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The Gaza reconstruction game

A Palestinian man looks out of his heavily damaged house at neighbouring houses which witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza

By: Maureen Clare Murphy

Sourceelectronicintifada.net

A donor conference hosted in Cairo last week to raise funds for the reconstruction of war-devastated Gaza has boasted $5.4 billion in pledges from various Western and Arab governments.

Yet Israel is the true beneficiary of this aid money. The self-declared international community has once again footed the reconstruction bill as it arms Israel with the weaponry and ensures it the impunity that only rewards its brutal onslaught on Gaza and essentially guarantees its repetition.

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Documentary: Money in Minutes (Video)

Migrants send money home to support their families, but there is a dark side to cash transfers.

info-pictogram1 Money transfers — or remittances sent home by migrant workers — is big business. Some $500 billion dollars circle the globe every year.

Money in Minutes looks at the business of money transfers in the context of global migration. Filmmakers follow migrant workers such as Brando Alvarenga, a construction worker in Miami who sends funds to his family in Honduras; Li Wang, a textile worker in Italy who sends money home to China; and Gauri Gurung, a cloth vendor from Nepal working in Dubai.

It Is a fiercely competitive business, and there are many companies providing the service to migrants sending money home.

But there is also a darker side, involving money laundering and smuggling rings. How do the authorities deal with this growing problem of misuse?
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