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Palestine: Environmental Colonization and Apartheid
By: Ben Lorber, Red-Green Labour
16 December 2021
Israel’s environmental colonialism and eco-apartheid This article follows an earlier post on Red-Green Labour about the campaign to keep the JNF out of Cop 26, and reprints a 2012 article by the author, with updates.     In 1997, a bridge collapsed at an international sports event in Israel, pitching more than 100 Austrian athletes
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China Housing Market Slumps Again
By: Martin Farrer, The Guardian
15 December 2021
China housing market slumps again as another developer runs into trouble House prices, sales and construction all fell in November as Shimao Group shares plunge and Beijing assesses what to do with Evergrande     China’s giant housing market has continued to decline in the past month and another major developer showed signs of
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Russia Vetoes UNSC Linking Climate Crisis & Peace
By: Associated Press
13 December 2021
Russia vetoes UN security council resolution linking climate crisis to international peace The resolution proposed that the climate crisis could potentially threaten ‘global peace, security and stability’     Russia has vetoed a first-of-its-kind UN security council resolution casting the climate crisis as a threat to international peace and security – a vote that
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USA: Manhattan Hotel Now for Homeless
By: Lauren Aratani, The Guardian
10 December 2021
Manhattan hotel reopens as homeless shelter despite protest from Billionaires Row residents The residents spent over $300,000 in lawsuits claiming ‘crime and loitering’ by the occupants would lead to ‘irreparable injuries’     Just a few steps away from the horse-drawn carriages that whisk tourists through New York’s Central Park and the opulence of
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South Africa: Communities Sue over Extractivism
By: Victoria Schneider, Mongabay
10 December 2021
Indigenous communities in South Africa sue, protest off-shore oil and gas exploration Thousands of South Africans, including Indigenous communities, mobilized in a national protest last Sunday against Shell’s planned seismic survey in search for oil and gas reserves off the country’s eastern Wild Coast – with more protests planned this weekend.   Two
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Nigeria: Orisunbare Communitiy Calls for Mercy
By: Applaud News
29 November 2021
Orisunbare community call for mercy and reversal of the 10 days eviction notice served by LASG   The Orisunbare community of some 6,000 inhabitants in Lagos State, Nigeria has issued the following appeal to remove the threat of eviction.     The entire community of Orisunbare Areas, through Hon. Comrade Sulaimon Kamaldeen A. (OloreAyo), seeks
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New Wave of Displacement, Killing Civilians
By: Abdi Latif Dahir
26 November 2021
At least 43 people have been killed in clashes in the area, the U.N. says, while the nation’s leaders are focused elsewhere, dealing with the fallout from a coup. NAIROBI, Kenya — Dozens of people have been killed and their villages burned in inter-communal violence in Sudan’s West Darfur state, the
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India Uses Israeli Silencing Tactic in Kashmir
By: Vision for Hope
25 November 2021
UN criticizes arrest of rights activist in Indian KashmirStory by ReutersUpdated     Rights groups including the United Nations have criticized the arrest of a prominent activist in Indian-administered Kashmir on terror funding charges. Khurram Parvez was arrested late on Monday by India’s federal National Investigation Agency (NIA), an Indian official
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Call for Regulating Climate Finance
By: Graham Caswell, Bank of International Settlements
25 November 2021
Climate campaigners call for ‘one-for-one’ capital requirements   A wide range of academics, economists and civil society organisations are calling for regulators to introduce ‘one-for-one’ capital requirements for financial institutions funding new fossil-fuel projects.   The new campaign, spearheaded by research and advocacy group Finance Watch, is pressing for requirements that would increase the capital that banks and
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Spain: Tenants Declare War on US Speculators
By: Jason Lalljee, Insider
23 November 2021
Spanish renters are declaring `war` on the American investors that bought up all the apartments in their neighborhoods   US private-equity firms that own property in Spain have been evicting residents during the pandemic, the NYT reports. Tenants and housing activists have declared "war," protesting evictions by squatting in apartments. They argue that the
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India: Laws Rescinded, Farmers Win
By: Harish Damodaran, The Indian Express
20 November 2021
In burying farm laws, Govt may have held off demand for right to MSP Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s announcement on repealing the farm laws may have helped stave off the elephant in the room – making minimum support prices (MSP) a legal right.     “The farm laws are dead, long live the farm laws!”   This
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UN: Palestinians’ Right to Their Natural Resources
By: HIC-HLRN
19 November 2021
The United Nations has overwhelmingly adopted a resolution, which grants Palestinians permanent sovereignty over their natural resources in the Israeli-occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.     On Thursday, 19 November 2021, the Economic and Financial Committee of the UN General Assembly, also known as the Second Committee, endorsed a draft resolution entitled “Permanent Sovereignty of
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HIC @ Second Session of the EB of UN-Habitat
By: Habitat International Coalition
16 November 2021
During the second session of the executive Board of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme 2021, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) presented an oral intervention as follows;     HIC addresses here three agenda items: Under item 3, HIC encourages UN-Habitat and its organs to develop with partners an appropriate stakeholder-engagement policy, operation and
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EU Court Rules against Hungary Migrant Law
By: Maïa De La Baume, politico.eu
16 November 2021
Hungarian law criminalizing asylum seeker help breaches EU law, top court rules The verdict is another legal win for the European Commission in its years-long battle over migration with Hungary.     The Hungarian government acknowledged the ECJ ruling, but said it wouldn’t back down from its approach to immigration.   Hungary’s law criminalizing support for
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EU Court Rules against Hungary Migrant Law
By: Maïa De La Baume, politico.eu
16 November 2021
Hungarian law criminalizing asylum seeker help breaches EU law, top court rules The verdict is another legal win for the European Commission in its years-long battle over migration with Hungary.     The Hungarian government acknowledged the ECJ ruling, but said it wouldn’t back down from its approach to immigration.   Hungary’s law criminalizing support for
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Banning Human Rights Defenders: Comparing Apartheids
By: John Dugard. Mondoweiss
16 November 2021
The banning of human rights defenders: Israel and South Africa compared Even the apartheid regime in South Africa never outlawed human rights defenders in the manner that Israel just did when it declared six Palestinian organizations to be "terrorist organizations."     Israel has declared six organizations in occupied Palestine committed to the cause
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Copping-out at CoP26
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14 November 2021
The 26th Conference of Parties (CoP26) ended in grave disappointment at the state delegations who weakened the needed commitments to save the planet from multiple climate disasters. This CoP, the supreme governing body of international agreements on climate change action, finally took place in Glasgow, Scotland, on 31 October–13 November
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Decriminalize Palestinian Human Rights CSOs!
By: HIC
10 November 2021
   Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights Organizations facing Israel’s Criminalization Today, HIC`s Board adopted a statement in solidarity with the six Palestinian human rights organizsations, including HIC Members, that Israel`s Minister of Defense has deemed "terrorist organisations.  The full public statement follows here:   Habitat International Coalition (HIC) strongly condemns Israel`s Minister of
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Alert: More Israeli Tyranny for Human Rights NGOs
By: Al-Haq
07 November 2021
Alert:  Israel Takes Alarming Steps to Enforce its Persecution of Six Palestinian Organisations in the West Bank, International Community Must Intervene      Al-Haq strongly condemns the military order issued by Israel`s commander-in-chief of the Central Command to transpose its unlawful designation of Al-Haq as a “terrorist organization” within the occupied West Bank. Similar
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North America: CoP26 Promises, Carbon Offsets
By: HIC-HLRN
05 November 2021
Despite lawsuits, calls by millions of [U.S.] Americans to halt federal fossil fuel expansion, and the [US.] president’s own promise to tackle the climate crisis with the urgency it requires, the Biden Administration is planning oil and gas lease sales across 80 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico and hundreds
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