Fast economic growth in many countries often carries a high price for some of the poorest residents: Vast slums are cleared by urban planners and commercial developers, sometimes by force.
But there's a growing international movement of activists who are fighting for slum-dwellers' housing rights.
Phnom Penh: A Rising Lake
Workers pump sand and water into Phnom Penh's Boeung Kak Lake in the heart of the Cambodian capital. Residents say developers are doing this to force them out of their ramshackle homes in exchange for minimal compensation.
Part of a serieson young people and financial literacy
Fairfax County in the Washington, D.C., suburbs has plenty of shopping malls. Finance Park, though, is the only one exclusively for tweenagers. Every eighth-grader in this large, suburban school system must show up at this mock-up of the real world, spend money and act like an adult for a day. Jacque Weir says she was magically transformed into "a single mom with an 8-year-old."
A U.S. Army helicopter brigade is set to pull out of Baghdad in December, as part of an agreement with the Iraqi government to remove U.S. forces. So the armed helicopters flying over the Iraqi capital next year will have pilots and machine gunners from DynCorp International, a company based in Virginia.
On the ground, it's the same story. American soldiers and Marines will leave. Those replacing them, right down to carrying assault weapons, will come from places with names like Aegis Defence Services and Global Strategies Group — eight companies in all.
With his proposed changes to Medicare being dinged not just from Democrats but GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as well, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday defended the GOP plan under which the federal government would give future seniors money to pay for private companies for health insurance coverage.
Fox and NBC, just to make things tough on those of us covering these things, decided to hold their upfront presentations on the same day, so we've got the report on Fox as well. They're not premiering as many shows as NBC is (they don't have as many holes, and The X Factor occupies a lot of real estate), but they've got four new comedies and three new dramas.