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.
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Probe Alert: Mekong ecosystem under new attack, as Asian Development Bank prepares to finance dam in Laos
(February 1, 1994) Meanwhile, independent experts blast World Bank for ignoring mounting disaster at downstream tributary’s Pak Mun Dam.
Mekong ecosystem under new attack, as Asian Development Bank prepares to finance dam in Laos
(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.
(November 13, 1993) It’s crowded with ancient sites and spectacular scenery. But soon the Three Gorges region of the Yangtze River may disappear forever, writes Donald Morris.
On the night of August 27, 1993, a dam burst high in a remote province in China, sending torrents of water crushing down on nearby villagers. Close to 300 people were killed and thousands made homeless.
(October 1993) China’s official media have been eager to depict happy peasants thanking the government for their decision to move them out of their poverty-ridden villages on the Yangtze, and give them new homes, jobs and farmland. But this is not the whole story.
(October 1993) In the chaotic, black-market capitalism of the new China, the children of the Communist elite are the economic warlords – a secret society reaping vast fortunes through family connections.
(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.
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(August 28, 1993) The World Bank’s new “substantially more open information policy” is a half-measure that will not change the bank’s secret way, a leading Canadian critic says.
The Bangladesh Flood Action Plan Strikes
(1993) For more than ten years citizens groups from around the world have been trying to stop the World Bank and the other multilateral davelopment banks (MDBs) from wreaking environmnetal havoc, financial ruin, and social harm across the Third World.
(June 12, 1993) China’s economic changes are succeeding, where the 1989 pro-democracy movement failed, in breaking the power of the state over the people
(June 1, 1993) The analysis demonstrates that a debt crisis can be expected when borrowing decisions are made by corrupt agents whose behaviour cannot be controlled by their principals.