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September 20, 1992
The article "Vietnamese Say They'll Send Aid to Homeland Despite Criticism" (Sept. 2), based on the recent trip to Vietnam by our group leader Mr. Bang Cong Nguyen, presented several not-too-encouraging comments from a couple of Vietnamese community leaders, but more importantly stated very little of our group's concerns and intentions. Basically, our group (Social Assistance Program for Vietnam) is a nonprofit and non-governmental organization whose primary objectives are to provide face-to-face humanitarian aid to Vietnam.
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March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are hammering President Obama for a stronger U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, but Congress has so far been unable to provide a unified course of action amid its own partisan divisions in an election year. Various proposals are being floated in Congress to shore up the new Ukrainian government and punish Russia for its move toward annexation of Crimea. Republicans want to expand U.S. natural gas exports to Europe to reduce Western allies' reliance on the flow of fuel from Russia.
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WORLD
June 5, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syria retaliated Tuesday for last week's expulsion of its diplomats from Washington and other capitals, barring or expelling foreign envoys from 11 nations, including the United States. But the government of President Bashar Assad also consented to longtime international demands for augmented humanitarian access, agreeing to allow United Nations and other aid workers to enter four strife-ridden provinces: Homs, Idlib, Dara and Dair Alzour. Human rights groups had complained about restricted access for providing food, medical assistance and shelter for victims of Syria's escalating violence.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By Lorie Graham
"Does it stay on all the time or does it come off?" Ahmed asked from his hospital bed, frowning at the thought of a prosthetic leg. "I want one that doesn't come off. " These are the words of a 12-year-old boy, an innocent victim of a brutal regime and an international system that has in too many ways failed the people of Syria. My own 13-year-old, reading these words in the newspaper, asks whether there is something that can be done to help. I begin my usual "It's complicated" - there are legal constraints, there is the lack of political will - but seeing the look in my son's eyes, I say instead, "Yes there is. " The U.N. Security Council, and its permanent members in particular, could take bolder action, working in good faith toward delivering on the promise of the U.N. Charter: "To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, [and]
WORLD
March 21, 2009 | Edmund Sanders
Angered by the Sudanese government's decision to expel 13 foreign aid groups in Darfur, leaders at one of the region's largest displacement camps are threatening to reject all humanitarian assistance until the organizations are allowed back. The self-imposed aid embargo at Kalma camp, which includes the monthly food distribution, is heightening concerns about the welfare of the 88,000 residents. The World Food Program said Kalma leaders Thursday refused a grain delivery. The U.N.
NEWS
August 22, 2011 | By David Cloud
As forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi made a last stand in Tripoli, the U.S. believes that Kadafi is still somewhere in Libya, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. “We do not have any information that he has left the country,” Col. Dave Lapan said. U.S. aircraft are continuing to fly surveillance operations over Libya as part of the NATO effort to find Kadafi and other Libyan leaders, NATO officials said.  The operations include U.S. Predator drone aircraft, two more of which were deployed to Libya last week.
WORLD
March 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
REYHANLI, Turkey - The Syrian opposition fighter arrived unexpectedly at Dr. Mazen Kewara's office at the Syrian American Medical Assn., desperately seeking help. Humanitarian aid was not reaching enough armed rebels and civilians in Syria's Idlib province, an exasperated Abdullatif "Abu Salah" Halaq told the doctor in this Turkish border town. The association could not wait for the needy to ask for assistance, Halaq said; it must try harder to locate those needing medical aid. "Your work here is good, but there are shortages," he said recently, looking at Kewara through bloodshot eyes.
WORLD
February 23, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
The United States and allied governments seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad were expected to exert new pressure Friday on Syrian authorities to agree to a cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid into besieged areas such as the battered central city of Homs. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the many diplomats scheduled to arrive Friday in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, with a goal of turning up the heat on Assad's government. "We've got to find ways to get food, medicine and other humanitarian assistance in to those affected by violence," Clinton said Thursday in London, where she and other diplomats discussed Syria, among other issues.
NEWS
August 1, 1985 | LEE MAY and DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writers
Congress, rushing toward its summer vacation, gave final approval Wednesday to aid for Nicaraguan rebels and also moved to kill the nation's synthetic fuels program. The House and Senate included $27 million in humanitarian aid to the Nicaraguan rebels, known as contras, in the first foreign aid bill to clear Congress in four years. Under terms of the bill, the aid cannot be distributed by either the Central Intelligence Agency or the Defense Department.
NEWS
March 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel, accused by Baghdad of aiding the U.S.-British invasion, offered to assist the Iraqi people with humanitarian aid if the United Nations requested it. The statement came from Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom after talks with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind. "Leading from behind," you'll recall, is how a White House aide described Obama's strategy in Libya in 2011, when the United States hoped its allies would provide most of the help for rebels while American forces stayed largely in the rear. That's not how it worked out. Libya's revolution took longer than expected, the allies weren't up to the job and U.S. warplanes ended up in the middle of the fray.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations on Saturday called for improved humanitarian access for millions of needy Syrians as Syrian government forces pounded rebel positions and the latest car bomb apparently linked to the civil war exploded in neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council resolution, passed unanimously in New York, demanded that "all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered access" for humanitarian assistance, including aid across conflict zones and via international borders.
WORLD
February 6, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
DAMASCUS, Syria -- An agreement has been reached to evacuate civilians trapped in the battle-scarred remnants of the Old City of Homs, Syria's third-largest city, the state news agency reported Thursday. The accord would also allow the delivery of “humanitarian assistance and supplies to the civilians who would choose to stay inside the city,” according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency. The plight of people trapped in Old Homs drew international attention last month when negotiators at Syrian peace talks in Geneva said officials had arranged to evacuate civilians and deliver humanitarian aid. However, that prospective deal fell apart amid deep distrust between the government and a holdout force of rebels who are bunkered down inside Old Homs.
WORLD
January 31, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim
As the long-awaited Syrian peace talks began in Geneva this month, the dwindling supply of bulgur wheat in besieged Homs all but ran out. The grain was the last remaining food staple in a dozen opposition-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, which have been under a government blockade for more than a year. Residents face starvation as food and medicine are prevented from entering and people from leaving, activists say. Like other parts of Syria under blockade by either government or opposition forces, Homs has experienced a dramatic dwindling of essential supplies.
WORLD
January 17, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The Syrian government Friday said it had presented plans to its Russian allies for a cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo and an exchange of prisoners with the opposition in advance of peace talks next week in Switzerland. The announcement in Moscow by Walid Moallem , the Syrian foreign minister, appeared to be a significant development in advance of possibly landmark peace talks slated to begin Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux . The proposals would also seem to put the government of President Bashar Assad , whom the opposition has been fighting to topple, at the center of the cease-fire plan.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
ARIVACA, Ariz. - There was a time when Maggie Milinovitch and her husband didn't agree on whether to give food and water to the weary border crossers who traversed the couple's desert land a few miles north of the Mexico border in southern Arizona. While she wanted to help, her husband worried they may be arrested or lose their land if they gave aid to the dozens of travelers, many of them desperate and dehydrated, and some nearly crippled by enormous blisters on the bottoms of their feet.
WORLD
February 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States will continue sending humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people even after a Hamas government is formed, a senior U.S. envoy told Palestinian leaders during the first high-level meeting between the two sides since Hamas' election victory. State Department envoy David Welch said the United States continues "to be devoted to the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people and we shall remain so."
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Backed by four U.S. Navy ships, hundreds of heavily armed Marines moved into the convulsed island territory of East Timor, delivering humanitarian aid and ready to defend against any threat by militia gangs, said Marine spokesman Lt. Jeff Landis. Last week, militias killed three U.N. aid workers in neighboring West Timor, and other gangs have killed two U.N. peacekeepers in East Timor in recent clashes. The U.S. troops ferried tons of building materials and food to humanitarian groups.
WORLD
December 11, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIRUT -- The United States has suspended delivery of non-lethal aid to the armed opposition in northern Syria following reports that Islamist militias had seized U.S.-provided equipment inside the country, the American Embassy in Turkey confirmed Wednesday. The move appears to be the latest blow to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, which has been increasingly overshadowed on the battlefield by hard-line Islamist insurgents, including several groups linked to Al Qaeda. The White House strategy in Syria has been based on supporting so-called moderate elements in the armed opposition fighting to oust the government of President Bashar Assad.
WORLD
November 15, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Under fire for what critics say is the slow pace of its typhoon relief effort, the Philippine government Friday defended its handling of what might be the worst natural disaster in recent history. "In a situation like this, nothing is fast enough," Interior Secretary Max Roxas told reporters during a visit to Tacloban , the provincial capital that was largely destroyed by the typhoon a week earlier.  "The need is massive, the need is immediate, and you can't reach everyone.
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