(November 12, 1991) View speech
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I am extremely proud of our efforts over the past 10 years to reform the World Bank, CIDA, and other international financial agencies. Many of our supporters – and you may be among them – have been writing letters to these institutions, and we have had our share of successes. Environmentally disastrous projects in the Amazon, in Africa, in Thailand, and in China have either been canceled or postponed because of thousands of letters from `those Canadians`.
(October 13, 1991) A look at…lending to the Third World.
On the night of August 27, 1993, a dam burst high in a remote province of China, sending torrents of water crashing down on nearby villages. Close to 300 people were killed and thousands were made homeless.
India’s Subernarekha River – whose name means “streak of gold” – flows through a region rich in forests, iron, copper, gold, and other minerals. Along its course it provides water for the Ho, the Santhal, the Bhumij, the Gond, and other tribes.
World Bank threatens fisheries – food for millions – in Mekong basin
(1991) The results of more than 40 years of World Bank/IMF investment in Thailand are still uncertain.
New green fund: more green-wash
(February 12, 1991) Beijing – The telephone call from an agitated Chinese woman came at 9:30 Saturday morning, November 16. At that moment, 3 miles away in the Great Hall at Tiananmen Square, Secretary of State James Baker was sitting down to talk about human rights with China’s prime minister, Li Peng, and 7,500 miles away in Washington D.C., the Senate was passing a unanimous resolution on deploring China’s mistreatment of journalists in general and one in particular: an outspoken ex-political prisoner, 50 year old Dai Qing.
For years ago, Canadian government officials went to Thailand and – according to documents we obtained through Access to Information laws – made a secret deal with the Tai government: Let Canadian taxpayers give you a free food irradiator, using foreign aid funds, the officials said, and we will promise to import your irradiated food into Canada.
Foreign aid institutions have fuelled the Third World’s debt crisis devastated the global environment. The time has come to shut them down.
Canadian dam builders plan to drown subarctic wilderness
(October 27, 1990) View speech
(October 15, 1990) In the third part of series, Ann Danaiya Usher comments on big dams in the light of the “sustainable development” discourse.