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06.30.10

Bill Gates Successfully Lobbies Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Ahead of G8 to Make Countries (Taxpayers) Pay for His Initiatives

Posted in America, Bill Gates, Europe, Finance at 3:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Barack Obama meets Stephen Harper

Summary: Super-lobbyist Bill Gates gives instructions to entire countries that attend G8 so that billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money will get spent on his project; The Gates Foundation expands its presence in Europe as it opens a new branch in London

TODAY’S story is a blatant case of rich people instructing world leaders. The key gem comes from the Vancouver Observer, which does not go far enough to show the result of Bill Gates’ lobbying. Let’s step back for a second and remind ourselves of some of the world’s richest and thus most powerful people, who typically operate within foundations. For foundations to run parts of America (and the world) all that’s needed is vicinity like this from last week:

You could have guessed something was up when Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and David Rockefeller Jr. invited a dozen or so wealthy people to dinner.

That’s what’s sometimes referred to as the “Rich Boys Club”. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates pool their money in the same tax-exempt foundation and Rockefeller (foundation) collaborates with them on some projects such as Green Revolution (promoting Monsanto’s monopoly in Africa). They are still lobbying and meeting politicians, even though they were never elected to represent the public. The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was lobbied by Bill Gates ahead of G8 in Canada. The article says that “Prime Minister Harper and Mr. Gates spoke about the Canadian government’s flagship maternal, newborn and child health initiative.” It also ends with: “Mr. Gates thanked the Prime Minister for Canada’s decision to make maternal, newborn and child health the focus of development discussions at the G-8 Summit and also thanked Canada for making accountability a priority.” This happens to be similar to what Gates did with Clinton back in March. Gates may be stimulating investments from taxpayers in some of his existing investments (the large portion of his foundation’s activities is for-profit investment). A few days later Canada committed billions of taxpayers’ money, to be funneled into a cause with an identical description to that promoted by Gates even 2-3 weeks ago (“maternal and child health”); not only that in fact, as “Canada Calls for Billions More In G8 Aid For Maternal Health,” according to this report (Harper repeated Gates’ sob stories and convinced other world leaders to put money in it too). How much of a role did Gates’ lobbying of Harper play here? This is also covered in [1, 2, 3, 4]. Watch this article and see how the group of Gates is listed among names of countries, almost a though the foundation is a state now. G8 had other political matters, but why does G8 involve Bill Gates? Is he a government? Does he determine priorities for the world? And if so, on what basis? This guy has tens of billions of dollars in investments (i.e. there are conflicts of interests). To clarify, nobody is against maternal health, but there are many ways of allocating finite public funds to tackle such important issues. It’s almost as though Gates became part of the political agenda of G8 — with all its notoriety that comes from arresting peaceful protesters (at G20 at least). As Cory Doctorow put it last week (courtesy of a reader):

Toronto’s secret ID law used to arrest G20 protestor

Alan sez, “In Canada you’re not required to show ID. Except if you’re in the ‘G20 Zone’. You see, the law allows an exemption to the ‘show ID’ principle for public works. These are usually things like power stations, dams, etc. Well, the government got clever and just declared the entire area a ‘public work’ so police can go around demanding ID. The best part of this? The law that made this happen won’t even be PUBLISHED until after the G20 is over. So nobody knew about it until the cops arrested someone.”

Perhaps these people have some legitimate reasons to be angry (never mind the severity of their mob-like response).

In summary, we find it fascinating that countries committed to investment in some of the very same things Gates has lobbied for in recent weeks. Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe it’s not. The piece from the Vancouver Observer makes it highly improbable that this was a coincidence. The issue is one of direction; scientists too have been accusing the Gates Foundation of making their field operate the Gates way (monopoly), essentially by controlling panels and money supplies.

Last but not least, the Gates Foundation is expanding to England like it’s a business:

A warm welcome to the Gates Foundation, who officially opened their European office in London today.

[...]

But today at the Gates Foundation he had business in his sights: European businesses that do deals in Africa and keep them secret.

I can’t understand that there are some very well respected companies still indulging in signing secret contracts worth billions of dollars for African resources and we have no idea how much they are paying and to whom. How much is going to the country and how much into people’s pockets? How can a board be quiet about this? It is unacceptable.

They should ask Monsanto and find out the role Gates and Rockefeller play in its promotion in Africa (links below). When they say “feed the world’s hungry” they mean “feed Monsanto’s bank account.”

  1. How the Gates Foundation Privatises Africa
  2. With Microsoft Monopoly in Check, Bill Gates Proceeds to Creating More Monopolies
  3. Gates-Backed Company Accused of Monopoly Abuse and Investigated
  4. Reader’s Article: The Gates Foundation and Genetically-Modified Foods
  5. Monsanto: The Microsoft of Food
  6. Seeds of Doubt in Bill Gates Investments
  7. Gates Foundation Accused of Faking/Fabricating Data to Advance Political Goals
  8. More Dubious Practices from the Gates Foundation
  9. Video Transcript of Vandana Shiva on Insane Patents
  10. Explanation of What Bill Gates’ Patent Investments Do to Developing World
  11. Black Friday Film: What the Bill Gates-Backed Monsanto Does to Animals, Farmers, Food, and Patent Systems
  12. Gates Foundation Looking to Destroy Kenya with Intellectual Monopolies
  13. Young Napoleon Comes to Africa and Told Off
  14. Bill Gates Takes His GMO Patent Investments/Experiments to India
  15. Gates/Microsoft Tax Dodge and Agriculture Monopoly Revisited
  16. Beyond the ‘Public Relations’
  17. UK Intellectual Monopoly Office (UK-IPO) May be Breaking the Law
  18. “Boycott Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in China”
  19. The Gates Foundation Extends Control Over Communication with Oxfam Relationship
  20. Week of Monsanto
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  1. satipera said,

    June 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

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    Lobbyists with money trump general elections every few years. Lobbocracy anyone?

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