The World Bank

Someone drew attention to the World Bank involvement in the Tobacco Control Industry.

Frankly, I do not know enough to judge, but it seems to me that ‘A BANK’ ought not to be involved in TC. Banks are concerned with money, and not ethics. They exist purely to provide a safe place for people to put their money (like a big safe) and facilitate business and purchases via loans. They also provide the means to move money about. Here is a Wikipedia article about the World Bank:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Bank

As usual, you must bear in mind the biases of the people who wrote the Wikipedia article.


It seems that the World Bank has no other function than to grant loans, funded by the healthy, wealthy West, to build infrastructures such as roads and ports in impoverished countries. That is a worthy cause, is it not? That is especially so in that the World Bank insists that repayment of loans must be prioritised by the country involved.

But how on earth did the World Bank become involved in tobacco control?

This site gives a clue:

http://www.pierrelemieux.org/artwelfarewb.pdf

According to the World Bank’s Study, Tobacco has zero benefit in economic terms world-wide. For brevity, let us say that any benefits which accrue to workers in tobacco plantations are far outweighed by the the costs of smoking elsewhere. What this implies is that, from a whole world perspective, it is better for tobacco plantation workers to starve to death at the age of 30, than for people in the healthy, wealthy West to die ‘prematurely’ at the age of 80 years.

But is it true that the World Bank imposes a condition that tobacco must be controlled as a condition of a World Bank loan? I have no idea. It is all secret.

The final version of the TPD was concocted in secret. If Soubry MP and Health Minister is anything to go by, then the TPD was passed without due consideration, either by Parliament in the UK or by similar Parliaments throughout Europe. That is, this TPD has been imposed by A DICTATOR.

It is impossible to ignore the authoritarian impositions of the World Bank. But who controls the World Bank? Some HUMAN BEINGS must be in charge.

Unlike an Ocean, or the atmosphere, where chaos is supreme, organisations such as the World Bank can make whatever rules they wish to make, without democratic scrutiny.

It may well be that what organisations like the World Bank actually do is not the important thing. It may well be that scrutiny and accountability are far, far more important.

Is that not called “DEMOCRACY”?

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4 Responses to “The World Bank”

  1. Rose Says:

    THE WORLD BANK OPERATIONAL MANUAL
    OPERATIONAL DIRECTIVE
    1992

    TOBACCO

    https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/tobacco/docs/#id=mkpv0120

    • junican Says:

      Thanks for the link. Hard to read, but worth the effort. The more that we find out, the more obvious it becomes that the anti-tobacco plans were laid long, long ago. In my opinion, that shows just how corrupt organisations such as the UN and World Bank are in an intellectual and political sense. The EU is also just as corrupted.
      Why don’t the Brexit leaders point to the corruption of the EU?

  2. smokingscot Says:

    I watched with mild amusement at the arm wrestling that took place to get Dr. Jim Yong Kim positioned as the 12th President of The World Bank.

    You see Dr. Jim knows sweet naff all about high finance, what he’s done is:

    a South Korean and American physician and anthropologist who has served as the 12th President of the World Bank since July 1, 2012.

    A global health leader, he was formerly the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a co-founder and executive director of Partners In Health before serving as the President of Dartmouth College from 2009 to 2012, becoming the first Asian American president of an Ivy League institution.[1][2]

    Kim was named the world’s 50th most powerful person by Forbes Magazine’s List of The World’s Most Powerful People in 2013.[3]

    All the above comes from this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Yong_Kim

    So this is another case of the health lobby getting their guy into the hot seat of yet another supranational organization.

    (By the by you want to keep an eye on the utter garbage being chucked out about replacing yet another Korean – Ban Ki-moon – who’s the chief honcho of the UN. He’s off in Jan next year.

    Oh and just in case you’ve got sod all else to do next year, Maggie Chan completes her second term as boss lady of the WHO in May 2017. Wanna guess what credentials matter to get that one?).

    • junican Says:

      Very revealing, SS. Who will be the next President? Could we expect a climatologist, perhaps? Probably not because the Health Zealots are in total charge.

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