International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #196 * April 2018
Asheville, NC USA
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Yieh Odette Gwain (Cameroon)
In “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” John Perkins provides an account of his career with a consulting firm MAIN in Boston. According to his book, Perkins’ function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to consent to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins argues in this book that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run. In this capacity Perkins recounts his meetings with some prominent individuals, including Graham Greene and Omar Torrijos. Perkins describes the role of an EHM as follows: Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly-paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.
Here are some insights I received from the book:
Ego and self-esteem: These are attributes no human being should lose. “My head reeled for several weeks and I had a swollen ego.” Just the idea of you moving into a new sphere where your peers are unable to walk into boosts your moral and you work as though that day, job was your last job. I see myself in this situation especially when you imagine yourself having a raise (salary increment). You fantasize the things you can acquire with that new salary. You see yourself in places you never imagined yourself to be one. You dine and wine with people you might only have read about them in magazines.
Gender Bias: Growing up as a girl in a family setting where is was considered that female education is a waste of time, I discovered that girls were fashioned in a way that they could do only specific jobs. At first I thought the title of ‘housewife’ was a job with a wage but little did I know that it qualified women who stayed at home to take care of their families with no salaries. Even our Economy did not provide for women to be Engineers, Builders, Mechanics or even shoe menders/makers. There was one lady who was a mechanics who ended up not marrying because of her profession. Later in life secretaries and P.A’s were jobs for women that to find a man in this position was considered a taboo. Majority of the P.A’s and secretaries too would end up not marrying because they are considered to be mistresses to their bosses. Even nowadays, there are some jobs that women do not do not because they lack the knowhow but because they do not want to be judged by the public eye.
Military Rule: This is ideology is very common in African Countries. When African Leaders discover that they cannot overthrow the people in the ballot box they turn to the military to do their dirty work. The military tends to threaten people to either sway their votes towards the person who sent them or stay out of the polling stations. This is the case we are leaving now in the Anglophone parts of Cameroon. The military beats people for no just cause. The civilian population is brutalized and molested. Can you imagine that someone will be whisked away to a police cell because he was found with a knife in his possession? Can you imagine that a civilian will be beaten just because I military man (soldier) was shot dead in that vicinity? People get questions like “what happened here” and when you say you do know you are given the beatings of your life (Ignorance they say is a crime) now I believe this quote. Laws are bent by the military and nothing happens but a civilian is not allowed to bend any laws.
(Odette is a Level Seven Student)
What Others Are Saying
Michael Lightweaver (USA)
How IIGL Began
It all began in the summer of 2001. One of my young friends who I had met in Morocco had a relentless passion for coming to the USA. I thought long and hard as to how I could help him realize his dream. Then one day that summer I was cleaning out my library and found that I had two copies of the small book “As A Man Thinketh” and decided to send the extra copy to him and introduce him to the idea of the power of the mind. It turned out to revolutionize his mind and life and ultimately brought him to the USA and finally to settling in Canada.
And then 9/11 occurred a few months later and rather than soul searching and asking ourselves why this happened and how we might address the real cause, we simply reacted emotionally and the USA unleashed it’s military might on the middle east with ripple effects which continues to bring unimaginable suffering both there and throughout the world. While it has been a very profitable venture for the military-industrial complex and those who control it, I wonder how things would have been different if we had dealt with the cause of this global trauma; the poverty, injustice, religious fanaticism and most importantly, victim consciousness, instead of simply reacting to the symptom.
But more importantly I had to ask myself, what can I do as one person to address such an overwhelming challenge. It was then I remembered the saying that it is better to light a candle, however small, than to curse the darkness. I realized that, if the ideas that had changed my life and shifted my consciousness, were universally available, the world could change.
So I wrote several of my young friends around the world and asked it they would be interested in reading some books on how to make your dreams come true. The response was overwhelmingly positive so, using my credit card I ordered several copies of “As A Man Thinketh” and “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” and had them shipped to several of these new friends, thus launching what was to become The International Institute For Global Leadership.
What Our Students Are Reading
You’re Never Upset for the Reason you Think By Layne and Paul Cutright $9.74
If you are truly ready to enjoy relationships as “upset free zones” in which you experience deeper and more satisfying levels of love, connection, cooperation, creativity, synergy and more then you will want to learn the secret revealed in You’re Never Upset for the Reason You Think; The CURE for the Common Upset.
This book will show you exactly how you can uncover the real cause of any problem or upset, stop the pain and halt the slide toward more upset and disappointment, every single time. The result: joyful, close and fulfilling relationships that are no longer poisoned by bad feelings, hurt, anger, and the inevitable “distance” that follows.
You’re Never Upset for the Reason You Think will reveal to you the newest and most powerful conflict resolution tool ever created and the last you will ever need, called the Conscious Upset Resolution Exercise (CURE). The CURE is our simple, easy to learn, step-by-step proprietary method to neutralize, clarify, and resolve any upset you may encounter with lovers, business partners, co-workers, family members, children and any other relationship that is important to you even with unsettling news you see on the television or experiences you have in life absolutely anything at all that upsets you in any way. You will not find this knowledge or these tools any place else.
Students In Action
See the Invisible!
Recently, Level Three student Adeosun Oluwatosin Isaac (Nigeria), firstname.lastname@example.org launched a new motivational campaign in Nigeria which focuses on making young minds see and know their primary purpose of existence. He is calling the program, “See the Invisible.” He informed IIGL that the first event was held in his sitting room with 15 young people with great minds in attendance. They are now ready to run with their visions!
Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation
New Story is a non-profit working to create a world where no human lives in survival mode by providing one of life’s most basic needs – shelter. The organization currently works in Mexico, Haiti, El Salvador, and Bolivia and, in just three years, has funded more than 1300 homes for families in need. 850+ of those homes have been built and families have moved in. Their 100% model ensures that every penny of each donation goes to build homes while organization overhead and R&D is covered by private donors such as Y Combinator, prominent venture capitalists, and other leading executives. The current $6,500 homes are built to last for generations and each donation is paired directly with a family so donors can see their impact – 3D Printed Houses For The Developing World! Check out this 1 1/2 minute video
2018-2019 Board of Director Nominations
Once again it is time to establish the 2018-2019 IIGL Board of Directors! Active students working on Level Two studies and higher may be considered. Also IIGL graduates and contributors are eligible. The deadline is May 1, 2018. Please email Felix Iziomoh, our current IIGL President at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Save the Date!
The 2018 IIGL Annual Meeting will be held on May 5, 2018 via teleconference. Please save the date! More details to follow in the May newsletter for details. Our intention is to have small groups of students/graduates meet in different locations to attend the meeting together! Email Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
Meet Our New Students
We had one new student this month
Motheba Mosiuca (Lesotho)
I am a Mosotho woman who has spent most of my life in the highlands of Lesotho, I am a single mom to a 2 years old girl (Thea). Recently I have started learning Spanish through some phone app called DuoLingo and I have been watching YouTube videos and following them. I think learning others languages offers one an opportunity in travelling connecting with other cultures. Other languages I would love to learn are French, Afrikaans, Zulu and Korean. I dream of having a stable, happy and peaceful home one day and being to inspire my daughter, sisters and everyone around. I have a strong desire of touching people’s lives and having good relationships with all communities I engage in.
Helping others is one thing I desire not to get credit as such but in life we need each other to grow and I want to do something that will make me proud and feel good about myself as I go to bed at the end of the day. Volunteering as a peer educator (teaching comprehensive sexuality education to out of school) has taught me that tomorrow’s leaders are not only those in class and who have a certification instead everyone can do it so long as they believe in themselves. I believe in dreaming as way of getting the life I desire and I am the type to write things down, be it thoughts, hopes, dreams, goals and I love working with the less privileged since I know what it’s like to be in their shoes.
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We had 7 students from 4 countries complete a total of 8 books in March. These students were from Cameroon, Lesotho, Nepal and Nigeria.
Yieh Odette Gwain (Cameroon)
* You Can Heal Your Life
Mantsebeng Suzan Maepe (Lesotho)
Motheba Mosiuoa (Lesotho)
* As a Man Thinketh
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Pema Rinji Sherpa (Nepal)
* How to Win Friends and Influence People
Tony Adeyemi (Nigeria)
Japheth Aizebeoje (Nigeria)
* The Life and Business Lessons from Bill Gates
Oyewumi Olaoluwa Samuel (Nigeria)
Yieh Odette Gwain (Cameroon) completed Level Six
2 enrolled in March
8 enrolled in 2018
8 in March
34 in 2018
5 in March
19 in 2018
Cost of Books
$113.38 in March
$380.81 in 2018
You Make It Possible
We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.
Deb Silver (Israel)
Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)
John Hornecker (USA/NC)
Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)
Deb Rosen (USA/WI)
Patrice Zorn (USA/WI)
Make A Difference
Dream Team 22
Please join Dream Team 22 as our goal is to have 220 people contributing $22 per month. We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2016.
Will you join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL? You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money. To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below. To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details: email@example.com
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