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Human Rights in the Federal Budget Part 1: Creative Accounting and Overseas Aid

May 17, 2013

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By Adam McBeth Following Tuesday’s budget, much has been made of the government’s deferral (yet again) of the commitment to increase spending on official development assistance (or overseas aid) to 0.5% of gross national income until 2017-18. This amounts to a cut of $1.9 billion from previously forecast aid levels over the period to June […]

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Vaccinating kids, spying on Bin Laden: just another misuse of humanitarian aid

July 21, 2011

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By Marius Smith It has recently emerged that the CIA set up a vaccination campaign in Pakistan as part of a covert operation to monitor Osama Bin Laden’s compound there and obtain a DNA sample from one of his relatives.  Although plenty of people would argue that the end justifies the means, jeopardising the health […]

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