10/28 "Free Press" in the Service of US Imperialism

Arabian Sights.....

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.
Audre Lorde

"The propaganda system allows the U.S. leadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehavior or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers. "
Edward S. Herman, political economist and author

“The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make a criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press.” . . . .If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
At the Audubon", 12/13/1964, Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements, Ballantine Books, 1964

"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media"
former CIA Director William Colby

"If the people are not convinced (that the Free World is in mortal danger) it would be impossible for Congress to vote the vast sums now being spent to avert danger. With the support of public opinion, as marshalled by the press, we are off to a good start. It is our Job - yours and mine -- to keep our people convinced that the only way to keep disaster away from our shores is to build up America's might."
Charles Wilson,
Chairman of the Board of General Electric and Truman appointee to head the Office of Defence Mobilization, in a speech to the Newspaper Publishers Association, 1950

"Whoever controls the media, controls the peoples' minds. There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares writes (sic) his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print... The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon...for his daily bread. You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an "Independent Press."
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
John Swinton, editor of the New York Tribune, in the 1880s, at a banquet of his fellow editors

"Free Journalism" in the Service of US Foreign Policy: The Role of "Reporters without Borders" [part of US/SOROS NGO empire]
F. William Engdahl
An organization calling itself Reporters Without Borders (RWB; French: Reporters sans frontières, or RSF) has just named Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, China’s President Hu Jintao, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to their list of Forty Worst Predators of Press Freedom for 2010. Most significant about their list of ‘bad guys’ is the geopolitical relation of those leaders and those countries to the current ‘enemies list’ of the US State Department. That is no accident, as becomes clear when we look more closely at who funds RWB.

In their declaration RWB states, “Since these predators have faces, we must know them to better denounce them. Reporters without Borders has decided to draw their portraits.” Their colourful language is no accident. The term predator conjures up images of horror in most people.

In their latest ‘Evil Guys’ list just released they remark about Russia’s Putin: "As well as manipulating groups and institutions, Putin has promoted a climate of pumped-up national pride that encourages the persecution of dissidents and freethinkers and fosters a level of impunity that is steadily undermining the rule of law.” RWB said that Putin, "the former KGB officer," has exerted so much control over all aspects of life in Russia that "the national TV stations now speak with a single voice." Interestingly enough, the citation and a report of the naming of Putin appeared in an article in the Russian state-owned media, RIA Novosti.[1]

With respect to China, RWB states: “In honour of the Shanghai World Expo, the biggest display of Chinese might (sic) since the 2008 Olympic Games, Reporters Without Borders has for the past week been inviting Internet users to visit a specially created page on its website dedicated to the freedoms that are flouted in China.”[2]

Perhaps just as important as the list of bad guys from RWB are the names that are not on it. One might ask why names of such world-class enemies of free speech and press freedom as Georgia’s dictator, President Mikhail Saakashvili, or the former Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko, or the recently deposed dictator of Kyrgyzstan, Bakiyev are absent. All three came to power in Washington-backed "Color Revolutions"... all the persons just named "predators" by RWB have been targets of Washington-financed destabilization attempts in recent years...

Announcing the list of forty May 3 on their website, RWB states, “The list of Predators of Press Freedom is released today, backed by a campaign ad produced by the Saatchi & Saatchi agency... There are 40 names on this year’s list of predators... that cannot stand the press, treat it as an enemy and directly attack journalists. They are powerful, dangerous, violent and above the law.”[3] Saatchi & Saatchi is one of the world’s most influential PR firms...Clients have included Margaret Thatcher, Gordon Brown, Citigroup, Hewlett-Packard, DuPont, Proctor & Gamble...

Reporters Without Borders is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) headquartered in Paris, France...and financed by the US Congress and agencies tied to the US government. If we go to the RWB website to find who stands behind these self-anointed judges of world press freedom, we find nothing. Not even their board of directors are named, let alone their financial backers. Their annual published Income and Expenditure statements give no clue who stands behind them financially.

Millions of dollars of their annual income are disclosed as being from “sale of publications.” It does not name the publications or to whom they were sold. As one researcher noted, “Even taking into account that the books are published for free, it would have had to sell 170 200 books in 2004 and 188 400 books in 2005 to earn the more than $2 million the organization claims to make each year ­ 516 books per day in 2005. The money clearly had to come from other sources, as it turns out it did.”[4] An attempt to go on the RWB website to order any of their publications found no link to any purchasing information nor any price listings or book summary. Very curious indeed.

In their official financial statements and income accounts published in September 2009, they state: “The organisation’s finances in 2008 were marked by the end of the campaign (begun in 2001) over the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games which significantly affected income and expenditure.” [5] That means RWB spent eight years and undisclosed amounts of money campaigning against the Government of China in the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. For what purpose? RWB names China’s President Hu Jintao as this year’s ‘predator’ for his actions in cracking down on unrest in Tibet in March 2010 and Xinjiang in July 2009 --- both of which were the covert work of a US-financed NGO called National Endowment for Democracy (NED)...with the help of the Soros Foundation.

After years of trying to hide it, Robert Menard, Paris-based Secretary-General of Reporters Sans Frontieres or RWB, confessed the RWB budget was primarily funded by “US organizations strictly linked to US foreign policy.”[6] Those US based organizations which support RWB include the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Congress’ National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Also included is the Center for Free Cuba, whose trustee, Otto Reich, was forced to resign from the George W. Bush Administration after exposure of his role in a CIA-backed coup attempt against Venezuela’s democratically elected President Hugo Chavez.[7]

As one researcher found after months of trying to get a reply from NED about their funding of Reporters Without Borders, which included a flat denial from RSF executive director Lucie Morillon, the NED revealed that Reporters Without Borders received grants over at least three years from the International Republican Institute. The IRI is one of four subsidiaries of NED.[8]

The NED, as I detail in my book, Full Spectrum Dominance:Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order, was created by the US Congress during the Reagan administration on the initiative of then-CIA Director Bill Casey to replace the CIA's civil society covert action programs, which had been exposed by the Church committee in the mid-1970s. As Allen Weinstein, the man who drafted the legislation creating the NED admitted years later, “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” [9]
F. William Engdahl may be reached via his website at www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net

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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

The Soft Power Surge
July 21, 2008
New U.S. public diplomacy efforts seek to promote a more appealing brand....

comprehensive analyses and history of the 'soft power' arm of US imperialism:
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. 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 […]

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

* 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)

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

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

World-class governance
Davos, Switzerland

Prepared remarks by Bill Gates
Thank you for that welcome and for the privilege of speaking at this forum.This is the last time I will come to Davos as a full-time employee of Microsoft.

The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation. We are striving towards a world-class corporate governance system where values are as important a basis as rules. Our motto is ‘entrepreneurship in the global public interest’. We believe that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progress is not feasible.

Our vision for the World Economic Forum is threefold. It aims to be: the foremost organization which builds and energizes leading global communities; the creative force shaping global, regional and industry strategies; the catalyst of choice for its communities when undertaking global initiatives to improve the state the world.

We enjoy a unique global standing by recognizing and responding to two new developments:
The world’s key challenges cannot be met by governments, business or civil society alone
In a world characterized by complexity, fragility and ever greater synchronicity, strategic insights cannot be passively acquired. They are best developed through continuous interaction with peers and with the most knowledgeable people in the field.
To carry out its mission, the World Economic Forum has developed an integrated value chain by involving world leaders in communities, inspiring them with strategic insights and enabling them through initiatives.

Members and Partners
Our members represent the world’s 1,000 leading companies. Partners are select member companies who are actively involved in the organization's activities and contribute their expertise and resources.

Contributors include:

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, and Open Society Institute [OSI] and Foundation, stressed that one can only empower people with what they wish to achieve. The goals cannot be achieved only 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,( a major OSI NGO) said 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...
John J. Sweeney, President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, USA, [AFL-CIA] 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....