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Sami People’s Land Rights at Stake
By: OHCHR
28 August 2015
Land and resource rights are key to Sami people’s self-determination, United Nations rights expert says  HEMAVAN / GENEVA—The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, today expressed concern at the land rights situation of the Sami people in Finland, Norway and Sweden, given the increased drive
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10 Years on: The Myths of Katrina
By: Marta Jewson and Charles Maldonado, The Lens
28 August 2015
Falsehoods about warnings, violence, and recovery persist. Here’s the truth.   Ten years after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods from the failed federal levees, out-of-town media and politicians are still getting some things wrong. Here are five of the most stubborn myths about the disaster, the recovery, and the city of
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HIC-HLRN and A.S.I.A. Report on Italy
By: HIC-HLRN
27 August 2015
Out of commitment to the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), HIC-HLRN and Associazione Inquilini e Abitante (A.S.I.A.) today submitted their parallel report to the Committee of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) review of the state party of Italy’s performance of the International
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Veolia Dumps Jerusalem Rail
By: Who Profits
27 August 2015

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Turkey “Takes Israeli Gas over Egyptian”
By: Hedy Cohen, Globes
27 August 2015
Turkish energy expert Nusret Comert says Turkey will pay more for Israeli gas, and be a more reliable source of demand.   "As of now, exporting Israeli natural gas to Turkey is probably the main possibility for the development of the Leviathan reservoir. In the past, there were negotiations between the Israeli
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German Hypocrisy over Greek Water
By: Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian
14 August 2015
Greek activists are warning that the privatisation of state water companies would be a backward step for the country.   Under the terms of the bailout agreement (pdf) approved by the Greek parliament today, Greece has pledged to support an existing programme of privatisation, which includes large chunks of the water utilities of Greece’s two
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Fractured Continuity: Habitat II to Habitat III
By: Joseph Schechla, CitiScope
10 August 2015
Wading through the knowledge products of the current Habitat process highlights a failure to account for previous commitments. HIC-HLRN’s Joseph Schechla critiques the process and content of Habitat III against the criteria forged at Habitat II.     *  *  *   The substantive debate toward next year’s Habitat III conference is now warming up.
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Habitat II Baby, Habitat III Bathwater
By: Joseph Schechla, Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network
10 August 2015
The substantive debate toward the 2016 Habitat III Conference is warming up. The disappointment that states earlier expressed at PrepCom2 (Nairobi, April 2015) for slow progress in producing the draft material for the outcome document has subsided. The rich content of 22 Issue Papers, so far, has superseded some of
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People’s Assembly against Austerity
By: People’s Assembly against Austerity
07 August 2015
People’s Assembly against Austerity -  National 5 Days of Action - End Austerity Now!   When: Saturday 3rd–Wednesday 7th October 2015   Where: Manchester   Time:  All 5 days from 8:30 am - Midnight   The People`s Assembly have called 5 days of Action from the 3-7 October to protest against Austerity during the Conservative Party Conference.   The People`s
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USA: DoJ Condemns Criminalization of Homelessness
By: NLCHP
06 August 2015
Justice Department Condemns Local Criminalization of Homelessness, Files Brief in Case against Boise, Idaho   WASHINGTON—On August 6, 2015, the Department of Justice put enforcement power behind longstanding federal policy against criminalization of homelessness by filing a statement of interest brief in a case opposing a Boise, ID anti-camping ordinance brought by the
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Gaza Strip’s Last Safety Net at Risk
By: Sara Roy, The Nation
06 August 2015
The UN’s refugee agency is one of the few forces standing between the people of Gaza and humanitarian catastrophe. Canada’s recent withdrawal of funding “desperately damaging” to refugee lifeline.     Not long ago, I had a conversation with an official I know from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
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World Bank Rolls back Safeguards Further
By: BIC
04 August 2015
Dangerous rollback in environmental and social protections with the World Bank’s new Framework, undermining President Kim’s commitment to “no dilution”   Washington—The World Bank has released new draft safeguard policies[i] that will vastly weaken protections for affected communities and the environment at the same time as the bank intends to finance more
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German CSO Forum Addresses Habitat III
By: Forum on Environment & Development
31 July 2015
The German Forum on Environment & Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference in Rio on environment and development. Its purpose is to coordinate German NGOs in international political processes on sustainable development. It was strongly involved in the preparation and the civil society processes of the Habitat
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HIC Reviews Habitat III Issue Papers
By: HIC-HLRN
31 July 2015
Habitat International Coalition has just issued its compilation of inputs from Members and officers following their review of the Habitat III Issue Papers. The 22 thematic contributions from technical experts selected by the UN-Habitat/Habitat III Secretariat have been drafted as a framework for the debate leading up to the Third
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EU Differentiation and Israeli Settler Colonies
By: Hugh Lovatt & Mattia Toaldo, ECFR
22 July 2015
The EU needs to act faster and further in ensuring that Israeli settlements in no way benefit from EU-Israel bilateral relations according to a new report by European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).   “EU Differentiation and Israeli settlements” argues that the EU’s legal requirement to comply with its own non-recognition of
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Mayors Sign Francis’ Climate Declaration
By: Cole Mellino, EcoWatch
21 July 2015
Mayors and governors from major world cities are convening at the Vatican today and tomorrow in a first-of-its-kind meeting to urge global action on climate change. The summit is part of Pope Francis’ ongoing campaign to urge global leaders to take meaningful action on climate change at this year’s UN
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Greece through Homeless Eyes
By: Nikolia Apostolou and Matina Pashali, Al Jazeera
17 July 2015
As Matina Pashali closed the door to her home behind her, she tried not to cry. She was in her early 50s – and homeless.   Carrying a suitcase that held all of her belongings, she began to walk.   She had no family to support her, and she did not know where to
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Britain`s First “Energy Positive” House Opens in Wales
By: John Vidal, The Guardian
16 July 2015
Britain’s first low cost ‘energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants will use, opens on Thursday despite George Osborne axing plans to make housebuilders meet tough low carbon housing targets from next year.   The modest three-bedroom house built in just 16 weeks on an industrial estate outside
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Arizona: Don’t Mine Sacred Land
By: Josh Nelson, CREDO Action from Working Assets
09 July 2015
In what many believe is a first in U.S. history, Congress has decided to give away a sacred Native American site to a massive foreign mining company.1 We’re joining a last ditch effort to save this land before copper mining begins and this land is irreversibly destroyed.   Republicans in Arizona have
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Land Rights and the Papal Visit
By: Catholic News Service
09 July 2015
Pope to activists: Defend the Earth, Demand Economic Reform   Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   9 July 2015   SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia—Meeting with an international gathering of grassroots activists, Pope Francis not only encouraged, but tried to add fuel to their fire for “standing up to an idolatrous (economic) system which excludes, debases and kills.”   Addressing the
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