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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

PA to Plant 750,000 Olive Trees
By: Ma`an
26 October 2013
RAMALLAH—Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Saturday that the Palestinian Authority will compensate Palestinians whose olive trees have been damaged by Israeli settler attacks by planting 750,000 olive trees across the West Bank.   Hamdallah stressed that the Palestinian Authority is working to limit the obstacles imposed by the Israeli occupation

Diyarbakir Mayor to Armenians: "My City Is Your City"
By: Armenian Weekly
24 October 2013
DIYARBAKIR—Speaking at a reception held on the occasion of the closing of the dome of the Sourp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir, the mayor of the greater Diyarbakir municipality Osman Baydemir told the Armenians gathered there: “This city is yours as much as it is mine. You have as much

Haiti`s Post-earthquake Forced Evictions
By: Kevin Edmonds, The Other Side of Paradise
23 October 2013
It has been almost four years since Haiti was hit by the 7.0 earthquake which left over 100,000 dead and an estimated 1.5 million people homeless. The 278,000 internally displaced people who currently remain in the tent camps have been living an extremely precarious existence without access to the most

Indian Firms Acquire 1.3mn Hectares Abroad
By: S. Venkat Narayan, Sunday Island
23 October 2013
As cultivable land at home is lost to urbanization, industry and infrastructure projects, Indian companies are acquiring land in Asia and Africa for farming. So far, Indian companies have acquired nearly 1.3 million hectares of land in a dozen countries: Ethiopia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania, Sudan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Uganda

Palestinian CSOs Say "Kill Red-Dead Project"
21 October 2013
The undersigned Palestinian NGOs call on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to halt all forms of cooperation with the World Bank-sponsored Red Sea - Dead Sea Conveyance Project (RSDSCP) and to take an unequivocal public stance to reject the project.   It has become clear beyond

Food, Fuel, and the Global Land Grab
By: Lester R. Brown, Futurist Magazine Vol.47, No.1
20 October 2013
Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies. The result may be further economic disparities

Put a Number on It: Quantifying Costs, Losses and Damages from the Violation of Housing and Land Rights
13 October 2013
  In telling a story, or making any point, we often rely on numbers. In argumentation, numbers lend credibility and suggest analytical precision. Numbers often speaker louder than words, because they convey important measurements and values that otherwise may not be visible to the mind’s eye.   When telling the story of housing

Transnational Corporations and Land Rights Violations
By: Irit Tamir, Oxfam
02 October 2013
Today Oxfam launched a new phase in our Behind the Brands campaign to ensure land rights for rural communities are part of the supply chains of the Big 10 food and beverage companies. Oxfam’s newly published report, Sugar Rush: Land rights and the supply chains of the biggest food and beverage

Palestine: Gaza out of Drinking Water by 2016
By: Thirsting for justice.com
29 September 2013
The Gaza Strip is fast running out of clean drinking water. Unless immediate action is taken, the UN estimates that the underground aquifer on which Gaza relies will be unusable by 2016, and irreversibly damaged by 2020. You can take action today and support the people of Gaza by: 1. Signing

Ethiopia: No Human Rights = No Development
By: HIC-HLRN/Oakland Institute
26 September 2013
  OAKLAND CA— In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on September 15, 2013, the Oakland Institute and the Housing and Land Rights Network outlined the human rights and international law violations perpetrated by the government of Ethiopia in the name of country’s development

Neo-colonialism, China accused “Land Grab” in Ukraine
By: Alex Spillius, The Telegraph
25 September 2013
Ukraine has agreed a deal with a Chinese company to lease 5% of its land to feed China’s burgeoning population, it was reported on Tuesday. It would be the biggest so called “land grab” agreement, where one country leases or sells land to another, in a trend that has been compared

Investors and Land Grab of Farmers
By: Pascal Liu, The guardian
20 September 2013
Land grabbing has become a hot topic in the international development community and beyond. The term usually refers to the acquisition of large areas of land by powerful investors, without respecting the rights and interests of the local users like farmers, herders and foresters. Estimates vary widely because of the difficulty

Hunger, Food Security, and the African Land Grab
By: Richard Schiffman, Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 27.3 Fall 2013
16 September 2013
If you were organizing dinner parties for the world, you would need to put out 219,000 more place settings every night than you had the night before.1 That is how fast the Earth’s population is growing. But global agricultural production is currently failing to keep pace. A June 2012 report

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