from honestreporting.com, Sept. 9, 2014)
The New York Times took a closer look at international governments funding US think-tanks. And it’s already creating a backlash in Israel.
More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
The money is increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington. And it has set off troubling questions about intellectual freedom: Some scholars say they have been pressured to reach conclusions friendly to the government financing the research.
What does this thought-tanking mean for Israel? According to the Jerusalem Post:
Israeli government officials on Sunday questioned the impartiality of the prestigious Brookings Institution, the past and present employer of former US Middle East envoy Martin Indyk, following a New York Times report Sunday revealing that Qatar is a major contributor to that think tank.
(Click on “New York Times” and/or “Jerusalem Post” above to see those entire articles. Go to http://israelaa.ca/us-denies-indyk-bashed-israel-in-nasty-tirade-at-dc-hotel-bar/ to view a previous article about Indyk, Kerry’s envoy, bashing Israel…Ed.)