The US Paid Some Musicians To Tackle Terrorism In Kenya — Then They Fled To Europe
The US has spent millions of dollars on a controversial counterterrorism program in Kenya, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. But critics say the program has endangered the lives of the people it was supposed to help — and accuse the US of collecting personal data on young Muslims.
Ghost Students, Ghost Teachers, Ghost Schools
The United States trumpets education as one of its shining successes of the war in Afghanistan. But a BuzzFeed News investigation reveals U.S. claims were often outright lies, as the government peddled numbers it knew to be false and touted schools that have never seen a single student.
Alan Gross Spent Five Years In Prison For Trying To Help Cubans Use The Internet
In 2009, an American aid worker seeking to provide internet service for Cubans was thrown in jail for more than five years. Now, as relations with Cuba finally thaw, the imprisonment of Alan Gross remains a prime example of how promoting American values in countries that don't want them is a policy that is as well-intentioned as it is poorly executed.