October 01, 2006
Mine Your Own Business
Using a style reminiscent of Michael Moore, whose film Fahrenheit 9/11
lampooned the Bush administration, Mr McAleer lured environmentalists
into making statements that were false or patently ridiculous.
During the hour-long film, Françoise Heidebroek, a Belgian opponent of the Rosia Montana mine, says Romanian villagers prefer to use horses rather than cars, and to rely on "traditional cattle raising, small agriculture, wood processing" to live.
retort that their land is too poor for farming, that they all want cars
and that they are desperate for the investment the mine would bring.
In Madagascar, he could barely disguise his horror as an official of the World Wide Fund for Nature, showed off his £20,000 catamaran before arguing that the poor were just as happy as the rich.
The official admitted that residents of Fort Dauphin, where environmentalists are objecting to a mine, were "economically disadvantaged" and many had no jobs. But he insisted: "I could put you with a family and you count how many times in a day that family smiles, if you could measure stress. Then I put you with a family well off, or in New York or London, and you count how many times people smile and measure stress… Then you tell me who is rich and who is poor."
So when are we going to see those clips on You Tube then?
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There's a flash video trailer on their website at http://www.mineyourownbusiness.org/
Posted by: Tim Almond | Oct 1, 2006 10:08:31 AM
I've just got back from a viewing of this documentary that was laid on by the IEA in Westminster..... most illuminating.
"Michael Moore-esque" is probably a good description; the film-makers make no attempt to hide their agenda but it's none the worse for it.
Their argument is that environmentalists, at core, are misanthropic and, as you hint in your quotes above, they show some NGO representatives at their hypocritical, sanctimonious best.
I'm not sure how successful it would be at convincing radical NGOs of the error of their ways but I'm not sure it was really the point. A guy from the Soros institute was in the audience and tried to discredit the piece but wasn't hugely convincing.
Posted by: Richard G Brown | Nov 1, 2006 11:29:55 PM
Contacted by a Romanian news website, the producer Phelim McAleer said that the movie was financed by Gabriel Resources, but with no editorial pressure.
Gabriel Resources have spended a lot of money trying to influence the public opinion and the Romanian authorities whom do not approve their Rosia Montana project. They say a huge lake with cyanure resulted from the gold extraction coudt not harm the environment.
They have ads on Romanian TV showing the better life will have locals if the project is approved, they even had a sponsorship for a Romanian Film Festival and a Rosia Montana Photo exhibition, all their actions try to convince us that "Rosia Montana is poor, we'll get you (not us) rich".
Now: do you think this movie has nothing to do with their INTEREST?
Posted by: Roman | Nov 3, 2006 2:02:51 PM
Go to http://www.goldenmyths.com/ for a detailed report into the Rosia Montana gold mine and the opposition to it.
I belong to an education charity called www.WORLDwrite.org.uk that is also making similar documentaries to Mine Your Own Business addressing the hypocrisy of NGOs and Western intervention in Ghana.
Posted by: Rob | Nov 6, 2006 6:32:36 PM
where can I buy the video... Mineyourownbusiness ?
Posted by: terry | Dec 21, 2006 6:49:08 AM
You can buy Mine Your Own Business online at
It's 35 USD
Posted by: Jon | Jan 6, 2007 1:25:42 PM
Are there more documentaries showing the hypocrisy and down right evilosity of big government and the UN?
Posted by: Kent j | Feb 26, 2007 9:25:34 PM
there is a rob (firstname.lastname@example.org) who writes for WORLDwrite and he likes goldenmyths*com
and there is a kirk who ownes goldenmyths*com and... guess what.. is assistant director of WORLDwrite.
yep, what a coincidence..
Posted by: Christian Fischer | Jun 3, 2007 9:46:03 PM