http://www.tagnet.org/adventist.fm/articles/onegov1.htm The original heading reads "The Ten Kings Plunder the Earth," I've changed "Ten Kings" to America to fit prophecy. What you read is the fulfillment of Habakkuk 2:5,6,8 "Indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples." "....Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion!" (Usury) "Because you have plundered many nations,......" The Ten Kings (America) Plunder the Earth According to Chakravarthi Raghavan, In 1997, more than $100 billion of Asia's hard currency reserves had been confiscated and transferred (in a matter of months) into private financial hands … leading to mass poverty in countries which had in the post-war period registered significant economic and social progress. The belief that the Asian economic crisis was the result of a deliberate decision is popular in Asia. Chandra Hardy writes, There is no basis for the claim that the Asian financial crisis was due to a lack of sound economic fundamentals. The currencies of the affected countries were forcibly devalued and their financial systems were brought to ruin by the activities of speculators. The Director of the World Bank's office in Indonesia went so far to say, as he watched the decline in the value of the currency caused by the rapid pace of capital outflows, that 'This has nothing to do with economics’.” In his article Human Rights and the New World Order Richard Moore writes, The NWO's ideological and economic agendas are globalized laissez-faire capitalism, hiding under the rhetoric of "free trade" and "increased competitiveness". Not to be confused with free enterprise, entrepreneurial capitalism, or classical free market economics, laissez-faire turns over control of domestic and international economies to an elite clique of multinational corporations. Free trade and fair competition are the last thing this clique wants - predatory monopoly capitalism (such as was prevalent with the 19th century Robber Barons: Rockefeller, Carnegie, Krupp, et al) - is their preferred mode of operating. The so-called "free trade" treaties are not about trade, but about opening up the world's economies, resources, and labor pools to unregulated exploitation by the multinationals. The NWO's political agenda is the erosion of national sovereignty and democracy, with power being transferred by various treaties (such as GATT, NAFTA, and Maastricht) to various commissions and organizations. These entities exhibit few or no democratic characteristics, but are designed to represent the interests of the NWO corporate elite. According to Eric Toussaint, President of the Committee for the Cancellation of the Third World Debt (COCAD), Public Development Aid has reached an all-time low. It has dropped by 33% since 1990 while the amounts repaid by the entire Third World have not ceased to increase. In 1998, the Third World taken as a whole repaid $250 billion whereas Public Development Aid barely scraped past the $30 billion mark. This means that the Third World transferred eight times as much to the rich countries as it received from the so-called generous Public Development Aid. According to the World Bank, between 1987 and 1998, worldwide, the number of people living below the absolute poverty line (less than $1 per day) increased from 1,200 to 1,500 million. Scott Latham claims the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation are a mere front for super rich bankers. He says that through these agencies the world bankers “seek managed trade, not free trade”. According to him, “Results-based trade policy is not about opening markets at all; it is about granting special favors to prominent and politically powerful U.S. industries.“ The economic intention of WTO trade agreements is not about creating wealth for poorer states, it is about exploiting their natural resources and manpower and redistributing their merger wealth back to the rich. At a summit meeting of first and third world leaders to discuss the economy Fidel Castro complained that the policies of the IMF and the WTO were directly responsible for the “killing [by] hunger and preventable or curable diseases more men, women and children every three years than all those killed by World War II in six years.” Joseph Stiglitz, a former chief economist at the World Bank writes, I was chief economist at the World Bank from 1996 until last November, during the gravest global economic crisis in a half-century. I saw how the IMF, in tandem with the U.S. Treasury Department, responded. And I was appalled. … The IMF likes to go about its business without outsiders asking too many questions. In theory, the fund supports democratic institutions in the nations it assists. In practice, it undermines the democratic process… . One of the tactics of the International Monetary Fund is to lend huge loans to various countries which enables them to build up their infrastructure and then call in their loans at a critical point that is timed precisely to cause massive destruction to local economies. Paul Kugman writes, Whatever one's views about the ultimate causes of the Asian crisis, the proximate cause--the shock that turned miracle into debacle--is not in dispute: the global capital market did it. … In 1996 alone, foreign banks lent the countries now in crisis more than $100 billion, and nonbank investors poured in tens of billions more. These enormous inflows of capital allowed Asian countries to spend far more than their incomes. In the second half of 1997, however, those same banks called in more than $50 billion worth of loans. Sebastian Edwards, formerly the World Bank's chief economist for Latin America, referred to the IMF as "participating in a big charade" because he says the funding programs imply that "there is a high probability that the country will attain balance-of-payment viability in the near future. For many countries this is not the case and everybody knows it.” In effect, countries were told to forget about macroeconomic policy; instead of trying to prevent or even alleviate the looming slumps in their economies, they were told to follow policies that would actually deepen those slumps. … far from fighting the slowdown in its economy, Brazil -- like Thailand and South Korea -- is being instructed to take steps that will clearly ensure a nasty, perhaps disastrous, recession.  In an article written by Christian Wheller in the Economic Policy Institute one heading reads, “MNBs (Multi National Banks) shrink supplies of external financing and destabilize host economies.” :Another states: “Increased competition from large foreign lenders threatens domestic banks, raises financial instability.” A Third World Network release entitled “Global currency speculation and its implications“ says “In the following excerpt from remarks at an International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) seminar, Bernard Lietaer focuses on the alarming increase in global currency speculation. The potential implications are truly explosive, threatening global power arrangements, the sovereignty of nation-states, and the abilities of ordinary people to survive.” Many are coming to the belief that this financial instability is part of an IMF agenda. Kevin Danaher co-founder of Global Exchange, and editor of the new book, Globalize This: The Battle Against the World Trade Organization and Corporate Rule, stated in an interview, We are going to make it very difficult for them to have business as usual, because we feel, in a global market economy, where there's 30,000 children dying every day from the effects of hunger, not because there's not enough food, or their parents are stupid or something like that … but because the market redistributes wealth toward those who have money, and away from those who don't have money, that's why those children are starving. Commenting on a book by Paul Krugman the writer of the article says, According to Michel Chossudovsky in his article, ”Financial Warfare' Triggers Global Economic Crisis”, As financial markets continue to tumble and as national economies sink deeper into recession, it is clear that the East Asian crisis has developed into a global economic crisis. The international money managers [have] whittled away the capacity of national governments to effectively respond to such 'financial warfare', these powerful forces are working to secure even greater control … and a more direct role in the shaping of the international financial and economic environment. … The plunge of national currencies in virtually all major regions of the world has contributed to destabilising national economies while precipitating entire countries into abysmal poverty. Chossudovsky points out that powerful interests deliberately create an economic crisis in order that the world bankers can increase their personal power and wealth. He says, The appropriation of global wealth through this manipulation of market forces is routinely supported by the IMF's lethal macro-economic interventions which act almost concurrently in ruthlessly disrupting national economies all over the world. … The ruble's free-fall had spurred Moscow's largest commercial banks into bankruptcy, leading to the potential takeover of Russia's financial system by a handful of Western banks and brokerage houses . [F]ollowing the first injection of IMF 'shock therapy' …[in] 1992, some $500 billion worth of Russian assets - including plants of the military industrial complex, infrastructure and natural resources - have been confiscated (through the privatisation programmes and forced bankruptcies) and transferred into the hands of Western capitalists. In the brutal aftermath of the Cold War, an entire economic and social system is being dismantled Chossudovsky quotes renowned currency speculator and billionaire George Soros (who made $1.6 billion of speculative gains in the dramatic crash of the British pound in 1992), as saying 'extending the market mechanism to all domains has the potential of destroying society'.