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Chinese New Year’s “Tofu Building” Tragedy
By: Rob McBride, Al Jazeera
07 February 2016
Tainan, Taiwan—Every half hour or so, someone offers you something.   As the rescue teams continue their efforts looking for survivors under the rubble of the Wei Guan complex in Tainan, southern Taiwan, a small community has sprung up around the edges beyond the cordon tape.   Groups of volunteers appear, handing

HLRN-India Launches Habitat III Status Report
By: HLRN-India
05 February 2016
New Delhi—On Friday, Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) launched its first Habitat III country report titled, Housing and Land Rights in India: Status Report for Habitat III. The United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)—the third bidecennial international conference on habitat issues—will be held

HIC-critics on Habitat III Policy Papers
05 February 2016
Since the very early stages of the Habitat III preparations, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) has called for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities; this demand has three related aspects: •   Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible; •   Maintain the Habitat Agenda,

Syria: Starvation of Civilians as War Crime
By: Beth Van Schaak
04 February 2016
Siege Warfare and the Starvation of Civilians as a Weapon of War and War Crime “Let me be clear: The use of starvation as a weapon of war is a war crime.”   These are the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, uttered in connection with the starvation of civilians in rebel-held

Habitat III Sins of Omission
By: Habitat for People - Not for Profit!
01 February 2016
Today, a movement of concerned organizations engaged in the Habitat III process issued a public challenge to the organizers of the global process to rethink their omissions and design flaws affecting the public debate. From the beginning of the deliberative and reporting processes, the Habitat III Secretariat, UN-Habitat leadership and

Corruption: Habitat III Agenda’s Elephant in the Room
By: Dieter Zinnbauer, Citiscope
01 February 2016
Any ambition for urban development can succeed only when corruption is effectively tackled. Similarly, the global fight against corruption critically depends on cities. How does it fit in the third Habitat Agenda, which organizers are billing as a “new urban agenda”? The author poses the question in its natural context

USA: Ten Facts about Flint
By: Michael Moore, MichaelMoore
30 January 2016
On his site, U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore writes a public letter "10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will." Read his letter below and follow the link to sign and share the accompanying petition.   FLINT MI—News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached

Oregon Land Stand-off Ends in Arrests, 1 Dead
By: Evan Perez and Holly Yan, CNN
27 January 2016
Oregon occupation has fatal consequences. Ammon Bundy, other protesters arrested in Oregon; LaVoy Finicum killed.   BURNS OR—The weeks-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge headquarters in Oregon suffered two major blows when protest leader Ammon Bundy was arrested and another key figure was killed.   Bundy and several fellow occupiers were

USA: Obama OKs Atlantic & Arctic Drilling
By: Oceana
27 January 2016
The Obama Administration Announces Plans to Open Atlantic & Arctic to Offshore Drilling   Washington DC—Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its draft five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. The plan, which covers all potential leasing from 2017 to 2022, includes parts of the

DRC: Why Rush Inga3 Dam?
By: Ange Asanzi, International Rivers
26 January 2016
The proposed Inga 3 Dam project has been at the epicenter of all energy discussions pertaining to Africa in the past three years. Speculation and rumors abound, and secrecy has surrounded the project’s status. Then, late last year, the government of the DRC announced that the Inga 3 project is

Pakistan: Release Human Rights Defender Saeed Baloch
By: ESCR-Net
25 January 2016
  On 21 January, ESCR-Net sent a letter to the government of Pakistan to express concern about the recent arrest of Saeed Baloch, human rights defender, fisherfolk leader and member of the Board of ESCR-Net.       The letter expressed the collective appreciation of ESCR-Net`s membership for the contributions made by Mr. Baloch in the promotion

W. African Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds
By: The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles – West Africa
25 January 2016
The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles – West Africa invites you to join the West African Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds, which will mobilize 15 countries of the sub-region in March 2016 in order to   Ø Sensitize the populations of the West African countries about land, water

UNSRs to Pakistan: Halt Forced Evictions!
22 January 2016
  UN experts urge Pakistan to halt forced evictions and demolitions for new metro line in Lahore     GENEVA—Two United Nations experts today called on the Government of Pakistan to halt the ongoing construction work of the Orange metro line in Lahore, which has resulted in numerous forced evictions and threatens

OXFAM to Davos Millionaires: “Even It up”
21 January 2016
In a world where the richest 62 people are as wealthy as half of world`s population, Oxfam tells global economy leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos, Switzerland to correct their greedy behavior.   Oxfam’s new report, “Even It up: Time to End Extreme Inequality,” advises that only higher wages,

USA: Detroit Class Action Suit over Water Crisis
By: Click On Detroit
15 January 2016
DETROIT—A class action lawsuit has been filed against the state of Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder and the city of Flint for what plaintiffs are calling negligence in the Flint water crisis.    Plaintiffs Doris Collins, Robin Pleasant and Jason Phinisee claim to have suffered injury from contaminated drinking water after the state "connected

UNCERD: Holy See Liable for Harm to Indigenous Peoples
By: Apache-Nde-Nnee Working Group
15 January 2016
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has declared the Holy See legally responsible and accountable to Indigenous Peoples for effects and legacy of racist colonial Papal Bulls and Doctrines. Geneva—As the result of a comprehensive parallel report and presentations by members of the Apache-Nde-Nnee Working Group

UN Chief: “Withholding Food in Syria = War Crime”
By: Somini Sengupta and Nick Cumming-Brucej, The New York Times
14 January 2016
UNITED NATIONS—The head of the United Nations said on Thursday that the warring parties in Syria were committing war crimes by withholding food from civilians. He called for all sides to lift their sieges immediately and unconditionally “as a confidence-building gesture” ahead of peace talks scheduled for Jan. 25.           Meanwhile, aid

Ethiopia`s Development Crackdown on Dissent
By: Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera
10 January 2016
Rights groups say 140 people killed in recent weeks as government moves forward with controversial development plans.   Wolonkomi, Ethiopia—Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say.   The protests by members of the country`s largest ethnic group,

EU: Right to Water Triumph
By: David Sánchez Carpio, Food & Water Europe
09 January 2016
BRUSSELS—Today, the European water movement achieved a great victory.   The plenary of the European Parliament approved a report demanding the implementation of the human right to water in the European Union. This is one of the results of the long-term campaign that started with the collection of nearly 2 million

USA: Oregon Land Dispute against Federal Govt.
By: Jim Carlton, Dan Frosch and Dan Frosch, The Wall Street Journal
05 January 2016
Roots of an ongoing Oregon land dispute stretch back decades. Behind the armed protest at a wildlife preserve lies a struggle between agencies that manage federal land and ranchers, loggers and miners who depend on it.   BURNS OR—Behind the armed protest at a national wildlife preserve in Oregon lies a decadeslong

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