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  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Gates' Investments in Big Tobacco Made Clearer Than Before
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:49:49 +0100
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[He has been investing in Big Tobacco for quite a few years]

The Gates Foundation and big tobacco 

,----[ Quote ]
| The Gates Foundation has finally come clean 
| and terminated its tobacco control grant 
| with the Canadian International Development 
| Research Centre as its new (Liberal, shame) 
| leader was on the board of Imperial 
| Tobacco. Though it took action by ATSA for 
| them to do so. No one looks good in this: 
| the Gates Foundation and the IDRC and 
| Barbara McDougall have egg on their faces. 
| Philippe Boucher at Tobacco Control in 
| Africa has been on this case from the 
| beginning. Well done. This is the kind of 
| citizen action that demands accountability 
| from the Gates Foundation.


Gates charity miffed by alleged conflict-of-interest involving federal official


Gates charity miffed by alleged conflict-of-interest involving federal official

,----[ Quote ]
| Bill Gates's charitable foundation has 
| snuffed out a $5.2-million grant to a 
| Canadian initiative to curb smoking in 
| Africa, citing troubling federal links to 
| the tobacco industry.


IDRC-ATSA's "situational analyses" (pre-publication versions)


The IDRC/Gates Foundation story is also in the New York Times but they don't say Barbara McDougall's affiliation with BAT was discovered by Tobacco Control in Africa's blogger Philippe Boucher


Gates Foundation Stops Grant to Canadian Research Center


The IDRC/Gates Foundation story is also in the Seattle Times


Gates Foundation pulls funding from IDRC


Bill Gatesâs charity nixes grant to project


ATCA's reaction to the termination of IDRC grant by the Gates Foundation


Anti-tobacco group loses Gates grant; its chair was cigarette company director 

,----[ Quote ]
| The Gates Foundation took the unusual step 
| of terminating a grant, this one for a 
| Canadian group engaged in tobacco control, 
| after the chair of its board was exposed as 
| a director of Canada's largest cigarette 
| maker.


Canada gets 'black eye'

,----[ Quote ]
| When there was no response to the March 15 
| letters to authorities, the Gates 
| Foundation acted while various participants 
| in the IDRC program known as RITC (Research 
| for International Tobacco Control) and 
| observers such as Collishaw's group made 
| public their concerns.


Gates foundation cuts support over tobacco


Memo to Barbara McDougall: Resign! 


Gates Foundation cuts funding linked to tobacco companies


Gates charity miffed by alleged conflict-of-interest involving federal official


Gates Foundation Cuts Funds to Canadian Project Over Tobacco Link

,----[ Quote ]
| Barbara J. McDougall, a former member of 
| parliament who chairs the Canadian 
| government's International Development 
| Research Centre, also served until a few 
| weeks ago as a director of Imperial Tobacco 
| Canada, that country's largest tobacco 
| firm.


Gates Foundation revokes Canadian tobacco control grant


Grant lost over chairwomanâs tobacco links 


Gates Foundation cuts support to Canadian agency over tobacco connection


Gates charity cuts funding to Canadian anti-smoking project in Africa



Tobacconists Cry Foul Over More False Anti-Smoking Propaganda.

,----[ Quote ]
| "For us to take on WHO is like David
| taking on Goliath. Weâre not âbig tobaccoâ
| and our mom-and-pop retail members are
| just small businesses selling legal
| products that adults enjoy like fine wine
| or top-shelf Scotch whiskey," McCalla
| said, "but we cannot stand by while WHO
| makes outlandish and outrageous claims
| that are an affront to the intelligence of
| all thinking people," he said.
| McCalla chose not to repeat the
| controversial WHO claims so as not to give
| them further coverage. However, he
| explained that they had to do with alleged
| health issues related to smoking and
| secondhand smoke.
| "They say there are no safe levels of
| secondhand smoke, but the Occupational
| Safety and Health Administration says
| otherwise," McCalla explained. "OSHA has,
| indeed, set safe levels for secondhand
| smoke and those levels are 25,000 times
| higher than are found in bars and
| restaurants."
| Among contributors to WHO is the Bill and
| Melinda Gates Foundation which, despite
| its support for WHOâs work with preventing
| and treating malaria, has been criticized
| by top WHO staffers for not allowing its
| funding to be more broadly spent.


University of Colorado at Boulder Falls Prey to Philip Morris' Strategic Philanthropy

,----[ Quote ]
| Notwithstanding that a federal court in
| 2006 found Philip Morris guilty of
| engaging in 50 years of public fraud and
| racketeering, a peer-reviewed study of
| tobacco industry documents conducted by
| the University of California San
| Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control
| Research and Education looked at why
| tobacco companies so robustly promote Life
| Skills Training.


WHO officially announces the $10 million grant of the Gates Foundation to promote tobacco control in Africa

,----[ Quote ]
| We had previously informed our readers of
| this grant awarded in August. The press
| release does not provide details about the
| way the funds will be managed, the type of
| governance that will be -eventually
| chosen-, what African NGOs will eventually
| participate, how transparency and
| accountability will be implemented, issues
| that are very important and were
| specifically addressed by the Gates
| Foundation in the $7 million project
| awarded to the American Cancer Society.


Jeffrey Drope of Marquette University is awarded approximately $118.300 to organize the data collected by the ATSA teams

,----[ Quote ]
| This contract was apparently signed in
| June 2009. Its size is substantial: $451K
| represent about 8,5% of the global budget
| of $5.2 millions provided to IDRC by the
| Gates Foundation.
| The post on the IDRC's site does not say
| what the participation of the African
| advocates is and if they'll receive any
| part of the financial support that is
| given to Jeffrey Drope (who had previously
| been awarded smaller consulting
| contracts).
| Jeffrey Drope is the brother of Jacqui
| Drope who is the senior program officer of
| the ATSA program. Her name usually appears
| when ATSA grants are advertised but in
| this case it is replaced by Greg Hallen
| (new RITC program leader).



Gates Foundation Investments Often Don't Jibe With Philanthropic Priorities

,----[ Quote ]
| In the first article, the newspaper notes that the Gates Foundation has
| invested in companies like Chevron Corporation, Eni, Exxon Mobil Corporation,
| Royal Dutch Shell, and Totalâall responsible for gas flares that pollute the
| Niger Delta, shooting out chemicals and soot that may be causing the regionâs
| alarmingly high rates of respiratory diseases, cancer, and blurred vision and
| also lowering immunityâwhile the foundation is making grants to fight disease
| in Africa.
| In the second article, the newspaper notes that Gates is heavily invested in
| companies that have ties to tobacco, alcohol, and gambling.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Truth Revealed


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Truth Revealed Part 2


Dark cloud over good works of Gates Found


Gates Foundation Revokes Pledge to Review Portfolio

,----[ Quote ]
| ...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...


Gates Foundationâs Influence Criticized

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.

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