(November 29, 1995) American corporations have asked the United States Export-Import Bank to subsidize their exports to the controversial Three Gorges dam in China and Ex-Im has asked environmental and human rights groups for financial, technical and environmental information to help it decide whether or not to do so.
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(November 25, 1995) For 5O years government guarantees have allowed the World Bank and its sister development banks to amass the world’s riskiest loan portfolios. Three months ago, the weakest of these sisters, the African Development Bank, was downgraded. And now for the first time, the World Bank admits that many of its own loans can’t be paid back.
A recent radio broadcast from China has reported that opponents of the massive Three Gorges dam were arrested in October and face up to 20 years in prison. The news report, from the Hubei People’s Broadcasting Station, calls the dissidents "evildoers" and accuses them of damaging power facilities, "indulging in swindling and robbery, hindering the performance of public affairs, provoking disputes and spreading obscene videotapes."
Canadian company to help displace over 1 million Chinese from their homes crown corporation expected
(November 7, 1995) Monenco Agra, a subsidiary of Calgary-based Agra Industries Ltd., plans to help the Chinese government displace more than one million people to make way for the Three Gorges dam.
Chinese leader will aid Chretien award contracts to supporters of the controversial Three Gorges dam
(October 12, 1995) Chinese Premier Li Peng is expected to lend a helping hand to Prime Minister Jean Chretien tomorrow in his bid to secure business for Canadian firms in the construction of China’s Three Gorges dam.
Cyanide devastated Guyana’s main waterway this summer, thanks to a project supported by your tax dollars.
(September 2, 1995) Contrary to its ideals of promoting “pro-poor, pro-nature, pro-jobs and pro-women” sustainable human development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has a dismal history of supporting some of the largest and most destructive development projects in the world.
UN body financing the destruction of two major river systems
(July 20, 1995) Family Ties/ Connection have always mattered, but never as much as today with decentralization and new economic opportunities abounding.
(June 30, 1995) As Congressional budget cutters in Washington prepare to slash US funding for the World Bank by as much as 50 percent, the Bank is desperately trying to polish its tarnished image and rescue its funding.
(June 8, 1995) G-7 Communique expected to call on World Bank to strengthen environmental policies, while critics call focus on environment a publicity stunt
Mass theft, terrorism expected to increase with Three Gorges construction of dam to bring crime wave
The Three Gorges area will become "the object of the covetous gaze of criminals" from outside China, as well as a key area for sabotage by "criminals harboring a strong desire for revenge on society," warn Chinese authorities in two security documents leaked to Human Rights Watch/Asia.
(March 21, 1995) Before sunrise the men have collected the night’s catch from the large lee traps scaffolded over the rushing water. Women sit gutting and chopping the silver-white fish, to get them ready for smoking. ‘Not a great catch, but good enough,’ says one man, placing his fish on the scales. ‘Last season, one of these traps caught over a ton of fish in just one night.