The Common Thread of the left: Today Amnesty International

by Datechguy | November 25th, 2012

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The Common Thread of the left: Today Amnesty International

The lat­est in our series of the com­mon thread of the left. The left claims that they care for the avg per­son they stand up for the poor and oppressed but what hap­pens to these groups over time? Well that’s our next…

…Item: Amnesty inter­na­tional a group that was founded with the noblest of goals has…changed:

Last week, Amnesty’s pro­gram direc­tor for the Amer­i­cas, Susan Lee, resigned, express­ing shock at “senior management’s fail­ure to honor its com­mit­ments to treat staff fairly and with respect.” The next day, the union voted to strike, say­ing it had “lost all con­fi­dence in senior man­age­ment because it lacks integrity, com­pe­tence, trans­parency and accountability.”

well your pri­or­i­ties change when a “rights” orga­ni­za­tion starts pay­ing more peo­ple big money to work

Last year, Amnesty paid 36 peo­ple more than 60,000 pounds a year and seven of them received more than 100,000 pounds. In 2007, there were only seven peo­ple earn­ing more than 60,000 pounds, three of whom received more than 100,000 pounds. note £60K = $90K

And even more to those who shut up:

That broad­en­ing man­date has led in part to a fray­ing at the edges of the ven­er­a­ble orga­ni­za­tion as it tries to adapt to a chang­ing world. Man­ag­ing that change has led to prob­lems — an indi­ca­tion of which emerged in 2009, when Amnesty handed over about 800,000 pounds ($1.2 mil­lion) to two for­mer exec­u­tives as part of a con­fi­den­tial pay­out upon departure.

Nor­mally one must speak truth to and about power, but if the group is a main­stay of the left appar­ently Silence is golden, par­tic­u­larly if it means sup­press­ing truth about an iconic left money machine.

The latest in our series of the common thread of the left. The left claims that they care for the avg person they stand up for the poor and oppressed but what happens to these groups over time? Well that’s our next…

…Item: Amnesty international a group that was founded with the noblest of goals has…changed:

Last week, Amnesty’s program director for the Americas, Susan Lee, resigned, expressing shock at “senior management’s failure to honor its commitments to treat staff fairly and with respect.” The next day, the union voted to strike, saying it had “lost all confidence in senior management because it lacks integrity, competence, transparency and accountability.”

well your priorities change when a “rights” organization starts paying more people big money to work

Last year, Amnesty paid 36 people more than 60,000 pounds a year and seven of them received more than 100,000 pounds. In 2007, there were only seven people earning more than 60,000 pounds, three of whom received more than 100,000 pounds. note £60K = $90K

And even more to those who shut up:

That broadening mandate has led in part to a fraying at the edges of the venerable organization as it tries to adapt to a changing world. Managing that change has led to problems – an indication of which emerged in 2009, when Amnesty handed over about 800,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to two former executives as part of a confidential payout upon departure.

Normally one must speak truth to and about power, but if the group is a mainstay of the left apparently Silence is golden, particularly if it means suppressing truth about an iconic left money machine.

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