Millions of children will be targeted to improve their reading skills over the next five years under a new Obama administration literacy program in nearly 30,000 public and private primary schools.
But the schools are not in the U.S., they’re in the Republic of Kenya.
The tentatively titled Kenya Early Grade Reading Project, or KEGRP, seeks to implement national curriculum standards, deploy more than 1,000 trainers to assist tens of thousands teachers and improve the ratio of textbooks to students. The Obama administration didn’t reveal the cost of the program.
According to a draft Statement of Work that WND located via routine database research, the U.S. Agency for International Development wants to ensure Kenyan children develop strong reading comprehension skills.
Accomplishing that task will be possible only when “access to quality materials matches the political and social will” to make it happen, the agency said in the document.
Kenya is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, which peaked in fiscal 2009 at $830 million. The president’s fiscal 2014 request, however, dipped to $460 million.
The Obama administration nonetheless continues to view Kenya “as a strategic partner and anchor state in East Africa, and as critical to counterterrorism efforts in the region,” according to a Congressional Research Service report that the Federation of American Scientists made available earlier this year.
USAID’s Office of Education and Youth in Kenya acknowledged that it must proceed carefully when carrying out KEGRP, particularly in light of previous corruption scandals at the Kenyan Ministry of Education.
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This week, PBS’s “Frontline” published the transcript from a June 27, 2012 interview with Kristen Caldwell, a woman who grew up with President Barack Obama and attended the Punahou School with him in Honolulu, Hawaii. Among other claims, she told PBS that, as a young child, Obama told his classmates that he was Kenyan royalty or an Indonesian prince — fascinating claims that she discussed in great detail.
The former classmate, who referred to Obama as “Barry” throughout the interview (the name she claims his classmates called him), said that she believes Obama was at the prestigious school on scholarship. Like other kids who were attending on reduced admission, he likely worked at the tennis courts on campus — a location where the two frequently hung out.
During the interview, she described Obama’s physical appearance and his frequent purported embellishment of his background.
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2012.10.01 (Narathiwat, Thailand) – A 40-year-old Buddhist teacher is shot three times in the head by Muslim militants.
2012.10.01 (Khost, Afghanistan) – A Fedayeen suicide bombers murders fourteen people, including three Americans.
2012.09.30 (Qamishli, Syria) – A Shahid suicide car bomber takes eight other souls with him.
2012.09.30 (Nairobi, Kenya) – A child is killed when Religion of Peace proponents toss a grenade into a church.
2012.09.30 (Taji, Iraq) – The Islamic Army of Iraq takes down eight people with three car bombs.
2012.09.30 (Madain, Iraq) – Three Shia pilgrims riding a minibus are exterminated by Sunni bombers.
Attackers armed with machetes and spears killed at least 48 villagers from a rival community overnight Tuesday and set houses ablaze in what the police say was a revenge attack. Most of the victims were women and children.
At least 48 Kenyans were hacked or burnt to death in ethnic clashes between two rival groups, the worst single attack since deadly post-election violence four years ago, police said Wednesday.
“It is a very bad incident…. They include 31 women, 11 children and six men,” regional deputy police chief Joseph Kitur said of the attack, which took place late Tuesday between the Pokomo and Orma peoples in the rural Tana River district.
Kitur said “34 were hacked to death and 14 others were burnt to death,” while several huts were torched after a gang of men launched the attack, the latest in a long history of bitter clashes between the rival groups in the remote area of Kenya.
It was not clear what sparked the attack, but the two communities have clashed before over the use of land and water resources, although the scale and intensity of the killings shocked police.
The attack happened in the Reketa area of Tarassa in Kenya’s south-east, close to the coast and some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
In 2001, at least 130 people were killed in a string of clashes in the same district and between the same two communities about access to land and a river.
“Clashes over pasture have been recurrent in this region,” said national police spokesman Eric Kiraithe.
The Pokomo are a largely settled farming people, planting crops along the Tana River, while the Orma are largely cattle-herding pastoralists.
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Auntie Zeituni has written a book. It’s called “Tears of Abuse,” on account of how tough she’s had it.
Have I read it? Of course not. Have you read her nephew’s best-seller — Dreams from My Ghostwriter, I mean Father? No one has — it’s sold millions of copies, but until two weeks ago, not a single reader got far enough into it to learn that Obama was a dog-eater with “composite” girlfriends.
Anyway, I have the press release on “Tears of Abuse,” which describes Auntie Zeituni’s journey to the United States “where she faces the unthinkable; failing health and quarantined in a hospital while on vacation in a foreign country.”
Vacation? Surely she meant to say “welfare.”
“As her story unfolds she becomes a resident of (a) homeless shelter and a subject of deportation.”
How dare they! Just because she’s an illegal alien, they want to deport her.
Have they forgotten the immortal words of Marsha Coakley: “Technically it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts.”
And if you don’t believe Marsha, just ask Uncle Omar, Auntie Zeituni’s brother, or half-brother, or whatever. Technically, it is also apparently not illegal to be driving drunk illegally in Massachusetts, at least if you’re an illegal alien.
Auntie Zeituni was victimized in Kenya but, believe it or not, “she was later victimized in the U.S.”
Talk about victimization — do you realize, you actually have to go down to the welfare office to apply for the dole? The welfare office doesn’t make house calls. Not yet anyway. Her nephew hasn’t been re-elected.
But Auntie Zeituni’s story has a happy ending.
“ ‘Tears of Abuse’ reveals how this remarkable woman turns the unfathomable into triumph.”
Public housing, on the dole — what else would you call it but a triumph? The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty needs to be rewritten. Forget the huddled masses yearning to “breathe free.” Now the huddled masses demand to “live free.”
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In his three years as U.S. president, Barack Obama has been dogged by claims he is not patriotic enough.
Last year he even had to publish his birth certificate to silence doubters who suggested he was not born an American.
Now it emerges that similar fears were expressed about his father, who was categorised with others as ‘anti-American and anti-white’ when he moved to the United States in 1959.
Mr Obama Snr had grown up in Kenya under British rule and aroused the fears of both colonial officers and American officials when he won a chance to study in Hawaii. The officials felt Kenyan students were ‘academically inferior’ with a ‘bad reputation’ for turning anti-American.
A memo from a British diplomat in Washington to Whitehall – released today by the National Archives in West London – sets out their concerns about the young Kenyans.
Dated September 1, 1959, it says: ‘I have discussed with the State Department. They are as disturbed about these developments as we are. They point out that Kenya students have a bad reputation over here for falling into the wrong hands and for becoming both anti-American and anti-white.’
In one of the Foreign Office files, the future president’s father appears on a list of Kenyan students as ‘OBAMA, Barack H’ – they shared the same name.
At the age of 23, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu to study economics with classmates including Ann Dunham, a 17-year-old white American from Kansas. The couple had a short marriage that led to the birth in 1961 of the future president, Barack Obama II.
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President Barack Obama’s Kenyan uncle was arrested for drunk driving and remains in custody without bail on an immigration detainer. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, however, declined to comment this morning on whether the president’s uncle will be released because of her cabinet department’s new enforcement guidelines.
Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, is the half-brother of the president’s late father. ”His immigration status couldn’t immediately be confirmed, but such orders [immigration detainers] are generally reserved for people living in the country illegally,” according to the Associated Press.
“I know that his uncle has been picked up, but I don’t know the facts of the case,” Napolitano said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “I can’t comment on the specific case … I don’t really know about it.”
In the last two months, officials at the Department of Homeland Security have effectively stopped deporting illegal immigrants unless the border-violators have also broken additional laws.
Border security officials are now developing a list of criminal offenses that would be deemed too minor to trigger deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants, explained Napolitano.
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