Talk:National Democratic Institute for International Affairs

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Edit Notes

I removed the following unreferenced statement from the "Supplying election observers" section. "These either will validate the election of someone who the US government would like to see elected, or they can undermine election results of someone opposed by the USG. Validating election results of despots or dictatorships favorable to US interests are referred to as demonstration elections."

This makes it sound as though NDI funded projects have done this but provides no referenced specifics. In the absence of details, it is better left off the article page. --Bob Burton 06:39, 18 October 2007 (EDT)

Edit Note 2

An error in the original article cited (Andrew Buncombe, "Iranian and Saudi cash weighs against local parties", The Independent, January 29, 2005.) resulted in the SourceWatch page being inaccurate, Buncombe wrote of Les Campbell as being with IRI when in fact he is with NDI. The rest of the activities referred to (see cut material below) related to IRI and are therefore not relevant to this SW page. So I cut the quote back, correctly identified who Campbell works for and changed the subhead.--Bob Burton 00:55, 9 January 2008 (EST)

"The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent $80m (£42m) on voter education and training in Iraq through two organisations, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute. Critics of these groups, and those of the National Endowment for Democracy, say they have a long history in places such as Haiti of favouring groups friendly to Washington and undermining "unfriendly" or dissident groups.