The US Empire seeks to dominate other countries with a variety of tools. Some critical tools of destablization are the National Endowment for Democracy and the US Agency for International Development. These groups have been involved in a multiplicity of coups and destablization efforts. They have been caught in a series of covert operations in Cuba during the Obama administration. They were also central to the coup in the Ukraine and they were involved in the mass protests in Hong Kong over the last year as well as in Venezuela and other nations. This type of work used to be done by the CIA, no doubt the CIA still takes such actions, but now these "democracy" and "aid" agencies have been added to the team. Despite movement toward normalization of relations with Cuba, the US has allocated $30 million to so-called democratization of Cuba.