The Humanitarian Aid Industry: Corruption, Neoliberalism and Fraud

sealTranslated by Paul Antonopoulos – CSS Project Director;  MENA and Latin America Research Fellow

Furthering the Critical Deconstruction of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

 

This piece should be read in tandem with CSS’s “What is the Non-Profit Industrial Complex?

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By MisionVerdad – The humanitarian industry circulates $150 billion a year – its main driver is poverty and its key machinery is non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These can accurately be compared to large corporations: they have to beat the competition by securing the greatest amount of donations to snatch markets from other organizations.

80% of NGO funds come from governments. The three largest donors on the planet are the United States, the European Union and Great Britain. This allows them to decide how and where it is invested, consequently they do not choose the poorest countries but where they have a political and/or economic agenda.

These public funds transferred to private sectors not only serve to industrialize neoliberal corruption, but to enhance mechanisms of international intervention that evade the nation-states in favor of the power games developed by transnational economic sectors.

With this, we look at three emblematic cases.

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Electric Yerevan and Lessons on the Color-Spring Tactic

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Electric Yerevan & Lessons on the Color-Spring Tactic

 

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old-english-calligraphy-alphabet-the Electric Yerevan protest provides us with an excellent opportunity to review some of the basic underlying mechanics and psychology of the Color-Spring tactic.  It is important to share these publicly, for it is indeed probable that the Color-Spring tactic will be increasingly applied in the world as a “hybrid soft-power/hard-power tactic”.

A moral principle held by Gene Sharp, who was one of the tactic’s main developers, was that violence is not necessary for revolution. What is strange, contradictory, even dishonest here is that violence is reduced taxonomically to the physical violence of the state’s gendarmes against the civilians.  But we know that violence comes in many forms.

We live in a time of great violence; physical, psychological, legal, economic, spiritual violence.  Not only has the Color Revolution tactic engendered the latter four, but its mutation into the Arab Spring tactic also employs heinous physical violence.  We can see today, tens of thousands dead in Libya, hundreds of thousands in Syria, and a mounting figure in Ukraine which threatens to surpass the precedents.

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Otpor, Canvas and Terrorism

Nedic's_Serbia_coat_of_arms  By: Dr. Misha Djurkovic

 Otpor, Canvas and Terrorism

[We highly recommend that readers interested in this matter familiarize themselves with our prior articles on this most important subject. The terms ‘Gene Sharp’ and ‘Otpor’ can be entered into the search bar of this site, located on the upper right hand corner of this page – CSS Editor]

 

old-english-calligraphy-alphabet-the Otpor model served well in Serbia, and was perfected and developed further so it could be used in more than thirty countries.

otpor worldwideLast month the cabinet of prince Bin Zayed, the government of United Arab Emirates, in accordance to the federal anti terrorist law, published a list of terrorist organizations to arise awareness in media and society about their work and the danger that comes from them.  On that list there are 85 names, including Al Qaeda, the infamous Boko Haram, Muslim Brotherhood, and others.  So on that list they have the most radical Islamist and jihadist groups that endanger all secular and moderate regimes in Muslim world.  The only non-Islamic organization on that list is Canvas from Belgrade.

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The Color Revolution Model: An Exposé of the Core Mechanics

Small Logo By:  Andrew Korybko

The Color Revolution Model: An Exposé of the Core Mechanics

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[ Note:  The Color Revolution and Arab Spring phenomenon is one which receives particular attention at CSS, because it is one of the primary tactics used in geopolitics and geostrategy which also relies on a syncretic or interdisciplinary model.  It involves mass psychology, marketing and advertising, sociology, ideology, and a range of other fields. This piece should be understood as a schematic with explanatory annotations and dissection of particular mechanisms.  We strongly recommend this to be read alongside several previous pieces which explore the history, figures involved in developing the theory, and real-world application in the following pieces featured here at CSS –

1. Gene Sharp: From Berlin Wall to Arab Spring or The Politics of Counter-Revolution

2. Gene Sharp: A Chief Tactician of the US Post-Cold War Period   –  J.V Capone, editor]  Continue reading

The Never-Ending End of History and the Recurrence of the Last Man

248227777_679812a8ac_m  by:  George Markoff

The Never-Ending End of History and the Recurrence of the Last Man

 

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Francis Fukuyama in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

Recently I had a chance to attend an open lecture of the world renowned political theoretician, Francis Fukuyama, who, as a member of a delegation from Stanford University, gave a number of public lectures in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on the topic of the future of democracy in the 21st century. Continue reading