The World Bank and the Spread of the American Empire

Written by Dene McGriff

The World Bank andrepparttar Spread ofrepparttar 145370 American Empire By Dene McGriff I must confess to being a “cog” as inrepparttar 145371 “cog” in a machine. Did I know I was? Nope, but I have gradually come to see that I was a “cog” inrepparttar 145372 building ofrepparttar 145373 American Global Empire. Please don’t get mad at me for my confessions, for I certainly didn’t realize it atrepparttar 145374 time. In fact, most of us are oblivious to what is really going on around us. I certainly was, butrepparttar 145375 more I look into my past,repparttar 145376 more I realize my role – as apparently innocent as it appeared to be. I spent most of my life in international work but little did I know what I was really involved in. I was a little cog in a great big machine that was creatingrepparttar 145377 greatest global empire inrepparttar 145378 history ofrepparttar 145379 world. We didn’t carry guns, just a briefcase and a laptop! We wererepparttar 145380 new empire builders! Please let me explain. Background America has been building a vast global empire forrepparttar 145381 past century. Byrepparttar 145382 end of WWII, it wasrepparttar 145383 undisputed leader with only Russia and its satellites standing inrepparttar 145384 way of global hegemony! A couple of quick little wars in Korea and Vietnam showedrepparttar 145385 futility of winning by conventional means. But a much more serious war was on whose goal was to turnrepparttar 145386 entire world into client states of America – tied to us by our apparent generosity and good will. How did this process work? The end of World War II left Europe and Japan in shambles (the developed world). How were they to be rebuilt? What wasrepparttar 145387 strategy? Very simple, we opened our markets to them. We invested in their business and infrastructure. But what ofrepparttar 145388 rest ofrepparttar 145389 undeveloped world? How were we going to bring them intorepparttar 145390 Twentieth Century? In true American form and efficiency, we launched a multi-pronged attack. The Peace Corp sent out young people throughoutrepparttar 145391 world to identify and develop projects. These wererepparttar 145392 best andrepparttar 145393 brightest. They were bilingual, sensitive cross-culturally and becamerepparttar 145394 source for great expansion of international business, international aid and development andrepparttar 145395 CIA. The Peace Corp spawnedrepparttar 145396 birth of companies known as “the beltway bandits” – consulting companies eager to helprepparttar 145397 government spend USAID, World Bank, IMF and other monies. I worked on and off for these consulting companies over a period of 25 years. Christian relief and development agencies also got involved inrepparttar 145398 act (World Relief, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, Food forrepparttar 145399 Hungry, etc.) as well. I worked with two of them as well. These minions of “do gooders” (myself included) fanned out acrossrepparttar 145400 globe developing relationships, identifying needs, writing grants and business plans to bring economic development torepparttar 145401 “undeveloped” world. I personally worked all over Central and South America,repparttar 145402 Far East (Thailand, Indonesia andrepparttar 145403 Philippines), Africa andrepparttar 145404 Middle East. All this time, I had no idea I was a part ofrepparttar 145405 machine Phase I The back drop of all this is thatrepparttar 145406 developed world – Europe, Japan, America and Canada represented about 20 percent ofrepparttar 145407 world population. Latin America, Africa andrepparttar 145408 rest of Asia, India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia representedrepparttar 145409 other 80 percent. They needed infrastructure – water, power, transportation, industry, bridges, dams, technology. How were we to get that to them and where would this all lead? The seductive part is that out goal was so good. Most people were dying from diseases caused by drinking bad water. Cholera, typhoid, malaria – so many diseases could be taken care of just by improving sanitation. Agriculture could be improved, natural resources exploited, industry developed, housing improved, etc. Sorepparttar 145410 army of volunteers, consultants and corporate executives spread throughoutrepparttar 145411 world looking for opportunity. But who would pay for it? These countries certainly didn’t have excess money to pay for costly infrastructure! The same foundation that was laid to rebuild Europe and Japan was used –repparttar 145412 IMF and World Bank,repparttar 145413 United States Agency for International Development (USAID),repparttar 145414 Inter American Development Bank,repparttar 145415 Asia Development Bank, etc. USAID is a part ofrepparttar 145416 State Department and works closely with, if not forrepparttar 145417 CIA (as I found outrepparttar 145418 hard way). The “political” and “economic” officers and attaches of our embassies were almost always CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). Reports produced – whether on health care, agricultural development, education, population control (known as “woman and child health”) – all ended up in CIA reports. There was a tremendous amount of overlap betweenrepparttar 145419 different agencies andrepparttar 145420 companies working with them. As development occurred, USAID tended to phase out and World Bank took over and “bilateral relationships” were established with developing country governments. Here is how it worked. Acquaintances were made, and friendships established especially throughrepparttar 145421 Peace Corps and Christian missionaries who were there as “scouts” forrepparttar 145422 empire. They were followed by consultants who would be hired by USAID to identify needs, and develop specifications for a project. This would result in an RFP (Request for Proposal) which would go out in formal government digests. Consulting companies or businesses would then develop proposals in response torepparttar 145423 RFP. There would usually be a committee consisting of USAID employees and counterparts inrepparttar 145424 host government that would go through a selection process. Eventually, it would be awarded to a US firm. I personally worked on hundreds of proposals and numerous projects. Here is an example of how it works. In 1985, I was selected as team leader to evaluate a $27 million health infrastructure project that had been awarded to Westinghouse Health Systems. This wasrepparttar 145425 mid term evaluation of a multi-year project. It was an exciting time – machine gun fire and mortars going off constantly up inrepparttar 145426 mountains aboverepparttar 145427 Holiday Inn where we stayed. I spentrepparttar 145428 better part ofrepparttar 145429 summer there. The Salvadoran people were gracious and hard working. The folks staying inrepparttar 145430 hotel either worked for a consulting company,repparttar 145431 CIA, paramilitary or adoption agencies. There were even a couple of Russians. It was quite an eclectic mix. There were four other people on my team looking at different aspects ofrepparttar 145432 project. Westinghouse was providing training, buying medical supplies, ambulances, etc. Two really important things came out ofrepparttar 145433 study. The first and most important is that only about $2 million was a grant. The rest, about $25 million, was a loan that had to be paid back. I found that this was quite common. Most of our “aid” was really inrepparttar 145434 form of loans – hundreds of millions in all that had to be paid back! The other is thatrepparttar 145435 health budget forrepparttar 145436 country didn’t increase by $27 million. In fact it didn’t increase at all. I askedrepparttar 145437 Minister of Health why not? They spent it on other things – mainly guns. This aspect ofrepparttar 145438 report became very controversial asrepparttar 145439 report hit Congress. They tracked me down in Kingston, Jamaica to ask me about it. It turns out thatrepparttar 145440 USAID health and population officer in charge ofrepparttar 145441 project told Congress it was additional money torepparttar 145442 budget. He was furious with me and later got caught doing deals underrepparttar 145443 table and ended up going to jail for a few years.

Wisconsin bans hunting by Internet

Written by Kevin Doberstein

WI bans hunting by Internet By Kevin Doberstein Copyright 2005

Wisconsin State Assembly passed Bill 179. This bill reads “relating to: being physically in possession of a firearm, bow, or crossbow while hunting captive deer or other captive wild animals. This bill is intended to stoprepparttar surge of Internet hunting in Wisconsin.

A Texas businessman owns a web site that allows people to shoot game animals on his ranch. This is done with specially mounted cameras on rifles. The “hunter” can viewrepparttar 145208 entire process online and tellrepparttar 145209 person holdingrepparttar 145210 rifle to shoot live game on his ranch. He claimsrepparttar 145211 site was intended for disabled people so that they can also enjoy hunting and target shooting.

Generally in Wisconsin, disabled persons are givenrepparttar 145212 opportunity to hunt and enjoyrepparttar 145213 outdoor experience. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources objective is to provide a variety of hunting, fishing, and recreational use permits designed to help people with disabilities enjoyrepparttar 145214 state’s natural resources.

Wisconsin’s Disabled Advisory Council forrepparttar 145215 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has 4 main objectives.

 To adviserepparttar 145216 Department of Natural Resources on matters pertaining torepparttar 145217 accessibility of all department programs and services by physically challenged persons.  To identify and evaluate needs of physically challenged persons and communicate them torepparttar 145218 Department.  To advance research and design, policy and legislative changes to improve accessibility of agency programs and properties.  To communicate with individuals and other organizations and agencies with similar purposes in a collaborative process to improve accessibility

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