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By Song Kinh, published 29/11/2007

Wetlands are threatened by 'development' all over Asia, and in Laos the results could be catastrophic.

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Thank you, Song Kinh.

Excellent and very relevant article.

I have taken advantage of the Creative Commons license and copied the article to my own web site at linked to from I trust you will approve.

Have you read Naomi Klein's almost unbelievably good "The Shock Doctrine"? (RRP $32.95) See ( ). The IMF and the World Bank and international profiteers cynically
exploited the tsunami in 2004 in order to relocate fishing villagers located on the coast in order to give the land to luxury resort operators.

There seems to be no depths to which these thieves will not stoop in order to enrich themselves at the expense of the environment and ordinary people of the region. The fishing villagers of Sri Lanka are now languishing in shanty towns and the people of the small outer-lying islands of the Maldives have been relocated to the larger crowded main islands- a human-induced disaster they consider worse than the tusunami itself, largely paid for with our 'aid' money.

Fortunately, the local people succeeded, to some degree, in resisting this attempted theft in Thailand and Indonesia. (See chapter 19 Blanking the Beach - "The second tsunami" pp385-505)
Posted by daggett, Thursday, 29 November 2007 9:13:05 AM
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