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Several studies have revealed forced land acquisitions in Indonesia lead to conflicts and loss of income of displaced persons. Reuters/Beawiharta

Indonesia should make land acquisitions more transparent and participative

Indonesia is pushing for more infrastructure development projects. But the people relocated to make way for these projects have very little power to ensure their livelihoods are secure.
Giraffes’ future is much less secure than many people had imagined. Craig Fraser/Shutterstock

It’s time to stand tall for imperilled giraffes

Are giraffes really facing extinction? The decline of these beloved animals - and many others – has been hidden in plain sight as Africa builds ever more roads, railways and cities.
A line of Syrian refugees crossing the border of Hungary and Austria on their way to Germany Hungary Central Europe September. Mstyslav Chernov

What good does the Global Forum on Migration and Development do?

International institutions make up a stage on which States vehemently and openly denounce world problems and suffering while they actually have no intention to act.
Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev shake hands at a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting, which will help facilitate transparent economic cooperation between Asian countries. China Daily Information Corp/Reuters

China will need to be more transparent to achieve its development goals

China will have to play by international rules on transparency and accountability if it wants to secure its place as a leader for economic development in Asia.
The 1,200 year old Umayyad Mosque – also known as the Great Mosque of Aleppo – lost its minaret (on left) in 2013 after continued heavy gunfire between rebels and Syrian government forces. Reuters

Friday essay: war crimes and the many threats to cultural heritage

It is important to prosecute militants who destroy antiquities. But 'everyday' development - from dams flooding towns to the impact of mining on Indigenous rock art – does vastly more damage to heritage than war.

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