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Evicted & Abandoned: How the World Bank Broke Its Promise to Protect The Poor - Projects Leave Trail of Misery Around Globe

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ICIJ/HuffPost joint global investigation: From 2004 to 2013, 3.35M folks forced from their homes, deprived of their land or livelihoods ruined, due to living in the path of a WB project. Sharp growth in those wi unprecedented social/environm'tal impacts


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LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday April 20, 2015, 6:18 am

This is a major investigative report, with many photographs, video, animated diagrams, & in-depth articles that take you on a world tour of the human despair, social unraveling, environmental damage & destruction, and economic inequality & chaos, all caused by World Bank-funded projects.

Huffington Post & The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) have joined together and are still working on this incredible, multi-media report, with sections still to come out. It is an amazing amount of material & reporting that is beautifully presented (great photos) and organized.

The page I've linked to in this post is the report's main page bearing the title "Evicted & Abandoned" which shows a large, revolving earth & the numbers of displaced people appearing as their country comes into view. To the right of the globe, you've got the table of contents, 6 clickable thumbnails indicating the chapters:

=> Prologue: KENYA -- "Burned Out" - World Bank Projects Leave Trail Of Misery Around Globe
=> ...ETHIOPIA... -- "Rights Denied" - New Evidence Ties World Bank To Human Rights Abuses In Ethiopia
=> .... PERU........ -- "Gold Rush" - How The World Bank Is Financing Environmental Destruction
=> ......INDIA......... -- Coming Soon ! (You can sign up to get the email updates)
=> ....HONDURAS...--Coming Soon !
=> ......KOSOVO......--Coming Soon !

For each country, you meet the people who are facing these horrendous difficulties, so you really feel 'in the field' with them, and find out how they are experiencing & life- and habit-shattering changes. It's personal! The cold data is elsewhere, but everything is highly readable.

2 more clickable thumbnails end the table of contents with items:
=> ....WATCH (which takes you to a video about the devoutly Christian Anuak people from Ethiopia who were forced to flee & now live in a refugee camp in South Soudan, & explains how their mass evictions were enabled by money from the World Bank)

=> ....EXPLORE (which takes you to the ICIJ site for "An inside look at how World Bank-financed projects have displaced millions across the globe" - "Nearly 1,000 projects in more than 120 countries" - Click to "Explore the data"

Scroll down beyond the revolving globe & the table of contents for the first article, "How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor"

It's a pleasure & a wonder, navigating around two sites so easily to access this wealth of information!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday April 20, 2015, 6:38 am

The Huffington Post report site organization is fantastic, as I said. But you can also directly access parts of the report, pell-mell, on the ICIJ site, e.g.:

=> From Thousands of World Bank Documents, a Unique New Database / Data FAQs, April 16, 2015,- ICIJ's Data Unit sifted through tens of thousands of pages to reveal the extent of people displaced by World Bank projects. Here we answer some frequently asked questions about the data, where it came from, and what does "displaced" actually mean? (they explain their methodology a bit) Read more

=> 124 Countries, 972 Projects, 3.4m Displaced: Key Numbers, April 16, 2015
From the year the World Bank was founded to the number of journalists ICIJ worked with on the Evicted and Abandoned project, explore some of the key numbers. Read more

Evelyn B (63)
Monday April 20, 2015, 9:06 am
I've bookmarked this - should be a valuable resource! Thanks!!

Nancy M (147)
Monday April 20, 2015, 9:18 am
Thanks for posting this- very important story.

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 20, 2015, 11:26 am
The bank says it has listened to the feedback and will release a revised draft with “the strongest, most state-of-the-art environmental and social safeguards.” - only to ignored and "irrelevant for managers,” -Yeah, didn't we suspect that!
Not sure if one can call this a scandal, think crime would be the better word. These in-house watchdog oversights and investigations resemble strongly those of the IDF!
Thx for this Lucy!

Freya H (345)
Monday April 20, 2015, 4:18 pm
The World Bank is evil, evil, evil! It serves only the interests of the very rich. Any claims that it has ever done - or ever will do - anything to alleviate poverty are 24-carat male bovine excrement.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday April 21, 2015, 5:43 am
Freya, I couldn't agree more that the WB serves only the interests of the very rich, the billionaires and their lobbyists, the plutocracies ruling most countries everywhere, and the multinational corporations, whose interests are supported by those ruling classes. It supports a worldwide plutocracy and/or oligarchy, and entrenches it in economic, political & judicial power in individual countries, banishing the interests of the people; it seeks to entrench that power across the globe in the supranational sphere via the transnational power of all those unfair trade agreements of NAFTA, CAFTA, PPT, CETA (Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), through anti-democratic features like the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. The power of citizens, the voice of the people, all people, is reduced to nothing!

But when you say 'evil' I have to disagree on using that term, that goes nowhere & expresses nothing. A report of the scope & magnitude of this HuffPost/ICIJ investigation gives us the facts & data & true-life experiences so that we can know EXACTLY what the World Bank is doing & what the outcomes are, so we can argue and oppose with facts & figures that bear weigh. This is our AMMUNITION! We need to be able to get hold of the facts to successfully brake the stranglehold of the multinationals & their lackeys! -- saying "evil" is unproductive in a battle of ideas, since it ends discussion & dismisses the subject from further investigation.

It is, in a way, an easy way out, requiring no reasoning or mastering of a subject, such as the vast subject the World Bank's harmful & destructive projects. You, I know, are too intelligent for that; leave 'evil' to the people seeking easy answers. Please take a look at this YouTube video & listen to Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of developmental psychopathology at Cambridge University, & director of Cambridge's Autism Research Centre, presenting his theory on “the erosion of empathy.”

I really liked him & his reasoning when I first listened to his YouTube presentation, because he attempts to convince people to replace the use of the word ‘EVIL’ to describe both cruel acts (including unspeakably cruel acts) and the people who commit them with the concept of empathy-erosion. I agree entirely with him when he explains how unproductive the term 'evil' is, because it just doesn't explain anything. It puts an end to reasoning & discussion when we should be trying to understand cruelty & what produces it, exploring, questioning, & reasoning.

Even though his emphasis is on the erosion of empathy as an explanation for cruel and extremely cruel acts, his views on using the term 'evil' are nonetheless relevant here.

( Baron-Cohen has also written a whole book about his far-reaching theory, that came out in 2012: Guardian review "Zero Degrees of Empathy")

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday April 21, 2015, 5:45 am
I meant BREAK the stranglehold of the multinationals & their lackeys..... NOT brake

Lona G (66)
Tuesday April 21, 2015, 11:06 am
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Lucy. I've read the key findings and the main page, but earmarked the page so I can delve deeper into all this information when I have more time.

What I've read so far is shocking, but it didn't come as a surprise. And that really upsets me most, the fact that it didn't come as a surprise and that my first reaction on reading the title was: Of course, it is a BANK, isn't it? The world economy has been taken over by the filthy rich and we all have become so used to the way these sick, cynic people do business that we just shrug our shoulders when we hear of the hardship this so-called bank is putting the poorest of the poor through. In a way we've become a little complicit by keeping silent.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 21, 2015, 11:53 am
Couldn't be any more true what Lona points out! Words like 'bank' and phrases like "(bring) freedom & democrracy" should always automaticly raise the red flag and sound all alarm bells!

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday April 21, 2015, 1:44 pm
Thank you Lucy, just noted for now to give it some legs and will return later. Got my son coming in a few minutes so will look it over tomorrow morning.

S J (124)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 12:42 am
it has been this way since after the world war. i think no one can really estimate how many lives have gone or suffered, how much damages to environment and all that cause from the bank, imf which belong to the rich(the very few) there.

David Thieke (6)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 3:28 am
Excellent article ! Thanks for sharing this !

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 6:36 am
This is not the real wealth

Janet B (0)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 12:49 pm

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 1:11 pm
Agree with Freya and others...the World Bank is just another Corp Bank owned by the uber-wealthy. It doesn't care about people except what it can gain from them.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 1:30 pm
Heartbreaking! Freya says it all.

Roslyn M (26)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 2:33 pm
Noted - anything the World Bank does is not a surprise.

marie C (163)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 5:26 pm
Noted thank you for posting

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 5:28 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Knud T (53)
Wednesday April 22, 2015, 11:27 pm
Noted and thanks

Bruce C D (89)
Thursday April 23, 2015, 8:30 am
I don't think the World Bank is necessarily "evil." It has done some good, but I think it has also caused more harm than good in other instances, as seen here. As anyone who has read Naomi Klein's 'Shock Doctrine' knows, it has come more and more to serve the interests of the corporatocracy and the powerful nations that dominate control of it, rather than serving to reduce poverty, which is its mission. I believe those interests are often very short-sighted, with little regard for long-term sustainability. While some of its ills can be attributed to poor management, I think most of it is due to capitalism run amok and the neoliberalism model of economics, which isn't at all liberal.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday April 23, 2015, 10:53 am
I just had a chance to really look over this information and watch the video. Breaks one's heart, listening to the cries and screams of the woman as her home is being torn apart, seeing the men that ran inside of a dwelling to get a few items before the bulldozer came back.

All over the world, the heartbreak of people who only want to eek out their lives on a plot of land, raise their flocks, fish in their waters, raise their children. Whole villages displaced, and as with what happened with the Navajo and other American Indian Nations, giving them some land miles away does not make up for the land taken. People want to live where they are familiar with how to feed themselves, the plants and animals around them, their friends and neighbors, where their ancestors bones are resting, their Sacred sites. Although Elites may think, well it's just a mud hut, it's not that important, they fail to see that it goes way beyond that, people in fact are one with the Earth they are close to.

All around the world the Elites and the People in big institutions like the World Bank just crunch numbers and so feel that this works best for whomever. No respect is given to the people as to how it impacts upon them, or if they want this is just "done" to them. Even with the drilling and fracking going on in the USA people are loosing their wells with their drinking water, devaluing their properties, toxic fumes so they are now getting sick and must move, no compensation to most people. The Koch Brothers dump toxins in waterways that ran by a town and almost everyone has died of cancer. The Gulf of Mexico people's livings ruined by the oil disaster......and other people are being displaced by what is referred to as gentrification be it a whole town or building some event for the Olympics and such......people are just moved out, have no say, and pulled from all they know.

Frankly I don't see any end in sight, the consumption of more and more and more is the only way to keep the Capitalism alive and that requires taking more, and if the poor or the middle class are in the way, there is little consideration for them. Those who get a little time to move are the lucky ones, for others it appears there was no time to move......just go. We live on a Finite planet but there are the Greedy Heartless Ones who act like it will go on will for awhile......but at some stops. I think most of the worlds people have a choice, stand up to it where-ever they are or die......and with such weapons in the hands of the Greedy Ones with No Hearts.....appears little chance of winning at this point......unless they can make money by changing their ways......I don't see it.....yet; if ever.

The article didn't leave me with much hope that it would happen, because now, besides the World Bank there are private organizations that have Big the World Bank competition, of which they can be a lot more ruthless than the World Bank, so in order to compete, it's looks like the World Bank is getting ready to lower the standards they are not keeping it will be all out......rape and pillaging going on. As it said......the World Bank will compete in the Race To The Bottom.
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