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Sun Apr 24, 2016, 11:58 AM Apr 2016

A Member of Congress Just Issued a Warning to the World Bank: 'Stop Privatizing Water' [View all]

Rep. Gwen Moore's actions could mean the beginning of the end of the World Bank’s harmful water-for-profit pursuits.
By Jesse Bragg


Around the globe, people’s access to water is being threatened every day by one of the most powerful institutions on the globe—the World Bank. Under the guise of development, the World Bank and its investment arm, the International Finance Corporation, invest hundreds of millions in water privatization schemes that reduce access to water, increase costs and have a devastating impact on people. What’s worse is that the IFC often positions itself to profit from these projects, creating an irreconcilable conflict of interest.

But one congresswoman just took a stand against this threat that could mean the beginning of the end of the World Bank’s harmful water-for-profit pursuits. In a letter, Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) demanded the World Bank cease all promotion and financing of these projects pending an external review and congressional hearings on conflicts of interest. Decause Moore is the ranking member of a subcommittee with direct World Bank oversight, it has no choice but to listen.


Glad that somebody is standing up to the Neoliberal rush to kill the commons and put everything of value into private for profit hands.

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Good For Her noretreatnosurrender Apr 2016 #1
K&R 2naSalit Apr 2016 #2
K & R malaise Apr 2016 #3
"They want us dead" KansDem Apr 2016 #15
I don't think they actually want us dead Turbineguy Apr 2016 #19
Don't think you know them well enough malaise Apr 2016 #22
Look at World War I Turbineguy Apr 2016 #24
And they didn't give a fugg malaise Apr 2016 #25
Our water was sold to speculators (RWE), our water went from$19 mon to $70 mon alfredo Apr 2016 #27
If they could find a way to charge us for oxygen malaise Apr 2016 #30
what do you think pollution is about? hollysmom Apr 2016 #31
You have a point malaise Apr 2016 #33
sullying the air so they can sell us oxygen in tanks! cui bono Apr 2016 #52
You know it. I was just thinking the same thing. Evil, self-centered people. C Moon Apr 2016 #41
They don't own the sun, so solar must be opposed. alfredo Apr 2016 #44
You nailed it malaise Apr 2016 #56
That's an old one from the early 70's alfredo Apr 2016 #59
"Because their masters had had a falling out . . . " hatrack Apr 2016 #43
They want wealth. To have wealth you need more assets than the others. That's wealth. rhett o rick Apr 2016 #53
They don't care if we die malaise Apr 2016 #57
Good point. Also, lying about caring is also shitty. nm rhett o rick Apr 2016 #64
Precisely malaise Apr 2016 #65
I wish I could draw. I see a picture of the Oligarchy setting a big steel toothed trap rhett o rick Apr 2016 #66
Plus many ReasonableToo Apr 2016 #61
They were trying to privatize Flint water system. It started the lead crisis. Fucking 3rd Way... whereisjustice Apr 2016 #4
Global corporatists, you can't have it all. Ed Suspicious Apr 2016 #5
Moore's opponent next election will be sponsored by Nestle NightWatcher Apr 2016 #6
K&R!!! G_j Apr 2016 #7
K & R. Market Money Worship Kills appalachiablue Apr 2016 #8
Excellent. Privatization is a bigger threat to America than al'Qaeda is. Initech Apr 2016 #9
The Commons CrispyQ Apr 2016 #10
no, they don't. and to my exerience, haven't for a long time magical thyme Apr 2016 #58
Another site reporting... JEB Apr 2016 #11
One company to beware of is.......... mrmpa Apr 2016 #12
Thanks for the link. nt JEB Apr 2016 #13
I started to boycott Nestles. I was amazed to see how many products they make. Enthusiast Apr 2016 #17
You have a right to buy their bottled water arikara Apr 2016 #42
That people don't see this as wrong just amazes me. CrispyQ Apr 2016 #63
Kicked and recommended! Stop abusing the people of the world. Enthusiast Apr 2016 #14
Chop. Dont call me Shirley Apr 2016 #40
Bravo! to Rep. Moore chapdrum Apr 2016 #16
Excellent idea. nt JEB Apr 2016 #18
This message was self-deleted by its author cyberpj Apr 2016 #20
Yep, excellent idea. n/t truedelphi Apr 2016 #48
Don't worry all of the donors are democratic. maggies farm Apr 2016 #21
This message was self-deleted by its author FreedomRain Apr 2016 #35
Yep, it's a two party system all right arikara Apr 2016 #45
"Don't worry, all the donors are Democrats." truedelphi Apr 2016 #49
MY congresswoman. awesome. pansypoo53219 Apr 2016 #23
K&R felix_numinous Apr 2016 #26
Water is a basic right for all the species of life on earth WHEN CRABS ROAR Apr 2016 #28
Some poster on DU zentrum Apr 2016 #29
Keep in mind that President Bill Clinton got his Bill through the Republican Congress easily. DhhD Apr 2016 #36
Well said. zentrum Apr 2016 #38
All excellent points Optimism Apr 2016 #51
1998 was the same year Bill swallowed the PNAC line about WMD cprise Apr 2016 #50
Wow—I didn't zentrum Apr 2016 #62
The world bank and the WTO are sold as helping the poor hollysmom Apr 2016 #32
Goal is to privatize and steal their natural resources. DhhD Apr 2016 #37
A serious issue. Glad someone has noticed. Sienna86 Apr 2016 #34
World Bank Mafia is a shameful institution. Hoarders of natural resources. Destroyers of Nature. Dont call me Shirley Apr 2016 #39
I am beginning to get hopeless... Silver_Witch Apr 2016 #46
Talk about trickle down economy. JEB Apr 2016 #47
Enron and Dumya... IthinkThereforeIAM Apr 2016 #54
It's about time. I hope others will folllow suit. senz Apr 2016 #55
Kicked and recommended. Uncle Joe Apr 2016 #60
Interesting choice of words,"Glad that somebody is standing up to the Neoliberal rush to kill ViseGrip Apr 2016 #67
That came from OUR congress? Baitball Blogger Apr 2016 #68
After the Last AKBerniecrat Apr 2016 #69
K and R geardaddy Apr 2016 #70
You'll never guess who started this whole water privatization thing KamaAina Apr 2016 #71
Air filtration masks will be sold by the Koch brothers pbmus Apr 2016 #72
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