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fb Zuckerberg Sues to Take Native Hawaiian Land
By: Nathan Wellman, U.S. Uncut
19 January 2017
Mark Zuckerberg is suing to force native Hawaiians off their ancestral land to build an island resort     Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg ended 2016 by suing hundreds of people native to Hawaii, apparently so that he can have 700 acres of land all to himself.   The billionaire’s lawsuit, filed on 30 December, was
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World Bank’s Agriculture Initiative Criticized
By: Brettonwoods Project
18 January 2017
Civil society has called on the World Bank to terminate its Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative. In mid-January, 157 organisations and individuals sent a letter to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim calling for the termination of the Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture initiative (EBA, see Bulletin May 2014,
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USA: Trump Calls for More Drilling, Taps Protest
By: Annie Knox and Kim Palmer, Reuters
15 January 2017
US President-elect Donald Trump taps a well of protest with his calls for more oil and gas drilling in the country`s national parks     President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness.   The
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USA: Will HUD Benefit Trump?
By: Allan Smith, businessinsider
12 January 2017
At the Senate hearings vetting US President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned proposed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson over whether he could guarantee that money distributed by HUD will not enrich President-elect Donald Trump. He failed that fundamental ethical test, apparently unable to
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Sri Lanka: Clashes over Land in China Port Deal
By: abc.net.au
07 January 2017
Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake.   Key points: Clash takes place as Prime Minister attends
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Namibians Sue Germany for Land Grab, Genocide
By: Al Jazeera
06 January 2017
The Ovaherero and Nama people of Namibia launch lawsuit against Germany for alleged land theft and killing of 100,000 people more than 100 years ago.           Two indigenous groups in Namibia have filed a lawsuit against Germany, accusing it of genocide committed by colonial rulers more than a century ago.   The suit was filed
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Brazil: Eucalyptus War on Quilombo Lands
By: Luisa Torre and Patrik Camporez Macao, Al Jazeera
05 January 2017
Brazil`s quilombos face eucalyptus giant in land war. "They stole our forests and our water. We took our medicine from the forest. Now, they put police and dogs at our door."     ESPIRITO SANTO, Brazil—In Sape do Norte, in the far north of Espirito Santo, Brazil, 32 communities refer to the 111,000 hectares
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Cameroon: OECD Inquiry into Complaint about WWF
By: Survival International
05 January 2017
In an unprecedented move, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)* has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon, beginning a process that until now has only been used for multinational businesses. Survival submitted the complaint in February 2016, citing numerous
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New Year Message: Remembering Palestine
By: Joseph Schechla, HIC-HLRN
01 January 2017
As the world embarks on the New Year 2017, after crowning a series of global policy summits by adopting a new agenda at Habitat III (October 2016),[1] we turn our attentions to implementing, monitoring and evaluating the performance of a new layer of norms. That new standard coexists beside other
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Kenya: Slum Violence & Housing Shortage
By: Katy Migiro, Reuters
28 December 2016
ATHI RIVER, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Recently married with a one-year-old child, Joan Moraa Mbogo dreams of escaping Kenya`s noisy, dirty, crime-ridden capital and buying a home close to her mother`s newly-built apartment overlooking the Lukenya Hills. Machakos County, which starts 20 kms (12 miles) south-east of Nairobi, is popular
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UNSC Votes to End Israeli Settler Colonies
By: HIC-HLRN
24 December 2016
It was the first time in eight years that the UN Security Council had passed a resolution condemning Israel’s illegal construction of settler colonies in occupied Palestine. The vote came on Friday, following an unprecedented intervention of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that had U.S. President-elect Donald Trump "advising" Egyptian
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India: Over 33K Homes Demolished in 2015–16
By: HIC-HLRN
22 December 2016
Over 33,000 homes demolished in urban India between 2015 and 2016 New Delhi—Data collected by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) reveals that public authorities in India, in both the central and state spheres of government, forcibly have evicted at least 33,257 families across urban centers between January 2015 and December
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Canada, U.S. Ban Arctic Drilling, Bind Trump
By: Andrew Beatty, AFP
21 December 2016
President Obama announced on Tuesday what he called a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along wide areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard as he tried to nail down an environmental legacy that cannot quickly be reversed by Donald J. Trump.   The Obama Administration had given conditional
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Homelessness: Not Just a Christmas Crisis
By: The Guardian
21 December 2016
The Guardian view on homelessness: not just a Christmas crisis. The following is an editorial     For a few days over Christmas, a massive effort by charities such as Crisis and the volunteers they recruit tries to offer something like festive cheer for thousands of people who might otherwise have been sleeping
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ECJ Rejects Morocco`s Western Sahara Claim
By: Dominic Dudley, Forbes
21 December 2016
European Court of Justice dismisses Morocco`s claim to Western Sahara, throwing EU trade deal into doubt. The ruling on the bloc`s trade deals with Morocco means they do not apply to Western Sahara, which occupied territory is notable for its fish stocks, mineral extraction, agricultural exports and potential oil reserves.     Morocco’s
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HIC`s Lamba Earns Human Rights Award
By: HIC-HLRN
20 December 2016
On World Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016, civil society organisations across Kenya gathered to honor human rights activists in the annual human rights awards, which were held at the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi. Hundreds attended the event, including diplomats and generations of human rights activists. The awards were coordinated
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Myanmar: AI Reports “crimes against humanity”
By: HIC-HLRN
19 December 2016
A new report by Amnesty International (AI) documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their
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Mexico: Ranchers, Indigenous Contest Land
By: Tracy Barnett, Thomas Reuters Foundation
19 December 2016
Both sides say the government is responsible for the dispute in Mexico`s Sierra Madre mountain range - but the government won`t get involved     LA YESCA, Mexico—Audelina Villagrana has run her ranch in Mexico`s Western Sierra Madre Mountains on her own since the death of her husband 23 years ago, herding livestock,
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European Tenants vs. Wall Street Landlords
By: Liz Alderman, The New York Times
18 December 2016
Wall Street is Europe’s landlord, and tenants are fighting back.     DUBLIN—The Tobun family never missed a rental payment on their modest brick rowhouse in eight years. But in February, the couple, who have two young children, received a letter warning that they would have to leave their home when the lease
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USA: Albuquerque Helps Homeless & Saves Money
By: Colin Woodard, Politico
18 December 2016
How Albuquerque figured out how to really help its homeless population. And save money in the process.   ALBUQUERQUE—Under a cloudless desert sky, David Kelhoyoma, a Marine veteran who help liberate Kuwait City during the first Gulf War, roamed the top of a city landfill, stuffing stray bits of plastic into a
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