Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor tag:typepad.com,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2013-10-29T15:58:09-04:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad Feds Hid Spending During Government Shutdown tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019b006fd04a970d 2013-10-29T15:58:09-04:00 2013-10-29T15:58:09-04:00 The Obama administration during the partial government shutdown concealed a plan to funnel millions into yet another project in Afghanistan, where U.S. taxpayers are helping farmers grow wheat instead of illicit crops used in narcotics production. Steve Peacock Feds Hid Spending During Government Shutdown (WND) tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019b004932a5970d 2013-10-24T21:23:56-04:00 2013-10-24T21:23:56-04:00 The Obama administration during the partial government shutdown concealed a plan to funnel millions into yet another project in Afghanistan, where U.S. taxpayers are helping farmers grow wheat instead of illicit crops used in narcotics production. Iranians and Pakistanis could particularly benefit from the endeavor, according to contracting documents WND discovered via routine database research. Steve Peacock U.S. Launches 'Flagship Project' to Reform Mexican Justice System tag:typepad.com,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 Bullets Over Bogota: DEA Flight Unit to Stockpile Ammo tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017742bf0e4a970d 2012-06-26T17:57:06-04:00 2012-06-26T17:57:06-04:00 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration tentatively is planning to purchase 121,000 rounds of ammunition specifically for DEA Aviation Division operations in the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Afghanistan. Steve Peacock House Panel Tackling State Dept., Foreign Ops Bill This Morning tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20168eb9276ae970c 2012-05-17T11:57:48-04:00 2012-05-17T12:28:46-04:00 The House Appropriations Committee this morning is marking up the FY2013 State, Foreign Operations, and Other Programs bill. Some cuts are proposed, and yet much stays the same. The so-called Drug War, to cite one example, will continue unabated. Steve Peacock From Coca to Cacao: USAID to Launch New Peruvian 'Alternative Development' Project tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2016765a823df970b 2012-04-24T18:44:28-04:00 2012-04-25T07:32:01-04:00 A new project to help -- indeed, convince -- former coca-producers in Peru to pursue licit economic activities is about to be unveiled by USAID. Steve Peacock 2012-2017 Narco-Plant Spraying Contracts: $75 Million tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20168e84a434c970c 2012-03-02T13:20:06-05:00 2012-03-02T13:20:06-05:00 Up to $75 million in contracts in support of U.S. State Dept. crop-eradication initiatives worldwide are expected to be awarded over the next five years. Steve Peacock Feds Hiring Contractor to Help Fight Crime Across Nation tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201675f6b1892970b 2011-12-26T12:48:19-05:00 2011-12-26T12:48:19-05:00 The U.S. government is reaching out to the private sector for help in implementing a new municipal crime-prevention program across the nation -- across the nation of El Salvador, that is. Steve Peacock USAID Awards Another Job-Creation Contract in Colombia -- This Time: $90 Million tag:typepad.com,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8c455f17970d 2011-10-15T10:24:14-04:00 2011-10-15T10:29:31-04:00 A $90 million contract aimed at creating jobs as well as strengthening local governments in Colombia has been awarded to Chemonics International by USAID. Steve Peacock Hearing: “Emerging Threats and Security in the Western Hemisphere: Next Steps for U.S. Policy.” tag:typepad.com,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