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Obviously terrorist events may happen while one is in the middle of doing something else.  Also true of the miniature versions of this, domestic violence incidents, which can also be terrorizing in that they’re not just single-events, they tend to be ongoing, deliberately unpredictable, and with the ultimate goal (typically) of control and exploitation.  There’s a lot more in common with the two scenarios — and with the state’s response to countering them, I just learned today while reading a US Ambassador’s speech in Berlin on how some of the “best practices” in preventing radicalization of their own legal citizens.

The Global Campaign Against ISIL, ….continued
Annual Meeting of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution
The Islamic State – A Global Threat Berlin, May 2, 2016 Ambassador John B. Emerson


Speaking of Strong Cities, and Munich, most of this post (obviously not the part referring to the shootings) written yesterday 7/21/2016 revisited “Strong Cities Network” only because I got two of the similar but not identical sounding international institutes for strategic studies and peacemaking dialogues for a more sustainably developed world presided over by — of course — the UN (Anglo/American/European primarily) ….and both of these were also headquartered in a London-based charity

 

“The SCN is made up of mayors, municipal-level policy makers and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience against violent extremism in all its forms. The global network is currently made up of 56 cities with membership set to grow to around 200 by the end of 2017. Membership is completely free of charge.”



 

The shooting happened Thursday evening, but by the time I learned about it, I had already written this below.  Because of the type of studies I’m doing, including curiosity about such things as why the United States Department of Justice does not provide for the public a functional Grants Distributed database (there appears to be some disjunct, inflexible pages listing grants by year AND by title or type — but nothing comprehensive or really functional for the public to study any of the various funded programs, so many of them aimed at PREVENTING violence).
This is an announcement from “De.USEMBASSY.gov” I believe the website would be US Department of State.

I’ve quoted it also further below.

U.S. Embassy Berlin Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Travel Alert Europe

June 1, 2016

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.  The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events.  This Travel Alert expires August 31, 2016. ……

And now that “MUNICH” has happened, an addendum at the bottom of this US State Dept. message (latest update, 21:33 presently, shows at top of page; I switched the only other one on there, “19:52”, to first place).

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Fired at Multiple Locations in Munich

[19:52] Media is reporting shots fired at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, resulting in casualties.  There are subsequent reports of shots fired in other locations in Munich. There is a major police operation underway.  Mass transit around the city is also reported to be halted during the police operation.

[Update 21:33] Media are reporting that Munich authorities have declared an emergency using the city’s smartphone warning system. Residents have been warned not to leave their homes:  For your own safety, avoid squares and streets: perpetrators are on the run. Train and bus transport suspended. Turn radio and TV on.  Munich’s mainline railway station is closed, and mass transit remains halted.

U.S. citizens are advised not to come to the U.S. Consulate due to the uncertain security situation.  Continue to shelter in place, contact your family members to let them know you are safe, and follow the instructions of police and emergency personnel.  Continue to monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.


 

Since this is an added section to my post, I’ve given it the different background color you can see starting with the first article.  Below that background color is the previously-written post on the Rutgers Institute for International Peace “Partners Page” with the material I’d added on Strong Cities Network last night, as a matter of general public interest

This section has: four brief news links on “MUNICH” (ABC News, The Telegraph.UK, the Guardian.UK, and (link only) The Financial Times (published I believe also in the UK), and Two on Strong Cities Network (A Briefing Paper #2, and a May 2, 2016 speech posted at US Department of State (I think it is) — same site as the warning to US Travelers’ above — on the Global Threat of ISIL by a US Ambassador to Germany, and probably given in Berlin.  It has some important information and indicators I felt readers should know — which ties into the family counseling / family law sector practices over here, vis a vis “Violence Prevention.” But I will discuss those parts separately.


Press and Some feedback on Munich mall shootings:

ABC News, “At Least 6 Dead, ‘Possible Terror Attack” Manhunt underway ”

  • By PAUL BLAKE and EMILY SHAPIRO  Jul 22, 2016, 3:48 PM ET

Photo: Marc Mueller/Getty images. “Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia-Einkaufzentrum shopping center at July 22, 2016 in Munich.more +” in ABCNews.com

All subway services in the city were halted after reports that the suspect fled into the subway, and police are appealing to people to clear the streets as they hunt for the gunmen. ~ They are directing people to avoid Munich’s city center and shelter in place, after unconfirmed reports of further shooting. ~ President Obama has been briefed on the situation, and later offered sympathies and pledged support to Germany, which he described as one of America’s closest allies.

The shopping mall where the shooting took place is located in what was the Olympic Village for the 1972 Munich Olympics, during which 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and killed along with a German policeman.

I am not a “news” source, however I’m posting two links, one from the Telegraph.UK and the other from the Guardian.UK; I find these on-lines often have a lot of details in sometimes more coherent form than the big networks, ABC, CBS, CNN, etc.

The Telegraph:  “Everything We Know So Far About Munich” by Rozina Sabur, time shows 7/22/2016 8:46pm (I am posting from across the pond and across the continent, major time difference):

Munich shopping centre shooting: live updates

What is happening in Munich?

Police say there have been ‘multiple’ deaths after gunmen went on a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in the southern German city.

Witnesses say “masked gunmen dressed in black” opened fire as they ran through the city’s Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre….


The attack was the third major act of violence against civilian targets in Western Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by Islamic State and Munich police said they suspected the latest assault was a terrorist attack.

The shopping center is in the Moosach district next to the Munich Olympic stadium, where the Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and eventually killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.

Friday’s attack took place a week after a 17-year-old asylum-seeker wounded passengers on a German train in an axe rampage. Bavarian police shot dead the teenager after he wounded four people from Hong Kong on the train and injured a local resident while fleeing.

The incidents in Germany follow an attack in Nice, France, on Bastille Day in which a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds, killing 84. Islamic State also claimed responsibility for that attack.

Friday is also the five-year anniversary of the massacre by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway.

Breivik is a hero for far-right extremists in Europe and America.


The Guardian, dated FRIDAY 7/22/2016, 16:42 “EDT” from Janek Schmidt in Munich and Kate Connolly in Berlin:

Major police operation under way amid shopping centre evacuation and unconfirmed reports of shootings elsewhere in city.

I looked at the Financial Times to see how they’d post:  “Equities End on Subdued Note;” says the financial markets didn’t react much to the shooting (see also Link Below) for the article.

Friday 17:30 BST. Stocks were ending the week on a subdued note, with a decline in the oil price, as traders reassessed the chances of more central bank support and Wall Street digested a batch of less well-received corporate earnings in a record-setting period.

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights.  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ef15e2cc-4fb9-11e6-8172-e39ecd3b86fc.html#ixzz4FAo2v2ZG

(etc.).


BRIEFING PAPER #2 (a stray paper on-line from the StrongCitiesNetwork.org website, not really dated) on Refugee Resettlement talks about the role of municipalities, the importance of public/private partnerships and this about Munich, specifically.  It references 2014 and part of the “url” (web address) reads “Upload 2016/05”

Key lesson: a combined approach which tends to all the needs of migrant communities can simplify integration into their new communities.

Munich: Siemens introduces sustainable programme for integrating refugees

Siemens is a global technology and engineering rm headquartered in Berlin and Munich. In Munich, the company provides practical support and donations totalling around €2 million o ering internships, accommodation facilities and the establishment of training classes for refugees. The six-month training programme focusses on, among other things, language courses and vocational preparation. As a further part of its programme, Siemens is o ering internships to refugees still in the process of applying for asylum.

Key lesson: private businesses are in a unique position to leverage their opportunities and funding to provide much needed access to education and work programmes often out of reach to refugees awaiting their formal asylum status.

That was Page 6; here’s from Page 4 of the Briefing Paper:

Communications & partnerships

An effective communications strategy is vital to ease tensions between communities and counter myths and mistruths. This includes both proactive and reactive strategic communications from local governments, as well as support for the creation of counter-narrative campaigns that tackle myths and encourage cohesion between communities.

Similarly, public-private community initiatives can be mobilised to bring communities together. For example, more than 40 companies have joined together in Germany to take part in the “Wir zusammen – Integrationsinitiative der deutschen Wirtschaft” (“we together – integration initiative of the German economy”) campaign (https://www.wir-zusammen.de/home) which aims to promote the integration of refugees into Germany. The campaign includes videos and showcases of integration initiatives from a variety of partners on their website, with the aim of inspiring more companies to take part.

I found a May 2, 2016 speech apparently at the German Embassy? By a US Ambassador.  When I added the hyperlink to the title, the website automatically grabbed and reformatted the text and quote (!!):  The website is “DE.USEMBASSY.GOV and appears to be the US Dept. of State (?)

it’s what I found in the middle of this May 2, 2016 speech and then, on following up on the terms in it I didn’t understand, saw — that caused me to break it out into a new post.  In short, they are recommending similar tactics for preventing “Radicalization” as have been attempted in stopping domestic and family violence here in the US.

Other than that this doesn’t work, it’s an indicator there’s a lot more here than meets the obvious eye.

The Global Campaign Against ISIL
Annual Meeting of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution
The Islamic State – A Global Threat
Berlin, May 2, 2016
Ambassador John B. Emerson

Dr. Maaßen, thank you for asking me to join you today to participate in this very important conference.  From geostrategic challenges, to economic instability, to climate change, to metastizing terrorism, to the spread of disease, to sustainable development, the world faces very real dangers.  And of course, as President Obama said in Hannover last week, the most immediate threat to the citizens of both our countries is ISIL.  So allow me to focus on that at the outset.

ISIL poses an enormous danger to civilians under their brutal reign.  It is horrifying to witness the extreme brutality of these twisted terrorists who slaughter innocents, crucify, behead, and immolate prisoners, enslave women, and rape children.  And just in the past six months – in Paris, in Brussels, in Lahore, and elsewhere – we have seen the extent to which it poses a threat to people around the world.

Beyond that, ISIL is a destabilizing force in the Middle East and North Africa.  The stakes are even higher when you consider the possible consequences of terrorists launching cyber-attacks on global air traffic control, energy grid or financial systems; or even worse, obtaining and using a weapon of mass destruction.

But let’s not forget, as the President emphasized last week, we have faced down and defeated much greater adversaries.  This is not World War III or the much-hyped clash of civilizations.  Indeed, as National Security Advisor Susan Rice points out, we alienate our Muslim friends and allies – and dishonor the countless Muslim victims of ISIL’s brutality – when people recklessly and wrongly cast ISIL as somehow representative of one of the world’s largest religions.  ISIL is a network of murderers, and they must be rooted out, hunted down, degraded, and destroyed.

A 66-member coalition of nations (including all 28 NATO allies) against ISIL is mentioned, and then about Germany:

Germany is a key member of the Counter-ISIL Coalition. It has contributed lethal assistance, training, and non-lethal military equipment to the Iraqi Kurds, and has committed up to 1,350 troops to support allied military activities in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq. We recognize the significance of these contributions and value them highly. And since 2011, Germany has pledged more than €2.3 billion in assistance to Syria through 2018.


But even as European countries make important contributions against ISIL – Europe, including NATO – can still do more. And this was one of the topics that President Obama and Chancellor Merkel discussed with their counterparts from France, Italy, and the United Kingdom last week in Hannover; and it will undoubtedly be a topic at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw.

I recommending reading ALL of this May 2, 2016 speech. Here are two more parts, the second notes that Dresden recently joined the “Strong Cities Network.” No mention of Munich. Interesting choice of words, in recommending this “successful model of integration” be built upon “four pillars”

The most constructive approach to the challenge of immigration is to replicate successful models of integration. In the United States, we believe that the more we do to help immigrants to achieve their American dream, the better off we are as a country.

I believe the foundation for successful integration rests on four pillars, each of which requires commitment from both our citizens and the immigrants.

The first pillar is linguistic integration. Access to English, or in this case, German, instruction enables individuals to prosper both academically and economically, and engage more fully in their communities. We must teach, and they must learn.

The second pillar is economic integration. Helping immigrants to fully realize their potential – making it easier for them to find work, providing job training, and in turn increasing their willingness to work hard – is a key aspect of our economic growth. Just imagine the consequences if the tens of thousands of military age males who have immigrated to Germany spent a year or more just sitting on their hands – a ripe recipe for Salafist recruitment.

The third pillar is the provision of a clear path to citizenship. This process requires commitment both by the government and the applicant seeking citizenship.

And that brings me to the fourth pillar – the civic integration which occurs when members of a town or a city are welcomed, feel that they belong, and are secure in their rights and responsibilities. Integration is not something immigrants and refugees can achieve in isolation. One of the most important factors in integration, and in countering violent extremism, is developing the potential for individuals to connect and work together with others on a community level. The challenges and opportunities of integration are met not by making ‘them’ like ‘us,’ but rather by creating a new, more inclusive sense of ‘we.’

See Breakout post  “Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World] upcoming) which discusses more of what I learned from the middle part of this Ambassador from the US’s recommendations made in the middle of his speech. I looked up terms I didn’t understand and realized it again shows standardization of intent related to global government through “evidence-based practices” applied at the individual, family, community (obviously city) level.  While the people who may be NEGATIVELY affected or harmed by certain practices are generally stuck in their home countries, the practitioners, ambassadors, and those who can afford or have some reason or justification for all the international travel, can then go talk it up far away from the “locals.”

“Family Counseling” and having that private NGO offering family counseling, as an intermediary with the government enforcing (“security”) agency is recommended.  SOMEONE has to train all these people, and the author had already some great ideas on who, in this ‘brand-new’ field (market niche).


These are among the closing paragraphs of the DE.USEMBASSY.GOV May 2, 2016 address, and as you can see, here come the “practitioners” and the appeal to get more Geramn cities into the “Strong Cities” Network. IF Munich had not already joined, then the attack on Munich is definitely interesting in this context, as well as in the ones cited in the mainstream news above.

Also I still do not get this continued use of “ISIL” by the Administration and “ISIS” by the press and basically, most others…

The Global Campaign Against ISIL, ….continued
Annual Meeting of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution
The Islamic State – A Global Threat Berlin, May 2, 2016 Ambassador John B. Emerson

We are strengthening German-American exchange programs between practitioners – those working directly in communities and with young people and their families to push back against the growth of extremist ideology. At the Embassy, we are actively involved in fostering these exchanges, so both sides can learn from each other’s best practices. Last week, a group of 10 German CVE practitioners returned from an exchange visit to Washington, D.C. and Boston, where they met their U.S. counterparts at the federal, state, and local levels. Next month we are co-sponsoring a best practices session in NRW; and this fall, we are planning a best practices conference, as a follow-up to the President’s Refugee Summit at the UN General Assembly in September.

One final example. Dresden recently joined the Strong Cities Network, {{They provided a Twitter link!}} which currently includes 38 cities from around the world, bringing together mayors and sub-national authorities to share expertise and build capacity to develop localized CVE strategies. It aims to strengthen strategic planning and practices among municipal-level policy makers, and builds the capacity of local practitioners to prevent the spread of violent extremism in all its forms. We welcome and encourage more German cities to join, and hope further German representatives will participate in meetings such as next week’s upcoming Strong Cities Network Summit in Antalya, Turkey.

[END, section on the Munich Shootings].


Looking at the UNESCO-outreach “International Institute for Peace” at Rutgers, Partner Page:

 

I’m still looking at this (posts in the pipeline…) but it seems that first Aldo Civico came to Rutgers (2010) and set up the center, then– within a year –AFTER it was established at a US (NJ) state PUBLIC university, it advertised and cemented its UNESCO program. The site at Rutgers, I see, lists partners (mostly I presume nonprofits), including WPTI.org (Whitaker Institute) alphabetically. The first one, “CANVAS (website CANVASOPEDIA.org) is regarding Serbian Resistance and based in Belgrade:

Acronym “CANVAS” (obviously visual -oriented site, more-so than text) website “CANVASOPEDIA.org”

The core of CANVAS’s work is rather to spread the word of “people power” to the world than to achieve victories against one dictator or another. Our next big mission should obviously be to explain to the world what a powerful tool nonviolent struggle is when it comes to achieving freedom, democracy and human rights….

Headquartered in Belgrade, CANVAS is run by Slobodan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic. It has five full time employees and operates a network of international trainers and consultants with experience of successful democratic movements. CANVAS is a non-profit institution which relies solely on private funding; there is no charge for workshops and revolutionary know-how can be downloaded for free on the Internet.

Universities it’s had activities at (an impressive, but basically just shows the University name and logo — and not much AT ALL on what it did there, or for how long or how much, or how financed). They are arranged in it seems to be date order, with 2007 earliest, Rutgers coming in at 2010 and April 2011 (probably with Aldo Civico) and others as recently as 2015 and 2016.


I just decided to list the other “partners” showing at this Rutgers IIP website, by name and you can click and see how many are talking “sustainable” and we’re really going to eliminate war (that means, One World Government obviously):

The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. Our current main programme centres on Disarmament for Sustainable Development and within this, our focus is mainly on the reallocation of military expenditure. We believe that by reducing funding for the military sector, significant amounts of money could be released for social projects, domestically or abroad, which could lead to the fulfillment of real human needs and the protection of the environment. At the same time, we support a range of disarmament campaigns and supply data on the economic dimensions of weapons and conflicts. Our campaigning work on nuclear disarmament began already in the 1980s.

Our 300 member organisations in 70 countries, together with individual members, form a global network, bringing together knowledge and campaigning experience in a common cause. We link experts and advocates working on similar issues in order to build strong civil society movements.

The Making Peace photo exhibition has been visited by an estimated 1.2 million people since it was first presented in Geneva in 2010. The show was produced by the IPB and curated by Ashley Woods. Contact us if you’d like to bring the show to your city. www.makingpeace.org

From their history page, I see the IPB started in the 1890s and in response to (after the end of) the Napoleonic wars, originally in Bern, Switzerland. See also Nobel Prize. Here’s part of the detailed “Century of Service” history page, showing ties to promoting the League of Nations and some royal connections / origins (Tsar Nicholas II, an Austrian princess…) and decrying the “rise of nationalism” between WWI and WWII:

The seat of the new organisation was Berne, the capital of neutral Switzerland. The first President of the IPB was the Dane Fredrik Bajer and its first Secretary-General the Swiss Elie Ducommun. Ducommun was later succeeded by another Swiss, Albert Gobat. Both of them, and Fredrik Bajer, won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Another Nobel laureate was the colourful Austrian countess Bertha von Suttner, who was a friend of Alfred Nobel and encouraged him to establish the Peace Prize. She was the author of the celebrated book (and film) Lay Down your Arms! It should be noted that between 1901 and 1982 thirteen of IPB’s officers individually received the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Bureau itself in 1910.

We do remember, right that Nobel was the inventor of dynamite, as sponsored by the Russian czar (“The Dark Side of the Nobel Prize” — Oct. 2013, short bio posted at LiveScience: (See also bottom of this post)

During these early years the IPB was more or less the only international peace organization. It took positions, not only in favour of disarmament, but also on the various international conflicts of the day. Its basic ideological approach has been described as bourgeois pacifism, i.e. a heavy emphasis on the development of international law, disarmament and the peaceful settlement of conflicts. Von Suttner and others entered into dialogue with Tsar Nicholas II, urging him to establish an International Peace Conference, an idea that eventually came to fruition at the Hague in 1899 and 1907. IPB was active in promoting the idea of the establishment of a League of Nations and an International Court, although some individuals had doubts about the kind of peace that would result from what were basically inter-state institutions.

IPB has had Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council since 1977. We also have associate status with the Department of Public Information. IPB plays a central role in the Geneva-based NGO Committee for Disarmament, a committee of CONGO, the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC. There are sister committees in New York and Vienna. Together we follow various disarmament negotiations, within and outside the UN.

We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910); over the years, 13 of our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The site at Rutgers, Next Rutgers IIP Partner (actually I switched — it’s the 2nd in alphabetical order by name; the one above was called “MAKING PEACE”) is the ICNC [“nonviolent-conflict.org”] which looks like a Washington D.C. Nonprofit and which website shares the “BIG on space and photos, SMALL on information” overall impression. This International Center for Nonviolent Conflict lists its “Staff and Advisors” in big letters, with thumbnails photos and orange-print links, but doesn’t exactly advertise whether or not it’s a 501©3. Street address of 1775 Pennsylvania Avenue #1200, Washington, D.C., (in case you don’t recognize the street name) is REALLY close to the White House and labeled a Rockport (as in the famous walking shoes) Outlet.

“Surprisingly” (not really) Founding Chair Peter Ackerman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and another institute in London, also famous producer of a PBS Documentary on Nonviolence movement starting, I think it’s saying, in Serbia. In other words, he’s a documentary film-maker for PBS.

Dr. Ackerman was the Executive Producer of the PBS-TV documentary, “Bringing Down a Dictator,” on the fall of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. It received a 2003 Peabody Award and the 2002 ABC News VideoSource Award of the International Documentary Association. It aired in the U.S. in March 2002, and subsequently in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia/Montenegro, Spain, Sweden and Taiwan.

He was also the Series Editor and Principal Content Advisor for the two-part Emmy-no minated PBS-TV series, A Force More Powerful, which charts the history of civilian-based resistance in the 20th century, including Gandhi’s campaigns for Indian independence, Danish resistance to German occupation in World War II, the U.S. civil rights movement, the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the people’s movement against Gen. Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and the dismantling of South Africa’s apartheid system. It premiered in the U.S. in September 2000, and subsequently in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iran (via satellite), New Zealand, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and more than 60 other countries. Both “Bringing Down a Dictator” and “A Force More Powerful” have been translated into Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, French, Indonesian, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, and been distributed for broadcast or seen on DVD in as many countries. … …(more credits, final paragraph):

In addition, Dr. Ackerman is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Executive Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London as well as the board of directors of Spirit of America, a nonprofit humanitarian organization in the United States

 

http://www.iiss.org/en/about-s-us Formed in the UK in 1958, it’s an international think tank, originally around nuclear disarmament…

The IISS was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries’ armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Promoting sound policies

A registered charity headquartered in London, the IISS also has offices in Washington, Singapore and Manama, Bahrain. The IISS is a non-partisan organisation, independent of government and other bodies. Its mission is to promote the adoption of sound policies to further global peace and security and maintain civilised international relations.

OK, let’s find that one in Washington, D.C. … INTERESTING results — I see three different organizations (one possibly phased out) and the one listed at the top — which is “the only US Member of IISS” (the London charity) — is showing a deficit of $1,000 — they received contributions of $143K, spent $771K, so that would be a natural consequence. Among their leadership is “John Chipman” who is paid $802K by “Related organization” (the one in London). First Class Travel also of course paid by the organization. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (top row) in the US dates to only 2001, it says:

Total results: 8. Search Again.
(Click on the column headers to sort.)

See the right-hand column and three different EIN#s? See also that the middle number “US Committee of” was apparently zero-ed out, possibly the bottom is its replacement. BUT, the replacement is only filing a Form 990EZ, and it too is declining in “Total Assets” over time (Notice the years aren’t in exact order for the bottom three rows, but put in order Total Assets would be 2012 — $105K; 2013 – $95K and 2012 – $42K. Is it possible we have here a repeating pattern?

I’m not going to analyze these now, but did look at the top one and question why the spend-down is showing a $1 million deficit, and what is the planned future for this International Institute for Strategic Studies (US member)…

Top Row (EIN# begins with “5”) is actually, I think “IISS – US” and its documents say the supported organization, the only “related” organization (Schedule R) has one member and that member is “The International Instittute for Strategic Studies” — meaning, the group registered in the UK. This UK group also has an EIN#, which is interesting, is it not? 980427233.

The middle rows (“US Committee”) organization indicated on 2003 return that was its Final Return. I see that they appear to have received funding ($1.2M) in 2009 and were simply spending it down.

 

[From the London-based charity’s website, not the tax returns]

Research and consultancy

Research is central to IISS activities. The institute’s programmes are divided by global region and according to policy themes (from non-proliferation, transnational threats and geo-economics to climate change and security). IISS experts deliver impartial, rigorous analysis. They are drawn from all over the world, and include established world-class strategists as well as the brightest young analysts. The institute’s corporate advisory arm offers strategic advice and political-risk analysis to commercial and government clients.

Governance of the IIIS, a link on its website:

The IISS is both a registered UK charity and a private company limited by guarantee. The Institute is governed by a Memorandum and Articles of Association lodged with the Registrar of Companies and the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales. The Institute’s Articles of Association reflect current best practices and the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 and recognise the fiduciary responsibilities carried by the Institute’s Trustees.

The IISS Trustees constitute Directors for the purposes of the Companies Act, and act as Trustees for the purposes of the Charities Act. The Board of Trustees is served by the Audit, Investment and Remuneration sub-committees.

The Trustees appoint members of the IISS Council, the Institute’s intellectual advisory body.

Chairperson Fleur de Villeurs is a former journalist from South Africa with experience at Harvard (a Nieman Fellow) and an interesting background involving the names DeBeers and Anglo-American Corporation:

Fleur de Villiers is a former journalist and public affairs expert. She began her career with the Argus Group of newspapers in South Africa before becoming Political Editor and travelling correspondent on the Sunday Times (Johannesburg). For many years she was Editorial Consultant and Leader Writer on Southern African issues for The Times (London).

A former Visiting Fellow at the IISS, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she has been a public affairs consultant for several international corporations, including the De Beers Group and the Anglo American Corporation and in 1998 was instrumental in bringing about the first partnership between the World Health Organisation and the corporate sector in the WHO polio eradication programme.

She has prepared submissions to the United States Congress and briefings for the United Kingdom and Southern African governments on subjects ranging from arts funding to capacity building, minerals legislation and environmental issues in Africa. In 2011 she was awarded a CMG in recognition of her services to democratic transition, reconciliation and governance in South Africa Further awards include the English Academy of Southern Africa’s Pringle Prize for theatre criticism, the National Press Award for Enterprising Journalism, a US Leader Grant and the Nieman Fellowship. She is a Global Ambassador for the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and serves on the Council of the Chelsea Society and is a lay member of the London Diocesan Synod.


Page from “Powerbase.info” as a bit more educational detail, and some timeframes, on Fleur Villiers:

Fleur de Villiers received a BA from the University of Pretoria and was subsequently awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard where she studied international politics at the CFIA and the Kennedy School with i.a professors Sam Huntington, Karl Deutsch and Stanley Hoffman.

As a journalist from 1960 to 1986, she was – successively – theatre critic, economics correspondent, leader writer, columnist, political correspondent and, from 1981 to 1986 assistant editor and opinion page editor of the Sunday Times, Johannesburg. As a travelling correspondent, she also covered UN Security Council sessions and major political events in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States, where she reported on Watergate and the 1980 and 1984 Presidential elections.
In 1986 she took up a two-year IISS Visiting Fellowship in London where she was also, for many years, editorial consultant and leader writer on Southern African issues for the Times. She has been both a programme consultant and frequent commentator for British and American television and radio and a visiting speaker at Oxford and Cambridge colleges, Harvard, the CSIS,** the US Secretary of State’s Open Forum and at other academic institutions and international conferences in the US and Europe. Since 1988 she has been public affairs consultant to the De Beers Group of companies and – from 1988 to 1998 – to the Anglo American Corporation.

CSIS link, a few paragraphs; it stands for “Center for Strategic and International Studies.” and started at Georgetown University….

CSIS was founded at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1962 by Admiral Arleigh Burke and David Abshire. According to the Washington Post it began as “a $120,000-a-year, seven-man operation based in a Georgetown townhouse”. [2]

For some time CSIS had an office on the Georgetown campus, although it was administratively and financially independent of the faculty and administration of the University. Indeed according to a 1979 article students were barely aware of its presence, with a student newspaper commenting that, ‘It is less familiar to most students than the terrain of the Sea of Tranquillity. Few have heard about it and among those few, misconceptions are abound.’ [3]

Several of the principals were “Cold Warriors” and made a little industry out of finding “communist influence” around the world. During the war against Nicaragua, CSIS produced several documents “proving” a communist plot, etc. For many years, CSIS was also seen as a think tank where right-wing “officials-in-waiting” could wait until their next appointment in government.

During the 1970s CSIS was known for its hard-line Cold Warriors, and it is certain that many of the fellows or staff were former intelligence officials. There is no secret about this, several of them made no secret about it. When president Jimmy Carter installed Admiral Stansfield Turner as CIA director, many of the expunged operatives who had been involved in the murky side of the CIA moved to CSIS. When Reagan reappointed Casey as director of the CIA in 1980s many of the CSIS fellow migrated back to the CIA or other intelligence agencies.

CSIS is dominated by members with strong ties to the government and private industry. Sam Nunn, CSIS Chairman of the Board of Trustees, served as U.S. Senator from Georgia for 24 years (1972-1996) and is currently on the boards of top US corporations and a law firm.

 

http://www.iiss.org/en/about-s-us

Among the obviously powerful “Council” of the IISP, I see at least a few American (USA) representatives, or I think so — plus other Ministers of Defense for different countries. You should take a look:

Marillyn A. Hewson Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin

Anne-Marie Slaughter President and CEO of the New America Foundation

(after looking up the foundation, tax returns, and details below, I finally went to the New America Foundation website, “Our Story” with links to its three key leaders (Ted Halstead and Steve Coll preceding her) and see that Ms. Slaughter is a Princeton/Oxford/Harvard woman, married to a (Princeton?) Professor:

Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise with offices in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited seven books, including Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family (2015), A New World Order (2004), and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007), and over 100 scholarly articles …

In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

The Woodrow Wilson School is also the site of a “Center on Child Well-being” and Sara McLanahan (?’s) project (with Ron Haskins – a real Fatherhood type of guy, “Mr. Welfare Reform” and Brookings Institute’s (Institutions’?) “The Future of Children” magazine. He’s in favor of Daniel Moynihan’s “Moynihan Report” on the structure of American Families (Dads should be the leaders). This Princeton center connects up with Columbia University’s various fatherhood activities through a marriage to Irwin Garfinkel. I may have the co-coordinator of The Future of Children wrong (it might be “Elaine Sorensen”(??) but at any rate, there are many conservative things going down in Princeton and at that particular Woodrow Wilson School…. If I get those names wrong, take a look at this post and realize that there is a limit to the mental capacity’s “fact container” at any given point in time! Any of this can easily be looked up, too.

Dr. Slaughter is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times and writes a bi-monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 80,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

That’s a memorable last name, no question about it….

Short section on “New America Foundation and its related “Native Public Media”

The New America Foundation: Interesting how, again, our database mislabeled two out of three latest returns for this organization (see same EIN#. The error is not the filer’s but “The Foundation Center” in SF’s, which is the sponsoring database grabbing images from the IRS):

Total results: 3. Search Again.
(Click on the column headers to sort.)

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
New America Foundation DC 2014 990 38 $16,714,848.00 52-2096845
Native Public Media DC 2013 990 42 $17,873,179.00 52-2096845
Native Public Media DC 2012 990 38 $18,102,949.00 52-2096845

TO BRING EXCEPTIONALLY PROMISING NEW VOICES AND NEW IDEAS TO THE FORE OF OUR NATION’S PUBLIC DISCOURSE THROUGH FELLOWSHIPS AND ISSUE-SPECIFIC PROGRAMS AND SPONSORING A WIDE RANGE OF RESEARCH, WRITING, CONFERENCES AND EVENTS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES OF OUR TIME.

NativePublicMedia.org

OK, from 2010-2013, NAF was “Fiscal Agent” for NPM [Native Public Media, see below] which is still showing as a “Related organization” in FLagstaff, Arizona. Just a few little factoids from my look at their (I believe it was top row) return:

Street address is 1899 NW L Street #400 in Washington, D.C. with Ann Marie Slaughter having become President that past fall. They have 201 employees and are essentially (about 5:1) privately funded, that is, Grants of $15.6M PRIVATE to Gov’t Grants of $3.7M only (and practically no Program Service Revenues).

Essentially private founders are sponsoring people to write up programming of which this is just ONE sample from Part III, Page 2:

(Code ) (Expenses $ 2,002,888 including grants of $ ) (Revenue $ 158,013 )

INTERNATIONAL POLICY PROGRAMS –GLOBAL ASSETS PROJECT THE GLOBAL ASSETS PROJECT WORKS TO CREATE AND ADVANCE INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND POLICIES THAT BUILD SAVINGS AND ASSETS FOR POOR, LOW- AND MODERATE-INCOME PERSONS AROUND THE WORLD MIDDLE EAST TASK FORCE THE MIDDLE EAST TASK FORCE SEEKS TO INFORM AND DEEPEN THE DEBATE ON U S POLICY TOWARDS THE MIDDLE EAST THROUGH DIALOGUE, POLICY RESEARCH, AND EVENTS THAT TARGET PRACTITIONERS, POLICY MAKERS, OPINION LEADERS, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAM THE MISSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAM ISTO EXAMINE AMERICA’S MOST PRESSING STRATEGIC CHALLENGES USING AN

INNOVATIVE BLEND OF OPEN-SOURCE RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS TO GIVE POLICY MAKERS AND THE PUBLIC THE INSIGHT, FORESIGHT, AND ALTERNATIVES NECESSARY TO SECURE THE NATIONAL INTEREST OPEN ZION INITIATIVE THE MISSION OF THIS INITIATIVE IS TO FOSTER AN OPEN AND UNAFRAID CONVERSATION ABOUT ISRAEL, PALESTINE, AND THE JEWISH FUTURE THIS PROGRAM WAS TERMINATED EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 2013 SMART STRATEGY INITIATIVE THIS INITIATIVE SEEKS TO PROVOKE A NEW DISCOURSE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND WORLD CAPITALS ON THREE TOPICS (bullets added by me here):

  • THE CENTRAL CHALLENGE FACING THE UNITED STATES AND THE GREAT POWERS IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 21ST CENTURY,
  • THE NATURE AND FUNCTION OF GRAND STRATEGY IN TODAY’S CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY AND MARKET ECONOMY, AND,
  • THE CONTOURS OF A NEW GRAND STRATEGY CAPABLE OF FORGING A PROSPEROUS, SECURE AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT AND THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS

THIS PROGRAM WAS TERMINATED EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 2013

After all, it was just an American Experiment, now it’s time for the “Real Deal” — America and “The COMMUNITY of NATIONS” as defined by ________ __________ __________ (IISS??)…..This is to be “forged” (metalworking term implies solid connections, as opposed to “experiment” referring to a tenuous one.). Apparently “CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY (which doesn’t describe this country official, by the way) and MARKET ECONOMY may be no longer desirable.

 

So, some 501©3 details — I noticed they spent $3.6M (having received those gov’t grants of roughly the same amount) in “OTHER” (Part IX Line 11g) expenses. Because this was more than 10% of the grand total functional expenses of $19M (Basically, all their gross receipts for the year were spent), it had to be explained in “Schedule O.” I hate this because those explanations are not in column form, and often missing commas and punctuation.

That amount of $3.6M was itself almost half their total “Part I, Line 17 “Other expenses” of $7.5 Million. IN other words, this tax-exempt is taking in a total of $19M (most of it in the form of direct grants) and spending $11+M on “Salaries” ($2.M of which is key officers, directors, and trustees), plus $7.5M on “Other” of which $3.6M is in an unusually large amount of Line 11g, the “other” of the “Other Professional Services (non-employees” category).

Additiional expenses on the bottom portion of Part IX (Expenses) comprising some of the remainder of that $7.5M include, I noticed, $1.4M on “Occupancy” and $1.0M on “Travel” plus $685 on “Conferences” (seems to be a main activity). Of the “Occupancy,” the organization admits to leasing from one of its board of directors (Wm. W. Gerrity) in NYC. …only $141K of the total amount, though)

But, the “Schedule O” reads like this:

FELLOWS PROGRAM SERVICE EXPENSES 1,026,573 MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL EXPENSES 156,458 FUND
RAISING EXPENSES 7,160 TOTAL EXPENSES 1,190,191 CONSULTANTS PROGRAM SERVICE EXPENSES 1, 982,815 MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL EXPENSES 302,198 FUNDRAISING EXPENSES 13,830 TOTAL EXPEN SES 2,298,843 INTERNS PROGRAM SERVICE EXPENSES 15,827 MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL EXPENSES 2 ,412 FUNDRAISING EXPENSES 110 TOTAL EXPENSES 18,349 OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROGRA M SERVICE EXPENSES 18,407 MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL EXPENSES 94,592 FUNDRAISING EXPENSES 0 TOTAL EXPENSES 112,999

Most of this “Other Expenses” was “Fellows and Interns.

The related (Schedule-R) “Native Public Media” organization in AZ:

1) NATIVE PUBLIC MEDIA INC PO BOX 3955 FLAGSTAFF, AZ 86003 (EIN#) 80-0672072

Looking at their tax returns, including the first one (Year 2011) in which they start out OK — Take in $956,800, and spend only $227K (and Pres & CEO making a moderate $66K, acknowledging “New America Foundation” as the fiscal sponsor), within two short years — they are NEGATIVE $583K (that is Revs – Expenses = -$583K). How in heck did this happen? There are also apparent inconsistencies in whether or not they consider their chief leader an employee (not that unusual). [Actually “HOW” was simple — almost no contributions that year. Contributions picked up the next year).

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
NATIVE PUBLIC MEDIA INC AZ 2014 990 30 $298,170.00 80-0672072
NATIVE PUBLIC MEDIA INC AZ 2013 990 31 $355,192.00 80-0672072
Native Public Media Inc. AZ 2012 990EZ 14 $145,795.00 80-0672072

Back to a “New America Foundation” tax return (this one, 2014) I see $2.0M gov’t grants, $17M PRIVATE, and Anne Marie Slaughter’s Salary as President & CEO (more than double most of the others’) is $525K — + $12K Benefits. She is being paid over ½ million to help strategize how to help poor people and low-income communities around the world (??).

The subcontractors (Part VIIB) for this year include possibly (“Gerrity) one of their board of director’s LLCs for Consulting, and a Man with a Berlin address for “Executive Team & OTI”:

  • A SIMPLE SCOTT COMPANY 1821 WEST HUBBARD STREET CHICAGO, IL 60622
  • DALE BENJAMIN SCOTT, GUENTZELSTRASSE 54 BERLIN 10717 GM
  • GERRITY GROUP LLC
    977A LOMAS SANTA FE DRIVE SOLANA BEACH, CA 92075
  • FREEDMAN CONSULTING LLC 3720 YUMA STREET NW WASHINGTON, DC 20016

NewAmerica.org sponsors “Future Tense” with Slate and ASU (Arizona State University — can you spell Public/Private?). A July 26, 2016 (imminent) program with BIG splashy flag and photographs (not identified but it looks like President Obama, President of Mexico and ____?) over the phrase:

WILL NORTH AMERICA BECOME THE NEXT SAUDI ARABIA?

This is the “About Us” on “Future Tense” (web page / resource) at the NewAmericaFoundation website; it seems to be the main thing they are pushing:

Future Tense is the citizen’s guide to the future.

A partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University, Future Tense explores how emerging technologies will change the way we live. The latest consumer gadgets are intriguing, but we focus on the longer-term transformative power of robotics, information and communication technologies, synthetic biology, augmented reality, space exploration, and other technologies. Future Tense seeks to understand the latest technological and scientific breakthroughs, and what they mean for our environment, how we relate to one another, and what it means to be human. Future Tense also examines whether technology and its development can be governed democratically and ethically. Future Tense asks these questions in daily commentary published on Slate and through public events featuring conversations with leading scientists, technologists, policymakers, and journalists.

I noticed a Jonathan Soros, and a Fareed Zakaria on the board of directors. I wonder if Soros is any relationship to the famous George Soros. As it seems to turn out — YUP. Soros has five (5) children. That must be nice….

From April 23, 2012 “Forward” — “George Soros — Next Generation Steps Up” by Josh Nathan-Kazis.

In the 2012 election cycle, the biggest single political donation made by a Soros didn’t come from George.

The progressive hedge fund billionaire was outdone by his 26-year-old son, Alexander, who in March wrote a $200,000 check to the Democratic-leaning super PAC responsible for the 2008 Great Schlep campaign backing then presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The elder Soros still outpaces his second-youngest child in overall political giving, according to Federal Election Commission records.

But Alexander Soros’s major gift may point to a generational shift in the philanthropic and political efforts of the Soros family. As George Soros enters his 80s, the five children of the controversial Hungarian-born Jewish investor appear to be emerging from their father’s long shadow.

In the lead is Alexander who, in addition to his super PAC gift, has announced the launch of his own foundation. Jonathan Soros, 41, Alexander’s half-brother, also drew attention in April for his support of a new effort to introduce public financing of elections in New York State.

George Soros, ranked by Forbes as the 22nd wealthiest person in the world, is among the most prolific philanthropists in the United States. His Open Society Foundations make grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually and have given a total of $8 billion over the past three decades to causes ranging from democracy promotion to public health and human rights. Soros’s billions in philanthropic giving are overshadowed in the public mind by his political largesse, largely in support of Democratic causes and candidates. Soros gave $23.7 million to outside spending groups in the 2004 election cycle in an effort to defeat George W. Bush; his contribution was more than that of any other donor, according to records kept by the Center for Responsive Politics. He was also a leading giver to outside spending groups in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.

BACK TO THE IISS Council List, some of the American participants, cont’d. http://www.iiss.org/en/about-s-us



Michael Rich President and Chief Executive Officer of the RAND Corporation

  • …Rich serves on the governing boards and advisory committees of many policy and service organisations, including the Council for Aid to Education, WISE & Healthy Ageing, the Everychild Foundation, Santa Monica–UCLA Medical Centre and Orthopaedic Hospital, the Dean’s Advisory Council of the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the UCLA Foundation. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the California Bar.Michael Rich received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Karl EikenberryOksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University (click to see, 35-year career in US Army, retiring as Lieutenant-General; involved in Afghanistan surge 2009-2011), degrees from Harvard and Stanford.

  • …Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty.

Ellen Laipson Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Henry L Stimson Center

  • Ellen Laipson joined the Stimson Center in 2002 after nearly 25 years of government service. Key positions included Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) (1997–2002) and Special Assistant to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations (199[?]–97). At the NIC, Laipson co-managed the interdisciplinary study Global Trends 2015 and directed the NIC’s outreach to think tanks and research organizations on a wide range of national security topics. She was a member of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009–2013, and on the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2011–2014
  • …At the Center, Laipson directs the Southwest Asia project, which focuses on a range of security issues in the Gulf region. Laipson is a frequent speaker on Middle East issues and on US foreign policy and global trends. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Middle East Institute, and the Middle East Studies Association. In 2003, she joined the boards of the Asia Foundation and the Education and Employment Foundation.[??] Laipson has an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Cornell University.

The IISS Council, which is large, also has a Russian Representative (click to see).

Igor Yurgens Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development



GETTING BACK to the RUTGERS IIP “PARTNERS” list, under ICNC/Ackerman:

In addition, Dr. Ackerman is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Executive Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London as well as the board of directors of Spirit of America, a nonprofit humanitarian organization in the United States

[Before realizing my confusion of IISS I thought it was “ISD.” I included some “ISD” material also because it’s recent, relevant, and I feel important in identifying organizations or movements to overcome national sovereignty or bypass decision-making under the US Constitution through private nonprofits — and not all of them based in the US. Considering all the recent news about shootings (of unarmed civilians AND of policemen in different cities, and events in Nice, France, and on a German Train (Today’s [July 21, 2016] Wall Street Journal says ISIS, or “The Islamic State” took credit for the ax-wielding attack by a teenage migrant: “Islamic State Lays Claim to German Train Rampage.“]

 

I believe[d] this last one was the home of the “Strong Cities” anti-terrorist network joined by NYC Mayor Bill DiBlasio and also announced by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch. I learned about it looking up the announcements of US Government ENTITIES (including our justice department!) joining a network organized by a charity based in London.

Well, my verbal memory was close, but not exact. Looks like I was remembering the “Institute for Strategic DIALOGUE” [no word “international” and “Dialogue” vs. “Studies” in the name] as to the Strong Cities connection, instead. See fine print bottom of the page associated with this nicely diverse (black/white, male/female) photo. This would appear to be the Steering Committee of SCN (Strong Cities Network):

[Identical quote:] “The Strong Cities Network is driven by an International Steering Committee of 25 cities and municipalities from different regions across the globe. Cities and municipalities selected for the steering committee were chosen based on their leadership and commitment to sharing information and expertise through the SCN. Steering committee members are drawn from different global regions to ensure diversity within the network.”

(Pretty good html– as soon as I added the link, it grabbed the quote, and reformatted it to a square, with the light-gray font and added a social media link and logo as you can see above. I left it also in the print-only version — I HATE all these websites with pale gray font. Are we supposed to read it or not really?) At the bottom of the page is this information:

The Strong Cities Network is run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a UK registered charity with charity number 1076660.

 

 

The conservatives, including the JBS (John Birch Society) are all over this one (the ISD). I think JBS has it right in this short summary, “Strong Cities Network Plan for Globally Controlled Police.” (April 2016, John McManus). Notice the first thing they mention is the ten federal districts. They got that right too. See also “A Common Thread of Service: A History of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare” [“HEW“] now posted under HHS, Office of “ASPE” (Assistant Secretary for Evaluation and Planning). This is good general knowledge and for people concerned about the family courts, should be bookmarked –as HHS appropriations (federal incentives) plays such a critical role in those courts.

(A former version was “Federal Security Agencies” until 1953, when there was Dept. of HEW, and since 1980, Dept. of HHS & a separate Dept. of Education. The official political designation of “Federal Districts” was removed, apparently for Constitutional reasons? by Executive Order, nevertheless at least HHS retains the Regional Division of the US into 10 parts, and administrative offices for each reason to engage directly with state authorities, such as governors, or State-level HHS, anyhow). Regionalism within the US is both national and within states, multi-county, and within metropolitan areas, multi-city and sometimes county.)

While on this topic, I see a “DownsizingGovernment.org” link with some timeline of the history of HHS. I haven’t evaluated this link, just skimming the timeline so far:

  • 1909: President Theodore Roosevelt holds a White House Conference on Dependent Children, or children dependent on charities and public assistance.10Three years later, Congress establishes a Children’s Bureau in the Department of Labor, which focuses on child labor and related issues. In 1946, the bureau moves to the Federal Security Agency, a forerunner of today’s Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 1912: Progressive Party presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt campaigns on a platform calling for “the protection of home life against the hazards of sickness, irregular employment and old age through the adoption of a system of social insurance adapted to American use.”11
  • 1935:The Social Security Act is passed. The legislation creates the Aid to Dependent Children program, which provides funding to the states for aid to needy children in single-parent families. This open-ended welfare program is greatly expanded over the years and generates a range of social pathologies in the low-income population, such as illegitimacy and long-term dependency on government.15It is replaced in 1996 by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, which is a state block grant program providing more limited benefits.

Obviously I may disagree with AFDC “generating pathologies such as illegitimacy” and in fact, the state block grant while it apparently does provide more limited benefits — to needy children in single-parent families — it has created entire streams of benefits for professions such as “fatherhood” and “marriage promotion” and creative diversions of money intended to reduce dependency of government to nonprofits (quantity unknown) who are themselves dependent on government, while those running them most certainly are making a nice income as board members or contractors.

  • 1937:The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the Social Security Act.16
  • 1938: The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of drugs before marketing them.
  • 1939:Following the recommendation of the Brownlow Committee, the Federal Security Agency (FSA) is established to house the government’s health, education, and welfare programs. Concerned about socialized medicine, the American Medical Association is successful in preventing the agency from attaining cabinet status.17
  • 1940: The Food and Drug Administration is transferred from the Department of Agriculture to the Federal Security Agency.

etc.

Please read, this, at “ALLGOV.com” and the “A Common Thread of Service: A History of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare” [“HEW“] for more understanding of how the federal agencies (HHS being formerly the FSA) effectively regionalize, overpowering the influence of states in specific types or programming and/or developing region-based relationships with the states, bypassing the elected, representative forms of government in place (state legislators // state legislators bring concerns to Congress) for this purpose)!

This now is from the John Birch Society link, and responding to Strong Cities Network, although before this came up, I was looking at Rutgers’ “International Institute for Peace” partners, and the background of one called “ICNC” (International Center for Nonviolent Conflict) and Founding Chairperson? Peter Ackerman’s involvement with the IISS – International Institute for Strategic Studies. I’m assuming the federal districts the opening paragraphs refer to may refer to the Judicial ones under the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps He doesn’t specify “Federal Security Agency” by name, or reference the HHS.

Several decades ago, federal planners sought to assign a new status for each of our nation’s states. No longer would there be 50 individual states with their own constitutions, traditions, and borders. Instead, there would be 10 federal districts, each governed from a centrally located office chock full of eager bureaucrats. Gone would be the built-in competition among the states to be the best state, the one with the least taxation and controls, the great inhibitors of growth and productivity.

That planned alteration of state governments did get started and federal offices were indeed established. If you lived in Pennsylvania, you and the people in surrounding states would now be in federal district 2. Californians and their neighbors would be in district 10, and so on. Because sufficient resistance to this revolutionary monstrosity arose, it never got very far and ended up in a memory hole. But those who want a different kind of government here in America, even a super or world government for all of mankind, never stop figuring out new ways to establish their rule. Their latest venture carries the label Strong Cities Network (SCN).

Leading the charge for this new venture is one of President Obama’s newest Cabinet officials, Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It’s hardly a surprise to know that she spelled out the new plan in a September 29, 2015 speech at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Nor is it surprising that New York City’s mayor, the ultra liberal Bill de Blasio, introduced her for that speech.

A Harvard University graduate — both undergraduate and law school — Lynch served as a Federal Reserve official from 2003 to 2005. Appointed U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York by President Obama, she held that post until she garnered Senate approval to become our nation’s attorney general. She assumed that exalted post on April 27, 2015. At the UN a mere five months later, she revealed that her goal included having the SCN become“an alliance of nations” and a step toward building “a global community.

Promoters of the SCN scheme insist that it isn’t a government body; it’s merely a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the designation awarded to many organizations by the UN. SCN’s initial step consists of linking city governments to the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), which will exert control over a city’s law-enforcement policy. Setting guidelines for police and working toward disarming civilians are its two main goals. This foreign-based group doesn’t hide its determination to grab the weapons of those who are classified Right-leaning.

Four American cities have already affiliated with SCN’s Institute for Strategic Dialogue. They are New York, Denver, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. Canada’s Montreal quickly followed them. These cities are now linked with European cities, where citizens labeled as members of the Right have already experienced the grab for personally owned weapons.

Board members of the ISD include England’s Baron Charles Guthrie, who is a Rothschild banker, a Trilateral Commission member, and a Bilderberg veteran. Another board member is American Dr. Gary Samore, a recent vice president of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the world government-promoting seat of the establishment since 1998. Clearly, national sovereignty is the ISD’s ultimate target.

The four U.S. cities already ensnared by the SCN risk not only having their law-enforcement policies determined by the ISD, they also face the possibility of having foreign police in their cities, possibly even blue-helmeted enforcers from the United Nations. Creation of a global police force seems to be looming on the horizon.


GETTING BACK to the RUTGERS IIP “PARTNERS” list, under ICNC/Ackerman:

In addition, Dr. Ackerman is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Executive Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London as well as the board of directors of Spirit of America, a nonprofit humanitarian organization in the United States

More PARTNERS listed at Rutgers University IIP, copied from their website:

Nonviolence International Funded in part by a Rutgers University Chancellor’s Seed Grant, the IIP is collaborating with Nonviolence International to create the Nonviolence International – Rutgers University International Institute for Peace Digital Library of training manuals on nonviolent resistance. Drawing from Nonviolence International’s vast collection, the digital library will include material from the 1960s onward used in a wide variety of struggles, from the Anti-Nuclear, Peace and Civil Rights movements to Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring, and Black Lives Matter. The digital library will include annotation and key word and text search capabilities and will be continually updated through the inclusion of material used in manifestations of people power across the globe.
Waging Nonviolence Waging Nonviolence is a leading source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe. Ordinary people build power using nonviolent strategies and tactics every day, even under the most difficult of circumstances, yet these stories often go unnoticed or misunderstood by a corporate media fixated on violence and celebrity. Since 2009, Waging Nonviolence has been reporting on these people-powered struggles and helping their participants learn from one another.

The founders and editors of Waging Nonviolence, Bryan Farrell and Eric Stoner, have teamed with the IIP’s Professor Kurt Schock to teach a course on Civil Resistance and Social Justice: Theory, Practice, Technology & Media, for the innovative Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University, Newark.

Waging Nonviolence also provides internships for students at Rutgers University, Newark. Contact the IIP for details.

Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative is a non-governmental organization with international scope and reach, founded by IIP Co-Founder and Chairman, Forest Whitaker in 2012. WPDI develops an array of peace-building programs, initiatives and campaigns to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities in the different regions of the world, including Africa, Latin America and the United States.

Working in close cooperation with international organizations, civil society, grassroots organizations, and a network of experts, the WPDI promotes youth empowerment, cultural diversity, continuous learning, capacity building, and access to internet connectivity and digital technologies. Projects include on-the-ground programs combining education, life and wellness skills and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for peace and development, broadcast series, social events, as well as awareness campaigns. One of the most innovative features of the projects is the mobilization of the power of youth through a package that includes capacity-building and development, connectivity, support to economic and cultural community projects with a view to strengthening local communities, impacted by conflict, armed violence, insecurity, ethnic tensions as well as limited opportunities for socio-political development.

Funding is available through the IIP for qualified graduate students at Rutgers University, Newark to participate as interns in projects run by the WPDI. Contact the IIP for details

Bottom line on these three — it looks like the first is a project, and a vague reference to “Nonviolence International” may refer to a nonprofit involved with Rutgers (as described in that top row) in funding the project. Here they are — a small group formed in 1989: Executive Director is Michael Beer, President, Mubarak Awad:
Search Again.
(Click on the column headers to sort.)

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Nonviolence International DC 2014 990 23 $187,643.00 52-1645787
Nonviolence International DC 2013 990 23 $87,232.00 52-1645787
Nonviolence International DC 2012 990 28 $111,348.00 52-1645787

Officers etc. ”

(1)-Mubarak-E.-Awad 25 h/week, President paid $31K

–(2)-Abdul-Aziz Said 0.5 h/week, Vice-President

–(3)-Jonathan-Kuttab-1h/week, Treasurer

–(4) Michael Beer – 40h/week, Exec Dir. paid $45K.

 

The second, sounds like a publication with a name “Waging Nonviolence” seeking to position itself as an alternative to “corporate Press” but til further notice, someone is probably paid for reporting, and probably Waging Nonviolence is itself a business entity. It was “founded” — right?

Third, the one that got me into this (mess), is described here as a “non-governmental organization” because in this context ‘NGOs” are the good guys (and I supposed, governments the “not-so-good” guys). In fact, what it IS, properly described, is a US, California legal domicile 501©3 tax-exempt CORPORATION, as the filings in California say and also with the IRS.

FOOTNOTE from reference to the Nobel Prize, above:

(“The Dark Side of the Nobel Prize” — Oct. 2013, short bio posted at LiveScience: (See bottom of this post)

>…But the origins of the Nobel Prizes, and the life of Alfred Nobel, tell a very different story, one tainted by the deaths of untold thousands of people.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born in 1833 in Stockholm, Sweden. His father, Immanuel Nobel, was an inventor and engineer who struggled financially for much of his life. Forced to declare bankruptcy, Immanuel left Sweden and began working in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he impressed the czar with one of his inventions — submerged explosive mines that could thwart a naval invasion…

Finally achieving a measure of success, Immanuel brought his wife and eight children to St. Petersburg. His sons were given a formal education, and Alfred shined under strict Russian tutelage, mastering several languages as well as chemistry, physics, poetry and natural sciences.

Because the elder Nobel disapproved of Alfred’s interest in poetry, he sent his son abroad to further his training in chemistry and engineering. While studying in Paris, Nobel met Italian chemist Ascanio Sobrero, who in 1847 invented nitroglycerin, the oily, liquid explosive made by combining glycerin with nitric acid and sulfuric acid.

Innovation from tragedy

Though nitroglycerine was considered too unsafe to have any practical use, the Nobel family — which now had several profitable enterprises in Russia and Sweden — continued to investigate its potential for commercial and industrial uses.

But their inquiries had tragic results: In 1864, Alfred’s younger brother Emil and several other people were killed in an explosion at one of their factories in Sweden. The disaster encouraged Alfred to try to find a way to make nitroglycerin safe. Success didn’t come easily: Early experiments included the creation of “blasting oil,” a mixture of nitro and gunpowder, which resulted in several deadly explosions and once killed 15 people when it exploded in a storeroom in San Francisco.

Finally, in 1867, Alfred Nobel found that by mixing nitroglycerin with diatomaceous earth (known as kieselguhr in German), the resulting compound was a stable paste that could be shaped into short sticks that mining companies might use to blast through rock. Nobel patented this invention as “dynamite,” from the Greek word dunamis, or “power.”

The invention of dynamite revolutionized the mining, construction and demolition industries. Railroad companies could now safety blast through mountains, opening up vast stretches of the Earth’s surface to exploration and commerce. As a result, Nobel — who eventually garnered 355 patents on his many inventions — grew fantastically wealthy.

‘Merchant of death’

Dynamite, of course, had other uses, and it wasn’t long before military authorities began using it in warfare, including dynamite cannons used during the Spanish-American War. Though he’s widely credited with being a pacifist, it’s not known whether Nobel approved of dynamite’s military use or not. Nonetheless, he found out what others thought of his invention when, in 1888, his brother Ludvig died. Though some journalistic error, Alfred’s obituary was widely printed instead, and he was scorned for being the man who made millions through the deaths of others. Once French newspaper wrote “Le marchand de la mort est mort,” or “the merchant of death is dead.” The obituary went on to describe Nobel as a man “who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before.”

Nobel was reportedly stunned by what he read, and as a result became determined to do something to improve his legacy. One year before he died in 1896, Nobel signed his last will and testament, which set aside the majority of his vast estate to establish the five Nobel Prizes, including one awarded for the pursuit of peace.

Follow Marc Lallanilla on Twitter and Google+. Follow us @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience.

 

Just reminds you that the rich hire the poor. Immanuel Nobel had to migrate for some affordable place for his genius, and as happens, the politicians and rulers will often have use for scientists in developing the art of war, and business/industries that go with global expansion of their holdings — and reward the same for it too well, if they perform well, sometimes. Immanuel Nobel’s children (at least Alfred!) (What about any girls?) got a very fine education as a result of their service to the Tsar, right? With the patenting also, Alfred became quite wealthy, patents obviously controlling the competition and protecting the work the originators put into whatever was developed.

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