By Eric Zuesse

Conservatives in America demonize George Soros for funding the Democratic Party and U.S.-imperialistic (or “neo-conservative”) international organizations, but he’s actually just a part of a network of around a thousand or so global aristocrats or billionaires who do this. Furthermore, within the individual U.S.-and-allied nations, the billionaires who fund all of the domestic political parties do the same thing in their own way; and, in the United States, a different billionaire, the conservative Charles Koch, is a mega-donor to Republican politicians and is demonized by Democratic Party voters much like Soros is demonized by America’s Republican Party voters. In fact, both Soros and Koch share similar views, deep down; and, so, a naive liberal commentator, Stephen Kinzer, headlined in the Boston Globe on 30 June 2019, “In an astonishing turn, George Soros and Charles Koch team up to end US ‘forever war’ policy”, and he announced the formation by those two billionaires of the “Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft,” an allegedly (but only fake) anti-neoconservative and pro-peace think tank. But that’s only theater, just more propaganda for the billionaires who are actually in control of U.S.-and-allied nations and ultimately responsible for America’s invasions and coups and attempted coups to conquer Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Russia, China, etc.

Neil Clark said, in the 2 June 2003 New Statesman, that “The Soros strategy for extending Pax Americana [actually: “Permanent War for Perpetual ‘Peace’”] differs from the Bush model, particularly in its subtlety. But it is just as ambitious and just as deadly. Left-liberals, admiring his support for some of their favourite issues such as gay rights and the legalisation of soft drugs, let him off lightly.” (They share in his guilt, but do so out of their ignorance that the system itself  is as evil as it actually is. Maybe they simply do not care about this bigger picture. But if that’s so, they are merely wallowing, not swimming, and therefore won’t make any real progress; their concern for progress is then only a pretense.)

An example will be provided here to show how these operations function.

On 18 October 2013, Sibel Edmonds headlined at her “Newsbud” site, “BFP Exposé: CIA-Obama-George Soros Coordinated Misinformation Campaign Targets Russia” and described and documented the association between George Soros and liberal U.S. media such as “Democracy Now!” and the Washington Post. She also mentioned there the International Crisis Group, which those and other U.S.-and-allied ‘news’-media frequently interview in order to provide ‘expertise’ to deceive their audiences to favor “regime-change” in nations that the billionaires want to add to their existing empire.

Also, an anonymous commentator, at Oil Empire dot com, headlines “Who is George Soros? The velvet glove around the fist of empire”, and he provides more than a decade of documentation that Soros has significantly funded numerous pro-U.S.-imperialistic organizations. One of the articles he shows there alleges that the International Crisis Group is among those organizations, but documentation for this claim is unfortunately not provided. Documentation for it will be provided here. 

The International Crisis Group is as mainstream as they come in U.S.-and-allied propaganda-operations; and, so, here is the main funding for it in two recent years, as reported in 2019 & 2020:


International Crisis Group

“Income & Expenditure for the year 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019”

“Schedule of Contributions and Grants Received, for the Year Ended June 30, 2019”


Foundations [final figure given is USD]

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Adjustment: Workshop “Europe’s Plan B in Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal” 04/18 USD (2,744) $ (2,744) 

Foundation to Promote Open Society Core Funding 01/18 – 12/18 USD 2,900,000 2,900,000 

The Elders Report on the Nile Dispute and the Evolving Geopolitics of the Horn of Africa 08/18 – 12/18 GBP 20,000 26,252 

Carnegie Corporation of New York Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention in Africa and Transnational Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa 10/18 – 09/20 USD 1,200,000 1,200,000 

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Preventing a U.S.-Iran Confrontation: The Iran Trigger List. 10/18 – 10/19 USD 75,000 75,000 

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Iraq’s Paramilitary Groups: The Challenge of Rebuilding a Functioning State 10/18 USD 5,781 5,781 

Foundation to Promote Open Society Preventing a U.S.-Iran Confrontation: The Iran Trigger List. 10/18 – 09/19 USD 25,000 25,000 

Foundation to Promote Open Society New Executives Fund 11/18-11/20 USD (250,000) 250,000 

Charles Koch Foundation United States Program: Support for Advocacy and Outreach Activities 01/19 – 12/19 USD 92,000 92,000 

Ploughshares Fund Iran Trigger List 12/18 – 12/19 USD 75,000 75,000 

Foundation to Promote Open Society Core Funding 01/19 – 12/19 USD 2,760,450 2,760,450 

UniKorea Foundation North East Asia 08/18 – 05/19 KRW 80,000,000 71,860 

Robert Bosch Foundation Core Funding 05/19 – 11/19 EUR 200,000 223,055 

Henry Luce Foundation Russian Muslims Abroad: Mapping and Understanding an Evolving Diaspora 07/19 – 04/21 USD 150,000 150,000 

Total Corporate Foundations’ Contributions and Grants 7,850,154

SOROS=$5,660,450 out of $7,850,154 of Foundation-funding


41% Foundation funded

30% Soros funded

6.3% Carnegie funded

5.0% other-foundation-funded

$4,721,164 individual donations = 2.5% of Total

2020 as accessed online on 19 April 2021 Governments, Foundations, Corporations, & Individuals

Australia (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Austria (Austrian Development Agency)

Canada (Global Affairs Canada)

Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

European Union (Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, Emergency Trust Fund for Africa)

Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

France (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and French Development Agency)

Iceland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

Ireland (Department of Foreign Affairs)

Japan (Japan International Cooperation Agency)

Principality of Liechtenstein (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Luxembourg (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs)

The Netherlands (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

New Zealand (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Norway (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Qatar (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Sweden (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Switzerland (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)

United Nations Development Programme

United Kingdom (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)

World Bank

• Adelphi Research

• Carnegie Corporation of New York

• Ford Foundation

• Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

• Global Challenges Foundation

• Henry Luce Foundation

• John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

• Open Society Foundations

• Ploughshares Fund

• Robert Bosch Stiftung

• Rockefeller Brothers Fund

• Stiftung Mercator

PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL: BP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, White & Case LLP.

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL: Anonymous, APCO Worldwide Inc., Chevron, Eni, Equinor, Ninety One, Warburg Pincus and Peder Bratt.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE CORPORATE COUNCIL OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP: CO-CHAIRS Lord (Mark) Malloch-Brown Former UN Deputy Secretary-General and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Frank Giustra President & CEO, Fiore Group; Founder, Radcliffe Foundation. OTHER TRUSTEES Fola Adeola Founder and Chairman, FATE Foundation. Hushang Ansary Chairman, Parman Capital Group LLC; Former Iranian Ambassador to the U.S. and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs. Gérard Araud Former Ambassador of France to the U.S. Carl Bildt Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden Emma Bonino Former Foreign Minister of Italy and European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid. Cheryl Carolus Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC). Maria Livanos Cattaui Former Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce. Ahmed Charai Chairman and CEO of Global Media Holding and publisher of the Moroccan weekly L’Observateur Nathalie Delapalme Executive Director and Board Member at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Hailemariam Desalegn-Boshe Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Alexander Downer Former Australian Foreign Minister and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Sigmar Gabriel Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Germany. Hu Shuli Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media; Professor at Sun Yat-sen University Mo Ibrahim Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Founder, Celtel International. Wadah Khanfar Co-Founder, Al Sharq Forum; former Director General, Al Jazeera Network. Nasser al-Kidwa Chairman of the Yasser Arafat Foundation; Former UN Deputy Mediator on Syria. Bert Koenders Former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and Under-SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations. Andrey Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council. Ivan Krastev Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia); Founding Board Member of European Council on Foreign Relations. Tzipi Livni Former Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister of Israel. Helge Lund Former Chief Executive BG Group (UK) and Statoil (Norway). Susana Malcorra Former Foreign Minister of Argentina. William H. McRaven Retired U.S. Navy Admiral who served as 9th Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Shivshankar Menon Former Foreign Secretary of India; former National Security Adviser. Naz Modirzadeh Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. Federica Mogherini Former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Saad Mohseni Chairman and CEO of MOBY Group. Marty Natalegawa Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Permanent Representative to the UN, and Ambassador to the UK. Ayo Obe Chair of the Board of the Gorée Institute (Senegal); Legal Practitioner (Nigeria). Meghan O’Sullivan Former U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan. Thomas R. Pickering Former U.S. Under-Secretary of State and Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria. Kerry Propper Managing Partner of ATW Partners; Founder and Chairman of Chardan Capital. Ahmed Rashid Author and Foreign Policy Journalist, Pakistan. Ghassan Salamé Former UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya; Former Minister of Culture of Lebanon; Founding Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón Former President of Colombia; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2016. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Former President of Liberia. Alexander Soros Deputy Chair of the Global Board, Open Society Foundations. George Soros Founder, Open Society Foundations and Chair, Soros Fund Management. Jonas Gahr Støre Leader of the Labour Party and Labour Party Parliamentary Group; former Foreign Minister of Norway. Lawrence H. Summers Former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council and Secretary of the U.S. Treasury; President Emeritus of Harvard University. Darian Swig Founder and President, Article 3 Advisors; Co-Founder and Board Chair, Helle Thorning-Schmidt CEO of Save the Children International; former Prime Minister of Denmark. Wang Jisi Member, Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry; President, Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University.

Honour Roll of Annual Donors

(5) Anonymous

Mark Bergman

Stanley Bergman & Edward Bergman

Peder Bratt

David Brown & Erika Franke

Lara Dauphinee

Herman De Bode

Ryan Dunfield

The Edelman Family Foundation

Tanaz Eshaghian

Seth & Jane Ginns

Ronald Glickman

Geoffrey R. Hoguet & Ana Luisa Ponti

Geoffrey Hsu

David Jannetti

Faisel Khan

Cleopatra Kitti

Samantha Lasry

Jean Manas & Rebecca Haile

Dror Moreh

Lise Strickler and Mark Gallogly Charitable Fund

The Nommontu Foundation

Brian Paes-Braga

Kerry Propper

Duco Sickinghe

Nina K. Solarz

Alexander Soros

Raffi Vartanian

Basically, the big billionaires, who control the largest international corporations (some financial, some not), bring together small billionaires and all of the lobbyists and ‘non-profits’ that they likewise control, and none of them operate solo. Together — such as in the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, IMF, World Bank, Transparency International, and other authoritative institutions for deceit — they do their dirty work and dupe the public (both liberal and conservative) to hate whomever it is that the U.S.-and-allied billionaires want to overthrow and replace (such as Saddam, Assad, Gaddafi, Yanukovych, Maduro, Putin, and Xi).   

Anyone who portrays this or that billionaire as being behind it all is correct, as far as it goes — clearly, none of them opposes U.S. imperialism — but misses the basic reality, which is that 100% of billionaires are imperialists, and together they possess the power of their enormous excessive wealth to hire-out their dirty-work, and to advertise it as being, instead, good or even heroic. As long as there will be billionaires, there will be international sanctions, blockades, subversions, coups, military invasions, and military occupations, all promoted by their ‘news’-media and being government-funded by the public, and being financed via the public’s tax-payments, but benefitting only the super-rich, who take tax-writeoffs for their donations to such operations as the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch, and other ‘non-profit’ PR firms for imperialism. The billionaire-funded ‘charities’ are pro-invasion, not against it. (Invade to enforce ‘human rights’, and ‘oppose corruption’, etc. Or even ‘for national defense’ against countries that aren’t attacking any other but only defending their own territory against those billionaires’ countries’ aggressions.) 

This is not ideological: amongst billionaires, it is unanimous. After all, how many billionaires donated to the U.S. Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, or condemned what America is doing to Iraq, and to Iran, and to Venezuela, and to Syria, and to Libya, and to Russia, and to China, etc.? None did. Their evil is unanimous: they all support American aggression. This is not ideological, except that they all support imperialism, and they all oppose progressivism. In that sense, it’s a class-issue, not an ideological one. It’s the aristocracy against any democracy. And demonizing any particular person misses the point, which is that the evil is systemic, not merely individual.

On April 21st, Alexander Mercouris (whom I consider to be the most knowledgeable and reliable commentator on U.S.-Russia relations) headlined his now daily commentary, “Russia Tells US Ambassador To Leave Russia”, and he pointed out that even during the days of the Soviet Union, when there actually was a communist Russia and only one Party that was allowed in the country, there was no time when U.S.-Russian relations were this bad. He said (at 11:30- in the video), that what we now have is “a situation which is completely unprecedented in the history of U.S.-Russian relations. Ever since the United States restored relations with the Soviet Union after Franklin Delano Roosevelt became President in the early 1930s, there has never been a period of time, to my knowledge, when the Soviet Union or Russia did not have an ambassador in Washington, and the United States did not have an ambassador in Moscow. That is the situation we have now.” Isn’t it time, finally, for U.S. President Joe Biden to call off his billionaire regime’s attack-dogs and cancel the sanctions, which, in any case, would far more rightly be by Russia against America, than by America against Russia? Russia is now responding to America’s aggressions in the hope that things won’t get to the point when Russia will be forced by circumstances to launch a (first-strike) blitz nuclear attack against the U.S. regime and its allies, as the only way to avoid America likely launching such a first-strike blitz-attack against Russia. So: Russia is responding to the U.S. regime’s expelling Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, and America’s Ambassador in Moscow is now heading back to Washington. 

It seems that either Biden will end billionaire-rule over America or there will be nuclear war: WW III.

Also on April 21st, RT headlined “Putin says Russia developing high-tech nuclear & laser weapons, warning ‘provocateurs’ will regret crossing country’s red lines”, and reported that, “Speaking as part of his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin said that his government ‘wants to have positive relationships with everyone on the international stage, including those with whom relations have broken down recently. We really don’t want to burn bridges.’ At the same time, however, he cautioned that ‘those who mistake this stance for weakness need to know that Russia’s response [to any aggression] will be asymmetrical, swift and harsh.’ Those planning provocations, he said, ‘will regret their deeds in a way they have not regretted anything else for a long time.’”

Unlike Biden and other of America’s Post-WW-II Presidents, Putin has established a record which shows that he rarely issues any threats, but that he understates when he does issue a threat. He tenaciously pursues the policies that he announces, and he almost always achieves an objective that he announces. That’s the opposite of the record of America’s recent Presidents. His message now to the American regime is clear; it is: Back off — you will get no closer to ‘nuclear primacy’ than you have thus far done; one step farther would be a step too far, for you or anyone.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


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  1. Thank you Eric Zuesse for another excellent analysis of the billionaire puppeteers behind the curtain. The speed at which this years Corona Flu Virus plandemic destabilization is unfolding is unprecedented. With the economy ground to a halt, inflation is reducing the value of a billion $ to what was formerly 100 million. As you allude to, it is now the multibillionaires who are part of this trickledown destructive command & control scheme. The population is entirely dependent upon their Finance-Media-Religion-Education-Military-Industrial-Legislative-Judicial-Complex whimsy control.
    FOLLOW THE FAKE ‘MONEY’ (Greek ‘mnemosis’ = ‘memory’): Soros & Koch as multi-billionaires are only puppets below a higher level where money is issued at the Trillionaire level (now multi-trillionaire). The British royal Windsor, Rothschild & Vatican-bank trillionaires as minority share-holders but multinational leveraged to control the US-Federal-Reserve, Bank-of-England, Bank-of-International-Settlements & subsequently the World-Bank & International-Monetary-Fund have full control of economies & governments. Money is issued as ‘loans’ to friends, colleagues, family for their pet mega-project failures such as: War, Arms, Munitions, Security, Nuclear-Energy, Plantations, Pesticides, GMO, microwave-communication etc. In the oligarch system of perpetual war for command & control, we best understand Soros & Koch as distant brothers fulfilling their roles for despondent, loveless, schizophrenic, suicide/homicide-prone western world masters.
    Innovation, improvement, commerce & industry are not the significant generators in our top-down western false ‘economy’ (Gk ‘oikos’ = ‘home’ + ‘namein’ = ‘care-&-nurture’) system & really never in the history of ‘exogenous’ (Latin ‘other-generated’) colonial empire, have ever been.
    10 years ago it used to be these 3 Zionist trillionaires each controlled ~1000 billionaire & multibillionaire, who each in turn control ~1000 multi-millionaires (single-millionaires need not apply). Each dependent relies on the financing, bailouts, handouts, purchases etc of their superiors. Few oligarchs have every made their mark in the western allies garbage-in, garbage-out hierarchal economy.
    Resolution can never be achieved, within such a captured exogenous system controlled at every level without cultural or economic ‘memory’. Before the genocidal invasions, colonization & destruction of all humanity’s once abundant ‘indigenous’ (L ‘self-generating’) worldwide systems, String-shell, in every nation, on every continent provided a universal indigenous time-based equivalency accounting value system for every domestic, industrial & commercial contribution. Universal life-long progressive ownership within the Production-Society-Guilds empowered every contributor to cultural & biosphere-based domestic, industrial & commercial Relational-Economy.
    For humans as collective creatures, memory for recognition of contributions, knowledge, intelligence & ownership is essential for all of our activities. Poverty, tension, conflict, destruction of biosphere, false hierarchal-ownership & war become colonized as oligarch economies, when traditional systems of human memory are oligarch captured & controlled.

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