Carroll Quigley on the Two Party Scam
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.
- Carrol Quigley, Tragedy and Hope
Naming Names: Your Real Government
The real government transcends elected administrations, they permeate every political party, and they are responsible for nearly every aspect of the average American, European, along with every other country in the globe.
When the “left” is carrying the torch for two “Neo-Con” wars, starting yet another based on the same lies, peddled by the same media outlets that told of Iraqi WMD’s, the world has no choice, beyond profound cognitive dissonance, but to realize something is wrong.
What’s wrong is a system completely controlled by a corporate-financier oligarchy with financial, media, and industrial empires that span the globe. If we do not change the fact that we are helplessly dependent on bank-corporation partnerships which regulate every aspect of our nation(s) politically, and every aspect of our lives personally, nothing else will ever change.
While the International Crisis Group (ICG) claims to be “committed to preventing
and resolving deadly conflict,” the reality is that they are committed to offering solutions crafted well in advance to problems they themselves have created in order to perpetuate their own corporate agenda.
Nowhere can this be better illustrated than in Thailand and more recently in Egypt. ICG
member Kenneth Adelman had been backing Thailand’s Prime Minster Thaksin hinwatra, a former Carlyle Group adviser who was was literally standing in front of the CFR in NYC on the eve of his ousting from power in a 2006 military coup. Since 2006, Thaksin’s meddling in Thailand has been propped up by fellow Carlyle man James Baker and his Baker Botts law firm, Belfer Center adviser Robert Blackwill of Barbour Griffith & Rogers, and now Robert Amsterdam’s Amsterdam & Peroff, a major corporate member of the globalist Chatham House.
With Thailand now mired in political turmoil led by Thaksin Shinwatra and his “red shirt” color revolution, the ICG is ready with “solutions” in hand. These solutions generally involve tying the Thai government’s hands with arguments that stopping Thaksin’s subversive activities amounts to human rights abuses, in hopes of allowing the globalist-backed revolution to swell beyond control.
The unrest in Egypt, of course, was led entirely by ICG member Mohamed ElBaradei and his US State Department recruited, funded, and supported April 6 Youth Movement
coordinated by Google’s Wael Ghonim. While the unrest was portrayed as being spontaneous, fueled by the earlier Tunisian uprising, ICG’s ElBaradei, Ghonim, and their youth movement had been in Egypt since 2010 assembling their “National
Front for Change” and laying the groundwork for the January 25th 2011 uprising.
ICG’s George Soros would then go on to fund Egyptian NGOs working to rewrite the Egyptian constitution after front-man ElBaradei succeeded in removing Hosni Mubarak. This Soros-funded constitution and the resulting servile stooge government it would create
represents the ICG “resolving” the crisis their own ElBaradei helped create.
Continued at Source
The International Crisis Group (ICG) is an international, anti-conflict non-profit, non-governmental organization with many prominent Western politicians and diplomats involved in its governance, particularly those from the United States and other NATO countries. Like some other NGOs it carries out research on conflict issues, but it distinguishes itself by enthusiastic advocacy of its research recommendations, and a willingness to recommend humanitarian intervention, for example humanitarian intervention in Kosovo. It is active in around fifty countries and has an annual budget of around $15m, around half of which comes from Western governments.
They were founded in 1995 by World Bank Vice-President Mark Malloch Brown former US diplomat (Brown was a key architect of the Millennium Development Goals which was adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in December 2000.) Morton Abramowiz and Fred Cuny, an international disaster relief specialist who disappeared in Chechnya in 1995. First Chairman was ex-Senator George Mitchell.
GOAL: create an organisation, wholly independent from any government, to assist governments, intergovernmental bodies and the international community at large in preventing deadly conflict.
International Crisis Group Funding:
Revenue for year ending 30 June 2012: $20.3 million
- Australia (Agency for International Development)
- Austria (Austrian Development Agency)
- Belgium (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Canada (Canadian International Development Agency; International Development Research Centre)
- Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- European Union (Instrument for Stability)
- Finland (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Germany (Federal Foreign Office)
- Ireland (Irish Aid)
- Luxembourg (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- The Netherlands (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- New Zealand (Agency for International Development)
- Norway (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Sweden (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)
- Switzerland (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)
- Turkey (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- United Kingdom (Department for International Development)
- United States (U.S. Agency for International Development)
- Carnegie Corporation of New York; Morton Abramwitz is a member of ICG and President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace;
- Hunt Alternatives Fund – Swanee Hunt is a member of ICG (she’s the daughter of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt);
- Open Society Institute - George Soros ICG member (Soros was one of the original founders of ICG). Soros founded the Open Society Institute.
- Rockefeller Brothers Fund -
- Soros Fund Management LLC: Soros is a member of – ICG
- McKinsey & Company
- Brookings Institute
- Adessium Foundation
- Elders Foundation
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Humanity United
- Henry Luce Foundation
- John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- Oak Foundation
- Radcliffe Foundation
- The Stanley Foundation
- The Charitable Foundation
- Tinker Foundation, Inc.
- http://www.brookings.edu -
As of May 2013
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There are a few new members, updates, and a needed clean up of this post coming soon. The ICG members, such as, ElBaradei etc., will remain listed, with a note indicating they’re no longer a F/T member. At the ICG site it notes that those who left are used as “advisors”, and since the majority of the ICG members gained their experience in the Balkans, one might assume that they’re contacted as needed on the continuum. I see Larry Summers is back! What’s up with that…
Advisors (previous members) of the International Crisis Group:
Richard L. Armitage – board member;
Nancy Kassebaum Baker – board member;
Lakhdar Brahimi – board member;
Zbigniew Brzezinski – board member;
Kim Campbell – board member;
Joaquim Alberto Chissano – board member
Yegor Gaidar – board member;
Leslie H. Gelb – board member;
Anwar Ibrahim – board member;
James V. Kimsey – board member;
Aleksander Kwasniewski – board member;
Robert Malley - Middle East & North Africa program director: International Crisis Group: (Currently on Leave) ; Program Director, Middle East and North Africa, DC.
Crisis Group role: Robert Malley directs analysts based in Amman, Cairo, Beirut, Tel Aviv and Baghdad. Together they report on the political, social and economic factors affecting the risk of conflict and make policy recommendations to address these threats. The team covers events from Iran to Morocco, with a heavy focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the situation in Iraq, and Islamist movements throughout the region. Robert also covers developments in the United States that affect policy toward the Middle East.
Professional background: Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs (1998-2001); Executive Assistant to Samuel R. Berger, National Security Advisor (1996-1998); Director for Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, National Security Council (1994-1996) As Special Assistant to President Clinton, he was a member of the U.S. peace team and helped organize the 2000 Camp David Summit - Malley blamed Ehud Barak for its failure. Robert Malley attended Yale University, and was a 1984 Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in political philosophy. He earned a J.D. at Harvard Law School. Another fellow law school student was Barack Obama. Malley became a Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations where he published The Call From Algeria: Third Worldism, Revolution, and the Turn to Islam. “Today, Malley still stands out for his calls to engage in negotiations with Syria and Iran and for finding ‘some kind of accommodation’ with Hamas”,
George J. Mitchell – chair emeritus; Rhodes Scholar
Victor Pinchuk – board member;
Samantha Power – board member;
Fidel V. Ramos – board member;
Mark L. Schneider – SVP;
Douglas E. Schoen – board member;
Nancy E. Soderberg – VP;
Stephen J. Solarz (deceased) – board member;
Thorvald Stoltenberg – board member;
Ernesto Zedillo – board member
ICG Board of Trustees
Morton Abramwitz – Co-Founder International Crisis Group (ICG)
Morton Abramowitz retired from government service in 1991 to become the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. He retired from that position in 1997. Since then, he has been a Senior Fellow of The Century Foundation and a director of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a long-time board member of the International Rescue Committee; Council on Foreign Relations – senior fellow; International Crisis Group – board member; International Rescue Committee – overseer; Century Institution – Senior Fellow. Past links: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – president; National Endowment for Democracy – director; Thailand – U.S. ambassador; Turkey – U.S. ambassador; U.S. Department of State – assistant secretary
Most influential linkages: Henry A. Kissinger; Indra K. Nooyi; Madeline K. Albright
A Tale of two Protectorates:
Kofi A. Annan: Clinton Global Inititive; Alliance for a Green Revolution in Aftica; Better World; the Elders; World Economic Forum; United Nations; International Rescue Committee; Nobel Peace Prize (2001). Embroiled in the Food-For-Oil scandal and the theft of millions of dollars. Internal Audit was never released to the public.
Kenneth L. Adelman: ICG board member; Committee on the Present Danger- member; senior counselor; Freedom House – trustee; Movers and Shakespeares – VP; USA for Innovation – executive director; Washingtonian – national editor. Past relationships: Shakespeare Theatre – trustee; United Nations – U.S. representative; U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency – director
Marti Ahtisaai: ICG chair emeritus – President Finland; Clinton Global Inititive; East-West Institute; Nobel Foundation – Nobel Prize Winner; The Elders – member. Ahtisaari’s presidential campaign in Finland began when he was still a member of the council dealing with Bosnia. In November 2005, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Ahtisaari as Special Envoy for the Kosovo status process which was to determine whether Kosovo, having been administered by the United Nations since 1999, should become independent or remain a province of Serbia. Board Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Adnan Abu-Odeh: – International Crisis Group board member; Former Political Adviser to King Abdullah II and to King Hussein, and Jordan Permanent Representative to the UN.
Louise Arbour: International Crisis Group – president & CEO; International Center for Transitional Justice – director; Supreme Court of Canada – justice; United Nations – high commissioner for human rights; World Economic Forum 2010 – attendee
NOTE: Louise Arbour is the Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
Mark Malloch Brown: Co-Founder International Crisis Group board member (see above); Acumen Fund – advisory council member; Center for Global Development – director; International Crisis Group – board member; Children’s Investment Fund Foundation – trustee. Past relationships: The Economist – political correspondent; United Kingdom – minister of state; United Nations – deputy secretary-general; United Nations Development Programme – administrator – funder George Soros; World Bank – VP; World Economic Forum (Tony Blair, Kofi Annan)- adviser; Co-Founder on Executive Committee – has been closely associated with billionaire speculator George Soros - working for Refugees International, he was part of the Soros Advisory Committee on Bosnia in 1993-94, formed by George Soros. He has since kept cordial relations with Soros, and rented an apartment owned by Soros while working in New York on UN assignments. In May 2007, Soros’ Quantum Fund announced the appointment of Sir Mark as vice president. In September 2007, The Observer revealed that he had resigned this position on becoming a government minister in the UK. Also in May 2007, Malloch Brown was named vice chairman of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Institute, two other important Soros organizations.
Malloch Brown publicly defended handling of the Oil-For-Food-Program by the UN in general, and Kofi Annan in particular. While he countered critics that “Not a penny was lost from the organization,” an internal UN audit of the Oil-for-Food programme revealed that there had been overcompensation amounting to $557 million. A separate audit of UN peacekeeping procurement concluded that at least $310 million from a budget of $1.6 billion could not be accounted for.
Malloch Brown, briefing the Security Council, argued that, while the situation uncovered by the audit was “alarming”, and that nearly $300 million out of a $1.6 billion budget was involved, it showed more that there was significant waste with only narrow instances of fraud. He noted that the UN Secretariat, based on the reservations expressed by the department being audited, did not entirely accept the auditor’s conclusions.
[...]the record clearly shows Soros’ influence in Georgian policy, and Soros was in no way shy about it. In 2004, Soros, Saakashvili, and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) administrator Mark Malloch Brown, publicly announced their push for ”governance reforms in Georgia that would reflect the Soros version of an “open society“. By 2005, an anti-Soros group arose, somewhat reminiscent of America’s Tea Party Movement, to protest the “Western” influence that had, in their view, attached their government to Soros’ puppet strings.[...]
[...]It should be noted that the 2004 announcement was by no means the first joint effort of Soros and Mark Malloch Brown. In 1993, Brown served on the Soros Advisory Committee on Bosnia. In 2002, Soros and Brown worked together to gain UN funding for people in countries with “bad governments”. In 2005, Brown rented property from Soros in New York worth $120,000 a year, though his annual salary from the UN was not much more than that: $125,000. Finally, in 2007 Brown was appointed Vice Chairman of Soros Fund Management and the OSI.[..]
Oil-For-Food Program: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil-for-Food_Programme
Why did Rockefeller’s granddaughter quit oil-for-food panel? http://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/cover042705.htm
Rockefella’ employee/good friend of Maurice Strong: “In 2005, during investigations into the U.N.’s Oil-for-Food Programme, evidence procured by federal investigators and the U.N.-authorized inquiry of Paul Volcker showed that in 1997, while working for Annan, Strong had endorsed a check for $988,885, made out to “Mr. M. Strong,” issued by a Jordanian bank. It was reported that the check was hand-delivered to Mr. Strong by a South Korean businessman, Tongsun Park, who in 2006 was convicted in New York federal court of conspiring to bribe U.N. officials to rig Oil-for-Food in favor of Saddam Hussein. Mr. Strong was never accused of any wrongdoing. During the inquiry, Strong stepped down from his U.N. post, stating that he would “sideline himself until the cloud was removed.”
Shortly after this, Strong moved to an apartment he owned in Beijing. He said that his departure from the U.N. was motivated not by the Oil-for-Food investigations, but by his sense at the time, as Mr. Annan’s special adviser on North Korea, that the U.N. had reached an impasse. “It just happened to coincide with the publicity surrounding my so-called nefarious activities,” he insists. “I had no involvement at all in Oil-for-Food … I just stayed out of it.”“
Exploitation, Inc…..… the United Nations’ oil-for-food program was essentially rolled over into the J.P. Morgan Chase-managed Trade Bank of Iraq, which held its money on account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), and at some various point in the process $8.7 billion went unaccounted for.
Timothy Geithner was head of the FRBNY at the time, and a very old and dear college buddy of his, one Daniel Zelikow, just happened to be a managing director at J.P. Morgan Chase and, according to his press comments appeared to be involved with coordinating this Trade Bank situation.
We know of his friendship with Secretary Geithner from this Washington Post article.
Also, that a Rockefeller relative (Miranda Kaiser) and former FBI agent, Robert Parton protested the UN inquiry but then drop out of sight. It may appear innocuous that Ms. Kaiser was assigned to this inquiry, yet boots on the ground equals ears on the ground, and as can be seen from her foundation bio, she is well cocooned in the family fold…
..To review: the United Nations’ oil-for-food program was essentially rolled over into the J.P. Morgan Chase-managed Trade Bank of Iraq, which held its money on account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), and at some various point in the process $8.7 billion went unaccounted for…
The UN Report was never shown to the Public.
Nahum Barnea – International Crisis Group board member; Chief Columnist for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel
Samuel. R. Berger (Sandy): [Madeline] Albright Stonebridge Group – managing board member; Aspen Strategy Group – director; International Crisis Group – board member; National Security Network – advisory board member; World Food Program USA – director. Past Samuel R. Berger relationships: 2004 John F. Kerry presidential campaign – adviser; 2005 Sandy Berger theft charges – defendant; pleaded guilty to taking classified materials; 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign – unofficial adviser; Lanny A. Breuer – attorney; Civitas Group, llc – co-chairman; William J. Clinton – senior foreign policy adviser; Hogan & Hartson – partner; Robert Malley – executive assistant; Stonebridge International – chairman; William J. Clinton administration – national security adviser. Most influential linkages: Frank G. Wisner; Daniel R. Glickman; Madeleine K. Albright
Emma Bonino: International Crisis Group board member; Vice President of the Senate; Former Minister of International Trade and European Affairs of Italy; European Commissioner responsible for Consumer Policy, Fisheries and the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO). In 1997, her field of competence was widened to include consumer health protection and food safety. Member of the Radical Party – mainly concerned with divorce, the legalisation of abortion, the legalisation of drugs, and for sexual and religious freedoms. She has fought for an end to capital punishment, against female genital mutilation, and the eradication of world hunger.
Cheryl Carolus: International Crisis Group board member; Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary General of the A.N.C. Carolus was also in the early 1990s, a member of the South African Communist Party “Interim Leadership Group”.
Maria Livanos Cattaui: ICG board member – World Economic Forum; EastWest Institute; Institute of International Education; International Chamber of Commerce – secretary-general; World Economic Forum – managing director; EastWest Institute, the National Bureau of Asian Research, ICT4 Peace, Shift, amongst others. Most influential people: John C. Whitehead; Carla A. Hills; George Soros
Wesley K. Clark: ICG Board member; Atlantic Council of the United States – director; Growth Energy – co-chairman; James Lee Witt & Associates – vice chairman; Mullen & Company – client; National Security Network – advisory board member; President’s Commission on White House Fellowships – commissioner; Rentech Inc. – director; VoteVets – board of advisers member; Wesley K. Clark & Associates – founder; 2004 Wesley Clark presidential campaign – candidate; 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign – supporter; NATO – supreme allied commander – Europe (NATO Commander-Balkans); Oxford University – Rhodes scholar; U.S. Army – general. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme allied commander in Europe and unsuccessful presidential candidate. Update June 19, 2013 – Wesley Clark has become a senior adviser to Blackstone Group (Josh Finks ICG member – his father Larry Finks is CEO of the Blackstone Group and CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Enso Capital Management LLC).
Sheila Coronel: International Crisis Group board member; Center for Public Integrity – director; Columbia Graduate School of Journalism – professor; Committee to Protect Journalists – director; Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Journalism) – director. Most influential people: Leo J. Hindery Jr.; Carla A. Hills; George Soros.
Director (Soros funded) – Media Development Loan Fund – (only the Drug Policy Alliance’s campaign to legalize street drugs in America approached the level of funding Soros provided to invest in independent media in unstable and developing countries.” Beyond the philanthropic subject of the efficacy of social investing, questions remain about Soros’ motives for subsidizing opposition media in countries where authoritarian governments — or authoritarian revolutionaries — are controlling information. “MDLF provides leading journalists with the support they need to create lasting institutions for change.” George Soros became the first donor to the Fund in 1995. …quoting Serbian journalist and founder Sasha Vucinic:
The most effective time for the fund to enter a country, Vucinic said, is during the transition to democracy. “We want to be in places like Peru after Fujimori or Georgia after Shevardnadze, in the crucial months when a free expression can become institutionalized before the government gets annoyed,” Vucinic said. “That is when capital is crucial and when the country is most in need of an independent media.”1
Jan Egeland: International Crisis Group board member: director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs; Former UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Soros’ Deputy Human Rights Watch; Director Human Rights Europe; director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs; Deputy Secretary General of the UN; Professor II at the University of Stavanger; United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator from June 2003 to December 2006. Appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and succeeded Kenzo Oshima. He traveled extensively, drawing attention to humanitarian emergencies. Egeland was also Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross. He served as State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990–1997) and was Chair of (Soros Funded) Amnesty International Norway. Thinks the money given to other countries is “stingy” – later said it was taken out of context.
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen: International Crisis Group; Former Foreign Minister of Denmark. He was leader of the Danish Liberal Party, Venstre 1984–1998 and President of the European Liberals 1995–2000. Since 1998, Ellemann-Jensen has been Chairman of Baltic Development Forum, a non-profit networking organisation dedicated to the business development of the Baltic Sea region. He is non-executive director of various boards of international companies.
Mohamed ElBaradei: International Crisis Group; Director-General Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Nobel Peace Prize (2005) – ???if said that Jews – Isreal are poison -ICG board member – does speaking engagement with Thomas Pickering and CFR…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_ElBaradei Use search engine for more info.
ElBaradei forms the National Association for Change:
NOTE: “Mr. ElBaradei suspended his membership from the Board of Crisis Group concurrent with his January 2011 return to Egypt.” http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/about.aspx
Gareth Evans: International Crisis Group – board member; Clinton Global Inititive; President Emeritus of Crisis Group; Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia. co-chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000–01) and International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (2008–10). Evans has written extensively on international relations and legal, constitutional and political affairs, and has been internationally recognised for his contributions to the theory and practice of mass atrocity and conflict prevention, arms control and disarmament. Since 2010, he has been the Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU). He was appointed an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the ANU in 2012.
Gareth Evans, President and Chief Executive of the International Crisis Group for nine years and former foreign minister of Australia, officially recognized East Timor as a province of Indonesia, a decade after the dictatorship invaded and carried out a genocide of the East Timorese, killing 200,000 according to a report co-sponsored by the Australian Parliament. Evans described the massacre of 200 East Timorese in 1991 by the Indonesian Army as an “aberration,” despite widespread knowledge of the Indonesian military’s genocide.
Mark Eyskens: International Crisis Group – board member; Former President Minister of Belgium; Belgian economist and politician in the Christian People’s Party (Belgium), now called Christian Democratic and Flemish, and briefly served as Prime Minister of Belgium in 1981. He was a member of the Club of Rome (1972–1978). In 2004 he was chairman of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
Josh Fink (Larry Fink’s son – Blackrock CEO – CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Enso Capital Management LLC
Joschka Fischer: International Crisis Group; Former Foreign Minister of Germany; Former Green Party Foreign Minister of Germany. A former far left communist/anarchist activist and affiliate of several known terrorists.From 1983 to 1985, Fischer was a member of the Bundestag for the Green party. His stint in federal parliament saw him frequently engage in a frank and confrontational debating style, exemplified by an incident on 18 October 1984, when he addressed Richard Stücklen, then vice president of the parliament, with the words: “If I may say so, Mr. President, you are an asshole” (German: “Mit Verlaub, Herr Präsident, Sie sind ein Arschloch.”). (Fischer reminds me of Obama’s friend, Ayers and his wive, who were in the Weather Underground bombing stuff up)
Lykke Friis: International Crisis Group 1913, Danish politician for the party Venstre and former Minister for Climate and Energy and equal rights. Prior to this she was prorector at the University of Copenhagen, Lykke Friis obtained her M.Sc. in Economics and Political Science from London School of Economics (Fabian founded – Soros/Hopper alma mater), academic in the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, researcher in Dansk Udenrigspolitisk Institut, was head of European Politics in the Confederation of Danish Industries
Yoichi Funabashi: International Crisis Group board; Yoichi Funabashi is Chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation and a former Editor-in-Chief and Columnist for the Asahi Shimbun. He is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy (Washington, DC). He served as correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun in Beijing (1980-81) and Washington (1984-87), and as American General Bureau Chief (1993-97). In 1985 he received the Vaughn-Ueda Prize for his reporting on international affairs. He won the Japan Press Award, known as Japan’s “Pulitzer Prize”, in 1994 for his columns on foreign policy, and his articles in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy won the Ishibashi Tanzan Prize in 1992.
He’s written many books, the Council on Foreign Relations published at least one of them. He also writes for the CFR’s – Foreign Affairs Magazine.
Frank Giustry: Canadian business executive, who has been particularly successful in the mining and filmmaking industries, and is a noted philanthropist. International Crisis Group board member; Endeavour Financial – chairman; International Crisis Group – board member; Radcliffe Foundation – director; The Comeback Id – written about in UrAsia Energy Ltd. – founder. Past relationships: Lions Gate Entertainment – founder; William J. Clinton Foundation – major donor; Yorkton Securities – chairman & CEO. Most influential linkages: William J. Clinton; Susie Tompkins Buell; William M. Daley
Jean-Marie Guehenno: French-American Foundation – director, International Crisis Group – board member; former French diplomat; UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations – 200-2008. Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Senior Fellow NYU Center on International Cooperation. Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; Associate Director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies at SIPA; directs the School’s International Conflict Resolution specialization; Chairman of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Board; Deputy Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on Syria. He resumed his role as a Member and Chairman of the HD Centre Board in November 2012.
Carla A. Hills: Americans Elect – advisory board member – husband Roderick Hills also an advisory board member of Americans Elect; Center for Strategic and International Studies – trustee; Council on Foreign Relations – co-chair; Financial Services Volunteer Corps- director; Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation – trustee; Gilead Sciences, Inc. – director; Hills & Company – chairman & CEO; Thomas Pickering President of Hills & Company; Inter-American Dialogue – co-chair; International Crisis Group – board member’ National Committee on U.S.-China Relations chair; Peterson Institute for International Economics – director; TCW Group Inc.; director; Trilateral Commission; executive committee member; Urban Institute – life trustee. Carla A. Hills past relationships: Gerald R. Ford (deceased) – honorary pallbearer; Gerald R. Ford administration – HUD secretary; Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – trade representative; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – secretary; U.S. Department of Justice – assistant attorney general. Carla A. Hills has multiple indirect connections to the following people: Ex-government exployees: Henry A. Kissinger; David M. Rubenstein; Brent Scowcroft; Joseph E. Robert Jr.; Jessica Tuchman Mathews; Paul A. Volcker; Joseph S. Nye Jr. Most influential linkages: Helen L Kaplan; James J Johnson; Joan Spero, Helene L. Kaplan: Mondale/Kerry/Obama – CFR – Met Life – Exxon Mobil – J Paul Getty Trustv- Verizon Communication – Carnegie International for Peace; James A. Johnson: Brookings – American Friends of Bilderberg – CFR – Fannie Mae – Countrywide Financial received 5 real estate loans – Forestar Realestate – Gannett Co; Hamilton Project – Goldman Sachs –
Swanee Hunt: A daughter of oil tycoon H. L. Hunt, Council on Foreign Relations – member; Hunt Alternatives Fund – president; International Crisis Group – board member. Past relationships: 2008 Democratic National Convention host committee – donor; 2012 Democratic National Convention – funder; Charles Ansbacher (deceased) – spouse; Austria – U.S. ambassador; chair of the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security (including the Women Waging Peace Network) which advocates integrating women into peace processes; She also organized women’s conferences in Bosnia and otherwise worked to secure peace in the former Yugoslavia.
Mohamed [Mo] Ibrahim: International Crisis Group board member; Clinton Global Inititive; ONE Campaign director, Ibrahim Foundation. In 1989 he founded MSI, a consultancy and software company, which in 2000 was bought by the Marconi Company. Most influential people in Mohamed Ibrahim’s web of second-degree relationships: Barbra Streisand, Albert A. Gore Jr., Barack Obama
Igor Ivonof (Professor): International Crisis Group 2003, is a professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), New member (2013) International Crisis Group; member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe and member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.In 2011 Ivanov became a member of the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 11, 1998. As Russian foreign minister, Ivanov was an opponent of NATO‘s action in Yugoslavia; opponent of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Ivanov played a key role in mediating a deal between Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and opposition parties during Georgia‘s “Rose Revolution” in 2003. Father Russion – Mother Georgian.
Wang Jisi (Professor): is dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University, and director of the Center for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University. He has been a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Foreign Ministry of China since October 2008, and president of the Chinese Association for American Studies since 2001. After working as a laborer in the Chinese countryside in 1968-78, Wang Jisi entered Peking University and obtained an MA degree there in 1983. He was a visiting fellow or visiting professor at Oxford University (1982-83), University of California at Berkeley (1984-85), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1990-91), and Claremont McKenna College in California (2001). He taught in Peking University’s Department of International Politics (1983-91), and then served as director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences until 2005 when he assumed the current position at Peking University. He was concurrently director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China from 2001 to 2009. He advises a few U.S. foreign policy think tanks, and is on the editorial boards of The American Interest, Global Asia, and many Chinese scholarly journals. Professor Wang’s scholarly interests cover U.S. foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, and Asian security. He has published numerous works in these fields.
ICG member 2013 – click his name on the list above for wiki info.
Asma Jahangir: International Crisis Group board member
Lawyer – UN – Freedom of Religious Rights.
Willem Kok: International Crisis Group board member; Global Fairness Inititive; Netherlands deputy prime minister; Union Leader;lobbyist for the European Union and presided over several “high-level groups”. He also occupied numerous seats on supervisory boards in the business and industry world (ING Group, Koninklijke TNT Post, Royal Dutch Shell, KLM, Stork B.V., International Commission on Missing Persons, International Crisis Group, Anne Frank Foundation). Kok was highly praised for his Third Way and Polder model philosophies and for the success of leading his Purple Coalitions. Kok is the current president of the Club of Madrid, an organization promoting democracy and change in the global community. On April 11, 2003, he was granted the honorary title of Minister of State.
Ricardo Lagos: International Crisis Group board member; Environmental Defense Fund – trustee; ex-Chile president; Lawyer, economist and social democrat politician, who served as president of Chile from 2000 to 2006; UN Special Envoy on Climate Change; member of the Club of Madrid.;
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman: International Crisis Group board member; John Hopkins University trustee; Christian Science Monitor reporter; Soros funded – Human Rights Watch, where she served as Chair of the Asia Advisory Committee; A member of the Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace, adviser on the PBS documentary A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. Was on the board of Save the Children Foundation.
Lalit Mansingh: International Crisis Group board member; former Indian diplomat, the Foreign Secretary of India, 1999–2000, and Indian Ambassador to the United States on March 15, 2001. Prior to this he had remained Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Lalit Mansingh is the son of Oriya poet Mayadhar Mansingh. High Commissioner to Nigeria (1993–95); Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, DC; Dean of Foreign Service Institute, India; Director-General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Non Official Group of Friends (NGF); Asia Pacific Leadership Network, Canberra; Member, International Advisory Council, APCO Worldwide, Washington D.C.and International Advisory Council Member in APCO Worldwide ; In India: Chairman World Cultural Forum India; President, India Strategic Forum, Vice President, Maha Bodhi Society of India; Chairman, Political Science Association, Ravenshaw University; Vice President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Prof Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of India; Member, Governing Body of Development Alternatives, New Delhi and Gram Vikas, OrissaHe is also Diplomatic Advisor to the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Chairman, FICCI India-US Policy Group.
Benyjamin W. Mkapa: International Crisis Group board member; Tanszania president
Wadah Khanfar: President of Al Sharq Forum, an independent network dedicated to developing long-term strategies for political development, social justice and economic prosperity of the people of the Middle East. Member World Economic Forum named Khanfar as one of the ‘Young Global Leaders’. Member of the World Economic Forum’s (DAVOS) Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk 2012, board member of the Global Editors Network:empower editors-in-chief and senior news executives from around the world looking for the preservation of editorial quality when working with publishers, media owners and news suppliers He previously served as the Director General of the Al Jazeera Network. He has been ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine (CFR Mag) in 2011 as the first in The FP (CFR Mag) Top 100 Global Thinkers, and in Fast Company as the first in the 100 Most Creative People in Business (2011)  and as one of the most ‘Powerful People in the World’ by Forbes Magazine (2009)., in 2008 On 20 September 2011, he stepped down as the head of Al Jazeera Network – http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2011/09/20/wadah-khanfar-steps-down-at-al-jazeera/ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadah_Khanfar – “When Wadah Khanfar, the director general of the Al Jazeera network, stepped down from his job last week, rumors flew: he’d been forced out, he’d been shamed into resigning after an embarrassing Wikileaks revelation- http//www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/28/wadah-khanfar-al-jazeera_n_985945.html – Yet per the NYTimes they encouraged the unrest in Tunisia and Egypt last winter: “Al Jazeera played an early and influential role in covering – encouraging – unrest in Tunisia and Egypt last winter. It was even more aggressive in its focus on the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and the struggles of what it called “freedom fighters” in Libya, where Qatar came to play a major role in supporting the rebellion.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/world/middleeast/after-disclosures-by-wikileaks-al-jazeera-replaces-its-top-news-director.html?_r=0 – Despite all that, Hillary Clinton lloves AlJazeera: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent ripples through the American press establishment last week when she commended Al Jazeera, long depicted as a media manifestation of Middle East extremism, for doing a better job than many American media outlets at covering the revolutions in the Arab world.” http://turnstylenews.com/2011/03/08/wadah-khanfar-and-the-al-jazeera-moment/ – Wadah Khanfar was accused by some of a pro-Islamist bias. Responding to these accusations in a 2007 interview with The Nation, Khanfar said: “Islam is more of a factor now in the influential political and social spheres of the Arab world, and the network’s coverage reflects that. Maybe you have more Islamic voices [on the network] because of the political reality on the ground.” In June 2007, Hafez Al-Mirazi, Al-Jazeera’s Washington bureau chief, denounced what he saw as the station’s “Islamist drift”, and singled out Khanfar in particular, saying: “From the first day of the Wadah Khanfar era, there was a dramatic change, especially because of him selecting assistants who are hardline Islamists.” “During the Iraq War, Al Jazeera broadcast a report that American troops had raided Najaf and detained the religious leaders of the Shia Islamic community, which turned out to be false.”- ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadaj_Khanfar – February 16, 2010 – In Qatar, Hillary Clinton Meets With Al Jazeera Staff – [...]“So it is notable that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made time to meet with the news network’s senior management during her tour of the Middle East this week. The network said in a statement Monday that Ms. Clinton met with its director general Wadah Khanfar “and the network’s senior editorial staff for a meeting to further dialogue with Al Jazeera.” The meeting was held on the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Doha, Qatar, the city where Al Jazeera is based. It lasted for about one hour. The meeting was “quite frank” as Al Jazeera managers “put their frustrations on the table,” according to a network employee who was briefed on the meeting.[...] He is succeeded by Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani.
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/in-qatar-hillary-clinton-meets-with-al-jazeera-staff/ – http://mediachecker.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/flashback-elbaradei-forms-the-national-association-for-change/
Jessica Tuchman Mathews: American Friends of Bilderberg – director; Aspen Strategy Group – director; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – president; Century Foundation – trustee; Council on Foreign Relations – member; Hanesbrands Inc. – director; International Crisis Group – board member; Nuclear Threat Initiative – director; SomaLogic, Inc. – director; Transparency International-USA – advisory council member; Trilateral Commission – member. Past relationships: 2008 Bilderberg conference – participant; Brookings Institution – honorary trustee; Rockefeller Foundation – trustee; World Resources Institute – VP; Jessica Tuchman Mathews has multiple indirect connections to the following people: Carla A. Hills; James A. Johnson. Most influential linkage: William W. Bradley; Gregory B. Craig; J. Stapleton Roy
Moises Naim: International Crisis Group board member; National Endowment for Democracy – director; Transparency International-USA – advisory council member; Council on Foreign Relations; Past relationships: Foreign Policy (CFR’s Magazine) – editor & publisher; Venezuela – minister of trade and industry. Most influential linkages: Mark Steven Kirk; Richard A. Gephardt; Carla A. Hills; ICG update July 2, 2012 – “Senior Associate, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy”.
Note: Moisés Naím, served as the Venezuelan Minister for Development for the right-wing government of Carlos Andrés Pérez. Recently the ICG released a report intimating that the left-wing government of Nicolás Maduro might suffer “unpredictable, possibly violent consequences” if it did not audit the election results in which Maduro won. The election results have been recognized by the world community, including 170 neutral international observers- except for the United States government, who along with allied governments, provides half of the funding for the ICG.
Indra K. Nooyi: Alfalfa Club – member; Catalyst – director; International Rescue Committee – overseer; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – director’ PepsiCo, Inc. – chair & CEO – Obama’s room-mate Wahid Hamid at Occidental worked with her at Pepsi – http://dbb.defense.gov/bios/wahid_hamid.html); Peterson Institute for International Economics – director; Trilateral Commission – executive committee member; U.S.-China Business Council – director; U.S.-India Business Council – director; World Economic Forum – foundation board member; Yale Corporation- fellow. Past relationships: 2008 Wall Street Journal “50 Women to Watch” list – No. 2; Asea Brown Boveri – SVP; Federal Reserve Bank of New York – director; Motorola, Inc. – director; U.S.-India Business Council – chair, chairman; White House state dinner (11/24/2009) – invited guest; World Economic Forum 2008 – attendee; World Economic Forum 2009 – attendee; World Economic Forum 2010 – attendee; Yale School of Management – advisory board member
July, 2013 – mediachecker->Indra K. Nooyi no longer listed as ever having been a member of the ICG.
Ayo Obe: International Crisis Group board member; Legal Practitioner, Lagos, Nigeria, Chair of Steering Committee of World Movement for Democracy, July 2, 2012 -Vice-Chair ICG, Chair of Steering Committee of World Movement for Democracy
Christopher Patten: International Crisis Group co-chair; BBC Trust – chairman – past relationships: Hong Kong – British governor; House of Lords – member; ChathamHouse –RIIA; A founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations; Trilateral Commission…Co-chaired the ICG w/ Thomas Pickering in the past; Non Executive Director – Lockheed Martin UK Holdings Limited. A good friend of Javier Solana…both involved in the Balkans.
Thomas R. Pickering: American Ditchley Foundation – director; Atlantic Council of the United States – director; Business Executives for National Security – advisory council member; Center for the Study of the Presidency – trustee; Cosmos Club – member; Eurasia Foundation – trustee; George C. Marshall Foundation – trustee’ Hills & Company – vice chairman; International Crisis Group – co-chair; National Committee on American Foreign Policy - trustee; Stimson Center – director; Strategic Advisors Group – member; United Nations Association – co-chairman; US-China Education Trust – advisory council member
Past Relationships: Aspen Institute – lifetime trustee; Boeing Company – SVP; Carnegie Corporation of New York – trustee; Council on Foreign Relations – director; El Salvador – U.S. ambassador; India – U.S. ambassador; Israel – U.S. ambassador; Jordan – U.S. ambassador; Nigeria – U.S. ambassador; Russia – U.S.; ambassador; United Nations – U.S. ambassador; U.S. Department of State – under secretary; John C. Whitehead
Felix G. Rohatyn: Center for Strategic and International Studies- trustee; Committee to Save New York – director; Council on Foreign Relations – member; French-American Foundation – director; International Rescue Committee – overseer; LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton – director; Middlebury College – trustee emeritus; ; NYS Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors – member; Publicis Groupe – director; Rohatyn Associates LLC – president; Rothschild Continuation Holdings AG – director. Past relationships: 2010 Andrew Cuomo (NY) gubernatorial campaign – business advisory board member; Carnegie Hall – trustee; France – U.S. ambassador; Lazard Freres & Co. LLC – managing director; Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. – senior adviser; Municipal Assistance Corporation of the City of New York – chairman; New York Stock Exchange – governor; Steven J. Ross (deceased) – friend
July 2013 – mediachecker – Felix Rohatyn is no longer listed as ever having been a member of the ICG.
Guler Sabanci: third-generation female member of the renowned Sabancı family, and currently the chairperson of the family-controlled Sabancı Holding, the second-biggest industrial and financial conglomerate of Turkey. International Crisis Group board member; Chairperson, Sabancı Holding, Turkey. In 2004, following the death of her uncle Sakıp Sabancı, who had led Sabancı Holding since its foundation in 1967, Güler was appointed chairperson of the holding by her uncles Şevket and Erol. The same year The Wall Street Journal selected her, the new boss of the US$25 billion business, as one of its “30 Most Powerful Women of Europe”. In 2007, she was selected to be one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Forbes magazine. In 2009, the Financial Times listed Güler Sabancı 5th among the “Top 50 Women” in World Business. In 2012, Sabancı was appointed a member of the Board of United Nations Global Compact, the UN’s highest-level advisory body involving business, civil society, labour and employers organizations.
Ghassan Salame: Co-Vice Chair – International Crisis Group board member, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs/PSIA and professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po, Paris (1986-) and Columbia University, New York (2008-).- Former Minister of Culture of Lebanon; Professor of International Relations, Paris. Salamé was Senior Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General (2003-2006) and Political Advisor to the UN Mission in Iraq (2003). In 2000-2003, he was Lebanon’s Minister of Culture, in charge of national heritage and the arts; Chairman and Spokesman of the Organization Committee for the Arab Summit (March 2002) and of the Francophone Summit (October 2002) in Beirut. He presently sits on the board of the International Crisis Group (Brussels), the Open Society Institute (New York), The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria), and a few other not-for-profit organizations. He is the chairman of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
George Soros: Brain Trauma Foundation – director; Clinton Global Initiative – member; Drug Policy Alliance – director; Earth Institute – advisory board member; Foundation to Promote Open Society- chairman; Geosor Corp. – owner; International Crisis Group – board member; OneWest Bank Group LLC – investor; Open Society Foundations – founder & chairman; Quantum Fund – founder; Refugees International – director emeritus; Soros Charitable Foundation – trustee; Soros Economic Development Fund – founder; Soros Fund Charitable Foundation – director; Soros Fund Management – founder; Soros Humanitarian Foundation – chair. Past relationships: 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign – contributor; America Coming Together – supporter; American Bridge 21st Century – contributor; Barack Obama inaugural committee – major contributor; Catalist – investor (Harold Ickes/AFL CIO); Center for American Progress – supporter; Democracy Alliance – member; Harlem Children’s Zone – benefactor; Human Rights Watch – benefactor; Institute for New Economic Thinking – founding sponsor; Joint Victory Campaign – contributor; Joint Victory Campaign 2004 – supporter; MEDIA FUND/Harold Ickes – contributor; MoveOn.org – contributor; NPR – benefactor; Mark Schwartz – senior adviser; World Economic Forum 2009 – attendee
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Joan Edelman Spero (born 1944 in Moline, Illinois) is the former President of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation(1997–2008) and a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (1980–81). Bill Clinton appointed her as Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Agricultural Affairs in 1993: this office was renamed the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in 1994. She served as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs until 1997. She is a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of Columbia University and the Brookings Institution. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Atlantic Institute, and the American Academy of Diplomacy and was appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of the ING Group on April 22, 2008. Ms. Spero became an IBM director in 2004 and serves as a member of IBM’s audit committee. Spero is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation Center which conducts research, education, and training on philanthropy.; CFR; International Order for Transitional Justice – Citigroup – Columbia University – IBM – UN Ambassador for Economic and Social Affairs – UN Economic and Social Council – ex-US State Dept.
July 2013 – mediachecker – ERROR – Can’t find where Joan Edelman Spero was ever a member of the ICG.
Javier Solana: – International Crisis Group board member; Aspen Institute; Human Rights Watch (Soros) President of ESADE Business School’s Centre for Global Economics and Geopolitics. …Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, Honorary President of the Centre for Human Dialogue, Senior Visiting Professor at the LSE Global Governance,…European Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Dr. Solana served as the European Union’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union. Before serving the Council, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of NATO where he negotiated the NATO-Russia Founding Act (also very involved in Clinton’s Balkan war) and presided over the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. Prior to that, he held different ministerial portfolios in the Spanish government, including Foreign Affairs.
Javier Solana and The Larger Plan:
George Soros: International Crisis Group board member – Executive Committee; Brain Trauma Foundation – director; Clinton Global Initiative – member; Drug Policy Alliance – director; Earth Institute – advisory board member; Foundation to Promote Open Society – chairman; Geosor Corp. – owner; International Crisis Group – board member; OneWest Bank Group LLC – investor; Open Society Foundations – founder & chairman; Quantum Fund – founder; Refugees International – director emeritus; Soros Charitable Foundation – trustee; Soros Economic Development Fund – founder; Soros Fund Charitable Foundation – director; Soros Fund Management – founder’ Soros Humanitarian Foundation – chair
Past relationships: 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign – contributor; America Coming Together – supporter; American Bridge 21st Century – contributor; Barack Obama inaugural committee – major contributor; Catalist – investor; Center for American Progress – supporter; Democracy Alliance – member; Harlem Children’s Zone – benefactor; Human Rights Watch – benefactor; Institute for New Economic Thinking – founding sponsor; Joint Victory Campaign – contributor; Joint Victory Campaign 2004 – supporter; Media Fund – contributor; MoveOn.org – contributor; NPR – benefactor; Mark Schwartz – senior adviser; Annaliese Witschak Soros – spouse; Susan Weber Soros – spouse White House visits (2009) – visitor; World Economic Forum 2008 – attendee; World Economic Forum 2009 – attendee; http://www.muckety.com/George-Soros/4166.muckety
Par Stenback: Former Foreign Minister of Finland – President of the Finnish Red Cross (serving two periods) and working chairman for the Foundation for Swedish Culture in Finland, one of Finland’s largest grant-making foundations. He served as Vice President for Europe of the International Youth Foundation (Baltimore) between 1996 and 2006. He is a founder and chairman of the Finnish Children and Youth Foundation and is chairing the Foundation for Cooperation between Sweden and Finland. He is also a founder and chairman of the Senate of the European Cultural Parliament. Since 2007, he has acted as monitor of humanitarian agreements between Israeli and Palestinian organisations, on behalf of governments and the International Red Cross Movement. He was bestowed with the honorary title of Minister by the President of the Republic in 1999 and has an honorary Doctor’s degree from Petrozavodsk State University in Karelia, Russia.
Larry Summers – American economist. He served as the 71st United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Robert Rubin was his mentor.He was Director of the White House United States National Economic Council for President Barack Obama from January 2009 until November 2010. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University‘s Kennedy School of Government. He is the 1993 recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal for his work in several fields of economics. Summers pressured the Korean government to raise its interest rates and balance its budget in the midst of a recession, policies criticized by Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz. According to the book The Chastening, by Paul Blustein, during this crisis, Summers, along with Paul Wolfowitz, pushed for regime change in Indonesia. Summers was a leading voice within the Clinton Administration arguing against American leadership in greenhouse gas reductions and against US participation in the Kyoto Protocol, according to internal documents made public in 2009. Upon the nomination of Barack Obama as President in January 2009, Summers was appointed to the post of Director of the National Economic Council. In this position Summers emerged as a key economic decision-maker in the Obama administration, where he attracted both praise and criticism. There had been friction between Summers and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, as Volcker accused Summers of delaying the effort to organize a panel of outside economic advisers, and Summers had cut Volcker out of White House meetings and had not shown interest in collaborating on policy solutions to the economic crisis. On the other hand, Obama himself was reportedly thrilled with the work Summers did in his first few weeks on the job. And Peter Orszag, another top economic advisor, called Summers “one of the world’s most brilliant economists.” According to Henry Kissinger Larry Summers should “be given a White House post in which he was charged with shooting down or fixing bad ideas.” 
Lena Hjelm-Wallen: Swedish; A member of the Social Democratic, she served as Minister for Education from 1982 to 1985, as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1998 and as Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 2002. International Crisis Group board member; Chair of the governing Board of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA),
Crisis Group’s international headquarters is in Brussels, and the organisation has offices or representation in 34 locations: Abuja, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Bishkek, Bogotá, Bujumbura, Cairo, Dakar, Damascus, Dubai, Gaza, Guatemala City, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Kabul, Kathmandu, London, Moscow, Nairobi, New York, Port-au-Prince, Pristina, Rabat, Sanaa, Sarajevo, Seoul, Tbilisi, Tripoli, Tunis and Washington DC.
Crisis Group is also currently covering some 70 areas of actual or potential conflict (through analysts operating from regional or field bases, or consultants – (mediachecker-> who are they…?). In Africa, this includes, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe; in Asia, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, Indonesia, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan Strait, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan; in Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, North Caucasus, Serbia and Turkey; in the Middle East and North Africa, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Western Sahara and Yemen; and in Latin America and the Caribbean, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti and Venezuela.
The ICG went to the US Supreme Court to reverse a Congressional law that criminalizes US citizens who offer support to groups placed on America’s list of terrorist organizations.
A number of members belong to the Council on Foreign Relations or The European Council on Foreign Relations:
The European Council on Foreign Relations:
The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is the first pan-European think tank. Launched in October 2007, its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values based foreign policy.
ECFR’s founding members include former European prime ministers, business leaders, public intellectuals and activists. It has offices in seven European capitals – Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Warsaw and Sofia – and is led by its Director, Mark Leonard and CEO Dick Oosting. ECFR’s Council brings together over 160 prominent and influential Europeans from 27 countries.
The Council meets once a year as a full body. In addition, groups of council members form various geographical and thematic task forces, which provide ECFR staff with advice and feedback on policy ideas and assist with ECFR’s activities within their own countries. The Council is chaired by Martti Ahtisaari, Joschka Fischer and Mabel van Oranje. ECFR’s board members are: Martti Ahtisaari, Emma Bonino, Joschka Fischer, Timothy Garton Ash, Ivan Krastev, Ana Palacio, Andrew Puddephatt, Aleksander Smolar, Javier Solana and Mabel van Oranje.
mediachecker->Princess Mabel van Oranje (co-chairs the ECFR) is an extremely interesting character to say the least.
ECFR board and council members:
[European] Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent, non-governmental organisation that works to resolve conflict and to build sustainable peace. CMI has offices in Helsinki and Brussels and activities in Liberia, Ethiopia, the Black Sea region, Middle East and Aceh. It was founded by Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland, in 2000. In 2005, it achieved reputation for the peace agreement between The Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.
Critics (of which I am one):
Imperial Crusaders For Global Governance
The International Crisis Group: Who Pays the Piper?
In the center of the Egyptian revolution are the Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the ICG is Mohamed El Baradei.
The ICG says “Mr. ElBaradei suspended his membership from the Board of Crisis Group concurrent with his January 2011 return to Egypt.”
On February 2nd 2011 an article entitled U.S. reexamining its relationship with Muslim Brotherhood opposition group appeared in the Washington Post.
The article states – “As it braces for the likelihood of a new ruler in Egypt, the U.S. government is rapidly reassessing its tenuous relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition movement whose fundamentalist ideology has long been a source of distrust in Washington….”I do think that having contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood was not a bad idea,” said Robert Malley, an official in the [Council on Foreign Relations member] Bill Clinton administration who directs the Middle East and North Africa program for the International Crisis Group. “They are an important constituency in Egypt. They’re very likely to play a role in any future arrangements there… http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2…
On February 4th 2011 an article entitled Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood eyes unity gov’t without Mubarak was posted on Haaretz.com.
The article tells us Mohammed ElBaradei is working with the Muslim Brotherhood:
“The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest opposition group, is in talks with other anti-government figures to form a national unity government without President Hosni Mubarak, a group official told DPA on Sunday.
Although the Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned from running for elections for parliament, some movement members have presented candidacy for parliament as independents.
Gamal Nasser, a spokesman for the Brotherhood, told DPA that his group was in talks with Mohammed ElBaradei – the former UN nuclear watchdog chief – to form a national unity government without the National Democratic Party of Mubarak.
The group is also demanding an end to the draconian Emergency Laws, which grant police wide-ranging powers The laws have been used often to arrest and harass the Islamist group.
Nasser said his group would not accept any new government with Mubarak. On Saturday the Brotherhood called on President Mubarak to relinquish power in a peaceful manner following the resignation of the Egyptian cabinet.
Speaking to CNN later Sunday, ElBaradei said he had a popular and political mandate to negotiate the creation of a national unity government.
“I have been authorized — mandated — by the people who organized these demonstrations and many other parties to agree on a national unity government,” he told CNN.
“I hope that I should be in touch soon with the army and we need to work together. The army is part of Egypt,” the opposition leader added.
Opposition figure Mustafa el-Naggar stated that ElBaradei “will be joining protesters in Tahrir,” adding he would come to the square later on Sunday, his first visit to the hub of the protest since returning to Egypt on Thursday… (http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/egypt-s-muslim-brotherhoo… )
The Council on Foreign Relations has been promoting the Muslim Brotherhood for years. In 2007 their Magazine Foreign Affairs wrote…
“Over the past year, we have met with dozens of Brotherhood leaders and activists from Egypt, France, Jordan, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom. In long and sometimes heated discussions, we explored the Brotherhood’s stance on democracy and jihad, Israel and Iraq, the United States, and what sort of society the group seeks to create. The Brotherhood is a collection of national groups with differing outlooks, and the various factions disagree about how best to advance its mission.
But all reject global jihad while embracing elections and other features of democracy. There is also a current within the Brotherhood willing to engage with the United States. In the past several decades, this current — along with the realities of practical politics — has pushed much of the Brotherhood toward moderation.”
Mohammed ElBaradei’s UN nuclear connection was as “Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an inter-governmental organisation under the auspices of the United Nations, from December 1997 to November 2009.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_ElBaradei
“The IAEA was started by Council on Foreign Relations member President Eisenhower in 1953. Council on Foreign Relations member Professor William Potter, the Director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, kindly agreed that the Institute would join the IAEA in sponsoring the project and sharing its cost. Lawrence Scheinman’s The International Atomic Energy Agency and World Nuclear Order provides a history of the IAEA. Under Council on Foreign Relations member Eisenhower’s Presidency the US nuclear arsenal grew from 1200 war heads in 1952 to 18 700 in 1960; the Soviet arsenal grew from 50 to 1700. And in 1953–1954, Secretary of State Council on Foreign Relations member John Foster Dulles enunciated the policy of “massive retaliation”, in other words the USA would use its growing nuclear arsenal to counter any attack on its allies as well as the USA itself, even an attack by ‘conventional’ weapons.
JPost: “The global elites are uniting the Islamic World under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, controlled by globalists. Nuclear expert Mohammed ElBaradei is one of the CFR global elites and is closely tied to the CFR controlled intelligence community. The CFR & Chatham House(RIIA) have been in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood for years.
Have CFR & ChathamHouse run CIA & MI5 operatives infiltrated and taken control the group? Will the uprising in Egypt shift power to an Islamist government much like the one in Iran, where ayatollah-led factions elbowed aside other groups to seize control of the country in 1979?
On February 1st a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel. Does that sound like moderation to you?”http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=206130
Who is Mark Malloch Brown?
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2007
Willie Sutton was an all-American bank robber who had a few words of advice for those who wanted to be rich in the 1930s: “I go where the money is.”
If it was true for the original “Slick Willie,” it is equally true for George Soros and his friend Mark Malloch Brown in 2007…
One time Soros made himself a $1 billion profit when the British pound was devalued. With the profit went a pseudo-title, “the man who broke the Bank of England.” Reports say that last year the Quantum Fund paid him $7 million.
Soros is now said to have amassed a fortune of $7 billion and uses masses of dollars for the sole purpose of bringing about the political defeat of President George W. Bush and the dismissal of Republicans from any American affairs of state. To observers, his tactics appear to consist of the purchase of the Democratic Party and of many of their causes.
Soros did not learn the tricks and turns of politics and currency trading at the London School of Economics. In fact, he is remembered there as someone who had so many part-time jobs that his fellow students would keep notes for him and help him out with homework when he missed classes. Over the years, he learned the maxim that money and the delusion of wisdom comes from information and that money can buy information.
And if like Soros, you make several fortunes from international dealing, what and where is the best information found• The offices and committee rooms of the United Nations in New York and the World Bank Group in Washington.
Hence, it was no surprise when, early this month, Soros announced that he was bringing into his organization an old friend who had filled a number of posts over the years, through which it was possible to have contributed to the collection of the Soros billions.
The posts involved deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, chief of Cabinet to the U.N. secretary-general and administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Earlier posts included vice president for External Affairs at the World Bank and the bank’s director of External Affairs. In preparation for these elite appointments was a 10-year stint with an international consulting group that specialized in advice to reformist and socialist candidates for heads of state in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Each and every one of these posts has been held by a good friend of George Soros, Sir Mark Malloch Brown. In 2006, ostensibly for his services to Britain, Sir Brown was made a Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George — a KCMG — by the queen of England.
A KCMG in England is awarded only to the most senior of civil servants. They are then called “Sir” rather than “Mr.,” wear fancy, colorful clothing at some state events and become even more impressed with their own self-importance. Thus, the initials of the order are usually known as “Kindly Call Me God” — although never by a recipient.
The son of a South African diplomat, Mark Brown was born and grew up in Zimbabwe (when it was known as Rhodesia), was educated in England at Marlborough College and took a history degree at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
He now lives with his wife, Patricia (“Trish” to George Soros and other friends), who is a vice chairman of Refugees International, and their four children in a five-bedroom house on a near-five-acre estate in Katonah, in upstate New York. The estate belongs to George Soros, who charges Mark $10,000 a month rent, some $5,000 less than a previous tenant…
…Naturally, Brown also wants to forget the Oil-for-Food scandals, where he said that his boss at the United Nations, Kofi Annan, had been “fully exonerated.” A totally untrue statement, Brown described calls for Annan’s resignation as “inappropriate political assassination.”…
…”Sir” Brown may have found another position that will help his partner, “the man who broke the Bank of England,” just when the pound sterling has become interesting again.” d more: http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/columnists/guests/s_508490.html#ixzz2PhkFB7Vz
Soros fingerprints on Mideast chaos
Billionaire tied to opposition leader, funded groups opposing U.S. allies.
by Aaron Klein
JERUSALEM – Philanthropist billionaire George Soros has funded opposition organizations in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, where anti-regime chaos has already toppled the pro-Western leader of Tunisia and is threatening the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, a key U.S. ally.
Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the main opposition leaders in Egypt, has also sat on the board of an international “crisis management” group alongside Soros and other personalities who champion dialogue with Hamas, a violent offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Brotherhood, which seeks to spread Islam around the world in part by first creating an Islamic caliphate in Egypt, now backs ElBaradai, who has defended the group in the news media the last few weeks.
ElBaradei suspended his board membership in the International Crisis Group, or ICG last week, after he returned to Egypt to lead the anti-Mubarak protests.
Soros is one of eight members of the ICG executive committee.
U.S. board members include Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security adviser to Jimmy Carter; Samuel Berger, who was Bill Clinton’s national security adviser; and retired U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering, who made headlines in 2009 after meeting with Hamas leaders and calling for the U.S. to open ties to the Islamist group.
Another ICG member is Robert Malley, a former adviser to Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign who resigned after it was exposed he had communicated with Hamas. WND first reported Malley had long petitioned for dialogue with Hamas…
…Soros’ Open Society also funded the main opposition voice in Tunisia, Radio Kalima, which championed the riots there that led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
In September, Soros’ group was looking to expand its operations in Egypt by hiring a new project manager for its Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, which is run in partnership with the Open Society Justice Initiative. The group is seeking to develop a national network of legal empowerment actors for referral of public-interest law cases. Such organizations in the past have helped represent Muslim Brotherhood leaders seeking election or more authority in the country. Soros himself on Friday made public statements in support of the protests in Egypt, which the Mubarak government has warned will result in the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country.
In a Washington Post editorial entitled, “Why Obama Has to Get Egypt Right,” Soros recognized that if free elections were held in Egypt, “the Brotherhood is bound to emerge as a major political force, though it is far from assured of a majority.”
He stated the U.S. has “much to gain by moving out in front and siding with the public demand for dignity and democracy” in Egypt.
He claimed the “Muslim Brotherhood’s cooperation with Mohamed ElBaradei … is a hopeful sign that it intends to play a constructive role in a democratic political system.”
Soros did not mention his ties to ElBaradei.
Soros did, however, single out Israel as “the main stumbling block” in paving the way toward transition in the Middle East.
“In reality, Israel has as much to gain from the spread of democracy in the Middle East as the United States has. But Israel is unlikely to recognize its own best interests because the change is too sudden and carries too many risks,” he wrote.
The information comes as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today tentatively welcomed Muslim Brotherhood involvement in the next Egyptian elections, saying Washington would “wait and see” how talks develop.
“Today we learned the Muslim Brotherhood decided to participate, which suggests they at least are now involved in the dialogue that we have encouraged,” Clinton told National Public Radio from Germany.
“We’re going to wait and see how this develops, but we’ve been very clear about what we expect.”
“The Egyptian people are looking for an orderly transition that can lead to free and fair elections. That is what the United States has consistently supported,” said Clinton.
“The people themselves, and leaders of various groups … will ultimately determine if it is or not meeting their needs.”
She added: “I want to make very clear we have set forth the principles we support. We are adamant about no violence.
“We want to see peaceful protests that are, so far anyway, embodying the aspirations that are in our view very legitimate.
“And we want to see an orderly, expeditious transition.”
With research by Brenda J. Elliott
Hillary Clinton speaking at the International Crisis Council
Hillary considers Pickering an “old friend” (the same individual she chose to head up the Benghazi Investigation):
“I want to thank Marc and Frank Giustra. I want to thank Louise [Armour] for her leadership and everyone on the board; the chairman, an old friend, Tom Pickering; Wolf Blitzer, thank you for giving of your time; and all the generous supporters here tonight. Because for more than 15 years, you have helped policy-makers see the world more clearly and respond to conflict more effectively.”
“I will explain how our troops, our diplomats, and our development experts will all work together to take our commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 to the next level and make it a priority for American foreign policy.”
Clinton forms panel to investigate Benghazi attack
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she has formed an “accountability review board” to investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Clinton told reporters that the panel would be chaired by Thomas Pickering, a highly regarded retired U.S. diplomat who served as ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan and at the U.S. Mission at the United Nations.http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-20/news/sns-rt-usa-libyaclinton-panel-urgentl1e8kkbdp-20120920_1_benghazi-attack-secretary-of-state-hillary-panel
Tom Pickering is a co-Chair of the International Crisis Group – among others. The investigation findings concluded nothing ontoward!
The employment of top management between Conglomerate Companies and Government is a constant revolving door – the cartoon depicts it well. Who do they really work for…
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