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City of Johannesburg Defies Court, Evicts 257
By: Socio-economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
19 July 2017
City of Johannesburg leaves 257 men, women and children out in the cold, despite court orders   The High Court has ordered the City of Johannesburg to accommodate 257 men, women and children who were yesterday evicted from Fattis Mansions at 66 Harrison Street, Johannesburg.   The residents of the property initially
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Trump’s Beautiful (Real Estate Money) Launderette
By: Michael Zeldin, CNN and various others
19 July 2017
Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database     It has been reported that the Senate and House Intelligence committees investigating possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russians have begun to receive access to financial data from the Treasury Department`s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).   FinCEN`s mission is to
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USA: EPA Dumps, Drops Duties
By: The Indigenous Americans
15 July 2017
EPA Refuses to pay claims after mine spill dumps 3,000,000 gallons of toxic waste into water on Native American land   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused to pay more than $1.2  billion in claims filed against it in response to the Gold King Mine spill, reported the Farmington Daily Times.   The EPA says the
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“Spotlight” on UN High-Level Forum, SDGs
By: HIC-HLRN
10 July 2017
As the UN High-Level Forum opens in New York, a global civil society report spotlights the role of big business in hindering development and deepening economic and social disparity.   Unbridled privatization, corporate capture and mass-scale tax abuse are blocking progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report by a
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Brazil: Indigenous Amazon Protectors v. Loggers
By: Chris Arsenault, Karla Mendes, Thomson Reuters Foundation
09 July 2017
Inside Brazil`s Indigenous Reserve 124, Chief Geraldo Apurina walks along a muddy footpath, past towering trees as yet untouched by Amazon loggers. Much of the land around the reserve has been cleared of trees. Grazing land for cattle now stretches as far as the eye can see from the highway,
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UNESCO: Hebron Palestine World Heritage
By: UNESCO/Peter Beaumont, The Guardian
07 July 2017
The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow, has inscribed Hebron / Al Khalil Old town (Palestine) on 7 July 2017. The Committee simultaneously added the site of Hebron/al-Khalil to the List of World Heritage in Danger.   Hebron/al-Khalil Old Town (Palestine)   The use of a local limestone shaped the construction of the old town
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CSOs Denounce Brazil Urban Policy Regression
By: GPR2C
27 June 2017
Since the 1980s, Brazil has been developing its legal frameworks and structuring policies progressively to reflect the international agreements that protect human rights and address the inequalities of cities, which exclude millions of people from accessing adequate standards of living. All the steps forward, closely related to the organization and
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USA: Rep. Bill to Make Disabled Homeless
By: Updated by Dylan Matthews, Vox
22 June 2017
These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt   The actual policies contained in the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republican plan introduced on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare, would help some Americans a lot. The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more,
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Congo: More than 3,000 Killed in Kasai Region
By: Reuters
20 June 2017
Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence. Church officials, citing their own sources in the remote territory bordering Angola, said the
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Myanmar’ Karen Protest Harmful Thai Coal Mine
By: Inclusive Development
19 June 2017
Karen communities in Myanmar to Thai Rights Commission: Stop harmful coal mine     Representatives of indigenous Karen communities in Myanmar this week filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand alleging human rights violations resulting from the activities of Thai companies operating an open-pit coal mine. The Ban
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Mafia-like Networks
By: Djeralar Miankeol, dandc.eu
18 June 2017
In many developing countries, land grabbing takes place on a large scale, either for the purposes of mining or agriculture. This loss of land is disastrous for the affected village communities. Awareness of the problem is growing, however, and there are more and more tools and guidelines available to soften
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Nigeria: Forced Evictions in Badia-East (Lagos)
By: Spaces for Youth Development and Social Change
15 June 2017
Spaces for Change NGO Staff Arrested, Released       LAGOS—A Task Force squad comprising demolition agents of the Lagos State Government and scores of heavily-armed security operatives invaded Badia-East this morning, Thursday, June 15, 2017. With the aid of bulldozers, sledge hammers, iron bars, and earth-moving equipment, they levelled all the structures in
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England: Race, Class and Grenfell Tower Fire
By: Skylar Baker-Jordan, HuffPost
15 June 2017
The flames hadn’t even been extinguished from Grenfell Tower before people started screaming that no one should “politicise” this tragedy. As I type this, though, at least 12 people are dead, and authorities expect that number to drastically climb. Most of those who perished, or who lost everything in the
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Western Sahara: Ruling against Plunder
By: WSRW
15 June 2017
A panel of judges in the High Court in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, judged this morning that the cargo on board the vessel NM Cherry Blossom is rightfully detained, and that a trial to determine its ownership is to take place.       A panel of judges in South Africa ruled today
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Breaking Bad: Saskatchewan’s Prairie Loss
By: Trevor Herriott
14 June 2017
“Grassland being broken in substantial acreages is just not an issue.”  —Hon. Lyle Stewart, Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture, Western Producer, 26 September 2013 According to Stats Canada (Table 004-0203 - Census of Agriculture, land use, every 5 years), Saskatchewan lost 2,068,246 acres of “natural land for pasture” in the
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HIC, CSOs Brace for NUA Implementation
By: Gregory Scruggs, Citiscope
14 June 2017
Civil society taking strategic ‘breath’ amid pause on New Urban Agenda     NAIROBI—For the global urban movement, the dust is still settling from last year’s global Habitat III summit, the one time every two decades that the world’s attention turns to its cities.   The October approval of the New Urban Agenda, a 20-year
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Irrawaddy Farmers Claims their Confiscated Land
By: Salai Thant Zin, IrrawaddY Division
14 June 2017
Farmers in Irrawaddy Division’s Myaungmya Township demanded the divisional government return more than 200 acres of land confiscated, and subsequently abandoned, by Myanmar’s military to its original owners, at a press conference on Tuesday. Light Infantry Battalion No. 93 of Myanmar’s Tatmadaw confiscated 249 acres of cashew plantations from 32 local
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USA: House Passes Bank-deregulation Bill
By: Jeff Stein, Vox
08 June 2017
The House just passed the biggest bank deregulation bill in a generation     On Thursday, Capitol Hill was consumed by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony. But just after the high-profile hearing played out in the Hart Senate Office Building, House Republicans passed a mammoth, 580-page bill that would do more to
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USA: BP Oil-spill Lawyer Now @ EPA
By: Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
07 June 2017
Trump Names BP Oil Spill Lawyer as Top Environmental Attorney     President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his intention to nominate Jeffrey Bossert Clark—who defended BP in lawsuits surrounding the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and challenged the Obama administration over greenhouse gas rules on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—to
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Kenya: Victory for Ogiek in African Court
By: Minority Rights Group
26 May 2017
Huge victory for Kenya’s Ogiek as African Court sets major precedent for indigenous peoples’ land rights   Minority Rights Group International (MRG) wholeheartedly applauds an historic judgment from the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights in Arusha today in favour of the Ogiek community of Kenya. Following an eight-year legal battle, the Court
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