Politics and Corruption at the World Health Organization (WHO) – Global Research


09-02-20 05:10:00,

Like other world organisations born from the ashes of the war of 1940-45 (the WTO, successor to GATT, the IMF, the UN, successor to the League of Nations), the WHO is a sort of transnational superministry, in this case for health.

Its power overrides that of its national equivalents. It is not subjected to genuinely democratic electoral procedures, in the sense of representing the choice expressed by the populations of its member countries. This is true of all these organisations that in fact control our daily lives in their respective fields. Its constitution came into force on 7 April 1948.

All these organisations are in a way like the arms, the tentacles of an enormous octopus whose purpose is to coordinate, improve and reinforce significant action on a planetary scale.

To clarify a crucial point: it would be misleading to think that these organisations undertake anything at all independently of each other. One could as well imagine that the liver can go on doing its own thing without being at all involved with the heart or the kidneys.

All of them work towards the same goals, each in their own specialist sphere, and all of them answer to the UN and to those who provide their funding.

If you go to the official WHO site, you will of course get the impression that this organisation has a spotless record, and deserves to be praised for its humanitarian deeds.

It’s a bit like Monsanto, this multinational that dominates the market in agribusiness and wants to impose on the whole world its GM seeds complete with the Terminator gene (1), yet which tries to make you believe that the well-being and development of poor countries is its main concern.

Anyway, as in any court of law, it’s democratic, enlightened, modern, to give the “accused” party the chance to put its case.

As for the accusations of corruption and collusion with the pharmaceutical companies in the context of the worldwide vaccination campaign of 2009, it is Margaret Chan in person who has stepped up to the plate to defend the reputation of the WHO.

It’s important to realise that the accusations are weighty, well argued,

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Sell Out: How Corruption, Voter Fraud and a Neoliberal Turn Led Ecuador’s President Moreno to Give Up Assange – Global Research


21-04-19 08:09:00,

The images of six Metropolitan police officers dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London have provoked rage by citizens around the world. Many have warned that his extradition to the US for trial on conspiracy charges – and possibly much more if federal prosecutors have their way – will lead to the criminalization of many standard journalistic practices. These scenes were only possible thanks to the transformation of Ecuador’s government under the watch of President Lenin Moreno.

Since at least December 2018, Moreno has been working towards expelling Assange from the embassy. The Ecuadorian president’s behavior represents a stunning reversal from the policies of his predecessor, Rafael Correa, the defiantly progressive leader who first authorized Assange’s asylum back in 2012, and who now lives in exile.

While Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Jose Valencia, blamed his government’s expulsion of Assange on the Australian journalist’s “rudeness,” the sell out is clearly a byproduct of Moreno’s right-leaning agenda.

Political instability has swept across Ecuador since revelations of widespread corruption in Moreno’s inner circle emerged. The scandal coincided with Moreno’s turn towards neoliberal economic reforms, from implementing a massive IMF loan package to the gradual and total embrace and support for the US foreign policy in the region. In his bid to satisfy Washington and deflect from his own problems, Moreno was all too eager to sacrifice Assange.

The INA Papers scandal and growing political instability

WikiLeaks’s decision to re-publish the details of Moreno’s use of off-shore bank accounts in Panama, infamously titled INA Papers after the name of the shell corporation at the centre of the scandal (INA Investment Corporation) appear to be the main cause for the president’s decision to expel Assange from the embassy.

Ecuadorian Communications Minister Andrés Michelena event went as far as claiming that the INA Papers were a conspiracy plot between Julian Assange,  the former president Rafael Correa and the current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

The INA Papers scandal has cast a long shadow on Moreno’s regime and shattered its pledge to fight against institutional corruption. The scandal reveals that a close associate of Moreno, Xavier Macias, lobbied for the contract of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant (valued at $2.8 billion) as well as the ZAMORA 3000 MW plant to be awarded Sinohydro,

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More University Corruption


29-03-19 04:21:00,

Authored by Walter Williams, op-ed via Townhall.com,

Last week’s column discussed the highly publicized university corruption scheme wherein wealthy parents bought admission at prestigious universities for their children. That is dishonest and gives an unfair advantage to those young people but won’t destroy the missions of the universities. There is little or no attention given by the mainstream media to the true cancer eating away at most of our institutions of higher learning. Philip Carl Salzman, emeritus professor of anthropology at McGill University, explains that cancer in a Minding the Campus article, titled “What Your Sons and Daughters Will Learn at University.”

Professor Salzman argues that for most of the 20th century, universities were dedicated to the advancement of knowledge. There was open exchange and competition in the marketplace of ideas. Different opinions were argued and respected. Most notably in the social sciences, social work, the humanities, education and law, this is no longer the case.

Leftist political ideology has emerged. The most important thing to today’s university communities is diversity of race, ethnicity, sex and economic class, on which they have spent billions of dollars. Conspicuously absent is diversity of ideology.

Students are taught that all cultural values are morally equivalent. That’s ludicrous. Here are a few questions for those who make such a claim. Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is currently practiced in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Sudan; is it morally equivalent? In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limitations placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment and education. Under Islamic law in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning. Thieves face the punishment of having their hands severed. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in some countries. Are these cultural values morally equivalent, superior or inferior to Western values?

Social justice theory holds the vision that the world is divided between oppressors and victims. The theory holds that by their toxic masculinity, heterosexual white males are oppressors. Among their victims are females, people of color and male and female homosexuals. The world’s Christians and Jews are oppressors,

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How the Corruption of Science Contributes to the Collapse of Modern Civilization – Global Research


23-01-19 11:27:00,

Publication Prejudice, Fraud and Deceptive Favoritism

During the past decade, scientific prejudice, bias and outright deceit has been endemic to peer-reviewed scientific literature, especially in the medical and psychiatric fields. Medical journals have been thoroughly hijacked by the pharmaceutical industry as have departments at universities and research institutions that are principally funded by private interests. It is no longer a secret that industry-funded studies inordinately convey positive results. Positive research is published; negative research is suppressed and buried. Consequently the reality of robust and honest medical research is skewed and distorted. Physicians and medical clinics thereby only get a small peek into the actual safety, efficacy and contraindications of the drugs later peddled to them by pharmaceutical sales reps. 

In 2009, Harvard’s Dr. Marcia Angell, a former editor for the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine wrote,

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor.”[1]

Later, the editor of The Lancet, Dr. Richard Horton stated,

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.”

A large percentage of published studies and trials have either not been reproduced or failed to be reproduced. For example, in 2012, a scientist and his team at Amgen attempted to reproduce 53 published cancer studies and only succeeded in reproducing six. In another project published in Nature, only 39 of 100 psychology studies could be replicated.[2] Although Horton is optimistic that the proverbial cat is out of the bag and the medical community has been given warning, he despairs that “the bad news is that nobody is ready to take the first step to clean up the system.”[3]

Doctors at Children’s Hospital Boston undertook the task of reviewing 546 drug trials listed in the government’s Clinical Trials database. They found that industry funded trials showing a positive results were 70 percent more likely to be published than research funded by federal health agencies.[4] 

In 2010,

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Wall Street’s Corruption Runs Deeper Than You Can Fathom


07-12-18 07:23:00,

Of the myriad policy decisions that have brought us to our current precipice, from the signing of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the invasion of Iraq and the gerrymandering of House districts across the country, few have proven as consequential as the demise of Glass-Steagall. Signed into law as the U.S.A. Banking Act of 1933, the legislation had been crucial to safeguarding the financial industry in the wake of the Great Depression. But with its repeal in 1999, the barriers separating commercial and investment banking collapsed, creating the preconditions for an economic crisis from whose shadow we have yet to emerge.

Carmen Segarra might have predicted as much. As an employee at the Federal Reserve in 2011, three years after the dissolution of Lehman Brothers, she witnessed the results of this deregulation firsthand. In her new book, “Noncompliant: A Lone Whistleblower Exposes the Giants of Wall Street,” she chronicles the recklessness of institutions like Goldman Sachs and the stunning lengths the United States government went to to accommodate them, even as they authored one of the worst crashes in our nation’s history.

“They didn’t want to hear what I had to say,” she tells Robert Scheer in the latest installment of “Scheer Intelligence.” “And so I think what we have in terms of this story is really not just a failure of the banks and the regulators, but also a failure of our prosecutors. I mean, a lot of the statutes that could be used—criminal statutes, even, that could be used to hold these executives accountable are not being used, and they have not expired; we could have prosecutors holding these people accountable.”

Segarra also explains why she decided to blow the whistle on the Fed, and what she ultimately hopes to accomplish by telling her story. “I don’t like to let the bad guys win,” she says. “I’d rather go down swinging. So for me, I saw it as an opportunity to do my civic duty and rebuild my life. … I was very lucky to be blessed by so many people who I shared the story to, especially lawyers who were so concerned about what I was reporting, who thought that the Federal Reserve was above this,

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With Corruption Like This, It’s No Wonder So Many Pension Funds Are Insolvent

With Corruption Like This, It’s No Wonder So Many Pension Funds Are Insolvent

09-10-18 12:47:00,

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Last week, the head of a New York state pension fund found herself a new job.

Vicki Fuller, the former head of New York’s $209 billion fund, now earns $275,000 per year working part time for a natural gas group called The Williams Companies – good work if you can get it.

It’s noteworthy that when Ms. Fuller ran her state pension fund, she invested $110 million of taxpayer money to buy bonds issued by none other than The Williams Companies.

Bear in mind that Moody’s, the credit rating agency, downgraded Williams’ financial outlook to “negative” because of the company’s high leverage and risk.

The fund that Ms. Fuller managed also voted in favor of huge, multi-million dollar pay packages for senior executives of The Williams Companies even though the stock price was dropping.

So… gee… maybe it’s just a crazy coincidence that Ms. Fuller left her job at the state pension fund and took an extremely lucrative part-time job THE SAME WEEK with The Williams Companies.

This is so blatant… it’s banana republic stuff. It’s not as bad as the billion+ dollar theft from Malaysia’s pension fund, but it’s the same stink.

Bear in mind that most pension funds are already in terrible condition to begin with, even before you factor in potential malfeasance by the bureaucrats who manage them.

Overall, public pension funds in the US are short $7 TRILLION on what they have promised to pay out to retirees.

If you include Social Security that amount balloons beyond $50 trillion.

And that’s just the US.

The World Economic Forum said the total global pension shortfall was $70 TRILLION in 2015. They expect it to reach $400 trillion by 2050.

Pension funds across nearly every major economy on the planet are seriously in the red… it’s merely a question of how severe the problem is, and how much longer they can kick the can down the road.

Japan, for example, borrows billions each year to prop up its pension fund,

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The Intellectual Corruption of Professor André Nollkaemper (3)

The Intellectual Corruption of Professor André Nollkaemper (3)

17-09-18 05:18:00,

Advocate Liesbeth Zegveld, echtgenote van professor André Nollkaemper

In het kleine Nederland geldt, als in bijna geen enkel ander land, dat ‘Ons Kent Ons.’ Bovendien zijn de ‘stedelijke elites,’ zoals mainstream-opiniemaker Ian Buruma hen zo pedant noemt, ‘verschwestert und verschwägert.’ Het gevolg is dat de waarheid hier nooit boven tafel komt, want altijd is er wel een — al dan niet — ver familielid die daarbij schade kan oplopen. Een illustrerend voorbeeld is de zaak André Nollkaemper. De echtgenote van professor Nollkaemper, ‘Extern Volkenrechtelijk Adviseur van het kabinet,’ is de advocate Liesbeth Zegveld. Welnu, Liesbeth Zegveld founded the Nuhanovic Foundation in 2011.’ 

Volgens eigen zeggen is de ‘missie’ van de Nuhanovic Foundation’ de volgende:

Access to Justice for War Victims

The Nuhanovic Foundation (NF) was established in the Netherlands in 2011 by prof Liesbeth Zegveld and other leading litigators and specialists in the field of accountability and remedies for violations of international humanitarian law. We assist war victims who seek access to justice to obtain a remedy in the form of reparation, restitution or compensation. Our network of victim organizations, lawyers and academics offers a platform that shares experiences and knowledge in the field of war remedies. We maintain a specialized and searchable database with legal instruments, case law, and academic writings on the right to remedy and reparations. We provide funds for investigations and legal representations in negotiations and litigation…

Reparations are financially useful, symbolically powerful, politically fraught, and resonate as an indisputable remedy with which to acknowledge the value of human life. Reparations become not merely a matter of law and economic protocols but a social movement and an extension of a political project.


Bovendien is het volgende bekend:

Nuhanovic Foundation co-founder of Syria Legal Network NL for training and capacity sharing on justice and reparations

In March 2016 the Nuhanovic Foundation co-founded the Syria Legal Network NL  supporting Syrian lawyers and human rights activists residing in the Netherlands and providing training in the field of transitional justice.  » Lees verder

The Intellectual Corruption of Professor André Nollkaemper (2)

The Intellectual Corruption of Professor André Nollkaemper (2)

16-09-18 11:56:00,

Naar aanleiding van mijn kritiek op de houding van professor André Nollkaemper schrijft René van Wanrooij het volgende:

Ik denk dat je wat betreft André Nollkaemper er lichtelijk naast zit. Hij bestreed al in een vroeg stadium wel degelijk de rechtsgeldigheid van ingrijpen in Syrië. 
Zeker als daarvoor de R2P verantwoording voor gebruikt zou worden:


The Intellectual Corruption of Professor André Nollkaemper
How the Dutch corruption works one can see, among other things, when one looks at the attitude of professor André Nollkaemper, who kept s…

Dit gaat beter denk ik:

Nog meer info uit het verleden:

“Volkenrechtelijk adviseur professor Nollkaemper van de Universiteit van Amsterdam meldt in een brief aan het kabinet dat hij een militaire interventie in de gegeven situatie onrechtmatig acht. Professor Nollkaemper wijst erop dat het gebruik van geweld volgens het VN-Handvest alleen is toegestaan als er een mandaat van de Veiligheidsraad is of bij zelfverdediging. Dat is op de situatie in Syrië nu niet van toepassing.”

Later, na de ISIS aanslag in Parijs, draaide Nollkaemper pas bij:
‘Assad kun je niet totaal omzeilen’

“André Nollkaemper Militair ingrijpen boven Syrie in de strijd tegen IS kan volkenrechtelijk niet. Nog niet.”
Daarom mocht men van de VN met alle middelen IS bestrijden. Ook Nederland maar ook daar maakte Nollkaemper een voorbehoud:
“Nederland kan gelegitimeerd ten strijde trekken tegen de Islamitische staat. Dat wil zeggen: als de acties beperkt blijven tot Irak. De missie die Nederland met 380 militairen en zes F-16’s wil ondernemen is voorzien van het goedkeuringsstempel volkenrechtelijk mandaat. Politiek is zo een belangrijk beletsel voor actie tegen IS weggenomen. “
‘Assad kun je niet totaal omzeilen’
Militair ingrijpen boven Syrie in de strijd tegen IS kan volkenrechtelijk niet.  » Lees verder