Obama Administration Cut Funding To Promote Democracy In Egypt, Disappointing Human Rights Activists
29-Jan-2011 (2 comments)

In its first year, the Obama administration cut funding for democracy and governance programming in Egypt by more than half, from $50 million in 2008 to $20 million in 2009 (Congress later appropriated another $5 million). The level of funding for civil society programs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) was cut disproportionately, from $32 million to only $7 million. Though funding levels for 2010 are not yet available, they are expected to show an increase to $14 million, says Stephen McInerny, the director of advocacy at the Project on Middle East Democracy. He notes that the Bush administration slashed economic aid to Egypt in the 2009 budget but kept the funding for democracy and governance programs constant, while Obama cut funding to those programs in an effort to make the cuts more proportional and under pressure from the American embassy in Cairo.

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But you can fund repression...

by AMIR1973 on

Especially when the IRI's coffers are filled with tens of billions of dollars in oil money every year.


Quality not quantity


Same as with Iran, you cant fund or defund a revolution.