Why did Obama administration fund Soros-linked groups interfering in governments abroad?

National Historical Museum in Albania

Photo of National Historical Museum in Tirana, Albania from CIA World Fact Book.

George Soros has long exerted power over governments and bureaucrats in a number of countries through initiatives his Open Society Institute has funded. Soros is a key actor in the US left, and his allegiance to Democrats’ losing 2016 presidential selectee Hillary Clinton is no secret. Soros gave millions to pro-Hillary groups in an effort to install a Clinton the 2nd in the White House.

Now Judicial Watch is suing the US Dept. of State and the beleaguered USAID in an effort to obtain records about another Soros-funded effort allegedly related to political activities in Albania and Macedonia. 

Macedonia has experienced political unrest since the country’s 2014 elections, according to the CIA World Fact Book. Macedonia is a small country facing many challenges. Among them are almost half a million arrivals—refugees and migrants—in a two-year time frame.

Judicial Watch said in a news release:

“Much of the concerning activity in Macedonia has been perpetuated through USAID funds awarded to implement in entities such as George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.  As the recipient of multiple grant awards and serving as a USAID contractor implementing projects in this small nation of 2.1 million people, our taxpayer funded foreign aid goes far, allowing Foundation Open Society-Macedonia (FOSM) to push a progressive agenda and invigorate the political left…

This problem is not limited to Macedonia, but appears to follow a pattern of alarming activity in this volatile region.  Respected leaders from Albania have made similar claims of US diplomats and Soros-backed organizations pushing for certain political outcomes in their country.  Foundation Open Society-Albania (FOSA) and its experts, with funding from USAID, have created the controversial Strategy Document for Albanian Judicial Reform. Some leaders believe that these “reforms” are ultimately aimed to give the Prime Minister and left-of-center government full control over judiciary power.”

Albania has also been impacted by Soros funded groups, according to Judicial Watch:

“Soros’ association with the State Department in Albania goes back at least to 2011 when Soros urged Hillary Clinton to take action in Albania over recent demonstrations in the capital of Tirana.  Fox News reported on August 17, 2016 that:

Newly leaked emails and other files from billionaire George Soros’ web of organizations are shedding light on the liberal powerbroker’s extensive influence in political and diplomatic affairs.

One email chain shows the Wall Street titan in 2011 personally wrote then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging intervention in Albania’s political unrest.  Within days, an envoy he recommended was dispatched to the region.”

Albania has also dealt with a number of challenges, among them, corruption, organized crime, and political conflict. [CIA World Fact Book]

Is Soros’ funding also assisting in the attempted political coup against US President Donald Trump? Zero Hedge’s Tyler Durden believes so, and he isn’t alone.

Judicial Watch theorizes, based on records obtained so far, the Soros-funded group actions indicate a violation of international law:

“Here’s how the clandestine operation functions, according to high-level sources in Macedonia and the U.S. that have provided Judicial Watch with records as part of an ongoing investigation. The Open Society Foundation has established and funded dozens of leftwing, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Macedonia to overthrow the conservative government. One Macedonian government official interviewed by Judicial Watch in Washington D.C. recently, calls it the “Soros infantry.” The groups organize youth movements, create influential media outlets and organize violent protests to undermine the institutions and policies implemented by the government. One of the Soros’ groups funded the translation and publication of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” into Macedonian. The book is a tactical manual of subversion, provides direct advice for radical street protests and proclaims Lucifer to be the first radical. Thanks to Obama’s ambassador, who has not been replaced by President Trump, Uncle Sam keeps the money flowing so the groups can continue operating and recruiting, sources in Macedonia and the U.S. confirm.”

US AID even helped fund a TV show described as a ‘docu-comedy’ comprising “the everyday life of a ‘typical’ Macedonian family.” The approach seems to mirror much of legacy TV’s entertainment fare in the US, frequently pushing leftist political doctrines guised as sitcoms or drama.

Records such as those requested by Judicial Watch can take some time to obtain. The US government, especially during the Obama administration’s tenure, appeared to obstruct FOIA documents frequently and it’s a known fact that administration even spied on media involved in investigative work, even media perceived by many of us to be more favorable to Democrats.

At a time when Democrats are consumed with collusion conspiracies, it would be a good idea for Republicans to investigate potential collusion from the previous administration.

(Kay B. Day/June 1, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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