Friday, June 25, 2004

Corporations Want Our Water

Documentary giving voice to an issue that is so far under the radar. The world wide rush towards privatization of Water.

Cochabamba, Bolivia: After the country auctions off the water system of its third-largest city to U.S.-based Bechtel Corporation in 1999, residents experience water price hikes of 30-300%, and the situation eventually erupts in a cross-class protest that makes headline news worldwide.

In 2004, 85% of U.S. municipal water systems are publicly owned, with 15% already in the hands of corporations.

In Atlanta's case, the city's $428 million, 20-year contract with Suez-subsidiary United Water Services was cancelled after a series of citywide EPA alerts advising residents to boil their tap water because of toxic contaminants. Finally, after five such "boil-alerts," staff cutbacks, leaking water mains, and rising sewer bill costs, city administrators yanked back control of the utility.

Helping Shape US Policy

Excerpt from the Congressional Record in which John Marcesca clearly states,

"I am John Maresca, vice president for international relations of the Unocal Corporation. Unocal, as you know, is one of the world's leading energy resource and project development companies" [p30]
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"From the outset, we have made it clear that construction of the pipeline we have proposed across Afghanistan could not begin until a recognized government is in place that has the confidence of governments, lenders, and our company." [p33]

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Audience gasps as judge likens election of Bush to rise of Mussolini:

"…somebody came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution that had the right to put somebody in power.That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush versus Gore. It put somebody in power," said Guido Calabresi, a judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Manhattan.