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Friday, October 22, 2004

New 'Spirit of America' Project

via Instapundit, http://instapundit.com/archives/018574.php
Vodkapundit has another link, with more information about 'Spirit of America': http://vodkapundit.com/archives/006969.php You have to scroll down a bit... WSJ Online also has an editorial by Daniel Henninger, http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110005794
with even more background information.

Iraq Democracy Project:

“Friends of Democracy” – The Iraq Democracy Project We are supporting efforts by Iraqis inside Iraq that have two main goals: (1) increase voter participation in Iraq’s January 2 election; and (2) encourage the Iraqi people to make informed decisions on the candidates. Some of the projects that will be supported (with direct funding, equipment and technical assistance) under this initiative include:

Production of radio and television Public Service Announcements by the Iraq Ministry of Women’s Affairs to encourage women to vote.

Securing the rights to and subtitling in Arabic documentaries about elections in post-dictatorship countries for broadcast in Iraq. For example, “Milosevic: Bringing Down a Dictator.”

Providing $1,000 microgrants to 150 Iraqi women community leaders identified by the Iraqi Women’s
Educational Institute. The grants will be used for grass roots pro-democracy projects created by the women.

Production and broadcast of citizen roundtables and townhall meetings.

Support for Iraqi intellectuals who wish to publish and create public dialog on constitutionalism and the new Iraqi constitution. This is similar to the role of the
Federalist Papers in the development of the United States.

Creation and hosting of an Arabic blogging tool to enable more free voices to be heard.

Support of a network of pro-democracy student groups and community organizations called “Friends of
Democracy” by providing Internet access, blog hosting, copiers and paper.In many cases we will not be able to publicize the specifics of the projects or people we are supporting as part of this effort. We will need to work quietly and we won’t be able to provide our normal level of transparency. Those who are visibly associated with Americans are much bigger targets for the terrorists. This makes a difficult situation for you – our donors. In the near term we won’t be able to tell you about some of the best things your donations make possible. Unfortunately, there is no other way. Otherwise we would get the brave Iraqis we are supporting kidnapped or killed.

Help repeat the miracle of the Afghanistan elections.

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