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The “smart power” military-industrial complex takes off

What do Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp, and L-3 Communications Inc. have in common? Yes, all are top 10 Pentagon contractors. But they are also increasingly winning lucrative government contracts to implement “smart power” or “nation-building” programs—like educating peacekeeping troops in human-rights law, sending anthropologists to Afghanistan to understand local culture, mentoring Liberian prosecutors[…..]

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Worst in Aid: The Grand Prize

Hillary Clinton recently declared: “We are working to elevate development and integrate it more closely with defense and diplomacy in the field…The three Ds must be mutually reinforcing.” Clinton says that the 3D approach will elevate development to the level of diplomacy and defense. Unfortunately, it could instead lower development further to an instrument employed to achieve[…..]

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New UN report says Somali food aid failing to reach the poor (NYT)

Rather than reaching the needy, up to half of Somalia’s food aid ends up in the pockets of radical militants, corrupt bureaucrats and local businessmen, and local UN staff, according to an article in yesterday’s New York Times on the findings of a new UN report. The report, which has not yet been made public[…..]

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Live Tweeting from Our “Best and Worst of Aid” Conference

indabamf Excitedly listening to opening session, Development Research Institute, NYU: Aid & Development Today indabamf @bill_easterly notes that lack of transparency & specialization are 2 factors that have made AID less effective than it could be indabamf There has been a upward trend to providing AID to corrupt countries altmandaniel @bill_easterly gives award for Worst[…..]

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I just saw Avatar. This movie is a metaphor for a lot of stuff we care about here at Aid Watch, such as… Sorry, not this time. It’s a fabulous movie. I loved it. There’s nothing more to say.

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