Former President Bill Clinton announced in a letter on the Clinton Foundation website the reinstatement of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) with a kick-off meeting in New York in September. The timing of this reincarnation is pretty remarkable.
The Clinton’s terminated CGI at the end of 2016, but are resurrecting it now “to meet the urgency of this moment.” Clinton cited a myriad of reasons that he believes the “CGI community” can address including COVID, war, and attack on democracy and a myriad of woke objectives.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped the cover off of longstanding inequities and vulnerabilities across our global community,” Clinton said.
“The existential threat of climate change grows every day,” he continued.
“Democracy is under assault around the world, most glaringly in Ukraine where Russia has launched an unjustified and unprovoked invasion that has put millions of lives in grave danger,” Clinton said.
Then there are refugees and division.
“The number of displaced people and refugees worldwide is higher than it has ever been—more than one in 95 of all people alive on the planet today has been forced to flee their home—and rising,” Clinton said.
“And it seems that all across the globe, people are pulling away from those who are different from them—putting our future at greater risk and making it harder to solve the challenges and seize the opportunities in front of us,” he continued.
Apparently in a world that is “steep” in challenges, the original group of CGI alongside “new members and voices including influential emerging leaders and grassroots activists” are going to fix all of these problems. According to Clinton, CGI members will not only “take action and achieve real results” but will also “create a culture of possibility” to help the sheep “in a world hungry for hope.”
As reported by the Associated Press, “The initiative, which began meeting annually in 2005 and boasted speakers ranging from former presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter to celebrity philanthropists like Bono and Ben Affleck, ended in 2016 during former Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, when questions were raised about the appearance of potential conflicts of interests if donors then had business before Hillary Clinton’s administration.”
Even though Hillary actually lost the election, the foundation itself proceeded with mass layoffs in early 2017 and spent the next two year battling scandals that amazingly disappeared.
The initiative was alive and well, receiving millions of dollars from foreign governments and well as foreign individuals while Hillary was Secretary of State under Obama when Biden was Vice President.
Wikileaks released a number of emails that showed “pay-to-play” scandals with Russians as well as Ukranians.
It is fascinating that the Clinton’s are reconvening CGI during this time. Biden is in the White House, nobody seems to care about the completely scandalous and likely illegal business affairs that went on Ukraine, China, Biden and his son, Hunter, and now Russia and Ukraine are at war.
At least they will bring “hope” to the world while they bring in monumental loads of $$$.