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Serving the global fight: Sovereignty International site provides info on global advocacy


Sovereignty International is not a site, yet, which explicitly opposes population control. As of late spring 1998 the “population control” link on the sites index page remained inactive. But while SI opposition to population control may yet remain offline, the rest of the site is a virtual gold mine of information for anyone who seeks to oppose both population control and the broader UN agenda from which it springs.

Undoubtedly the United Nations bureaucracy finds the SI message dangerously simple. “Sovereignty International Incorporated exists to promote the belief that best government is empowered only by the consent of those who are governed,” says SI’s message statement, adding “[t]he consent of those who are governed can only be expressed by free and open elections of officials who are exclusively responsible for enacting public policy. We believe this bedrock principle of government and societal organization is the foundation of individual freedom, private property ownership, free markets and national sovereignty.”

The mission statement continues:

We further believe that governments must first recognize and respect the sovereignty of their own individual citizens before they can respect the sovereignty of other nations. Finally, we believe that a world of nations in which all governments are empowered only by the consent of those who are governed, offers the best hope of advancing the health, happiness, and prosperity of all mankind.

This places SI in direct opposition to much of the way the UN and the United States Agency for International Development conducts business, particularly the business of advancing their dual population control agenda. Both organizations rely heavily on non-governmental population control and so-called “family planning” organizations; groups which, while not government, are given an extraordinary degree of authority and money to advance an agenda which, if it exists at all, belongs in the public square where people can voice an opinion about it.

SI’s opposition to the rise of nongovernmental government takes the form of public education and research about the issues. Some columns attack the prevailing sentiment that there is solid scientific consensus on global warming. Others look closely at how the United Nations’ policies influence US and other nations’ land use policies, private property rights and environmental programs.

But it is in the online databases, particularly the databases which track the size and income of major nongovernmental organizations, which provide researchers their best tools.

For example, where else could a researcher easily discover that the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Western Hemisphere Region is a tax-exempt organization in the United States based in New York City? (IPPF is home — based in England.) You can also easily discover that its tax-exempt number is 131845455; that its income filed in 1996 was over $18 million and its assets over $20 million.

Likewise, in one place, researchers can find that Pathfinder International, a notorious population controller and advocate, filed income of over $49 million in 1997 and $56 million in assets. In addition, SI’s database provides links to the listed organizations that have websites.

If the site has a downside it is that the database requires the user to know at least the state in which the organization is located in order find it most efficiently. Even on a fast computer with a fast modem line anyone looking for organizations filing in every State can probably expect waiting for ten or more minutes for the completed page to arrive. Yet given the relative ease of finding information about non-governmental organizations in one place the inconvenience is a minor flaw. Sovereignty International can be reached at http://www.sovereignty.net.

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