8/25 Revealingly Disingenuous Neoliberal Letter to HRW

Re: Open Letter to Kenneth Roth
Why has Human Rights Watch Fallen Silent on Honduras?http://www.counterpunch.com/hylton08242009.html

How revealingly characteristic and disingenuous ... impossible for these neoliberal intellectuals to be unaware of HRW's role as a major pillar of U.S. / Israel / Soros NGO imperialist 'soft power' worldwide -- including recent US destabilization efforts in Iran.

Documented evidence and analyses from official as well as anti-imperialist / anti-zionists sources is widely available --- some included below -- much more available at

Michael J. Zwiebel is Director of Range Infrastructure and Investments, U.S. Army Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Wilkes University, an M.A. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. reprinted by permission of the AWC and the author.
When one thinks of sovereign state power, the first thought is likely that of military capabilities. but the sovereign state has many instruments of power available to it, including diplomatic, informational, military, and economic (DiMe) instruments. in Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, Joseph Nye, a former assistant secretary of Defense for international
security affairs and a recognized expert on international affairs and the effects of soft power, provides some useful observations on power and its relationship to the sovereign state. Power, Nye says, is “the ability to influence the behavior of others to get the outcomes you want.”2 Influence can be accomplished through forceful means, or hard power, such as military action or economic restrictions. Nye then describes an alternate source of power: soft power. He explains that soft power uses attraction to “get the outcomes you want without the tangible threats or payoffs.”3
According to Nye, a state derives its soft power from three sources: culture, political values, and foreign policy.4 the strength of the state’s soft power depends on the attraction or repulsion its culture, political values, and foreign policy generate in the citizens of the targeted country. to make soft power work effectively, a state must carefully select the methods that will attract others to its interests. soft power, it must be said, is not an exclusive replacement for hard power; rather, it can strengthen applications of hard power, and may be less expensive. soft power can be directed at either an opposing state or at its individual citizens. public diplomacy is one form of soft power...
USAID, an independent government agency under the direction of the secretary of state, provides humanitarian, developmental, and democracy-building assistance to developing countries and countries affected by disaster and afflicted with poverty.25 relies on partnerships with voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, american businesses, international
agencies, and other U.S. and foreign governmental agencies to improve the lives of people in developing countries. by helping to expand democracy and the free-trade market, it plays a key role in carrying out U.S. foreign policy. USAID established an Office of Public Diplomacy within its bureau of legislative and public affairs. according to an april 2004 press release, “The Office of Public Diplomacy helps to coordinate and infuse the development and humanitarian message of USAID to the U.S. Government, the American people and the Arab world.”
sources include:
United States Information Agency Alumni Association, “What is Public Diplomacy,” .

The USIAAA public diplomacy website provides specific examples of the programs used today. See the United States Information Agency Alumni Association,
“Public Diplomacy Activities and Programs,” .

George W. Bush, “The National Security Strategy of the United States of America”

Joseph S. Nye Jr., “The Decline of America’s Soft Power,” Foreign Affairs 83, 3 (May-June 2004)

Agency for International Development, “About USAID,” . The organization was established in 1961 by presidential executive order after President Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law.

Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, “USAID Launches New Middle East Outreach Initiative With Media Summit,”.

* very important analysis and history:
... scripted in Washington by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the George Soros Open Society Institute, Freedom House and Gene Sharp's Albert Einstein Institution, a US intelligence asset used to spark "non-violent" regime change around the world on behalf of the US strategic agenda....
Risky Geopolitical Game: Washington Plays ‘Tibet Roulette’ with China
By F. William Engdahl, April 10, 2008

In an interview August 10, 2009, on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that while the US didn’t want to come out too publicly in favor of the protesters in the wake of Iran’s disputed June elections, the State Department was “doing a lot” behind the scenes to support the opposition.

Keep Your Eyes On the Prize: Protest US Aggression
by Ron Jacobs / July 13th, 2009
Should the US antiwar movement be attending rallies sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) claiming to support the opposition movement in Iran?

The Obama administration has continued support for Iranian dissident groups through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which has been soliciting applications for $20 million in grants to “promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Iran” even while President Obama insists that the U.S. “is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs”.In a report on the funding, USA Today observed that “The State Department and USAID decline to name Iran-related grant recipients for security reasons.”

Riding the "Green Wave" at the Campaign for Peace and Democracy and Beyond
by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
...Peter Ackerman, the founding chair of the U.S.-based International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a former chair of the right-wing Freedom House, along with the ICNC's founding director and president Jack DuVall, once cynically cautioned that for a destabilization campaign such as this to be maximally effective against Iran, it "should not come from the CIA or Defense Department, but rather from pro-democracy programs throughout the West." ...

"If war aims are stated which seem to be solely concerned with Anglo-American imperialism, they will offer little to people in the rest of the world. The interests of other peoples should be stressed. This would have a better propaganda effect."
- Private memo from The Council of Foreign Relations to the US State Department, 1941

Cultural domination has been an underappreciated facet of American global power.... As the imitation of American ways gradually pervades the world, it creates a more congenial setting for the exercise of the indirect and seemingly consensual American hegemony. And as in the case of the domestic American system, that hegemony involves a complex structure of interlocking institutions and procedures, designed to generate consensus and obscure asymmetries in power and influence.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, major US geostrategist, former US National Security Adviser, now Obama advisor

* Soft and Undercover Coups d'État The Albert Einstein Institution: Strategic non-violence according to the CIA
by Thierry Meyssan, VoltaireNet, 4 January
2005 http://www.voltairenet.org/article30032.html

* Washington’s New World Order “Democratization” Template
by Jonathan Mowat
‘Strategic nonviolent struggle is all about political power.’ And I thought, ‘Boy is this guy speaking my language,’ that is what armed struggle is about.”
Col. Robert Helvey
Dr. Peter Ackerman, the author of “Strategic Nonviolent Conflict” in the “National Catholic Reporter” on April 26, 2002: “It is not true that the only way to ‘take out’ such regimes is through U.S. military action.”…Speaking at the “Secretary’s Open Forum” at the State Department on June 29, 2004, in a speech entitled, “Between Hard and Soft Power: The Rise of Civilian-Based Struggle and Democratic Change, ” Ackerman elaborated on the concept involved. He proposed that youth movements, such as those used to bring down Serbia, could bring down Iran and North Korea, and could have been used to bring down Iraq… And he reported that he has been working with the top US weapons designer, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, on developing new communications technologies that could be used in other youth movement insurgencies. “There is no question that these technologies are democratizing,” he stressed, in reference to their potential use in bringing down China, “they enable decentralized activity. They create, if you will, a digital concept of the right of assembly.”...
The Democratic party’s National Democratic Institute, the Republican party’s International Republican Institute, the US State Department and USAID are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Institute […] (emphasis added)
…Col. Helvey’s long experience in Myanmar in training insurgent ethnic minorities in a region that is the center of world opium production raises another question of great bearing on “post modern coups.” That is: what is the role of narcotic mafias in facilitating “regime change?” Law enforcement agencies from many nations, including the United States, have long reported that the Balkans is the major narcotics pipeline into Western Europe. Ukraine is said to be a top conduit, as is Georgia. Kyrghyzstan, now at the top of the hit list, is another opium conduit. And George Soros “the Daddy Warbucks of drug legalization,” has been the top “private” funder of all the Eastern European and Central Asian insurgent groups, as well as those in Myamar. The spread of such mafias, is, of course, one of the most efficient ways of infiltrating and corrupting government agencies of targeted states….

essential study:
* The NED, NGOs and the Imperial Uses of Philanthropy: Why They Hate Our Kind Hearts, Too
By JOAN ROELOFS http://www.counterpunch.org/

How Orange Networks Work: “Orange Networks From Belgrade to Bishkek”.
Andrei Areshev

Former CIA agent tells: How US infiltrates "civil society" to overthrow governments

* SOROS Falls from Grace in Central Asia
After Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan has also voiced concerns about the activities of SOROS Foundation. This completes the quorum.
In rapid sequence, Uzbekistan kicked out SOROS, Kazakhstan issued a back-taxes notice that is likely to lead to closure of SOROS offices, President Askar Akayev of Kyrgzstan whipped SOROS for interfering in the society and President Imomali Rakhmanov of Tajikistan told his cabinet of ministers that he considered SOROS a destructive presence for the society. Why has the entire Central Asian region united against SOROS, a supposedly philanthropic organization engaged in grand and noble projects of absolutely the greatest possible value to the primitive and barbarian societies of Central Asia? […]

* George Soros — a profile by Neil Clark New Statesman (UK)

* Soros-Funded Democratic Idea Factory Becomes Obama Policy Font
Edwin Chen http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=aF7fB1PF0NPg

*George Soros: Prophet of an “Open Society” by Karen Talbot

*Joseph Nye 'soft power' creator: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Nye

* U.S. Human Rights and Democracy Strategy
Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs > Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Guiding Principles on Non-Governmental Organizations

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George Soros
Chairman, Soros Fund Management, USA
1952, graduate, London School of Economics. Founder: 1979, Open Society Fund; 1984, Soros Foundation, Hungary; 1987, Soros Foundation, Soviet Union; 1990, Central European University in Budapest and Prague. Chief Investment Adviser, Quantum Fund. Author of many articles on political and economic changes in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. Author of: The Alchemy of Finance; Opening the Soviet System; Underwriting Democracy; Soros on Soros; Staying Ahead of the Curve; The Crisis of Global Capitalism; The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror. Recipient of numerous awards.

Jonathan Soros
Deputy Chairman, Soros Fund Management, USA
1992, BA, Wesleyan University; graduate, Harvard Law School; graduate, John F Kennedy School of Government. Formerly: Clerk for Judge Stephen F Williams, United States Court of Appeals, DC Circuit; Co-Founder, Fair Trial Initiative; 2002, joined Soros Fund Management.

Hard Decisions on Soft Power
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2006
Opening a broad reaching and reflective discussion on the use of outside influence to promote democracy, moderator David Ignatius, Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post, USA, defined soft power as the ability to obtain what one wants through attraction rather than coercion. Hard power, on the other hand, is what America has been practising in Iraq and Russia in Chechnya, he said. What the panel needs to explore, he suggested, is what the appropriate ground rules for the various players should be, whether governments, NGOs or the media.

Joseph S. Nye Jr, Distinguished Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA, maintained that power is the ability to get others to do what one wants. This includes three principal factors, namely force, the carrot and stick, and attraction. Governments, he noted, seek to use all three, but there is a lot of soft power from Hollywood to Harvard that they cannot control. “It is hard for governments to incorporate soft power into a strategy."Yet, Nye pointed out, for dealing with issues such as terrorism, the key lies in a combination of hard power to crack down on the Bin Ladens, and soft power for winning over the moderates. “What we need to figure out is how to make better use of soft power, and this means working with civil society which is our strongest asset. There is a lot to gain from soft power."

Alja Brglez, Director and Founder, Institute for Civilization and Culture, Slovenia; Young Global Leader, maintained that outside influence in the form of support from the Open Society Foundation was useful during the mid 1990s, that initially in her country, Slovenians wanted more shops and expensive cars. Democracy only came later.

George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management, USA, stressed that one can only empower people with what they wish to achieve. The goals cannot be achieved with military force. Germany and Japan accepted soft power at the end of World War II by embracing democracy, but this came only after hard power. Outside support can help people in obtaining what they want. It often represents their only lifeline. The problem is that governments need to tolerate civil society efforts. Revolutions occur only when there is a deficiency in democracy but there may have to be a second one if the first fails. This is what happened in the Soviet Union. However, if leaders want to be repressive, they have to be serious about it. In Georgia, for example, Shevardnaze was too well meaning and he lost power with the Rose Revolution. In Uzbekistan, on the other hand, Karimov s ruthlessness with protestors will probably enable him to stay in power. Today, it is clear that Putin wants strong central control, including over the opposition. Hence the efforts to bring civil society to heel, and to deny them outside support. This is where Europe needs to speak up, Soros said.

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, USA, said he sees nothing nefarious in giving people what they want. For Human Rights Watch, it is a matter of combining both soft and hard power. We enlist powerful governments to use their clout on behalf of human rights, he said. But he questioned the fact that the US government is not putting pressure on countries like Saudi Arabia, or Europe on Russia. Citing Darfur as an example, he explained that his organization first went in to establish the facts, then to seek soft power pressure from various governments, including African Union peacekeepers. Roth further added that the problem is not the press, but government policies. When people think of America, they think of Guantୡmo, a negative image for which the press is not responsible. US conduct has compromised the voice of soft power. US diplomats, for example, can no longer bring up the issue of torture when talking to other countries.

John J. Sweeney, President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, USA, talked about the work of his organization with the global labour movement, primarily in the developing world. Empowerment can be achieved, he noted, by working with citizens. With regard to bipartisan collaboration, he maintained that his organization has had good relations with the US State Department, but is strained in other areas. There are some who do not wish to see the labour movement evolve in other parts of the world....

Finally, various panelists commented on the need to invest more effectively in education, such as enabling foreign students to study in the United States and to involve them in exchange programmes. By refusing visas, the US is embarking on a dangerous track. Foreigners need to immerse themselves in American culture as this will almost certainly have an effect on policies later, not just in the Middle East but also in countries like China.

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March 17, 2009
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December 30, 2008

Open Letter to Kenneth Roth
Why has Human Rights Watch Fallen Silent on Honduras?



Leisy Abrego
University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow
UC Irvine

Paul Almeida
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Texas A&M University

Alejandro Alvarez Béjar
Professor, Economic Faculty

Tim Anderson
Senior Lecturer in Political Economy
University of Sydney

Anthony Arnove
Author and Editor
Brooklyn, NY

Marc Becker
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

Marjorie Becker
Associate professor, Department of History
University of Southern California

John Beverley
Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Larry Birns
Director, Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Washington, DC

Jefferson Boyer
Professor of Anthropology (ethnography of Honduras)
Appalachian State University

Jules Boykoff
Associate Professor of Political Science
Pacific University

Edward T. Brett
Professor of History
La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA

Renate Bridenthal
Professor of History, Emerita
Brooklyn College, CUNY

Bob Buzzanco
Professor of History
University of Houston

Aviva Chomsky
Professor of History and Coordinator, Latin American Studies
Salem State College

Noam Chomsky
Professor of Linguistics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James D. Cockcroft
Honorary Editor, Latin American Perspectives

Daniel Aldana Cohen
Graduate Student
New York University

Mike Davis
Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing
University of California-Riverside

Pablo Delano
Professor of Fine Arts
Trinity College , Hartford CT

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Professor Emeritus
California State University

Luis Duno-Gottberg
Rice University

Les W. Field
Professor of Anthropology
The University of New Mexico

Dana Frank
Professor of History
University of California, Santa Cruz

Todd Gordon
Department of Political Science
York University, Toronto

Manu Goswami
Department of History
New York University

Jeff Gould
Rudy Professor of History
Indiana University

Greg Grandin
Department of History
New York University

Richard Grossman
Department of History
Northeastern Illinois University

Peter Hallward
Professor of Modern European Philosophy
Middlesex University, UK.

Nora Hamilton
Professor, Political Science
University of Southern California

Jim Handy
Professor of History
University of Saskatchewan

Tom Hayden

Doug Henwood
Editor and Publisher
Left Business Observer

Eric Hershberg
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada

Kathryn Hicks
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
The University of Memphis

Irene B. Hodgson
Professor of Spanish, Director of the Latin American Studies Minor
Interim Director of the Academic Service Learning Semesters
Xavier University

Forrest Hylton
Assistant Professor of Political Science/Int'l. Relations
Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

Susanne Jonas
Latin America and Latino Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz

Rosemary A. Joyce
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences, Professor and Chair of Anthropology
University of California , Berkeley

Karen Kampwirth
Knox College

Naomi Klein
Journalist, syndicated columnist and author

Andrew H. Lee
Librarian for History, European Studies, Iberian Studies, & Politics
Bobst Library
New York University

Catherine LeGrand
Associate Professor
Dept. of History, McGill University.

Deborah Levenson
Associate Professor of History
Boston College

Frederick B. Mills
Professor of Philosophy
Bowie State University

Cynthia E. Milton
Chaire de recherche du Canada en histoire de l'Amérique latine
Canada Research Chair in Latin American History, Professeure agregée/Associate Professor, Département d'histoire
Université de Montréal

Lena Mortensen
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
University of Toronto Scarborough

Carole Nagengast
Department of Anthropology
University of New Mexico

Robert Naiman
Policy Director
Just Foreign Policy

Marysa Navarro
Charles Collis Professor of History
Dartmouth College

Sharon Erickson Nepstad
Professor of Sociology
University of New Mexico

Mary Nolan
Professor, Department of History
New York University

Elizabeth Oglesby
Assistant Professor
School of Geography and Development
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Arizona

Jocelyn Olcott
Department of History
Duke University

Christian Parenti
Contributing Editor, The Nation
Visiting Scholar
CUNY Graduate Center

Ivette Perfecto
University of Michigan

Héctor Perla Jr.
Assistant Professor
Latin American and Latino Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz

John Pilger
Journalist and documentary filmmaker

Adrienne Pine
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
American University

Deborah Poole
Professor, Anthropology
Johns Hopkins University

Suyapa Portillo
Pomona College
History Dept.

Vijay Prashad
George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies
Trinity College

Margaret Randall
Feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist

Marcus Rediker
Professor and Chair in the Department of History
University of Pittsburgh

Gerardo Renique
Associate Professor, Department of History
City College of the City University of New York

Ken Roberts
Professor, Department of Government
Cornell University

Nancy Romer
Professor of Psychology
Brooklyn College
City University of New York

Seth Sandronsky
U.S. journalist

Aaron Schneider
Assistant Professor
Political Science
Tulane University

Rebecca Schreiber
Associate Professor, American Studies Department
University of New Mexico

Ernesto Seman

Richard Stahler-Sholk
Professor, Department of Political Science
Eastern Michigan University

Julie Stewart
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Assistant Investigator, Institute of Public and International Affairs
University of Utah

Sylvia N. Tesh
Lecturer, Latin American Studies
University of Arizona.

Miguel Tinker Salas
Professor of History
Pomona College

Mayo C. Toruño
Professor of Economics
California State University, San Bernardino

Sheila R. Tully
San Francisco State University

John Vandermeer
Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan

Jocelyn S. Viterna
Assistant Professor
Departments of Sociology and Social Studies Harvard University

Steven S. Volk
Professor, Department of History
Director, Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE)
Oberlin College

Maurice L. Wade
Professor of Philosophy, International Studies, and Graduate Public Policy Studies
Trinity College

Shannon Drysdale Walsh
Fulbright-Hays Fellow
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Political Science
University of Notre Dame

Jeffery R. Webber
Assistant Professor, Political Science
University of Regina, Canada

Barbara Weinstein
Professor, Department of History
New York University

Mark Weisbrot
Center for Economic and Policy Research

Gregory Wilpert
Adjunct Professor of Political Science
Brooklyn College

Sonja Wolf
Institute of Social Research
National Autonomous University of Mexico

John Womack, Jr.
Professor of History, Emeritus
Harvard University

Elisabeth Wood
Professor of Political Science
Yale University

Richard L. Wood
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of New Mexico

Marilyn B. Young
Professor of History
New York University

Marc Zimmerman
Modern and Classical Languages
University of Houston

[1] [1] Human Rights Watch, “Honduras: Evidence Suggests Soldiers Shot Into Unarmed Crowd.” July 8, 2009. Found at http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/07/08/honduras-evidence-suggests-soldier....
[2] Human Rights Watch, “Honduras: Military Coup a Blow to Democracy.” June 28, 2009. Found at http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/06/28/honduras-military-coup-blow-democr....