"Since 2004, the (World Bank's International Finance Corporation) has approved more than 180 projects that may involve physical or economic displacement, according to an analysis of IFC documents by the ICIJ. In such cases, displaced families could lose their homes or other assets or suffer damage to their livelihoods.
"...the man who is allegedly among the busiest and most sophisticated of the traffickers: an Ethiopian based in Libya named Ermias Ghermay. ... It is, the prosecutor adds, a criminal operation like no other. No name, no fixed base, a fluid membership and, most remarkably, 'totally without risk.' 'With drugs, if you lose the drugs, you lose your money,' says an anti-Mafia prosecutor. 'But in this case, you pay in advance. Even if the migrants drown, Ermias has already been paid.'"
"Most Americans know as little about the decidedly low-profile Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association and its safety assessments as they do about the more than 2,700 flavoring chemicals it has declared safe during the past five decades. Moreover, public interest groups say the FDA's recent response to a Freedom of Information Act request suggests that even the government may be blind to the science behind many of those flavors."
"Why shouldn't we have a say in how those savings are used?" asked Ken Spann, one of western Colorado's significant water users, who farms thousands of acres between Crested Butte and the town of Delta downstream. "Do I have a moral and ethical obligation as a citizen of Colorado to ensure that they can continue to expand the metropolitan area toward the Kansas line? I don't think I do."
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