(July 31, 1987) One of the advanatges the World Bank has over most of us is that it is so huge and so complicated – some would say byzantine – that most eyes simply glaze over at the mention of it.
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Too many foreign aid projects have been making life worse for the Third World’s poor. Now the poor are asking us to stop.
Hooker Chemical, Union Carbicide, Babcock & Wilcox, Inco, MacMillian Bloedel — the world, tragically, is not short of companies that bring us Love Canals, Bhopals, and Three Mile Islands, or whose activities poison the atmosphere. plunder birgin forests. and scar the country side.
The “clouds” in the panorama on the back, taken from space by the Space Shuttle, are actually smoke plumes. They show the Amazon rainforest being burned, in the name of progress.
As Canada’s enormous response to Ethiopian famine showed, we Canadians are a generous people. Probe International is determined to make this generosity effective, to have our foreign aid spent true to the spirit in which it is given, because when aid is dispensed irresponsibly, with little or no scrutiny of any kind, the result is not just waste and corruption but projects that all-too-often become environmental and human nightmares.
(July 14, 1984) Globe and Mail
Would you consider flooding the Vatican, Mecca, or jerusalem to provide power for industry?
The last thing the world’s two billion poorest people need is a gift that increases disease and destroys their source of food and fuel. Yet this is exactly what the federal fovernment is spending your tax dollars on in the name of foreign aid.
(October 24, 1945) The representatives of 50 countries met at San Francisco from April 25 to June 26, at the United Nations Conference International Organization, and drew up the United Nations Charter that came into force on October 24, 1945.
(March 7, 1923) Convention between the British Government and the Government of Costa Rica for the submission to arbitration of certain claims against the government of Costa Rica, signed at San Jose de Costa Rica, January 12, 1922.
(April 11, 1899) Concluded at Paris December 10, 1898; ratification advised by the Senate February 6, 1899; ratified by the President February 6, 1899; ratifications exchanged April 11, 1899; proclaimed April 11, 1899.