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Subsidizing Poor Governance; GMO Pork; Trees for Grass

Subsidizing Poor Governance Development assistance goes to some very needy nations, but it may also enable corrupt political regimes to persevere when they should collapse. Afghanistan receives aid despite control by the Taliban, which banned women from governing positions and abolished the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Its Islamic Emirate Army envisions being more like Iran. The Democratic of Congo is not democratic, with the Catholic Church saying 2018 election results do not correspond with what its election monitors documented. The regime conducts ethnic genocide and there are reports of forced labor and child labor. South Sudan has had a civil war and ongoing ethnic violence with a President that dissolved the Parliament and sign...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

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