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Center for Public Integrity: How shipping unions sunk food aid reform

US Navy personnel from the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, load rice and other food supplies onto a U.S. Navy helicopter at Banda Aceh airport for a sortie to earthquake-tsunami victims, January 4, 2005, in northwest Indonesia. (AP File)

A plan to reshape the way in which the U.S. delivers half of the world’s food aid was dealt a decisive blow by a small but determined group of maritime unions.

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