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USA: 30K Older, Infirm Louisianans Face Eviction
By: Tina Burnside and Darran Simon, CNN
10 May 2018
Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents could face eviction from nursing and group homes     More than 30,000 Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, many in nursing or group homes, could lose their benefits due to proposed state cuts -- a situation that could force thousands to move. Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary
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Ethiopia: New Deal with Iconic Land Grabber Karuturi
By: Anywaa Survival Organisation
07 May 2018
Reading, United Kingdom - The Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO) is outraged by recent news reports that the Ethiopian government is providing a new lease of lands to disgraced land grabber Karuturi Global Ltd.  Karuturi`s disastrous 300,000 hectares (ha) farm project in Ethiopia`s western Gambela region is the most vivid example of the Ethiopian government`s
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HICtionary Newly Updated
By: HIC-HLRN
06 May 2018
HIC-HLRN has just updated the HICtionary: Key Habitat Terms from A to Z. This reference work is the result of deliberation and debate across multiple specializations, regions and cultures within the membership of Habitat International Coalition (HIC). The purpose of that debate—and this reference work—have been to consolidate and harmonize
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CA: World’s 5th Economy, Homeless No. 1 USA
By: Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register
04 May 2018
California has the 5th largest economy in the world yet leads the USA in poverty and homelessness.     California’s gross domestic product surpassed $2.7 trillion in 2017, reports the Associated Press, an output with places California’s economy ahead of the United Kingdom’s.   California now has the distinction of having the world’s fifth largest economy,
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New York 1st SDG Progress-reporting City
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01 May 2018
New York City will become the first city in the world to report directly to the United Nations on the status of its implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the High-Level Political Forum this July. The publication will be called a Voluntary Local Review (VLR), modeled after the
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Unearthing Truths: Israel, Nakba and JNF
By: The Editors of Moving Forward
01 May 2018
The monthly Moving Forward is published with support from Jews Say No! That organization engages in community education, street theatre, and organizing to make their members’ voices heard in Jewish communities and as partners in the broader movement for justice in Palestine/Israel. The following article is the editorial to Moving
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30 Cities Join Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day
By: Platform No to the Destruction of Sur, Istanbul Sur Solidarity, Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, and Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive
30 April 2018
DIYARBAKIR / AMED—As part of the Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day in almost 30 cities, actions have been organized on 28 April 2018. Activists and civil organization raised awareness on the ongoing destruction of the two antique cities Sur and Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in North (Turkish) Kurdistan.
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USA: Forgotten Hurricane Harvey Devastation
By: Daniel J. McGraw, Next City
30 April 2018
Houston got the press (and most of the funds), but the Category 4 storm made first, devastating landfall in coastal Port Aransas and Rockport. How rebuilding has forced these beach towns to confront a housing crisis.     The smallish, three-bedroom, blue-green house in the middle of Port Aransas is rather ordinary. Built
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Palestine: Universal Reminder on Land Day
By: Houssem Ben Lazreg, Tesbih Habbal, The Conversation.com
29 April 2018
In an excerpt from the poem entitled The Last Speech of the ‘Red Indian’ to the White Man, the prominent Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish draws an analogy between Palestinians and Native American nations who were forced to live in diaspora in their own land. He addresses the colonizer: “You who come from beyond the
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HIConcern over SDG Land Indicators
By: Joseph Schechla, HIC-HLRN
27 April 2018
Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network welcomes the SDGs and their performance indicators as a complement to development efforts that uphold the integrity of the UN Charter and the UN System built on three purposeful pillars: (1) peace and security, (2) progressive development and (3) human rights. We
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India: Land Rights for 1947 Partition Displaced
By: Rina Chandran, place
27 April 2018
The Indian State of Maharashtra grants land ownership rights to refugees who fled Pakistan 70 years ago. Refugees in Maharashtra were housed in about 30 government-owned "camps" or colonies across the state, with limited rights to sell or redevelop their homes     BANGKOK - Refugees in India`s western state of Maharashtra
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New Zealand: 10 Reasons to Return the Waitara Lands
By: Vivian Hutchinson and Carl Chenery, The Spinoff.com
21 April 2018
Taranaki are expected to host next year’s national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars and yet the Waitara land-grab that sparked the Taranaki Wars has still yet to be fully resolved. The first national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars (Te Pūtake o te Riri) was held last month in Northland. The
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USA: Trump Orders Air-quality Rules Degraded
By: Ledyard King, USA TODAY
20 April 2018
President Trump directs EPA to ease air quality rules he says suffocates industry. EPA director Scott Pruitt confirmed that President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to roll back Obama-era power-plant environmental-protection regulations.     WASHINGTON—President Trump`s latest effort to boost the nation`s manufacturing sector is an industry-friendly rewrite of air quality
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Five Alarming Land Grabbing Cases
By: iwgia.org
19 April 2018
Extractive industries remain a concrete threat to indigenous communities and this year`s The Indigenous World 2018 describes many cases of land grabbing from indigenous peoples. In this article we take a closer look at some of the examples. In many countries forced evictions and land grabbing in the name of conservation, development
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UN Reaffirms Indigenous Peoples` Land Rights
By: UN News
16 April 2018
In her opening remarks to the Forum in New York, the chairperson, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, a medical doctor from Timbuktu, Mali, called the land husbandry of Aboriginal peoples “part of our history and heritage.” But few countries have acted to defend these peoples’ collective rights, she added. “Law enforcement is inadequate or
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Indonesia: NGOs Call for Action on Indigenous Lands
By: Stephen Then, Star online
16 April 2018
MIRI: About 30 social activist groups nationwide have issued a joint declaration urging political parties from both the ruling government and opposition parties to give more attention to resolve land right woes affecting indigenous communities. The non-governmental bodies from Sarawak, Sabah and the peninsula held a dialogue here and issued the
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Right to the City in Greater Beirut
By: HIC-HLRN and Amel Association
14 April 2018
HLRN has just released its new publication Right to the City in Greater Beirut: Context Assessment in Light of the Refugee and Displacement Crisis. This assessment offers critical insight into municipal governance in Greater Beirut, a city largely formed and characterized by human migration through its history, while more recently
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Myanmar: Rohingyas’ 13 Demands for Return
By: The Star (Petaling Jaya)/AP
13 April 2018
Rohingya give Myanmar official list of demands for repatriation     DHAKA—A Myanmar Cabinet minister visited a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh for Rohingya Muslims, who described the violence that forced them to flee Myanmar and presented a list of demands for their repatriation.   Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye on Wednesday met
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Kashmir: Land Dispute behind Girl’s Rape, Murder
By: Aijaz Hussain and Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press
12 April 2018
Rape and murder of Kashmiri – girls in religious policy     SRINAGAR (Indian-occupied Kashmir)—The girl, just 8 years old, grazes the ponies of her family on a cold January day in the forests of the Himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods
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USA: Time for Change - Race & Homelessness
By: Jeffrey Olivet and Marc Dones, SPARC and National Alliance to End Homelessness
11 April 2018
In recent years, an increasingly urgent dialogue has emerged around race and equity in [the United States of] America. But that dialogue has generally overlooked one of the most visible manifestations of racial inequity: homelessness.   Homelessness is not colorblind. People of color are dramatically more likely than their White counterparts to
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