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Battir, Palestine: Settlers Invade Heritage Site
By: Yuval Abraham, +972 mag
29 July 2020
‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site Palestinians in the West Bank agricultural village of Battir are encountering armed Israeli settlers trying to push them off their land.     Khaled and Miriam Muammar live in Battir, an agricultural village in the occupied West Bank, just
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India`s Population Transfer in Kashmir
By: Al Jazeera
28 July 2020
Federal administration in disputed region ends requirement by forces to obtain a special certificate for acquiring land.The Indian administration of Jammu and Kashmir has lifted a requirement set in place by a 1971 circular under which Indian security forces had to obtain a special certificate in order to acquire land
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USA: Esselen Tribe Regains Land after 250 Years
By: Mario Koran, The Guardian
28 July 2020
Northern California Esselen tribe regains ancestral land after 250 years The tribe purchased the 1,200 acre ranch near Big Sur as part of a $4.5m deal and will use it for educational and cultural purposes     The Esselen Tribe of Monterey county now owns a small piece of their ancestral land along California’s
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Kashmir: Prolonged Settler Colonialism
By: Samreen Mushtaq and Mudasir Amin/The Polis Project
27 July 2020
India’s settler colonialism in Kashmir is not starting now, eliminating the natives is a process long underway   From controlling space to regulating movement, from land holdings to resource extraction, from neoliberal policies converging with colonial aims to memory erasures and intensive surveillance, the Indian state has been at it for long.
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Ethiopia: Ethnic Cleansing in Oromia Region
By: Minority Rights Group
22 July 2020
Recent violence in Ethiopia’s Oromia region shows hallmark signs of ethnic cleansing, says MRG     Minority Rights Group International (MRG) unequivocally condemns the recent violence, harassment, and intimidation against minorities in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, which show disturbing hallmark signs of ethnic cleansing.   Reports to MRG as well as media coverage show that following
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Zimbabwe Land Commission Pushes Joint Land Titles
By: Patrick Chitumba, Chronicle
21 July 2020
Commission pushes for joint land ownership     The Zimbabwe Land Commission has urged couples to ensure that ownership of their land reflects that it is jointly owned to protect the remaining spouses, especially women from being displaced in the event of death.   Surviving spouses can now inherit land if its ownership is registered
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Western Sahara: NGOs Appeal to UNSC
By: GSGPPHRWS
16 July 2020
  NGOs –– Geneva Support Group for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Western Sahara Open letter to the President of the UN Security Council H.E. Mr. Christoph Heusgen   Your Excellency,   Having followed the discussion at the high-level open debate held on 7 July on the theme "Peace operations and human rights," the 214
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Palestine/Israel: JNF Trees Dispossess Bedouin
By: Zafrir Rinat and Almog Ben Zikri, Haaretz
14 July 2020
Israel pushing large tree planting in Naqab to disclaim lands to Bedouin     Israel is pushing through a plan to plant trees across a significant swath of the Negev in a bid to deny Bedouin residents from accessing the lands.   The plan is described as “agricultural planting” but local activists and human
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Palestine: Urgent Appeal to UN on Killing Ahmed Erekat
By: 83 CSOs
13 July 2020
Joint Press Release   83 Organisations Send Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures on the Wilful Killing of Ahmad Erekat, Urging International Justice and Accountability for Israel’s Shoot-to-Kill Policy   On Monday, 13 July 2020, 83 Palestinian, regional, and international civil society organisations from across 16 countries submitted a joint urgent appeal to the
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Zim: “We need rights, not foreign trainers"
By: Chris Bishop, CNBC Africa
11 July 2020
Veteran Zimbabwe farmer pours cold water on $58 million mission from Belarus with love     Veteran Zimbabwe farmer Ben Freeth poured cold water on a plan that’ll see trainers from the former Soviet republic of Belarus train a thousand farmers to till the soil in the former breadbasket of Africa.   This month a
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A Chinese Province Razes Its Countryside
By: Alexander Boyd, SupChina
10 July 2020
A Chinese province razes the countryside. Why?   How are Shandong villagers being convinced to go along with a provincial plan to raze their homes and move them into high-rises? With promises of economic benefits in the future, and if that doesn’t work, with coercion and threats.     Since March, the provincial government
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Palestine: Israel Escalates Home Demolitions (again)
By: Maureen Murphy, The Electronic Intifada
08 July 2020
Home Demolitions Spike Ahead of Annexation             Israel’s formal annexation of occupied land may be put on hold, but the forced displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank marches on.   Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in the territory spiked last month, according to the human rights group B’Tselem.   Nearly 45 homes were destroyed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem
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Brazil: Court Orders Miners Quit Yanomami Land
By: Sue Branford, Mongabay
07 July 2020
Brazilian court orders 20,000 gold miners removed from Yanomami Park   The Yanomami Park covers 37,000 square miles in the Brazilian Amazon on the Venezuelan border; it is inhabited by 27,000 Yanomami. Soaring gold prices have resulted in a massive ongoing invasion of the indigenous territory by gold miners who are well
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PopTrans in Kashmir: `Another Palestine`
By: Hanan Zaffar, The New Arab
07 July 2020
In Kashmir, the indigenous Kashmiris face an Indian occupation-turned-annexation. Like the parallel experience in Palestine, they fear the same demogrpahic manipulation through a new wave of colonization that may constitute the serious crime of population transfer (poptrans)...      Within a year of revoking Indian-administered Kashmir`s autonomy, New Delhi has started issuing `domicile`
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USA: Judge Shuts Down Dakota Access Pipeline
By: Amy R. Sisk, Bismarck Tribune
06 July 2020
A federal judge has ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline while a lengthy environmental review is conducted of the project opposed by environmentalists and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.   The move was requested earlier this year by Standing Rock and three other Sioux tribes in the Dakotas who fear environmental harm from
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USA: Evictions Soon to Hit Black Renters Hardest
By: Renae Merle, The Washington Post
06 July 2020
Evictions are likely to skyrocket this summer as jobs remain scarce. Black renters will be hard hit   Eviction moratoriums and unemployment benefits are expiring, which will have a bigger effect on minority neighborhoods, experts say.     A backlog of eviction cases is beginning to move through the court system as millions of Americans
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Urban Farming Benefits in Nairobi
By: Carolyn Fry, CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems
03 July 2020
Understanding Nairobi’s urban agriculture sector helps to enhance equality and climate resilience Food makes up almost half of trading in the vibrant informal sector of Kenya`s capital city. Every day, farmers, processors and traders sell goods that are either locally generated or brought in from up-country. An estimated 250,000 households generate
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USA: Coronavirus Evictions
By: John Oliver, HBO
02 July 2020
With evictions on the rise due to COVID-19, comedic actor and TV host John Oliver uses irony to discuss the long struggle to obtain and sustain adequate housing in the United States, why it’s gotten worse in recent months and how to prevent an impending crisis.     View the broadcast on YouTube:
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UNHCHR Urges Israel Halt Annexation Plans
By: OHCHR
29 June 2020
Bachelet urges Israel to halt West Bank annexation plans, warning “shockwaves will last for decades”     GENEVA—The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Monday added her voice to the wave of international and national calls on the Government of Israel not to proceed with its plans to illegally annex
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South Africa: Relocation Again in Alexandra TS
By: Dennis Webster, New Frame
29 June 2020
Relocation rears its head: Bringing de-densification home in Alexandra     The American poet GC Waldrep recently described gravity as “a debt … incurred by God”. In the Stjwetla shack settlement in Alexandra, Johannesburg, gravity is God-sent. Built around a series of small rivulets that flow down the western bank of the Jukskei River in the
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