Front organizations are credible cover operations for other activities which are illegal, unfashionable or philosophically eccentric. Some front organizations use issues of genuine public concern or needs for social service as a springboard to advance their particular causes. Others use a cover of providing needed services in order to perform or to fund illegal activities.
The Lyndon LaRouche political network, based in the USA, uses companies such as Campaigner Publications, Fusion Energy Foundation, New Benjamin Franklin House Publishing Company, Club of Life, and the Executive Intelligence Review, to fund and promote fanatical conspiracy theories.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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