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Democracy promotion vs. antipoverty spending ?

Ignacio Hernandez's picture

The New York Times editorial last Saturday "Foreign Aid, Revised" warns against the increasingly apparent focus of US foreign aid on democracy promotion and terrorism fighting at the expense of antipoverty programs.

 

Promoting democracy and fighting terrorism are laudable goals. But such work needs to come on top of — not instead of — financing antipoverty programs, which save hundreds of thousands of lives and earn untold good will for the United States. 

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