One guy’s journey into the bleating heart of ethical giving.
After weeks of debating what promotional item might make the most sense for his clients, filmmaker Christopher Richardson settles on a curious approach to thanking them for their business: he will buy goats in their names for families in the developing world.
But as the list of gifted goats grows, some clients question whether the animals actually exist. Christopher decides to travel to a Zambian village in search of one of the goats he has bought online and discover for himself whether his ethical gift giving is making the impact he hoped for.
Along the way he encounters both supporters and detractors of the ethical gift concept. But one question is paramount to him: “Where’s My Goat?” Using humor, animation and a sincere desire to access whether his good faith gesture is truly making a difference, this filmmaker’s search for ‘his’ goat is a provocative, outside-the-box look at charity and the impact a specific initiative might have.
The New Rulers Of The World (2001) analyses the new global economy and reveals that the divisions between the rich and poor have never been greater – two thirds of the world’s children live in poverty – and the gulf is widening like never before.
The film turns the spotlight on the new rulers of the world – the great multinationals and the governments and institutions that back them such as the IMF, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation under whose rules millions of people throughout the world lose their jobs and livelihood.
The West, explains Pilger, has increased its stranglehold on poor countries by using the might of these powerful financial institutions to control their economies. “A small group of powerful individuals are now richer than most of the population of Africa,” he says, “just 200 giant corporations dominate a quarter of the world’s economic activity. General Motors is now bigger than Denmark. Ford is bigger than South Africa. Enormously rich men like Bill Gates, have a wealth greater than all of Africa. Golfer Tiger Woods was paid more to promote Nike than the entire workforce making the company’s products in Indonesia received.”
Published on 26 Jun 2013
UK’s government has announced budget cuts affecting welfare claimants, teachers, nurses and policemen. But one show of generosity was an increase in funding for the intelligence services. RT contributor Afshin Rattansi gives his analysis on this.
Published on Feb 19, 2013
An analyst says the unfortunate situation in Bulgaria is due to decades of massive state spending which has defied good economics and devastated the country’s financial system past the point of no return. The comment comes as several thousand people took to the streets across Bulgaria on Tuesday to protest against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Earlier on Monday, Bulgaria’s unpopular finance minister, Simeon Djankov, was removed from office after protests over high electricity bills snowballed into anti-government demonstrations.
“We’ve lived through communism and remember the personality cult towards (the dictator) Todor Zhivkov. But what we have now surpasses it — it’s Boyko for breakfast, Boyko for lunch, Boyko for dinner, while people don’t have anything to eat. We’re fed up,” a protester was quoted as saying. Press TV has conducted an interview with economic expert Rollin Amore to further discuss the issue.
In 2011 the Commission on Wartime Contracting found that between 31 and 60 billion dollars was lost in Iraq to waste, bribery, or fraud. FUN! But if that doesn’t convince you of the war’s distastefulness, let me count the other 60 billion reasons that this was a neconservative hatched plot to make crazy money.
Judge Napolitano: “LIBOR Scandal One of the Largest Bank Orchestrated Frauds in History”
The Department of Justice is reportedly deciding whether to charge banks over growing LIBOR interest rate fixes. The international investment bank Barclays Capital has already paid $450 million in fines for illegally manipulating the rates that banks charge each other to borrow money. That rate affects everything from credit cards to car loans and mortgage rates. Shepard Smith reported that it remains to be seen whether Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner knew about the rate manipulation when he was head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Judge Andrew Napolitano explained the importance of the LIBOR interest rate, saying, “Think of it this way, the biggest banks in London each morning announce what they’re going to charge each other for money and that number is averaged … Whatever that rate is, is the baseline for millions of other loans and mortgages around the country.”
In this episode, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss Goldfinger at the New York Fed in Lower Manhattan where Germany’s gold did not dissolve in the Hurricane Sandy floods, but $13 trillion in paper assets did. They also discuss Treasury secretaries and Goldman CEOs as the stuff of nightmares. In the second half, Max Keiser talks to Ned Naylor-Leyland about Germany’s gold, JP Morgan’s shorts and Bart Chilton’s ‘investigation.’