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  1. According to a recent report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, In 2006, the US was by far the biggest aid donor, extending $22.7 billion, followed by Britain with $12.6 billion, Japan with $11.6 billion, France with $10.4 billion and Germany with $10.3 billion. It is the first time that Japan has ranked third or lower since 1982.

    • Information is incorrect. The US is one of the worst aid donors; less than 17 cts p/100 $ income. Sweden, with 1.03 $ p/100 $ income is the best.

      Check http://www.poverty.com/internationalaid.html for the actual situation.

      • You are wrong. It is well known around the world that US is the largest donor.

        Poverty.com says that they get their statistics from http://www.oecd.org/. So go to their website and navigate to Home:> United States United States (2006), DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations.

        Here is a link.


        The first paragraph clearly states that the US is the largest donor.

        • maxD is right. The U.S. agreed with 22 other wealthy countries to make concrete efforts towards the goal of each giving 0.7 per cent of their national income as aid to the poorest countries. As of 2006 the U.S. aid as a % of income stood at .17 per cent, down from .22% in 2005.

          • Whether US gives only 0% or 100% of its GDP it was and is always the world’s LARGEST donor of aid in cash and kind for over 100 years. Unparalleled and unrivalled in terms of generousity.

              • It is not “eastern”. In a sense that a lot of it comes from own Western leftists, mainly in Europe, but also including USA. So a different name should be thought of. In old times I would call it “Communist”, “pinkie” or “leftist”. Any suggestions are welcome.

              • Thanks for the links. The OECD Review of the Development Co-operation Policies and Programs of the United States is quite critical of the U.S. aid program. Some examples (parenthetical remarks are mine):

                *Much of the aid was in the form of (failed) reconstruction in Iraq and debt forgiveness to that country; reconstruction and anti narcotics efforts in Afghanistan (also failed); and specific programs in Africa, primarily Sudan (low priority) and Ethiopia (political).

                *The Department of State has shaped a policy of Transformational Diplomacy. This policy remains primarily as a tool to support other priority political goals.

                *Transformational Diplomacy has crystallized around an operational matrix – the Foreign Assistance Framework. This framework does not yet fully factor in international objectives for reducing world poverty; it only offers the opportunity to do so.

                *Aid disbursements managed by the U.S. Department of Defense have increased.

                In other words, the U.S. aid program to alleviate poverty is mostly smoke and mirrors. Is it any wonder that U.S. citizens as well as most of the world believe that U.S. aid is diverted for more political objectives, such as supporting regimes friendly to the US?

                • Whther OECD criticise US AID or praise US AID. USA was and is always the BIGGEST DONOR of International Aid consecutively for the past 100 years. Russia will always be poor trash 3rd world Aid recepient, along with much of Africa.

                  Oh You don’t wanna live there, cause you know exactly what Russia is, land of poverty and disease. Where men are expected to live only 58 years comapared to 76 in USA. Is that why you still live in USA despite all its shortcomings you regularly mentioned? To get that extra 18 years of luxurious life compared to starvation, disease and sufferings in Russia LOL!

              • Gentlemen.

                All of you are right.

                I suggest that we put it like this: “USA is the largest and most important donor (i.e. in absolute numbers) while it is not the most generous (i.e. relatively)”, or, if you like, “While it is not the most generous (i.e. relatively) USA is the largest and most important donor (i.e. in absolute numbers)”.

                No reason to argue.

              • John from Kansas, USAdo you ever say anything positive about your country? Do you believe there is anything positive to say about it?

                I dont dispute any of the facts anyone threw out above, but its interesting that your comments about your country are always negative, while you waste no time at all to say only positive things about Russia and/or other countries. Such a one-sided assessment of any country seems odd, and based on how you feel, you must really hate living in the US.

                • You are making assumptions again. But does it ever bother you to know what is being done in our name? It should. It bothers me that the values that we believe have been trampled upon by those in power. Everyone knows the positive aspects of America, but too many Americans feel that those traits justify an arrogant and ugly policy towards other countries. You know them, the “USA #1” crowd that thinks that world affairs is a sporting event. Instead of war and predatory capitalism, why aren’t we matching other countries to end world poverty? Why aren’t we promoting co-operation and mutual respect? What’s wrong with expecting the United States government to live up to our own ideals? This site is about Russia (Russian Federation), Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, etc. whose people are well aware of their own problems. They don’t need the U.S. preaching to them.

                  • I’m not assuming anything. Go back and read our own posts, and if you have any sense of objectivity at all you will agree that I have a valid point based in/on fact. Why can’t you answer it, rather than dodging it with a counter-accusation?

                    I wholeheartedly agree with your statement that “This site is about Russia (Russian Federation), Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, etc. whose people are well aware of their own problems. They dont need the U.S. preaching to them.”

                    Your own statement adds even more weight to my question about why you use this forum to denigrate the US. If you believe your own statement, then why can’t you just leave the US out of the discussion? Can’t you say nice things about Russia, or defend it (not that they need any of us to defend them) without “slamming” your own country all the time?

                    You’ll notice that while I have often debated/argued with you and Boris Abramov (I’ve about decided you are the same person 🙂 ), I also have said many positive things about Russia, the Russian people, and the photos that are posted on this site. If I didn’t like Russia, I wouldn’t have spent time there and I wouldn’t have invested so much time and money over the years in learning about it. I wish them the best and see potential for a great future for the country, but that doesn’t mean I have to slam my own country, or anyone else’s, at the same time.

                    By the way, I saw your photo on the forum, and I like your Che Guevara-style fatigue shirt. Was that taken when you were trekking through the mountains of Bolivia, helping Evo Morales organize his fighters? 🙂

                    (Seriously, I like the shirt, but I couldn’t resist that).

                    • Why are Americans so bad at taking criticism? Espetially criticism of a constructive nature the only intention of which is to improve the country rather then being counterproductive?

                    • List of Journalist murdered in Russia.

                      Marina Pisareva, deputy head of Russian office of German media group Bertelsmann was found dead at her country cottage outside Moscow in April [8].
                      Konstantin Brovko, journalist of TV company “Gubernia” (Russian: “Губерния”), killed in Khabarovsk
                      Ivan Safronov, Military columninst of newspaper “Kommersant”. Died in Moscow on March 2 – cause of death disputed.[11]

                      Vadim Kuznetsov, editor-in-chief of journal “World and home. Saint Petersburg”, killed in Saint Petersburg
                      Vaghif Kochetkov, newspaper Trud (Labor), killed in Tula;
                      Ilya Zimin, he worked for NTV Russia television channel, killed in Moscow;
                      Vyacheslav Akatov, special reporter, “Business Moscow” TV show, killed in Moscow Region;
                      Anton Kretenchuk, cameraman, 38th TV Channel, killed in Rostov-on-Don;
                      Yevgeny Gerasimenko, newspaper “Saratovsky Rasklad”, Saratov;
                      Vlad Kidanov, freelance journalist, Cheboksary;
                      Alexander Petrov, editor-in-chief, “Right for Choice” magazine, killed near Omsk – in Altai Republic;
                      Vyacheslav Plotnikov, reporter, 41st TV Channel, Voronezh;
                      Anna Politkovskaya, observer, newspaper Novaya Gazeta, Moscow.[12][13][14][15]

                      Pavel Makeyev, reporter for TNT-Pulse Company, Rostov-on-Don;
                      Magomedzaghid Varisov, Makhachkala;
                      Alexander Pitersky, Baltika Radio reporter, Saint Petersburg;
                      Vladimir Pashutin, newspaper Smolensky Literator, Smolensk;
                      Tamirlan Kazikhanov, press service head, Anti-Terrorist Center of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs’s Main Department for the Southern Federal District, Nalchik;
                      Kira Lezhneva, reporter, newspaper “Kamensky Worker”, Sverdlovsk Region.[16]

                      Yefim Sukhanov, ATK-Media, Archangelsk;
                      Farit Urazbayev, cameraman, Vladivostok TV/Radio Company, city of Vladivostok;
                      Adlan Khassanov, Reuters reporter, killed in Grozny;
                      Shangysh Mondush, correspondent for newspaper Khemchiktin Syldyzy, Tuva Republic;
                      Paul Khlebnikov, editor of Russian version of Forbes magazine, Moscow;
                      Payl Peloyan, editor of Armyansky Pereulok magazine, Moscow;
                      Zoya Ivanova, BGTRK broadcaster, Republic of Buryatia;
                      Vladimir Pritchin, editor-in-chief of North Baikal TV/Radio Company, Republic of Buryatia;
                      Ian Travinsky, Saint Petersburg, killed in Irkutsk;[17]

                      Aleksei Sidorov, Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye, October 9, 2003, Togliatti. He was the second editor-in-chief of local newspaper, “Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye” to be shot to death. His predecessor, Valery Ivanov, was shot in April 2002. The newspaper was known for reporting on organized crime and corruption in the industrial city of Togliatti. [9]
                      Yuri Shchekochikhin, Novaya Gazeta, July 3, 2003, Moscow. Deputy editor of the Novaya Gazeta, he died just a few days before his scheduled trip to USA to discuss the results of his journalist investigation with FBI officials. He investigated “Three Whales Corruption Scandal” that involved high-ranking FSB officials. Shchekochikhin died from an “acute allergic reaction” to a substance that was presumably identified as thallium. [10]
                      Dmitry Shvets, TV-21 Northwestern Broadcasting, April 18, 2003, Murmansk. He was deputy director of the independent television station TV-21 Northwestern Broadcasting. He was shot dead outside his station offices. Shvets’ colleagues said their station had received multiple threats for its reporting on influential local politicians. [11]
                      [edit] 2002
                      Natalia Skryl, the Nashe Vremya newspaper, Taganrog town;
                      Konstantin Pogodin, the Novoye Delo newspaper, Nizhni Novgorod city;
                      Valeri Batuev, Moscow News newspaper, Moscow;
                      Sergei Kalinovski, the Moskovskiy Komsomolets, Smolensk;
                      Vitali Sakhn-Val’da, photojournalist, Kursk town;
                      Leonid Shevchenko, the Pervoye Chteniye newspaper, Volgograd;
                      Valeri Ivanov, the chief editor for the Tol’yattinskoye Obozrenie newspaper, the Samara region;
                      Sergei Zhabin,the press service of the governor of the Moscow region;
                      Nikolai Vasiliev, Cheboksary city, Chuvashia;
                      Leonid Kuznetsov, the Mescherskaya Nov’ newspaper, the Ryazan region;
                      Paavo Voutilainen, a former main editor of the Kareliya magazine, Kareliya;
                      Scott Service Roderig John, the Frontline-TV TV Company, from Great Britain.
                      Alexandr Plotnikov, the Gostiny Dvor newspaper, Tyumen city;
                      Oleg Sedinko, the founder of the Novaya Volna TV and Radio Company, Vladivostok city;
                      Nikolai Razmolodin, the general director of the Europroject TV and Radio Company, Ulyanovsk town;

                      Igor Salikov, the chief of the Department of information safety of the Moskovskiy Komsomolets newspaper in Penza;
                      Leonid Plotnikov, the publishing house “Periodicals of the Mari-El”, Yoshkar-Ola.[18]

                      Eduard Markevich, 29, editor and publisher of local newspaper Novy Reft in Sverdlovsk Region, was found dead (shot in the back) on September 18. He often criticized local officials and had received threatening telephone phone calls prior to the murder. [12] [19]

                      Vladimir Yatsina, February 20, 2000. A correspondent for ITAR-TASS, he was kidnapped and later killed by a group of Wahhabis in Chechnya [20]
                      Aleksandr Yefremov, May 12, 2000, Chechnya. A photojournalist of the western Siberian newspaper Nashe Vremya was killed in Chechnya when rebels blew up a military jeep in which he was riding. On previous assignments, Yefremov had won acclaim for his news photographs from the war-torn region. [13]
                      Igor Domnikov, from Novaya Gazeta, July 16, 2000, Moscow. Unknown assassin hit him repeatedly on the head with a hammer in the entryway of his apartment building in Moscow. The killer was never found. It is believed that the assailant mistook Domnikov for a Novaya Gazeta reporter Oleg Sultanov who received threats from the FSB for his reporting on corruption in the Russian oil industry.[14]
                      Sergey Novikov, Radio Vesna, July 26, 2000, Smolensk. He was shot and killed in the stairwell of his apartment building. He often criticized the government of Smolensk Region. [15]
                      Iskandar Khatloni, Radio Free Europe, September 21, 2000, Moscow. He was killed at night with axe in his Moscow apartment by an unknown assailant. The motif of the murder is unknown, but Khatloni work on stories about the human-rights abuses in Chechnya [16].

                      Sergey Ivanov, Lada-TV, October 3, 2000, Togliatti. He was shot five times in the head and chest in front of his apartment building. He was director of Lada-TV, the largest independent television company in Togliatti, which was an important player on the local political scene. [17].

                      Adam Tepsurgayev, Reuters, November 21, 2000, Chechnya. A Chechen cameraman, he was shot at a neighbor’s house in the village of Alkhan-Kala. He produced most of Reuters’ footage from Chechnya in 2000, including shots of Chechen rebel Shamil Basayev having his foot amputated. [18].


                      Oh why don’t you live in Russia? Cause you knew quite well it is the WORST country on earth!

                    • Correct data. Though I do not think it’s the worst country in the world.

                      It has the biggest potential in the world, if the people would finally see that they have the power to make things work, instead of looking for a ‘strong man’ who ends up with a personality cult and causing even more problems than before.

                      Russians do not seem to learn from history.

                    • Wow, where did that come from? 🙂 Did I even mention the word “Russia”? 🙂

                      Its funny, but some americans have such a low self-esteem, that when someone makes a critique about their country, they straight away resort to pointing fingers at how bad the things are elsewhere 🙂 Quite pathetic really.

                    • You did exactly the samething by pointing fingers at America where everything is better than Poor trash Russia. No wonder, you left Russia. LOL!

                    • Yeah man, assumptions. Your questions were answered. The jacket is a U.S. Army Air Corps A-2. The location was California and the fighters were P-38’s.

                    • Maybe hottie should be just as concerned about the assasinations of journalist in the United States as well as other countries around the world.

                    • …heh, or maybe MI6. But once again you have cherry-picked the information. One of the sources on the Wikipedia link, the Committee to Protect Journalists, gives a little bit different take on this. Journalists should have the right to report the news without fear of reprisal anywhere in the world.


  2. So, if a very very rich man (who can afford to give great sums) tosses a nickel to the pauper while a man of far more modest means tosses only two cents, then the very very rich man is kinder? Is that how your moral compass works?

  3. John from Kansas, USA–do you ever say anything positive about your country? Do you believe there is anything positive to say about it?

    I don’t dispute any of the facts anyone threw out above, but it’s interesting that your comments about your country are always negative, while you waste no time at all to say only positive things about Russia and/or other countries. Such a one-sided assessment of any country seems odd, and based on how you feel, you must really hate living in the US.

  4. This is NOT photoshop. My company has installed this monitors in Kiev. One doublesided monitor ICON82 is installed on the corner of ARENA city on 14 of December.

  5. Wow…It’s just like the animated photographs in Harry Potter, except for the 21st century. Maybe they could do the same for car ads, travel ads, etc.

  6. This is a distinct Wp theme, exactly where did you obtain it? I am constantly trying to find an outstanding theme to apply on my blog site.


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