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New On-line Displacement Research Platform
05 December 2013
CAMBRIDGE MA—MIT’s Displacement Research & Action Network (“The Network”) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website http://displacement.mit.edu. The site is a collaboration of academics from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Harvard, Northeastern and New York University (NYU); and activists

CSOs to UN: Bind TNCs to Human Rights
04 December 2013
BANGKOK—Over one hundred civil society organizations and social movements have publicly joined the growing call for States to begin taking steps toward establishing a binding international treaty to deal with corporate human rights abuses. The statement coincides with the beginning of the second annual UN Forum on Business & Human

Africa`s Vanishing Forests
By: Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, On earth.org
04 December 2013
You see that coconut tree?” said Daniel Krakue, gesturing out beyond the windshield. “That used to be a village.” It wasn’t hard to see the tree. Apart from a skinny papaya trunk, it was the only thing rising from the surrounding sea of green. We were in Sinoe County, in

Kenya: The Hidden Crisis in Urban Slums
By: IRIN news
04 December 2013
NAIROBI, 4 December 2013 (IRIN) - In Mathare, a sprawling slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, children in tattered  clothes play with raw waste  flowing from a burst sewage pipe. In the alley, crowded with tin-and-wood shanties, a food kiosk filled with people feasting on smoked fish stands on the burst

Really Progress on UN Development Goals?
By: David Satterthwaite, iied.org
03 December 2013
The UN report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals seems so at odds with realities on the ground, says David Satterthwaite. The United Nations claims great progress towards most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In a report published in September, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said the MDGs

Yemen: Fresh Land Mines
By: Yemen Times / Human Rights Watch
02 December 2013
Geneva—Yemen should investigate the allegations that its Republican Guard forces laid thousands of antipersonnel landmines in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today at the opening of an annual meeting of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. A November 2013 public communique from the prime minister’s office admitted that a “violation” of

Zimbabwe: Time to Rebuild Land Administration
By: Mandivamba Rukuni, Sokwanele
01 December 2013
In this 10th of 12 articles I focus on the need to rebuild the land use planning system and how this how this will aid land administration. I have argued throughout the series of articles that the Government of Zimbabwe and the key stakeholders need to craft a rehabilitation plan

Brazil: Living Rough in a Big City
By: Associated Press
29 November 2013
Sao Paulo`s Housing Department estimates this city of more than 11 million people is short of adequate homes for at least 230,000 families. As a result, thousands of people are living in abandoned buildings downtown or in tents and flimsy shacks put up on any empty plot of land they

PNG: Foreigners Grab 1/3 of Country`s Land
By: Islands Business
28 November 2013
Papua New Guinea is the latest victim in a modern era of land grabs orchestrated by foreign corporations, an investigative report and a film reveal. The film, entitled “On Our Land”, was screened on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby by Oakland Institute and the Pacific Network on

Backlash by the Bay: Tech Riches Alter SFO
By: The New York Times
27 November 2013
SAN FRANCISCO—If there was a tipping point, a moment that crystallized the anger building here toward the so-called technorati for driving up housing prices and threatening the city’s bohemian identity, it came in response to a diatribe posted online in August by a young Internet entrepreneur.   The author, a start-up founder

Cambodia: Foreign Firms Evict Farmers
By: Andreas Lorenz, SPIEGEL International
27 November 2013
Each year, foreign agricultural corporations deprive thousands of Cambodian farmers of their fields -- with the government`s help. Human rights groups claim German taxpayer money is used to fund a program that benefits land grabbers. Everyone in the Cambodian village of Chouk remembers what happened on the morning of May 19,

UN: International Day to End Impunity
26 November 2013
Just days following the culmination of this year’s International Day to End Impunity campaign, IFEX welcomes the news that the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly has passed by consensus a resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. The resolution includes a call to

Latin America’s Housing Deficit
By: Oscar Montealegre, Diplomatic courier
26 November 2013
Probably nowhere else in the world do cities matter as much as in Latin America, highlighted by the statistical fact that four-fifths of Latin America’s 589 million people reside in cities. In fact, according to McKinsey & Company, Latin America is more urbanized than any other region in the emerging

African Commission Affirms Women’s Land Rights
By: Global Initiatives for ESCR
25 November 2013
In November 2013, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted a groundbreaking resolution on women’s right to land and other productive resources.  With this resolution, the African Commission urged States “to fully comply with their obligations and commitments to ensure, protect and promote women’s right to land and

China: Five Injured in Hainan Forced Evictions
By: Fung Yat-yiu, RFA
14 November 2013
At least five evictees were hospitalized Thursday following clashes between police, hired demolition gangs and local residents in China`s southern island province of Hainan, amid an ongoing confrontation that residents warned could lead to further violence.   Government-hired gangs fired pepper spray and threw stones at local residents of Qingtian village near

Urban Revolution - Cities Are the Engines of Change
By: Ilse Helbrecht, Aingeal Flanagan
11 November 2013
Modern-day cities no longer have walls to keep out strangers, separating those inside from the vagabonds lurking without. On the contrary, they have thrown open the gates and embraced not only people, but also countries and the entire world. Whether Los Angeles, Cairo, or Johannesburg, the extent to which a

Australia: Public Housing Evictions Up
By: Mark Church and Richard Phillips, World Socialist Website
11 November 2013
Hundreds of public housing tenants and their families are being evicted in Australia as federal and state governments, Liberal and Labor alike, slash state-funded housing budgets and impose new austerity measures.   Over 7,300 eviction warrants were issued in Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, in the two years to December 2012.

Cambodia: Moratorium on Mekong Dams!
By: Sandra Postel, News watch
07 November 2013
Few development schemes pose more serious risks to food security, fisheries, and aquatic ecosystems than the construction of proposed hydropower dams on the main channel of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Three years ago, in an environmental assessment of those proposed dams, the Mekong River Commission – the body that

Zim Farmers Flourish after 2001 Land Grab
By: Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg News, Chicago tribune
04 November 2013
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Bonus Matashu points to a three-ton truck he bought for $15,000 in cash and says President Robert Mugabe`s often violent program of seizing white-owned farms and giving them to black Zimbabweans turned around his life. "This is the best thing that could have happened to me and my

Palestinians Threaten Suit over Colonies
By: Deen.TV
02 November 2013
JERUSALEM: Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki on Thursday denounced Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settler homes in east Jerusalem, threatening to pursue international legal action in response. Israel announced on Wednesday it would build 1,500 new settler homes in the mostly Arab sector of Jerusalem, immediately after the Jewish

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