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South Africa: Shack Dwellers Leader Murdered
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
30 September 2014
Between half past six and seven last night, an armed man burst into Thuli Ndlovu’s home in KwaNdengezi, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, while she was watching TV. He shot her seven times and she died on the scene. Ndlovu was the Chairperson in KwaNdengezi of Abahlali Basemjondolo kwaNdengezi, South Africa’s movement
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USA: Detroit Foreclosures Could Displace 20K
By: Michele Oberholtzer, Critical Moment
30 September 2014
On Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes made a landmark decision to authorize continued water shutoffs for unpaid water bills, leaving thousands of Detroiters without access to water. At the same time, and less reported on, some 20,000 Detroit residents stand to lose another basic human right — their housing
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World Bank Self-indictment in Kenya Forest
By: John Vidal, The Guardian
29 September 2014
A leaked copy of a World Bank investigation seen by the Guardian has accused the bank of failing to protect the rights of one of Kenya’s last groups of forest people, who are being evicted from ancestral lands in the name of climate change and conservation.   Thousands of homes belonging to
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Kenya: Implementing 2010 Endorois Ruling
By: Minority Rights Group
29 September 2014
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) welcomes the formation by the Government of Kenya of a new task force dedicated to implementation of the 2010 African Commission ruling which recognised the Endorois` rights over their ancestral land in and around Lake Bogoria in Kenya`s Rift Valley.   The task force will be
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China`s Brutal Urbanization (dossier)
By: HIC-HLRN/The New York Times
28 September 2014
China already has built a reputation for dispossessing its farming rural population and forcing them into cities. Over the last two decades of the previous century, China urbanized some 40 million people in this way.[1]   This form of urban social engineering actually has caused the loss of assets, livelihoods, cultural endowment
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Peasants Pay the Price for Cheap Vegetable Oil
By: Grain
22 September 2014
Palm oil is ubiquitous in our food systems. Look at the ingredients on any packaged food, and chances are you will find it there. Food companies love it, because it`s cheap and abundant, so they use it whenever they can. Demand is set to grow even further, as free trade agreements
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Report: "Under-mining" Agriculture
By: Grain, Gaia Foundation
18 September 2014
The world`s food production and millions of small farmers and communities are under increasing threat from the rapid expansion of mining, says a new report released today. Under-Mining Agriculture: How the Extractive Industries Threaten our Food Systems, produced by The Gaia Foundation and global allies, exposes the hidden costs of mining
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India: Indigenous Communities Face Evictions
By: Sikh Siyasat Bureau
05 September 2014
Bangalore/New Delhi, India (September 05, 2014): According to Amnesty International India [t]housands of people from marginalised communities living near a state-owned coal mine in Chhattisgarh are at risk of being forcibly evicted. “On 28 August 2014, authorities began to demolish houses in Ponri village in Korba, Chhattisgarh as part of efforts
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UN Body Condemns US for Criminalizing Homelessness
By: National Center on Homelessness and Poverty
02 September 2014
  WASHINGTON DC—The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva today stated it is "concerned at the high number of homeless persons, who are disproportionately from racial and ethnic minorities ... and at the criminalization of homelessness through laws that prohibit activities such as loitering, camping, begging, and lying in
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Sports Mega-Events and the Urban Environment
By: Urbanology
23 August 2014
This post focuses on the major influence that sports mega-events have in the urban environment nowadays. The thesis mentioned here makes an analysis of these sports mega-events (in this case the Olympics in Rio in 2016) as main tools for accelerating and deepening neoliberal urban development. The research focuses on
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Nigeria: Forced Eviction Victims Inadequately Compensated
By: Amnesty International
19 August 2014
The World Bank endorsed the Lagos state government’s inadequate compensation package for thousands of people forcibly evicted from an informal settlement, Amnesty International said in a report published today. The report, At the mercy of the government, finds that the residents of Badia East whose homes were bulldozed on 23
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Land Grab and the False Promise of Food Security
By: Destaw Andargie (PhD), Horn Tribune
19 August 2014
One can only speculate why the secretive government of Ethiopia is giving away the country’s fertile land to foreign agribusinesses. But we know the official explanation; that is, such ‘long-sought’ agricultural investments enhance the country’s food security. For a country that is intuitively associated with hunger and starvation, there should
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Rights Defender Odindo Opiata Dies in Nairobi
By: HIC-HLRN
17 August 2014
We are gravely saddened by the passing of Odindo Opiata, executive director of one of the most exemplary human rights NGOs in Kenya: Hakijamii, Economic & Social Rights Centre. He was a brilliant lawyer, widely respected for his insight and integrity. He has been a good friend and a trusted
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Myanmar: Farmers Protest against Land-Grabs
By: elevenmyanmar.com
14 August 2014
About 1,000 farmers in Kantbalu Township, Shwebo District of Sagaing Region on August 13 staged a protest to ask for the return of confiscated lands and fair trials. The protestors called for the immediate release of 56 jailed farmers, ending the prosecution of farmers, the return of confiscated lands, the stoppage
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Gaza: Long-lasting Damage to Agriculture
By: FAO
14 August 2014
Rome/Gaza—The fighting in Gaza has forced farmers and herders to abandon their lands and has paralysed fishing activities, bringing local food production to a halt and severely affecting  livelihoods, FAO warned today. Recovery in the agriculture sector, once hostilities cease, will require significant external assistance over the long term.
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India: 206 Shanties on Served Eviction Notices
By: Time of India
14 August 2014
Forest officials have put up a beat chowky and issued eviction notices to over 206 slum dwellers, who set up their homes on forest lands in Rabale. Officials are also patrolling the landslide-prone area and warning residents against venturing there. But residents are reluctant to move out. "We have been
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Kazakhstan: Women Protesting Land Confiscation
By: RFE/RL`s Kazakh Service
06 August 2014
Five women protesting the confiscation of their property by the Kazakh government have started a hunger strike. The women gathered in a house belonging to one of the protesters, Altyn Chervalieva, and announced their hunger strike on August 6. Chervalieva`s house and land on the outskirts of the capital, Astana, are
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Hungary: Residents Evicted in Miskolc Slum
By: MTI, Politics.hu
06 August 2014
Residents were evicted in the northeastern city of Miskolc on Wednesday as part of the local government’s efforts to eliminate slums in the outskirts of the city. The Roma self-government of Miskolc organised a protest in Miskolc on Wednesday afternoon against the evictions. A woman and a family with three children were
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Geographies of Eviction: Dispossession, Violence, Insecurity
By: Katherine Brickell
05 August 2014
Forced eviction, claims UN-Habitat, is a “global phenomenon” and “global crisis.” Figures published by the agency indicate that during the 2000s at least 15 million people globally were forcibly evicted. According to Amnesty International forced evictions are “when people are forced out of their homes and off their land against
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Ukraine: 100,000 People Internally Displaced
By: Press TV
05 August 2014
The United Nations` refugee agency says over 100,000 people have been internally displaced in Ukraine and another 170,000 people have fled to Russia. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday of a massive exodus over the crisis in eastern Ukraine, saying the number of
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