Saturday, December 09, 2006

Economic Hit Men


"His primary job was to convince Less Developed Countries (LDCs) around the world to accept multibillion dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at MAIN, Bechtel, Halliburton, Brown and Root, and other U.S. engineering/construction companies. The loans left the recipient countries wallowing in debt and highly vulnerable to outside political and commercial interests."

Economic Hit Men John Perkins

"Moslem Indonesia has a sex scandal, due to a widely circulating video of one of the country's most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Mr Zaini is the head of the religious affairs committee for the Golkar political party.The singer, Maria Eva, has admitted making the film."
Lawmaker summoned to explain sex tape
INDONESIA: Top Golkar official quits over sex video
Maria Eva - Indonesia Matters

"Indonesia is to reactivate its grass-roots domestic spy network . Critics see this as a return to the oppressive polices of the Suharto era. Indonesia is run by a former Suharto General, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Key positions in government are held by members of the American-trained military."

25,000 families still homeless in tsunami-ravaged Aceh: Oxfam

"After being released very early from jail, a judges' panel at the South Jakarta District Court decided that PT Timor Putra Nasional (the car factory owned by Tommy Suharto) is the legal owner of a bank account worth almost Rp1.3 trillion." victory walks hand in hand with Tommy

The feudal system:
World's richest 1% own 40% of wealth, UN report finds·
First ever study of global household assets·
50% of world's adults own just 1% of the wealth.


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