Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2011-06-13T16:37:39-04:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad SNAPSHOT: The Potential of Plants to Impart Power, Prestige, and Pride,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015432fdeef8970c 2011-06-13T16:37:39-04:00 2011-06-13T16:37:39-04:00 The Monitor offers the following snapshot of various embassy gardening costs while acknowledging, to some degree, the need for nations to impress a desired image upon friends and foes alike around the globe. Steve Peacock The Peacock Report Archives Now Available on U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8824008c970d 2011-04-28T23:49:43-04:00 2012-06-21T14:43:36-04:00 Past articles from The Peacock Report (TPR) -- the predecessor investigative-news blog to U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor -- are now available at this site. Steve Peacock Washington Takes Action on High Gas Prices,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8824079c970d 2008-05-28T00:00:00-04:00 2013-06-18T09:59:07-04:00 Rising fuel prices and truck-based shipping expenses are spelling trouble for U.S. policymakers, who now are exploring ways to strengthen, as an alternative, new highways, commercial railways and ports. Specifically, the federal government is taking action through an endeavor known as the "Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Corridor Transportation Initiative." Steve Peacock USAID Set to Unveil West Bank/Gaza Infrastructure Project,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8824074d970d 2008-02-16T00:00:00-05:00 2011-07-25T11:40:01-04:00 Details of a U.S.-financed West Bank/Gaza reconstruction project involving "major types of construction" soon will be unveiled, a recently located federal-contracting document shows. The "Infrastructure Needs Program," as this U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initiative is known, will focus primarily on water and transportation infrastructure. However, according to a... Steve Peacock NASA Creates Unit to Hasten Dawning of Nukes on Moon,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e882406f1970d 2007-11-14T00:00:00-05:00 2012-10-19T05:42:12-04:00 The eventual deployment of nuclear reactors on the Moon blasted a baby step closer to reality today, with NASA embarking upon the creation of a new unit tasked with bringing such a nuclear capability to fruition. Steve Peacock Blackwater, Other Defense Behemoths, Get $15 Billion Narco-Military Contract,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e882406ca970d 2007-09-24T00:00:00-04:00 2013-08-05T00:22:08-04:00 Despite intensive scrutiny of embattled military contractor Blackwater for killing Iraqi civilians, the Moyock, N.C.-based company will still share a chunk of an unrelated $15 billion U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command contract awarded last month. Blackwater, Lockheed Martin, ARINC Engineering Services, Raytheon, and Northrup Grumman/TASC, Inc. were jointly... Steve Peacock Media Miss NSA Angle on Navy 'Telecom' Project in Hawaii,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e882405ff970d 2007-07-10T00:00:00-04:00 2013-06-14T11:51:30-04:00 Recent media coverage of a $320 million contract to modernize a Navy technology facility in Hawaii have missed -- or ignored -- one critical element of the construction project: this so-called "telecommunications" site also serves as a National Security Agency (NSA) global surveillance center. The Peacock Report more than a... Steve Peacock U.S. Poised to Restore Palestinian Infrastructure Projects,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8824053a970d 2007-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 2011-07-25T11:43:31-04:00 The U.S. government appears ready to soften its stance on humanitarian projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Steve Peacock A Shrub Grows in Baghdad,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e882403e3970d 2006-11-12T00:00:00-05:00 2012-07-31T11:29:54-04:00 The U.S. State Dept. may designate a one-million-dollar landscaping "allowance" for the New Embassy Compound (NEC) under construction in the heart of war-torn Baghdad, Iraq -- and that's just for the first year. Steve Peacock Naval Security Document Lumps Journalists With Foreign Spies,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8824031c970d 2006-08-12T00:00:00-04:00 2013-06-18T10:01:27-04:00 A recently obtained Naval Operations Security Plan (OPSEC) expressly reveals the U.S. Navy’s contempt for journalists, whom it views in the same light as – and arguably a less favorable light than – foreign spies. Steve Peacock