"We act as a potent deterrent against government
actions that may adversely affect investments."- World Bank website
"The bookkeeper's trick of creating money out of
thin air, charging interest for its use, then forcing it down the throats of
weaker nations by threat of violence, is what has allowed the
soulless international money changers, since the
founding of the Bank of England in
1694, gradually to conquer the world. The
money monopoly translates into a
monopoly on violence on an ascending scale." - Richard C. Cook"The must be given credit for having invented and successfully
marketed the concept of 'structural adjustment,' a concept that packaged
together microeconomic and macroeconomic reforms. Structural adjustment was
sold as the process that countries needed to undergo in order to save their
economies from the crisis. For governments that bought into the package, the
distinction between sound macroeconomic policies that maintain external balance
and stable prices, on the one hand, and policies that determine openness [like
free trade], on the other, was obfuscated." - Dani Rodrik, Harvard
"The World Bank is increasing its financing of fossil-fuel
projects worldwide. One example is the coal-powered Tata Ultra Mega power plant
in western India, a $4.14 billion project scheduled to go online in 2012. When
it is fully operational, it will become one of the world's 50 largest
greenhouse-gas emitters and "will emit more carbon dioxide annually than the
nation of Tunisia," according to the US Department of Energy. The World Bank
will provide "$450 million in loans and guarantees for the project and also may
buy a $50 million stake in it." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 24,
"The World Bank is simply not slowing down its significant funding
to fossil-fuel projects that will emit greenhouse gases for 20 to 40 years." -
International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank are devised
at the United Nations Monetary and
Financial Conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
School believers tend to portray the mid-eighties onward as a smooth and
triumphant victory march for their ideology: at the same time that countries
were joining the democratic wave,
they had the collective
epiphany that free people and unfettered free markets go hand in hand.
That epiphany was always
fictional. What actually happened is that just as citizens were finally
winning their long-denied freedoms, escaping the shock of the torture chambers
under the likes of the Philippines' Ferdinand
Marcos and Uruguay's Juan Maria Bordaberry, they were hit with a perfect
storm of financial shocks - debt shocks, price shocks and currency shocks -
created by the increasingly volatile, deregulated global economy." - Naomi
1993 When the Russian Parliament rejects
structural adjustment Boris Yeltsin unilaterally dissolved parliament and
launched a military assault on Parliament that kills 500 people and injures
over a thousand more.
Boris Yeltsin would have become a successful
dictator had the World Bank and International Monetary Fund just kept its side of the
bargain by allowing the structural adjustment to be implemented over time and
had not failed to remit the aid of $15 to $30 billion that Jeffery Sachs
claimed was necessary to secure the Russian state's economic future.
"While Jeffery Sachs saw
the collapse of the Soviet Union as a liberation from
authoritarian rule and was ready to roll up his sleeves and start helping,
his Chicago School colleagues saw it as a
freedom of a different sort - as the final liberation from Keynesianism and the
do-gooder ideas of men like Jeffrey Sachs. Seen in that light, the do-nothing
attitude that so infuriated Jeffery Sachs when it came to
Russia was not "sheer
laziness" but laissez-faire in action: let it go, do nothing. By not lifting a
finger to help, all the men charged with Russian policy - from
Bruce Cheney, as defense secretary to
George Herbert Walker Bush , to
Larry Summers, Treasury
undersecretary, to Stanley Fischer at the International
Monetary Fund - were indeed doing something: they were practicing pure
Chicago School ideology, letting the market do its
worst. Russia was what
Friedian ideology looked like in practice, a foreshadowing of the
get-rich-or-die-trying dystopia that many of these same players would create a
decade later in Iraq." - Naomi Klein
Yeltsin starts a war in Chechnya.
Harvard economics professor Andrei
Scleifer and his deputy Jonathan Hay help the Russian oligarches design the
The "Oligarches" gain control of the Russian economy as
industries are sold off for a fraction of their value.
fifth largest producer of nickle in the world, is sold for $170 million -
profits reach 1.5 billion annually by 2006.
Yokos, which controls more
oil than Kuwait, is sold for $309 million.
A 51% stake in Sidanko, worth
$2.8 billion in 2007 is sold for $130 million.
A huge weapons factory
was sold for $3 million to - Viktor Bout perhaps?
Harvard ends up paying
a settlement of $26.5 million, Andrei Scleifer agrees to pay $2 million and
Jonathan Hay agrees to pay $1 million after a seven year court battle found
that Harvard had breached its contract with the US as Andrei Scleifer, Jonathan
Hay and Hay's wife each had personally profited from their "economic
most of Russia's nouveau riche, [Vladimir] Goussinsky, a 45-year-old former
theatrical director, made his money quickly and mysteriously. From a modest
start in 1986 with a small company specializing in metal works, he expanded his
holdings to include a bank and, later, a financial-industrial group called
Most. Experts credit much of Goussinsky's meteoric financial rise to his close
ties with Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov - and when it appeared possible that
Communist Party candidate Gennadi Zyuganov would defeat Yeltsin in the 1996
presidential election, Goussinsky and six other key financiers banded together
to fund Yeltsin's victorious re-election campaign. But Goussinsky is more than
just one of Russia's wealthiest men. As the president of the Russian Jewish
Congress, he is the public figurehead of
Russian Jewry and the
leading Russian sponsor of Jewish communal projects." - Jewish News of
Greater Phoenix, August 21, 1998
World Bank grants Armenia $30
million to upgrade the water supply in its capital city of Yerevan, provided
that it hand over the public water utility to a transnational corporation.
Despite massive subsidies, the private operator fails to improve basic water
delivery in Yerevan.
A parliamentary investigation discovered that
through a series of crooked deals the corporation misappropriated an estimated
$35 million from the Armenian people and amassed over $50 million in debt.
Today, water flows from the tap only a few hours a day, and residents live in
fear of outbreaks of water contamination.
The World Bank refuses to
recognize the corruption, and instead continues to insist that the project -
and the private contractor - surpassed all expectations.
"This case raises
difficult questions about the legitimacy of development projects all over the
world where so-called 'public-private partnerships' are involved, The World
Bank's complicity in corruption calls the whole of the Bank's water lending
into disrepute." - Patti Lynn
1999 "Only a blitzkrieg approach during the 'window of
opportunity' provided by the 'fog of transition' would get the changes made
before the population had a chance to organize to protect its previous vested
interests." - Joseph Stiglitz, chief
economist at the World Bank.
Boris Yeltsin was played as the fool,
promised structural adjustment occurred without any cushions.
Corporate boards of directors
gleefully rejoiced that the juggernaut of communism had finally been
A handful of
corporations, led by Vivendi Universal and
Suez, have aggressively taken over the management of public water services
in countries around the world, dramatically raising the price of water to local
In 2001 the water services industry made a trillion dollars
.2000 More than 100,000 people in
Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa became ill with cholera after water and
sanitation services to local communities are cut off for nonpayment.
The World Trade Organization now prohibits the use of export controls
for any purpose. Quotas or bans on the export of water imposed for
environmental reasons will be challenged as a form of protectionism.
Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, a
former steering committee member of the Bilderberg group, ascends to World Bank
Dundes Wolfowitz resigns on May 17.
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