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Spring 1994 Campaign Letter

Because of Probe International’s work to stop the Three Gorges dam, Dai Qing, China’s foremost female journalist, asked us to publish the English-language version of Yangtze! Yangtze!, a remarkable book that rallied public opposition to what threatens to become the world’s largest and most harmful dam, and led to her 10-month imprisonment.

50 years is enough

(January 1, 1994) PROBE INTERNATIONAL is calling for an international investigation and audit of the World Bank by a team of independent national auditors from member countries into the financial soundness of the Bank; the costs to taxpayers of maintaining the Bank’s preferred creditor status; and the voting structure and secrecy of the Board of Executive Directors.

Planning for Disaster: China’s Three Gorges Dam

(September 19, 1993) ON THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 27, 1993, a dam burst high in a remote western province of China, sending torrents of water crashing down on nearby villages, killing more than 200 people, and rendering thousands more homeless. Though no official reason has been given for this latest human-made disaster in a country plagued by them, one government spokesperson admitted that a destructive earthquake which hit the region of the Gouhou dam in 1990 "may have had some effect" in causing the dam to collapse under this year’s flood waters.