Sunday, February 2, 2014



Obama studying spending more … in Kenya

Move fuels USAID's already exponential growth in aid

Now that an $87 million African trade-promotion project is reaching the end of its five-year run, the Obama administration might spend millions more to decide whether it wisely invested U.S. taxpayer dollars in the venture.
If the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion, or COMPETE Trade Hub project, is deemed to have been effective, a follow-up program could receive more cash from the Treasury.
In this latest facet of a five-year U.S. Agency for International Development experiment in and around Kenya, the federal government will obtain contractor-conducted project evaluation services before committing additional funding.
USAID/East Africa wants to see if it had actually reduced barriers to “regional and international trade,” according to planning documents that WND discovered via routine database research.
The selected contractor also will report on whether the COMPETE project succeeded in increasing investment and trade between the U.S. and East Africa, the documents say.
Efforts to change “perceptions about doing business in Africa” were undertaken via the Origin Africa Campaign, a COMPETE-affiliated project whose aim was to “ramp up” U.S.-East Africa relationships.
The perception-management campaign sought to spotlight “African creativity and innovation to international buyers and industry leaders, hence putting Africa on the map as a preferred sourcing destination.”
The agency in 2011 internally conducted a COMPETE program evaluation. As a result, it established a new project-objective: “To build sustainable capacity for regional and international trade and food security.”
The upcoming evaluation, which will begin after the project ends Feb. 28, could provide “a basis for decisions about future programming.”
USAID did not disclose the estimated value of the contract; however, past evaluations of other agency initiatives cost from tens of thousands to the tens of millions. In July 2013, for example, the agency awarded a $23 million contract specifically to assess the effectiveness of USAID/Kenya and USAID/East Africa health programs.
Since 2012, WND has reported extensively on USAID’s self-described exponential growth in its Kenyan aid portfolio, which accelerated the granting of additional contract awards to even more project-management vendors.
Subsequent coverage also exposed a USAID scheme to methodically sway global media to report favorably on agency activities.
A WND investigation also discovered a cover-up of this particular activity; indeed, days after the report, the government eliminated all trace of these propaganda-plan documents from a publicly accessible database.
One of the more recent USAID endeavors was the enhancement of “the centralized health-care system in Kenya.”
In another recent but unrelated procurement action, the U.S. Embassy in Kenya soon will receive thousands of less-than-lethal wooden, foam, bean-bag, “liquid barricade” and other crowd-management projectiles and shot launchers for the Nairobi compound.
The U.S. Department of State had invited contractors to participate in the online bidding process beginning Jan. 27, according to a solicitation that State posted to the FedBizOpps database.
One day later, it issued a Kenya travel advisory to U.S. citizens, following reports of mass demonstrations by mini-bus operators known as Matutu drivers.
The acquisition of the crowd-control items likewise coincides with a Kenyan media report that U.S.-based fast-food corporations such as Burger King, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut may finally establish a presence in Nairobi.
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  1. Responding to the nutty Kenya claims on the right. Many of them are on forged videos. Others misinterpret "home country" as the place of birth, when it was used to mean the country where Obama's ancestors came from. Obama's bio was written by a literary agent, who admitted to making the mistake herself, and entirely herself, and that she failed to check the bio with Obama.

    The “born in Kenya” story is the height of the loony side of the birther movement. It is based on forgeries like that of Lucas D. Smith, and falsifications–such as the claim that Obama’s Kenyan grandmother said that he was born in Kenya—when she actually said right on the same tape that he was born IN HAWAII, and she said in another interview that the first that her family in Kenya had heard of Obama’s birth was in a letter FROM HAWAII.

    Lucas D. Smith, a convicted felon, claimed that he went to Kenya and got Obama’s birth certificate at a hospital in Mombasa. But Lucas D. Smith has constantly refused to show proof that he, Smith, had ever gone to Kenya. All that he would have to do would be to show a Kenya stamp on a page of a passport, but Lucas D. Smith has refused to do that, constantly, and he has also constantly refused to say why he will not show that proof. (Moreover, his “birth certificate” uses US date formats [month/day/year] and not the day/month/year format used in Kenya.)

    Laying aside for a moment the overwhelming proof that Obama was born in Hawaii, the evidence that Obama was NOT born in Kenya is also very strong. There were a grand total of 21 people who came to the USA from Kenya in 1961. Of these only seven were US citizens. And the birther myth has always been that Obama’s parents went there and returned by plane, but only one person came to the USA from Kenya in 1961 by plane and that person was, wait for it, NOT a US citizen. And Obama’s father did not go to Kenya in 1961 either (making it unlikely that his mother did, since travel late in pregnancy was rare, and even more rare without the husband going along). WND has proved with a FOI Act request that Obama senior stayed in Hawaii throughout 1961.

    And the Kenyan government investigated the “born in Kenya” story, and found that it was not true.

    “Jon Chessoni, a first secretary at the Kenyan Embassy in Washington, can’t understand why his office gets so many baseless questions about whether Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

    “It’s madness,” said Chessoni on Monday.“His father, in 1961, would not even have been in Kenya. When this matter first came up, the Kenyan government did its research and confirmed that these are all baseless claims.”” …

    Obama has a Hawaii birth certificate that says that he was born in Hawaii, in Kapiolani Hospital, and the officials of both parties in Hawaii have confirmed that fact. It is also confirmed by the birth announcement in the Hawaii newspapers in 1961, which were sent to the papers only by the DOH of Hawaii.

    Obama’s birth announcement appeared in a section of the newspapers called Health Bureau Statistics. As the name indicates, and as the papers and the DOH also say, ONLY the DOH of Hawaii could send birth notices to the Health Bureau Statistics section of the paper. And the DOH only sent out those notices for children that it had issued birth certificates for, and in 1961 the DOH was not allowed to register the births of children who were not born in Hawaii.

  2. For Obama to have been born in a foreign country:

    (1) Obama’s relatives would have had to have been rich enough (and they weren’t. In 1961 Obama’s grandfather was a furniture salesman, and his grandmother was a low-level employee in a bank [she did not become a vice president until 1970], and his father went from Kenya to Hawaii on a free flight) and dumb enough to send their daughter at high risk of stillbirth to a foreign country to give birth—-—despite there being fine hospitals in Hawaii;

    (2) Obama’s mother would have had to have traveled overseas ALONE (since WND has proven with a FOI Act request that Obama senior stayed in Hawaii throughout 1961) and somehow got Obama back to the USA without getting him entered on her US passport or getting a visa for him (which would have had to have been applied for in a US consulate in that country and the records would still exist);

    (3) got the officials in Hawaii to record his birth in Hawaii despite (as birthers claim) his being born in another country and somehow got the teacher who wrote home to her father, named Stanley, about the birth in Hawaii of a child to a woman named Stanley to lie (and since the woman’s father’s name really was Stanley, she would have had to have found one of the very few women with fathers of that name to do it).

    If you sincerely believe that Obama could have been born in a foreign country, then you could answer all three points. For Obama to have been born in a foreign country, all three would have had to have happened.

    So, the question is, what are the chances that all three happened?

    (Oh, and there isn’t even proof that Obama’s mother had a passport in 1961, and very very few 18-year-olds did, and EXTREMELY few women traveled abroad late in pregnancy in 1961 because of the risk of stillbirths. Yet birther sites hope that a few GULLIBLE people will just assume that she was one of the few to have a passport and one of the extremely few women to travel abroad late in pregnancy, and that the birth certificate is forged and the officials of BOTH parties who have confirmed it and the Index Data and the birth notices sent to the Hawaii newspapers and the teacher who wrote home are all lying. )


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