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Home Documents patagoniasinrepresas sugerido. Post on Apr views. Translated by Philomena Beital, Stuttgart. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner without prior permission from the author. First edition ISBN: In todays world, as globalisation with its horrific consequences rears its ugly head everywhere we turn, it is all too easy to identify the giant.
But where is David? Who will be able to slay Goliath? If we look and listen closely, we will notice that countless positive developments and tiny miracles are taking place all over the globe.
One of these miracles led to the appearance of the English translation of this book. When an environmentally-aware friend here 261115 Stuttgart, Philomena Beital, read the German edition, she decided to translate the book into Decrwto free of charge.
A native speaker herself, she hoped to contribute to the spreading of information about these issues, which only goes to prove that we are not doomed to inactivity as the popular and exonerating excuse Theres nothing we can do about it anyway! Through the accumulation of this and other small wonders, David is summoned to the scene and will effectively be able to confront Goliath.
In other words, David exists wherever one individual decides aupremo take action without waiting for someone else to act first and things will only happen elsewhere when another individual follows his or her own conscience. This is what David suprremo ultimately all about. When I wrote this book, I had no intention of presenting the reader with encyclopaedic information on all water-related issues. I simply wanted to put down on paper my personal experiences, as well as my consternation and deep concern about how the concept of water is changing.
What used to be a natural and vital resource for everyone on the planet is rapidly being turned into a profit-making machine for a handful of big companies. My aim is to reach as many people as possible and provide details not only about where and how water is being polluted, wasted or removed from the realm of democratic control but also most importantly about alternative solutions and how we all can use the possibilities available to us to oppose this development.
In other towns, too, the pressure to privatise these networks is growing. Investment funds and large companies are trying their utmost to get their hands on the right of disposal of municipal energy supplies because of the vast profits they can make by establishing a privatised monopoly.
A closer look at Cross Border Leasing CBL illustrates the farreaching consequences which such fictitious and meanwhile illegal deals can have for the public now and for future generations, as well as showing how political decision-makers are foolishly allowing themselves to be taken for a ride by business consultants.
Although the examples of privatisation examined in this book took place in different parts of the globe, they all have one thing in common: At the same time, the resistance of those affected is becoming progressively organised, demonstrating in a moving way just how powerful an instrument citizen participation can become in the fight for civil rights and a democratic say in decision-making.
Surprisingly enough, it is examples from less developed countries, such as Bolivia, which can teach us a great deal about how to lead successful campaigns against water privatisation. They all deserve our full support. State-funded development aid programmes for the Third World are an entirely different matter. Fears are justified that the international megacampaign Millennium Development Goals will allow privatisation and profit-making interests to be pushed through, which under the idealistic guise of fighting poverty are intended to smooth the way for the advance of the private sector.
This is cynicism with a long tradition, now served up in a modern and seemingly consumer-friendly manner. The prevailing spirit of this neoliberal selling off of publicly-owned infrastructure and plundering of natural resources, under the pretext of delivering aid, reveals a fundamental lack of respect for a nation and the non-recognition of its right to selfdetermination.
Dedicated environmental protection groups are currently trying to stop the construction of the Ilisu Dam in Eastern Turkey because ancient places of cultural interest would be flooded as a result and more than 50, families would be forced to leave their homes. Syria and Iraq, as neighbouring states on the River Tigris, would literally have their water supplies cut off. Equally topical is the contamination of drinking water supplies by radioactive substances or waste from nuclear reactors.
As I write, the status of the former German salt mine Asse II, near Wolfenbttel, which housescorroding metal barrels containing low-level and medium-level radioactive waste, is in the process of being redefined.
Originally a research project, it is now being wrongfully and illegally used as a permanent disposal site for nuclear waste. These facts have gone largely unnoticed by the general public. For a long time now, we have been given repeated assurances that there are no safety risks involved. Every day, however, around 12, litres of water find their way into the mine, so we have to assume that radioactive substances are going to get into the ground water sooner or later.
This turn of events leaves me both speechless and angry, but it also makes me want to intervene. My impression is that those responsible are neither able to recognise the full extent of the situation nor are they able to respond to it in a sensible way.
This is why I feel the need to point out possible solutions and, above all, to raise questions about civil rights and the democratic voice of the people in matters of consequence, e. I can well imagine dark clouds gathering in the readers mind as he or she digests some parts of this book, allowing a feeling of powerlessness to set in. It is not my intention, however, to portray these problems in the style of investigative journalism or in the way disasters are reported in the media.
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My detailed analysis should rather serve to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the situation, to provide alternative solutions and to encourage people to become actively involved. In the Netherlands and in Uruguay, water privatisation has since been prohibited; in towns such as Potsdam and Grenoble or in Cochabamba Boliviafamous for its so-called water wars, water supplies have been returned to local authority control.
Many other heartening success stories could be told here. Water is synonymous with life and at this moment in time, when the water on our planet is in such grave danger, it is as dependent on our courage to act as we are on its life-giving qualities for our survival.
What we now need is not fearlessness with regard to our own personal safety, but rather perseverance in day-to-day matters. The courage that life demands of us is this: This connection might perhaps help to explain the growing readiness that has become apparent in the midst of the current financial crisis to look for new ways of doing things and alternative solutions to our problems.
We are all aware that the status quo cannot be maintained. A crisis of any kind can be an incentive to change ones way of thinking, something we desperately need at this present moment in time as we gaze on the grotesque countenance and sheer absurdity of neoliberal globalisation in its most unadulterated form.
Those powerful decision-makers, who for years have been singing the praises of free trade and discrediting municipal water utilities for the way in which they distort competition, are the very ones now handing out hundreds of billions of euros to individual banks in a reckless, unilateral effort money which is not theirs in the first place and which does not even exist. By Augustthe HypoRealEstate Bank alone had received state guarantees of over billion, following the huge losses incurred by the bank at the international gambling table.
At one recent organised event, several pupils asked why those bankers responsible for fluttering away enormous sums of other peoples money were not being prosecuted but rewarded instead with bonus payments. A very legitimate question indeed! Private financial institutions were not the only ones who participated in this game of roulette with non-existent money, however: German federal state banks i.
In the middle ofBaden-Wrttembergs regional bank LBBW requested and received around 5 billion from its owners as well as over 10 billion from the state itself. But surely citizens should be able to rely on these federal state banks to act in the public interest! The banks losses and consequently those of the state government did not stem17solely from its trade in derivatives, but also from highly risky Cross Border Leasing deals, in other words, bogus tax-evading transactions which politicians were talked into after being reassured that these were low-risk deals which would rescue the municipal budget.
We now find ourselves in a regulatory cul-de-sac because no-one knows just who exactly is decerto to the billions in question. The banks perhaps, since they were the ones who gambled away the money?
Or perhaps the car manufacturers, too, who have as yet failed to develop fuel-efficient vehicles or produce electric cars on a widespread scale and who are consequently experiencing a fall in orders. Or even department store chains? What convincing arguments are there anyway wupremo favour of pouring these financial blessings exclusively on the heads of the really big fish and not allowing smaller businesses to cash in as well?
Or perhaps only the latter should benefit, since they are the ones who are more likely to provide jobs in the future and safeguard our net product? In any case, politicians have apparently not yet altered their way of thinking, but seem intent on pursuing their present course of action undeterred What we desperately need now, however, is the introduction of relatively simple, clear-cut measures.
People edcreto be informed about the activities of individual banks and know which ones are gambling and where they, as customers, stand to lose everything. State-owned banks should suprwmo not be gambling with our suprwmo.
What possible reason could these banks have for participating in international speculation, sham transactions or tax-evading deals such as CBL etc.? Taxpayers are finding it difficult to comprehend why their money is being used to pay for the billions of euros frittered away by the banks. It is equally absurd that public funds are being ventured in speculative investments, a process completely and utterly irreconcilable with sound edcreto government budgeting.
The financial crisis has brought to light another aspect relevant to the topic of this book. Since the s, the volume of 261115 in circulation does not have to be underpinned by a corresponding amount of gold held in national reserves. If the sums of money being printed or distributed by the government no longer stand in any relation whatsoever to the gross national product or to the genuine net18product, then we can predict that our essential resources and public assets will increasingly come under attack.
That is why we have to find ways to protect the commons and our natural resources, as well as to sustain them and control them democratically. Otherwise they might easily end up as part of the bankrupts estate in the international gambling casinos. At present here in Germany and almost completely unnoticed by the public at large lakes and forests are being sold off by the BVVG, one of the Federal Republic recreto Germanys executive organisations.
Lakes are being auctioned off for a handful of cents per square metre in order to generate income. Zupremo what are the few million euros gained by such sales when billions are being squandered on bankrupt financial institutions?
These vast sums of money, which would be enough to alleviate hunger decretto poverty in our world, are benefitting the banks in particular.
So much for our governments priorities! We are not only responsible for the things we do, but also for the things we allow to happen without taking action. Lao Tse, Chinese philosopher who lived around the 6th century B. The financial crisis and the billions of euros handed out as gifts will inevitably lead to fiercer assaults on our public assets and resources. In order to prevent this happening, it is absolutely crucial that we remunicipalise those resources already privatised and take them back under genuine democratic control.
We are able to quench our thirst at all times at least we have been up to now! The future, however, does not look good. The world is running short of drinking water resources, not only because of the ever-growing demands made by agribusiness, industry and domestic households, but also because our ground water and surface water are becoming more and more polluted.
There is also a political dimension to the problem. A ruthless, profit-orientated, global elitist clique is getting ready to plunder the entire planet. It is no longer simply a case of trading in those raw materials traditionally used in the manufacture of consumer goods but, increasingly, the commercial exploitation of vital resources indispensable to our human survival. Included on the shopping lists of big multinational companies are gas, electricity and drinking water supplies, public transport, roads, rivers and lakes, telecommunications and postal services, refuse disposal, schools and museums, administration, social services, sponsorship of cultural activities and many other items.
In German, the term Daseinsvorsorge translated in a legal dictionary as provision for elementary requirementsin other words providing for our basic, day-to-day human needs, translated here, however, as provision of essential public services or simply essential public services covers a large number of the areas mentioned above, i. Article 28 of the German constitution places these public services under the democratic control of local authorities, a practice which has a long tradition.
As globalisation and liberalisation continue to spread, however, the principle of self-administration is being increasingly repressed. More and more frequently, those public services affected in the process are being targeted by multinational consortiums, whose aim it is to make huge profits by operating individual or multiple21utilities according to the principles of private enterprise.
As far as our water supplies are concerned, this development is particularly alarming because there is no substitute for water, just as there is none for the air we breathe.