Laos: World Bank-backed Dam Powers Ahead, Despite Social Cost

Inter Press Service: As the World Bank returns to the big dam business with the inauguration of Laos’ largest hydropower project, it is coming under the scrutiny of familiar adversaries: green groups and grassroots activists. On the eve of the Dec. 9 ceremony to celebrate the Nam Theun Two (NT2) hydropower project in the landlocked country, a coalition of activists fired a letter to the Bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, citing social and environmental troubles that have surfaced with the building of NT2. "More......

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