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March 26 - The Deadly Aid Industry

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The Deadly Aid Industry

Are aid organisations vultures feeding off death?

War correspondent Linda Polman has delivered a scathing attack on Aid organisations referring to them as businesses “dressed up as Mother Teresa” and blaming them for prolonging wars.

In her new book ‘With Friends Like These (De crisiskaravaan) – The untold story of humanitarian aid operations in war zones‘ war correspondent Linda Polman delivers a deadly blow to the aid industry blaming them for prolonging wars and describing them as businesses “dresses up as Mother Teresa” (IPS: March 18).

Polman speaks about rich aid organisations competing for contracts in war zones and humanitarian disasters such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

She also describes how aid staff live lavish lifestyles on huge salaries and living in areas with posh restaurants, squash courts, and golf and tennis facilities.

Polman said that over 70 percent of the Sudanese government’s money is spent on the army and much of that comes from aid organisations who pour in millions of dollars a year into the Sudanese government’s accounts.

While MSF denied that their operations fuelled conflict a 2005 study by the Centre for Civil Society Studies at John Hopkins University in the U.S. found that the non profit industry is the fifth largest economy in terms of GDP after the U.S., Japan, Germany and Britain inother words aid is big business.

Profiting from death and disaster

Polman is not the only person to have criticised aid industries, Michael Maren, an ex-aid worker, wrote a book called ‘The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity, published by the Free Press in 1997.

In this book Maren describes how aid has become big business and said, “Hungry people were potential clients to be preyed upon.” (p.9)

Graham Hancock is the author of the book ‘Lords of Poverty, The Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International Aid Business’, published by Macmillan in 1989. In this book Hancock describes how charities have become agencies of corporate companies to promote goods and services overseas.

In March 2009, Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo, who has a doctorate in economics from Oxford, masters from Harvard, and worked for a number of years for the World Bank in Washington DC and is now head of research and strategy for sub-Saharan Africa at a leading investment bank, condemned Comic Relief and western charities in her book, ‘Dead Aid‘, published by Allen Lane in 2009.

In her book Moyo argues that while the West has pumped around £35 trillion in Africa over the last 50 years the results have been devastating for Africans in general. She said that aid often destroyed local industry and farmers livelihoods in African countries where people prefer to line up for free food rather than pay their local producers.

Few people realise that the concept of the aid industry was never altruistic in the first place. President John F. Kennedy, considered an enlightened leader by many said this about aid in 1961, “Foreign aid is a method by which the United States maintains a position of influence and control around the world…” (Hancock: Page 71)

President Nixon was even more frank seven years later when he said “Let us remember that the main purpose of aid is not to help other nations but to help ourselves.” (Hancock: Page 71)

It seems that the aims of the aid industry has not veered far from these ideals.

Moyo also criticised the pomp and arrogance of western pop stars and celebrities who behave as if they know best how to solve Africa’s problems.

In November 2008 Anti-poverty campaigner Sir Bob Geldof received a massive $100,000 just to give a speech about world poverty and suffering in Melbourne. Geldof flew first class and stayed in a luxury hotel.

In 2007 Bono, of the rock band U2, and spokesperson for African aid, was said to be furious at a conference in Tanzania when a Ugandan writer called Andrew Mwenda presented a compelling case that aid was inhibiting African growth.

The question has to be asked why Bono become angry when he claims he wants to help Africans? Surely Africans know about their situation and can think of their own solutions? It seems that Bono does not think so.

These are the issues kept out of the mainstream media’s regular news reports and the question we must ask ourselves is why?

Polman is merely the tip of the iceberg to how corrupt and unaccountable the aid industry is.

For further research:

Graham, H. (1989) Lords of Poverty, The Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International
Aid Business
: Published by Macmillan
Michael, M. (1997) The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International
: Published by The Free Press
Moyo, D. (2009) Dead Aid: Published by Allen Lane

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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