Posted by: r.m. | October 2, 2008

water is a right – and should be news

It didn’t make the news.

It wasn’t considered “news-worthy” — i.e. it didn’t involve the kidnapping of a little blonde blue-eyed girl, or it would upset certain advertisers, or it would challenge, in any way, the status quo, or it would talk about the struggle of an “unimportant” group of people for their rights.

Check it out – Project Censored’s top 25 censored stories for 2009

#1. Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation

and

# 11 El Salvador’s Water Privatization and the Global War on Terror

– The conflict that confronted the small community of Santa Eduviges over their demand that their water system be de-privatized and put under the National Water and Sewage Administration’s (ANDA) control stands to be repeated now that right-wing deputies in El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly are threatening to pass a controversial General Water Law. The legislation calls for water administration to shift from the national to the municipal level and requires local governments to sign over water management through “concessions”—or contracts with private firms—for up to fifty years. The proposed law has become a lightning rod for opposition from community groups and social organizations who say it amounts to a privatization of the country’s water system.

– Privately run water concessions in Latin America have a terrible track record. The most notorious example occurred with a project imposed by the World Bank in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The Bank made delivery of a loan conditional on the privatization of the country’s largest water systems. When the Cochabamba water services concession ran by the US-based Bechtel Corporation raised household water bills by 200 percent, it sparked a civil uprising that forced the company to leave the country and the water system to be put under public control (Censored 2001, #1).”

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  1. water is a right indeed. i don’t know if i sent you this article, but it is a powerful one:

    “How do you explain to a Palestinian child he must ration his drinking water so an Israeli can swim?”

    you can read it here: http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3619&Itemid=31

  2. Oh no, capitalism strikes again…. how unsurprising and uneventful… where the hell is the logic in making poor people pay for the water that belongs to them -what with it being on their soil- in order for a company owned undoubtedly by some very rich people to make some profit? And what a perverted way for the World Bank to push such a hideous agenda? To think that some still consider communism to be witchcraft and wizardry, and that socialism is the French exception and should stay there…


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