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The Fiscal Times, March 16, 2011: Foreign Aid Dilemma: Dictators on Our Dole

As violence rages in Libya and antigovernment protests spread across the Middle East, the Obama administration faces a diplomatic dilemma freighted with important budgetary implications. For decades, the U.S. government has showered foreign aid on countries with authoritarian governments – from Egypt to Yemen to Bahrain – that are now targets of protesters.

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