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COMMENT: David Jang, whose business enterprises control both Newsweek and The International Business Times, has a background in the Unification Church, formerly headed by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.

An intelligent analysis of the apparent methodology of The Community, the Christian organization Jang now operates, suggests the possibility that that organization MIGHT actually be a clandestine Moonie front–it uses some tactics similar to Unification Church practices. The evidence was NOT sufficiently strong to convince a Japanese court of that allegation in a lawsuit filed against The Community.

In FTR #291, we examined the Unification Church as an extension of the Japanese Patriotic Societies, that brought fascism to Japan through a program of political assassination and propaganda.

“Who’s Behind Newsweek?” by Ben Dooley; Mother Jones; May/June 2014.

EXCERPT: Two days after Barack Obama won reelection, I met a young Chinese woman, whom I will call Anne, in the basement café at the San Francisco Public Library. Anne worked part time and gave a large portion of her earnings to a group she called “the Community,” a Christian sect led by a charismatic Korean pastor named David Jang. After joining the group in her late teens, Anne had spent more than seven years working in its ministries—organizations and businesses run by Jang’s disciples. With short hair and large glasses, Anne was now in her late 20s but looked younger. She said she rarely had enough money for small luxuries like coffee. We chatted with a mutual friend while we waited for her husband, Caleb, who also worked for a ministry: the International Business Times [2], the flagship publication of an eponymous online news company that would, nine months later, become the new owner of Newsweek [3] magazine.

Caleb was running late because he was translating Obama’s victory speech into Chinese for IBT, which publishes 11 editions in seven languages.. . .

. . . . [David] Jang also has a history with Moon’s Unification Church. In 2013, a Japanese court resolved an almost six-year-long libel case that Christian Today, a Jang-founded website, filed against Makoto Yamaya, a Salvation Army major. Yamaya had claimed the Community was part of the Unification Church and that Christian Today had mind-controlled its employees; the court found that these charges had no basis. But it also found that Jang joined a Unification Church student group as a young man, eventually rising to the rank of executive director of another church-affiliated student organization. He then went on to a church-run theological institute, and helped manage the transition when it became Sun Moon University in 1993, subsequently leaving the church. Four former members tell me that Jang often spoke of his time in Moon’s church, including his marriage by Moon in a 1975 mass wedding, an event also affirmed by the Japanese court. . . .

 

Discussion

3 comments for “Newsweek Publisher Has Unification Church Background”

  1. A couple months ago, the Moonie-revived Newsweek posted a cover story on the JFK assassination. It’s mostly “grassy knoll” stuff that just bores me to tears, and ignores the more important issues. For example, ever heard of a “debunker” addressing Spaz T. Raikin? Not me.

    However, I do find it interesting that the author of the article has written for the CIA website and even won an award from them, conveniently, at the time he was writing a book supporting the Warren Commission! To make it even weirder… the guy is a contributor to the Nation Magazine! Not too shocking to anyone familiar with that publication’s history, but still interesting. Check out his CV. At one point he had a fellowship with the German Marshall Fund, among others. THIS is the kind of CV and funds you get if you toe the Warren line.

    http://www.maxholland.info/vita.html

    In 2001, Holland won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, bestowed jointly by Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation and the Columbia University School of Journalism, for a forthcoming narrative history of the Warren Commission, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. That same year he won a Studies in Intelligence Award from the Central Intelligence Agency, the first writer working outside the US government to be so recognized.

    http://www.newsweek.com/2014/11/28/truth-behind-jfks-assassination-285653.html

    Posted by Tiffany Sunderson | January 6, 2015, 11:25 am
  2. More Moonie stuff, this time with the Bushes. Interesting that this is NOT Moon’s idea… it’s a Larouche scheme that he’s been touting for decades. While completely opposite on economic issues, I see a lot of parallels between Moonieism and Larouchism.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/neil-bush-jeb-bush-bering-sea-tunnel

    Here Is a Crazy Story About Jeb Bush’s Brother and a $400 Billion Tunnel to Russia That Wasn’t Meant to Be

    Neil Bush didn’t seem to flinch when his pal the Rev. Moon schemed to drill from Alaska to Siberia.

    —By Tim Murphy
    | Tue Jan. 6, 2015 6:15 AM EST

    The Rev. Sun Myung Moon had a grand idea: the World Peace King Tunnel. It would be 53 miles long, cost $400 billion, and stretch underneath the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia. It would take three years to build. When completed, it would link up with the eight-lane International Peace Highway that Moon had also proposed. That road would be bordered on both sides by one kilometer of land that would not belong to any nation. When both projects were completed, traffic could pass unimpeded from the Cape of Good Hope to New York City. And if travelers wanted to get married in the tunnel, there’d be places to do that, too.

    A multinational construction project that had no funding stream or historical precedent and that was proposed by a self-described messiah who believed he had posthumously healed Adolf Hitler might strike some people as a bit ambitious. But in 2005, when Moon, the late South Korean-born conservative media mogul and founder of the Unification Church, embarked on a world tour to promote his idea, he brought along an unusual companion—Neil Bush, the younger brother of President George W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

    As Jeb Bush now aims to become the third member of his family to be elected president, he’ll have to navigate the legacy not just of his polarizing older brother, but also that of his younger brother, whose business exploits have dogged—if not tainted—the family for decades. In 1988, Neil Bush was embroiled in the savings and loan scandal after his business went belly-up and cost US taxpayers $1 billion.

    His recent investments have dovetailed neatly with his brothers’ work. In 1999, Neil, backed by “junk bond king” Michael Milken and a Saudi prince, pushed a for-profit education tech venture called Ignite! Learning that sold “curriculum on wheels” consoles to schools. Much of the money for those purchases would come from W.’s No Child Left Behind law, which mandated a new testing regime in public schools. (Neil has said his focus on education was inspired by his own dyslexia.) When his mother, Barbara, wrote a check to assist students who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, she stipulated that the money be spent on her son’s curriculum on wheels, according to the Houston Chronicle. Neil also got a big hand from his friend, the Rev. Moon. The Washington Times Foundation, which was at the time operated by Moon’s Unification Church, spent $1 million to promote Ignite products in Northern Virginia.

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    None of Neil Bush’s business exploits were as pie-in-the-sky as Moon’s extreme transportation makeover. Moon proposed his idea in September 2005 as a means of uniting the world and confronting the demonic forces that supposedly controlled its bodies of water. “For thousands of years, Satan used the Bering Strait to separate East and West, North and South, as well as North America and Russia geographically,” he explained at the time.

    The Bering Strait is frozen eight months a year; temperatures can drop to more than 80 degrees below freezing. The region is basically empty. And the US and Russia haven’t been on great terms for a few dozen decades. But Moon was undeterred. “Some may doubt such a project can be completed,” he said in a 2005 speech to the Universal Peace Federation in New York. “But where there is a will, there is always a way—especially if it is the will of God. The science and technology of the 21st century render it possible to construct a tunnel under the Bering Strait.” This wasn’t Moon’s first proposal for a world-historical engineering venture. In 1981, he’d convened a group of scientists to unveil a plan for a bridge that would connect Japan and China.

    Neil Bush, an investor with no political ambitions, joined Moon on several stops on his yearlong tunnel-promoting tour. He traveled with him to Manila, where they visited with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Malacañang Palace, and he followed along to Taipei, where he watched Moon make his pitch to an audience that included the vice president of the Republic of China. In an email to Mother Jones, Neil Bush said he did not support the tunnel plan but had traveled with Moon because he supported “efforts by faith leaders to call their flock into service to others.” Moon’s proposal never picked up much political momentum, though, and he died in 2012.

    Evidently, Neil Bush remained a fan of Moon. “As controversial as Rev. Moon was in the United States, I got to know him as a man whose heart was focused on bringing together people of different faiths to bridge divides,” he told the Washington Times when Moon died. “His call on people of faith to serve others is an important legacy

    Posted by Tiffany Sunderson | January 6, 2015, 11:27 am
  3. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/arnaud-de-borchgrave-swashbuckling-newsweek-foreign-correspondent-dies/2015/02/15/52609204-b552-11e4-a200-c008a01a6692_story.html

    Arnaud de Borchgrave, who interviewed statesmen and despots across time zones and war zones as a swashbuckling foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine, and who later led the Washington Times as editor during the newspaper’s early years, died Feb. 15 at a hospice in the District. He was 88.

    The cause was cancer, said his wife, Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave.

    Born a Belgian count, Mr. de Borchgrave was reported to have been 13th in line to the throne in his native country. He gave up his aristocratic title, although perhaps not the air of influence and access, and became a U.S. citizen and high-profile, globe-trotting journalist.

    He began his career shortly after World War II as a reporter with the United Press wire service and quickly made the leap to Newsweek, then owned by Vincent Astor and later purchased by The Washington Post Co. under the leadership of President Philip L. Graham.

    Mr. de Borchgrave became Newsweek’s Paris bureau chief in 1951 and went on to a career as a roving correspondent, parachuting into hot spots and sending dispatches from Africa, the Middle East and Europe at the height of the Cold War.

    Arnaud de Borchgrave was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine before becoming editor of the Washington Times. (Harry Naltchayan)

    Ever flamboyant, he told Esquire magazine that he kept “the starched combat fatigues of 12 nations” at his pied-a-terre in Geneva, Switzerland, where he lived conveniently near the airport. By his estimate, he covered at least 17 wars.

    In Vietnam, Mr. de Borchgrave accompanied French paratroopers at the battle of Dien Bien Phu, according to a New York magazine profile. He was credited with doing seven tours in Vietnam and reportedly sustained two wounds in the Southeast Asian war.

    In the Middle East, he covered Arab-Israel conflicts including the Six-Day War of 1967, where he said he donned an Israeli uniform and rode in a lead tank, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when he reached the front line sporting Egyptian camouflage.

    He cultivated the connections to score interviews with world leaders including Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin of Israel, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat of Egypt, King Hussein of Jordan, Hafez Assad of Syria and Moammar Gaddafi of Libya in his barracks.

    While many journalists preferred to keep a certain distance from their subjects, Mr. de Borchgrave seemed to nurture extraordinarily close contacts. He said he devised a secret code with future king Juan Carlos of Spain that would give Newsweek a heads up on the death of longtime and long-ailing dictator Francisco Franco.

    “The message that he would send me,” the journalist recalled, was, ‘Charlie is on his way to Rome and wants to see you.’ ”

    His exploits — at times recounted as lore — made Mr. de Borchgrave the subject of news profiles that explored his cachet and reputation for extravagance. A self-described “sun worshiper,” he quipped that he was “lucky that most of the world’s crises have been in tropical climates.”

    “People were always talking about ‘the tan’ and the way I went to the best parties. But black tie, white tie or combat fatigues, I was working,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 1985. “I’d come up with an excuse to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes at a party to make notes on what I’d been told. . . . Sure, there were pictures in fancy magazines with the Aga Khan on his yacht off Sardinia. But, my god, I was working!”

    Newsweek rewarded Mr. de Borchgrave for what was, by all accounts, his prodigious output. “There were three reporting budgets: foreign, domestic and Arnaud,” a former correspondent once said, according to an account in the New Yorker magazine.

    He once submitted an expense report for new suits to replace old ones that, according to the story, had been damaged when a bullet entered his hotel room and penetrated his suitcase. Another time, after reporting on the Indo-Pakistan conflict, he said he charged Newsweek several hundred dollars for “sherpas for manhandling our Jeep across a landslide.”

    Mr. de Borchgrave maintained his elite status despite an uneasy personal relationship with Katharine Graham, who succeeded Philip Graham, her husband, at the helm of The Washington Post and Newsweek after his suicide in 1963.

    Mr. de Borchgrave “played a large and useful, if ambiguous, role abroad for Newsweek,” she recalled in her memoir, “Personal History” (1997). “He was a dashing figure, a charmer of sorts who knew many of the monarchs, rulers, and leaders, and a fine reporter. And he was good for the magazine,” she wrote, adding that “he also lived very well off it.”

    In 1980, Mr. de Borchgrave was fired from Newsweek in what was widely described as an editorial disagreement stemming from his coverage of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. When the magazine rejected his initial dispatch, which compared the incursion to Nazi Germany’s march into Czechoslovakia, he reportedly circumvented the top editor and complained to the company president.

    After leaving the magazine, Mr. de Borchgrave teamed with Robert Moss, a journalist from the Economist magazine, to publish a newsletter, “Early Warning,” which reported intelligence news the two men considered under-covered in the mainstream media.

    He and Moss co-wrote a bestselling novel, “The Spike” (1980), outlining a scenario — not entirely fictional, in Mr. de Borchgrave’s view — in which Soviet agents infiltrated Western media to disseminate communist disinformation. They followed that book with another cautionary bestseller, “Monimbo” (1983).

    In 1985, Mr. de Borchgrave became editor of the Washington Times, the newspaper launched three years earlier with the backing of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, a religious group with millions of followers but often described as a cult.

    While the Times trailed The Post in circulation, it had a loyal readership, particularly among Reagan administration officials and conservatives who welcomed it as an alternative to other media outlets.

    Mr. de Borchgrave was credited with encouraging energetic reporting from his staff, but at times made unorthodox journalistic decisions. During his tenure, the newspaper helped raise funds, including $100,000 from its parent company, to support the Contra rebels fighting the leftist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.

    A persistent charge — including from an editorial-page editor who resigned in protest — was that the Unification Church meddled in the newspaper’s affairs. On one occasion, the paper published an editorial in which Mr. de Borchgrave called on President Ronald Reagan to pardon Moon, who had been convicted of tax evasion.

    Mr. de Borchgrave dismissed allegations of church interference as “twaddle.” In 1991, he stepped down as editor, later becoming chief executive of the wire service by then known as United Press International. In subsequent years, he was editor at large at the Times and UPI, which was purchased in 2000 by the Unification Church news affiliate.

    Arnaud Paul Charles Marie-Philippe de Borchgrave d’Altena was born Oct. 26, 1926, in Brussels. Later, journalism colleagues dubbed him the “Short Count” for his unimposing physical stature. He said that he lied about his age to serve in the British navy during World War II.

    In the later years of his career, in addition to his journalistic work, he was an adviser at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    In 2012, Mr. de Borchgrave received unfavorable attention for similarities in his writing to other published sources. “Everybody makes mistakes and I take responsibility for mine,” he said in a statement at the time. “I will redouble my efforts to attribute with precision.”

    Mr. de Borchgrave’s marriages to Dorothy Solon and to Eileen Ritschel ended in divorce. A son from his first marriage, Arnaud de Borchgrave Jr., died in 2011. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Alexandra Villard of Washington; a daughter from his second marriage, Trisha de Borchgrave of London; a sister; and two granddaughters.

    Mr. de Borchgrave bemoaned the lack of sartorial style among many journalists, adding that good taste was a professional asset.

    “I saw this in Morocco once,” he recalled in an oral history. “I had a Chesterfield coat with a black velvet collar. Looked like a diplomat. Nasser was coming in his yacht to Casablanca and getting together with all these Arab heads of state, and the media was dressed, as you know, how the media dresses. I was dressed like an ambassador. And I managed to get in with the ambassadors. I did that over and over again.”

    Posted by Tiffany Sunderson | February 18, 2015, 10:59 am

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