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[News] [Rival] Bill Gates Uses 'Foundation' to Give Africa to US Corporation?

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Bill Gates Uses 'Foundation' to Give Africa to US Corporation?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 01:18:44 +0100
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Ending Africa's Hunger

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| The preference for private sector contributions to agriculture 
| shapes the Gates Foundation's funding priorities. In a number 
| of grants, for instance, one corporation appears repeatedly--
| Monsanto. To some extent, this simply reflects Monsanto's 
| domination of industrial agricultural research. There are, 
| however, notable synergies between Gates and Monsanto: both are 
| corporate titans that have made millions through technology, in 
| particular through the aggressive defense of proprietary 
| intellectual property. Both organizations are suffused by a 
| culture of expertise, and there's some overlap between them. 
| Robert Horsch, a former senior vice president at Monsanto, is, 
| for instance, now interim director of Gates's agricultural 
| development program and head of the science and technology 
| team. Travis English and Paige Miller, researchers with the 
| Seattle-based Community Alliance for Global Justice, have 
| uncovered some striking trends in Gates Foundation funding. By 
| following the money, English told us that "AGRA used funds from 
| the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to write twenty-three 
| grants for projects in Kenya. Twelve of those recipients are 
| involved in research in genetically modified agriculture, 
| development or advocacy. About 79 percent of funding in Kenya 
| involves biotech in one way or another." And, English says, "so 
| far, we have found over $100 million in grants to organizations 
| connected to Monsanto." 
| This isn't surprising in light of the fact that Monsanto and 
| Gates both embrace a model of agriculture that sees farmers 
| suffering a deficit of knowledge--in which seeds, like little 
| tiny beads of software, can be programmed to transmit that 
| knowledge for commercial purposes. This assumes that Green 
| Revolution technologies--including those that substitute for 
| farmers' knowledge--are not only desirable but neutral. 
| Knowledge is never neutral, however: it inevitably carries and 
| influences relations of power.


Clever scam?


JJB Sports jumps as Bill Gates buys a stake

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| The purchase is not the first by Gates in a small British retailer. In May
| 2008, he took a small stake in Carpetright.


Journal critique on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant pattern

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| New Delhi: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationâs pattern of funding in the
| form of grants for global health programmes and projects has been criticised
| in a research paper in The Lancet.
| The paper, by David McCoy of the Centre for International Health and
| Development, London, and others, is accompanied by a commentary by Robert E.
| Black of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, U.S., and
| others, and an editorial. Dr. M.K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of
| Biotechnology, is a co-author of the commentary in his capacity as a
| scientist of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
| âAlthough it is driven by the belief that âall lives have equal value,â it
| seems that the Foundation does not believe that every voice has equal value,
| especially voices from those it seeks most to assist,â said the editorial.
| The commentary said very limited direct funding to low-income and
| middle-income countries is âarguably the most unfortunate imbalance in the
| research portfolio of the Foundation.â
| [...]
| âGates Foundation is not a passive donor,â observes the paper.
| âThe Foundation actively engages in policy making and agenda setting
| activities; it has representatives that sit on the governing structures of
| many global health partnerships; it is part of a self-appointed group of
| global health leaders known as the H8 [that includes the WHO, UNICEF, GAVI
| and the World Bank]â and has been involved in setting the health agenda for
| the G8.â



Dr. Rath rages against Bill Gates and the African Aids Conspiracy

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| Since it is public knowledge that the Gates Foundation has placed strategic
| investments into the pharmaceutical industry, it was only a question of time
| until the question would be answered whether Gates is serious about
| controlling diseases or whether he is just another spin doctor of the
| pharmaceutical âbusiness with diseaseâ who helps to expand and promote
| diseases under the deceptive veil of a âMother Theresaâ.


What You Need to Know About the Fraudulent Nature of the Pharmaceutical
Investment Business With Disease

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| Some people may say that the pharmaceutical industry cannot be that bad.
| Unfortunately, it is. Fortunately, however, it is very easy for everyone to
| understand why this industry has such a detrimental effect on millions of
| human lives.
| It is not about individual drugs or individual companies. It is about the
| principles â the laws â of the pharmaceutical âbusiness with diseaseâ.


Gates raises stake in dealership AutoNation

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| Gates, who previously reported a 5.5 percent stake in AutoNation, said on
| Friday that his Cascade Investment LLC owned 9.4 million shares in AutoNation
| and that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust holds more than 8.3
| million shares.


Spying the Gates Foundation: Diversified Holdings Stay Ahead of Market Weakness

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| The foundation made moves in other sectors during Q3, as well, adding shares
| in Caterpillar and Canadian National Railway, while maintaining
| stakes in energy giants Exxon Mobil and BP.


Gates Foundationâs Influence Criticized

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| The chief of malaria for the World Health Organization has complained that
| the growing dominance of malaria research by the Bill and Melinda Gates
| Foundation risks stifling a diversity of views among scientists and wiping
| out the world health agencyâs policy-making function.  


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Truth Revealed


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Truth Revealed Part 2


Gates Foundation reports AIG, Covidien stakes-filing

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| The overall value of the foundation's portfolio increased to $9.12 billion
| from $6.64 billion as of June 30.


Warren Buffett's double standard

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| Warren Buffett climbed back up Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Congress to ...
| do nothing.
| Normally that would be a good thing, but in this case it means that the
| estate tax will return in 2011.  


Gates sold 100,000 Univision shares-SEC filing

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| The foundation said it sold its remaining stake in Univision,
| which is in the process of being acquired by private investors,
| for an average of $35.34 per share in open market transactions.


Bill Gates lends cash to buy newspapers

$350 million to MediaNews

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| Gates involvement has been very behind the scenes. In fact many of
| those involved in the deal didn'teven know he was one of the investors.
| It was carried out through the Gates Foundation, the world's largest
| philanthropy outfit.


Bill Gates fund reports 12.8 pct PlanetOut stake

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| Bill Gates' investment fund Cascade Investment LLC reported in a regulatory
| filing on Friday that its holds a 12.8 percent stake in the common stock of
| online media company PlanetOut Inc.  


More on Troy Wolverton, the Street, and Apple Scandal

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| MediaNews did buy the Mercury News with a loan from Bill Gates' foundation,
| and is in the process of paying back that loan by publishing information
| without much journalistic or technical integrity.  
| Specifically, I wrote âOne might think that the San Jose Mercury News, being
| located in Apple's backyard, would tend to trumpet the company's success. One
| would be wrong... Apple's corporate proximity to San Jose is trumped by the
| Mercury Newsâ need to publish low cost, highly sensational news to make
| enough money to pay back Bill Gates for the favor of his humanitarian loan.â    


Dark cloud over good works of Gates Found


Gates Foundation Revokes Pledge to Review Portfolio

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| ...the Gates Foundation took down their public statement on this
| and replaced it with a significantly altered version which seems to
| say that investing responsibly would just be too complex for them
| and that they need to focus on their core mission: 'There are
| dozens of factors that could be considered, almost all of which
| are outside the foundation's areas of expertise. The issues
| involved are quite complex...

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