New NGO Racket: Smuggling, Inc.

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • Although the European Union successfully bribed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year -- inducing him to slow the flow of migrants heading through Turkey into Greece -- Italy has received almost 100,000 people so far this year.
  • This summer, even more than in previous years, it has become plain that some of the NGOs working in the Mediterranean are acting as something more than intermediaries. Many have in fact been acting as facilitators. This makes the NGOs effectively no more than the benign face of the smuggling networks. Undercover workers have also discovered NGOs handing vessels back to the smugglers' networks, effectively helping them to continue their criminal enterprise indefinitely.
  • A group that which seeks to oppose Europe's current self-destructive insane trajectory can now not even source independent financial support. Groups, however, that continue to push Europe along its current trajectory continue to get all the official support they need. In the difference in reaction to these two groups lies a significant part of the story of the ruin of a continent.

Sometimes it is in the gap between things that the truth emerges.

In recent years Europe has been on the receiving end of one of the most significant migrant crises in history. In 2015, in just a single year, countries such as Germany and Sweden found themselves adding 2% to their respective populations. Although much of the public continue to labour under the misapprehension that those still coming are fleeing the Syrian civil war; in fact, the majority of those now entering Europe are from Africa, particularly from sub-Saharan Africa.

Although the European Union successfully bribed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year -- inducing him to slow the flow of migrants heading through Turkey into Greece -- Italy has received almost 100,000 people so far this year. Spain -- which had ducked much of the movement of recent years -- now finds itself receiving thousands of people who are sometimes (as in this memorable footage from earlier this month) simply landing on the country's beaches and running straight into the country. In doing so, they are not only breaking into Europe in a fashion that is illegal, but flouting all the asylum protocols, and other protocols, however inadequate, that are meant to exist.

In reaction to such events, the Spanish authorities have done something extraordinary. They have gone the way of the Italian authorities and made more efforts to intercept boats heading towards the country. Not in order to turn them around or block them, but in order to "rescue" them. In merely one day last week, the Spanish coastguards "rescued" 600 migrants. The purpose of the quotation marks around "rescue" is because its use in this context is highly contestable. Somebody may be rescued from a burning car, or rescued from a sinking boat. But if thousands of people intentionally head across narrow stretches of water, it can hardly be said that each and every one of them has been "rescued'.

What have they been rescued from? They may be rescued from war. Or they may be rescued from poverty. Or slightly less rosy economic prospects than someone born in Spain. Most of these people have simply been rescued from Africa or whatever their country of origin. This situation leads to the questions which European politicians even now refuse to address -- which is whether Europe should indeed be "rescuing" anyone who ends up in a boat near Europe.

Whenever they are polled, the public in Europe consistently say that they want the migration to slow down or stop. This is a majority opinion in every European country. Across the EU as a whole, a recent survey found that 76% of the European public think that the European Union's handling of the whole crisis has been poor. But it is in the gap between the treatment of two actors in this crisis that we can discern a terrible fact about the fate of Europe.

Throughout the crisis of recent years -- and especially since the height of the crisis in 2015 -- the official vessels operated by the European states have been joined by members of non-governmental organsations (NGOs), either on the vessels or running vessels of their own. A significant amount of the "rescue" part of the migrant crisis (finding boats and transferring those onboard onto safe vessels or guiding their vessels into port) has been done by NGOs. Organisations such as Save the Children and Médecins sans Frontières have been invited to do this by European government agencies, and many of them receive significant levels of government funding as well as charitable giving from the public.

Yet, this summer, even more than in previous years, it has become plain that some of the NGOs working in the Mediterranean are acting as something more than intermediaries. Many have in fact been acting as facilitators. Agents who have infiltrated the NGO groups have found collusion between the NGOs and the smugglers networks, including coordination with these brutal and mercenary organisations. Investigations have found NGOs to have been breaking their own agreed operating rules by coordinating locations to meet and pick up vessels sent out by the smugglers. This makes the NGOs effectively no more than the benign face of the smuggling networks. Undercover workers have also discovered NGOs handing vessels back to the smugglers' networks, effectively helping them to continue their criminal enterprise indefinitely.

Some NGOs that work to pick up migrants from boats in the Mediterranean and transport them to Europe have been discovered handing vessels back to smuggler networks, helping their criminal enterprise. Pictured: A small rubber boat overcrowded with migrants passes a boat set alight by the crews of Phoenix, a vessel operated by the "Migrant Offshore Aid Station" (MOAS) NGO, after all passengers were evacuated, on May 18, 2017. MOAS's protocol of torching the smuggling boats after debarkation prevents smugglers from reusing the vessel. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

In frontline countries such as Italy, this unlawful activity has been causing growing public anger. Elsewhere in Europe, the notion that these NGOs are not entirely angelic in their operations is taking longer to sink in. But compare the reaction to them -- in receipt as they continue to be of large quantities of public and governmental money -- with a group that has a different view to that of the NGOs.

At the start of this summer, a group called "Defend Europe" raised money to hire and sail a ship off the coast of Italy. The ship aimed to deter migrants from crossing the Mediterranean. One activist was recorded saying, "We want to get a crew, equip a boat and set sail to the Mediterranean ocean to chase down the enemies of Europe." Some of the other characters and rhetoric associated with this movement may be equally unsavoury. For some weeks, the "Defend Europe" vessel, with banners prominently displayed, has floated in the Mediterranean and told people in a variety of languages, "No Way. You will not make Europe home" and "Stop human trafficking."

Now one may abhor this tactic, approve of it, or feel a whole range of emotions in between. The treatment of "Defend Europe', however, compared to the pro-migration NGOs, is startling. In recent weeks, when the "Defend Europe" vessel had some minor technical problems, it caused undisguised glee in the Western media. The suggestion that a pro-migration NGO vessel might have to rescue it caused even more delight. Now the group has had its sources of funding withdrawn. Not that "Defend Europe" would ever have received government aid. Far from it. But this past week, the US-based crowd-funding website Patreon shut down the group's profile page, making it impossible for them to raise funds through it. The ostensible cause was that Patreon believed the actions of "Defend Europe" were "likely to cause loss of life."

It may easily be argued, of course, that pro-migration NGOs that are colluding with smuggling gangs and assisting them in their work are "likely to cause loss of life", if not in the Mediterranean then in encouraging thousands of people to give their money to smuggling gangs and encouraging millions more to set out for a new life in a continent which is increasingly less likely to receive them with warmth. A group that seeks to oppose Europe's current self-destructive trajectory can now not even source independent financial support. Groups, however, that continue to push Europe along its current trajectory continue to get all the official support they need. In the difference in reaction to these two groups lies a significant part of the story of the ruin of a continent.


LetThemEatRand Mon, 09/04/2017 - 02:07 Permalink

Libertarians need to remember that NGO's are by definition non-governmental organizations.  They are funded and organized by oligarchs.   We the People can defeat them, but only if we're united. 

DaveA LetThemEatRand Mon, 09/04/2017 - 03:04 Permalink

They are "non-governmental" as much as a "people's republic" is actually a people's republic. You don't hear anyone refer to McDonald's as a "non-governmental organization", do you?

NGOs are part of the Harvard Consensus that rules America and (via the State Department) every nation under its nuclear umbrella. Any government that defies the Consensus gets overthrown in a spontaneous "color revolution".

If Harvard pushes too hard, Poland, Hungary, Czechia, and Slovakia might just bite the bullet and return to the Russian orbit. Poland was not a free country under Soviet rule, but at least it was a Polish country; Russia never forced its satellites to accept mass third-world immigration.

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HowdyDoody DaveA Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:44 Permalink

The infamous Syrian Civil Defense aka 'WHite Helmets' claim to be an NGO. In a sense that is true, in that they are not funded by the Syrian government. However, they are funded by western governments, who in fact created them. So they are a GONGO - Government Organized Non Governmental Organization aka a Propaganda outfit.  

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stitch-rock MasterControl Mon, 09/04/2017 - 11:23 Permalink

"New NGO Racket: Smuggling, Inc"

The word NEW in the title indicates either a
deep sarcasm or a deep ignorance.
Smuggling (drugs and slaves) has been the backbone of global 'wealth' for hundreds if not thousands of years.
The last two US political dynasties were launched with funds from illegal substance smuggling: Kennedy - Alcohol, Bush - Opium and Cocaine, -for extra credit- Clinton - Children for pedophilia and cannibalistic rituals...

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runnymede Mon, 09/04/2017 - 02:23 Permalink

If you don't like the voters you have, just bring in new ones. Leftists know how to gerrymander. I notice that Dems never take in any immigrants personally. Questionable philanthropy is a hallmark of collectivists.

JerseyJoe Mon, 09/04/2017 - 03:41 Permalink

Word salad. This must get paid by the word and has to dance around the obvious Elites are fucking their own people. And where is reference to the fucking UN that provides cover? And what about Dr Evil?

This will lead to civil war, lots of crime and misery for Europe. And would the average citizen stop this?
They can't. Maybe they need to start culling the elites.

Imakewinedisappear Mon, 09/04/2017 - 04:06 Permalink

The tide is turning. The NGOs have been virtually stopped since a couple of weeks. Italy and France made an agreement with Lybia, and forced the NGOs to sign an agreement requiring Italian police aboard their ships. As a result, the most important NGOs abandoned the Mediterranean (I'm referring to the Italian part), stopped their trafficking, and NO IMMIGRANT DROWNED.The flip side of the coin is that they are now heading Spain, which looks like having not learned anything - as correctly pointed out by this article.Why this about-face? Impending elections in Italy, where more and more people (apart from press and media) hailed Defend Europe as saviours, and where every day some woman is raped by this criminal rabble. Last Thursday, a 80 year old lady, and even the press can't hide it anymore. Italian "liberals" are shitting their pants in view of the elections.

Imakewinedisappear tuetenueggel Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:39 Permalink

Dude, I am Italian and I have followed the thing closely. Of course it's not a 100% stop, but since late August, landings in Italy have more than halved overnight, and suddenly started in Spain. All the rest you say, I agree, but now the short term goal are the elections - that's why the Gubermint is forced to forgo  some missed income for the time being.

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Imakewinedisappear Event_Horizon Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:54 Permalink

Thanks for asking, things are horrible. The last 2-3 years completely changed the landscape. Africans and...What you call them, Asians everywhere, placed in whatever "empty" government building, Church property and so on. Doing nothing but watching a mobile phone the whole day. Not only in cities, but also in the countryside. And literally, we have rapes every damn day. 4 out of 10 rapes are committed by them, and there is 1 out of them every 70 Italians. In the South they behave slightly better, lest they get shot or gutted. The "turn of the tide" I was mentioning may well be too late.We don't care that much about Chinese. True, they have colonized city centres and driven out all non-Chinese shops, which is sad, but they are extremely seclusive and do not cause problems. Heck, they even send their dead back to China in containers! The non-immigrant minority we have lots of problems with are gipsies. The largest camps in the EU are in Rome.Europe doesn't care. Many (myself included) are convinced that France bombed Lybia to destroy our oil contracts with Libya and replace them with French ones. Anything that weakens us is welcome. All they need to do, and have started doing, is sending their military at our borders to send the immigrant back to Italy.Honestly, I have always said "we have a mint, let's start printing a sh*tload of French and German passports, give them the papers and let them go North...Sort of an eye for an eye.Gloomy huh? 

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Vageling Imakewinedisappear Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:54 Permalink

You need to connect the dots better. They need moar debt slaves. Destroying culture and all isn't relevant to the rent seekers. They need moar "products".  The peoples are being suspicious moar and moar. As you said... Elections. They suddenly go "populist", because their populist ain't populist, and say what the surveys show people want to hear... And nothing  meaningful really happens. Libya gets some money. The NGO can continue as is. The fucking judges will make sure of it. Normal to write law from the benches now as lawmakers want it this way. You see. If you're an unwanted illegal with a ruling you need to be deported... You can rape, steal and kill and NOT be prosecuted because... You were not suppose to be here. Get out of jail free card. All to stir up shit. All according to plan. "right" and "left"... Same bullshit, different package! 

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a Smudge by an… Vageling Mon, 09/04/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

The dots that aren't connected here is that our special forces are at work all over Africa. We're over there "nation building" (once again) to secure our foothold in their oil and minerals. See the Chinese have been outfoxing us by building infrastructure and partnerships. Our style is more like we find one side of a conflict to prop up, we help them destroy their opposition and get a decent functioning slave dictatorship.The mideast if the visible front. Africa is the quiet front in the war of cultures. There's refugees coming from places you never even heard of.

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Fireman Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:01 Permalink

It's OK! It's all going to plan as Germanostan's war loving atlanticist aristocracy stokes more war while their arms industries thrive. Meanwhile the barbarian hordes fill up their slum housing inside Germanostan proper. As whitey and the muzz hordes target each other the political bankster filth and their facespuck GESTAPO look down from on high and demonize the politically incorrect who have it figured.   "Count" Richard Coudenhove von Kalergi's genocidal screed "Practical Idealism" in pdf format......the original Austrian NAZI and his satanic tome that makes Onkel Adolf's "Mein Kampf" look like a bedtime story.  This freak was the ghoul that laid the foundations of the abomination in the sewer Brussels, seat of the totalitarian Pedophile Politburo that runs the EUSSR for the banksters and necromongers. Blaming the ignorant, prejudiced, ISlamofascists for destroying Europe and the USA is akin to blaming GMO's for poisoning humanity and not the Monsantos and evil chemists that spawn such filth. We are the ones that tolerate our evil governments and the arms industries of our respective aristocracies in destroying these backward Muslim countries in order to steal their resources from which we supposedly "benefit". However, the real source of the cancer is to be found in the liberal leftist politically "correct" scum that has thrived like a fungus in our own midst, the shills that opened the floodgates to the perversion of globalism and IS lam. Vote the garbage out and send the free loaders and "religious" mutants back to where they came from...perhaps with all our treacherous political hacks in tow. The real question is who weaponized the ignorant hordes of Muslims and the libtard, socialist, self-hating, filth we call "our leaders" and why? The answer is the same folks who are destroying North Africa and the entire Middle East for the agenda of the chosen. "In his book «Praktischer Idealismus», (1920) Austrian Count Richard Von Coudenhove Kalergi indicates that the residents of the future "United States of Europe" will not be the People of the Old Continent, but a kind of sub-humans, products of miscegenation. He clearly states that the peoples of Europe should interbreed with Asians and colored races, thus creating a multinational flock with no quality and easily controlled by the ruling elite. Kalergi proclaims the abolition of the right of self-determination and then the elimination of nations with the use of ethnic separatist movements and mass migration. In order for Europe to be controlled by an elite, he wants to turn people into one homogeneous mixed breed of Blacks, Whites and Asians. Who is is this elite however? Kalergi is particularly illuminating on this: The man of the future will be of mixed race. The races and classes of today will gradually disappear due to the elimination of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples and the diversity of individuals. Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will, refined and educated this people, driving them to their future status as a leading nation through this artificial evolutionary process. It's not surprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became the spiritual nobility of Europe. Thus, the compassionate care given by Europe created a new breed of aristocrats. This happened when the European feudal aristocracy crashed because of the emancipation of the Jews [due to the actions taken by the French Revolution]     "Count" Richard Coudenhove Kalergi’s Plan outlined by Gerd Honsik “Kalergi proclaims the abolition of the right of self-determination, ... the elimination of nations by means of ethnic separatist movements or mass allogeneic (genetically dissimilar) immigration to create a multiethnic flock without quality, easily controllable by the ruling class. Kalergi characterized the multiethnic flock as cruel and unfaithful but maintained the elite must deliberately create them in order to achieve their own superiority: ‘Then the elite will first eliminate democracy – the rule of the people. Next, the elite will eliminate the people via miscegenation, thereby replacing the ruling white race with an easily controllable mestizo race. By abolishing the principle of equality of all before the law, avoiding and punishing any criticism of minorities, and protecting minorities with special laws, the masses will be suppressed.’' 5 wise members of the sect help us understand "the plan" of our elite masters. Concerning the rape of her own words supremacist USSAN Israeli Barbara Lerner Spectre explains clearly what their plan is.  Credit where credit is due, damn it! Spectre Gysi Kahane Sarkozy Russo   Now let's turn Germanostan into a gender insane eunuch zone like Swedenstan already is.     

East Indian Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:05 Permalink

If some Europeans have hearts that bleed for these poor "migrants" they can migrate to African countries and work for the development of Africans. 

adonisdemilo Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:54 Permalink

I thought assisisting terrorists,and there are terrorists being helped, was a criminal offence.However it's dressed up these NGO's have an agenda to help resettle terrorists.Lockup the m'fkrs, minimum 10 years.

Vageling adonisdemilo Mon, 09/04/2017 - 06:59 Permalink

Insert Ghordious his beloved EU. Change laws so it is no longer interpreted as aiding terrorist but humanitarian aid... Ignore treaties... Hungary is right on track much to the displeasure of the EU. Selectively applying rules. But who can hold them responsible for being complicit in human trafficking? The leaders of the EU nations? Too busy sucking off Druncker his limp dick. The people who point this out will get 10 years in prison. Crime pays... That's the moral of the story. 

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Last of the Mi… Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:35 Permalink

A log of NGO's are really GO's on the sly. Your government looking you in the eye and lying through their front teeth. Never have I seen it as bad as it is today. US congress if absolutely full of them with many in positions of power. It's just pitiful.

Event_Horizon Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

So if a bunch of Europeans flood a country that's evil and it's called colonialism. These evil colonists insist everyone change their ways for them, speak their language, live as they do and Europeans were bashed for destroying cultures.  Yet if a bunch of illegal immigrants go to a country, refuse to obey any laws, demand welfare, demand translation for free, housing, education, and refuse to assimilate... that's "refugee status". No, this is colonialism and it's destroying European culture plain and simple.  You can cut the hypocrisy with a knife here. 

YUNOSELL Mon, 09/04/2017 - 11:47 Permalink

The reason why I will never donate money to charities anymore -- after the Clinton Foundation, there is really no way to know if your money is getting to the intended people of need. I'd rather just help someone out close to me where i can see the effect, or even give a homeless person on the street some money.