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Energy Probe Research Foundation;
Beijing's policy of draining surrounding regions to ease water shortages in the ancient capital is akin to "quenching thirst by drinking poison," according to a new report by Probe International's Beijing-based researchers. To keep water flowing to Beijing's "green" Olympics this August, the water-strapped city is pumping water from four newly-built reservoirs in nearby Hebei province, depriving poor farmers of water for their crops. City officials insist the water is needed for supplying Olympic venues and providing the Olympic Village with drinkable tapwater. And they say more water transfers will be needed from the Yangtze River by 2010 and beyond, to meet Beijing's rapidly growing demand for water. But large-scale water transfers won't solve the fundamental problems facing Beijing, says the report, Beijing's Water Crisis: 1949 to 2008 Olympics. Nine consecutive years of below-average rainfall combined with rapid urban expansion, dumping of wastewater and sewage into Beijing's waterways, and overpumping of groundwater mean the city of 17 million people is fast exhausting its water supply. Rather than endless expansion of the city's water supply by expropriating water from other jurisdictions, the report recommends better governance of water resources and the water industry -- including restrictions on urban development and water-guzzling industries, enforcement of anti-pollution laws, tradable water rights, and UK-style regulation of water utilities.
Open Society Institute;
Presents detainees' experiences of forced labor and cruel and inhuman treatment at drug detention centers in China, Cambodia, Mexico, and Russia, with commentaries about human rights violations. Includes call to action and resources list.
China Foundation Center;
Provides data on foundations initiated by a nongovernmental institution and operated independently, including geographical distribution, annual reports, Web site status, focus areas, staff, assets, and other financials.
China Foundation Center;
Provides data on university foundations in China, including geographical distribution, university type, focus areas, projects, Web site construction, size of initial fund, assets, and other financials. Discusses their role in the philanthropic sector.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation;
Presents survey findings on why Indian and Chinese entrepreneurs left the United States to found companies back home, how they view their home countries' business climates and their advantages and disadvantages, and whether they maintain ties to the U.S.