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May 8, 2013
Your report on the Israeli strike on missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah shows how the warmongering nation of Israel continues to use the billions of dollars in military aid it receives from the U.S. every year to wage war against its neighbors - for which we get the blame ("Israel defends strikes in Syria," May 6). Israel has bombed not only Syria, but also Lebanon and Gaza twice, while threatening Iran on a daily basis. In addition, Israel brutally occupies the Palestinians, stealing their land and water.
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August 15, 2014
I am not a supporter of President Obama, but I must applaud his support of the Kurds with supplies of humanitarian and military aid. This needs to be done for many reasons to show Russia and others that we are not a "paper tiger. " F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Richard H. P. Sia and Richard H. P. Sia,Washington Bureau | May 8, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials said yesterday they are "retooling" military aid programs in Africa so that U.S. military advisers will be used to help emerging democracies reduce the size of their armies and improve their economies."
NEWS
October 10, 2013
On Wednesday the U.S. announced that President Barack Obama had suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Egypt in response to the military government's bloody crackdown that has left more than 1,000 protesters dead and thousands more jailed or forced into hiding. Aides to the president say the suspension of aid is temporary and aimed at demonstrating American displeasure with the generals' attempt to abort the fledgling democracy Egyptians were trying to construct after the fall of former strongman Hosni Mubarak two years ago. But while the U.S. may wish to leverage the aid it gives Egypt's military to nudge its current leaders toward returning power to an elected civilian government, there's been little sign the generals are listening or, if they are, that the prospect of a suspension of U.S. aid will do much to alter their behavior.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 2, 2000
JERUSALEM -- If Israel returns the Golan Heights to Syria, it will seek to bolster its security with an array of weaponry, technology and operational funding that could mean doubling U.S. military aid to the Jewish state for five years. A variety of sources here put a $10 billion price tag on the cost of relocating bases on the Golan Heights and replicating the strategic plateau's important role in providing early warning of a possible Syrian attack. If the United States absorbs the cost, this would be the largest American aid package for Israel since 1992, when the two countries engaged in a bruising struggle over loan guarantees to help settle a wave of immigrants into Israel from the former Soviet Union.
NEWS
February 8, 2005
IF NEPALESE King Gyanendra's goal is to end the violent insurrection that has been building since 1996 and that essentially controls all but his kingdom's cities, his declaration of a national emergency a week ago seems destined to backfire. The king fired Nepal's prime minister and elected government, suspended democracy and civil liberties, and cut all air, phone and Internet links to the roof of the world - a lockdown still largely in place. In taking Nepal's nascent constitutional monarchy back to feudal autocracy, the king has turned a messy three-way struggle - among himself, Nepal's political parties and the armed rebels now ruling its villages - into an even more dangerous war with just two sides, the 250-year-old dynasty and supposed Maoists modeling themselves after Peru's Shining Path.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau of The Sun | January 3, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Peace in El Salvador will extract a price from the American taxpayer.Administration and congressional officials said yesterday that while the U.N.-mediated New Year's accord will allow the United States to cut military aid to the Central American nation, some or much of that money may be absorbed by other costs of the pact."
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | May 7, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has rejected or deferred millions of dollars in military aid requests from Pakistan amid criticism that Islamabad has squandered U.S. funding and allowed al-Qaida to re-create a haven in its western tribal regions. In February, the Defense Department turned down or delayed more than $81 million requested by Pakistan, according to a report issued yesterday by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. The rejection represents a small portion of nearly $1 billion a year that Pakistan has received through a post-Sept.
NEWS
By Adriana Lopez | December 8, 1998
THE CLINTON administration has just made a rash decision by more than doubling military aid to Colombia. While the aid ostensibly is going to fight the drug war, the Colombian government itself is implicated in the drug trade. And Colombia's military is one of the most brutal in the hemisphere.On Nov. 9, a Colombian air force cargo plane landed at FortLauderdale International Airport with 1,600 pounds of cocaine hidden aboard the aircraft.Gen. Jose Manuel Sandoval, Colombia's air force chief, resigned two days after U.S. officials discovered the cocaine-laden plane.
NEWS
August 14, 2005
THE REMAINS of scores of Colombians unearthed in recent months are a cautionary, and hardly surprising, backdrop to the current debate about U.S. foreign policy in that South American country. The exhumations are allowing the victims' relatives to speak publicly, for the first time, about the disappearances of 3,500 loved ones and to challenge the Colombian government to come to terms with their murders at the hands of right-wing paramilitary groups. The process is also rightly raising questions about the level of human rights guaranteed by the Colombian government, the beneficiary of generous U.S. financial support, and whether it should receive more aid without making significantly more progress.
NEWS
August 15, 2013
After the bloody crackdown on protesters in Egypt on Wednesday, Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel peace laureate who had served as vice president and lent a civilian face to what can now only be described as a military dictatorship, resigned in protest. "It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear," he wrote in his resignation letter. "I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood. " If only the leaders of the world's oldest democracy, the one that set the precedent for the supremacy of elected, civilian leaders over the military, could muster that same kind of moral clarity.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
After months of watching the uprising in Syria, spreading support through social media and raising money to offset the suffering, Dr. Hassan Masri thought he understood the devastation that that revolution has brought to his parents' homeland. But during two weeks in Syria treating the sick and wounded — and seeing men succumb to heart attacks for want of medicine, women and girls laboring to conceal their having been raped, children who had frozen to death — the Baltimore physician developed a new level of commitment to the revolt against President Bashar Assad.
NEWS
May 8, 2013
Your report on the Israeli strike on missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah shows how the warmongering nation of Israel continues to use the billions of dollars in military aid it receives from the U.S. every year to wage war against its neighbors - for which we get the blame ("Israel defends strikes in Syria," May 6). Israel has bombed not only Syria, but also Lebanon and Gaza twice, while threatening Iran on a daily basis. In addition, Israel brutally occupies the Palestinians, stealing their land and water.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
The letter "Obama should pardon Pollard" (March 18) could not be more wrong when it urges President Barack Obama to pardon the heinous traitor Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for causing more harm to U.S. intelligence than any spy had in decades. The writer also has her priorities backward when she says that President Obama needs to "...mend some political fences with Israel and to promote warmer relations with Israeli leaders. " The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion and more every year in military aid, our latest military technology and diplomatic cover at the U.N. for its atrocities against the Palestinians.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
I salute The Sun and its writers for their most comprehensive and informative editorial, "Honest accounting needed," (Oct. 12) and for bringing the Benghazi attack and its aftermath to the attention of your thousands and thousands of readers. However, while I also would like to see the Obama administration acknowledge and learn a lesson from the mistakes they made in Libya, it is apparent that President Barack Obama hasn't any basic foreign policies. It all seems to be a hit or miss operation.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
President Obama appears ready this week to reinstate $1.5 billion in military aid to Egypt. The International Monetary Fund, with a nod from the U.S., is negotiating a $3.2 billion loan to bail out its broke rulers. Why? The military remains in control, but recent elections gave the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties a majority of seats in Egypt's parliament. Major changes are coming. The Brotherhood's motto: "Allah is our objective, the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
President Obama appears ready this week to reinstate $1.5 billion in military aid to Egypt. The International Monetary Fund, with a nod from the U.S., is negotiating a $3.2 billion loan to bail out its broke rulers. Why? The military remains in control, but recent elections gave the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties a majority of seats in Egypt's parliament. Major changes are coming. The Brotherhood's motto: "Allah is our objective, the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.
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By Sylvester L. Salcedo | April 10, 2000
I HAVE SERVED on the front lines of the war on drugs. I am reporting back that it is a failure. Last year I received a Navy achievement medal for my military service in the drug war. Last month I returned this medal to President Clinton to protest his proposed $1.7 billion special appropriation for Colombia. Under the guise of fighting drugs, this aid package will dramatically escalate U.S. military involvement in Colombia's civil war. Colombians are exhausted and dispirited after 40 years of civil strife.
NEWS
March 4, 2010
- Four days after a deadly earthquake, Chile's military finally launched a massive humanitarian aid effort Wednesday that promised to improve an image long associated with dictatorship-era repression. Its first delivery went to a neighborhood of military families who already had food. After days of looting, rifle-toting army troops occupied nearly every block of hard-hit Concepcion on Wednesday, enforcing a curfew that expired at noon with checkpoints throughout the city. With the streets more secure, they focused on aid. Soldiers had worked overnight stuffing flour, canned beans, cooking oil and tea into hundreds of plastic bags that volunteers loaded into dump trucks for distribution to survivors, many of whom had gone without fresh food or drinking water since Saturday's quake.
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By Jim Tankersley and Josh Meyer and Tribune Newspapers | January 3, 2010
Offering new details into the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner, President Barack Obama on Saturday said a Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida trained, armed and directed the Nigerian accused of trying to detonate an explosive onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The president vowed retaliation against the global terrorist group, and he gave a full-throated defense of his administration's anti-terrorism efforts in the face of...
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