Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Looking back on Gates exposé in L.A. Times

Gates mistakes?

It was two years ago today that L.A. Times staffers Charles Piller, Edmund Sanders and Robyn Dixon blew the lid off the world of power philanthropy with their investigation of the Gates Foundation’s dirty but profitable investment strategies in the Third World. But as one would expect, the most powerful foundation in the world, immune as it is to outside criticism or public accountability, still carries on business as usual.

The Gates Foundation has poured $218 million into polio and measles immunization and research worldwide, including in the Niger Delta. At the same time that the foundation is funding inoculations to protect health, The Times found, it has invested $423 million in Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Total of France — the companies responsible for most of the flares blanketing the delta with pollution, beyond anything permitted in the United States or Europe.


  1. Yes, but once we get KIPP into the Niger Delta, the kids will be meeting standards even with their respiratory problems. No Excuses!

  2. Thanks Tom. That's not so far-fetched.


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