More than $4 billion dollars has been raised by private charities for earthquake relief in Haiti and oversight of of how and when they spend the money is non-existent. Kevin Pina looks deeper into the question, "Where did all the money go for Haiti?"
By ALEXANDER COCKBURN - October 8-10, 2010
Soros the international financier made his billions as a currency speculator; he could destroy a country’s reserves, hastening its social disintegration. Then Soros the philanthropist could finance [Human Rights Watch's] investigations into the abuses his operations helped to induce. He offers in his single person an arresting profile of liberal interventionism in our era, in which direct economic and political destabilization...has easy recourse to the moral and political bludgeon of a human rights report...
By Krystalline Kraus - September 15, 2010
Bill 191 (Far North Act) will go for its third reading in Ontario Parliament Thursday and if passed, could radically change the government's relationship with First Nations.
"This UN report is another form of whitewash, and it's very interesting to see how the media and the intelligence flaks used as mouthpieces on the media, spin and twist it. Of course the report has major problems, but that's the nature of our racist war against people of colour everywhere..."
By YVES ENGLER - August 26, 2010
Market extremists argue that the private sector can do almost everything better than governments...The growth of private security companies...is generally seen as a result of the success of extreme market arguments...Less commented upon is a parallel growth of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in health-care, education and social services development...that [were] once provided by public institutions.
By Yves Engler - August 10, 2010
They're called NGOs -- non-governmental organizations -- but the description is misleading at best, or an outright lie generated by intelligence agencies at worst...In fact, almost all development NGOs receive most of their funding from government and in return follow government policies and priorities.
By Brian Stewart - Friday, July 23, 2010
In the fields of justice, human rights and foreign aid, it seems that one non-governmental agency after another is being "de-funded" into non-existence or near paralysis by the Harper government...The latest group to feel the axe is the Canadian Council on International Co-operation, an umbrella group that co-ordinates public policy on the foreign aid front and is now in the process of laying off 17 of its 25 employees because the federal government withdrew its $1.8 million in annual funding.
By GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER - July 12, 2010
The response by the Oakland Police Department...has been predictably overblown: alarms have been triggered in major buildings downtown to force evacuations, and the fear of God has been struck into the heart of every corporate and government employee in a ten-block radius. The police, it seems, are expecting a war, and are preparing accordingly.
Friday, July 02 2010 - Infoshop News
Nonprofit efforts to harness and channel popular anger down “constructive” pathways...are deceptively deployed to prop up the idea that working with the state is the only truly “constructive” way of approaching social change. This is the lure of the nonprofit: they promise access to the levers of power if we behave correctly, and it is only by convincing us to behave that they prove to the state and their corporate masters that they can be trusted with that power.
By GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER - June 29, 2010
As the trial of former transit cop Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant rushes at breakneck speed toward its conclusion...ominous clouds of injustice begin to crowd the political horizon in anticipation of a verdict, which could come as soon as this week. But while it is this injustice that we should most fear, too many are focusing their fear and the fear of others on the possibility of a repeat of last year’s street rebellions should Mehserle be acquitted or convicted of a lesser charge.
By Eva Gollinger - June 22, 2010
A revealing report published in May 2010 by the FRIDE Institute, a Spanish think tank...has disclosed that international agencies are funding the Venezuelan opposition with a whopping $40-50 million USD annually. This exorbitant amount of financing well exceeds the approximately $15 million USD previously believed to have been channeled to Venezuelan opposition groups via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the NED.
Wednesday, June 16 2010 - Infoshop News
We, the undersigned queer Arab organizations, are appalled by the US Social Forum’s decision to allow Stand with Us to utilize the event as a platform to pinkwash Israel’s crimes in the region. Stand with Us is cynically manipulating the struggle of queer people in the Middle East through its workshop entitled “LGBTQI Liberation in the Middle East.”
By JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN - June 10, 2010
...Israel continues to promote state-of-the art-global violence...When US politicians, pundits and media spokespeople congratulate Israel and its special Naval Commando units for assaulting a NATO partner’s ship carrying 700 peace activists tired and ashamed of the persistent international silence over the sadistic destruction of the land, culture and identity of the Palestinians, Arab-Americans are not the only group of people who should be both sickened and aghast.
By Paul Jay - May 31, 2010
Last night, Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish aid ship on its way to Gaza. It is reported that they killed ten to fifteen activists and injured thirty more...The Israeli Army Radio said soldiers opened fire "after confronting those on board carrying sharp objects"...The Free Gaza Movement, the organizers of the flotilla, however, said the troops opened fire as soon as they stormed the ships.
Independent Jewish Voices Canada - May 31, 2010
“The UN and numerous NGOs have described the conditions in Gaza...as a humanitarian disaster. This flotilla is an heroic attempt to break the blockade...Instead of responding to this growing concern for the suffering that the people of Gaza caused by the blockade, Israel has reacted by unleashing murderous violence against this non-violent solidarity effort...”
-- Independent Jewish Voices Canada Spokesperson Larry Haiven