Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2013-11-11T00:01:00-05:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad Obama Finally Fixing Health Care … In Kenya,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019b00e85ca2970c 2013-11-11T00:01:00-05:00 2013-11-11T16:33:07-05:00 Though the federal government is struggling to make Obamacare functional for Americans, the administration is simultaneously helping to upgrade the health-care system in Kenya. The ambitious plan to expand health-care and social-services access to millions of Kenyans is one of several recent U.S. endeavors to surface, indicating that yet another... Steve Peacock Feds Hid Spending During Government Shutdown,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),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. to Teach Mexicans to Game American System (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019affae521a970c 2013-09-29T19:42:37-04:00 2013-09-29T19:42:37-04:00 It’s an expenditure of only $100,000 – mere pocket change in the vast labyrinth of federal spending – but the funds are for the creation of a manual to teach people how to get more money from the U.S. government. And the recipients aren’t even citizens of the United States. Steve Peacock U.S. Picks Up Tab to Expand China's Economy (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e20192ac413f47970d 2013-07-29T14:03:41-04:00 2013-07-29T14:03:41-04:00 The Chinese business sector must be in trouble. Why else would President Obama be sending taxpayer dollars there to modernize China’s energy grid, hire private-sector consultants to help its Ministry of Environmental Protection and separately help to modify the nation’s corporate laws? The U.S. Trade & Development Agency, or USTDA – technically designated as an “independent” White House agency – is funding these and other initiatives, all of which aid China while simultaneously benefiting U.S. contractors. Steve Peacock Corruption a Hurdle for Obama 'Power Africa' Plan (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201901e81c003970b 2013-07-29T13:39:52-04:00 2013-07-29T13:39:52-04:00 President Obama’s multi-billion-dollar “Power Africa” initiative aims to double citizen access to electricity and other power sources across Sub-Saharan Africa. But it plays down the creation of a new public-private bureaucracy needed to overcome the pervasive corruption and incompetence of African governments and power utilities. Steve Peacock Sequestration-Related Cuts? Fed Spending Continues Unabated,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017c38340fb9970b 2013-03-29T20:16:13-04:00 2013-03-29T20:16:13-04:00 The Obama administration recently issued warnings to contractors of potential sequestration-related spending cuts, but in the meantime federal spending continues unabated, domestically and globally. Some of the apparently indispensable projects include a environmental public murals in Hebron and Jericho along with similarly themed summer camps and field trips for Palestinian children, alternative energy outings to Turkey, and assistance to mango growers and hotel operators in Pakistan. Steve Peacock U.S. to Help Vietnam 'Peoples Committee' to Modernize Water InfoCom System (News Brief),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017c3478db26970b 2012-12-10T19:16:47-05:00 2012-12-10T20:36:01-05:00 A Vietnamese -based water company has asked the Obama Administration for help in assessing its information and communications technology (ICT) modernization plan, and a White House agency has agreed to provide a $600,000 grant for that purpose. Steve Peacock Patriot Update: ExxonMobil Gets Freebie as 'Obama Finances Energy, Port Project Trips to India',2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017c34146bce970b 2012-11-28T18:59:26-05:00 2012-11-28T18:59:26-05:00 In the days and weeks after Hurricane Sandy wrecked ports, resorts, and power lines across the mid-Atlantic coast, the Obama administration launched multiple projects targeting the revitalization of such infrastructure... in India! Steve Peacock Obama Takes Action On 'Unreliable' Power Grid – in Pakistan!,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2017c339d137d970b 2012-11-16T23:20:12-05:00 2012-11-17T12:12:30-05:00 Less than a week after Hurricane Sandy plunged much of the mid-Atlantic region into darkness, the Obama administration unveiled a new initiative aimed at mitigating the impact of “unreliable grid power.” Not across ravaged coastal New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, but in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Steve Peacock