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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Death Squads and Privatising Healthcare Reply with quote

Death Squads and Privatising Healthcare

CRUSHING freedom fighters and privatising the world's health services are just two of the startling items on the agenda at a high-level conference centre in Sussex over the next few weeks.
The venue is Wilton Park, which describes itself as "one of the world’s leading centres for the discussion of international issues" and is run by the Foreign Office.
It is tucked away in the countryside at Wiston (with an 's'), near Steyning, where locals have long since muttered darkly about the strange goings-on at the secluded estate, with its Chinook helicopter landings and mysterious convoys of limousines.
Wilton Park aims to keep a low profile and likes to present itself as a harmless, even progressive, home for global co-operation and debate, but the reality is less palatable.
Its 904th conference, for example, scheduled for Thursday March 13 to Sunday March 16, goes under the decidedly non-fluffy title of "Meeting the Challenges of Counter-Insurgency and Stabilisation Operations: Strategic Issues and Options".
Among the top-rank line-up of speakers is Juan Carlos Pinzon, Vice Minister of Defence for Stratgey and Planning in the right-wing Colombian government, well known for its use of death squads to crush opposition groups.
He will be giving a few handy tips on how to brutally stamp out dissent in a talk on "Colombia and Counter-Insurgency: Stratgey, Accomplishments and Way Forward."
There is also a fascinating section on National Security Interests and "Irregular Operations", to be addressed by Thomas Mahnken, the USA's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning and Major General Robert Ranquet, the French Deputy Director of Strategic Affairs at the Ministry of Defence in Paris.
Another session, entitled "Creating Civilian Expeditionary Capability", will ask: "Are there any lessons to be drawn from British and French imperial experience or from the US CORDS programme in Vietnam? How far can the "contracting out" model work for hot stabilisation and COIN [Counter-Insurgency] operations?"
Further speakers will be General Dick Berlijn, the Dutch Chief of Defence; Diego Ruiz Palmer, Head of the Planning Section at NATO HQ in Brussels; and General Sir David Richards, Commander in Chief of UK Land Forces.
A few weeks later, from Wednesday April 9 to Friday April 11, the 909th Wilton Park Conference is being staged in co-operation with the Global Health Group, UCSF Global Health Sciences, San Francisco, and The Health Redesign Group Inc and with support from BUPA, Crown Agents, Eversheds,
Ovations Health and The Rockefeller Foundation.
It goes under the rather clumsy title of "Public-Private Investment Partnerships in Health Systems Strengthening". The agenda preview explains: "The conference will develop the concept of what we are calling public-private investment partnerships (PPIPs) that go beyond private investment in hospital buildings and maintenance, such as that characterised by Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs), or the contracting out of selected services to the private sector, which is common in many countries.
"PPIPs encompass private capital investment in hospitals, clinics and other facilities but take this a step further to include ongoing private management of clinical and support services."
Planned speakers include April Harding of The World Bank in Washington DC; Ken Anderson, former Commercial Director General and the UK Department of Health and now Managing Director of the UBS Investment Bank; Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, an International Director of KPMG International and, notably, Chinese Minister of Health Chen Zhu, who is to speak on "China's Reform Agenda".
Among other subjects for discussion are "Public-Private Investment Partnerships in Developing Countries' Health Systems", "Increasing Investment in Africa" and "Smoothing the Road: What the Global ommunity Can Do".
Commented Dave Phillips of The Porkbolter, a campaigning newsletter and website based in nearby Worthing: "Wilton Park is clearly promoting a hard-core and extreme agenda of global privatisation backed with ruthless military repression.
"I think local people will be shocked to hear that a member of a notorious right-wing Latin American government is coming to Sussex to boast about the use of death squads against his regime's opponents.
"And the conference on privatising healthcare is simply sickening. It is particularly insulting for a county which has recently demonstrated in such numbers for the preservation of its vital NHS services and against the public funding cuts and privatisation-by-stealth that is being imposed on us.

"Public pressure must be brought to bear to ensure that Wilton Park is closed down and the poisonous agenda it is peddling is exposed to full public scrutiny and democratic debate."


WARNING: Wilton Park has a track record of 'disappearing' conference details if they get any whiff of adverse publicity. In 2004, details of a globalisation conference were bizarrely removed from the Wilton Park website just 24 hours after a protest was advertised online (see www.schnews.org.uk/archive/news471.htm). Details of the two conferences
mentioned above should be online at www.wiltonpark.org.uk, but they have also now been saved as pdf documents and are available on request from porkbolter@eco-action.org or porkbolter@hushmail.com.

NOTE: According to the agendas, the man responsible for organising the
counter-insurgency conference is Dr Robert Grant, who can be contacted
on 01903 817797, fax 01903 814445, email robert.grant@wiltonpark.org.uk.
The contact for the health privatisation conference is senior programme
director Ms Robin Hart, tel 01903 817759, tax 01903 879231, email
robin.hart@wiltonpark.org.uk

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the kind of place where where real political decisions are taken, policies developed and strategies agreed on.............not Parliament.....that's just showbiz central.......

......Well done Paul. Thanks for that.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a Godawful place this appears to be. And what a bunch of weak-minded lemons must go to such affairs. Only for the impressionable.

Only those already well greased and on the gravy train need apply.

The health privatisation conference sounds particularly evil. How do these people sleep at night?
They may as well call it the Poor and Disabled Go Rot in Hell conference.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got this info from Hands Off Venezuela; apparently the Colombian Vice-Minister of Defence is going to talk about 'Counte-Insurgrncy' techniques!!!
Colombia, backed by the US, is bringing Venezuela and Ecuador before the International Court charging aiding the FARC. They 'found' a video of OBL (sorry, a 'laptop with details of $300m assitance'.
Watch this space!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whilst researching the origins of the UK's terrorism legislation, Wilton Park predictably popped up as the venue for the two day seminar organised by Lord Lloyd of Berwick and hosted by Douglas Hurd back in June 1996.

Lord Lloyd was appointed by the Tories in December 1995 to report on the need for future terrorism legislation to replace the temporary legislation then in place in response to events in Northern Ireland.

His report was in two volumes. The second was written by Professor Paul Wilkinson, head of the RAND-St Andrews Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)

In response to a FOI request, CSTPV confirmed to me that they received £384,000 funding CFR affiliate, Washington Policy and Analysis Inc.

CSTPV wrote:
Dear Mark

Thank you for your email of 24 November 2007 requesting information about RAND Corporation funding and Washington Policy and Analysis Inc., funding for both the Department of International Relations and the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.

Further to my email of 12 December 2007, I have today been provided with further information relating to Washington Policy and Analysis Inc. funding. Details of a grant from this source have been found.

The grant was given to Prof Paul Wikinson by the Washington Policy & Analysis Inc for £384k from 1/7/02 until the 30/6/05. The project is titled "Informa Group Research Fellow".

This is however the only such grant, according to the records held.

If you have any further questions please contact me.

Yours sincerely


The Chairman of Washington Policy and Analysis is William F. Martin.

From his bio:

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William F. Martin is chairman and co-founder of Washington Policy and Analysis. An energy economist, he has served as Deputy Secretary of Energy and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. From 1983-85, he was Special Assistant to President Reagan, responsible for the coordination of the President's head of state meetings.

Mr. Martin currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Board and is a member of the executive committee of the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. He is presently the Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Energy Security Group and was the 1997 author of the Trilateral Commission report, Maintaining Energy Security in a Global Context. In 1987, he and his WPA partnerScott Campbell, authored a US government study entitled, 'Energy Security:Report to the President of the United States'.

In 1992, he was Executive Director of the Republican Platform Committee and served as senior advisor for platform for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign.


Prof Wilkinson was also funded by grants from the European Economic Development Council.

More importantly, the RAND connection was provided by the ubiquitous Dr Bruce Hoffman, who was one of the four terrorologists who recently presented "evidence" to the Senate Committee who are tasked with the Prevention of Homegrown Radicalisation, which apparently includes such nastiness as 911 Truth web sites.

A CFR affiliated energy consultancy provide funding to a St Andrews academic to study Terrorism and Political Violence alongside RAND who provided Dr Bruce Hoffman on years of secondment to the St Andrews anti-terror academic hub.

The result: Volume 2 of Lord Lloyd of Berwick's report, written by Prof Paul Wilkinson, wherein, you will find a veritable facsimile of every single piece of anti terror legislation placed on the statue books by the UK government since 1997.

Made in the USA. Naturally.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I got this info from Hands Off Venezuela; apparently the Colombian Vice-Minister of Defence is going to talk about 'Counte-Insurgrncy' techniques!!!
Colombia, backed by the US, is bringing Venezuela and Ecuador before the International Court charging aiding the FARC. They 'found' a video of OBL (sorry, a 'laptop with details of $300m assitance'.
Watch this space!


Now Bushco wants to add Venezuela to 'Terror' states!! I reckon it must be the oil that seeps into the drinking water in these oil-rich countries that turns the people into 'evildoers'. Just as well Bushco is here to save us all!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20080310/wl_mcclatchy/2874813_1

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re Privatising Healthcare, please read and sign petition:

(it was forwarded to me today):

Petition FROM Wendy Savage, National Secretary of Keep our NHS Public.

If you go to the Downing Street petition list at

http://tinyurl.com/2lvtyr

(click add your name to the petition and then remember to click on the link in the confirmatory email which you ar sent).

As I am sure you are all aware, the contract for a number of Camden NHS general practices has been offered to the biggest US provider of health care, United Health. This would mean a massive transfer of NHS resources into the pockets of multinational profiteers and a distortion of provision in some of the neediest parts of the borough. Wendy has forwarded me this link to the petition against it on the Downing Street website and it is important you sign and pass it round.

Obviously this is only part of the campaign. As you probably know, on Tower Hamlets the St Pauls Way Practice went to ATOS origin, but the PCT in face of public protest including a rally outside the surgery covered widely in the press and TV and a vote of no confidence by local GPs, has not, as originally intended, gone to out to contract for its other directly managed practices, but is working on developing them within the NHS. However the threat remains, especially in the face of Darzi. We hope to see Tower Hamlets people at the Hustings at Oxford House on 9 April.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great thread, thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Negroponte sticking his bloody nose into South American affairs again?

http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/3305

The US is using Colombia in general, and Santos in particular, as it's 'stalking-horse' against Venezuela.
We should be watching this situation carefully; as Hugo Chavez jokingly said: "It shouldn't surprise you if a photo of me with Bin Laden comes out of that computer" (talking about the captured laptop from the Reyes assassination).
I hope many of you in London will show solidarity when 'Hands Off Venezuela' or other Venezuelan solidariity or information groups calls for protests.

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interpol gets involved in Raul Reyes' laptop affair; and US 4th Fleet 'reactivated' after 58 years (it was deactivated after end of WW2)

http://www.nineeleven.co.uk/board/viewtopic.php?p=118341#118341

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyGosling wrote:

The health privatisation conference sounds particularly evil. How do these people sleep at night?
They may as well call it the Poor and Disabled Go Rot in Hell conference.


When you have a global population target of 500 million...

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Rail boss facing corruption allegations found dead after 'suicide pact with his wife'

By Martin Delgado and Nick Craven
Last updated at 1:38 AM on 05th April 2009

Network Rail boss Anthony Burgess is said to have killed himself after being arrested on suspicion of taking bribes

A senior Network Rail executive facing corruption allegations has been found dead in an apparent suicide pact with his wife.

Anthony Burgess is understood to have killed himself after being arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, including Rolex watches and a Porsche, from firms bidding for contracts with the company, which runs Britain’s rail infrastructure.

He and his wife Marian were found dead at their ?350,000 detached home in a cul-de-sac in the quiet Essex village of Clavering.

They are understood to have left a note for relatives. It is unclear how they died but the deaths are being treated as ‘non-suspicious’ by the coroner, who has opened and adjourned an inquest.

Mr Burgess, 45, was sacked from his ?75,000-a-year job as corporate offices manager, responsible for handing out millions of pounds worth of contracts to equip, furnish and manage Network Rail offices across the country, and was on police bail when he died.

Mrs Burgess, 51, was a part-time classroom assistant at a local school and was not suspected of any wrong-doing......

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1167574/Rail-boss-facing-corru ption-allegations-dead-suicide-pact-wife.html

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