[Marxism] Peter Ackerman: billionaire sponsor of toxic NGO's

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Oct 3 14:09:38 MDT 2007

Over on Critical Montages there’s an interesting report on the doings of 
some NGO’s controlled by Peter Ackerman, a Wall Street investor who once 
worked closely with Michael Milken at Drexel Burnham in the 1980s. While 
Milken went to prison for insider trading, Ackerman walked away with 
hundreds of millions of dollars after the firm went bankrupt.

Modeling himself after George Soros, Ackerman assumed the guise of Deep 
Thinker after earning a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and 
Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he now serves as President of the 
Board of Trustees. Like many other such schools, including Columbia 
University’s School of International Affairs, Fletcher is a breeding 
ground for spooks:

The Critical Montages report contains links to exchange between 
Greenleft Weekly, an Australian radical newspaper, and some of 
Ackerman’s minions. It was kicked off by an interview with Eva Gollinger 
about American efforts to destabilize Venezuela in which she refers to 
NGO efforts to turn Venezuela students into shock troops against the 

     On top of that, some of the same groups or individuals have 
participated since 2004 in training sessions with other US entities such 
as the Albert Einstein Institute and the International Centre on 
Non-Violent Conflict. These are the entities that were responsible for 
helping to promote, fund and advise the “coloured” revolutions in 
Eastern Europe [in the] Ukraine, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Georgia. They 
failed in Belarus and they began working here in April 2003, first with 
traditional opposition leaders and then, as in those movements in 
Eastern Europe, they used young people — students.

Ackerman founded the International Centre on Non-Violent Conflict (ICNC) 
and is responsible for all its funding. It should be mentioned, of 
course, that the millions of dollars that is required to keep this 
operation afloat came out of the piracy that Milken and Ackerman 
conducted at Drexel Burnham. As masters of the junk bond trade, they 
were responsible for companies firing tens of thousands of workers as a 
result of “asset stripping” to cover corporate debt.


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