Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What are the odds this young mother will get a dime of World Bank lucre?

This young woman, barely out of girlhood, is a Filipino homeless mother caring for two small children. In a society that gave a rat’s ass about women & children without distinction of class or ethnicity, she would be given all she needs for housing, healthcare, & food. Their happiness would be a social priority & a social celebration & not the good fortune of class, or ethnicity, or fate. Now in uncustomary & questionable largesse, the World Bank, global predator extraordinaire, is lending $100 million (£61m; 76m euros) to the Philippines for education & healthcare for poor families. The bookies  can have a field day with this one, giving odds on even one lousy penny affecting the lives of this young mother & her children. Her fate & that of her young children is in the hands of millions of people who will not bend the knee to inequity & servility but only to justice & human equality.  (Photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

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