from DrRathFoundation Website
the public figurehead of Wikipedia,
tries to give the world the impression
that his website is an independent entity,
the reality is that the Wikimedia Foundation,
of which Wikipedia is a project,
has been directly dependent
upon support from super-wealthy benefactors
with connections to the pharmaceutical
Accused in court by the Dr. Rath Foundation of having funded the ARV drug-promoting Treatment Action Campaign to the tune of 1.4 million South African Rand, Soros has invested heavily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors over the years, buying large holdings in companies such as,
Significantly, therefore, Melissa Hagemann, a senior program manager of the Soros Open Society Foundations' Information Program, has previously sat on the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia.
Hagemann has also worked
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- an organization that, like Soros, has invested heavily in the drug
industry over the years and, according to the Los Angeles Times,
reaps vast financial gains from investments that contravene its
claims to good works.
As a result, he spent months building up a gigantic trading position with the aim of profiting on a colossal scale.
Reportedly borrowing around 6.5 billion British pounds, Soros converted his holdings into a mixture of German Deutschmarks and French francs.
On 16 September 1992, now known as "Black Wednesday", his gamble paid off and brought him a fortune.
Over the following days, he unwound his positions, causing a tidal wave of selling the pound on foreign exchanges, with the result that the value of the pound plummeted and Britain was forced to drop out of the ERM.
As a result, Soros made a profit of around £1 billion and became known as,
However, defending the
pound against Soros' enormous bets on the international currency
markets cost Britain around £3.3 billion. The resulting financial
turmoil in the country was widely viewed at the time as a national
Said to dabble daily in currency markets on a vast scale, his alleged role in sparking the 1997 Asian economic crisis led to a group of southeast Asian countries calling for him to be prosecuted as a criminal...
One of the world's largest private equity funds, the Carlyle Group is believed to make most of its money from work as a defense contractor.
At various times, its advisors and investors are said to have included the,
...and even relatives of Osama Bin Laden...
Frankly, given the evidence that the facts aren't welcome on Wikipedia when you challenge the interests of the multi-billion-dollar drug industry, we suspect that some people might find this rather difficult to accept.
This is especially the
case given the longstanding unanswered questions regarding the
relationship the Wikimedia Foundation has had with venture
After all, if the
Wikimedia Foundation has been happy to accept the support of a man
like Soros, what does this suggest about its own probity?
With its editors leaving at an alarming rate and the official exams watchdog in the UK, Ofqual, stating that schoolchildren should avoid Wikipedia as it is not "authoritative or accurate" and in some cases "may be completely untrue", the credibility of the website is undeniably sinking fast.
And this is before we even begin to consider the fact that some of the most prolific contributors to Wikipedia have been,
...and that they have not
just been updating their own entries, either.
Based upon what we
ourselves now know about Wikipedia and its backers, we're
increasingly inclined to agree with his analysis...