And Russia Makes Two Leashing NGOs

A while back, India made it possible to declare foreign NGOs as “not welcome” for meddeling in their internal affairs. Now Russia has joined the ranks too. Given that China has everyone under a thumb and on a tight leash, I’d count them in the club too, but so far it isn’t an explicit law (AFAIK).

India:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/govt-bans-direct-foreign-funding-of-ngos.html

GOVT BANS DIRECT FOREIGN FUNDING OF NGOS
Friday, 20 June 2014 | PNS | New Delhi

Voluntary organisations will now have to fulfil stringent regulatory norms and show compliance reports

The Centre has banned direct foreign funding to NGOs operating in India unless they fulfil stringent regulatory norms and show compliance reports. This is seen as the beginning of a process to block flow of foreign aid to NGOs, which, it perceives, are engaged in stalling developmental activities in the country. As per this exercise, the Centre has cracked down on NGO Greenpeace and placed on its radars thousands of other voluntary organisations receiving foreign aid.

Russia:

This link also plays some video of Russian military. Just to set the ambiance as Russia-Bad, NGO-Good…

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/24/europe/russia-bans-undesirable-ngos/index.html

Russia bans ‘undesirable’ NGOs, sparking international outcry

By Don Melvin, CNN
Updated 10:17 AM ET, Sun May 24, 2015

(CNN)Non-governmental organizations working in Russia awoke Sunday to a new reality — that they operate now under a law that allows the government to prosecute them on the grounds they are ‘undesirable.’

And those who work for such organizations could be sentenced to as much as six years in prison.
[…]

‘Threat to the constitutional order’

The law was passed earlier in the week by both houses of the Russian parliament. It says that a foreign non-governmental organization can be recognized as undesirable if it poses a threat to the constitutional order of the Russian Federation or to the country’s defense and security.

The “undesirable” designation can be made by the country’s prosecutor general or his deputies in consultation with the Foreign Ministry. The penalties — both civil and criminal — can be imposed if the organization continues to operate in Russia after having been so designated.

Golly. Imagine that. A country wanting to be able to defend their constitution against outside organizations… Oh, the shame! /sarc;

Frankly, I’d kind of like to see that sort of thing catching on. With everyone and their brother (who happens to have a few billion dollars and a megalomaniac predispostion to controlling others and destroying countries and currencies – Mr. Strong & Mr. Soros come to mind) setting up “foundations” to try to subvert governments responsibility to their people and shove their propaganda down our throats, I can see where being able to toss their butts out (or into jail if they don’t leave) would be a reasonable thing to do.

Now it does pain me just a little bit to be “on the same side” as Mr. Putin on something, but maybe just this once is OK…

‘Squeezing the very life out of Russian civil society’

Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director for Human Rights Watch, said the new law had “the potential to severely damage our work in Russia,” and was a cause for grave concern for all international groups operating in the country.

Nevertheless, she said she did not believe the law was aimed at international organizations like hers. Instead, she said, it was aimed at Russians who might cooperate with, or support, international organizations.

Folks may remember my tussling with just what the heck “civil society” means:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/is-there-an-un-civil-society/

But mostly it just seems to mean “Those giant NGOs funded by uberwealthy Progressive Socialist Left Wing-Nuts to do their bidding tax free” near as I can tell. There is a military society. There is a civilian society (that is everything not military). There is government. That kind of covers it.

At any rate, in my book, anything that causes “Civil Society NGOs” to get their panties in a wad can’t be all bad; since as far as I can tell they are all just money funnels used to push an agenda against the general will of the voters. But I could be wrong. I’ll keep looking until I find a Right Wing group that is thought to be part of “civil society”… ( I wonder if the Progressives would accept the NRA as “civil society”?…) But I digress…

A Trend? Related to Agenda 21 and AGW?

So I just have to wonder if “The Jig Is Up” on hidden manipulation via tax dodging NGOs and UN Proxy Agencies and some countries have started to realize these nice sounding folks are really out to destroy industrial societies, bring freedom to an end with “international law”, and generally try to herd everyone but them into an impoverished pen of diminished future?

To me, especially given the Indian poke at Greenpeace, it sure is starting to look that way.

So consider that China has always done whatever it wants, and if you don’t do what China wants, you get the boot. Period. So they don’t need a new law for this. Now add in India and you have the bulk of Middle / South Asia. Russia brings in the band of Asia from the Pacific to Poland in Europe.

Africa is generally such a mess it doesn’t really matter much to such things, but even there the Chinese money influence matters more than NGOs right now. The “near East” and Arabian areas are also just a mess with everything from Libya to Iran being basically a war zone. Global warming and NGOs likely not very important to folks there. South America is more “in flux”, but not a whole lot of relevant. They would like some free money if possible, but beyond that don’t have much skin in this game.

That just sort of leaves the EU and North America as the land of NGO influence buying, government parasitizing, and “3rd Way” money suckage out of governments and into Friends-Of-Government and Friends-Of-NGOs and Friends-Of-“Civil Society Groups” pockets.

And that just has me wondering if maybe we need such a law too. It would be nice to be able to do an “unwind” on the various money funnels used by Soros to arrange “policies” so he can make money off of shorting currencies. (He made his first $Billions shorting currencies of countries that were doing the socialism thing, while complaining about them doing it. I suspect that later he found it more profitable to encourage them to do it…)

It would also be nice to be able to curtail the funnel of $Millions of “charity” money into very non-charitable political activities, and also out of buying “science for political gain”.

The “Left” has made it a multi-billion dollar business to use “charities” for political purposes and to use NGOs for social engineering experiments. I find it curiously enjoyable to see a Billion or two people from about 1/2 of the globe land area saying “short leash”, and giving a tug.

Oh, and given who is doing most of the screaming, the Woman Scorned index says it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks…

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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5 Responses to And Russia Makes Two Leashing NGOs

  1. Wayne Job says:

    It would seem that the least politically correct nations have the balls to say ‘enough’ to the true believers. The fools that seem to think the world operates with magic fairies and pixie dust.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    At the very least any NGO that takes in more than a million dollars in funding a year should have very stringent reporting about how the funds are used with full disclosure of donors, and salaries. They currently are basically money laundering funnels which allow people with deep pockets to have far more influence on the policies than they should be able to have with essentially no public disclosure of their activity. After multimillion dollar donations pass through 4 or 5 “foundations” and “grant programs” it is almost impossible to figure out who is paying for what.

    Very little different than shell companies for tax evasion, and banking regulation avoidance.

  3. handjive says:

    Cheifio, this link might be of interest?

    China ‘to Hold Officials Accountable for Life for Environmental Problems’
    NDRC official says local leaders who fail to stop water and soil pollution cannot be promoted or hold other jobs
    http://english.caixin.com/2015-05-08/100807608.html

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Handjive: China reaches the 1970s….

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