News in the Humanosphere: White House releases detailed foreign aid and humanitarian cuts

USAID relief commodities at the Port-au-Prince airport are readied for distribution, January 17, 2010. Photo credit: Candice Villarreal / U.S. Navy

The White House is proposing a State Department budget that would make deep cuts in long-term development aid, humanitarian food assistance and peacekeeping missions around the world. The detailed budget unveiled Tuesday also proposes eliminating all funding for climate-change programs and for two prominent institutions in Washington, the U.S. Institute for Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The only money earmarked for the two would be for closeout costs such as severance pay. The Trump administration’s proposed reductions include health programs that fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and polio. The plan would eliminate an emergency food aid program that purchases food from U.S. farmers. It would continue funding for NATO but cut contributions to U.N. peacekeeping by more than half, a $1.6 billion reduction. (WaPo http://wapo.st/2qjOjFt)

Top Stories

As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the UN children’s agency said, in a report calling for the government to end blocks on humanitarian access to conflict areas. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2rQ1cs2)

Religious police in Indonesia publicly caned two men Tuesday for having consensual gay sex. (VOA http://bit.ly/2qgIcSp)

President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2qguMG8)

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities. (NPR http://n.pr/2rN952g)

The Ugandan government has found itself at loggerheads with a tribe from the eastern part of the country this month after a state official threatened to ban the tribe’s centuries-old traditional rite of passage. (VOA http://bit.ly/2qgAmbC)

The rainbow flags have once again disappeared from public view, but in a week that saw the launch of Beirut Pride, hopes are that a week of LGBTQI activism may be felt for a long time to come in Lebanon. (VOA http://bit.ly/2qgFxZ5)

In response to a measles outbreak, Tajikistan initiated a mass measles vaccination campaign on targeting almost 2 million children. (WHO http://bit.ly/2rQ9K2c)

Parts of Niger are suffering through food shortages, caused in part by the Boko Haram insurgency. No famine has been declared, but for many people, hunger and malnutrition are a reality. (VOA http://bit.ly/2qgFJYj)

During his election campaign, France’s new president Emmanuel Macron promised he would visit French troops in Mali. Just days into his term, he made Mali his second foreign visit, and his first to Africa. (VOA http://bit.ly/2qLSbT7)

Opinion/Blogs

Bombing an Ariana Grande Concert is Part of a Broader ISIS Campaign Against Girls. (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2reuSD7)

4 priorities on women’s health for next WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus (Devex http://bit.ly/2qSWb2H)

Nigeria: Coup rumors reflect rising distrust in Buhari’s absence (African Arguments http://bit.ly/2qdm7ov)

Internal Splits, Immolations, and Burning Houses: Venezuela Gets Worse (Foreign Policy http://atfp.co/2qgB9sW)

A way of life under threat in Kenya as Lake Turkana shrinks (IRIN http://bit.ly/2qSKQzN)

Short of gauze and bandages, Venezuelan medical students patch up anti-government protesters (PRI http://bit.ly/2qgvSS7)

That Amazing Moment When 82 Chibok Girls And Families Reunited (NPR Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2qgGnol)

Someone was forced to flee their home every second in 2016 (IRIN http://bit.ly/2qgk5mY)

Community Seed Banks: Securing Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation (Inter Press Service http://bit.ly/2rQ63cY)

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