Tag Archives | aid

Your Questions: Kenya’s Campaign Against Al-Shabab

Kenya sent troops into Somalia last month in pursuit of al-Shabab, which it blames for a series of cross-border kidnappings.  Since then, Kenya has faced the threat (and reality) of retaliation, confusion has emerged over which countries are supporting the military operation, and Eritrea has come under suspicion of arming al-Shabab.  Most recently, Kenya said […]

Number of US "poor" reaches record high under new census formula

A record number 49.1 million Americans are poor, based on a new census measure that for the first time takes into account rising medical costs and other expenses. The numbers released Monday are part of a first-ever supplemental poverty measure aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty. Although considered experimental, they promise to stir […]

Israel Begins Deportation of Gaza Flotilla Activists

The Israeli government has started deportation procedures for a group of pro-Palestinian activists who tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Authorities said several activists and journalists, who had been on the boats, were flying home Saturday.  More than 20 other people are still being processed. Israeli forces intercepted the activists’ two ships in international […]

Israel Navy intercepts Gaza-bound aid vessels

November 4, 2011 by legitgov ShareThis Israel Navy intercepts Gaza-bound aid vessels 04 Nov 2011 The Israel Navy on Friday afternoon intercepted two boats that approached the coast of the Gaza Strip with the intent to violate Israel’s naval blockade of the territory. After the boats failed to heed calls to turn around or dock […]

Turkey Scrambles to Help Quake Survivors

Cold weather and snow have complicated rescue efforts in Turkey, four days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake decimated much of the southeastern part of the country. Turkish authorities are racing to provide shelter for thousands of victims left homeless by the quake. Officials say the death toll from Sunday’s tremor has risen to 523 with […]

Occupy Chicago and Wall Street protests

2.17pm: Judith Butler visited Occupy Wall Street yesterday, speaking briefly to the crowds through the human mic. Here’s a video of her – hat-tip to Salon for the link. People have asked, so what are the demands? What are the demands all of these people are making? Either they say there are no demands and […]

Senate Reaches Deal to Avert Government Shutdown

After blocking one Democratic proposal, the Senate voted, 79 to 12, to approve a straightforward seven-week extension of financing for government agencies that were due to run out of money on Friday, simultaneously replenishing accounts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency that this summer’s string of natural disasters had nearly exhausted. “It shows us the […]

US Congress blocks £128m in aid for Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority has accused the US of “collective punishment”, after the US Congress blocked $200m (£128m) in aid in response to President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for UN statehood. The decision to freeze the payments was reportedly made by three congressional committees on 18 August, before Abbas’ planned bid for statehood recognition at the UN […]

US government shutdown: spending bill clears House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives has passed a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown this weekend and refill disaster aid coffers drained by a series of recent storms, fires and tornadoes. The measure passed the House with the unanimous permission of all members present in a chamber that was nearly deserted because Congress […]

Pakistan: mission impossible | Editorial

Our story that Save the Children flew eight expatriate aid workers out of Pakistan in July for fear that they could have been arrested by Inter-Services Intelligence is a classic example of a term the CIA itself invented: blowback. As we reported in July, the CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in Abbottabad in an […]