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    U.S. Foreign Aid Lacks Transparency, New Study Says

    A new study by the international watchdog group Publish What You Fund finds U.S. foreign aid programs lagging seriously in transparency. According to the organization, transparency is critical for ensuring genuine accountability for results. Of the various U.S. aid organizations, the Millennium Challenge Corporation is the most transparent, with a … More

    Russian Reset Roulette: Putin Throws Obama's Foreign Aid Under the Bus

    The State Department announced yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed the United States he will not permit any further activities by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Russian Federation. State officials tried to put the best face on this humiliating rejection, saying they are “extremely … More

    Senator Rand Paul on the "Charade and Farce" of Debate in the Senate

    On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) requested a vote on two amendments to S.3457, the Veterans Jobs Corps Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) blocked a vote on those amendments and has not allowed a free and fair debate on a very important issue to the American people. The … More

    New State Dept. "Fact Sheets" Push More Government, More Spending on Foreign Aid

    Recently, The Heritage Foundation reported that the State Department is making major changes to its venerable series of “Background Notes”—transforming them from useful reference materials into a new “fact sheet” format that, in reality, is more often than not just a puff sheet for the Obama Administration’s foreign policy accomplishments. … More

    Iranian Earthquake Victims Blame Their Own Government

    The fracture between Iran’s autocratic government and its people is growing ever wider in the aftermath of the two earthquakes that hit northern Iran last weekend. Tehran’s inadequate response is drawing strong criticism from theAzerbaijan region ofIran, where 16,000 people are now homeless and the official count is now 306 … More

    Help Poor People by Cutting Trade Barriers

    In 2011, the U.S. government spent more than $22 billion in non-military foreign aid while collecting $6.8 billion in taxes on imports from the world’s poorest countries. Ironically, the government spent $185 million in “trade and investment” aid while collecting 36 times that amount from tariffs on products from poor … More

    Foreign Aid: Coburn Focuses on Economic Growth, Corruption, and Results

    Senator Tom Coburn’s (R–OK) plan to reduce the federal deficit by $9 trillion over the next 10 years includes cuts to the State Department and Foreign Affairs budget of nearly $190 billion. Part of that calculus, in turn, adopts a strategy advocated by The Heritage Foundation to move away from … More

    Foreign Aid Does Not Guarantee Security (Human or Otherwise)

    In the midst of Congress’s roaring debate over budget cuts, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Schwartz weighed in last week to decry any talk of cutting foreign aid in a letter he titled “Human Security Is National Security.” Civilian and humanitarian foreign aid, he argued, supports our national security interests … More

    Heritage Podcast: Jonesing for Action to Clean Up the Oil

    Why is an act from the 1920s hindering a more efficient effort to clean up the Gulf coast? And why are politicians refusing to budge on a common-sense measure to bring more aid and technology into the area that needs as much help as it can get? Listen to Rob … More

    Flooded With Help, But Still Flailing

    “We were not prepared to make the best use of foreign support. Some foreign governments sought to contribute aid that the United States could not accept or did not require. In other cases, needed resources were tied up by bureaucratic red tape. But more broadly, we lacked the capability to … More