Jimmy Wales Foundation winds down

Jimbo’s award money from Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, must be about gone now.

Jimmy used the money to start the Jimmy Wales Foundation, for promoting human rights on the internet, and mostly to hire attorney Orit Kopel to run it.

Jimbo and Kopel have both moved on now to Jimmy’s latest project, WikiTribune – Orit Kopel was a co-founder and is now busy on the speaking circuit.

The JWF website is still up, but mostly they have followed up on a few old cases and re-tweeted stuff from other people. In the last year they have featured:

  • an announcement about the Bassel Khartabil Memorial Fund, established by Creative Commons
  • mention of the release of Roya Nobakht, a UK-Iranian citizen, from prison in Iran
  • a mention of Iranian cartoonist “Eaten Fish”, detained by Australia at Manus Island.  What they do not tell you is that “Eaten  fish”, aka Ali Dorani, was resettled in Europe in December 2017, with the help of the International Cities of Refuge Network and the Australian poet and refugee advocate Janet Galbraith, who btw has no Wikipedia article.
  • an announcement of the arrest of Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart.  Kart was sentenced to prison in April 2018 along with 13 other members of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, and won the International Editorial Cartoons Prize for press freedom in May, so he should be about ripe for a Wikpedia article as well.
  • an announcement about the death of Bassel Khartabil two years earlier
  • public endorsement by JWF of a statement against the arrests of human rights defenders in Iran prior to elections
  • the arrest of “72-year-old” Ugandan professor Stella Nyanzi for calling the president Yoweri Museveni a “pair of buttocks”.  If that doesn’t warrant a Wikipedia page, I don’t know what does.  Sure enough she has an article, but much littered with templates. “Multiple issues”, LOL, just like the professor. But what is this miracle?  According to NPR, she is now only 43 years old, and by her picture she looks it.  Also she has been out of prison for a year. But oh dear: “The pair of buttocks is paid 3.6M/= to shit in our country’s politics,…” Yeah these African countries are something else, in the progressive West they yell “lock her up” when they don’t like someone’s email servers.  In Uganda it’s when they use vulgar language in an obscure local language.

I know this JWF foundation was probably done to solve a tax problem, but I think Jimbo and Kopel will probably look back on it some day as one of the best things they have ever done with their lives.

The JWF may be dormant, but fortunately the Washington Post has taken up the slack.  In today’s issue we have profiles of ten detained activists (WaPo calls them “icons”) of the women’s rights movement in Saudi Arabia.

LOL, the New York Times just jumped on the bandwagon 3 hours ago and re-published this story from the AP news service. And why oh why did they get scooped? Why, they were too busy giving oxygen to that Canadian loser alt-right Trump supporter and incel favorite, Jordan Peterson.  See also the May 18 Munk debates: “Political Correctness: Be it resolved, what you call political correctness, I call progress…” in which progress wins.

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2 thoughts on “Jimmy Wales Foundation winds down

  1. The history of the legal existence of the Jimmy Wales Foundation is curious. There was no charity or company registered in England under that name until Septembe 2017, when the Jimmy Wales Foundation Lrd was resgistered as a company limited by guarantee (the usual vehicle for a non-profit), and the website still does not disclose a registration number, which is illegal for a company. I think that until recently it must have been a purely informal association, which means that it will not have had any tax advantages.

  2. It looks like they don’t have to register if their income is below £5,000. They don’t seem to seek contributions, so with the exception of the original…what…endowment (?) they would have zero income. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/excepted-charities/excepted-charities–2

    Wait yes I see it now, courtesy of “Renée Bagslint” over at That Other Place: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10950000 No financial info, so he could have kept the prize after all–how much does it cost to set up a website and get a lawyer to update it once a month or so…can’t be too many billable hours. The thing was not about the money anyhow it was about making a statement about human rights in the UAE https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/the_withinthelaw_jimmy_wales_on_the_run_with_500000/ which he did, least of all by hiring a Jewish lawyer for the thing. Seems like the Sheik is still getting bad publicity though, his daughter Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammad al-Maktoum may have been forcibly disappeared. She was last seen March 2018 as UAE authorities were detaining her. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/07/concerns-grow-for-whereabouts-of-dubai-princess-following-failed-escape

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