Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Helicopters vs Women

The US recently authorized $20 million of our money to be used in helicopter purchases for Guatemala and the D.R. While only $500,000 is earmarked for USAID programs addressing violence against women each year for the past three years.
In Guatemala in 2008 - at least 722 women where murdered, 2 die a day and this year the numbers are expected to increase by at least 30%.

[Federal Register: July 30, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 145)]
[Notices][Page 38078
DEPARTMENT OF STATE -Public Notice 6714

Determination Pursuant to Section 451 of the Foreign Assistance
Act Relating to the Guatemala and Dominican Republic Helicopter

Pursuant to section 451 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (the ``Act''), section 1-100 of Executive Order 12163, as amended, and Delegation of Authority 245-1, I hereby authorize, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the use of up to $20,000,000 in FY 2008 funds appropriated for counter narcotics activities in the Andean region of South America under chapter 8 of part I of the Act, in order to provide assistance authorized by part I of the Act for the countries of Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. This Determination shall be reported to the Congress promptly and published in the Federal Register. Dated: July 15, 2009. Jacob L. Lew, Deputy Secretary of State, Department of State.[FR Doc. E9-18224 Filed 7-29-09; 8:45 am]



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