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Family Counseling for De-Radicalization Programs/Home Base, Germany? Daniel Koehler (Princeton/Free University Berlin) has a Grreat new Market Niche and References, courtesy 2015-formed “Center for Cyber and Homeland Security” (post published 8-1-2016)

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This post goes with my recent “Munich /  Strong Cities Network” which, after the “PREVIEW” stating some of my main concerns and reasons for posting, starts with some articles  and maps on the Syrian migration crisis and Germany’s leadership response to it.  (“Munich” as symbolic for recent terrorist events in Germany AND France).

 

In which a young man like this….
has a program to save (de-radicalize) young men like this…It’s too late for the one with the beard — this young Canadian-born Muslim convert man died fighting for Isis.


 

 

 

 

 

 

I just read, and sometimes when I read, I smell something familiar.  I smelled it on the first read-through of a certain address and bookmarked it mentally (and on wordpress).  The terms were unfamiliar to me, and it took (not too) long to figure out where they fit together — who goes with whom, and WHICH nonprofit was running the training curricular for behavioral modification programming aimed at the family level.

Terms such as BAMF, “GIRDS,” HAYAK, “Mothers for Life” and so forth make more sense when we have located them in geography (GIRDS didn’t make that too easy), type of entity (GIRDS website doesn’t self-identify, but others citing it do — it’s a German nonprofit) and in time, i.e., when was it started — not to mention, and personality / by whom.

Hayak Canada may have been a group, but as their GoFundMe and “Launchpad” didn’t really get off the ground, it looks like the Hayak (Canada) founder is staff on GIRDS.

BAMF — still working on this one — was a government institution also in Germany.

Eventually I came to this Center and underneath it — note, it doesn’t seem to show through cellphone, only from computers, and when viewed on computers, will be tab with a drop-down menu on the top banner, and it is from that drop-down menu that I was able to view “SENIOR FELLOWS.”

(website at GWU)

 

For a few bonus points (information learned), Koehler is a Fellow over at the GWU “Center for Cyber & Homeland Security” — with out of 10 FELLOWS, only 3 women, and only 1 from the USA (as to college).

After writing this and part of the next post, I found that yes there is a connection between Daniel Koehler, the young man to left, above as an expert CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) and the Strong Cities Network.  This was advertised at a Brookings Institution meeting back in November, 2015.  It took quite a bit of hunting to find this documentation — it’s not exactly showing at the front door of the organizations involved:

http://www.brookings.edu/events/2015/11/09-countering-violent-extremism-intervention (This link mentions Daniel Koehler, below, in passing as a family counselor at a German “Hayat” — and while mentioning GWU’s “Program on Violent Extremism” doesn’t really show his US background (Princeton) and involvement with Candians (Christiane Boudreau). This Nov. 2015 predates by about a MONTH the formation of GWU’s “Center for Cyber & Homeland Security” (and under there, “Program on Violent Extremism.” He is currently among 10 “Senior Fellows” there…

Let’s look at what that Nov. 9 “EVENT” link at BROOKINGS actually says:

The Islamic State’s recruitment of foreign fighters has thrust the debate over how to counter violent extremism (CVE) onto the center of domestic and international security agendas. How might nonconventional methods of early intervention such as counseling, education, and community building better prepare governments and communities for the CVE challenge?

I am finding, in my readings, that no matter what the subject matter “PROBLEM” is, certain sectors are going to push the same type of solutions.  The TIMING of this one precedes by one month the creation of GWU’s “CCHS” (see this post) and references featuring Daniel Koehler, who I mentioned in passing in the MUNICH post.  Altthough the Program on Extremism is mentioned, that Daniel Koehler is a “Senior Fellow” there (if he was at the time) or had any connection to it at the time, is NOT mentioned.  See also that “Institute for Strategic Dialogue” ?

That institute is based in London and is from where the Strong Cities Network is basically run — but does this BROOKINGS EVENT (abstract) mention this?  NO!.

On November 9, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, in conjunction with the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, hosted a panel of experts to discuss the causes and possible solutions to violent extremism. The panel featured Lorsenzo Vidino, director of the GWU’s Program on Extremism, whose work focuses mainly on developing policy solutions to violent extremism in the United States. The panel also featured Daniel Koehler, who has served as a counselor for Hayat, a German intervention program that helps families prevent relatives from engaging in violent extremism; Rashad Ali, who is trained in Islamic theology and jurisprudence, a former member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, and has worked on de-radicalization initiatives in prison, probation, and community settings in the United Kingdom for over five years; and Angela King, deputy director of U.S.-based Life After Hate, and co-founder of its Exit USA program, which supports individuals leaving far-right organizations and educates communities about root causes of violent extremism. Brookings Fellow Will McCants moderated the discussion.

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Post title & Shortlink (added in 2017): “Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World]. (Published 7/29/2016) (WP-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-42b”)

PREVIEW:

There is more to this post.  This is simply all I want to put up today; follow-up, soon.  Also, I do not want the follow-up material buried at the bottom of a post.

The follow-up post details the “family counseling” programs identified to “de-radicalize” terrorists that, actually, a US Ambassador recommended in a May, 2, 2016 speech on “The Global Threat of the Islamic State,” mentioning that the Germans have some experience in this area, thanks to their work de-programming the Nazis — and that practitioners have a lot to teach other countries on how this is done.

The parallels with behavioral modification and socialization according to federally-approved value programming already in place within the US targeting batterers, family violence, family lack of unity (i.e., “reunification”), preventing child abuse (really?), preventing poverty through promoting marriage and fatherhood.

On the Strong Cities Network site, I found a (broken) link to what looks like a tour of the US to learn “CVE” techniques — from someone, obviously, in the following U.S. Cities, which apparently is starting something intended to be an ongoing program.  Notice the language “Practitioners” and “CVE”

http://strongcitiesnetwork.org/strong-cities-network-international-visitors-leadership-program/

The SCN International Visitor Leadership Program

The U.S. Sate Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs organised the first Strong Cities Network IVLP from 27 February to 19 March, 2016. Exchange visitors travelled to Washington, Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Indianapolis and Chicago where they connected with U.S practitioners and gained insight into local CVE strategies.

[The link showing this IVLP (under “Activities”) is not active.]

I see that the IVLP was created back in 1940 – it’s not new.  What’s new is the “Strong Cities Network IVLP” tour.  This tour and that program is under the US Department of State.

https://eca.state.gov/ivlp/about-ivlp

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

It’s been around since 1940, meaning it was launched (so to speak) right as World War II was underway, and before the US joined the Allies (Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 194).  Visitors do not apply but are nominated by US embassies within other countries.  The visits have specific themes. This is currently (website anyhow) housed under the US Department of State’s “Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs” mandated by a 1961 law to promote peaceful relations through cultural understanding….  But the IVLP apparently predates that..

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.

There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world. For those who live in the United States, there are many opportunities to get involved at the community level. Visit the Global Ties U.S.website for a list of community organizations in 45 states and information about local activities.

 

I just searched (several times, and they have more than one search link) this U.S. Dept. of State/Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs — and “IVLP” is a program underneath this bureau — website for any reference to “Strong Cities” (several — but not the network), “Strong Cities Network” (not found) and finally “Countering Violent Extremism” and found 16 results (short videos, this is mostly promo, not much real information) and only 12 results — NONE of them referencing this 2016 spring tour of the US.   Here’s are two to make a note of, but neither labeled “Strong Cities.”

  • [P2P or “Peer-to-Peer”] In partnership with EdVenture Partners and the U.S. Department of State, 23 Universities around the globe were invited to create digital campaigns to counter violent extremism.
  • Creating a More Safe and Secure World, One Exchange at a Time IVLP host annual initiative to facilitate a dialogue

FINALLY — searching the web under the title “SCN International Visitors Leadership Program” I found a link under the other website, and clicking through, Secretary of State John Kerry’s March 1, 2016 remarks on this.  Why wouldn’t this be posted more readily available in the logical place — either under “countering violent extremism” — on a list of recent IVLP exchanges as one of them labeled Strong Cities?  Instead, it’s under the direct US Dept. of State Website.  I also notice NOT ONE MAJOR MEDIA MENTION came up in my first three pages of search results on this:

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/03/253828.htm

Remarks at the Strong Cities Network International Visitors Leadership Program for Municipal Leaders and Countering Violence Extremism Experts Event

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 1, 2016

His first example is from Windsor, Canada, and eventually he gets down to promoting the Strong Cities Network…as an all-purpose remedy to keep young people on track:

 The fact is that the battle against violent extremism does not begin on some distant battlefield, but it’s in our own neighborhoods and in classrooms and workplaces and houses of worship, and homes.

And we’ve learned that lesson in bitter ways. We’ve learned it pretty realistically. There are many, many countries – ours included – that have young people, by and large, almost always – who have been seduced into believing that somehow life is better blowing people up and living according to the dictates of someone else rather than the choices that you yourself make. And what people learn very quickly when they get sucked into one of these enterprises is how deprived and stark and horrendous life itself can be. We know this because we know people who are survivors who’ve escaped, and regrettably, too many people are executed summarily when their captors – mental captors, physical captors – learn that they are in fact disaffected and perhaps contemplating escape.

So we know these lessons. We’re learning them. And the question is whether or not we’re going to apply them in a thoughtful way in order to protect ourselves for the long term.

Windsor, Canada learned this very much in a firsthand way last year. Two of their native sons, both in their 20s, had gone to Syria in order to join the terrorists of Daesh. And when Windsor learned this, the citizens of that community were upset; but they were also determined that they weren’t just going to be upset. They were going to do something about it. They were going to try to prevent that kind of tragedy from happening yet again . . . .

So this is a challenge that we have all come here today to try and meet, and I want to particularly congratulate everybody who has picked up this baton to take up the challenge of a Strong Cities Network. That’s what we need.

We want cities across the globe to help each other to make use of the tools and the capabilities that are available to protect citizens. We want to create more opportunities to learn from one another about what works best in building resilience to radicalization. We want to exchange ideas, best practices. …. The idea is here to tailor these things to pick the best practices from various places and make them fit….


And we are encouraging national governments to recognize the value of inter-urban collaboration to help cities work together to prevent violent extremism from ever taking root.

The fact is that the Strong Cities Network and other initiatives like it are regrettably – well, I shouldn’t say “regrettably” – are absolutely essential, because even if we didn’t have the challenge of violent extremism, we ought to be doing these things to connect people to their community, to get people connected one to the other. It would still be important in terms of just keeping people out of trouble, out of jail, helping people to find the right path for education and for a future.

Again, the Title “says it all” in who is supposed to connect — Municipal Leaders and CVE Experts. Not the public, necessarily, through normal governmental channels, but the US Department of State taking opportunity to hop, skip, and jump targeted cities to inject the concept of best CVE practices. The CVE experts names are not referenced in the remarks, are they??

Remarks at the Strong Cities Network International Visitors Leadership Program for Municipal Leaders and Countering Violence Extremism Experts Event

The ONLY other reference to this “SCN IVLP” on the ECA (Educational and Cultural Affairs) website of the USDepartment of State — a small description under major other graphic, distracting and “bulletin-board” postings, was this one, February 29, 2016 (after the tour already began).  As you can see, this title makes no reference to the CVE experts as the first one did, so it must be a kind of warm-up event, and it is in the form of a Press Release:

February 29, 2016

Secretary Kerry Welcomes City and Local Leaders in the Strong Cities Network [readmore link takes one off the “ECA.state.gov” website]

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 29, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host international municipality and non-government organization leaders at the U.S. Department of State on March 1, as part of the “Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism” professional exchange program.

The Strong Cities Network is a global network of local authorities united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism.

Secretary Kerry will be introduced by Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall. The Secretary will speak at 8:45 a.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the Department of State. Following the remarks, there will be presentations from Strong Cities members from Montgomery County, Maryland. The participants are in the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Following their time in Washington, D.C., they will travel to Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Chicago to meet with state, city, and local leaders. The participants are arriving from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Tunisia, Turkey, and The United Kingdom.

The program is a lead-up to the inaugural Strong Cities Network Summit May 11-12, hosted by Antalya, Turkey with support from the city of London.

The Secretary’s remarks will be open to the press. The remarks will be streamed live on www.state.gov.

In what version of the US Constitution is the Secretary of State supposed to be presiding over and engaging in forging political connections, emphasizing the international, with local MUNICIPALITIES within the various states?   ???  And sharing tools to be applied on ALL residents (permanent or transitional) of the cities, and their children — but only cities who join (for free — not including what freedom of the residents is sacrificed in the process, without their consent…).   

So I think you can see about what direction my reporting might be going in…. from a blog reporting on technical assistance and training materials in a different context, as well as the not-for-profits (NGOs) that, working with governments, seek to institute these to defuse domestic violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and so forth, within the USA.

To be honest, last week kind of wore me out working on the “SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DoT’s $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?)” & the “Do You Know Your Social Science PolicySpeak? Can You Name Some University Centers|Key Professionals |BIG Foundation Sponsors|Related Networked Nonprofits| and A Basic Timeline Since at least The Moynihan Report?” posts, and two days of updates to the first one. I have just about begun to dream in IRS-Form-990 and “copy and paste” from corporate filings mentality…after working, sometimes, a full day on a project.
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ADDENDUM — and some Rhetorical Questions:

<>Another situation locally (in Northern California)– and within the family court reform field generally– has come to my attention which demands a prompt response on this blog.

<>Meanwhile, in Minnesota – for coverage of the latest mother convicted for felony parental interference (and only avoided jail on the spot because a contingent of supporters was in the courtroom and bail was raised — prior bail had been $1 million, outrageously) in Minnesota — see “Red Herring Alert” posts on the Grazzini/Rucki case.  Sometimes I comment on those posts.

Disclaimer: I am following this case and blog (and related organizations/movements in Minnesota) for particular reasons, and referring to it is not a statement of agreement with any political discussions which may occur there separately, or all sites it refers to.  Which is my way of saying, I’m not a Focus-on-the-Family, or in any other way, right-wing Republican, nor do I like what many organizations who are, tend to do, organizationally.  I see progressive organizations (such as “JustGive, Inc. or CFFPP!) doing their own brand of the similar things, and I keep (stubbornly? foolishly?) hoping that enough of people might so see through it, that they start teaching others to track the nonprofits involved on their OWN side of any cause, so as to make good choice for “with whom to hang out on-line.”

Are mothers protesting violence and threats against their children (to the tune of continuing claims “false allegations!”) or in the presence of their children, REALLY “violent extremists” who need to be “countered” with threats of jail, jail, or bankruptcy through ongoing litigation, defamation in the press and in court, and complete destruction of any normalcy???

Should also anyone who offers solace, social/psychological/physical support to any mother whom the state or the local family court bureaucracy/officials have determined should be “taken down” (USA-style), be subjected to the same punishment, including felony charges as these “dangerous,” dissenting from violence against themselves and their children mothers?  Does the concept “civil disobedience” if necessary to preserve life and prevent injury NEVER apply to unmarried, or divorcing/divorced mothers? Not that this necessarily was —

In the Grazzini/Rucki case, parental interference DID take place, but an affirmative defense towards it in the state law (link posted recently over there) existed.

Meanwhile — although I did not go this route and do not recommend it — three other involved adults (and one of the Red Herring Alert bloggers) are themselves facing felony charges for felony parental interference.  I instead made a point of obeying the family court orders to the letter of the law, and look where that has gotten me, and both my children, to date, when the other side wasn’t of the same “proclivity” and law enforcement (as to existing court orders) just wasn’t interested — and in a system for which fatherhood.gov (HMRF funding) and access/visitation grants were created to produce exactly the type of outcomes they are indeed producing….

One reason some of these programs (Strong Cities and its “International Visitor Leadership Program” skipping across oceans and this continent to learn “CVE” techniques from local “practitioners”) is so no one has to, really, deal directly with feedback IN THE USA from “the common man” (and woman)” on whom these techniques are developed and refined, or look them in the eyes.

 

//LGH, post intro updated & clarified July 30, 2016.

Today’s, July 29, 2016’s, Wall Street Journal, Print Version, page A8, under “World News” — in additon to the front page, has an entire page on terrorism, lead article with photo:  “Merkel Stands Ground on Refugee Policy : German leader rejects calls to close border after Islamist attacks by asylum seekers.” by Anton Troianovski and Ruth Bender, Berlin (print version has more people in the photo, with caption ….after Sunday’s suicide bombing in Ansbach.”

There are plenty of maps of migrant movements available on-line.  One: Mapping the Syrian Refugee Crisis Across Europe in Pictures (Sept. 2015, in “Wired.UK”), Sept. 11, 2015 by Katie Collins:

…There’s no doubt, however, that Germany has been leading the way when it comes to taking in asylum seekers — it is estimated the country will take in 800,000 refugees this year, and unlike many countries it is welcoming them with relatively, if not universally open arms. A map published by Germany’s Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development showing population decline across Europe goes some way to suggesting why this might be.

Both the Independent and the Washington Post point out that Germany has an economic motive for accepting new arrivals, given that the country’s population is slowly declining and also ageing. Germany’s Federal Statistical Office predicts that by 2060 only half the population will be of working age and tone in eight will be 80 or over. The overall population will likely have shrunk from 81 million from 68 to 73 million.

While many Germans may be welcoming refugees as a matter of principle, the reality of the situation is also that the country is lacking skilled workers and stands to benefit economically from welcoming newcomers, many of whom are young and educated. This is in contrast to the UK, which already has one of Europe’s most diverse populations and is set to become the continent’s most populous countries by 2060 due to fertility and immigration rates.

Another: this amazing map (interactive) from “Lucify.com/The Flow Toward Europe” takes a while to load.  I put my cursor over the top-left “menu” to get the regional (Europe, North Africa, MiddleEast and some others) to load.  It shows moving indicators throughout the region until you cursor over any single country (for example, Syria, Turkey, or any other) at which point the labels and (as you watch) numbers start moving.  Data based on the UN sources, it says.  Instructions:

The map below shows the flow of asylum seekers toEuropean countries over time.

Each moving point on the map represents 25 people. That corresponds to approximately one busload with every other seat taken… Hover over countries to show details. Click on a country to lock the selection. The counts shown on hover represent the number of people who have left or arrived in a country since 2012.

The line chart displays the total rate of asylum seekers over time. Hover over the chart to move the map in time.

 

Munich, Nice . .. other places recently….

A map, for visual reference — I know many people (myself included) can get geography-blind on relative size or even locations of these influential countries.  For some reminders…(with Germany obviously not even shown on the top left, above France…).

TURKEY, SYRIA, IRAQ, IRAN,AFGHANISTAN, etc.

By Iakovos Aldhadeff 11/19/2015:  “A New Role for Russia in Syria?”

A very nice article from the Wall Street Journal, about Russia’s new role in Syria, titled “U.S. Eyes Russia-Iran Split in Bid to End Syria Conflict”, November 2015. According to the article, after the Paris terrorist attacks of November 2015, there is an increasing pressure on the United States and Europe to cooperate with Russia in Syria against the Islamic State and ISIS. France is very active in diplomatically pushing for a coalition between France, United States and Russia against ISIS in Syria. (Further down on article)…

“U.S. Eyes Russia-Iran Split in Bid to End Syria Conflict”, November 2015. http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-eyes-russia-iran-split-in-bid-to-end-syria-conflict-1447895357Map 5 Oil (black) and Natual Gas (red) Fields. [in the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea Basins] (Legend reads “(black) OilField, (brown) Giant Oil Field and (red), Major Gas Fields)..

From wordpress blog “Ikal.files.wordpress.com/2015/11… Iakodos Aldaheff, posting.


Wall Street Journal, Friday July 29, 2016, cont’d…

Other articles on the same topic fill the rest of that same 7/29/2016 WSJ page A8, and similar titled articles (some dated Spring 2015, some fall 2015 re: Merkel’s stand) the search results:  “Lapse Hindered Hunt for Church Attacker” …” French Media Balk at Showing Terrorists in Media ” …”and at the bottom, labeled “ANALYSIS” by Julian E Barnes in Brussels and Benoit Faucon in London, “Threat to Europe from Islamic State takes varied forms.” with call-out under the photo:  “FBI Chief Says Defeated Extremists Could Flee to U.S.”

(citing an on-line 7/28 article, link as above:):

FBI’s Comey Warns ISIS Fighters Could Spread to U.S., Western Europe If Defeated in Middle East ‘Greater than any diaspora we’ve seen before,’ director says of possible outcome

By NICOLE HONG July 28, 2016 5:47 p.m. ET 73 COMMENTS**
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey warned of a potential consequence of a future Islamic State defeat in the Middle East: a migration of the group’s fighters to Western Europe and the U.S.

In a speech at Fordham University on Wednesday, Mr. Comey said counterterrorism officials are focused on the prospect of hundreds of Islamic State fighters surviving the battlefield and flowing into Western Europe to commit attacks like the recent ones in Brussels and Paris. The ease of travel would also make the U.S. vulnerable to this threat, he said.

“This is an order of magnitude greater than any diaspora we’ve seen before,” Mr. Comey said. “A lot of terrorists fled out of Afghanistan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is 10 times that or more.”

Mr. Comey said violence inspired and directed by Islamic State is the greatest current threat to the physical safety of Americans. Trying to stop such attacks is even harder than finding a needle in a haystack, he said.

“We have to figure out which pieces of hay may become a needle because there are troubled people consuming that propaganda all over the world,” he said.

**Most comments critical or sarcastic.  One said, “Good thing we didn’t attack the Nazi’s in Europe or they might have all come over here..” ..


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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 ”

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Re-Organizing The World through International Institutes, Strategies, Dialogues, Peacemaking and Programs Targeting Fragile Families, Communities — and Countries…

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Related posts:UNESCO’s IIP@Rutgers|”Partners” + ISD and the Strong Cities Network (Reorganizing the World through International Strategic Institutes, cont’d.) (next in this sequence, about to be published) and, because “Munich” happened meanwhile, “Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World] also upcoming)

Also, a shortlink (if you copy the url) to THIS post: ‘“Re-Organizing” The World through International Institutes, Strategies, Dialogues, Peacemaking and Programs Targeting Fragile Families, Communities — and Countries...

“Tags” were copied between posts, there is some overlap and some tags may actually be referring to the next one in the sequence, here, of three. As of first “Publish” this post is 9,300 words. It may [and did] change after publication.


I hope you enjoy this informational, conversational post which comes from a systematic lookup of “Partners” link at a single university website combined with my awareness of similar related activity.  Read the “tags” for a generic idea of just a few organizations using the words shown in the post title.  The post has undergone a few changes (significant, and to a middle section) in the two days after it was published on 7/22/2016 and is currently about 12,000 words.  I expanded some on “MDRC” and because of its tax return reference to “Atlantic Philanthropies” which I already knew had been registered outside of the US for anonymity purposes, and which wealth was based on marketing duty-free products internationally, to military and tourists to start with, it got longer.

In the process of not shutting up or stopping “just one more” lookup, I discovered that the Atlantic Philanthropies which provided MDRC a $7M matching grant in 1999 (not long after it was forced into the public when one partner of the underlying company “DFS” (Duty Free Shops, I guess) decided to sell it for around $3.8B, and the other partner protested via lawsuit,  resulting in a pre-emptive disclosure to the public of who — and where–  it was.

It announced in 2002 it would be winding down (distributing everything), and I learned that, announced this past May, 2016,  the two final largest grants totaling around $200M would BOTH go to British institutions — one of them which exactly matches this post title:  “International Institute on Inequalities” at the London School of Economics (and the other to the Rhodes Trust to set up scholarships — see Fulbright, Rhodes famous scholarships — under the Atlantic Philanthropies name).  This Institute was only launched in 2015.

Another major sponsor of the same institute was the well-known (in the UK) “Leverhulme Trust” (since about 1925), with the underlying corporate wealth behind it (Lever Brothers, later Unilever) involving a Lordship who made his initial fortune in SOAP on the backs of Congolese laborers, in part from a close friendship with the King of Belgium (per Wiki, anyhow).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lever,_1st_Viscount_Leverhulme  (1851-1925).

A 2014 book by David Hollett (Amazon.com link) “The Dark Side of Sunlight – The Story of King Leopold, Lord Leverhulme and the Congo.”  Abstract:

With a great deal of political manoeuvring, and the able assistance of the famous explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, in 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium founded the Congo ‘Free’ State. However, this was not as a Belgian colony, but as his own private domain which extended to 905,000 square miles of Central Africa. Leopold then set up a system of forced labour under which millions suffered and died due to brutal treatment, exhaustion, hunger or disease. Eventually, in 1908, the Belgian government took control of the Congo away from Leopold and the worst excesses of his despotic rule came to an end. However the forced labour system established by Leopold remained largely in place. It is against this historical background that Lever Brothers, the soap manufacturers of Port Sunlight, became significantly involved in the affairs of the Congo. In 1911 the Belgian Government offered the company land “Concessions” to develop as oil palm plantations. A decade later William Hesketh Lever was controlling vast palm plantations, oil mills and a fleet of 74 steam vessels on the Congo River. In 1930 the firm was employing no less than 28,000 Congolese workers. The rise and rise of Lever Brothers wealth and good fortune was to continue, throughout the Congo and West Africa in general

A 1987 article in The New Internationalist is interesting reading on how the US fits in (what other brands were bought up, the UAC (United Africa Company) and more:

Today Unilever is one of the world’s largest corporations, employing
300,000 people and spanning 75 countries – with pre-tax profits in
1986 of $1.8 billion. This is the story from its humble beginnings

Three other things I noticed from Wiki on William Hesketh Lever — his involvement in freemasonry (founding lodges), and his practice of “monopoly”, as learned, it says, from the Rockefellers, it’s said, and with this wealth, buying up Villages or setting up model villages with which better to control (intrusively) the workforce.  If THAT doesn’t remind you of current situations in the USA, urban areas and welfare policies, you are simply asleep!  “PORT SUNLIGHT” (the brand was “Sunlight Soap”)

In 1887, Lever looking to expand his business, lought 56 acres (230,000 m2) of land on the Wirral in Cheshire between the River Mersey and the railway line at Bebington. This site became Port Sunlight where he built his works and a model village to house its employees. From 1888, Port Sunlight village offered decent living conditions in the belief that good housing would ensure a healthy and happy workforce. The community was designed to house and support the workers. Life in Port Sunlight included intrusive rules and implied mandatory participation in activities. The tied cottages meant that a worker losing his or her job could be almost simultaneously evicted.[15]Even workers’ social lives were policed from the head office. W.H Lever stated “a good workman may have a wife of objectionable habits, or may have objectionable habits himself, which make it undesirable for us to have him in the village.”[16]

REMINDER — my only connection of the above info. to this post comes by way of a look at NY-based “MDRC:  Knowledge to Improve Social Policy”‘ involvement with Atlantic Philanthropies; the interesting history of Atlantic Philanthropies and its (first-generation US from Ireland) Chuck Feeney, and in that Mr. Feeney felt the International Institute for Inequalities at the London School of Economics, was worth a big chunk of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ final distributions, this Leverhulme Trust also agreed. In the US, the MDRC, studying the poor, is still maintaining $56M of investments, while taking $41M in government grants — I’d say something is “off-kilter” in that scenario.

Which all just goes to show why many philanthropies all around the world had BETTER make a good show of caring about the poor, given what they’ve done to perpetuate inequalities worldwide and maintain riches by avoiding taxation in the first place.

http://iip.rutgers.edu

The International Institute for Peace (IIP) at Rutgers University, Newark is a UNESCO Category II organization dedicated to peacebuilding, conflict transformation through nonviolent struggle, and the promotion of peace education and a culture of peace. The IIP builds partnerships locally and globally by working with grassroots organizations, youth leaders, activists, journalists, educators and researchers to promote peacebuilding, nonviolent conflict transformation, and just and sustainable peace. The IIP promotes research on issues of peace and conflict as well as education about peacebuilding and nonviolent struggle.


IF there was a genuine intent to relieve poverty within the US first, instead of restructure the world according to some private visions (and saving women overseas while attacking women, as women, in the United States, is a pretty sorry state of affairs indeed), it would not be done this way.

How did that Rutgers Institute come up?  Well, I was just thinking about what, really, is the purpose of all these diversions FROM the poor into instead STUDYING them.  I have begun to get answers on that (through my study of widely-dispersed nonprofits) over time. I’m no longer just suggesting, I will be showing, from the various centers and institutes’ own description, and comparison across similar (or, networked) ones.

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