Thursday, February 02, 2012
On Sunday, the American Embassy in Cairo offered to shelter American citizens barred from leaving the country after the Egyptian government instituted a travel ban on 17 American citizens working for NGOs within the country. Sam LaHood, son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, is among the Americans stuck in Cairo. The American Embassy's need to shelter American citizens in a once-friendly nation symbolizes a serious rift in U.S.–Egypt relations.
Friday, December 30, 2011
On Thursday, Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of 17 human rights and pro-democracy NGOs across the country. One NGO worker was arrested. Taking computers, papers, cash, and telephones with them, the coordinated raids reflect the military's discomfort with criticism and foreign intervention: several of these organizations are monitoring Egypt's ongoing, multi-phase parliamentary elections. Egypt received $65 million in pro-democracy aid from the U.S. this year, and the Obama administration has demanded that the military return items confiscated from the raids.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The BBC has learned that the British government paid £3.2 million AGEF, an aid agency which has shuttered over allegations of fraud. AGEF's mission was to help resettle failed asylum-seekers sent back to Kabul and to train local people. The British government was aware of problems since 2009, according to the BBC, but continued to pay AGEF until this year. Angus Crawford, correspondent for the BBC, filed this report.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Rye Barcott talks about being both a Marine and a humanitarian. He started Carolina for Kibera (CFK), a non-governmental organization focused on developing a new generation of leaders from within Kibera, one of Africa's largest slums, in Nairobi, Kenya. In It Happened On the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace, he gives an account of his experience in the Marines, serving as a human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa, as well as his work in humanitarian service.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Millions of Somalis are mired in a deep humanitarian crisis that is now driving thousands of refugees over the border to Kenya daily. Famine is devastating the country, and the process of seeking outside aid is complicated by by an ineffective government, interference by the al-Qaida linked group al-Shabaab, and internal strife. Regardless, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for international aid agencies to bring food and supplies.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009