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It’s Not My Flag

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 3:00 pm (UTC-4)
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The glorification of the Stars and Bars is nothing more than the fruit of decades of revisionist history. Desperate to bring honor to a dishonorable proposition, there has been much work done to turn the American Civil War from what it was into a fight for self-governance akin to the one our founders proposed in 1776.

Why America Needs the Export-Import Bank

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 1:21 pm (UTC-4)
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In an opinion article published in the The Boston Globe, President Barack Obama argued his case for congressional action to authorize the US Export-Import Bank, whose mandate has now expired. In it, the president chides the Congress for not acting to keep the project afloat, saying: “Today, small business owners say that they’re more optimistic than they’ve been in years. They’re ready to keep growing and hiring. Washington should not stand in their way.”

Ebola Doesn’t Disappear at Zero and Neither Will We

Posted June 24th, 2015 at 10:42 am (UTC-4)
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US agency remains engaged in Africa’s Ebola-affected countries even as case numbers drop and the story fades from the media. USAID says its goal is getting to zero Ebola cases, and helping governments be better prepared to stop future outbreaks from spiralling into full-fledged epidemics.

More US Air Power Needed to Defeat IS, Defense Expert Says

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 5:54 pm (UTC-4)
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“Right now the problem with Syria, and it’s a true tragedy, is there really aren’t good options for a US strategy.” Anthony Cordesman

Tunisia Looks to US to Secure Fragile Democracy

Posted May 21st, 2015 at 3:32 pm (UTC-4)
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President Barack Obama hosted Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi at the White House, where they met on May 21. Columnist Barbara Slavin examines the depth of U.S. support for Tunisia – the only Arab Spring country to successfully hold onto its democratic experiment.

USAID Arrives in Nepal, Earthquake Response Efforts Begin

Posted May 1st, 2015 at 9:44 am (UTC-4)
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Just a few days after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team – comprising nearly 130 humanitarian experts and urban search and rescue personnel – landed in Nepal with 90,000 pounds of equipment to coordinate the U.S. government’s earthquake response efforts. Adds US Opinion and Commentary Section

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 3:57 pm (UTC-4)
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VOA Director David Ensor introduces new online opinion and commentary page designed to share U.S. policy with our growing audience.

Another Step Toward Equality for LGBT Workers

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 12:26 pm (UTC-4)
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President Barack Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination went into effect last week, prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

World Tuberculosis Day: Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 4:26 pm (UTC-4)
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Each year, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – or PEPFAR – marks World Tuberculosis Day. But this is not a one day effort, and this year’s theme — “Reach the 3 Million: Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone” — represents a major principle that will help focus our collective effort around the world.