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March 15, 2005

“Trust us, we’re the United Nations”

From Reuters via Yahoo News:

African leaders voiced support Monday for a plan asking wealthy nations to tax their cities' investment in technology to buy mobile phones and computers for poor nations. 

The tax would feed a Digital Solidarity Fund, a United Nations-sponsored plan to use high-tech tools such as satellite telephones or the Internet to promote economic development in areas that lack even the most basic infrastructure.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said the digital divide -- the gap between information technology availability in poor countries and rich -- aggravated polarization between the wealthy North and developing nations of the South.

Apparently there's only so much you can bleed from the oppressed people under your despotic regime in order to build palaces and personal military forces, so we in the west are being told we must do our part. The UN probably needs more money for kickbacks and bribes, as well as payoffs to the families of women impregnated by UN workers.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 15, 2005 09:16 AM

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