connecting the dots: philanthrocapitalism

When I became a journalist back in the 1990s, I decided to remain as open as possible to the news and politics and events happening locally and worldwide. Watching news happen, it took real effort to connect the dots. Journalism has been corrupted by fewer and fewer owners of mainstream media – like some 100+ families who control everything we read and hear in TV and radio and print news broadcasts.

My Aussie friend Von has a fantastic blog that connects the dots on world issues that include adoption and how it connects to poverty and human trafficking. The disaster is Americans are not AWARE.

The world needs more people to connect the dots and SOON! Please follow her blog… Trace

The Disaster Can Be Stopped

fishEvery five seconds a child under ten dies from hunger, 57 000 people every day, a billion are severely malnourished, and this is happening on a planet that is overflowing with wealth and that could actually feed twelve billion people.  We Let the Third World Starve – The Disaster Can Be Stopped : Jean Ziegler

Indonesia has a thriving market in babies, the price rising as each middleman or woman takes their cut of the mpney to be made in deals where the babies, the commodities, originally have no price but steadily increase in worth on the market as they are sold on, dealers “selling them at a huge mark-up”. The country introduced strict laws in 1983 to stop adoption agencies operating as so-called “baby farms” for foreign customers but according to the Commission for Child Protection, it has driven the practice underground. In January, West Jakarta police arrested a syndicate of six women accused of buying babies, arranging identity documents and selling them at a huge mark-up, some apparently bound for overseas. Read more: Thousands of babies sold on Indonesian black market.

Driving practices such as this ‘underground’ do not make them go away, do not make them less lucrative and it appears that those who are arrested may be ‘token’ dealers, made an example of, to look as if the authorities are doing something to stop the trade. If they were serious we would hear of arrests like this every day and of babies rescued from adoption, false identities and deportation to an unknown country. In countries where bribes and under the counter payments are the norm what hope is there of ever ending such a ‘rewarding’ business? Those who are staunch advocates for saving starving orphans, usually one or two at a time, seem to believe that they will be able to make a difference, to in some way begin to alleviate world poverty. While I’m a firm believer in one step at a time and working in our own corner of the world to produce change and accept that it may prevent one child from living in poverty I do not necessarily see the new life as better in every way or that this is the way to do anything about the poverty in the world, the numbers of children who die daily. The trade-off is too great, the lasting damage too much and the viable answers so varied, possible and within grasp that those who are motivated to save children could do so much more and so much better by putting their efforts and considerable amounts of money into other projects. Some do, but being well-meaning is not enough, those actions have to be responsible, considered and undertaken after respectful consultation, research and planning.

Take for instance Bill Gates, ( now sainted for his efforts and spending of some part of his fortune on vaccination programs also is a share-holder in Monsanto! How does he justify that? Monsanto that is ripping apart families, killing livelihoods and directly responsibly for thousands of suicides of Indian farmers who have had their traditional way of life ruined and taken over by Monsanto for the benefit if the shareholders.

The Gates Foundation’s ties with Monsanto and corporate agriculture in general speak volumes about its real agenda, which is to create a monopolistic system of world control in every area of human life. Vaccines, pharmaceuticals, GMOs, reproductive control, weather manipulation, global warming — these and many other points of entry are the means by which the Gates Foundation is making great strides to control the world by pretending to help improve and save it. Rather than promote real food sovereignty and address the underlying political and economic issues that breed poverty, Gates and Co. has instead embraced the promotion of corporately-owned and controlled agriculture and medicine paradigms that will only further enslave the world’s most impoverished. It is abundantly evident that GMOs have ravished already-impoverished people groups by destroying their native agricultural systems, as has been seen in India Learn more:

If you don’t think shareholders hold responsibility for what the companies they hold shares in does then you need to think hard about actions and consequences, personal and corporate responsibility. The Foundation has donated millions of dollars to help sufferers of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. However, a Los Angeles Times investigation claimed there were three major problems with the foundation’s allocation of aid. First, “by pouring most contributions into the fight against such high-profile killers as AIDS, Gates guarantees have increased the demand for specially trained, higher-paid clinicians, diverting staff from basic care.” This form of “brain drain”, pulls away trained staff from children and those suffering from other common killers. Second, “the focus on a few diseases has shortchanged basic needs such as nutrition and transportation….” Finally, “Gates-funded vaccination programs have instructed caregivers to ignore – even discourage patients from discussing – ailments that the vaccinations cannot prevent.” In a January/February 2007 Foreign Affairs article, Laurie Garrett claims that many charitable organizations, among whom the Gates Foundation is prominent, harm global health by diverting resources from other important local health care services. For example, by paying relatively high salaries at AIDS clinics, the foundation diverts medical professionals from other parts of developing nations’ health care systems; the health care systems’ ability to provide care diminishes (except in the area the foundation funds) and the charities may do more harm than good. Similar findings were reported in a December 2007 Los Angeles Times investigation. The foundation invests the assets that it has not yet distributed, with the exclusive goal of maximizing the return on investment. As a result, its investments include companies that have been criticized for worsening poverty in the same developing countries where the Foundation is attempting to relieve poverty. These include companies that pollute heavily and pharmaceutical companies that do not sell into the developing world. In response to press criticism, the foundation announced in 2007 a review of its investments to assess social responsibility. It subsequently cancelled the review and stood by its policy of investing for maximum return, while using voting rights to influence company practices Wiki states of The Gates Foundation that It had an endowment of US$36.2 billion as of 30 September 2012. The scale of the foundation and the way it seeks to apply business techniques to giving makes it one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalism revolution in global philanthropy, though the foundation itself notes that the philanthropic role has limitations

Philanthrocapitalism and the philanthrocapitalism revolution – limitations indeed! If you check you’ll note how much of the money goes into research, particularly into agriculture. That could be useful and beneficial or given the connections something entirely other. Money donated for educational purposes filtered through banks and other bodies may not reach the intended target group but looks impressive providing it does not exacerbate the problems for young people in providing more education but nothing at the end of it, something we have seen increasingly to be the root cause of much of the unrest, disadvantage and dissatisfaction in ‘warrior cohorts’ all over the world. Education is only useful if it is real education for life – time spent in a classroom does not equate to genuine education if it is not meeting the learning and future needs of the students. The public school reform program of the Gates Foundation has come under criticism by education professionals, parents, and researchers for promoting reforms that they see as undermining public education. The reforms include closing neighborhood schools in favor of privately run charter schools; using standardized test scores extensively to evaluate students, teachers, and schools; and merit pay for teachers based on test scores. Critics also believe that the Gates Foundation exerts too much influence over public education policy without being accountable to voters or tax payers “Although Bill Gates might try to say that the Foundation is not linked to his business, all it proves is the opposite: most of their donations end up favoring the commercial investments of the tycoon, not really “donating” anything, but instead of paying taxes to state coffers, he invests his profits in where it is favorable to him economically, including propaganda from their supposed good intentions,” wrote Silvia Ribeiro in the Mexican news source La Jornada back in 2010. So if you are still under the illusion that the Gates Foundation is an innocent charity doing good in the poverty stricken corners of the world consider this – “On the contrary, their ‘donations’ finance projects as destructive as geoengineering or replacement of natural community medicines for high-tech patented medicines in the poorest areas of the world … Gates is also engaged in trying to destroy rural farming worldwide, mainly through the ‘Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’ (AGRA). It works as a Trojan horse to deprive poor African farmers of their traditional seeds, replacing them with the seeds of their companies first, finally by genetically modified (GM).”

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Of that is the case philanthrocapitalism and the philanthrocapitalism revolution are every bit as dangerous as they sound. If you’re following through on the implications, you will see how this impacts on child trafficking and adoption rates. Poverty means being unable to feed children, have access to or afford contraception, to be vulnerable to those who offer solutions and incentives for children – education, a better life, payments which enable parents to care for other children and so on. I haven’t followed though on the connections in each country which is an ‘adoption hot-spot’ but experience tells me that anyone who does, will find strong links between philanthropy and adoption, created poverty and adoption and the draining and exploitation of resources by receiving countries which include children as well as minerals, oil, gems and so on.


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