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Bill Gates' UN brand of philanthropy
by Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com
January 28, 2005
Microsoft's Bill Gates, global politics newest kid on the block, showed up in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum this week.
Flanked by the likes of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish rocker Bono for photo ops, Gates in a casual sweater and slacks is looking more and more like an aged Harry Potter.
Wherever the big guys hang out, Gates is there, even sending wife Melinda to Bilderberg.
Politicians at Davos, some of the same ones who dined on "buckets of caviar", lobster and filet mignon at the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development while children were starving in slums a few miles away, waxed eloquent on the state of world poverty.
Blair called Africa's plight "a scar on the conscience of the world".
"Millions of children die in Africa who shouldn't die, who it would be very easy to save," Gates said. "The fact that we don't apply the resources to the known cures or to finding better cures is really the most scandalous issue of our time."
On Monday, Gates pledged $750 million to support immunization programs in developing countries. Problem is the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI), which the Microsoft billionaire helped set up, leans heavily on UN agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. It is these very organizations who keep the children of third world countries from the relief of DEET-based products as protection against deadly malaria.
Among 10.5 children under age five who died In 2002, --1.4 million died from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines.
Gates' philanthropy goes mainly for United Nations initiatives.
In 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $57 million grant to the United Nations Population (UNFPA) Fund. While the grant was ostensibly to fight AIDS among African youth, UNFPA also used some of the funds for its reproductive health-abortion agenda.
The UNFPA has been criticized for its ruthless disregard for Third World nation's sovereignty, cultural traditions and religious beliefs in pursuit of global de-population to protect western interests.
In an in-depth interview with Bill Moyers in May of 2003, Gates named the inspiration behind his funding of pro-abortion population control measures.
It seems that it came from Daddy.
"When I was growing up, my parents were always involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that. And it's so fascinating. At the dinner table my parents were very good at sharing the things that they were doing. And almost treating us like adults, talking about that," Gates told Moyers.
Gates, who rubs shoulders with Ted Turner, Mikhail Gorbachev, Maurice Strong and Company, seems to be mesmerized by the UN.
A staunch believer of the one world order Pooh-bahs' unfounded Malthusian fear of overpopulation, he's in good company.
Among his recent coups among the global set, Gates last December filled the current vacancy left by the July death of Warren Buffett's wife, on Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
A longtime shareholder in the company, Gates is a personal friend of Buffett's. The pair became close friends after meeting at a social event in Seattle in 1991, and they regularly meet online to play bridge.
In Davos, rock star Bono heaped praise on Gates, saying, "He is a brainy man and he thinks extreme poverty is stupid."
Surely extreme poverty is far more tragic than it is stupid.
As one of the planet's most globe trotting social activists, Bono should exert his influence to convince Gates to fly solo.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]
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