The Bidding Process for Reconstruction Projects in Aceh is to be Accelerated

The Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency for Aceh and Nias (BRR) plans to accelerate the bidding process for housing, schools, and education projects worth about Rp 7 trillion ($777 million) during the second quarter of 2006.

Organic Farms Provide Jobs, High Yields

A study released in May by Britain’s Soil Association concludes that organic farming provides 32 percent more jobs per farm in the United Kingdom than conventional agriculture does.

Water and Sanitation "Most Neglected Public Health Danger"

Danger A recent cholera outbreak in the southern African country of Angola has sickened 43,000 people and claimed more than 1,600 lives since it began in February.

"Peace Bus" Stultified by Security Checks

A bus service connecting families in divided Kashmir was launched with much fanfare as a “peace bus” in April 2005, but elaborate security checks and stultifying bureaucracy have severely limited the number of people actually traveling on the bus.

Delays in Passing a New Governing Bill for Aceh Are Unexpected Boon for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM)

The delays mean that elections will have to take place later than planned. Therefore, GAM has more time to build popularity for its candidates.

Clinton: Formidable Challenges Remain in Post-Tsunami Reconstruction

Speaking at the 4th meeting of the Global Consortium on Tsunami Recovery in New York, UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton noted that some 100,000 new homes have been built or are under construction across the tsunami-hit region.

China Faces Employment Crisis; Recent Graduates, Rural Migrants Among Hardest Hit

Despite record-shattering economic growth rates and swift industrialization, a major jobs crisis is brewing in mainland China.

NAFTA Super Highway Raises Environmental, Trade Concerns

NASCO SUPERHIGHWAY A little-known project of the Bush Administration may have substantial ramifications for the future of the North American continent.

Another Close Call for the Whaling Moratorium

At the 58th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) last week in St. Kitts and Nevis, member countries voted 33 to 32 in favor of a resolution declaring the international ban on commercial whaling “no longer necessary.”

Troubled Waters on Africa's Largest Water Scheme

Katse Dam On June 20, the non-profit organization Environmental Defense hosted a lunch meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the shortcomings of Africa’s largest water diversion scheme, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). An outgrowth of a 1986 treaty between South Africa and Lesotho, the project involves the construction of five large dams in Lesotho’s Orange/Senqu River Basin to supply water to South Africa’s industrial Gauteng Province.
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