Book Review: Pillaging the World. The History and Politics of the IMF

“During his bloody coup, Pinochet had fully relied on the active support of the CIA and the US Department of State under Henry Kis­singer. When implementing the toughest austerity program ever carried out in a Latin American country, the “Chicago Boys” received the full backing of the IMF. Regardless of all human rights violations, IMF loans to Chile doubled in the year after Pinochet’s coup, only to quadruple and quintuple in the following two years.”

Read the review of Ernst Wolff’s book on the history of the International Monetary Fund, “Pillaging the World”.

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No other financial organization has affected the lives of the majority of the world’s population more profoundly over the past fifty years than the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since its inception after World War II, it has expanded its sphere of influence to the remotest corners of the earth. Its membership currently includes 188 countries on five continents.

For decades, the IMF has been active mainly in Africa, Asia and South America. There is hardly a country on these continents where its policies have not been carried out in close cooperation with the respective national governments. When the global financial crisis broke out in 2007, the IMF turned its attention to northern Europe. Since the onset of the Euro crisis in 2009, its primary focus has shifted to southern Europe.

Officially, the IMF’s main task consists in stabilizing the global financial system and helping out troubled countries in times of…

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Two Big Days In The History Of Syria.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Humanitarian Situation in Syria”, United Nations on October 24, 2019 | Two days later on October 26, 2019 – ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead.

n Thursday October 24, 2019 a meeting was convened at the United Nations to present findings of a study conducted through interviews of hundreds of Syrians about their experiences inside Internally Displaced Citizens (IDC) refugee camps, particularly those located at Rukban and Al-Tanf.

In a briefing titled “Humanitarian Situation in Syria” presented by the Director of the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, Mr. Maxim Grigoriev describes why the refugee camps are misnamed, and that they are in reality brutal prison camps where tremendous levels of terrorist-led gruesome human rights violations have occurred.

Murder, forced detention, abuse, torture, forced prostitution, rape and sexual harassment are some of the crimes reported from witnesses in interviews conducted with (2) days of the witness/Syrian citizens’ leaving the refugee camps and relocating to Syrian government controlled areas.

The American military in charge of the refugee camps in high likelihood do not wish for this information to reach a wider public, as the personal witness testimonies paint a severely critical picture of the United States military’s collaborative, commandeering role with terrorists in the camps, including members of ISIS.

As already noted, the meeting was held at the United Nations in New York on Thursday October 24, 2019. It is important to note that the participants in this meeting were totally unaware of what was to occur within just 48 hours afterward.

Every man and woman who reads these words will by now be fully familiar with the Saturday October 26, 2019 reported death of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which was immediately the top focus of/on virtually every media platform on Earth.

We would ask those who pass this way to view the entire 57-minute meeting video and consider possible answers and/or commentary on the following question:

Was the Saturday October 26, 2019 raid on an Idlib, Syria compound, – reportedly conducted for either capturing or killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – carried out specifically in response to the extremely shocking and revealing October 24, 2019 United Nations meeting?

Perhaps it would be helpful in answering that important question to consider the level of response, or non-response/silence, coming from the administration of United States President Donald Trump regarding the October 24, 2019 meeting at the United Nations.

What are people across the Earth to make of two separate, hugely important, related and starkly contrasting events – central to the future of Syria and its people, along with the Middle East region and the world – taking place just a matter of two days apart?

(Thank you to RussiaUN at YouTube)

Where Are We … On ‘That Day’ In 2001?

By Jerry Alatalo

 lie as unprecedented-in-history, massive and obvious as 9/11 was impossible to sustain, therefore after 18 years the lie – without a doubt, and with bittersweet long-awaited relief – is collapsing faster than a “New York minute”.

Former United States Senator and vice presidential running mate of Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election, Joe Lieberman, has a big problem. One would even be so bold and go so far as to strongly suggest that Joe Lieberman – with his shocking newly-uncovered public “testimony” regarding Building 7 and 9/11, shortly after publication of the 9/11 Commission Report – must become added to the list of “persons of interest” to become intensely questioned and investigated.

(Thank you to Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry at YouTube)

One might imagine Mr. Lieberman being legally deposed on this matter, and in the process asked for his response to the following brief video regarding Building 7’s collapse on September 11, 2001. Others at the highest level of United States government power, past and present, whose considered, responsive perspectives would assuredly be valuable – for better or worse – include current President Donald Trump, and former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, in bipartisan fashion.

Peace.

(Thank you to AE911TRUTH at YouTube)

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‘Weaponizing Human Rights’: UN Chief Bachelet’s Venezuela Report Follows US Regime Change Script

Alfred de Zayas' Human Rights Corner

Former UN special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas slams UN High Commissioner Bachelet’s report on Venezuela as a politicized collection of baseless accusations by “advocates of regime change”

By Anya Parampil

Link to original article (The Grayzone): https://thegrayzone.com/2019/07/06/weaponizing-human-rights-un-high-commissioner-bachelets-venezuela-report-follows-us-regime-change-script/

When United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet traveled to Venezuela earlier this year, she met with an array of citizens who lost family members to right-wing violence in the country.

Among them was Inés Esparragoza, whose 20-year-old son, Orlando Figuera, was doused with gasoline and lit on fire by an opposition mob during violent anti-government riots, known as guarimbas, in May 2017.

“He was stabbed, beaten and cruelly burnt alive,” Esparragoza declared before Bachelet in March. “Simply because of the color of his shirt, the color of his skin, and because he said he was Chavista.”

While Esparragoza poured her family’s torment out before the former Chilean president, Bachelet scribbled…

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