IRI, not IRA -- the International Republican Institute. It, and the equivalent one for the Democratic Party, work with NED to try to foster procapitalist individuals and groups in every country fighting dictatorship. Their dream is to end up with totally procapitalist, proimperialist, prowar regimes headed by politicians like Vaclav Havel or Lech Walesa, and to diminish the influence of genuinely grassroots, proworker groups.
I didn't know Tawakkul had worked with them. I hope that's inaccurate hearsay.
I don't have any references handy at the moment and am bogged down at work, hopefully others will be able to supply.
If anyone on the list is old enough to remember AIFLD -- the "labor" front which the CIA ran through the AFL-CIO to oppose liberation movements around the world, then you have some idea of how dangerous the NED and its fronts are.
Subject: Re: [september17discuss] Re: visit by Egyptian "revolutionaries"
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:29:41 -0400
NED and IRA has supported and celebrated many revolutionaries (perhaps as an afterthought) Tawakkul Karman, for example, from Women Journalists Without Chains--So, i am not sure what role these State Dept.NGOs play--can you elaborate further please?
Since this list has had a long discussion about dangers of our cooptation, see my description to a friend of today's speakers. Whether the first and last have been coopted, are in danger of same, or are falsely being claimed as friends by the coopters, is for all of us to determine patiently and after gathering evidence.
1. I heard Ahmed Maher at the Brecht earlier this year, he's a supporter of el-Baradei, very unclear (at best) on the dangers of getting State Department support -- and a sexist to boost (in answer to questions about whether women were underrepresented in the movement he kept joking about how men needed more support as they were outnumbered.
2. Asmaa Mahfouz seems universally respected, don't know Esraa Abdel Fattahj.
3. Bassem Fathy is claimed by the IRI (a State Department/NED agency for "democratizing" the Third World) as one of its staff.