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0 US Senate cuts into foreign operations base budget

The US budgetary stand-off continues. The divisive political climate in Washington, especially over the federal budget, has seen attempts to cut the foreign affairs budget and foreign aid with it. The usual dance saw the White House and Senate, controlled by the Democrats, publish larger budgets as opposed to the…

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1 Will the US foreign aid budget continue its decline?

An increase in the foreign affairs budget for 2014 saw an end to a four year decline in the US. Discussions are now taking place over the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the downward trend may resume. That is what will happen if Rep Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal wins…

Global Health
2 American teenager is the face of global TB

Washington, DC - Jake paused when he entered the room. He pulled out his phone to take a picture of the empty seats facing the empty table where he and his mom, Caryn, will soon sit. The Irvine, California high school Freshman is dressed in a sharp suit and polka-dot bowtie. A…

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0 $2.4 billion raised for Syria crisis does not allay concerns

A Syrian teacher, left, teaches on the first day of classes at a private school built for Syrian refugees in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon.AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari International donors and charities pledged a total of $2.4 billion in aid for the Syrian crisis. It is only a fraction…

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0 DR Congo: M23 rebels lay down guns, army targets FDLR

M23 rebels on patrol. The M23 rebel group that has led a twenty-month insurgency in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo waved the white flag today. An announcement Tuesday morning that the rebels gave up came in the wake of a Congolese army campaign that beat back…

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0 Is the US now a legitimate player in Africa?

President Obama wrapped up his tour of sub-Saharan Africa. His $7 billion initiative to increase electricity access in the region called Power Africa was the biggest news from the visit. Some saw the move as a rebuff to China who has been spending more and more money on building roads,…

Global Health
0 Last Ditch Effort to Preserve US Global Health R&D Spending

Washington DC - Sequestration hits the US federal budget on Friday. The Washington Post features a countdown to Friday on the front page each day. News reports and the talk around town radiates a certainty that the across the board budget cuts will go through on Friday. That fact is not dissuading global health activists from warning…

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