Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Spoil 1.91 The fox in charge of the henhouse

Vast tracts of the world's second-largest rainforest have been obtained by a small group of European and US logging companies in return for minimal taxes and gifts of salt, sugar and tools, a two-year investigation has found.
It was the kind of "social responsibility" agreement encouraged by the World Bank...The [Greenpeace] report claims that industrial logging backed by the World Bank is out of control.
"Most of the ocmpanies have benefited from the World Bank's failure to ensure that the moratorium [on logging contracts] it negotiated with the transitional...government has been enforced," said Greenpeace's Africa forests campaigner, Stephan van Praet.
Greenpeace and other international groups say the forests' fate depends on the World Bank and on other donors rejecting industrial logging...
The World Bank accepts that logging could destroy the forests in a short time...

Guardian Weekly, April 20-26 2007, p. 3

A key figure in the World Bank, said to have links to the Roman Catholic sect Opus Dei, was accused last weekend of undermining its commitment ot the health of women by ordering the deletion of goals, targets and policies relating to family planning.

Guardian Weekly, April 20-26 2007, p. 4

Kind of a cruel joke that the WB president should be named Wolfowitz
The World Bank's homepage is good for a laugh, too - if you don't get a
warm fuzzy feeling from all that spin, there's something wrong with you.


At 11:33 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and who said no cynic ever built a church?

At 12:14 pm, Blogger Geist said...

I know that line from Max Frisch's Diaries.


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