US spent $585mn on ‘promoting democracy’ worldwide in past year
Posted on November 19th, 2016

RT

Washington invested $585 million in promoting democracy across the globe in the past year, the US Department of State’s financial report for fiscal year 2016 revealed.

According to the paper, the State Department’s total assets equaled $93.8 billion in the last fiscal year, which concluded on September 30, increasing by $3.2 billion compared to 2015.

Of this amount, $585 million was spent by the State Department under the article ‘Democracy, human rights and governance’ – $70 million down on the 2015 figure.

The report didn’t specify the projects funded by the agency abroad, but Secretary of State John Kerry wrote in the preface that we have supported important democratic gains in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Burma.”

Kerry also stressed that in an era of diffuse and networked power, we (the US) are focusing on strengthening partnerships with civil society, citizen movements, faith leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and others to promote democracy and good governance and address gender-based violence.”

In later pages, the authors of the report explained that the State Department promotes democratic values because stable democracies are less likely to pose a threat to their neighbors or to the US.” 

Washington achieves its goals through leveraging trade agreements, pursuing meaningful sanctions, fostering people-to-people ties and encouraging responsible business conduct, which respects human and labor rights, the paper said.

According to the report, the State Department always back those who strive for justice and accountability in post-conflict states.”

Activists and organizations in authoritarian countries rely on our support as they work toward peaceful democratic reforms, democratic institutions, respect for minority rights, and dignity for all,” it stressed.

Prior to the Russian parliamentary election in September, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which works closely with the State Department, allocated $3 million to non-governmental organizations in Russia.

The investment was listed under the heading “For activity in Russia”, according to government website US Spending.

Since June, Russia has banned over a dozen NGOs from operating in the country as undesirable” foreign groups.

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The Soros Foundation, the US National Endowment for Democracy and Senator John McCain’s International Republican Institute were among the outlawed organizations.

Today Russia faces its strongest attack in the past 25 years, targeting its national interests, values and institutes,” the Russian Senate said in its ruling.

[The attack’s] main goal is to influence the internal political situation in the country, undermine the patriotic unity of our people, undermine the integration processes within the CIS space and force our country into geopolitical isolation,” the ruling added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also criticized Washington for its attempts to democratize foreign states via military or other means.

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I’ve always been of the opinion that you can’t change things from the outside, regarding political regimes, power change,” Putin said in September.

I’m sure – and the events of the past decade add to this certainty – in particular the attempts of democratization in Iraq, Libya, we see what they led to: the destruction of the state system and the rise of terrorism,” the president said.

9 Responses to “US spent $585mn on ‘promoting democracy’ worldwide in past year”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Don’t trust any from USA!

  2. Christie Says:

    There are plenty of Indian vermin in the US State Department. Ceylon and Burma? Indian interests.

  3. Kumari Says:

    Chistie, Obama was in India in late January 2015 and thanked Modi for his help in the regime change efforts in Ceylon and Burma. Our fools still believe that Rajapakse period was corrupt. Other than Ranil, Chandrika and Sirisena who else could have been on the payroll. Mangala, Rajitha, Pacha, Sambandan, Fonseka, Kiriella and the whole lot.
    I’m glad how democracy dawned in America shutting the door of New World Order.

  4. S.Gonsal Says:

    “I’ve always been of the opinion that you can’t change things from the outside, regarding political regimes, power change,” – Putin

    and Buddha said

    By ourselves is evil done,
    By ourselves we pain endure,
    By ourselves we cease from wrong,
    By ourselves become we pure.

    Evil done by Rajapaksas are enormous, we are eduring that pain NOW.
    Unless THEY CEASE from WRONG and become PURE

    THIS CANNOT BE CHANGED. THEY WILL GO BAD TO WORSE AND TOWRADS SELF DESTRUCTION

    Only WW’s rougue news paper you read, you are stuck like a GEMBA in the well. People have seen the accounts you don’t beleive but THEY KNOW. WW says 585m on Sir Lanka you beleieve straight away, don’t even read RT.

    Who is the FOOL ?

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    The LAST REFUGE of the CROOK is in RELIGION they say,

    …and here is the Kalawedda (Gonsal) resorting to hiding his NAKEDNESS by quoting to us Buddhists our own Buddhist scripture.

    Now, the full picture is coming into focus, as Gonsal resorts to the same tactics of a lately departed AVATAR of the Katussa (Lorenzo) who called himself Nanda!

    Nanda had the same failing of relapsing into quoting Buddhist Scripture when his temporal augments failed to defend him.

    His sheepskin was usually an UPASAKAYA’S white robes!

    Bloody CROOKS and anti-national Political Agitators …. all Katussa (Lorenzo)’s servile followers!

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    Shouldn’t we be thankful to Putin and Russian agencies for exposing the AMERICANS?

    IF not for Russia, USA will rule the world bringing misery to over 7 BILLION humans.

    Thank god for Russia. More and more nations should stand up to the ugly American.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oi Katussa (Korenzo),

    Forget the Americans, concentrate on ESCAPING your DESERVED RETRIBUTION!

  8. Christie Says:

    Thanks Kumari

    When Obama came in to power he appointed his room mate an Indian vermin as an ambassador. The State Department was stacked with Indian vermin. How come we have an Indian vermin as US ambassador? He is directly involved with day to day affairs of the country, for example Sobithaya’s death.

    The fact is Democrats receive massive funds from Indian vermin in the USA.

    Now there are at least five Indian vermin senators in the US congress, which is a concern.

    Thanks Kumari,

  9. Kumari Says:

    Lorenzo, you are talking like a paid staff of Hillary Campaign. Where did you find the evidence that it was Russia or Putin that was behind email hacking. WikiLeaks were not very happy to give credit to Russia for WikiLeaks’ hard work.

    The reason why Americans dumped Hillary who was representing the Establishment was the Globalisation. People the world over are sick and tired of this deception. In the guise of good governance wars are waged with millions made refugees and the people in home countries of these International Community are getting poorer by the day. the riches have now gone to only 1%. I see Donald Trump as a messiah to bring change to this corrupt system.

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