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Any US “nonviolence foundations” Not funded by the government?

This is a quick post, pending development. I received this link on a social platform. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall wrote:

“The two major US foundations promoting nonviolence, both overseas and domestically, are the Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) and the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). Both receive major corporate/government funding, mostly via CIA “pass through” foundations.

The ICNC is funded mainly by the private fortune of hedge fund billionaire (junk bond king Michael Milken…second in command)

AEI Peter Ackerman has received funding from the Rand Corporation and the Department of Defense, as well as various “pass-through” foundations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the US Institute of Peace and the Ford Foundation (see The Ford Foundation and the CIA), which all have a long history of collaborating with the Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA in destabilizing governments unfriendly to US interests.

Frances Stonor Saunders outlined this strategy in her pivotal “Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters“. According to Sanders, right-wing corporate-backed foundations and the CIA have been funding the non-communist left since the late sixties, in the hope of drowning out and marginalizing the voice of more militant leftists.

It’s also noteworthy that the governing and advisory board of both AEI and ICNC have been consistently dominated by individuals with either a military/intelligence background or a history of prior involvement with CIA “pass-through” foundations, such as NED and USAID…

Less well-known is the role that military and intelligence figures have played in helping Sharp set up and run the AEI.

I think most progressives would be extremely disturbed by the major role played by the military-intelligence establishment in funding and running the AEI.

I think they would find it even more troubling that progressives who refer to any of this on so-called “independent” or “alternative” media websites and blogs have their posts removed.End of quote

I received a comment that says:

“It is totally untrue that Peter Ackerman or ICNC have ever received one nickel of funding from the Rand Corporation, the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, or the Ford Foundation.

The foundation has collaborated on an educational course with the U.S. Institute of Peace, but it hasn’t worked with any of those other entities. Nor has anyone associated with ICNC worked with, had contact with, or been influenced by anyone affiliated with the CIA.

The burden of proof is on those who make such claims, and none of them — including Stuart Jeanne Bramhall — have ever offered any proof of these claims. Go to ICNC’s web site and judge their activity for yourselves: http://www.nonviolent-conflict.orgEnd of comment.

I tend to side with Stuart Jeanne Bramhall position for several reasons:

1. The commentator didn’t extend any proof for his claim, except referring us to the site of the foundation.

2. It is well-documented that the federal government is behind the initiation, funding, and purchasing of most US corporations since the 19th century.  Universities in the US expand and prosper thanks to the various research funding from the ministries (defense, health, transportation…).

3. Funding “non-violent foundations” is within the interest of a superpower to diversify its interference in foreign States.  The question is: Why funding only two of these foundations?

4. The practices of the US in foreign States and inside the US demonstrate high tendencies toward violent means.  For example, even recently:

Occupy protests movement was dispersed violently in almost all US cities.

5. How these foundations are covering and handling the daily non-violent civil disobedience of the Palestinians in Israeli occupied land?  Are they exerting any serious pressure on the administration for fair and equitable dealing with both parties?

6. The US is against any dialogue and negotiation for a transitional government in Syria, and is tacitly supporting Qatar and Saudi Arabia in dispatching arms to the violent opposition inside Syria.

7. The US is using military means and drones to attacking bases in south Yemen, and supported a deal that maintained the same political structure in Yemen: Basically, Saudi Arabia was to resume its total control of Yemen as it did in the last 4 decades…

Shall I go on?  Isn’t the trend to believe that the federal government is heavily funding the two US non-violent foundations?

Egypt’s Moslem Salafist organisation (Saudi funded):  Received $50 million in one year during Mubarak reign
Egyptian ministry of justice reports a Salafist organisation received almost $50 million in one year from the Gulf and Saudi Arabia during Mubarak’s’ regime. According to the report, the Salafist Ansar El-Sonna association received ($30million) from Qatar and ($19 million) from Kuwait, grants was approved by former minister of social solidarity Ali Meslahi on February 12, 2011. The Ansar El-Sonna association (Supporters of the Islamic chari3a) is considered to be the biggest charitable Salafist NGO in Egypt.
The Ansar El-Sonna association of sheikhs and spokespeople have always denied in the media that the donations it receives from the Gulf are used to fund the activities of the growing Salafist political parties in Egypt, insisting that the donations are spent on orphanages and mosques across the country. This association has denied that any of the Kuwaiti and Qatari funds were for political purposes, but claimed they were used for charitable projects, with the knowledge of the government and the ministry of international cooperation.
Zeinab El Gundy wrote on Nov. 19 (with slight re-arrangement and editing):
“Investigating accusations that April 6 Youth Movement have foreign agendas due to foreign funding is totally baseless.
Alaa Mubarak in the inauguration of Mohamed Alaa Mubarak association

Alaa Mubarak in the inauguration of Mohamed Alaa Mubarak association “Photo: Internet”

The daily Akhbar El Yom newspaper has published excerpts from the ministry of justice’s report on foreign funding of NGOs.  Since summertime, there has been a witch hunt on April 6 Youth Movement claiming it received western foreign funding (viewed as foreign intervention and manipulation of Egyptian society).

The fact-finding committee, headed by judges Sameh Abu Zaid and Ashraf El-Ashamawi, discovered that a single Salafist association has received ($50 million)  from  two Gulf countries. The report named those two donations (from Qatar and Kuwait) as the biggest received by any Egyptian NGO in 2010 and 2011.

The report also concluded that the April 6 Youth Movement had not received any foreign funding, accusations that had stalked the revolutionary movement for months.

Mentioned in the report are donations of about ($15.5 million) received by the Mohamed Alaa Mubarak Charity Association from Oman and UAE until July 2011. The association was founded in 2010 by Heidi Rasaskh, the wife of Alaa Mubarak, the son of ousted president Mubarak, who is currently in prison facing charges of corruption. The association was founded as a tribute to their son, Mohamed Mubarak, who died in 2009. It is unclear how the association operates currently, after the ousting of former president and the detention of Alaa Mubarak.

The fact-finding committee also noted the foreign donations of  ($26 mn) received by the NGO, Caritas Egypt. Caritas has operated in Egypt since 1967, with a focus on women and children.

The report  included the donations of  ($11 million) from the American funding body USAID to NGOs working in the field of democracy development in Egypt. According to the findings, USAID funded the American Democracy Institute (ADI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) to the tune of ($6.7 mn). The report did not specify which Egyptian NGO’s received the remaining  ($4.25 mn).

The spokesperson for the April 6 Youth Movement, Mahmoud Afifi, tweeted that the group would not tolerate any unfounded accusations of receiving foreign money. He also thanked all those who trusted in the movement despite the defamation campaign.

The “We Are All Khaled Said Movement”, an influential campaign that played a major role in the January 25 Revolution, demanded that Major General El-Rowaini, member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the commander of the central military zone, apologise for accusing the April 6 Youth Movement of receiving foreign funding and working against the country.

Major General El-Rowaini accused the youth movement of receiving foreign funding in media statements in July. This move inflamed tensions further between revolutionary activists and SCAF and made the public call into question youth movements’ integrity.” End of quote

Note: You may read on this military council Black Box




November 2022

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