TORONTO, ON, Oct 23, 2014/ Troy Media/ – Democracy is usually the first victim of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a U.S. agency that promotes U.S. foreign policy beneath the false guise of “promoting democracy”.
Considered a “soft” tool, NED and its subsidiaries work to transform societal fissures in target countries into gaping holes, through which covert agendas can metastasize before exploding into illegal regime changes.
Funding flows from the congressional budget of USAID, to NED and its subsidiaries, and finally to factions within target countries whose political economies do not align with globalized economic models of monopoly capitalism.
Venezuela and Honduras NED victims
Beneath NED’s democratic veneer is a Board Of Directors replete with members who also represent Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, board members include signatories to the pro-war, pro-corporatocracy Project For A New American Century think tank: political scientist Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man, Zalmay Khalizad, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Will Marshall, president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and former Republican Congressman Vin Weber.
Two (of many) examples of the damages wrought, and liberties lost, include Venezuela and Honduras.
While NED’s work in Honduras is finished, American-born attorney, writer and naturalized Venezuelan citizen Eva Golinger explains in The Dirty Hand Of The National Endowment For Democracy (NED) In Venezuela that in 2013 alone, and in “gross violation of Venezuelan law”, NED provided more than $2.3 million to Venezuelan opposition groups and projects.
The clear purpose of the funding was to undermine the democratically-elected Maduro government, and to destabilize Venezuela’s social democracy, in favour of a regime that embraces a U.S-style (neoliberal) economic model.
Another article by Golinger, Washington Behind The Honduran Coup explains that the International Republican Institute (IRI) received more than $1.2 million from NED in 2009 to “intervene in the internal politics of Honduras”.
This intervention contributed to the illegal coup in 2009 which deposed the democratically-elected government of Manuel Zelaya and installed a series of ruthless, murderous dictators, starting with Manuel Micheletti.
In Canada and the US on the wrong side of democracy in Honduras, I described the shocking downward spiral of Honduras since the illegal coup, and the concurrent loss of economic and political self-determination. This, then, is the pattern which is consistent when the U.S. intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries.
Promoting democracy in Hong Kong
And finally, a few words about Occupy Central in Hong Kong. Here too, NED and NDI are actively participating in the movement.
Unlike its counterparts in North America, Occupy Central has identifiable leaders, including Martin Lee, Jimmy Lai, Joseph Zen, Anson Chan, and Benny Tai, and each of these leaders is connected in one way or another with U.S contacts, and U.S funding. All of this, plus the conspicuous absence of banking institutions from the agenda, suggests that Occupy Central is not organic, and that the U.S. will strongly impact this movement as well.
Time will tell what the impacts will be, but if history provides any clues the protestors marching valiantly in the streets, demanding justice and democracy, may yet be disappointed.
Troy Media columnist Mark Taliano is a writer, activist, and retired teacher.
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