|"Journalist Danny Casolaro
had been investigating an international crime syndicate he termed "the Octopus"
at the time of his death in 1991.
Casolaro believed that this "Octopus"
involved powerful individuals in the private and public sectors as well as the
criminal underworld and that they were collectively responsible for some of the
biggest scandals of the 1980s, including Iran-Contra,
BCCI and the theft of the Promis
Casolaro had told friends and family that he was close to
concluding his investigation and several people close to him had seen documents
involving money transfers involving BCCI and the World Bank to people involved
in these scandals, such as Earl Brian and Adnan Khashoggi.
to Martinsburg, Virginia to meet with some sources to get the final piece of
the puzzle and "bring back the head of the Octopus."
Two days after
arriving in Martinsburg, Casolaro was found dead in his hotel room and his
briefcase full of his research notes and evidence was missing. His death was
ruled a suicide." - Whitney Webb
The Danny Casolaro Primer: 13 reasons to doubt the official
"We act as a potent deterrent against government
actions that may adversely affect investments."- World Bank website
"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.
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
One example is the coal-powered Tata Ultra Mega
power plant in western India, a $4.14 billion project scheduled to go online in
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
International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank are devised at the United Nations Monetary and Financial
Conference in Bretton Woods.
job on Wall Street was to be balance and payments economist for Chase Manhattan
bank in the 1960s.
My first job there was to calculate how much debt
could third world countries pay, and the answer was 'Well, how much do they
And whatever they earned, that's what they could afford to pay
And our objective was to take the entire earnings of a
third world country and say 'Ideally, that would be all paid as interest to
us.' " - University of Missouri economic historian and former Wall Street
economist Michael Hudson
1980s " Chicago 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
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 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
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
Dick Cheney, as defense
secretary to George 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
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
A 51% stake in Sidanko, worth $2.8 billion in 2007 is sold for
A huge weapons
factory is sold for $3 million.
Harvard ends up paying a settlement
of $26.5 million, Andrei Scleifer agrees to pay $2 million, 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
Boris Yeltsin's re-selected.
Viktor Vekselberg*, whose wealth originates
in the privatization of the Soviet aluminum industry, becomes co-owner and
chairman of Tyumen Oil.
1998 "Like most of Russia's
nouveau riche, 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.
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.
[Vladimir] Goussinsky is more than just one of Russia's
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.
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 corruption, and instead continues to insist 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, World Bank
complicity in corruption calls water lending into disrepute." - Patti
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
"I can guarantee again that it is easier for a
camel to go through
the eye of a needle
than for a rich person to enter the
A handful of international
corporations, led by Vivendi Universal and
Suez, aggressively take over the management of public water services in
countries around the world, dramatically raising the price of water to local
2000 More than 100,000 people in
Kwazulu-Natal province, South
Africa become 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.
bans on the export of water imposed for environmental reasons will be
challenged as a form of
2001 Global water services
industry makes a trillion dollars in profits.
Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, a
former steering committee member of the Bilderberg group, ascends to World Bank
Wolfowitz resigns on May 17.
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