The IMF

It took a crisis in the “first world” for people in Europe and the US
(a little less there) to finally notice the results of IMF policies,
something we here in South America, as well as Africa and good
portions of Asia, have known (and felt) for ages.

Color me jaded but I find it very unlikely this is gonna change in any
foreseeable time frame. In the meantime, I hope more voices join the
choir, like this news item I got to via BoingBoing:

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-its…
Johann Hari: It’s not just Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The IMF itself
should be on trial
It opens thusly: “So the fact that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former
head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is facing trial for
allegedly raping a maid in a New York hotel room is — rightly — big
news. But imagine a prominent figure was charged not with raping a
maid, but starving her to death, along with her children, her parents,
and thousands of other people. That is what the IMF has done to
innocent people in the recent past. That is what it will do again,
unless we transform it beyond all recognition. But that is left in the
silence.

The example the author mentions, that of Malawi, is also the
background of one of the greatest books I’ve read, “The boy who
harnessed the wind“, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. And the
role of the IMF in royally screwing up every economy it touches is
exposed in all its ugliness by Naomi Klein in her most recent book,
The shock doctrine“.

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