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FEATURED ARTICLE The New Politics of Political Aid in Venezuela By Tom Barry By continuing to push its objectives through groups associated with the failed coup in Venezuela, the United States is making sure that it remains a distrusted voice in Venezuela and the rest of Latin America. A more constructive U.S. foreign policy would…

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The New Politics of Political Aid in Venezuela
By Tom Barry

By continuing to push its objectives through groups associated with the failed coup in Venezuela, the United States is making sure that it remains a distrusted voice in Venezuela and the rest of Latin America. A more constructive U.S. foreign policy would include an expression of support for a country’s self-determination and use normal diplomatic channels to press views about democracy, media freedom, and human rights. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

National Endowment for Democracy
The NED has been one tool used in the Bush administration’s "forward strategy of freedom," including efforts to overturn undesirable democratically elected governments.

International Republican Institute
The IRI, an arm of the National Endowment for Democracy is, according to one observer, "one more tool in the Bush administration’s arsenal for regime change by any means available."

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