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Oct
13

U.S. lawmakers skeptical of foreign-funded NGOs: Close scrutiny urged

By Daya Gamage

The Asian Tribune

In a well-researched article in a September edition of the New York Times it was outlined how foreign countries, through moneys provided by their governments, have funded the so called nonpartisan nonprofit think tanks in the U.S.

In doing so, these foreign nations are purchasing the respectability of nonprofit think tanks to pursue and promote policies in their national interests.

This issue has been widely debated in the post-terrorist Sri Lankan state of South Asia within that nation’s administration, mainly in the defense establishment, how ‘unregulated’ foreign funds to some well-known non-governmental organizations could interfere in the nation’s national security and, possibly, draw the contours of the Rajapaksa presidency.

This same concern has now reached the lawmakers in Washington about ‘unregulated’ foreign fund flow to some ostensibly nonpartisan nonprofit think tanks who are known as NGOs, and one prominent Congressman has taken the lead to initiate the scrutiny of the NGOs that receive fat funds from foreign governments.

The issue here is not only national security concerns or these foreign regimes’ endeavor to draw the contours of American foreign policy but, most importantly, the foreign regimes purchasing the respectability of nonprofit think tanks to pursue and promote policies in their national interests, and devalue their non-partisan-independent stance.

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