"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 -
forged by the increasingly volatile, deregulated global economy." - Naomi Klein
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
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
1994 Boris Yeltsin starts a war in
economics professor Andrei Scleifer and his deputy Jonathan Hay help the
Russian oligarches design the "new economy."
The "Oligarches" gain
control of the Russian economy as industries are sold off for a fraction of
Norlisk Nickle, fifth largest producer of nickle in the
world, is sold for $170 million - profits reach 1.5 billion annually by
Yokos, which controls more oil than Kuwait, is sold for $309 million.
stake in Sidanko, worth $2.8 billion in 2007 is sold for $130 million.
huge weapons factory was sold for $3 million to - Viktor Bout
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 design.
1998 "Like 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
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.
massive subsidies, the private operator fails to improve basic water delivery
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 rejoice that the juggernaut of communism has 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
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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