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Remunicipalizing Our Cities
By: Dan Hancox, The Guardian
19 January 2020
From sparkling water fountains to better waste services and lower drug prices, cities are showing the benefits of remunicipalisation In 2015, a strident editorial appeared in Global Water Intelligence, a trade magazine for the water industry, under the title: Exorcising the “R” word. “It would be a travesty,”
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CSO Condemn UN’s Corporate Take-over
By: FIAN and various CSOs
16 January 2020
WEF takeover of UN strongly condemned. With the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos around the corner, hundreds of CSOs reiterate condemnation of the partnership between the corporate world with the UN.     As corporate executives fly into Davos for the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF),
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Outrage over Siemens Backing Adani Coal
By: Deutsche Welle
13 January 2020
Climate Activists Outraged as Siemens Backs Adani Coal Mining Project in Australia   Siemens has announced it will remain involved in a controversial coal mining project in Australia, despite massive environmental criticism as the country continues to be ravaged by bushfires.   The German engineering conglomerate has a contract worth roughly €18 million ($20 million) which requires
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Tribute to Ghanimat Azhdari
By: Jimmy Thomson, The Narwhal
10 January 2020
‘She was absolutely adored’: Iranian scientist spent her life fighting for indigenous voices in conservation.   Ghanimat Azhdari was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran and was a PhD student at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites. This
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The Future of Africa`s Food Security
By: Busani Bafana, Inter Press Service
09 January 2020
IBADAN, Nigeria—Africa will starve or survive on expensive food imports because it is not growing new farmers, research shows. And the challenge remains among researchers, policy makers, public and private sector actors to get African youth interested in agriculture on a continent where a growing number of people go to
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New York Evictions Down, Thanks to Voters
By: Mara Gay, The New York Time
26 December 2019
The rent protections passed by the newly Democratic State Senate are working.       This spring, New York State enacted the strongest tenant protections in a quarter century. Already, they have made a difference in the lives of thousands of New York City residents.   Since the law took effect in June, landlords have tried
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USA: ½ Million Homeless at Christmas
By: Alan Macleod, Mint Press News
23 December 2019
This Christmas, over half a million persons in the United States will struggle with homelessness. The U.S. government estimates ending homelessness would cost around $20 billion, less than the amount spent on Christmas decorations that people in the U.S., who appears to have little appetite to address the growing social
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Netherlands: The Right to Climate Protection!
By: Lukas Schulze, Buzzfeed News
20 December 2019
People have a fundamental right to be protected from climate change, a landmark court ruling says. The Dutch Supreme Court`s decision could have huge repercussions for how other countries tackle rising emissions.     The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled Friday that the government must take urgent action on climate change to
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Brazil: New Decree to Support Land Grabs
By: Sputnik News
12 December 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signs a decree giving title to smallholder farmers, but may encourage land grabbing.     President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree on Tuesday that will allow tens of thousands of small farmers finally to earn title to the land they cultivate, fulfilling a campaign promise to the agricultural sector
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India: Protesting > 40K Trees Cut for Mine, Police Crack Down
By: Newsclick Report
12 December 2019
India: Talabira Odisha: Over 40,000 trees removed to pave way for Adani’s Mine. Heavy police force is present on the site to completely cordon off the region. Activists are terming the removal of the trees as a grave violation of community forest rights.     The green lungs of industrial Odisha’s Sambalpur are
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Canada: Town Dies amid Environmental Changes
By: Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation
10 December 2019
Closing down: aging residents, falling fish stocks spell end for Canadian town. A tiny town in Canada is closing down, with residents in the tight-knit community packing their belongings and making the final preparations to shutter their homes   TORONTO—Perched along Canada`s windswept North Atlantic coast, the town of Little Bay Islands
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Brazil: 2 Indigenous Guajajaras Murdered
By: Rosa Gauditano, Survival International
09 December 2019
Last Saturday, December 7, two indigenous Guajajara men were shot to death and two others injured. The shots were fired by occupants of a vehicle on the side of a road through Cana Brava Indigenous Land. This attack comes just over a month after the murder of Paulo Paulino Guajajara,
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Kashmir: A Land without Internet
By: Peerzada Ashiq, The Hindu
08 December 2019
In a land without Internet, the communication blackout is forcing young entrepreneurs out of Kashmir Valley. With the Internet blackout stretching for more than 120 days in Jammu and Kashmir, start-ups that began with much fanfare are closing down. Peerzada Ashiq reports on young Kashmiri entrepreneurs who are leaving behind
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South Korea: Neighborhoods Rallying before Death
By: Isaiah Winters, Gwangju News
06 December 2019
Lost in Gwangju   Every year in Korea, autumn foliage treats us to one last gasp of life before the bleak onset of winter. I can’t help but liken this to cases of terminal lucidity, when patients on their deathbeds regain a fleeting clarity of expression before suddenly passing away. In much
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13 Countries Vote against Pro-Palestine
By: Times of Israel
03 December 2019
States led by Germany change their voting pattern in favor of Israel, opposing Division of Palestinian Rights, although motion still passes by wide margin. Over a dozen countries on Tuesday abruptly changed their voting pattern at the United Nations in Israel’s favor, opposing an annual resolution expressing support for a pro-Palestinian
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US Farmers: `They`re trying to wipe us off the map`
By: Alana Semuels, TIME
27 November 2019
Small-scale farmers in the United States are nearing extinction      For nearly two centuries, the Rieckmann family has raised cows for milk in this muddy patch of land in the middle of Wisconsin. Mary and John Rieckmann, who now run the farm and its 45 cows, have seen all manners of ups
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Call for Proposals: Homes, Housing & Human Rights
By: Student Organizers at Trent University
24 November 2019
13th Annual Community Movements Conference Homes, Housing, and Human Rights  January 31 - February 1, 2020 Peterborough, Ontario     On behalf of Trent Students affiliated with the International Development Studies program and the Student Association for International Development (SAID), we would like to invite you to participate in our 13th annual
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London: 150 Homeless Die in Streets, 2018
By: Mark Blunden, The Independent
21 November 2019
The Homeless Fund: Nearly 150 people ‘with hope in their lives’ dead in one year in London. Recent church services commemorated all those lost to London`s homelessness crisis     Nearly 150 people are known to have perished sleeping rough last year – the average age for women to die was 43, nearly
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EU Fisheries in Western Sahara "Unlawful"
By: WSRW
20 November 2019
Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Mr. Hans Corell (Sweden), has again criticized EU`s approach to fisheries practices in Western Sahara. The statements came in a speech delivered at the annual conference of The Belgian Society of international Law, in Brussels, 14–15
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India: Gov’t. Rethinks Vicious Forest Act
By: Ishan Kukreti, Down to Earth
18 November 2019
Government withdraws proposed changes to Indian Forest Act. Minister Prakash Javadekar said draft created misconception among people.     The Union government was withdrawing the officers’ draft of the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927 amendment, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Prakash Javadekar told reporters on November 15, 2019.   Inspector General of Forests (Forest
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