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U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings
By RON NIXONAPRIL 14, 2011
WASHINGTON — Even as the United States poured billions of dollars into foreign military programs and anti-terrorism campaigns, a small core of American government-financed organizations were promoting democracy in authoritarian Arab states.
The money spent on these programs was minute compared with efforts led by the Pentagon. But as American officials and others look back at the uprisings of the Arab Spring, they are seeing that the United States’ democracy-building campaigns played a bigger role in fomenting protests than was previously known, with key leaders of the movements having been trained by the Americans in campaigning, organizing through new media tools and monitoring elections.
A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
The work of these groups often provoked tensions between the United States and many Middle Eastern leaders, who frequently complained that their leadership was being undermined, according to the cables.
The Republican and Democratic institutes are loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties. They were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations. The National Endowment receives about $100 million annually from Congress. Freedom House also gets the bulk of its money from the American government, mainly from the State Department.
originally posted by: Grambler
a reply to: theantediluvian
Honest question, what does it matter where "she "was from?
If she was a collection of trolls from kansas, would that be better?
originally posted by: Blue_Jay33
So propaganda agents have infiltrated and dominate social media, and this is a surprise?
Not to me, I have been posting about 9/11 and Ron Paul since back in the day, not only here but other places too.
Post history and style of posting that defies normal logic tells the tale.
Personal story on another website that shall remain nameless a certain poster constantly gets down-voted with virtually everything they post, basically every post they make is hated, this website allows users to actually pay a small fee to be there(but it is voluntary) and this stops them from getting banned. One day he makes a post so ridiculous I call him out saying something about his paymasters. I then get a private message from another long time poster saying ignore this guy it is strongly suspected he is on the payroll of George Soros Open Society Foundations.
We have a msm on both sides that is at worst corrupt and at best inept
originally posted by: Metallicus
If you are afraid of Twitter then don't read it.
I don't have a Twitter so I don't have to worry about being brainwashed by 'evil' Russians. ATS has more than enough well-vetted information for all of us.