(June 18, 1999) World Bank staff have rejected accusations by Western advocacy groups that a proposed poverty-alleviation project in a remote and barren area of China is detrimental to Tibetans living there, and will push for the plan’s approval at a meeting of the bank’s board of directors Tuesday.
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Minister for International Cooperation responds to Probe International
(June 17, 1999) As Minister for International Cooperation, I am pleased to respond to your letter of February 24, 1999, to the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concerning the Human Resources Development Policy and Institutional Linkages project in Thailand, and in particular the Thai-Canadian Nuclear Human Resources Development Linkage sub-project.
With sackings and probes, Obasanjo shakes up Nigeria
(June 16, 1999) Nigeria’s new president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has announced a series of steps to shake up the country since coming to power three weeks ago, ending more than 15 years of military rule.
A new deal for Africa: Rooting out looters: Nigeria new president aims for debt relief
(June 15, 1999) Muriel Olaiya lives more comfortably than most Nigerians. For a start, her husband has a job. It pays for the extras that make the difference between living and simply surviving in Lagos.
Tibetans oppose World Bank project
(June 15, 1999) The World Bank has admitted that a number of Tibetans have objected to a project involving the immigration of tens of thousands of Chinese farmers into a Tibetan area of Qinghai province despite the risks they face of expressing their views in public.
‘My Books Are Banned. But I Can Speak Outside’
(June 14, 1999) Business Week Asia Editor Sheri Prasso interviewed Dai on a brief visit to New York in early May.
Dai Qing, Environmentalist, Writer, China (int’l edition)
(June 14, 1999) Dai Qing, 57, the adopted daughter of a famous revolutionary, could have capitalized on her connections to gain power and prestige. Instead, she maintained strong convictions, particularly her opposition to China’s massive Three Gorges Dam project. Now, with China’s leadership acknowledging problems with the dam, the environmental concerns she has long voiced are finally being recognized.
Nuclear is not for Thailand
(June 9, 1999) Letter to the Editor.
Special report: Major problems and hidden troubles in relocation of Three Gorges project
(May 28, 1999) Focus on Yunyang County, Chongqing City
Chinese environmentalist Dai Qing speaks out on Three Gorges dam
(May 26, 1999) In New York on May 4, Environment News Service reporter Wang Ai interviewed Dai Qing on the current situation with the construction of Three Gorges Dam and on her own story of becoming environmentally conscious.
Nigeria’s debt: President-Elect makes pledge to Jubilee 2000 to fight corruption
(May 24, 1999) The President-Elect Olusegun Obasanjo has made an impassioned plea to the West for “substantial and immediate” relief on the country’s estimated $34 bn external debt.
Decision on contentious dam project for Nu River on hold
Beijing has yet to decide whether to build controversial dams on the Nu River, and large-scale changes are expected to be made to the hydroelectric project in Yunnan province, according to SEPA deputy director Zhu Guangyao.
The looming ecowar: Environmentalists’ new tactics threaten to take a toll on Wall Street financings
Stretching a mile across a spectacular site on China’s Yangtze River, the Three Gorges Dam is the most ambitious hydroelectric project ever attempted. Estimated to cost more than $70 billion when completed, it will provideelectricity to China’s peasants, stop the disastrous flooding of the river and offer billions of dollars in foreign investment.
It pays to think big: history favors dictators who take billions, not millions
(May 24, 1999) President Suharto opened his 1989 autobiography with memories of his simple childhood bathing in muddy canals in Java. “My roots are in the village,” he wrote. From the start of his dictatorship in 1966, Suharto carefully cultivated an image not just of humble origins but of lifelong simplicity. He claimed to be a common farm boy with common values, who rose without ambition to a position of dominance over one of the largest countries in the world, and who ruled in the best interests of the nation.
Suharto Inc.: All in the Family
(May 24, 1999) TIME investigation the wealth of Indonesia’s Suharto and his children uncovers a $15 billion fortune in cash, property, art, jewelry and jets.