George Soros and his $100 million ‘gift’ to Human Rights Watch

Hush Money For HRW? George Soros And The $100 Million “Gift”

By Thomas C. Mountain

24 September, 2010,  Countercurrents.org

George Soros is a shrewd, ruthless, billionaire Western businessman. Heavy hitters like him just do not give away large sums of money, in this case, $100 million to Human Rights Watch, out of the goodness of their hearts.

In some circles George Soros is considered to be a financial terrorist, who counts among his latest victims the PIGS family, as in Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. In the shadowy world of 21st Century finance, George Soros and his ilk can bring nations such as the PIGS to the brink of collapse, with their populations seeing their jobs, pensions and medical care disappearing into the offshore accounts of Soros and his fellow money mongers. This, of course, is nothing new, for Soros has been destabilizing and carrying out regime change for decades going back to his financial attacks on the Malaysian government for having the temerity, for amongst other things, to criticize Israel.

Far more sinister than the financial terror wreaked upon the world by Soros is the political havoc that he has caused under the guise of “democratic elections”. B,R or S its called, buy, rig or steal, George Soros has done it all. Under the code names of the “Orange Revolution”, the “Rose Revolution” and just plain “Unnoticed Revolutions” a long series of electoral coup d’etats have been carried out with the financial support of George Soros, all too often in close cooperation with the CIA.

One of his favorite targets has been the former Soviet Union states, though his electoral crime sprees aren’t limited to such.

A sovereign nation such as Norway, even if it has troops in Afghanistan, has much less blood on its hands than the likes of George Soros.

So why does HRW take his filthy lucre, all $100 million worth? To start with, HRW isn’t the only human rights group or non governmental organization to do so. For decades now George Soros has been spreading the loot around, buying good will and keeping the inevitable criticism muted or when impossible to silence, feeble and short lived.

All one has to do is go back over the history of George Soros involvement in political crimes and misdemeanors and you will find a serious hush falls over HRW’s coverage of the events.

Can anyone find any serious example of HRW every calling Soros out for his dirty deeds? Or Amnesty International for that matter?

For someone like George Soros, whose wealth puts him far above most of the nations in the world, $100 million tax deductible dollars is a cheap price to pay for a very effective peace of good public relations, and with the connivance of the corporate media in the west, hush money well spent.

Thomas C. Mountain
Asmara, Eritrea
thomascmountain at yahoo dot com

With $100 million Soros gift, Human Rights Watch looks to expand global reach

Washington Post,  September 12, 2010

NEW YORK – The $100 million gift to Human Rights Watch from billionaire George Soros announced last week will extend the overseas presence of the influential American rights champion and ensure its financial health for years to come.

But the goal of the gift is more ambitious still: to alter the way human rights are promoted in the 21st century, making rights advocacy less of an exclusively American and European cause.

The donation, the largest single gift ever from the Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist, is premised on the belief that U.S. leadership on human rights has been diminished by a decade of harsh policies in the war on terrorism. Soros said he hopes the money will cultivate a much broader constituency of foreign policymakers and philanthropists who embrace the notion that human rights should be observed universally.

“Unfortunately, we lost the moral high ground during the Bush administration and the Obama administration has not done enough to regain it,” Soros said in an interview. “Therefore human rights as an American cause is often resisted because it comes from America.

“Yet the principal of human rights is a universal principal, and people in other parts of the world believe it is as strongly as we do, even more strongly,” he said. “To be more efficient, Human Rights Watch has to become a truly international organization.”

The rights group, which covers more than 90 countries from 45 locations, will build its research capacity, adding more than 120 employees to an organization of 300. The group will also set up regional headquarters in the capitals of emerging political and economic powers, where leaders have frequently criticized human rights advocacy as a Western tool to impose their will on small countries.

“We need to be able to shape the foreign policies of these emerging powers, much as we have traditionally done with Western powers,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Our aim is to enlist places like Brazil, South Africa, India and Japan, all governments that are democracies.”

Human Rights Watch regularly comes under attack from governments around the world, including China, Russia, Israel, Iran, Syria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

“American organizations, including HRW, have no credibility,” a Syrian minister told the Washington Post last year after the rights group issued a critical report on the government. “Let them go check the violations undertaken by the previous administration from Guantanamo to the flying prisons to the violations of human rights in Gaza before they talk about other countries.”

Human Rights Watch notes that it has conducted extensive inquiries into allegations of abuses in Gaza and at Guantanamo.

Soros, 80, has stepped up his philanthropy, spending more than $700 million over the past year on causes ranging from supplies for New York City schoolchildren to Pakistan flood relief efforts.

A shrewd hedge fund investor who famously helped force the devaluation of the British pound in 1990s by betting heavily against it, he has long been a stalwart supporter of Democratic causes. In 2004, he spent tens of millions of dollars on political groups including MoveOn.org in an effort to defeat President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign. He also provided financial support for Barack Obama’s election bid.

The large injection of money from Soros highlights a reversal of fortune from 2008, when the recession eliminated 7 percent of the organization’s funding. Last year, Human Rights Watch raised $45 million, its most in a single year. It plans to increase its annual budget to $80 million within five years.

“The plan is to deepen our research and broaden our advocacy,” Roth said.

The United States has been at the center of human rights advocacy since the end of World War II, when Eleanor Roosevelt led efforts to draft the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The precursor to Human Rights Watch, Helsinki Watch, was founded in 1978 to monitor human rights abuses in the Soviet Union, and the organization subsequently set up similar branches for Latin America, Asia and Africa before placing them all under the Human Rights Watch umbrella in 1988.

“When we created Human Rights Watch, one of the main purposes at the outset was to leverage the power, the purse and the influence of the United States to try to promote human rights in other countries,” said Aryeh Neier, the president of the Open Society Institute. Neier, a founder of Human Rights Watch, served as the organization’s executive director for 12 years. “The United States’ influence globally is much less than it was in the earlier years.”

Neier and Roth said the political and economic rise of China has hindered the promotion of human rights. Beijing has provided a model of a rising economic powerhouse that has succeeded without embracing Western values of democracy and human rights, Neier said, and has also provided governments with a powerful commercial partner that does not place human rights performance as a condition on cooperation.

“I don’t know that Human Rights Watch is going to be able to establish a presence in China to make China a force for promoting human rights,” Neier said. But he noted that there are important human rights promoters in Brazil, South Africa and other countries that may have a greater impact on their own national debates.

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