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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Ethiopia under Human Rights Review
By: HIC-HLRN
16 September 2013
In the current, second round of the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of all UN member states, Ethiopia soon faces the scrutiny of its peers. While the full review is scheduled for January 2014, HIC-HLRN and Oakland Institute (USA) have prepared and submitted a joint stakeholder submission
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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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Durban Officials Face Imprisonment for Cato Crest Evictions
By: SERI
12 September 2013
SERI represents residents of the Cato Crest informal settlement whose shacks were illegal demolished by eThekwini Municipality and the Land Invasion Unit. On 1 and 2 September 2013 the municipality illegally demolished shacks at the settlement, in violation of an undertaking made to the Durban High Court on 22 August
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Tokyo 2020
By: Christopher Gaffney, Hunting White Elephants
10 September 2013
A year ago I wrote a post predicting that Istanbul would get saddled with the 2020 Olympics. That was before I had been to Istanbul. That was before Taksim. That was before the Vinegar Revolt. A year ago, the mega-event monolith appeared to be ready to roll on eternally, ever
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Romania: Protests Erupt over Canadian Mine
By: Deutsche Welle
04 September 2013
Rosia Montana--"They take our gold, and we get cyanide," they shout. Demonstrators that range from environmentalists to parents with their children, students, poorly clad pensioners, and well-off looking middle class citizens have been protesting in Bucharest for days now. Their signs read: "Treason in exchange for a bit of money!"
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China: Bulldozer Kills Girl in China amid Land Grab Dispute
By: Ben Blanchard and Nick Macfie, Reuters
29 August 2013
A bulldozer killed a four-year-old girl in southeastern China after her family resisted a land grab, a major cause of unrest in the country, Chinese media reported on Thursday, sparking online outrage. Hong Xiaorou was killed in Fujian province when the bulldozer hit her on Wednesday despite her grandmother screaming for
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India: Villagers Facing Mass Land Confiscation
By: Information Documentation and Research
26 August 2013
250 acres of villagers land were destroyed and 30 acres of land were confiscated by the Chinese Ngwe Kabar Company as they dug up silicon stone in Pankhar Village. 250 acres of land from Pankhar Village Awe Law Tract in Namkhan Township were destroyed and 8 acres were confiscated by Ngwe
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Myanmar: Ks of Farmers Evicted from Dam Site
By: Alec Scott, the Irrawaddy
24 August 2013
PAUNGLAUNG VALLEY, Shan State — Since January, approximately 8,000 residents in central Burma have been forcibly displaced from their homes and farmland to make way for the Upper Paunglaung Dam, a massive hydropower project being developed by a consortium of Chinese, British and Swiss firms in cooperation with the Burmese
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Canada: Resist the Money Grab by MMF
By: Charles Huband, Winnipeg free press
23 August 2013
The Manitoba Metis Federation enjoyed a significant decision of the Supreme Court of Canada a few months ago. By a controversial majority decision, the court provided the MMF with a declaration that "the transfer of lands to Métis children was not carried out with diligence as required by the honour
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Iraq: Kurds Resist U.S. Oil Co. Land Confiscation
By: Christian Peacemaker Team
20 August 2013
[Note: For security reasons, the team is withholding names of the villages and the oil company for the time being.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.] A couple weeks ago, our team learned of the Kurdish villagers about three hours away from Suleimaniya protesting against a U.S.-based oil company
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USA: Govt. Aids Big Oil Land Grab
By: Real Farmacy.com
20 August 2013
In the quest for profits, nothing stands in the way of corporatocracy, not even your own private land. Federal and state governments have revised laws so that corporations can now use “eminent domain” to install hydraulic fracturing (fracking) infrastructure on private property, with or without landowner consent. Bob Swartz was informed
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India: 40 Houses in Slum Demolished
By: Express News Service
19 August 2013
Acting on the High Court order, the Revenue Department officials demolished 40 houses and tin sheds at Ganapathi Nagar slum in Gottigere on Tuesday.   Speaking to Express, a member of the Special Task Force, Revenue Department,  said, “In 2007, the state government auctioned 8 acres and 36 guntas in Bangalore South.
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Colombia: Farmers is Killed for their Land
By: By Ellie Mae O`Hagan, Vice.com
14 August 2013
On a hot, dusty morning in July, I found myself rattling down a road in the beautiful Colombian countryside. I was there as part of a delegation with the international NGO, Justice for Colombia, crashing through virtually unusable roads, over gaping potholes and dangerously rusted bridges – testament to the
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Brazil: Vila Autódromo Avoids Eviction
By: Matthew Elliott, The Rio Times
13 August 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO—The campaign against forced evictions in Rio in the lead-up to the city’s mega-events celebrated a victory as the favela community of Vila Autódromo, adjacent to the Olympic Park site, secured its permanence after years of struggle. The outcome guarantees potentially displaced residents the choice between remaining within
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