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WAR: U.S. Aid Used to Topple Governments

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posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 04:24 PM
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The US government quietly spends millions of dollars supporting anti-Castro dissidents and seeking to topple governments in other countries. The money is distributed through the U.S.-financed National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and USAID. Hundreds of thousands in cash go directly to individuals. NED is alleged to have supported groups opposed to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

 



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The U.S. government has been quietly sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to activists seeking to undermine President Fidel Castro's one-party state, according to documents and interviews.

The cash assistance is being channeled through the U.S.-financed National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and pays more than two dozen freelance writers for a Miami-based Web site that posts articles critical of the Cuban government. ...The cash also supports opposition figures, human-rights activists, and political prisoners and their families...

The cash payments comprise only a small part of President Bush's intensified campaign to squeeze the Castro regime through the tightening of trade sanctions and increased material support for opposition activists. Yet even some supporters of Bush's approach say that providing cash to dissidents gives ammunition to Cuban officials who denounce the opposition as "mercenaries" for the U.S.

Christopher Sabatini, NED's director for Latin America and the Caribbean, argued the payouts to Cubans reflect the organization's support for democracy in many nations.

Since 2000, the NED has allocated about $4.9 million to its Cuba program, financing about a dozen groups annually. ...Sabatini said about 20 percent of the NED's assistance to Cuba reaches the island in cash, primarily to support the work, training and travel of activists. The NED's Cuba budget is scheduled to double in the next fiscal year to about $2 million.

Two of the primary Cuba-related groups handling the NED's cash payments are CubaNet, a Florida-based Web site that publishes the work of freelancers, and the Center for a Free Cuba, a Washington group led by anti-Castro activist Frank Calzon.

The two groups also receive USAID funding. Calzon's organization has taken in more than $5 million in recent years and CubaNet more than $1.3 million, according to USAID figures.

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NED already is embroiled in a dispute over its alleged support for groups opposed to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fiery populist increasingly at odds with the United States. During the run-up to last year's presidential recall referendum in Venezuela, Chavez charged that NED-financed groups were conspiring with the Bush administration to defeat him.




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This should come as no surprise to anyone. Still, it is illuminating to have some names and figures released.

Odd that this administration finds it essential to spend tax dollars to topple other governments while Americans who can't afford healthcare to bankrupt, and American children go hungry.


[edit on 23-2-2005 by soficrow]




posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 01:03 AM
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i dont necessarily agree with the US doing this, but tell me, what American children are actually going hungry. If you begged for money all day you could get enough to eat at least 2 meals in a day. I really don't think anyone in America is going "hungry" we have to look to other countries for that.



posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 08:57 AM
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Originally posted by Ryanp5555
i dont necessarily agree with the US doing this, but tell me, what American children are actually going hungry. If you begged for money all day you could get enough to eat at least 2 meals in a day. I really don't think anyone in America is going "hungry" we have to look to other countries for that.





American Hunger:

"Domestic Hunger & Poverty Facts

Hunger persists in the U.S.

* 36.3 million people—including 13 million children—live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. This represents more than one in ten households in the United States (11.2 percent). This is an increase of 1.4 million, from 34.9, million in 2002. 1
* 3.5 percent of U.S. households experience hunger. Some people in these households frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. 9.6 million people, including 3 million children, live in these homes.1
* 7.7 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger. Members of these households have lower quality diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. 26.6 million people, including 10.3 million children, live in these homes. 1
* Research shows that preschool and school-aged children who experience severe hunger have higher levels of chronic illness, anxiety and depression, and behavior problems than children with no hunger. 2"

www.bread.org...


Also see:


2004: A Good Year for the $uper Rich

US Government Helps Wal-Mart



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[edit on 24-2-2005 by soficrow]



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