What is the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED)?

When US-backed regime change begins in a targeted nation, many – particularly those supporting protests – will deny the US is involved.

When US involvement is no longer deniable – many will finally admit it – but backpedal and claim there is nothing wrong with the US supporting “freedom” and “democracy” abroad.

With virtually every aspect of ongoing protests in Thailand funded by the US – from the leaders like Anon Nampa of the US government-funded “Thai Lawyers for Human Rights,” to fronts like US government-funded iLaw petitioning to rewrite the Thai constitution, to media fronts like US government-funded Prachatai attempting to control the narrative regarding the protests – this process of denial and backpedaling has already begun.

The protests in Thailand are mainly funded through the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) with all of this funding appearing on the US NED’s official website as well as in admissions from these groups themselves during previous interviews, and occasionally featured on their own websites when and if they make financial disclosures.

The NED and the fronts they are funding all claim to be promoting democracy. Others attempting to expose this funding claim it represents political interference and is a bad thing.

But what is the NED and how could the US promoting democracy be a bad thing?

It is Bad – Because the US NED Isn’t Really Promoting Democracy

The US has openly invaded nations, murdered sitting governments, killed hundreds of thousands of people in the process, before hand-picking favorable client regimes. The US NED is simply a subtler way of achieving regime change – but often also helps pave the way for destabilization leading to direct US military intervention as was the case during the 2011 “Arab Spring.”

In fact, many of the people sitting on the US NED board of directors have signed their names to documents, op-eds, and essays calling for the invasion and regime change by force of other nations including Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003, Libya and Syria in 2011, and Ukraine in 2013-2014.

Some of them even participated directly. …


The NED acts on behalf of transnational financial interests and there’s no reason to think its governance isn’t transnational as well.   In fact it’s probably being used domestically under different guises.

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