-- Political Issues: World Bank --
This page archives comments by Bruce Cockburn on the World Bank.
16 October 2000 - Commenting upon the influence of the World Bank
"I toured in Japan once, and on the plane I happened to get into first class
and sat next to the Japanese representative to the World Bank. I didn't at
that time know what he did, so he told me what it meant to be the
representative. He was proud of his position. He told me you can move
commodities, that is called trade, but in the future you will be able to
move money and people without considering borders. Move them to where they
are needed. I was disgusted. People being treated as commodities. I wrote a
song based on that conversation I haven't sung it in a while. Thinking
about the movement of trade of trade, jobs and people[then sang Mighty Trucks of Midnight]
-- from the Institute for Policy Studies', 24th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights
Awards, 16 October, 2000. Transcribed by Ruth White.
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