Op/Ed: George Soros by Richard Poe

By Shadow Party author Richard Poe


 

            In a series of investigative reports this week, Glenn Beck has been analyzing the five-point strategy by which George Soros and his Open Society Institute have destabilized and overturned governments in several countries, including Yugoslovia in 2000, Georgia in 2003 and Ukraine, in the so-called “Orange Revolution” of 2004.  Compelling evidence indicates that Soros may have employed a similar strategy in Kenya, but with far more gruesome results.

Following Kenya’s disputed elections of December 2007, activists funded by Soros’ Open Society Institute demanded that the election be overturned.  The country erupted into violence, leaving more than 1,100 people dead and some 350,000 homeless.  Thousands were injured, tortured, mutilated and raped.

In his five-point regime-change strategy, Soros, 1) infiltrates countries with his operatives, under the cover of humanitarian aid; 2) takes control of the air waves by creating “independent media” under his own control; 3) destabilizes the targeted country with financial manipulations and political agitation, 4) waits for an election, then disrupts it with charges of voter fraud, then; 5) takes the streets with armies of activist youth whom Soros has recruited, trained and funded, all demanding that the incumbent step down.  The formula often works.  In theory, it is supposed to produce a “bloodless” coup, in which few people are killed or harmed.  Things went tragically wrong in Kenya, however.

Soros began operations in Kenya in 2004.[1]  On June 1, 2005, he officially launched the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA), with headquarters in Nairobi, and a budget of $1.1 million.[2]  An overriding goal of the new East African initiative was “to promote public participation in democratic governance” and to “promote conditions for a free, fair, and nonviolent general election in Kenya in 2007,” according to official announcements.[3]

If indeed Soros wished to ensure a “free, fair and nonviolent” election for Kenya in 2007, he chose a curious way of going about it.  His Kenyan activists followed the familiar five steps.  As in previous operations, Soros began by mobilizing youth groups for political action and established what he called “independent media.”

His Youth Wake Up! campaign lured thousands of young people to all-day music events, which doubled as recruiting venues.  Through the Youth Wake Up! program, Kenyan youth were instructed in “nonviolent political activism.”[4] At the same time, Soros funded a youth radio station called Koch FM in Korogocho, “one of Nairobi’s largest and most violent slums,” as it was described in OSI’s 2005 annual report.  Koch FM intermingled music broadcasts with coaching on techniques of “political participation.”  The station’s signal was expected to reach over a million Nairobi slumdwellers.[5] 

As it happened, Nairobi slums, including Korogocho, became epicenters of

post-election violence in December 2007, as protesters battled riot police in

the streets.[6]

            The election of December 27, 2007 pitted challenger Raila Odinga against sitting president Mwai Kibaki.  Odinga led the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which was reportedly named after Victor Yushchenko’s “Orange Revolution” in the Ukraine.[7] The name is significant, since Yushchenko seized power through mass street demonstrations, after alleging voter fraud.  Was Odinga planning a similar move?

            In the December 2007 election, voting irregularities were reported on both sides.  Kibaki claimed a narrow victory in a questionable vote count, and Odinga contested the results.  Also contesting Kibaki’s victory was a coalition of Kenyan activist groups which would soon become known as Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice (KPTJ). KPTJ activist Shailja Patel later wrote, “Behind the scenes of KPTJ was civil society powerhouse, the Soros-funded Open Society Institute for East Africa.”  Patel writes:[8]

“Within hours, they [KPTJ] had released a statement which denounced the credibility of the electoral process… and appealed to the international community not to recognize Kibaki as president. … The [KPTJ] direct action team would meet daily, defying the government ban on public assembly, providing a public forum for Kenyans across all sectors and ethnicities to channel their outrage into activism.” [9]

            Unfortunately, many Kenyans chose to “channel their outrage” into horrific acts of violence.  Documents filed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) note that, “the attacks against the civilian population in Kenya were both widespread and systematic,” and were allegedly conducted “by members of organised groups associated with the main political parties”  including Kibaki’s PNU party and Odinga’s ODM party.  ICC documents state that, “Political leaders … allegedly recruited gangs of youths and transported them to strategic points to unleash terror, killing and destroying property belonging to [ethnic] communities aligned to the rival party.”  In a two-month period, an estimated 1,133 people were killed, and 3,561 injured.  Hundreds of women were raped, and hundreds of people tortured.  About 350,000 were driven from their homes.[10]

            The Soros-funded KPTJ denies any responsibility for the violence.  Still, the violence helped their cause.  The election was overturned.  International arbitrators negotiated a peace deal, in which Odinga now shares power with Kibaki.  Once more, a team of Soros-funded activists managed to stop an election in its tracks.  Once more, Soros altered a country’s destiny.  But this time, the price was high.  Whether intentionally or not, Soros’ Kenya operation cost many lives.

Last month, Soros donated $1 million to a leftwing activist group called Media Matters for America.  The money is to be used to muzzle Fox News, and, in particular, to silence talk show host Glenn Beck.  Soros says that he donated the money because “the incendiary rhetoric of Fox News may incite violence.”  Given what happened in Kenya, it is difficult to take Soros’ moralizing at face value.

Richard Poe is a freelance investigative journalist and a New York Times-bestselling author. His latest book is The Shadow Party, co-written with David Horowitz.


 


[1] Building Open Societies, Soros Foundations Network 2004 Annual Report (New York: Open Society Institute, 2005), page 87

http://www.soros.org/resources/articles_publications/publications/ar2004_20050718

[2] Building Open Societies: About OSI, Expenditures, Directory, and Credits, Soros Foundations Network 2005 Annual Report (New York: Open Society Institute, 2006), page 182

http://www.soros.org/resources/articles_publications/publications/annual_20060724

[3] “Open Society Institute Launches East Africa Initiative,” soros.org, 1 June 2005

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/osiea/news/announce_20050601

[4] Building Open Societies, Soros Foundations Network 2006 Annual Report (New York: Open Society Institute, 2007), page 12

http://www.soros.org/resources/articles_publications/publications/annual_20070731

[5] Building Open Societies, Soros Foundations Network 2006 Annual Report (New York: Open Society Institute, 2007), page 12

http://www.soros.org/resources/articles_publications/publications/annual_20070731

[6] Xan Rice and Haroon Siddique, “130 Killed in Kenyan Election Violence,” The Guardian (London), 31 December 2007

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/dec/31/kenya.haroonsiddique

[7] Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), page 95

[8] Shailja Patel, “How the Kenyan Left pulled Kenya back from the bring,” Pambazuka News, 29 January 2009

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/53668

[9] Shailja Patel, “How the Kenyan Left pulled Kenya back from the bring,” Pambazuka News, 29 January 2009

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/53668

[10] Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), Request for authorisation of an investigation pursuant to Article 15, ICC-01/09-3, November 26, 2009

http://www.icc-cpi.int/NR/exeres/90D5D0C1-0DEA-4428-BDB5-9CBCC7C9D590.htm

 

The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.