Category Archives: World Bank/IMF

Seedy business

November 06, 2014 By  NAJMA SADEQUE   Throughout history, superpowers that outstayed their welcome eventually turned unscrupulous trying to hang on. The most recent one in the last century directly shaped and manipulated global institutions forcing most countries into submission. The … Continue reading

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BRIC by BRIC

BY: NAJMA SADEQUE | July 23, 2014  Can Pakistan squirm out of World Bank/IMF’s grip? Last week, after 70 years of financial subterfuge and economic exploitation which the South finally realized wasn’t going to change, a treaty was signed to create an alternative to … Continue reading

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They’re selling our country

–    Najma Sadeque   In 2011, thanks to advanced computers, three systems scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology drew on an existing global marketing database of over 30 million companies and investors worldwide. The study, called ‘The Network of Global Corporate Control’, traced their … Continue reading

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In the name of the poor

The Nation – December 25, 2013   by NAJMA SADEQUE   How were government’s various microcredit schemes — launched in 2002 — doing? They decided to check, and after 6-7 years, conducted a field study, getting information from the horse’s … Continue reading

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What most people get to eat

What most people get to eat : despite having a roof over their heads. December 04, 2013 NAJMA SADEQUE    Once upon a time in Pakistan, food was very cheap, especially the third-rate, chemically-grown, nutrient-poor wheat fed to American livestock … Continue reading

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Without a fraction of reserve

Banks freely manufacture 90% of money. So why aren’t the majority of citizens being served?    November 27, 2013 NAJMA SADEQUE   Paper money and coins are for the general public – the ‘little’ people, who don’t earn enough to … Continue reading

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Going in for the kill

by Najma Sadeque As long as people believe that building an economy mainly requires foreign loans and investments, or that money is intrinsically wealth in itself, we are condemned to remain dependant, manipulated and exploited indefinitely.   Most former colonies … Continue reading

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The Profits of Hunger

by Najma Sadeque  What would it take to capture Mr Nawaz Sharif’s attention on wider food matters? He is celebrated as gourmet and banquet king, but that does not extend lower than the middle class. The failed PPP promised “roti, … Continue reading

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The debts taken in our name

By:Najma Sadeque  Putting up with parasitism Why does Pakistan routinely consider IMF-style austerity which decision-makers and well-off don’t suffer? Because, as well known, those with ulterior motives don’t have to repay. Mostly the hapless taxpayers do. Every time another loan … Continue reading

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FORUM 2000, Prague – World Bank, IMF, WTO and USAID — the South’s unelected governments

As a Delegate to the Forum 2000 held in Czechoslovakia in 2002 [Najma Sadeque – Pakistan Writer, journalist and researcher on socio-economic issues.  Pakistani writer, journalist and researcher on socio-economic issues. Founding member of the Women’s Action Forum of Pakistan. … Continue reading

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