The New Humanitarians

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The New Humanitarians "have been members of a network of like-minded people, often friends, who have worked in coordination with government officials and government-linked thinktanks, bonding and hobnobbing among themselves in Sarajevo or at international conferences and being fed information by U.S. and, in the 1990s, Bosnian Muslim officials. Sometimes, they worked together in establishment operations such as the Independent International Commission on Kosovo (Richard Falk, Richard Goldstone, Michael Ignatieff, Mary Kaldor, Martha Minow), the International Crisis Group (William Shawcross), the American Academy in Berlin (Paul Hockenos), George Soros' Open Society Institute (Aryeh Neier), and offshoots of these and similar institutions. The first three groups have been heavily funded by NATO governments, and have had on their boards numerous NATO government officials, past and present.

"In a nice illustration of what C. Wright Mills might have called the "social composition of the higher circles" of New Humanitarianism, Timothy Garton Ash wrote back in 1999: "When I arrive in the late evening…[at Hotel Tuzla,]... I step into the lift, press the button for the second floor, and at once subside, powerless, into the cellar. The reception committee in the bar consists of Christopher Hitchens, Susan Sontag, and David Rieff. When I join them, Sontag is just saying to Michael Ignatieff, 'I can't believe that this is your first time here." And he adds that on the very next day, after arriving at an event hosted by the Bosnian Muslim leadership of Tuzla, Mary Kaldor welcomed the group, and the British actress Julie Christie read a poem in homage to Sarajevo, "glowing white... as a translucent china cup."


The New Humanitarian Crusaders
M. Cherif Bassiouni Antonio Cassese Ivo Daalder
Bogdan Denitch Richard Falk Timothy Garton Ash
Michael Glennon Richard Goldstone Philip Gourevitch
Roy Gutman Jürgen Habermas Vaclav Havel
David Held Louis Henkin Christopher Hitchens
Paul Hockenos Stanley Hoffman Michael Ignatieff
Tim Judah Mary Kaldor Bernard Kouchner
Bernard-Henri Levy Andrew Linklater James Mayall
Martha Minow Aryeh Neier Michael O'Hanlon
Diane Orentlicher Steven Ratner David Rieff
Geoffrey Robertson David Rohde Kenneth Roth
William Shawcross Susan Sontag Brian Urquhart
Ruth Wedgwood Marc Weller Nicholas J. Wheeler
Ian Williams    
Source: Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, Morality's Avenging Angels The New Humanitarian Crusaders, ZNet, 30 August 2005.

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