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This is what US backed regime changes used to look like back in the days and a bid to ensure US political and economic interests were safeguarded. CIA backed coups d´etats ousted democraticaly elected leaders from Mohamed Mosadek in Iran to Salvador Allende in Chile. In their place all too often brutal dictatorships and governments that commited heinous crimes against their people. By the 1980s, the reign of terror that blazed across Latin America by Washington´s henchmen was too much for most people to stomach. To replace the overt support for dictatorships, a new concept for regime change was born; one that sounds and looks better – democracy promotion. The concept of democracy promotion is simple; finance, train, and politically back local opposition forces around the world that support the American agenda. Dr. William Robinson is the foremost expert on regime change through democracy promotion. He wrote the book ‘Promoting Polyarchy.’ “In Latin America, in Eastern Europe with the Velvet Revolutions, in Africa, in the Middle East, really all over the world, the U.S. set up these different mechanisms now for penetrating these civil societies and the political systems of countries that are going to be intervened. And to assure that the outcomes would be pleasing to US foreign policy objectives. “We do this through surrogates and non-governmental organizations and through people who are less suspecting of the evil that may lurk behind their actions than perhaps they were before. Have we learned some lessons in that regard? You bet! Do we do it better? You bet! Is it still just as heinous as it has always been? You bet!” So while the goals remain the same, it’s no longer the CIA but the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners spearheading these effords. Allen Weinstein, one of the founders of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), explained to the Washington Post in 1991 "A lot of what we do now was done covertly by the CIA 25 years ago.” And like the CIA, USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy and a number of similar organizations receive funding from Congress. “Millions and millions of U.S. tax payer dollars go every year into funding for political organizations and campaigns in different countries around the world that promote US agenda. Most U.S. citizens are unaware of the fact that that is how their money is being spent, to meddle, and to influence and to interfere in other nation’s affairs,” The concept of facilitating regime change through democracy promotion has garnered wide criticism not just abroad but also at home in the United States. Congressman Ron Paul once wrote "It is particularly Orwellian to call US manipulation of foreign elections 'promoting democracy´. How would we Americans feel if e.g. the Chinese arrived with millions of dollars to support certain candidates deemed friendly to China?" “I think it’s terrible, we use taxpayer’s money to go over and use our military and our CIA and these programs that say ‘this is what you outta do’ and influence them. There is no authority for that, it doesn’t work, it teaches a lot of people to despise us,” Images of spontaneous popular uprisings in defense of democracy and free elections far from the US or maybe not so spontaneous or so very far from the US. Refined model for subverting a target country´s internal politics in favour of the US interests has been playing out worldwide its stage name - Democracy Promotion. Taking the lead in developing this new template for non-violent regime change. The US Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy. It´s not complicated but it´s very effective. All the sectors of the civil society will be identified and those that are commplient or can be broad on board to the US project, the interventionist project will then receive funding and guidance. One of the many examples are the colour revolutions in Eastern Europe. Collonel Lawrence Wilkerson - senior chief of staff to former secretary of state Collin Powel during the coloured revolutions and recalls the involvment of the USAID and NED As I saw happen for example in Ukraine, as I saw happen in Georgia, as I see happening in other places too - they don´t just propagandize or attempt to help with words and rethoric that opposition they actualy do things that give that opposition more power they coppy from one another. I think the first time that this was successful was in the war in Yugoslavia or in Sebia and they borrowed all kinds of things from that revolution including certain slogans and colours and symbols so they study what succeeds and how it worked and they use it again and again According to analysts youth groups were energized, rock bands lined up, laser shows were put on, the movements were marketed as cool. The objective was to make then into a national passion, a national pride if you will. Student leaders of the Serbian youth corps who played a key role in the 2000 ousting of Slobodan Milosevic. had seven to ten times more officials and USAID affilates according to the New York Times The same group also received several hundred thousand dollars for demonstration materials, T-shirts and stickers. On the other side of the world - in Latin America Some of the most active and capable programs have and continue to flourish in countries where capitalism isn´t the agenda. In Venezuela - that´s easily the most, the place where they send the most money. Chavez is enemy number one. Meet Maria Corrina Machado - by many standards the and to plenty of critics a product of US interventionalism Machado rose to fame with an NGO known as Súmate an organization that received hundreds of thousand of dollars from USAID and NED They lead the fiercest campains against Venezuelas democraticaly elected presidents in a Bolivarian revolution. In our case in fact we did receive funding from National Endowment for Democracy Like Georgia´s Sakashvilli foreign financing bolstered Machado´s image on the national and international stage. Even granting her a meeting with president George W. Bush. This is more then just funding going to some NGO, this is about promoting an individual. Who has the capacity to rise to power basicaly and who will share and promote the US agenda. Since 2000 USAID activated more then 620 programs in Venezuela alone costing up to 20 million dollars. These USAID memoirs from 2002 and 2003 describe the urgency of supporting civil society and the media and the continuation of stable free market-oriented democracy in Venezuela. The word free market is key. The president of the NED - Carl Gershman insists democracy promotion does not mean regime change. People like him equate democracy with capitalism and so when he is working against a socialist government or a socialist movement in his mind he is working for democracy. Great party! But who is picking up the tab? Apparently you are - the American tax payer. Nine billion dollars spent by the US Agency for International Development on promoting Washington´s democracy initiatives. A new model for influencing a target country´s internal politics in favour of US interests to financing training support and guidance to pro-US forces in foreign countries. Another democracy promoter the NED received $132 million during 2009 nearly all of it from US government agencies. But these are just the tip of the iceberg. There is and entire network of organizations involved in the democracy promotion business. Now in this 3rd decade of bringing the light of democracy and freedom to people without hope all across the world. The International Republican Institute ... Although all organizations insist there is no political afilliation the board of directiors for both NDI and IRI suggests otherwise. Former Secretaries of state National Security advisors members of Congress and even Clinton Bush and Reagan administration officials. They all have a history in Washington. One deeply rooted in sustaining the current foreign policy priority. To understand the US foreign policy one must first understand a very basic fact. The US government wants to dominate the world. This is what democracy promotion brought to people of Honduras. While USAID requests 800 000 dollars for strengthening the governance and democracy in Honduras journalists and activists are being brutalized and killed under the US backed government In Egypt a revolt againdt the US backed policies of Hosni Mubarak regime has mobilized these agencies to coopt opposition groups ensuring the result of the upcomming elections will be beneficial to Washington Wael Nawara is a member of an Egyptian opposition party they received funding or support from many NDI, the IRI, the people at the Carnegie, the Project of Middle East Democracy, the NED Many who study these agencies believe the soft money working behind the scenes is directly linked to the CIA. They had to have this new organization with a nice sounding name with democracy in it. An eye siding name wich would be free of the taint of the CIA and that was the reason the NED was created. USAID has implemented democracy promotion initiatives in over 100 coultries in the past 25 years. This year´s budget - one billion dollars. According to USAID´s webside - spending 10 million dollars in a target country increases the demand for democratic change five fold. How much of your tax money would you like to go to promoting democracy in Venzuela? None. Not that much. Would you be OK if foreign governments were giving our politicians money for the election campains? No, that would bother me. And herein lies the hypocrisy. We have here a very clear law under books prohibiting foreign governments from interfering in our elections. From supporting any candidates with money so we do exactly abroad what we prohibit at home. Encouraging transparency is a stated core element of the US government´s promoting democracy efford in foreign countries. However here at home the agencies themselves are far from transparent. Detailed budget programs are unavailable to the public and contact with the media is limited. Over the last 6 weeks RT repeatedly requested interviews with USAID NED, IRI and NDI. All of our requests were either denied or unanswered. Joan Hoffins, RT, Washington DC. transcription by Hugo Fogo

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Posted by: hugofogo on Feb 24, 2011

How the US influences foreign countries policies using NGOs etc.

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