U.K. Aid Used to Build Luxury Housing

An investment branch of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) aid agency has come under fire for subsidizing Avance Ingenieros to build elite housing projects in El Salvador at the expense of the UK taxpayer, according to an investigation by the Guardian newspaper. This is not an accident or mistake, it’s policy. http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15954

See also British aid money invested in gated communities and shopping centres which shows that this is not an isolated case.

The “Sustainable Forest Management” Scam.

Patrick Alley at TEDxExeter talks about how the logging industry and governments have conned people into believing that legal logging is ok and that organizations like the WWF are helping to improve the state of our forests.

There’s an article on the redd-monitor site that’s worth reading too.

 

Beware Aid Agencies Bearing Gifts

USAID’s so-called ‘democracy promotion programmes’ are designed to foment dissent against governments unfriendly to Washington

By Linda S.Heard | Special to Gulf News
Published: 20:00 April 21, 2014
Gulf News

There is no such thing as a free lunch as states that are recipients of western aid understand only too well. The naive may believe that foreign aid is a tool to help developing countries; sceptics are convinced it’s a quid pro quo enabling wealthy powers to exercise geopolitical policy objectives. In a documentary, filmmaker John Pilger made the case that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are “The New Rulers of the World” on behalf of their largest donor countries — the US, the UK, Germany, France and Japan. But some less powerful nations are alleging that one agency — the US Agency for International Development (USAID) — is acting as a front for the CIA.

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Haiti Reconstruction: Hotels, Sweatshops and Deregulation

Today, the “international community” is running Haiti again, colonial style.

One can easily tell by comparing the very slow construction of shelters and basic infrastructure for the Haitian majority with the rapid rise of luxury hotels for foreigners, sometimes with the help of aid funds which, we were told, were going to provide Haitians with basic necessities.

Most of the aid money went to donor countries’ businesses, government agencies and NGOs, as usual. International “aid” is a well-known capitalist scheme aimed at developing markets in the global south for businesses from the North. Of course this “aid” will benefit Haitians. But only the very few elite ones: those in power and the rich corporate elite. “Haiti’s open for business” and deluxe hotels will be welcoming businessmen so they can set up their sweat shops in a cool and luxurious environment.

In depth article on the GlobalResearch website

Archived as pdf Haiti_Reconstruction

 

Red Cross Buries Malaria Cure

(NaturalNews) The International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the parent organization of the more widely known American Red Cross, is currently engaged in a massive cover-up of a simple, non-toxic cure for malaria. A recent field trial conducted with a team of Red Cross humanitarian workers in Uganda found that 100 percent of malaria victims treated with a simple solution mixed in water were healed within 24 to 48 hours — but now the Red Cross is disassociating from the findings, claiming the trial never even happened.

A leaked documentary film recently posted to YouTube shows a team of experts heading to the small Ugandan village of Iganga, where a joint trial evaluating the effects of sodium chlorite activated to produce chlorine dioxide, a solution more popularly known as MMS, took place back in December with the help of Ugandan Red Cross workers. The film, which features a number of Red Cross officials and other workers administering the solution to local villagers, details the progress of the trial from start to finish, highlighting its important findings. (read more at naturalnews.com archived as pdf: MMS_cures_malaria_despite_Red_Cross_coverup)

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Nonprofits caught withholding Superstorm Sandy Donations

(NaturalNews) Scores of Americans were saddened by the loss of life and massive damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and as such were motivated to give money to non-profit charities providing relief to victims of the disaster. Only much of that money – tens of millions of dollars, in fact – has never made it to those it was intended to help. And now New York state’s attorney general is trying to figure out why.

“This is about transparency. This is about accountability,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “This is about us all understanding that the money goes where the donors intended and the relief is delivered effectively and efficiently.”

More at NaturalNews.com

archived as pdf:  Nonprofits_caught_withholding_funds_Sandy

 

Cashless Society Arrives in Africa

It was recently announced at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa that MasterCard and the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) under the government of Nigeria would form a partnership to distribute a new identity card to every Nigerian citizen.  The purpose of the card is to have all Nigerian citizens participate in the financial services sector under the control of MasterCard, a multinational financial services corporation headquartered in New York.  MasterCard’s press release ‘MasterCard to Power Nigerian Identity Card Program’ stated:

As part of the program, in its first phase, Nigerians 16 years and older, and all residents in the country for more than two years, will get the new multipurpose identity card which has 13 applications including MasterCard’s prepaid payment technology that will provide cardholders with the safety, convenience and reliability of electronic payments. This will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of these Nigerians who have not previously had access to financial services.

Read more at globalresearch.ca. Archived as pdf: Cashless_Society_Arrives_in_Africa

Bono partners with Monsanto, G8, to wreck African farms with GMOs

Rady Ananda
Activist Post

At the G8 Summit held two weeks ago at Camp David, President Obama met with private industry and African heads of state to launch the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a euphemism for monocultured, genetically modified crops and toxic agrochemicals aimed at making poor farmers debt slaves to corporations, while destroying the ecosphere for profit.

And Bono, of the rock group U2, is out shilling for Monsanto on this one.

More at activistpost.com

saved as pdf: Bono_Monsanto_etc

Love vs. Fear

Imagine if we could help someone change their life for the better permanently, in under three years. Or imagine being in direct contact with the people on the ground, turning their semi-desert home back to an abundant food forest using permaculture, perhaps even going over and helping out…. Imagine being able to offer advice and expertise, or just encouragement and support, while a family solves their problems. No middlemen, no expenses taken out, no bureaucracy. If only!

After spending some years and a lot of money (to me) trying to set up a conventional non-profit to promote permaculture, I came across an alarming and incredible statistic, one which caused me to reappraise everything I was doing and start something else. According to statista.com, in the USA alone, non-profits reported expenses of 1.89 trillion U.S. dollars in 2009. I wanted to be sure, because sometimes a billion is a hundred million, instead of a thousand million (presumably to distinguish top millionaires from the riffraff). But that’s not the case here. A trillion is a one followed by 12 zeros, so in 2009, US non-profits’ expenses were 1,890,000,000,000 dollars.

And that’s just the USA. We could safely double it for worldwide non-profits, and still be well below the actual figure. To be conservative, let’s say 3 trillion of our dollars each year goes on the kinds of projects that non-profits are allowed to do (essentially, making the world a better place). Think what you could do with just one million dollars. Now think of that times three million! Or imagine if three million people went out into the world, each with a million dollars to spend on projects beneficial to the community. Every year!

 

Read the rest at permaculturenews.org