March 2003

NI (No.354)


9 Precious fluid
Widespread freshwater shortages are hanging over us. Dinyar Godrej brings the challenge ahead into focus.

13 From dawn to dusk
Africa's climate of thirst.

14 Big dams, big trouble
And they are no way to ease water problems either, argues Patrick McCully.

16 Closing the loop
Maggie Black talks dirty with a group of sanitation experts in a Chinese hotel and sees a green future for the humble loo.

18 WATER - the facts

20 Stalling the big steal
The big water multinationals are eyeing Ghana's supply. Rudolf Amenga-Etego is part of the opposition.

22 Running out of water, running out of time
Unequal control of scarce water resources is helping crank up Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Charmaine Seitz reports.

25 Harvesting the raindrop
Indian village folk are joining hands in a dramatic conservation effort. Sunita Narain witnesses the difference it has made.

26 Going off the mains
James Stronell is completing a house in the dry Australian Bush where there's no water connection. What was he thinking?

28 The source - action and information.


2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
Silver magic at the heart of the waterfall, by Indian photographer Shyam Tekwani.

5 View from the South
Is an Indian living in the US worth more than one living in the Gulf or, horror of horrors, Pakistan? Urvashi Butalia and the fundamentalist Indian Government are at odds.

6 Currents
Human kidneys: the new cash crop, a special report by Nancy Scheper-Hughes; multiple murders of young women factory workers on the US-Mexican border.
PLUS: Word Corner - Khaki
PLUS: Seriously

29 Worldbeaters
Already faced by US military might, Saddam Hussein now has to cope with being profiled by the NI.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
Conspiracy or coincidence? The latest Polyp cartoon. PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Campaigner Vis Navaratnam on new drugs for neglected diseases.

34 Essay - Revolution vs Globalization
Still squeezed, still embattled, still hanging in there: John Ripton asks how Castro's Cuba will fit into the new world economy.

36 County Profile - Turkmenistan

NI-Japan (No.42)


There is an impending water crisis. While the rich cuntries consume this precious liquid much faster than it can be replenished, the majority world gets thirstier. Meanwhile corporate elites and the powerful try to make water into a commodity. But communities around the world are taking action to conserve, obtain and most of all to keep control of this vital resource in their own hands.

<This month's article>
·Translation of "Precious fluid" (p9-12)

<Reporting from Japan>
·Not in our Name---Report from The Third World Water Forum
·Community Participation and Rainwater---Interview with Dr. Murase

<Contact Points>
Books and NGO information on rainwater use.

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Turkmenistan" (p36)

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