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Promotion of Democracy by Nongovernmental Organizations - An Action Agenda

This is a link to a report to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Ambassador Mark Palmer on the "effectiveness" of certain NGOs in creating "freedom" (which if you look between the lines, in many instances means toppling regimes unfavoured by the US government.)

In this report to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauding the successes of US government affiliated NGOs creating democracy - and painting a picture of certain US NGOs as "frontline fighters for freedom" - the vice-chairman of Freedom House's board of trustees ask the U.S. Senate to increase the share of NGO funding aimed at helping support non-violent foreign democratic activists organize for potential overthrows of their non-democratic governments. Palmer argued in favor of shifting funding away from NGOs working in already democratic nations to fund this effort.
http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/PalmerTestimony060608.pdf

To put this in perspective, according to Freedom House;
"Far more often than is generally understood, the change agent is broad-based, non-violent civic resistance - which employs tactics such as boycotts, mass protests, blockades, strikes and civil disobedience to de-legitimate authoritarian rulers and erode their sources of support, including the loyalty of their armed defenders."

As a pro-democracy, pro human rights activists - of course I favour efforts that help bring freedom to people who are oppressed.

But participating in activities to help topple a regime just because the they are socialist or communist or follow some other political ideology is wrong. In addition toppling governments because the incumbent regime does not give the US government or US corporations carte blanche is wrong. 

The current role of certain NGOs acting internationally, nominally in the name of promoting democracy and human rights seems very similar to the role played by the CIA in toppling regimes in the past.

Democracy has to come from the will of the people - not be engineered by foreign government NGOs in the interest of their government's agenda in that place or region.

This kind of activity endangers the work of individuals, groups and NGOs - who are genuinely working for democracy and human rights at home or internationally.

More importantly, covert actions by certain foreign NGOs to incite civil unrest; also risks inciting civil war - and death, destruction, and endless despair.

It needs to stop.
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You need to understand that "democracy" in US parlance means being pro-American. To be democratic and anti-American is a contradiction in terms. This "democracy promotion" is becoming a serious obstacle to developing real democracy in other countries, since US aid to "the right kind" of NGO (ones that follow US agendas), together with CIA manoeuvring and US political and economic pressure can swamp any genuine internal developments and force a country to choose between authoritarianism with independence or liberalism and subversion/ destabilization.
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Corporate States of America, or the World? And the corporate raid of the Ukraine.

Did the US government, in particular, the State Dept - through funding activities of so-called "democracy" NGOs such as Freedom House and / or other "democracy" NGOs - encourage or support the Maidan revolution in Ukraine; in order to allow US corporate raiders easier access to the bounty of the Ukraine?

The Maidan revolution and pro global corporate deregulation opened up the Ukraine for: Big Agriculture (Big Ag) and various US multinationals; as well as biotechnology, GMOs, and land grabs.

Demands by the International Financial Institutions (in particular the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund) - opened the Ukraine up to corporate raiders and introduced severe austerity measures on Ukrainians.

US government funded NGOs were found to be behind the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine in 2004.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/nov/26/ukraine.usa

Funded and organised by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organisations, the revolution campaign was first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan Milosevic at the ballot box.

The Democratic party's National Democratic Institute, the Republican party's International Republican Institute, the US state department and USAid are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros's open society institute.

US pollsters and professional consultants are hired to organise focus groups and use psephological data to plot strategy.

The usually fractious oppositions have to be united behind a single candidate if there is to be any chance of unseating the regime. That leader is selected on pragmatic and objective grounds, even if he or she is anti-American.

Engineering Democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience - has matured into a US template for winning other people's elections.

Big Ag, Freedom House and the State Department
In August 2011, WikiLeaks released US diplomatic cables showing that the US State Department has been lobbying worldwide for Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations like DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow.

A report showed the US State Department has "lobbied foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws, operated a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology, and challenged common sense biotechnology safeguards and rules - even including opposing laws requiring the labelling of genetically-engineered (GE) foods."

(You can download the full report here:
Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/biotech-ambassadors/

According to consortiumnews.com
Corporate interests were behind Ukraine putsch
https://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/16/corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch/

Wheels within wheels
Here are some of the cast of characters relevant to the Consortium News analysis.

Morgan Williams is described as at "the nexus of Big Ag's alliance with US foreign policy."[in the Ukraine]

Williams “started his work regarding Ukraine in 1992” and has since advised American agribusinesses “investing in the former Soviet Union.”

Morgan Williams is:
i. President and CEO of the US-Ukraine Business Council,  and
ii. Director of Government Affairs at private equity firm SigmaBleyzer,
Williams has links with:
a. various agencies of the US government,
b. members of Congress,
c. congressional committees,
d. the Embassy of Ukraine to the US,
e. international financial institutions, think tanks and other organizations - on US-Ukraine business, trade, investment and economic development issues."
f. through connections - NGOs

The US Ukrainian Business Council was founded in 1995.
It is headquartered in Washington. 
The organization’s mission aims to increase U.S. trade and investments in Ukraine’s financial market.
The group also plans “to improve conditions for bilateral trade and investment.”
Monsanto and Cargill are members of the USUBC along with over a hundred invested international groups and corporations.
http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/ukraine-business-council-leader-is-u-s-agricultural-industry-mvp-video/

The US-Ukraine Business Council's 16-member Executive Committee is packed with US agribusiness companies, including representatives from:
–Melissa Agustin, Director, International Government Affairs & Trade for Monsanto
–Brigitte Dias Ferreira, Counsel, International Affairs for John Deere
–Steven Nadherny, Director, Institutional Relations for agriculture equipment-maker CNH Industrial
–Jeff Rowe, Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer
– F. Steele, Director, International Affairs for Eli Lilly & Company
– Van A. Yeutter of Cargill

Despite the turmoil within Ukrainian politics after Yanukovych rejected a major trade deal with the European Union , Cargill was confident enough about the future of the Ukraine to fork over $200 million to buy a stake in Ukraine’s UkrLandFarming. According to Financial Times, UkrLandFarming is the world’s eighth-largest land cultivator and second biggest egg producer. 

On Dec. 13, 2013, Cargill announced the purchase of a stake in a Black Sea port. Cargill’s port at Novorossiysk — to the east of Russia’s strategically significant and historically important Crimean naval base — gives them a major entry-point to Russian markets and adds them to the list of Big Ag companies investing in ports around the Black Sea, both in Russia and Ukraine.

So at least one member of the US-Ukraine Business Council expected things to improve.

The Ukraine Business Council's 20 'senior Advisors' include: 
i. James Greene (Former Head of NATO Liason Office Ukraine); 
ii. Ariel Cohen (Senior Research Fellow for The Heritage Foundation);
iii. Leonid Kozachenko (President of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation);
iv. six former US Ambassadors to Ukraine, and 
v. the former ambassador of Ukraine to the US, Oleh Shamshur.

Shamshur is now a senior advisor to PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies - a unit of PR giant Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K).

H + K is a subsidiary of the gargantuan London-based WPP Group, which owns some dozen big PR firms, including Burson-Marsteller (a long-time Monsanto advisor).

The PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies website states that the company's CEO Myron Wasylyk is "a Board member of the US-Ukraine Business Council", and the company's Managing Director/Ukraine, Oksana Monastyrska, "leads the firm's work for Monsanto." Monastyrska also formerly worked for the World Bank's International Finance Corporation.

JP Sottile notes:
As President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, Williams has access to Council cohort — David Kramer, President of Freedom House. Officially a non-governmental organization, Freedom House has allegedly been linked with overt and covert “democracy” efforts.

Freedom House , the Dept of State and mass protests
Freedom House, the National Endowment for Democracy and National Democratic Institute alleged to have helped fund and support the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution” in 2004.
https://www.opendemocracy.net/globalization-institutions_government/colour_revolutions_3196.jsp

Freedom House is funded directly by the U.S. Government, the National Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Department of State.

The Financial Times has reported that Freedom House is one of several organizations selected by the State Department to receive funding for 'clandestine activities' inside Iran.

In a research study, with Ackerman acting as chief adviser, Freedom House sets out its conclusions:
"Far more often than is generally understood, the change agent is broad-based, non-violent civic resistance - which employs tactics such as boycotts, mass protests, blockades, strikes and civil disobedience to de-legitimate authoritarian rulers and erode their sources of support, including the loyalty of their armed defenders."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_House

On June 8, 2006, the vice-chairman of Freedom House's board of trustees asked the U.S. Senate to increase the share of NGO funding aimed at helping support non-violent foreign democratic activists organize for potential overthrows of their non-democratic governments.
Palmer argued in favor of shifting funding away from NGOs working in already democratic nations to fund this effort.

David Kramer is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and, according to his Freedom House bio page, formerly a “Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century.” (PNAC)

It happens that PNAC co-founder Robert Kaganis married to Victoria Nuland, the current Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Ms. Nuland spoke to the U.S.-Ukrainian Foundation last Dec. 13, extolling the virtues of the Euromaidan movement as the embodiment of “the principles and values that are the cornerstones for all free democracies.”

Nuland also told the group that the United States had invested more than $5 billion in support of Ukraine’s “European aspirations,” presumably meaning pulling Ukraine away from Russia.
What was that $5 billion spent on?

The unanswered question remains:
Did the US encourage and support the Maidan revolution?
In particular, was Freedom House's presumed expertise in mass protests and civil disobedience, exploited to incite the Maidan revolution - in order to insure a pro-US pro-EU regime was installed, that would further the mega agricultural and biotechnology companies profiteering interest (in addition to corporate access to other Ukrainian resources, and closer military access to Russia)?

https://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/16/corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch/

The impact of the IMF and World Bank on Ukrainian governance and austerity

When the post-Maidan revolution government tipped its hat at the US and EU - it invited a loan, and consequent interference in government, by the World Bank and IMF and foreign interests. 

The World Bank and the IMF carry out their activities in many countries under the guise of democracy; but their focus is on easing the way for foreign multinationals to broaden profit making opportunities, with the minimum of restrictions on what they can do.
(This is also the focus of the TPPA, TISA and the rest of the alphabet suit of pro-corporate free trade agreements.)

The World Bank and IMF are focused on opening up the Ukraine to foreign investors, and easing the way for big business in the Ukraine - not on the plight of ordinary Ukrainians.

The World Bank and IMF tied the loan to changes in governance. They required deregulation (which is likely to have consequences for the agricultural industry); as well as austerity measures. These and other enforced measures are likely to have shock effects on the Ukrainian public. 

Loan conditions are forcing the deeply indebted country to open up to GMO crops, and lift the ban on private sector land ownership.

A major factor in the crisis that led to deadly protests and eventually President Yanukovych’s removal from office was his rejection of an EU Association agreement that would have further opened trade and integrated Ukraine with the EU.

Instead of the EU and IMF deal, Yanukovych choose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a 33% discount on Russian natural gas.

The IMF deal that Yanukovych spurned at the end of 2013 was
not the first time he had rejected loans tethered to reform
programs from international financial institutions (IFIs). 

In May 2013, Monsanto announced plans to invest $140 million in a non-GMO corn seed plant in Ukraine, with Monsanto Ukraine spokesman Vitally Fechuk confirming that "We will be working with conventional seeds only" because "in Ukraine only conventional seeds are allowed for production and importation."

But by November 2013, six large Ukrainian agriculture associations had prepared draft amendments to the law, pushing for "creating, testing, transportation and use of GMOs regarding the legalization of GM seeds."

On December 13, 2013, Monsanto's Jesus Madrazo, Vice President of Corporate Engagement, told the US-Ukraine Conference in Washington, DC that the company sees "the importance of creating a favorable environment [in Ukraine] that encourages innovation and fosters the continued development of agriculture."

The relationship with International Financial Institutions changed swiftly under the pro-EU government put in place at the end of February 2014.
Just a week after the instatement of the new government, the IMF rushed a mission to Kiev.

The World Bank imposed neoliberal conditions to lend money to Ukraine, asking the government to limit its own power by “removing restrictions that hinder competition and by limiting the role of state ‘control’ in economic activities.”

The agreement was tied to a $17 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The World Bank and the IMF appear to be heavily involved in
pushing through structural reforms and austerity measures
that will greatly influence the lives of all Ukrainians. 

If austerity measures demanded by IMF are fully adopted, the reforms may lead to significant price increases of essential consumer goods, a 47 to 66% increase in personal income tax rates, and a 50% increase in gas bills.

The IMF austerity reforms will affect monetary and exchange rate policies, the financial sector, fiscal policies, the energy sector, governance, and the business climate.

On May 27, 2014, just a few months after the pro-US, pro-EU Maidan revolution - the New York Times observed that “Western interests are pressing for change” and that “big multinationals have expressed tentative interest in Ukrainian agriculture.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/business/ukraine-faces-hurdles-in-restoring-its-farming-legacy.html?_r=0

The Ukraine has a vast agricultural sector. Its the world’s third largest exporter of corn & fifth largest exporter of wheat. The Ukraine is often referred to as the “breadbasket of Europe.”

The presence of foreign corporations in the agricultural sector and the size of agro-holdings are both growing quickly. In recent years, more than 1.6 million hectares (ha) have been signed over to foreign companies for agricultural purposes.

The largest land deals involve:
405,000 ha to a company listed in Luxembourg,
444,800 ha to Cyprus-registered investors,
120,000 ha to a French corporation, and
250,000 ha to a Russian company.

China signed an agreement for 3 million ha of prime farmland in Eastern Ukraine in September 2013, but it is unclear if this deal will go forward with the change of government.

If it is implemented, the agreement would give China control over an area roughly the size of Belgium that accounts for 5% of all arable land in Ukraine.

The NYT article further revealed how the reforms of the Ukrainian economy and particularly of its agricultural sector that were tied to
the $17 billion IMF deal sought to “bolster the confidence of
foreign investors” by addressing the Ukrainian agricultural
sector’s “red tape and inefficiencies.”

Previously Ukraine did not allow use of GMOs. But part of the EU deal was to extend use of biotechnologies.

The Ukraine has been advised to “delete provisions regarding mandatory certification of food in the listed laws of Ukraine and Government Decree,” and to harmonize its laws with international standards around pesticides, additives, and flavoring, to avoid “unnecessary cost for businesses.”

Ukraine also had to:
1. ease property transfers for businesses by “streamlining procedures and revamping the property registration system,”
2. make paying taxes less costly by “simplifying tax returns” for companies, and
3. reduce the number of inspections at customs

The Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the “most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont.

The East-West competition over Ukraine also involves the control
of natural resources, including uranium and other minerals,
as well as geopolitical issues such as Ukraine’s membership
in NATO.

The World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Ukrainian business community required the Ukrainian government to agree to an Anti-Corruption Initiative.

But get this, what the international banks call corruption is what they call "unfair treatment of [foreign] business."

It is feared that the structural adjustment program will increase foreign control of the economy as well as result in shock adverse effects on income and employment, and increase poverty and inequality.

The financial institutions demanding these reforms have failed to demonstrate how such programs will improve the lives of Ukrainians, and build a sustainable economic future for the Ukraine.

http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/OurBiz_Brief_Ukraine.pdf
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2526593/ukraine_opens_up_for_monsanto_land_grabs_and_gmos.html
https://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/16/corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch/
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/biotech-ambassadors/
Hidden from mainstream media exposure, the World Bank and IMF loan has opened up Ukraine to major corporate inroads, writes Joyce Nelson. Loan conditions are forcing the deeply indebted country to open up to GMO crops, and lift the ban on private sector land ownership. US corporations are jubilant at the 'goldmine' that awaits them.
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Mass deletions of New York government emails began this week as the Cuomo administration – which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in history – implements its auto-delete policy.

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/02/8562835/cuomo-administration-begins-large-scale-email-purges
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Snowden continues to impress. Well worth your reading time:
Mass surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden sat down with journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald for a Reddit AMA (ask me anything).
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'Recipe for injustice'
Ramped up surveillance in Britain against a backdrop of dwindling legal protection has contributed to the most rattling assault on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, human rights experts warn.
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So called Democratisation as a tool for Empire
Democratisation, International NGOs - and "colour", and other revolutions driven by the agenda of foreign governments.

"…power does its work by stealth, and the powerful can subsequently deny that their strength was ever used at all."
Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown (2005)

The US government's claim that democracy can be promoted around the world without "being political" is totally fictional. The onus of National Endowment for Democracy and related NGOs is on altering the balance of political forces in the target country in the pretext of "civil society assistance."

Certain International NGOs have been vehicles of strategic penetration by the US. It is alleged that certain American International NGOs have been covert tools through which US superpower foreign policy interests have affected regime change in multiple countries for decades. 

The watershed that brought International NGOs to the forefront of global democracy-promotion was the Reagan administration’s decision to create the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in 1983 to roll back Soviet influence.

The principal argument at the link below is that the main and direct causes of the "colour" [and similar] revolutions has been United States foreign-policy interests (strategic expansion, energy security and the war on terrorism) - and that this has been conducted using International NGOs (Ingos) as tools.

The argument is made in this in depth article that without the intervention of these US-sponsored International NGOs, the political landscapes in countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan would not have been repainted in new colours.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/globalization-institutions_government/colour_revolutions_3196.jsp

It is likely not just the colour revolutions that have been a consequence of actions by International NGOs.

The watershed that brought Ingos to the forefront of global democracy-promotion was the Reagan administration’s decision to create the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in 1983 to roll back Soviet influence.

With a stated raison d’etre of "strengthening democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts", NED was conceived as a quasi-governmental foundation that funnelled US government funding through Ingos like:
i. the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI),
ii. the International Republican Institute (IRI),
iii. International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES),
iv. International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and
v. Freedom House.

It is said that these International NGOs have "targeted" states [in which the US wants a regime change] through a plethora of programmatic activities.

The National Endowment for Democracy’s first president, Allen Weinstein, admitted openly that:
"A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA."
The organisation was a deus ex machina in the face of scandalous Congressional investigations into the CIA's "soft side" operations to destabilise and topple unfriendly regimes that embarrassed the government in the late 1970s.

As William Blum writes:
"An NGO helps to maintain a certain credibility abroad that an official US government agency might not have. "

97% of the National Endowment for Democracy's funding comes from the US state department (through USAID and before 1999, the Usia), the rest being allocations made by right-wing donors like the Bradley Foundation, the Whitehead Foundation and the Olin Foundation.

Since its conception, and despite the bipartisan structure, "neoconservatives have held tight control over NED's agenda and institutional structure."

Senior figures in the George W Bush administration who are signatories to the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), which wears aggressive US foreign interventions on its sleeve, have officiated in NED.

Notwithstanding its claims to "independence" and "nongovernmental status", the US state department and other executive agencies regularly appoint NED's programme personnel.

As one 'Project Democracy' (codename for NED in the Iran-Contra scandal) advocate put it, "These 'private' agencies are really just fronts for the departments they serve; the agency may prepare a report or a research project that it then gives to the private firm to attach its letterhead to, as if it were really a private activity or initiative."

Compared to genuine humanitarian and development International NGOs, which have often promoted US foreign-policy objectives; US government affiliated Democratisation and Human-Rights International NGOs boast of a far greater preponderance of US government and intelligence operatives. This owes much to the fact that democratisation is a sensitive political minefield with direct bearings on international relations. It is too important a foreign policy subject for the US government to hand over reins to the voluntary sector.

Freedom House, is said to be a neocon hub which succoured the colour revolutions, which has a history of being headed and staffed by ex-CIA high-level planners and personnel.

In a research study, with Ackerman acting as chief adviser, Freedom House sets out its conclusions:
"Far more often than is generally understood, the change agent is broad-based, non-violent civic resistance - which employs tactics such as boycotts, mass protests, blockades, strikes and civil disobedience to de-legitimate authoritarian rulers and erode their sources of support, including the loyalty of their armed defenders."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_House

On June 8, 2006, the vice-chairman of Freedom House's board of trustees asked the U.S. Senate to increase the share of NGO funding aimed at helping support non-violent foreign democratic activists organize for potential overthrows of their non-democratic governments. Ambassador Mark Palmer argued in favor of shifting funding away from NGOs working in already democratic nations to fund this effort.
http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/PalmerTestimony060608.pdf

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is dominated by "liberal hawks" or right-wing Democrats who find their way to prime foreign-policy slots when their party is in power.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) comprises far-right Republican politicians and representatives of major financial, oil, and defence corporations.

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) top brass belong to conservative Republican ranks, the CIA or military intelligence.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IEEX), is the training school for colour revolution elite protagonists, is peopled by political warfare, public diplomacy and propaganda specialists from the news media, US foreign service and the US military.

To its supporters, the NED family has numerous successes to show off – interventions "to protect the integrity of elections in the Philippines, Pakistan, Taiwan, Chile, Nicaragua, Namibia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere." Neutral assessments would rate these as electoral manipulations.

Left out of the above count are victorious overthrows of democratically-elected governments in Bulgaria (1990), Albania (1992) and Haiti (late 1990s) and destabilisation in Panama, Cuba and Venezuela.

With the accession of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to Nato by 1999, Ukraine remained the last frontier, the single largest buffer on the Russia-Nato "border". 

Identified by the Clinton administration as a priority country for democratisation and the lynchpin of US post-Soviet foreign policy, Ukraine’s importance for Nato's eastward expansion is second to none. 

Clinton’s special adviser on the former USSR, Richard Morningstar, confirmed during the 1997 Ukraine-Nato pact that "Ukraine’s security is a key element in the security policy of the United States. " 

For Zbigniew Brzezinski, the liberal hawk who influences the Democratic party’s foreign policy:
Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire ...
If Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources, as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state.

The paper at the link below goes into detail regarding the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine in 2004 and the other colour revolutions - and the role of US government affiliated NGOs.

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Note - It must not be assumed that all democracy and human right activists and NGOs have a covert objective to undermine incumbent government in the interest of the objectives of foreign governments and foreign corporations.

It is politically affiliated NGOs with covert political agendas, that masquerade as independent supporters of democracy and human rights that are the problem. By engineering so-called democracy - they endanger and undermine democracy.
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Chinese spies responsible for break-ins at African nuclear site: leaked documents

The break-ins by unidentified gunmen took place in 2007 at South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, where an innovative new form of nuclear energy was being developed. One nuclear employee was shot and nearly killed by the robbers as they scaled a wall and burst into a control room. At the time, officials dismissed the incidents as random crime, while some observers worried that it was part of a nuclear terrorism plot.

But the secret report in 2009 by South African intelligence said the break-ins were engineered by Beijing “to advance China’s rival project.” By 2009, the Chinese pebble-bed nuclear project was ahead of South Africa’s, even though it had begun much later, the report said.

A separate intelligence report, from 2012, revealed that Russia and South Africa were cooperating on a $100-million (U.S.) satellite project that could pave the way for “strategic cooperation” between the two countries. The report said Russian spy agencies, including its military intelligence agency, were heavily involved in the satellite project.

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/chinese-spies-responsible-for-break-ins-at-african-nuclear-site-leaked-documents/article23207574/?cmpid=rss1&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=gplus
The new documents expose how Africa has become a happy hunting ground for Chinese and Russian spies seeking technological and geopolitical advantage
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Mexican man dies during violent police repression of teachers' protest in #Acapulco
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/25/mexican-man-dies-violent-police-response-teachers-protest-acapulco …     
The 65-year-old received fatal head injuries during operation launched after demonstrators drove bus through police line blocking access to city’s airport
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That says it all.
Americans have lost their minds, (at least apparently most Republicans have)

The freedom of Americans has been undermined by their own government; and continually diminishes with more state and corporate surveillance (and power over the public).

The government and judiciary have no respect for the existing Constitution.

Any new Constitution will likely entrench the authoritarian Corporate States of America - as a Big Brother oppressive police state.

God help Americans, especially if the Republicans add religious or other forms of bigotry into any "new" Constitution.
 
A PPP poll found that 57 percent of Republicans want to dismantle the Constitution and establish Christianity as the national religion
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FFS America, I can't believe anyone is considering getting Bushwhacked again!
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Truth, Lies, Deception, Secrecy and Coverups - Democracy under Fire
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Truth, Lies, Deception, Secrecy and Coverups - Democracy under Fire

Like many others, I've only recently awakened to the assault on democracy and civil liberties the world over.

The Blogs I post are for educational purposes - to inform the public of relevant details regarding the truth of what is happening in governments the world over - and to encourage positive peaceful change. 

An informed public is powerful. But authoritarian rulers do not want the public to be informed. They lie, deceive, mislead and operate in secrecy to hide actions that would alarm or disgust the public and/or are not to the benefit of the public. 

Informing the public of the truth has become a battle between right versus might; truth versus lies and deception; transparency versus secrecy and coverups.

Democracy and civil liberties are under fire from within in many countries - by some of our own elected representatives, as well as some powerful government administrators and those in power in the military-industrial-surveillance complex - who want to consolidate and grow their power base nationally and internationally. 

Mass surveillance, propaganda, censorship and entrenched government secrecy are being used to disempower the public and provide the power elite with unwarranted authority and control over the public. 

Democracy and civil liberties are also under threat from the masterminds behind the financial sector - whose deliberate, calculated wheeling and dealing has likely resulted in the rise and fall of economies. These money monarchs likely also have substantial control over governments the world over because of what they can do that would influence the value of investments or level of loans of various countries. 

The political whipping system is another major threat to the democratic process - that should be seriously curtailed or abolished. 

The consequence of these factors has been evolution of so-called democratic governments run by administrations who dance to the tune of the rich and powerful and ignore the consequences of policies and law changes on the general public. 

We are being more and more ruled by an elite group who would lie to and deceive the public without blinking an eye, turn a blind eye to wrong-doing, and who are lacking in trustworthiness and integrity. Knowledge based on truth brings power. This Blog is about raising awareness of the true consequences of government policies, actions and law changes - and to encourage a focus on policies actions and law respectful of democracy, civil liberties and human rights.

All that is required for evil to take hold and grow is to: close your eyes, block your ears, shut your mouth - and do nothing.

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My eyes have been opened - and I want to help others see.
Education
  • University of Life
    Current Course of Study - Survival of the human species, present
    Courses: 101 - Reality - Sorting truth from fiction - tips on identifying spin and propaganda. 102 - Democracy - Why government on behalf of the people, rather than focused on the wants of the wealthy powerful corporate elite is essential for peace and general prosperity. 103 - Transparency - The art and science (and importance) of removing the cloak of secrecy from government, industry, global corporates, the financial industry and the elite. 104 - Peace - The importance of combatting the propaganda of war-mongers, weapons dealers, the military-industrial-surveillance complex and vested commercial interests (in particular the oil industry) - in favour of peace and cooperation. 105 - Human Rights and Civil Liberty - Why they matter and must be honoured. 106 - Justice - Is justice blind and even handed, or does it blindly favour government and the elite? 107 - Puppet Meisters I - How to pull the strings of government without being elected. 108 - The Money Men - How to screw the public and get away with it. 109 - Main Stream Media & Entertainment - How censorship and propaganda through main stream media and entertainment are being used to manipulate the public. 110 - Forbidden Fruit (Applied Science Without Conscience) - The perils of opening Pandora's Box
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