(en) U.S. interference in Yugoslavia (Fwd++)

Fri, 28 Feb 1997 06:09:41 GMT

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The text below is the first part of an article from the Feb. 27, 1997 issue of Workers World newspaper. (For the rest of the article, see <http://www.workers.org/ww/serbia.html>.) While I don't fully endorse the Workers' World Party's position on Yugoslavia, or on almost anything, I think that their description of what the U.S. is up to is probably accurate. I also think it's pretty important for socialists, anarchists, anti-imperialists, et al., not to be manipulated by 'democratic' rhetoric into allying with imperialism.

-- Aaron

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U.S. openly funds anti-gov't Yugoslav media

By Gary Wilson

While the Republicans in Washington claim to be scandalized over reports that Bill Clinton's re-election campaign received money payments from rich foreigners, none of them seems to be upset that the rich U.S. government is openly paying right-wing politicians and the counter-revolutionary media in Yugoslavia. The Zajedno opposition in Yugoslavia seeks to overthrow the government headed by Slobodan Milosevic. Its primary backing comes from the U.S. government. Its leaders are anti-socialist counter-revolutionaries, ultra-nationalists and religious monarchists. Although Zajedno failed to win working-class support, the Western media played up and exaggerated its daily rallies. After great pressure from the U.S. government and the other imperialist powers, the Milosevic government offered some concessions to Zajedno. But the U.S. government now says it wants nothing less than the complete abdication of the Milosevic government and its replacement by the U.S.-controlled Zajedno. The Feb. 13 New York Times quoted an unnamed U.S. official threatening Milosevic: "His days are numbered." Washington is increasing its funding of Zajedno as well as of "the anti-Milosevic media," the Times reported. "Some of the money can be delivered immediately through the American Embassy in Belgrade," reported the Times. But most of it will "be funneled through American groups like the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems," according to the Times. These agencies, which purport to be independent human-rights organizations, are really fronts for U.S. government subversion worldwide. In addition, funds to Zajedno and anti-socialist media like the radio station B92 are also being funneled through a foundation set up by financier George Soros called the Open Society Institute. The Soros Foundation has played a major role in funding counter-revolutionary operations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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