"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 economist
"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, 2008
"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." - Heike Mainhardt-Gibbsof
1944 The 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
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
Harvard economics professor Andrei Scleifer and his deputy
Jonathan Hay help the Russian oligarches design the "new economy."
"Oligarches" gain control of the Russian economy as industries are sold off for
a fraction of their value.
Norlisk Nickle, 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 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
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 international 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 residents.
In 2001 the water services industry
made a trillion dollars in profits.
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
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
Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, a
former steering committee member of the Bilderberg group, ascends to World Bank
Paul Dundes Wolfowitz resigns on
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