'Democracy builders' drawing ire

Arizona Republic

07/16/06

Few Americans have ever heard of them. Yet these private non-profit groups receive millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars each year to promote 'democratic' values in some of the most repressive places in the world. They help to monitor elections for fairness, educate citizens about their rights, build trade unions and fledgling political parties, train new judges and underwrite free media. Supporters praise the groups for advancing freedom and promoting American ideals abroad. But a growing number of foreign governments complain that these democracy-building groups maneuver behind the scenes to help destabilize and topple their governments, including in countries where the official U.S. policy has been to work through diplomatic channels with those same governments... [editor's note: Once again, the oxymoronic "imposed democracy" disproves itself, as this all-too-imperfect means is confused with the end of promoting individual liberty, and used as a cover for imperial dominance of a culture. - SAT]

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