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“FOLLOW THE MONEY” SERIES…
and what a journey it is. Loops, turnarounds, cul-de-sacs, expressways, dirt tracks, and detours….
This ongoing series will include (to name a few) the following sections:
(1) U.S. contributions to the U.N. / International Aid
(2) Paris Agreement COP 21
(3) Department of State, Hillary Clinton term – $6 Billion missing
(4) Pentagon (Department of Defense) — $29-33 Trillion reported unaccounted for
(5) Puerto Rico 2017 Aid
(6) American Red Cross
(7) $768 Million U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Al Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula Headquarters
(8) Illegal Immigrants Costs
(9) Obama’s Iran Deal – $400 Million Cash night flight flown to Iran plus $1.3 Billion transferred later for total of $1.7 Billion paid (for questioned ransom allegations)
(10) Sanctuary Cities and States
(11) Congress “SHUSH-FUND” for sexual harassment cases against members of Congress
(12) United Arab Emirates (UAE) Gulftainer 35-year cargo container terminal lease at PORT CANAVERAL (and other U.S. ports)
(13) Uranium One – Rosatom – ATOMREDMETZOLOTO, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, State Department, and Obama Administration
(14) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act v citizen’s stock pond/fire prevention reservoir pond
(15) Environmental Protection Act (EPA) negligence and accidental hazardous Waste Water Spill affecting 4 states, 2 rivers, and a creek
(16) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land tyranny.
Some of these “Follow the Money” topics could easily fill a small library. We assure all of you, that you will experience: bewilderment, disgust, and anger while reading this collection of information. You will undoubtedly have many questions. Therefore, for those interested in learning more, a few search links are provided herewith.
United States foreign aid is aid given by the United States government to other governments. The government channels about half of its economic assistance through a specialized agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Although it is technically an independent agency, USAID operates subject to the foreign policy guidance of the President, Secretary of State, and the National Security Council. USAID operates in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. As of fiscal year 2017, foreign aid between the U.S. State Department and USAID totaled $50.1 billion.
(1) U.S. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS / INTERNATIONAL AID
a) 2012 — U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue to Pay More Than One-Fifth of U.N. Budget – In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget.
No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion.
The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for the next three years.
The U.S. representative for U.N. management and reform, Joseph Torsella, expressed satisfaction that the U.S. contribution had not been raised above that level.
Whether a country contributes less than $25,000 a year towards the budget or more than $500 million – as the U.S. does – it has the same voting privileges in the General Assembly.
Before 2000, the U.S. contributed 25 percent of the U.N. regular budget.
b) 2012 — In terms of the absolute value of aid given, the United States is the world’s top donor by far. So where is all that money going?
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) states that its function is to provide “economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States.” While the effectiveness of foreign aid remains up for debate, the United States recently has continued to pump around $50 billion in aid to other countries each year.
If you want more info on where U.S. dollars flows, the government’s website has a handy, interactive map in subsection (g) below.
Data from July 2012 Congressional Research Service report.
b2) 2010 New figures released by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the world’s biggest aid donors show the US remains the biggest spender with a total of $30.2bn, the largest aid disbursement ever recorded by a single donor.
c) Top 25 Recipient Countries of U.S. Foreign Aid FY 2013 Reported in $US millions, Obligations
In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. government allocated the following amounts for aid:
Total economic and military assistance: $43.10 billion
Total military assistance: $10.57 billion
Total economic assistance: $32.53 billion
of which USAID Implemented: $17.82 billion
To see chart on Top 25 countries go HERE.
d) 2014 — The United States provided approximately $35 billion in economic aid to over 140 countries* in fiscal year 2014. In the map below the relative size of each country is proportionate to the aid received from the United States and the color of each country indicates GDP per capita. *All $3.1 billion of Israel’s funding was used for military financing.
d1) 2014 — How was this aid distributed?
Clearly, not all aid is distributed equally. The question is: Who received the largest slice of the pie from the U.S.? From the map above, the answer is clear: Israel.
Of the $35 billion of total economic aid distributed, almost a quarter of funds went to five countries. Below are the top 5 recipients of economic aid in 2014.
Israel: $3.1 billion
Egypt: $1.5 billion
Afghanistan: $1.1 billion
Jordan: $1.0 billion
Pakistan: $933 million
Of the $35 billion referenced in the report, $8.4 billion (24%) was used towards global health programs, $5.9 billion (17%) was used for foreign military financing, $4.6 billion (13%) was used for economic support, and $2.5 billion (7%) was used for development assistance.
d2) Below is a breakout of aid received by geographic region in fiscal year 2014.
East Asia and Pacific: 2%
Europe and Eurasia: 2%
Near East: 20%
South and Central Asia: 7%
Western Hemisphere: 4%
General Aid: 45%
With 142 countries receiving aid out of the 188 countries listed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2014, approximately 76% of the world received some form of economic assistance from the U.S., the majority located within Africa and the Near East. Depending on future geopolitical events, this allocation is subject to change; however, according to the federal government’s 2015 estimates, the approximate $33 billion requests in aid follow a similar geographic allocation. Nonetheless, in the past three years, the economic support from the U.S. will have impacted a large majority of the world’s population, totaling $103 billion in economic support across various programs.
e) 2015 — FLASHBACK: U.S. Pays $3B for UN–More Than 185 Other Countries Combined – American taxpayers will pony up around $3.024 billion this year towards the United Nations’ regular and peacekeeping budgets, more than what 185 other countries combined are paying, an expert on the international body told U.S. lawmakers.
While the U.S. contribution in 2015 to the U.N. regular budget is $621.9 million, the 35 countries contributing the least will pay just $28,269 each, Heritage Foundation scholar Brett Schaefer told the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee responsible for multilateral institutions.
And where the U.S. will pay $2.402 billion towards the separate peacekeeping budget, the 20 countries contributing the least will pay just $8,470 each.
On the question of evaluating the cost-effectiveness of various U.N. agencies, Schaefer recalled that the Clinton administration in the mid-1990s withdrew from the U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), “because it wasn’t providing any value that they could determine.”
f) Oct 2017 – Trump Directs State, USAID to Bypass United Nations, Deliver U.S. Aid More Directly to Christians, Yazidis In Iraq — Vice President Pence: ‘This is the moment, now is the time, and America will support these people in their hour of need’, by Susan Crabtreem
President Trump has issued a White House directive forcing the State Department and USAID to bypass the United Nations and stop its “ineffective” relief efforts aimed at helping Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and other persecuted religious minorities, and instead to provide the assistance either directly or through “faith-based groups.”
Vice President Mike Pence, in a speech at the In Defense of Christians annual Solidarity Dinner highlighting the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere, announced the directive and lambasted the United Nations, arguing the international body has “often failed to help the most vulnerable communities, especially religious minorities.”
“We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to assist persecuted Christians and minorities in the wake of genocide and the atrocities of terrorist groups,” Pence said.
f1) Vice President Mike PenceVerified account @VP
@POTUS ordered @StateDept to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at @UN & will support persecuted communities thru USAID #idcsummit2017
4:02 PM – 25 Oct 2017
g) Foreign Assistance Map
h) Jan 2017 – US UN Ambassador Ms. Nikki Haley said. “Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N., and the way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure our allies have our back as well.”
President Trump has dismissed the United Nations as a social club and suggested the United States could cut its funding of the organization’s efforts. His “America first” pledges have raised concerns among diplomats at the United Nations about his commitment to international cooperation.
h1) Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!
3:41 PM – Dec 26, 2016
i) Dec 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the United States had slashed the U.N.’s budget by more than $285 million for fiscal 2018.
The international body’s budget for fiscal 2016 was $5.4 billion.
Haley called the cuts a “historic reduction” that will help with the organization’s “bloated management.”
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said in a statement from the U.S. mission. “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”
ALL THESE YEARS — DECADES — ASSISTING OTHER NATIONS — WHEN DO THEY BECOME SELF-SUSTAINING? WHY IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ALWAYS THE GREATEST DONOR? …… WHEN DOES THIS FOREIGN AID STOP? Continue with us as we “Follow the Money” series…
ADN Related Links:
Section 2 – Paris Agreement COP 21 / Green Climate Fund
Section 3 – Secr of State HRC missing $6Billion
Series 5 – Puerto Rico 2017 Hurricane Aid