ON THE MEDIA | The US is becoming a nation of local news haves and have nots

July 6, 2022

The trend will not merely exacerbate the income divide of local communities, it will worsen the cultural and ideological divide. Local news vacuums tend to get filled by national news — which is more partisan and more ideological — or through social media.

Source: Opinion: We are becoming a nation of local news haves and have nots, Opinion by , July 6, 2022

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During the former Islamic Republic, foreign aid grants funded 75 percent of public spending. Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the United States has provided $775 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, but the UN says at least $4.4 billion is needed to address the emergency needs of more than 24 million Afghans – 60 percent of the population.

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