Foreign Aid

Appointed leader resigns from foreign aid agency used to give jobs to Trump supporters

A political appointee overseeing a small foreign assistance agency that has been used by the White House as a source of jobs for Trump administration supporters is resigning, according to an email he sent to agency employees on Tuesday.<p>Robert Blau, a retired Foreign Service officer and speechwriter …

Donald Trump

Christine Hallquist Makes US History as First Openly Trans Major Party Candidate for Governor

<b>Why Global Citizens Should Care</b><i>Transgender people in the US face widespread discrimination and are barely represented in government. By running for</i> …

LGBTQI

President Trump’s Global Gag Rule endangers lives in Africa

US President Donald Trump reintroduced and expanded the Global Gag Rule to curb access to abortion services. A decision taken in far-away Washington …

Donald Trump

Foreign aid for conservation is a benefit to US consumers

Americans have a big appetite for shrimp.<p>That tiny crustacean is serious business. In 2017, America’s per capita consumption was 4.1 pounds, and over …

Rand Paul

Breastfeeding controversy shows need for private efforts — not government campaigns

The Trump administration has come under fire for trying to block a World Health Assembly resolution on breastfeeding in developing nations. The …

Breast Feeding

Treasury targets Chinese, Russian shipping firms for violating North Korea sanctions

The Treasury Department on Wednesday targeted three Chinese, Russian and Singaporean shipping firms for violating financial sanctions meant to cut …

North Korea

Economic diplomacy: foreign cash at home & abroad

<b>US still rules</b><p>It might not fit with the increasingly nationalist public debate, but detailed new numbers on the size of foreign-owned businesses in …

Economics

Israel reopens Gaza commercial crossing after month-long closure

The crucial Karam Abu Salem border crossing reopens allowing the vital transfer of goods into besieged Gaza.<p>Israel reopened the Karam Abu Salem border crossing, the primary passageway that transfers necessities to residents of the besieged Gaza Strip.<p>The lifting of the closure on Wednesday will …

Israel

Belongings and belonging : the precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya

The Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by …

Rechargeable Batteries

Make water a top global priority. It's the best, cheapest way to save lives: Frist

The best way to save lives and prevent outbreaks of threats like Ebola is water in health facilities. Congress and the world need to meet this challenge.<p>This summer has seen the unprecedented and simultaneous outbreak of six of eight diseases posing the greatest threats to public health, according …

Health Care

Sen. Rand Paul says it's 'naive' to expect Russians to admit to election interference

WASHINGTON - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Tuesday that Russian officials refused to acknowledge interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign during his recent trip to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, which was encouraged by President Donald Trump.<p>But Paul, a top Trump ally, called hopes that Russia …

Russia

Afghanistan, The 'Unintended Casualty' Of U.S. Sanctions On Iran

As the United States reinstates crippling economic sanctions on Iran, Washington's ally in the region, Afghanistan, could become collateral damage.<p>A …

Middle East

How America Convinced the World to Demonize Drugs

Much of the world used to treat drug addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one. And then America got its way.<p>In Baltimore, a young black man is sent to prison for felony cannabis possession. In Glasgow, Scotland, an apartment door is kicked in by the drugs squad. In Afghanistan, a field of …

African-American News

Africa:U.S. Imposes New Conditions On Foreign Aid

[IRIN] United Nations -US President Donald Trump's administration has introduced new conditions on billions of dollars in foreign aid spent through …

Africa

Women activists in the DRC show how effective alliances can be forged

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been called the worst place in the world to be a woman. Sexual violence and rape are considered defining …

Africa

Voice of America: Correspondent detained in China

Voice of America said that one of the government-funded news service's correspondents in China had been detained while trying to interview a retired …

China

Aid Worker Killings Rise, Fueled by Conflict in South Sudan, Syria

Nearly 140 aid workers were killed last year, a 23 percent rise on 2016, according to data released Monday that showed South Sudan was the most …

Africa

6 Innovative Uses for Blockchain That Aren’t Bitcoin

<b>With all the hype that surrounds Bitcoin, casual observers often overlook the intriguing and revolutionary technology that underpins …

Blockchain

Foreign Aid and Religion in the Pacific

Sometimes we in developed nations fail to grasp that not everything we do, no matter how well intentioned, is entirely welcomed in developing …

Same-sex Marriage

Different administration, different foreign aid platform

A conservative activist sees a stark contrast between the Obama and Trump administrations when it comes to how the U.S. uses its leverage around the …

Conservative View

Boston-based Partners in Health receives $15 million from Wagner Foundation

On Sunday, a Boston-based foundation sought to aid a Boston-based international medical charity in continuing to help marginalized people around the …

Boston

Readers' letters: Foreign aid

Keep foreign aid for those who need it in emergencies<p>Regrettably, there have been many disasters recently and I wonder if a change in thinking may be …

Manchester

Chinese Professor Detained During VOA Interview Reportedly Returns Home

A retired Chinese professor who was taken away by authorities during a live television interview with VOA's Mandarin Service nearly two weeks ago, …

China

Rape, Forced Marriages, And Child Soldiers -- Life Under Islamic State In Afghanistan

Afghans recall life under the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in northern Afghanistan, where residents accuse the militants of rape, forced …

Islam

It's Time for A New Economic Strategy in Turkey

Since President Tayyip Erdogan has been at the helm, the Turkish lira has tumbled. Today, it collapsed. At one point, it was down as much as 18.5% against the U.S. dollar. The chart below traces the ugly course the lira has taken against the greenback under Erdogan’s tutelage.<p>With the collapse of …

Entrepreneurship

The Impossible Choice My Father Had to Make

On Aug. 2, Ivanka Trump seemed to blame immigrant parents for the separation of families that happened this summer at the United States-Mexico border. We should be “very careful of incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk,” she said. She is not alone in putting the blame on immigrants. In …

Immigration

A spying scandal exposes Australia’s immoral behavior toward East Timor

<i>Ramesh Thakur, a former United Nations assistant secretary general, is emeritus professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University. Richard Butler is a former Australian ambassador to the U.N.</i><p>Australia is leading the Western world in enacting tough new laws to curb …

Opinion

Death Toll Rises to 387 in Lombok Earthquake

<b>Jakarta.</b> The death toll from the magnitude-7 earthquake that hit Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, last week has risen to 387, the National Disaster …

Natural Disasters

Is there another way to address the migration crisis?

In his recent apostolic exhortation on holiness, Pope Francis invited all of us to seek out the lost, the poor, the destitute and the abandoned. In …

Immigration

Young people missing out on foreign aid funding: report

Young people in developing countries are facing more and more complex health problems, but they are receiving a tiny fraction of health funding.

Teens