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Queer Declaration, Right to the City & Habitat 3
By: Vancouver Queer Consultation Group
07 September 2016
The final document called the New Urban Agenda will be adopted by heads of state at the Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. www.habitat3.org   The Queer Declaration came out of a consultation of queers and allies in July 2016, in Vancouver, Canada, the site of the original Habitat
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Kenya: Courts Stops Kibera Nubian Eviction
By: KBC Reporters
31 August 2016
  The High Court has temporarily barred Kenya Urban Roads Authority from evicting members of the Nubian community from their homes in Kibra constituency in Nairobi in order to pave way for construction of the Southern Bypass.   The community who are complainants in the case say the respondents did not follow
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Haiti Aid Betrayal: Gifting the Trojan Peanut
By: Al Jazeera News and agencies
29 August 2016
Over 50 groups of farmers and aid workers seek to stop planned 500-tonne shipment that US officials term a donation.   Peanut producers in Haiti have united to block the delivery of a 500-tonne shipment of nuts from the US.   They say the shipment threatens to undermine the livelihood of thousands of people
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Boston USA: Campaigning to Save Public Housing
By: MAHT
22 August 2016
  Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) spearheads campaign for City Vouchers to save our homes!       In response to Boston’s growing housing and homelessness crisis, MAHT is spearheading a broad coalition of housing and community groups to propose a city-funded voucher program. The program would provide “Housing First” for people experiencing homelessness in
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Al-Mahdi Pleads Guilty for Timbuktu Ruin
By: ICC
22 August 2016
Al-Mahdi pleads guilty and apologizes for destruction in Mali’s Timbuktu   The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Ahmad al-Mahdi for attacks on religious and historical structures during the 2012 occupation of Timbuktu opened today in The Hague. Al-Mahdi, a suspected Islamist, pleaded guilty to all charges and apologized for his
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World’s Indigenous People and Profit Enterprise
By: Elika Ansari, Undergroundreporter.org
22 August 2016
9 August 2016 marked the 12th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, a day pronounced by the U.N. to promote the rights of the indigenous peoples of the world, while also celebrating their contributions to environmental protection. Meanwhile, over a hundred indigenous men and women dressed in traditional garb marched in Baguio City, Philippines, in
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Native Americans Block Oil Pipeline Construction
By: Matt Agorist, The free though project.com
21 August 2016
The Camp of the Sacred Stones has swelled from a few dozen to more than 2,500, according to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials. They are calling for further review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the end of July without a
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Habitat III: UN-Habitat Future Debated
By: Gregg Scruggs, Citiscope
18 August 2016
UN-Cities? Rumoured proposal gains steam   SURABAYA, Indonesia—The perennial tug-of-war between rich and developing countries at the United Nations has found another flashpoint: the debate over the future of UN-Habitat. The Nairobi-based agency deals with housing as well as towns and cities big and small — collectively, “human settlements” — with the
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Rio’s Indigenous Trapped in Social Housing
By: Alix Vadot, Rioonwatch.org
15 August 2016
In Estácio, a centrally located neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone, Block 15 of the Zé Keti social housing complex, part of the Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) program, has been the home of some of the city’s remainingindigenous families since June 2013. Its residents have described the complex, built on the grounds of the former
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Uganda: Amongi Reacts to Land Grabbing Claims
By: Jonathan Kamoga, Allafrica.com
08 August 2016
Former FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye last week launched a scathing attack on recently-announced government plans for compulsory land acquisitions, telling journalists this was a ploy to steal people`s land. But as Jonathan Kamoga reports, the responsible government minister says Besigye got it all wrong. Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister Betty
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Kenya: Save School from Evictor
By: Victoria Green, thestar.co.ke
08 August 2016
The governance of land, the most lucrative asset in Kenya, has become an impediment to the economic, political, and social development of Kenya and Kenyans. Large scale corruption in land governance is highlighted daily, from unfortunate family disputes to allegations of land grabbing by former officials and recently, Presidents. Public institutions,
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WB Retreat from Indigenous Rights
By: Gretchen Gordon and Prabindra Shakya, telesurtv.net
08 August 2016
There are many within World Bank staff and management who see Indigenous peoples as obstacles to development. While recent years have shown a steady advancement in recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, last week the World Bank adopted a new policy framework that threatens to undermine this progress and put
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Hunger a Weapon of War in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria
By: Isabel Malsang, AFP, reliefweb.int
07 August 2016
While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are in "severe food insecurity", two UN agencies
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The “Four Rs and Four Ps”
By: Christopher Swope, Citiscope
06 August 2016
How Seberang Perai’s first female mayor is reducing waste and boosting citizen engagement   You’ve heard of the “Three Rs” — reduce, reuse and recycle. And there’s “PPPs” — public-private partnerships.   Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif puts a twist on both of these phrases. She likes to talk of the “Four Rs” and the
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USA: Protests over GMO Label Law
By: Ryan Rifai, Al Jazeera
04 August 2016
US food safety campaigners outraged over GMO label law   Campaigners say new law allows producers to obscure GMO content on food packaging   Many believe GMOs and pesticides are harmful to people`s health and the environment [EPA]   Food safety organisations in the US have condemned a new law they say will allow food
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World Bank Policies Imperil Land Defenders
By: Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR
04 August 2016
Just 5 months since the murder of Honduran environmental defender Berta Caceres, the Bank is passing new safeguards that do more harm than good.    The World Bank is expected to approve Thursday its new “Environmental and Social Framework” which civil society groups say weakens human rights protections and will likely endanger the very communities the safeguards are intended to protect.    At issue
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A Forgotten Population
By: Nirma D. Bustamante, MD, P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH and Christian Arbelaez, EM resident
04 August 2016
As the recipient of the 2015 EMRA Global Health Initiative Award and as the senior teaching assistant of Post-conflict Colombia and Public Health: A Project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Collaboration with the Universidad de Antioquia, I had the pleasure of working directly with the
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Toward Responsible Land Governance in LAC Region
By: GLTN
04 August 2016
An Experts Group Meeting – EGM was organized to review and feedback the first report of the Scoping Study. More than 30 representatives from public and private sectors, CSOs, academia, international development agencies, social leaders and activists from all over the region were gathered on July14-15 2016 in San José,
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Obama Signs Bill, Exempts GMO Labelling
By: Julie Wilson, Natural News
02 August 2016
Note: This article explains the controversy over the recently adopted legislation advocated by GMO-food producers and the values at stake. It contrasts starkly with the Associated Press report of 29 July 2016 published in The Washington Post and reprinted below—HLRN.     President Obama signs bill that forever exempts Big Food from
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USA`s Hidden Homeless: Life in the Starlight Motel
By: Carolyn Bick, Al Jazeera
30 July 2016
Residents of a motel in Massachusetts share their stories to reveal the extent of the U.S. hidden homelessness problem.   Massachusetts, USA—It is the fourth time that Tiffany Drew has lived in the Starlight Motel, and the third time she has been pregnant here.   Today, like every time she is pregnant, she has
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