Project Syndicate with headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, describes itself as "an international association of quality newspapers devoted to: bringing distinguished voices from across the world to local audiences everywhere; strengthening the independence of printed media in transition and developing countries; upgrading their journalistic, editorial, and business capacities. Project Syndicate currently consists of 295 newspapers in 123 countries, with a total circulation of 42,812,258 copies. Its activities fall into two broad categories: disseminating the highest quality commentaries and analysis to its member papers; fostering institutional links among member papers."
Project Syndicate is a not-for-profit institution. On its website it states that "financial contributions from member papers in developed countries support the services provided free by Project Syndicate to members in less advanced economies. Additional support comes from the Open Society Institute, Politiken Foundation and Die Zeit Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Foundation."
On its website, Project Syndicate lists past contributors as having come form:
- "Politicians, including UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski, and President of Costa Rica and Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias, former Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka, former NATO Secretary General George Robertson, US Senator Dianne Feinstein, former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard and Prince Hassan of Jordan;
- Novelists, such as Umberto Eco, Nadine Gordimer, Arundhati Roy, and Vladimir Voinovich;
- Academics, including Joseph S. Nye, Pierre Nora, Peter Singer, Nina Khrushcheva, John Gray, and Bjorn Lomborg;
- Global strategists, including Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Haass, Sergei Karaganov, and Kenichi Ohmae;
- Scientists, such as Nobel Laureates Sydney Brenner, Paul Berg, and Harold Varmus;
- Economists, including Joseph E. Stiglitz, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Guillermo Calvo, James Wolfensohn, George Soros, Otmar Issing, and Daniel Cohen;
- Activists, such as former EU Commissioner Emma Bonino, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, and the Director of Human Rights Watch in China, Xiao Qiang and Egypt's human rights activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim."
Although some of its authors (Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, George Soros, Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum) are also among its foundation funders, Project Syndicate doesn't routinely display any kind of disclosure notice associated with its articles. Bios for authors are frequently PR blurbs emphasizing positive associations while not revealing potential conflicts of interest, such as the following bio for Tony Blair:
- "Tony Blair was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. Since leaving office, he has founded the Africa Governance Initiative, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and the Faith and Globalization Initiative."
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- Hans Bergstrom
- Christoph Bertram
- Michael Ehrenreich
- Marcin Krol
- Norman Manea
- William Newton-Smith (Chairman)
- Jeffrey D. Sachs
- Roman Frydman
- Kenneth Murphy
- Andrzej Rapaczynski
- Jonathan Stein (Deputy Editor)
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Related SourceWatch Articles
- Project Syndicate, "Who We Are", Project Syndicate, accessed April 2009.
- See https://lib.reviews/review/27f3bf2f-032d-4852-9d8d-a4599ad8eec3 for a detailed assessment of some of these issues.
- https://www.project-syndicate.org/columnist/tony-blair ; archived at https://archive.fo/z8udy