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Brazil: Tucano Land Defender Assassinated
By: Emtempo
27 February 2019
MANAUS—The 53-year-old Tucano chief, Francisco de Souza Pereira, was shot four days ago in the "Urucaia" indigenous community in the Nova Cidade neighborhood of Manaus. The crime occurred around 01:00 AM. Francisco was sleeping with his wife and a daughter when three hooded men invaded the house on Bahia Street.
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Vanishing Biodiversity Threatens Our Food
By: FAO
23 February 2019
The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day   FAO launches the first-ever global report on the state of biodiversity that underpins our food systems ROME—The first-ever report of its kind presents mounting and worrying evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing
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Indian Court Orders Eviction of 1 Million Tribals
By: Rahul Bedi, The Telegraph
22 February 2019
Indian Supreme Court orders eviction of 1 million tribal forest dwellers   NEW DELHI—India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of over 1.1 million tribal and other traditional forest dwellers, after it recently rejected their ancient ownership claims on jungle land.   Experts estimate that the 20 February legal fiat could result in
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Petition to Stop Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone
By: Okland Institute
21 February 2019
Stop the criminalisation of land rights defenders! Oakland, CA—One month after violent incidents in the SOCFIN plantations in Sierra Leone leading to brutal repression by security forces, the death of two people and 15 people arrested, Sierra Leonean and international civil society organisations urge the government of Sierra Leone and the
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USA: Providing Homes Cheaper than Homelessness
By: Matthew Iglesias, Vox
20 February 2019
The most cost-effective way to help the homeless is to give them homes. Addressing housing directly is cheaper than relying on cops and emergency rooms.   Even as the national economy continues its slow-but-steady pace of improvement, data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in December revealed a small
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Mining Grabs Up Land in Central America
By: Edgardo Ayala, Inter press Service
19 February 2019
SAN SALVADOR, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) - Like an octopus, metals mining has been spreading its tentacles throughout Central America and dealing a blow to the region’s agriculture and natural ecosystems, according to affected villagers, activists and a new report on the problem. “Where the mining company is operating was land
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Fighting Displaces 100K in Burkina Faso
By: Reuters
19 February 2019
UN: Fighting, Instability Have Displaced 100,000 in Burkina Faso     GENEVA—More than 100,000 people have been displaced by factional fighting and lawlessness in Burkina Faso, most within the past two months, according to a U.N. report published Tuesday.   "Burkina Faso is, for the first time in its history, facing massive internal displacement,"
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Post-capitalism: Life within Environmental Limits
By: Dr Samuel Alexander and Professor Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne
19 February 2019
Capitalism’s limitless growth on a finite planet means the economic system we take for granted could end soon. If so, transformative and sustainable change must come from grassroots action     It may seem as though capitalism has always been a part of the Western world, but that’s not true. Although the
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Ireland: Gas Terminal Project Goes to EU Court
By: Ann O`Loughlin, Irish Examiner
15 February 2019
Shannon Estuary gas terminal project referred to European Court of Justice by the Irish High Court as it triggers the EU Habitats Directive.     The High Court has referred to Europe a number of questions relating to a five-year extension of planning permission for a liquid gas terminal on the Shannon Estuary. Mr
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Japan to Recognize Indigenous Ainu People
By: Japan Times/AFP-JIJI
15 February 2019
Japan’s Cabinet considers legislation recognizing the indigenous Ainu people for first time.     The government approved a bill Friday to recognize the country’s ethnic Ainu minority as an “indigenous” people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.   The Ainu people, many of whom live in northern Hokkaido, have long
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Palestine/Israel: Fake Justices
By: HIC-HLRN
13 February 2019
In early September 2018, after years of legal proceedings, the justices of Israel’s High Court determined there was no legal obstacle to demolishing the structures in the community of al-Khan al-Ahmar, located about two kilometers south of the Jerusalem-choking Kfar Adumim settler colony. The  Court delivered that conclusion as the
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Zim: CSOs Pose Resolving Govt Displacements
By: Tatenda Chitagu, newsday
13 February 2019
The Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement (ZPLRM), a member of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), has slammed government over planned displacements of thousands of villagers across the country and urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa to walk his talk over the irreversibility of the land reform programme.   HIC is an independent international coalition
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No Land No Future for Young
By: Oxfam International
13 February 2019
Over 260 young people have been left without land after a land grab in Curuguaty, Paraguay. 37,572 people asked President Horacio Cartes to give the farming families of Curuguaty the land they demand. The world has re-acted and now President Cartes must act. He must give the families the land
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EU-Morocco Fishery Accord Violates Law—Again
By: The Greens-European Free Alliance
12 February 2019
EU-Morocco fisheries agreement violates international humanitarian law and denies self-determination of Western Sahara people.     Today, Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the planned fisheries agreement between the European Union and Morocco. The vast majority of the catches under this agreement are however to take place to the waters
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Zim: Govt to Evict 1,000 Resettled Villagers
By: Tatenda Chitagu, Newsday
10 February 2019
About 1,000 families from Sikato resettlement in Masvingo West constituency are facing an uncertain future after being served with seven-day eviction notices to vacate the land which they occupied at the height of the land reform programme in 2000.       The families, from seven villages; Muza, Chikutuva, Manunure, Makasva, Banga, Sithole and
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AU Summit on Displacement Crisis
By: HIC-HLRN
09 February 2019
Already 55 years ago, the Organization of African States was born with the purpose of peace and unity in what is now the African Union (AU), the largest regional organization on earth. This year, the 32nd regular annual AU summit at Addis Ababa (10–11 February 2019) focuses on another distinguishing
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South Africa: Militarizing Repression in Durban
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
03 February 2019
Statement of Abahlali baseMjondolo   Last week, the news was full of reports on the arrival of three of the four Casspirs (mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles) that have been ordered by the eThekwini Municipality.  We first heard about the order of the Casspirs in 2017, when it was reported that the
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Israel/Palestine: Tourism Accommodates War Crime
By: HIC-HLRN
31 January 2019
The Israeli colonies in occupied Palestine constitute a war crime and crime against humanity. They form elements of the serious crime of population transfer, as codified in the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, and which previously was prosecuted at the International Military Tribunals at Nuremburg and Tokyo. The
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Eating within Planetary Proportions
By: HLRN
30 January 2019
The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health has convened 37 of the worlds’ leading scientists to reach a scientific consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet within the limits of our global ecosystem. Their conclusions contribute to the specificity needed to align human behavior with the goal of sustaining the human
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USA: Most Citizens in 3rd World Conditions
By: Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist
30 January 2019
A study by an MIT economist shows that the United States of America has regressed materially to a third-world nation for most of its citizens.     America divided: This concept increasingly graces political discourse in the U.S., pitting left against right, conservative thought against the liberal agenda. But for decades, [U.S.] Americans
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