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USAID contractor resigns after presentation on maternal and child mortality in Gaza cancelled

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Democracy Now! speaks with Alex Smith, a former contractor with the US Agency for International Development who resigned in protest over President Joe Biden’s administration’s support for the war on Gaza.

Smith worked as a senior adviser on gender, maternal health, child health and nutrition at USAID until recently, when he was set to deliver a presentation on maternal and child mortality among Palestinians.

One day before he was scheduled to present, the USAID leadership cancelled his presentation. Smith says he was then given a choice between resignation and dismissal.

“I would like them to stop gaslighting and speak truthfully about what is happening,” says Smith, who says USAID must do more than acknowledge famine is happening in Gaza. “We need to take the next step of saying it is illegal and who is doing the starvation intentionally.”

Smith condemns the Biden administration for silencing US experts while supporting Israel, which claims there is no famine in Gaza. “It’s shameful that misinformation can go around the world to millions, while we at USAID can’t even whisper about it in a conference on gender and human rights and health outcomes.”

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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