National Endowment for Democracy

The National Endowment for Democracy. The idea was that the NED would do somewhat overtly what the CIA had been doing covertly for decades – and thus eliminate the stigma associated with CIA covert activities.

Thus, it was in 1983, the National Endowment for Democracy was set up to “support democratic institutions throughout the world through private, non-governmental efforts.”

In actuality, virtually every penny of its funding comes from the federal government, as is clearly indicated in the financial statement in each issue of its annual report.

Since in 1984, the year after it was founded, the NED has at least channeled secret and not so secret funds to:

  1. A military-backed presidential candidate in Panama.

  2. Gave US$575,000 to a right-wing French student group.,

  3. Delivered nearly half a million dollars to right-wing opponents of Costa Rican president Oscar Arias—because Arias had refused to go along with our anti-communist policy in Central America.

  4. Gave US$400,000 in 1985 to the anti-Sandinista opposition in Nicaragua and then another US$2 million in 1988.

  5. Persuaded a right-wing partyin the mid-1990s to draw up a “Contract with Slovakia” modeled on Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America.

  6. Persuaded free marketeers to do the same in Mongolia.

  7. Gave nearly US$1 million to Venezuelan rightists who went on to mount a short-lived putsch against populist leader Hugo Chavez in 2002.

  8. Funded anti-Russian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine in 2005, and the later anti-Russian coup there in 2014.

  9. Funded anti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change

  10. Channeled multi-million dollar funding to Lopez’s political parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and Machado’s NGO Sumate and her electoral campaigns.

  11. Complicit in an illegal coup d’état in Bolivia.

  12. Funding individuals and organizations in Hong Kong uprising.


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