April 3, 2012

'Democracy Promotion' Is Arrogant Meddling

Robert Merry, The National Interest

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The Times reports that the United Arab Emirates has shut down the offices of the National Democratic Institute, a nonprofit U.S. agency whose mission is to promote democracy around the globe. The NDI is often called an NGO, short for nongovernmental organization, which might leave some people a bit quizzical given that this particular NGO is funded to a significant extent by the U.S. government. But Wikipedia helpfully explains: “In cases in which NGOs are funded totally or partially by governments, the NGO maintains its non-governmental status by excluding governmental representatives from membership in the organization.”

Given the language of the Times story on the matter, by reporter Steven Lee Myers, one could get the impression that most people consider it the most...

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