Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2013-06-27T07:06:40-04:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad Media Ignored Big Picture of NSA Surveillance, Focused on Jobs,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20192abaae7e9970d 2013-06-27T07:06:40-04:00 2013-06-27T07:06:40-04:00 While the breadth of NSA’s communications-intercept program only recently came to light, a review of federal records and news reports shows that mainstream media largely ignored or overlooked a massive surveillance-system buildup that started to accelerate in 2006. Steve Peacock Obama repackages Kenyan aid scheme (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20191033411e5970c 2013-06-10T22:04:53-04:00 2013-06-10T22:04:53-04:00 The Obama administration is relaunching a strategy to shift vast quantities of money from the United States to Kenya, even though the African nation was stripped of a propaganda plan that was uncovered in a series of WND reports a year ago. Steve Peacock Obama Pushes $50 Million More for Kenya,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20191037cf0c3970c 2013-05-23T12:44:00-04:00 2013-05-23T12:44:00-04:00 Strengthening Kenya’s county governments, at cost to U.S. taxpayers of millions of dollars, could spark the redistribution of political power across the African republic, whose national government is viewed as one of the most notoriously corrupt in the world. Efforts to bring about such decentralization, however, may inadvertently create 47 equally corrupt county systems, the Obama administration has acknowledged. Steve Peacock Contract for U.S.-Funded Survey of Arab TV Consumption Awarded,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017d3cef74e5970c 2012-10-28T21:44:24-04:00 2012-10-29T07:18:25-04:00 Gauging how the Arab world consumes -- or fails to digest -- U.S. government broadcast news is about to cost $110,000 for such an assessment. Steve Peacock Hillary Goes to Hollywood, Hollywood Comes to Hillary,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20177442241d2970d 2012-08-16T13:24:24-04:00 2012-08-16T13:28:54-04:00 Equipping U.S. embassies with the unlimited ability to show movies to residents and visitors over the next five years could cost taxpayers more than $1.5 million. The U.S. Department of State claims the expenditure is necessary since the U.S. uses "feature films as programming tools to support foreign policy objectives." Steve Peacock Data on Desires of Middle Eastern TV-News Viewers Sought,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201676945d2a0970b 2012-08-14T13:10:47-04:00 2012-08-14T13:10:47-04:00 Viewer choices of TV news sources in the Middle East—particularly in the aftermath of the Arab Spring—are about to be evaluated by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which also will assess recent promotional efforts for its Alhurra TV operations. Steve Peacock COVER-UP! Contracting System Sanitized of Kenya Documents,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017743780e5e970d 2012-07-19T19:17:33-04:00 2013-06-18T10:57:33-04:00 Publicly available documents revealing the Obama administration’s unwieldy portfolio of Kenyan projects—which includes a formal plan to manipulate Kenyan and global media – have been removed from a federal contracting database, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. The Monitor since has restored public access to the USAID/Kenya Strategic Communications Plan 2012-2013. Steve Peacock WND: COVER-UP! Contracting System Sanitized of Kenya Documents,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201676892a998970b 2012-07-17T14:26:19-04:00 2012-07-17T14:26:19-04:00 See "COVER-UP! Contracting system sanitized of Kenya documents from WND. Steve Peacock Spin Cycle! Feds' Journalist to Control Media,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2016768513719970b 2012-07-09T09:42:13-04:00 2012-07-09T09:42:13-04:00 The federal agency responsible for administering civilian foreign aid is now hiring workers to combat negative news media and promote positive spin about its Afghanistan operations. USAID is enlisting private-sector assistance to “lead rapid response efforts to correct erroneous or misleading news accounts.” Steve Peacock White House Rolls Out Kenya Propaganda Plan,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20177431b3361970d 2012-07-07T00:50:50-04:00 2012-09-02T10:38:45-04:00 Now that the Obama administration is pouring vast amounts of money into Kenya, it’s going to need some help selling its spending to the people. Steve Peacock