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Water Politics

(see also Water Abuse & Water Preservation)

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On the Web: Articles

Ojibwe Women Walk to Protect Sacred Water. Abbey Thompson-Ruddy, Indian Country (5/5/03).

The World Water Shortage is No Chicken Little Fantasy. John C. Mohawk, Indian Country (3/24/03).

Clean Water at the Heart of Fight Against Poverty in Niger. Gorel Harouna, Choices (3/03).

A New Frontier in Water Wars Emerges in East. Douglas Jehl, NY Times (3/3/03).

Public Waters & Mixing Zones (10/18/01).

World Water Crisis. BBC (6/2/00).

Water Crisis. UN University, Environment & Sustainable Development (3/22/00).

Water Crisis: Everyone Lives Downstream. UN World Water Day (3/23/99). Details on water supply & water-borne diseases, country by country.

World Water Crisis Looms, UN Warns. Environmental News Network (3/19/99).

Blue Gold: The Global Water Crisis & the Commodification of the World's Water Supply. Maude Barlow, International Forum on Globalization (1999).

Albuquerque Learns It Really Is a Desert Town. Bruce Selcraig, High Country News (12/26/94).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Anti-Privatisation Forum (Johannesburg).

Clean Water Network.

Resources for the Future.

Sweetwater Alliance.

UN Water Development Report.

Waterkeeper Alliance.

World Watch.

In the Library: Articles

Barcott, Bruce. “What is a river for?” Mother Jones (5-6/03):44-51.

Barlow, Maude. "Water as commodity: the wrong prescription," Food First Backgrounder 7,3 (sum 01).

Finnegan, William. "Leasing the rain," New Yorker (4/8/02):43-53.

Fradkin, Philip L. "Water wars are far from over," San Jose Mercury (11/27/03):7B.

Lee, Lawrence B. "California water politics: the Depression genesis of the Central Valley Project, 1933-1944," Journal of the West 24,4 (10/85).

Postel, Sandra. "Safeguarding our water," Scientific American 284,2 (2/01).

Schroeder, R. “Reclaiming land in the Gambia: gendered property rights & environmental intervention,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 87,3 (1997): 487-508.

Shultz, Jim. "Bolivia: the water war widens," NACLA Report 36,3 (1-2/03):34-37.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Agarwal, Anil; Sunita Narain & Indira Khurana (eds.) Making Water Everybody's Business: Practice & Policy of Water Harvesting (New Delhi: Center for Science & the Environment, 2001).

Anderson, Terry Lee. Water Crisis: Ending the Policy Drought (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1983).

__________ (ed.) Water Rights: Scarce Resource Allocation, Bureaucracy & the Environment (San Francisco: Pacific Institute for Public Policy Research, 1983).

__________. Continental Water Marketing (San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1994).

__________ & Pamela Snyder. Water Markets: Priming the Invisible Pump (Washington: Cato Institute, 1997).

__________ & Peter J. Hill (eds.) Water Marketing, The Next Generation (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

Barlow, Maude. Blue Gold -- The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water [1999] (NY: New Press, 2002).

Bengali, Kaiser (ed.) The Politics of Managing Water (Karachi: Oxford, 2003).

Bennett, Vivienne. The Politics of Water: Urban Protest, Gender, & Power in Monterrey, Mexico (

Bulloch, John. Water Wars: Coming Conflicts in the Middle East (London: Victor Gollancz, 1993).

Carle, David. Water & the California Dream: Choices for the New Millennium (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 200?).

Crawford, Stanley. Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico (Albuquerque: U. New Mexico, 1993).

De Villiers, Marq. Water Wars: Is the World's Water Running Out? (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999).

Elmusa, Sharif S. Water Conflict: The Economics & Politics of the Israeli-Palestinian Water Resources (Washington: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1997).

Fradkin, Philip L. A River No More: The Colorado River and the West (Tucson, Ariz.: U. of Arizona, 1984)

Glennon, Robert. Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping & the Fate of America's Fresh Waters (Washington: Island, 2002).

Gottlieb, Robert. A Life of Its Own: The Politics & Power of Water (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988).

Hundley, Norris C. The Politics of Water & Geography: California & the Mexican-American Treaty of 1944 (Berkeley: U. of California, 1967).

Kobori, Iway & Michael Glantz. Central Eurasian Water Crisis: Caspian, Aral & Dead Seas (Tokyo: United Nations University, 1998).

Morrison, Jason I.; Sandra L. Postel & Peter H. Gleick. The Sustainable Use of Water in the Lower Colorado River Basin (Oakland: Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment & Security, 1996).

Pearce, Fred. (Washington: Island, 2004).

Postel, Sandra. Water: Rethinking Management in an Age of Scarcity (Washington: WorKeepers of the Spring: Reclaiming Our Water in an Age of Globalizationldwatch Institute, 1984).

__________. Conserving Water: The Untapped Alternative (Washington: Worldwatch Institute, 1985).

__________. Water for Agriculture: Facing the Limits (Washington: Worldwatch Institute, 1989).

__________. Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity [1992] (NY: W.W. Norton, 1997).

__________. Dividing the Waters: Food Security, Ecosystem Health, & the New Politics of Scarcity (Washington DC: Worldwatch, 1996).

__________. Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? (NY: W.W. Norton, 1999).

Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West & Its Disappearing Water [1986] (rev. ed. NY: Penguin, 1993).

Shirley, Mary M. (ed.) Thirsting for Efficiency: The Economics & Politics of Urban Water System Reform (NY: Pergamon, 2002). World Bank arguments for privatization.

Shiva, Vandana. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution & Profit (Cambridge: South End, 2002).

Stauffer, Julie. Water Crisis: Finding the Right Solutions (Montreal: Black Rose, 1999).

Sturgeon, Stephen C. The Politics of Western Water: the Congressional Career of Wayne Aspinall (Tucson: U. of Arizona, 2002).

Ward, Diane Raines. Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly, & the Politics of Thirst (NY: Riverhead, 2002).

Zérah, Marie-Hélène. Water: Unreliable Supply in Delhi (New Delhi:Manohar, 2000).

In the Library: Fiction

Nagarkar, Kirin. Ravan & Eddie (NY: Viking, 1995).

Nichols, John. The Milagro Beanfield War (NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1974).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Aral Sea: Where the Water Ends the World Ends" [1999], dir. Joaquim Tschirner, 86m. From d.net sales. Ecological catastrophe in Uzbekistan.

"Cadillac Desert: Water & the Transformation of Nature" [1997], dir. John Else, 4 parts, 270m. From Home Vision.

"Taxi to Timbuktu" [1994], dir. Christopher Walker, 51m. From First Run Icarus. Drought & emigration in Mali.

"Thirst" [2004], dir. Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman, 60m. From Bullfrog Films. Devastating report on world-wide corporate campaign to privatize water supplies, & campaigns of resistance in Bolivia, India & Stockton, CA.


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