land grabs

The burning of villages and eradication of Rohingya communities might have more to do with development projects funded by China than with religious prejudice.
Global firms and local elites are taking land from farmers, which pushes them to cities, where jobs are few.
Daniel Pascual is a 42-year-old indigenous rights defender from Guatemala's K'iche' community. An activist from an early age, Daniel is the current coordinator of the Comite de Unidad Campesina (CUC), an ActionAid partner organization.
As the World Social Forum closed on March 28 with yet another march through downtown Tunis, many voiced one of its founding slogans: another world is possible.
Under the surface, investments all too often uproot lives and livelihoods for those who depend on small-scale farming, fishing and pastoralism -- more than 70 percent of the population in the case of Mozambique.
Make no mistake, the world's poorest and most vulnerable people -- the very people the bank has pledged to work for -- are the ones who will suffer if these draft safeguards are adopted.