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Globe Trot: The State Department has some explaining to do

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/08/13, 10:38 am

The second-highest serving officer at the U.S. mission in Libya is set to testify today in Congress against the White House version of events surrounding the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. If you don’t read anything else, scroll through the article linked above to see Gregory Hicks’ scheduled testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: “I never reported a demonstration; I reported an attack on the consulate.” 

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Globe Trot: Saudi Arabia mulls paralysis as criminal punishment

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/05/13, 01:10 pm

April is the Month of Microfinance and today is the day every gift to Five Talents, one of many groups majoring in microfinance projects, gets doubled. Microfinance projects put financial services in the hands of small groups of business owners and crafts people who otherwise would not have access to the infusions of cash needed to launch business expansion and enterprise.

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Droning on

Middle East | Like other parts of the Middle East, the U.S.-Saudi alliance needs its own democracy movement
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/22/13, 01:00 am

The U.S. decision to provide “non-lethal” aid to rebels in Syria is by most accounts a faint gesture, an offer coming—two years into Syria’s raging civil war—too little, too late. After U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised food, medical supplies, and about $60 million for “security” and “education” last month, Syrian rebel commander Abdul Jabbar Akaidi was blunt: “We have no need for medical supplies or for food stuffs,” he told NPR from his base camp. “We need more than this.”

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