Easy to Replace: The US Contribution to the WHO
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 20 Apr 2020
16 Apr 2020 – President Trump has taken one more step toward self-isolation of the US from the world community. This BBC post tells who the main contributors to the WHO were in 2018-2019 and – yes – you’ll see that the US was the largest contributor.
But at least three things are striking.
1) The US contribution seems to be only US$ 400; that is the same sum Trump recently gave in military support to Ukraine. The price of just one Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft ranges between US$ 90 and 115 million.
In the larger scheme of things, the WHO is a cheap organisation and the real priorities of the US are crystal clear:
We can’t afford millions on something so useless as the WHO. We have more useful things to spend our money on!
2) China contributes US$ 86 million to the WHO and doesn’t rank among the ten largest contributors. So, if China is influencing the WHO as much as Mr. Trump argues, it is at least not through money.
He is also critical that the WHO should have praised China’s handling of the Coronavirus too much. Well, if you read these three factual and reliable articles, there are quite good reasons to praise China – and learn from it – not the least if you fight Corona in the Western world:
3) It ought to be peanuts for the world’s countries and private donors to contribute more and thereby do two important good things:
- show their commitment to this world-important UN organisation by compensating the loss of the US contribution at least 100% in this situation, and
- thereby reduce or abolish US bullying and money-based attempt to dominate.
TFF Director Prof. Jan Oberg is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment.
Tags: Anglo America, Bill Gates, Bullying, COVID-19, China, Coronavirus, Hegemony, Imperialism, Pandemic, Trump, USA, United Nations, WHO, World
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