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Zimbabwe: Court Stops Eviction by First Lady
By: Tendai Kamhungira, Daily News (Harare)
13 January 2015
HARARE—High Court judge Erica Ndewere has granted a provisional order to stop the evictions of Mazowe residents at Manzou Farm following an application by six people who are part of the affected families.   The six are part of approximately 200 families who are facing eviction in a move reportedly aimed at
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India’s Environmental-reform Report Criticized
By: Environment Support Group
09 January 2015
On 29 August 2014, the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change of the Government of India (hereinafter referred to as MoEF & CC) set up a High Level Committee headed by former Union Cabinet Secretary Mr. T. S. R. Subramanian, IAS (retd.). This Committee was given a comprehensive mandate:
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Rise and Fall of World’s Poorest Nations
By: Thalif Deen, IPS
07 January 2015
UNITED NATIONS—The  world’s 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs)—a special category of developing nations created by the General Assembly in 1971, but which the World Bank refused to recognise—have long been described as “poorest of the poor” in need of special international assistance for their economic survival.   But only three—Botswana, Cape Verde
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USA: 1 in 7 Detroiters Face Eviction
By: Zac Corrigan, World Socialist Web Site
07 January 2015
One in seven Detroit residents is threatened with eviction due to tax foreclosure in 2015, according to data compiled by Loveland Technologies. Last fall, Michigan’s Wayne County, which includes the city of Detroit, served foreclosure notices on a record 75,000 homes, which will take effect later this year. Sixty-two thousand
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San Francisco Evictions: Tenants’ 2015 Agenda for 2015
By: Gen Fujioka, 48 Hills
06 January 2015
San Francisco—Ellis Act evictions are often the most dramatic and destructive forms of evictions because they displace all the tenants in a building. As discussed yesterday,  Ellis Act evictions surged in 2012–2013 and then declined last year in the face of tenant resistance and aggressive policy proposals to control speculation.
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New York City: Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Gamble
By: Henry Grabar, Next City
05 January 2015
Here’s the paradox of affordable housing in New York City: The red-hot markets of gentrifying neighborhoods are both decried as the problem, because they displace existing tenants, and hailed as the solution, because of their appeal to real estate investors.   Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg rather callously expressed this idea last year,
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Turkey: Privatization Threats Gümüşdere People
By: KÜRŞAT BAYHAN, Sundays Zaman
27 December 2014
Gümüşdere is one of the rare villages in Istanbul where people are still engaged in agricultural activities. Nearly 300 families live in the village where they first settled in the 1920s in the exchange of populations. The second generation people who left their homelands behind made a new life for themselves
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2004 Tsunami Remembered
By: HIC-HLRN
26 December 2014
Memorial services are taking place across littoral Asia and East Africa, and elsewhere, for the 220,000 people killed after underwater earthquake set off massive tsunami across Indian Ocean. HIC-HLRN pauses to memorialize the victims and acknowledge the long struggle of survivors to rebuild their lives and livelihoods over the past
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USA: Omaha Tribal Land, Sovereignty Affirmed
By: Dennis Hastings, Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project
26 December 2014
In the two century “paper history” (1815–2014) imposed by the U.S. Government through Treaty, legislative law, case law and administrative codes upon the sovereign Omaha Nation—an Indigenous people of the Americas—the Omaha have endured the forced cession of ancestral lands and the natural and material capital thereof.   These lands comprised
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Israel Approves 380 New East Jerusalem Settler Homes
By: Agence France-Presse
25 December 2014
Israeli authorities gave final approval on Wednesday to the construction of 380 new settler homes in two areas of annexed east Jerusalem, a local official said.   "The municipal commission has given construction permits for 307 homes in Ramot and 73 in Har Homa," Yosef Pepe Alalu, a Jerusalem city councillor with
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Libya: ≥120K Displaced in Fighting
By: OHCHR/UNSMIL
23 December 2014
GENEVA / TRIPOLI—Fighting in recent months between armed groups in western and eastern Libya, as well as in the south, has resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths, mass displacement and acute humanitarian conditions for those trapped in conflict zones, a new United Nations human rights report released Tuesday warns.   The report
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Commercialization of Farming by Expropriating Lands
By: Mikael Wossen, ethiomedia.com
21 December 2014
Access to clean water and electricity are accepted as the sine qua non of modernity. Yet a sizable portion of the people of Ethiopia has no immediate access to both. Lack of clean water and its key consequence hygiene, and electricity are regularly felt by many Ethiopians, even by citizens
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UNGA: Israel to Pay Lebanon for Jiyyah Attack
By: Al Jazeera
20 December 2014
The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon more than $850m in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack in its war against Hezbollah in 2006.   The resolution, which passed late on Friday, said "the environmental disaster" resulted in an oil
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Lebanon MP: “Israel Stealing Lebanon`s Oil for 7 Years”
By: The Daily Star
14 December 2014
BEIRUT—Israel has been dipping into Lebanon’s offshore oil and gas reserves for years, Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi warned Sunday, days after Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri made a similar statement.   “The Israeli enemy had started drilling for oil more than seven years ago,” the MP said in a statement released Sunday.   Musawi said
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Australia Mine Destroys Ecosystem
By: Thuy Ong, Al Jazeera
13 December 2014
MAULES CREEK, Australia—On a balmy Sunday in late November, the renowned Rugby Union Wallabies player David Pocock chained himself to mining equipment where he spent the next 10 hours with a handful of others to protest against the bulldozing of a state forest to make way for what will become
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New OHCHR Report: Human Rights & Land
By: OHCHR
13 December 2014
Access, use and control over land impacts a wide range of human rights issues including poverty reduction, access to an adequate standard of living, development projects and humanitarian interventions and conflict prevention. A new report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human RIghts contains a number of recommendations
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US: Privatization of Apache Tribe Land
By: Emily Bregel, Arizona Daily Star
11 December 2014
Former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie said he felt sick when he heard what legislators did last week. Members of Congress — including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act a controversial land-swap measure that would privatize national forest land sacred to Western Apache
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New Report Scores USA “Failed” Homeless
By: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
10 December 2014
WASHINGTON DC—Following the third examination of criminalization of homelessness by a UN human rights monitoring body this year, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty today issues its annual report card on the human right to housing, giving the U.S. failing grades in a number of areas.       On November 13 and 14, the U.N.
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Ireland: Protest against Water Privatization
By: Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams.org
10 December 2014
Mass march demands abolition of water fees, which are part of broader austerity push. "We can`t pay! We won`t pay!" was the call of tens of thousands who took to the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday to protest a controversial water fee—the latest in a series of unpopular austerity measures
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Rise of Poland`s Urban Movement
By: Igor Stokfiszewski, Al Jazeera
09 December 2014
Poland`s recent local elections went according to the usual script: The ruling coalition of the Civic Platform and Polish People`s Party retained their control over major cities. But there was one political surprise in the final results. The urban movement, which ran for the first time in elections as a
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