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Feb
23

Money talks through NGOs

Ostensibly benign, independent NGOs are efffective propaganda tools for those with the means – such as Russia.

By Dr. Norman Bailey

Globes

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)are becoming ever-more significant on the international scene. Non-profit and generally non-taxed organizations, ostensibly with educational, charitable, human rights and environmental and othergoals and activities, do studies, issue reports,hold meetings and conferences and lobby governments and international organizations.

It is often believed that these NGOs are either na├»ve, or driven by ideology, or both, and they have oftenbeen accused of being one-sided in their studies and publications, carefully choosing data that supports their positions and ignoring contrarydata. Nevertheless, they continue to exert substantial influence over many areas of public debate, often because they provide ammunition to government officials and bureaucrats, as well as to candidates and political parties supposedly comingfrom “objective” sources.

Recently, however, a more serious charge is being leveled at some of these NGOs–namely, that their activities on behalf of certain causes are bought and paid for by interested parties. Martin Indyk, former US negotiator for the still-born Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” inthe Obama Administration, was forced to resign when it was revealed that his organization, the highly-respected and influential Brooking Institution, had received very significant funding from the government of Qatar, whichseemed to explain the infamous meeting that Secretary of State Kerry had in Paris with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, whom heproposed act as “objective” intermediaries between the two sides.

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