posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 11:23 AM
This is how today's, 03 June 2011, article in The Independent by Johann Hari begins:
"Sometimes, the most revealing aspect of the shrieking babble of the 24/7 news agenda is the silence. Often the most important facts are hiding
beneath the noise, unmentioned and undiscussed.
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 article continues by citing examples of cases where the IMF imposed ruthless "structural adjustments" on countries, notably Malawi, that wreaked
havoc on economic, social, industrial, utility, agricultural... systems.
Here in the US, whenever mainstream "news" sources discuss the IMF or the World Bank, or other such organizations, they are glorified to such lofty
and reverential levels that the general public believes them to be near-saintly bodies focused only on the betterment of humanity...
Hari makes a clear case for the IMF as being other than saintly.