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Indonesian complaint. George Monbiot still seems to be alone among The Guardian's columnists and correspondents in coming out for Wolfowitz. John Vidal, the paper's long-standing environment and social correspondent, carries a complaint from Longgena Ginting, a former director of Friends of the Earth Indonesia and now running the International Financial Institutions campaign at Friends of the Earth International.

Ginting comments that when Wolfowitz was US ambassador to Indonesia "he was very close to [President] Suharto. He ignored gross human rights violations practised by the administration, such as those in East Timor, Aceh and Papua. He coddled corruption and made life as easy as possible for US corporations, including some with terrible social and environmental records."

Vidal comments that Friends of the Earth is "one group that won't be getting a World Bank grant".

I'm pretty sure FoE is fiercely independent of the Bank and does not apply for such grants anyway. But I understand discussions are hot among some other NGOs about whether to continue getting Bank cash in the current circumstances.

Alex Wilks ~ April 06, 2005

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