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George Soros goes by many names. He is the man who famously broke the Bank of England, and at the same time a wealthy billionaire hedge fund investor. Soros, is also a philanthropist and is set to open his first Burmese office.
The country, though, remains subject to tough sanctions on international aid and funding, and was left impoverished and isolated by nearly half a decade of military rule.
However, things are looking brighter for the South East Asian nation. Following U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “historic” visit to Burma in December, many are expecting a loosening of sanctions.
Burma, is largely touted to be Asia’s next emerging economy, and has a wealth of natural gas, gems and timber.
In the fiscal year 2006-07, oil and natural gas, teak, gems and copper topped Burma’s export products and comprised the majority of Burma’s total export revenue of US $5.01 billion, according Customs Department statistics reported in The Myanmar Times, a Rangoon-based weekly newspaper.
Originally posted by trustnothing
Good timing, article from today "William Hague hails Burma reform, says more needed" Reform = resources for weapons I guess.
Trying desperately to find conspiracy here lol (I hate hague) is there anything masonic in this picture? Clutching at straws perhaps.
Journalist Aaron Klein has an interesting take on Barack Obama's surprising decision to send troops into Uganda to battle a rebel army. The genesis of the idea may have begun at the George Soros-funded International Crisis Group, one of the "think tanks" that Soros uses to promote policies that benefit him. In this case, the ICG recommended last year that America deploy military forces to Uganda. This move prompted questions since the rebel group did not pose a threat to American interests. But whose interests might be served by defeating the rebel group? George Soros -- a major Obama backer.
Soros himself has been closely tied to oil and other interests in Uganda.
In 2008, the Soros-funded Revenue Watch Institute brought together stakeholders from Uganda and other East African countries to discuss critical governance issues, including the formation of what became Uganda's National Oil and Gas Policy.
Also in 2008, the Africa Institute for Energy Governance, a grantee of the Soros-funded Revenue Watch, helped established the Publish What You Pay Coalition of Uganda, or PWYP, which was purportedly launched to coordinate and streamline the efforts of the government in promoting transparency and accountability in the oil sector.
Also, a steering committee was formed for PWYP Uganda to develop an agenda for implementing the oil advocacy initiatives and a constitution to guide PWYP's oil work.
PWYP has since 2006 hosted a number of training workshops in Uganda purportedly to promote contract transparency in Uganda's oil sector.
PWYP is directly funded by Soros' Open Society as well as the Soros-funded Revenue Watch Institute. PWYP international is actually hosted by the Open Society Foundation in London.
The billionaire's Open Society Institute, meanwhile, runs numerous offices in Uganda. It maintains a country manager in Uganda, as well as the Open Society Initiative for East Africa, which supports work in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
This strategy bears similarity with the story of InterOil, a major holding of George Soros, that has been granted concessions for reportedly major natural gas reserves in Papua New Guinea. The government there has recently been arguing with InterOil regarding that company's ability to develop these reserves and build and operate a Liquefied Natural Gas port to export the gas.
What could friends of George Soros in the American government do to help him soothe the deal with the Papua New Guinea government? What the Obama administration did in fact do was send government experts all the way from here to there to help the nation develop its reserves. This was especially surprising since the Department of Interior has blamed its delay in issuing permits to develop our own domestic reserves on lack of manpower and funding -- yet the administration found the manpower and money to export our experts do help develop New Guinea's reserves. Or rather the reserves that InterOil and its major shareholder , George Soros, want developed courtesy of the American taxpayer.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by Hellas
So you know that a philanthropist gives money, not takes.
Not saying he won't make money out of giving $2 million a year to Burma (which is what he's been giving the last few years) but you have provided no evidence of this.
Can you show this evidence?
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey
Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary General of the ANC
Maria Livanos Cattaui
Member of the Board, Petroplus Holdings, Switzerland
Journalist and Former Editor-in-Chief of the The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
CEO, Fiore Capital Corporation
Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po
Chairman, Open Society Institute
Former Foreign Minister of Finland
The gold rush for Burma has begun. As President Barack Obama lifted a 15-year ban on American investment in the former pariah state, the UK’s Trade and Investment department opened an office in Rangoon in a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Its aim is to forge links with one of the last unexploited markets in Asia, a country blessed by ample resources of hydro-carbons, minerals, gems and timber, not to mention a cheap labour force, which thanks to years of isolation and sanctions is near virgin territory for foreign investors.
Originally posted by Hellas
Maybe I'm reading too much in to this, but it seems that Mr. Soros found another Source to increase his wealth. The people of Burma will be exploited and will get nothing compared to George Soros and another paradise will be lost to capitalism!!
Originally posted by Chadwickus
Do you know what a philanthropist is?