-08-28T12:02:43-04:00 2013-08-28T12:16:25-04:00 U.S. and Chinese criminal justice officials are gearing up for their next annual gathering in Washington, D.C, where the U.S. Department of State is preparing to hold the 11th meeting of the China-U.S. Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation (JLG). Steve Peacock Two Must-Read Commentaries on the Egyptian Conflict, U.S. Assistance,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019104dc0d3d970c 2013-08-20T20:06:04-04:00 2013-08-20T20:06:04-04:00 Things are not what they seem in Egypt. Those who support the "democratically elected" Morsi do not share the American vision of democracy and freedom. Islamist radicals are attempting to retake the government, and it very well may be in U.S. national interests to steer far clear of this turmoil. Steve Peacock Half-Billion for USAID Global-Resource Distribution System,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019104ce9107970c 2013-08-19T16:50:51-04:00 2013-08-19T17:08:14-04:00 Up to $500 million is slated for improvements that the U.S. Agency for International Development seeks to achieve in its global-health resources network. USAID's Global Health Supply Chain Program is seeking contractor help in modernizing how the agency manages and secures its health-specific supply system. Steve Peacock Steve Peacock on the "Grit & Grace Radio Show",2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201901eab9188970b 2013-08-07T13:16:44-04:00 2013-08-07T13:16:44-04:00 The "Grit & Grace Radio Show" has invited me to discuss my recent reporting on foreign aid to the Middle East/North Africa. Hosts Jennifer Meadows and Josh Bernstein will grill me in response to several recent articles I had written for WND and have since re-posted (under agreement with WND) here at U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor (see "Have U.S. 'Investments' in Mideast Paid Off?" and "Feds Plan to Give Egypt Armed-to-the-Teeth Ships.") Steve Peacock Have U.S. 'Investments' in Mideast Paid Off?,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20192ac6b047e970d 2013-08-07T13:12:36-04:00 2013-08-07T13:12:36-04:00 Contradictory claims of total dollar figures for U.S. foreign aid circulate around the Internet, containing oft-repeated figures that may or may not reflect reality. In response to those conflicting claims, WND has compiled a list of significant U.S. aid totals based on a review of congressional and Obama administration documents... Steve Peacock