Dopo Russia, Cina, India ed Ungheria, a forte richiesta della società civile anche la Polonia si appresta a rinunciare all’onore di ospitare le ong di Mr Soros, che tanto si danno da fare a finanziare perl rovesciare i legittimi governi che le hanno accolte, ed a trasformare i cittadini in atei attivi, nonché, ovviamente, in sessualmente pervertiti.
«Poland’s Law and Justice government wants to clean up the country’s civic sector, but NGOs fear a crackdown is coming»
«Prime minister Beata Szydlo has announced the opening of a “national centre for the development of civic society,” which will set priorities and oversee the financing of charities by public means»
«The government has already prepared a bill, which has not yet been published on the parliament’s website. Authorities said they would consult the text with NGOs»
«Szydlo told reporters last week that a reform was needed because “billions of zlotys… go to foundations which are subordinate to the politics of previous ruling regimes»
«Ordo Iuris is a religious fundamentalist think tank which recently tried to push through a blanket ban on safe and legal abortions»
«NGOs are also under pressure as Poland’s public broadcasters …. have been staging a defamation campaign to portray them as acting against Polish interests»
«accusing the groups of wanting to flood Europe with Muslim refugees and transform “Christian” nations into multicultural stews of left-wing globalism»
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«Soros has publicly stated he does not believe in God»
«Many who worked for him said they think he believes he is a god with the right to reshape the world in his image»
«The Polish government wants to stop the distribution of Norwegian money flowing into Poland coming from Soros’ funded Batory Foundation, which manages over 800 million euros with a target of overthrowing the Polish government by 2020»
«Since 2014, the Batory Foundation has distributed some 130 million zlotys (around 31.7 million euros) to various associations and organizations within Poland to change the government.»
«this includes organizations for the promotion of “parliamentary democracy”, but only if it agrees with Soros’ agenda»
«Soros is trying to defeat Catholic values in Poland which are supported by the population and government»
«The situation escalated as the EU reelected Poland’s Donald Tusk against Poland’s.»
Poland’s Law and Justice government wants to clean up the country’s civic sector, but NGOs fear a crackdown is coming.
Prime minister Beata Szydlo has announced the opening of a “national centre for the development of civic society,” which will set priorities and oversee the financing of charities by public means.
The government has already prepared a bill, which has not yet been published on the parliament’s website. Authorities said they would consult the text with NGOs, who say they are still waiting for the opportunity.
According to a leaked draft, however, the centre will administer all public funding going to civil society. It will open its doors early next year, with Szydlo to appoint the director.
Szydlo told reporters last week that a reform was needed because “billions of zlotys… go to foundations which are subordinate to the politics of previous ruling regimes.” She didn’t specify to whom she was referring.
Ewa Kulik-Bielinska, a leading human rights campaigner, told EUobserver that the reform was likely a pretext to transfer public money to pro-government groups.
“Law and Justice lost power in 2007 because they hadn’t realised the value of media and NGOs. In the decade since, they have been building up an alternative civil society, which helped them to power,” said Kulik-Bielinska, who directs the Warsaw-based Stefan Batory Foundation, named after a 16th-century king of Poland.
She said the government was subverting civic society through sponsoring their own organisations and presenting them as representative of society at large.
“One could say that organisations such as Solidarni 2010 or Ordo Iuris are civil society, because they engage many people in their actions. But they aren’t civic in terms of values,” Kulik-Bielinska said.
Solidarni 2010 promotes conspiracies around the 2010 aeroplane crash that killed then-president Lech Kaczynski and a hundred other well-known figures. The association has a side project for monitoring elections, but only contests the ones that PiS loses.
Ordo Iuris is a religious fundamentalist think tank which recently tried to push through a blanket ban on safe and legal abortions. Its chairman, Aleksander Stepkowski, was deputy foreign minister in the PiS government until August.
“Democracy consists of being open to others; allowing for differing opinions,” Kulik-Bielinska added.
She said the government will likely put pressure on their counterparts in Norway, one of the largest donors to civic life in Poland.
Oslo and Warsaw are currently negotiating an €809 million scheme for initiatives aiming to reduce social and economic disparities in Poland.
Batory has played a key role in previous rounds of the cooperation, administering a €37 million fund allotted to Poland for 2009-2014.
Kulik-Bielinska fears the government will try to use the opportunity to try and hijack the Norway grants for their own agenda.
“The Norway grants are a problem, because a lot of money is at stake, and it’s going to ‘wrong’ priorities,” she said.
Some of the money goes to watchdog activities and projects against discrimination and hate crime, which has been deemed special priorities for Poland.
“These funds are crucial. Almost nobody else is funding such initiatives in Poland,” Kulik-Bielinska said.
Norway’s mission to the EU told EUobserver the next operator “will be selected by an open tender process”.
It said the administering body will have to be “independent of government, have regranting experience and knowledge of the sector.”
But in the end, Norway will have to seek approval for its choice of administrating body with the Polish government, which will likely want the role to be filled by its national centre.
BUDAPEST — Emboldened by encouraging signals from the Trump administration, populist leaders across Central and Eastern Europe are mounting simultaneous crackdowns on nongovernmental organizations, once protected by Washington, that promote open government, aid refugees and often serve as checks on authoritarian governments.
In Hungary, where the movement has reached a fever pitch, supporters of Prime Minister Viktor Orban are vilifying “foreign-funded” N.G.O.s — especially those succored by George Soros, the liberal American billionaire — and accusing the groups of wanting to flood Europe with Muslim refugees and transform “Christian” nations into multicultural stews of left-wing globalism. Earlier this week, Zoltan Kovacs, Mr. Orban’s chief international spokesman, described the organizations as “foreign agents financed by foreign money.”
Macedonia’s former autocratic prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, has called for a “de-Sorosization” of society, labeling opponents “Soros-oids” and inspiring a “Stop Operation Soros” movement in January. Poland’s governing party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, says Soros-funded groups want “societies without identity,” and backs fresh efforts to regulate them. In Romania, where hundreds of thousands of anticorruption protesters took to the streets in recent weeks, the leader of the governing party charged that Mr. Soros “financed evil” and has vowed to defeat him. Similar efforts have begun or accelerated in Serbia, Slovakia and Bulgaria since Mr. Trump’s victory.
“These organizations must be pushed back with all available tools,” Szilard Nemeth, vice chairman of Hungary’s governing Fidesz party, told journalists. “I think they must be swept out, and now I believe the international conditions are right for this with the election of a new president.”
For more than a half-century, as Europe first struggled from the ashes of World War II and then shrugged off its Soviet shackles, American-backed nongovernmental organizations have been active across Europe, often called upon to explain the West’s style of democratic capitalism to people who have known neither. Their presence often annoyed the Continent’s more authoritarian-minded leaders, who regard many of the groups to be irritants at best, and threats at worst.
Traditionally, United States administrations of both parties have promoted the spread of democracy and stubbornly defended these advocacy groups. But Mr. Trump has said he will not press America’s political system on other countries and has embraced some of Europe’s far-right leaders. He also has criticized the European Union and made disparaging remarks about some democratic principles — including his frequent criticism of the news media.
For populist leaders like Mr. Orban, who has steadily steered Hungary toward so-called illiberal democracy, this new tone from the White House is regarded as a major opportunity.
“They see it as a historical moment,” said Jozsef Peter Martin, executive director of Transparency International’s Hungary branch. “The geopolitical situation has changed.”
For years, populist and authoritarian governments have been targeting “foreign-funded” organizations in many parts of the world, from China to India, and especially in Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia. Similar talk was common in Central and Eastern Europe, but now governments in Hungary and elsewhere are pushing beyond political speeches to propose legislation.
“Orban has talked about the Trump era being a new international opportunity for Hungary,” said Marta Pardavi, co-founder of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, which gets about 30 percent of its funding from Soros-backed foundations. “He said it was a gift to us.”
Gergely Gulyas, a vice president of Hungary’s governing party, agreed that Mr. Trump’s victory had created a geopolitical climate more attractive to Hungary’s current leaders, but he cautioned against seeing that as the decisive reason for the crackdown.
“I think we would have done this even if Hillary Clinton had won,” he said.
He and other supporters of the Hungarian government say the outcry by civil society is a vast overreaction to what is simply a common-sense attempt to force the organizations to be more “transparent” — effectively turning the language of the advocacy groups against them.
In Hungary, governing party officials first began criticizing foreign-funded N.G.O.s in 2013. The following year, state investigators targeted organizations that received money from the Norway Grants, which the Scandinavian nation uses to promote social and economic equality in the formerly communist East. Agents raided the Budapest offices of three organizations and demanded documentation from dozens of others. But the investigators’ final report, released last fall, found no serious infringements of Hungarian law, and no charges were leveled.
But shortly after Mr. Trump’s election, Fidesz leaders immediately renewed their attacks on “foreign-funded” N.G.O.s, as the new villains were groups sponsored by Mr. Soros, while also proposing new legislative restrictions. Fidesz officials have not unveiled their proposals but say they intend to create a registry of such organizations and force them to disclose their financial details. Some officials have proposed forcing local N.G.O. leaders to disclose their personal finances.
“It is only about transparency,” Mr. Gulyas said. “This is a debate that is taking place around the world. An important debate about the future of democracy.”
But advocacy groups say it is more about harassment and intimidation. Stefania Kapronczay, executive director of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, which gets over half its funding from Soros-backed organizations, said Hungarian officials were “testing the waters” to see “what they can get away with.” New restrictions would have a “chilling effect,” she said.
“Some small N.G.O.s just quit,” she said. “The willingness of people to cooperate with us decreases.”
Born in Budapest in 1930, Mr. Soros and his Jewish family survived the Nazi occupation with false identity papers. He eventually became a Wall Street financier and ultimately made billions through his own hedge fund, Soros Fund Management. He established the Open Society Foundations as an umbrella group for his philanthropy and has given more than $12 billion to date. His philanthropic work promotes democracy, government accountability and freedom of expression — and, he has said, is driven by his memories of life under the Nazis.
“You couldn’t come up with a better enemy figure today,” said Jan Orlovsky, director of the Slovak branch of the Open Society Foundations. “George Soros brings up all of the stereotypes we have lived with all our lives — about Jews, bankers and, in Slovakia, also about Hungarians.”
Chris Stone, the president of the Open Society Foundations, described the governmental crackdowns as “a campaign by government leaders who are impatient with the institutions of democracy.”
Macedonia, struggling to form a new government in the debris of a two-year political crisis, has taken perhaps the most forceful anti-Soros stance. The Stop Operation Soros campaign pushes the idea that international pressure — from N.G.O.s and Western governments — forced the recent fall of the right-wing government of Mr. Gruevski, who hopes to return to power.
“We believe that, in these murky times, it is really important to take away the mask of the so-called civic organizations and to clearly reveal their political goals and actions, as well as their financing,” said Nenad Mirchevski, a founder of the movement.
In Poland, against a flare-up of anti-Soros statements, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said her government intended to create a new body to coordinate state funding for all nongovernmental organizations. In Slovakia, a far-right-wing party proposed forcing “foreign-funded” N.G.O.s to register with the government. That effort did not succeed, but that did little to slow the tide of anti-Soros speech.
“Demonic forces of evil, represented by Soros, the Clintons, the Bush family and others, have not come to terms with losing the election, so they keep attacking Trump and want to get rid of him,” said a recent article in Hlavne Spravy, a right-wing Slovak daily.
From the moment Romania’s nominally socialist party was returned to power in December, its populist leader, Liviu Dragnea, has pressed for more control over N.G.O.s. “I have something against Mr. Soros,” Mr. Dragnea said in a late January interview. In Bulgaria, both Mr. Soros and organizations that defend human rights have come under attack. A local newspaper, shortly after Mr. Trump’s victory, described Mr. Soros as a “liberal terrorist.” In Serbia, local right-wing and pro-Russian publications have linked Mr. Soros to the Rothschilds, highlighted his Jewishness and described his efforts as an “anti-Trump radical movement.”
“And we are only at the start of the story,” said Laszlo Majtenyi, director of the Eotvos Karoly Institute in Budapest, a Soros-founded organization, and a left-wing coalition candidate for president in April. Once the government has stigmatized the groups as “foreign-funded,” he said, future crackdowns will be easier.
And there is always the chance that authoritarian governments will feel emboldened enough to simply toss out the offending organizations.
“This is where European democratic values will be defended,” said Goran Buldioski, director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe. “In Hungary and Poland, not in Western Europe. Democracy is more than just the ballot box, and it is more than something that happens every four years.”
– Warsaw-based Batory Foundation fears it will lose financing
– Hungary already seeking to shut Soros-founded university
A Polish non-profit group financed by George Soros is bracing for government efforts to curb its work, the latest attack on the billionaire’s civil-society activities in eastern Europe.
The Warsaw-based Batory Foundation, responsible for distributing some of the 809.3 million euros ($882 million) Norway plans to give Poland by 2021 to reduce economic and social disparities, is afraid it will be starved of funding. Poland wants the chunk that’s earmarked for building civic society to be managed by a state-run entity, Deputy Prime Minster Piotr Glinski said last month. Norway requires the cash to be handed out by an independent body.
The move would mark a new assault on Soros in the region after the government in his birthplace of Hungary sought to shut down a university he finances in Budapest. Poland’s ruling party has clashed with the European Union over rule of law, with leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski repeatedly praising Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for pursuing his country’s interests inside the EU. Orban, whose nation has also gone after Norwegian grants, himself advocates “illiberal” democracy.
“Like in Hungary, there’s a plan to cut off public funding to organizations that the government doesn’t feel comfortable with and force them to curb or shut activity,” Batory Foundation Director Ewa Kulik-Bielinska told Bloomberg News this week by phone. “Like in other areas, the government is trying to divide society so non-governmental organizations that protect human rights are portrayed as enemies.”
No. 1 Beneficiary
Batory has been in charge of allocating the Norwegian funds since 2014, doling out more than 130 million zloty ($34 million) to 667 groups. They range from non-government organizations promoting democracy, gender equality and LGBT rights to church-linked charities. Since taking power in 2015, the Law & Justice party has sought to re-instill traditional Catholic values, some of which are at odds with policies of progressive groups.
In the run up to negotiations with Norway, Batory and several other NGO’s came under attack from the government-run public media for promoting “controversial projects,” a claim rejected by Kulik-Bielinska. In 2014, Hungary also clashed with Norway over how the oil-rich nation’s grants are distributed.
“Dozens of projects run by watchdog groups check on hospitals and courts, and their funding must be independent from the government to avoid the temptation of being politicized,” she said.
Poland is the biggest European recipient of Norwegian aid. The Nordic nation’s EU affairs minister, Frank Bakke Jensen, said time is needed reach an agreement that’s good for both parties. “The regulatory requirements are that fund operators in the recipient countries should have a good knowledge of the civil sector in the country, be independent of the authorities and have experience with fund distribution,” he told Bloomberg.
“Negotiations are ongoing at the civil-servant level, and we’re working to find solutions that are acceptable to both parties,” Norwegian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ane Lunde said.
It’s too early to discuss which institution will manage the cash, according to Polish Deputy Development Minister Pawel Chorazy. “Poland wants access to the civic-society funds to be broad-based, so potential beneficiaries from all areas of the country can participate,” he said by email.
The Polish government wants to stop the distribution of Norwegian money flowing into Poland coming from Soros’ funded Batory Foundation, which manages over 800 million euros with a target of overthrowing the Polish government by 2020. Since 2014, the Batory Foundation has distributed some 130 million zlotys (around 31.7 million euros) to various associations and organizations within Poland to change the government. According to Bloomberg, this includes organizations for the promotion of “parliamentary democracy”, but only if it agrees with Soros’ agenda.
Effectively, Soros is trying to defeat Catholic values in Poland which are supported by the population and government.
Norway is refusing to stop Soros’ agenda being implemented against Poland from inside Norway. Meanwhile, Poland and the head of the EU have been is a battle rejecting the EU policies on refugees and Brussel’s totalitarian position where he has even told Poland to accept the refugees or get out of the EU. The main concern is that the Polish government wants to determine its own future and security. The situation escalated as the EU reelected Poland’s Donald Tusk against Poland’s.
Poland should exit the EU and strike its own trade deal with the USA. Many US companies have established back-office operations there in Krakow including New York Banks. It is a very beautiful city on its own besides being a quiet place for back-office operations. I have enjoyed my travels there. Poland has well educated students, fluent in English, and they are free from the Euro. If Poland were to adopt the Euro, there are numerous companies that have expressed they would have to leave Poland or cease any further expansion under such conditions.
Soros has publicly stated he does not believe in God. Many who worked for him said they think he believes he is a god with the right to reshape the world in his image.
So have many throughout history and they are responsible for the murder of countless millions. Money does not give you the right to fund revolutions to recast the world in your image.