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02/15/2013

Houses without dignity for the poor

This is a video I picked up from The Guardian's blog on global development, and pertains to a sham housing project in Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost state where 78 percent of people are poor. When contractors in Mexico win bids to erect low-cost housing projects, they often do so because of their good relations with politicians. They then sometimes cheat on the building materials, kicking back profits to the politicos. When all is done, the political parties say they fulfilled pledges to attend to the poor, the contractors build what initially appear to be extensive tracts of decent housing, then the poor are told to occupy them. Only some can't live there. The housing grows dilapidated quickly. Cracks open in walls. Then people move out. It's a sad and massive waste. 

P.S. I may have had a coding problem with the video. If it appears too tiny on your screen, either refresh the page or go to the The Guardian hyperlink above to see the video.

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pink schnoid

hay mucha gente pendeja...these people know nothing of karma or Crime and Punishment...there is an exceptional amount of racism toward the indigenous in Chiapas..

Angela

Truly shameful. The corruption never ends...

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