Poland blames Ukraine for running the Open Dialog Foundation

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Despite significant contributions of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the promotion of democracy and protection of civil rights and freedoms, there are frequent accusations of bias against human rights funds. Suspicions often relate to financing of these organizations which are receiving funds from oligarchic structures although they have adopted their statute of independent organizations. Very often their activities are even overseen and guided by governments and special services of various countries, as a result of which human rights organizations turn into illegal lobbying forces. Such partisan NGOs pose a particular threat to European democracy as they are speaking from the rostrum of various European parliaments, OSCE and the European Parliament. Acting dishonestly and illegally, they can mislead the EU institutions, misinform about what is going on in a given country, influence internal policies of those countries and even provoke conflicts in entire regions.

Currently, the activities of the Open Dialog Foundation chaired by the Ukrainian citizen Lyudmyla Kozlovska have ignited a controversy among representatives of European political elite. Several countries criticize the Foundation for interfering in their domestic affairs. For instance, the authorities of Kazakhstan consider that the Foundation has repeatedly carried out events with the participation of Kazakh opposition, getting money from the disgraced banker, Mukhtar Ablyazov, with the aim to mount a coup. Moldova's authorities are also dissatisfied with the Foundation's activities as they think this organization is involved in illegal financing of local political parties. They also accuse the Foundation of collaborating with oligarchs and endangering national sovereignty and security. Recent conflict of the Open Dialog Foundation with the authorities of Poland has had grave legal consequences for Mrs. Kozlovska. Last summer, the Foundation's representatives, especially Kozlovska's Polish husband Bartosz Kramek, posted on social media platforms calls for political disturbances in Poland, and was agitating for protest actions against the infamous judiciary reform. In the end, in August Kozlovska was deported from the EU. And although the Foundation has viewed the Warsaw's actions as politically motivated acts, the Polish side raised specific accusations against Lyudmyla Kozlovska. Poland considers that together with the Foundation's failure to observe the law, political activity of the Open Dialog Foundation strangely coincided with discussion and adoption of amendments to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance criminalizing propaganda of Ukrainian nationalism and negation of crimes committed against Poles during the 1943 Volhynia massacre. The extreme displeasure of Kiev at adopting these amendments has led to attempts of Kozlovska and Kramek to destabilize the political situation in Polish cities in 2017 and in 2018 upon direct instructions of Ukrainian special services.

Such accusations against the Open Dialog Foundation force us to take a new look at the activities of the organization actively dealing with the EU and Ukraine's neighbors. Meanwhile, there is no reaction from the Foundation to any of these accusations. As was with the claims by Moldova and Kazakhstan, the Open Dialog Foundation responded to claims of the Polish side concerning the Foundation's activities in the interests of Ukrainian special services only by refuting them.



Undoubtedly, the Foundation's response cannot be regarded as sufficient explanation given the scandalous situation surrounding its activity. Moreover, Kozlovska's organization can really organize mass protests because of its practical experience gained from Kiev's EuroMaidan revolution. Also until recently, the Foundation has had a license to trade in munitions. European structures, for their part, need to know how transparent activities of such organizations are for them as even according to reports of the Open Dialog Foundation, they prepare recommendations on ensuring compliance with democratic procedures to Poland and Moldova. Currently, the flimsy justifications given by Lyudmyla Kozlovska and her colleagues only give credence to the Foundation's accusations in collaboration with Ukrainian special services and its subversive activity in Poland, apparently, in revenge for the Act adopted by the Sejm and directed against ideology of Ukrainian ideologists. And in the near future, with regard to the situation of providing new evidence by Poles, the Open Dialog Foundation may lose its credibility among human rights organizations, and Kiev will have to bear responsibility for its interference in internal political affairs of Poland.
 
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There is not one major NGO in the world today that isn't a CIA front! A little searching, I'm sure will reveal the same thing about this one. The important issue here is that the story serves as one more indicator of how the application of ethno-nationalist-fascist groups within different nations of the Soviet Union are really blowing up in our time! While independent Ukraine goes on about their historical grievances, Poland has its own, which include Nazi collaborators in WWII and the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Poles from the southern Poland/western Ukraine region. During their period of independence....in between the world wars, Poland and Ukraine fought for control of this region....Ukrainian farmers were forced out....Polish farmers encouraged to move in...and some time starting during WWII Ukrainian Nazi allies took the opportunity to seize control back from Poland and ethnically cleanse the region....and sure as shit, once Soviet oppression ...which took a dim view towards inter-ethnic rivalries ended, they're back at it again, with their own, competing versions of fascism crafted along ethnic identities!
 
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There is not one major NGO in the world today that isn't a CIA front! A little searching, I'm sure will reveal the same thing about this one. The important issue here is that the story serves as one more indicator of how the application of ethno-nationalist-fascist groups within different nations of the Soviet Union are really blowing up in our time! While independent Ukraine goes on about their historical grievances, Poland has its own, which include Nazi collaborators in WWII and the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Poles from the southern Poland/western Ukraine region. During their period of independence....in between the world wars, Poland and Ukraine fought for control of this region....Ukrainian farmers were forced out....Polish farmers encouraged to move in...and some time starting during WWII Ukrainian Nazi allies took the opportunity to seize control back from Poland and ethnically cleanse the region....and sure as shit, once Soviet oppression ...which took a dim view towards inter-ethnic rivalries ended, they're back at it again, with their own, competing versions of fascism crafted along ethnic identities!
You spew a lot of absolute crap but your first sentence here is the absolute winner. My son-in-law is operations manager for an NGO and a good friend has worked for one for about 15 years now. Neither of them have an iota of political activity or influence. And they are both major.
 
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This, folks, is how the Russians work to destabilize the US and other countries on a very low budget. Yes, even hitting small forums like DTT.

Every one of the countries named - Poland, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine, with special disparaging attention on Ukraine and the Maidan Revolution - tips the hand of this Russian troll, because Putin wants to increase Russia influence in each of them.
 
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You spew a lot of absolute crap but your first sentence here is the absolute winner. My son-in-law is operations manager for an NGO and a good friend has worked for one for about 15 years now. Neither of them have an iota of political activity or influence. And they are both major.
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How the CIA Operates Through Non-Governmental Agencies

Everyone knows that the CIA funds various covert operations throughout the world. They do this through various front organizations including known CIA operations groups which funnel funds to “various non-governmental agencies” (NGOs) which then use those funds to achieve objectives both foreign and domestic. There is a tremendous history of this funneling to quasi-private organizations … but it’s also interesting how overt some of it is. Much of how the CIA operates has bubbled up due to failures and successes around the world in countries like Venezuela, Egypt, Pakistan and thanks to some American whistle-blowers.​
The #1 thing you have to understand about this…all of this taxpayer money (your money) that is being spent to further geopolitical and corporate goals is not just money spent to overthrow foreign governments…a good amount of that money is being spent to influence the hearts and minds in America too.​
America is a case study of how to successfully let the tail wag the dog; there are a LOT of journalists, editors and influential people on the take (propaganda assets). And they’re is always a concerted effort to punish those of us who share any semblance of truth.​
The video below is an investigative report by the great Mike Wallace in 1967 exposing how the CIA used NGO’s over the 50?s and 60?s. The investigation took place 45 years ago but that doesn’t make it any less relevant to today. The explanation of how the CIA operates begins at 5:23…​

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

What's especially shocking is that this 60 Minutes expose on the CIA was being played on CBS by the network's flagship newsmagazine program! Try to imagine anything like this being shown on network TV....it would be relegated to the dark corners of the internet....the ones that our protectors from "fake news" are trying to erase altogether, so we won't be disturbed by seeing what's behind the curtain!

Here is just a small list of various NGOs that are either known or are broadly accepted as CIA front operations. These organizations funnel money directly from their budget into various unknown and foundations, humanitarian groups, and private companies to further CIA priorities:​
  • National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
    • National Endowment for Democracy
      • Freedom House
      • Millennium Challenge Corporation
      • International Center for Journalists
      • Center for International Private Enterprise
      • USAID
National Endowment for Democracy
The NY Times writes about the National Endowment for Democracy:​
The National Endowment for Democracy is a quasi-governmental foundation created by the Reagan Administration in 1983 to channel millions of Federal dollars into anti-Communist ”private diplomacy.” Its bylaws require ”openness” and ”public accountability” in its stewardship of millions of dollars a year in taxpayer funds, which are distributed to labor, business, education and other groups and organizations overseas to promote democratic ideas. Today, however, for the second time in its brief existence, the endowment finds itself in trouble with Congress. Some of its ”private diplomacy,” it turns out, has been more than private; it has been secret.​
And the NED is still around; you can see their website HERE. Reagan created it. A former CIA case officer – Philip Agee – explains how the money moves from the NED through various conduits to influence international affairs – video HERE.​
The NED website lists their mission as:​
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundationdedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, with funding from the US Congress, NED supports more than 1,000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.​
cont. at How the CIA Operates Through Non-Governmental Agencies