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Source: Trump drops plans for food aid shipping that would support American jobs

Excerpts from Reuters:

President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering issuing an order that would have increased to […]


Coups, Massacres And Contras: The Legacy Of Washington’s New Point Man In Latin America

Excerpts from Mintpress News:

Mark Feierstein, former associate administrator for USAID and Washington’s new point man on Latin America, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Feierstein’s legacy of covert regime change has many Latin American leaders questioning Washington’s intents.

A quick review of Mark Feierstein’s track record in Latin America reveals that the new senior […]


AP: US sent Venezuelan youth to Cuba to “provoke unrest”

A program overseen by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent almost a dozen youth to Cuba from Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Peru, with the goal of rousing opposition against the Cuban government, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed earlier this week.

USAID initiated the program shortly after the inauguration of US President Barack […]


AP reports that USAID’s days are numbered in Ecuador

Ecuador’s government has told the U.S. Agency for International Development that it will not renew its agreements with the South American country, according a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

The Nov. 26 letter sent to the U.S. Embassy in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito says, the “USAID must not execute any new activity,” nor […]


Costa Rica seeks answers on secret US ‘Cuban Twitter,’ ZunZuneo

Without knowing it, Cuban citizens gave up information to USAID contractors. The database separated the information by gender, age, ‘receptiveness’ and ‘political tendencies.’ Within the latter, respondents were categorized as ‘anti-revolution,’ ‘apolitical’ and ‘pro-revolution.’

The United States government’s attempt to create a fictitious social media network to undermine the Communist regime in Cuba continues […]


USAID: will Ukraine become the new Syria?

The US authorities have made a decision to send to Ukraine additional “non-lethal” military assistance, says Chuck Hagel, the head of the Pentagon. According to the American “hawks”, Ukraine needs such assistance in order to protect itself from a potential attack from Russia.

The so-called “non-lethal” assistance that the Pentagon insists on providing to Ukraine […]


USAID’s ‘cockamamie’ secret campaign to undermine Cuba via social media

Cuban activists poked fun at ‘Tio Sam’ (Uncle Sam) after learning that the U.S. was behind their social networking tool and planning to use it to instigate a ‘Cuban uprising.’

When is humanitarian aid from the U.S. a cover for espionage? And should the U.S. agency in charge of humanitarian aid ever be a conduit […]


Dennis Kucinich blames US meddling for Russian invasion

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was spurred by U.S. behind-the-scenes actions, says former Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.

Kucinich said the United States has been involved covertly and behind the scenes with the CIA and two government foreign aid groups, the National Endowment for Democracy and the United States Agency for International Development, […]


US pulling 'imperialistic' aid from Ecuador

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Bolivian President Evo Morales are seen here at a pro-union event. USAID’s departure from Ecuador marks the second time this year that the agency has been forced out of a South American country after Pres. Morales ousted it from Bolivia in May

From an article in the Christian Science Monitor:



The Farm Bill, food aid and the U.S. shipping sector

Proposed changes to the Farm Bill would dramatically reduce the amount of U.S. grain exported through federal aid programs, threatening thousands of jobs in the transportation sector — including ports.

Those opposed to the Senate farm bill’s major revisions of the U.S. food aid model say U.S. jobs and military readiness would be affected if […]


Merchant Marines see new obstacles in food aid proposal

Excerpts from National Public Radio:

ILWU Local 19 loading grain ship at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 86. Port of Seattle photo by Don Wilson.

Over the past quarter-century, the Merchant Marine has hit one obstacle after another. Rising labor costs in the U.S. made U.S. mariners less competitive and environmental laws raised the […]


Bolivian President Evo Morales Expels USAID

Union leader and Bolivian President Evo Morales sings his national anthem during the annual May Day march in La Paz on Wednesday. He announced during a speech that he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country. Juan Karita/AP

Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from […]


Evo Morales expulsa de Bolivia a agencia de EEUU

BOLIVIA: El presidente Evo Morales anunció el miércoles la expulsión de la Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), a la que acusó de conspirar contra su gobierno, cuatro años después de haber echado al embajador de ese país y a la agencia antidroga DEA por las mismas razones.

El gobierno de […]


Peru to receive US$50 mln from USAID in 2013

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to provide US$50 million in development assistance for Peru this year.

Deborah Kennedy, USAID’s Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, that Peru has eradicated 14,000 hectares of illegal coca crops last year and said that the Peruvian government is now more […]


Bolivian president bluntly describes US diplomacy

Bolivian leader Evo Morales frequently invokes in his speeches the facts revealing the subversive role taken by the US Embassy in Bolivia. It put obstacles in the way of organizing the Bolivian national assembly and encouraged separatism in the five of Bolivia’s provinces which sit on important deposits of natural reserves and contribute 75-80% of […]