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A regular up-date featuring articles written for publications

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Eric Talmadge of AP on how US military relief is both a godsend to the victims and a publicity goldmine for the troops.

On the Philippine islands of Leyte and Samar that were shattered by Typhoon Haiyan, there is no doubt about it: the U.S. military has been a godsend. "It is awesome to see this," says one grateful villager. "They are saving us." But while U.S. military support can be critical when disasters like Haiyan strike, staging massive humanitarian relief missions for allies in need isn't just about being a good neighbor. They can be a strategic and publicity goldmine for U.S. troops, whose presence in Asia isn't always portrayed in such a favorable light -- and a powerful warning to countries that aren't on board. Read the article

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