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What Bulldozers Do, Grassroots Resistance Can Undo
By: Amazon Watch
15 June 2012
Three hundred indigenous people, small farmers, fisherfolk, and local residents occupied the Belo Monte Dam project, removing a strip of earth to restore the Xingu`s natural flow and "freeing the river." Participants gathered in formation spelling out the words "Pare Belo Monte" meaning "Stop Belo Monte" to send a powerful
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Predatory Lender Wells Fargo Bank Forced to Pay
By: The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times
15 June 2012
Wells Fargo Bank: A Predatory Lender Pays up   The Baltimore Sun   15 July 2012   Baltimore`s effort to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue stemming from the wave of home foreclosures that followed the collapse of the housing market in 2007 was vindicated Thursday when Wells Fargo Bank, the nation`s largest mortgage lender,
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India: Land Eviction for Corporates
By: Time of India
14 June 2012
GUWAHATI: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has alleged that the latest eviction drive in the city was intended to hand over land to private companies by dislodging people who were residing there for several years. Threatening to revive last year`s anti-eviction agitation, KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi told the media
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UK: Hundreds Evacuated after Landslide
By: Metro News Reporter
10 June 2012
Hundreds of residents are being evacuated from the village of Pennal, Powys, after police warned of a flood risk following a landslide that damaged the dam of a local reservoir. North Wales Police said a small amount of water had escaped the reservoir after it sustained a `slight breach`. Around 600 residents
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Israel`s Mekorot Targets World Water Market
By: Reuters
10 June 2012
Israel`s national water company Mekorot wants to use its expertise in finding unconventional sources for clean water to help it expand globally, as countries step up their efforts to avoid water shortages.   A rise in population along with climate changes threatens the earth`s freshwater supply in the coming decades and the
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Romania: Hundreds of Roma Forcibly Evicted
By: France 24.com/AFP
04 June 2012
Romanian rights groups on Monday accused the northwestern city of Baia Mare of forcibly evicting hundreds of Roma and relocating them to a former chemical plant, where they said many fell ill. "The mayor of Baia Mare observes the right to adequate housing by violating legislation and trampling the dignity of
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Philippines: P5.5B for Resettlement Project
By: Jill Beltran,Sunnex, SunStar.com
03 June 2012
President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the release of P5.5 billion for the government’s resettlement program that targets informal settlers and residents in high risk areas. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released the fund to the National Housing Authority (NHA), which implements the project that aims to provide better
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India: New Project for Slum Dwellers
By: The Times of India
03 June 2012
JAIPUR--Urban development housing (UDH) principal secretary GS Sandhu on Saturday said the pilot project under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) would be launched shortly at a cost of Rs 400 crore at the Sanjay Nagar Bhatta Kachi Basti in Jaipur. In Jaipur alone, 22.4 % of the population resides in the
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India: BJP Legislator Objects to Solar Park
By: Web india 123
03 June 2012
Power starved Karnataka`s dreams of emulating Gujarat by setting up a Solar Park near Mannur in the Bijapur district tripped today with a local BJP Legislator S K Bellubbi, raising his objections. Mr Bellubbi speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of NTPC`s 4,000 MW Super Thermal Power Project in his
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Swaziland: Indians Resist Evictions
By: Mduduzi Magagula, Times of Swaziland
03 June 2012
MBABANE--A family of Asians renting at Mobeni Flats in Matsapha has alleged that they are being discriminated against because they are ‘Indians’ and are now resisting eviction. Their landlord, the Swaziland National Housing Board (SNHB), has tried in vain for a period spanning to over a year now, to eject them
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Mexico: Indigenous Community Threatened (action)
By: Amnesty International
01 June 2012
The community of Valle del Río San Pedro in southwestern Mexico received a death threat on 19 May ordering them to leave their homes. Members of the community have previously been killed, and they are at grave risk of further attacks. On 19 May, a member of the Indigenous Triqui community
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Egypt: CSOs, Citizens Meet World Bank on Power Project
By: HLRN
31 May 2012
  A video conference between the World Bank’s Cairo and Washington DC offices connected Bank representatives with the voices of civil society and members of affected communities, allowing 6 Egyptians to present the concerns of the community about the negative social and environmental impacts of a large Bank-funded power plant project
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India: Justice Delayed & Denied for Delhi Homeless
By: Shahri Adhikar Manch:Begharon Ke Saath
30 May 2012
29 May 2012, New Delhi: In a press conference organised by Shahri Adhikar Manch: Begharon Ke Saath (SAM:BKS) in the capital today, human rights activists and homeless citizens raised several issues of concern related to homelessness in Delhi. Indu Prakash Singh, SAM:BKS member and technical advisor at Indo-Global Social Service Society,
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India: BJP and RSS Involved in Land Grabbing
By: Jagran Post
27 May 2012
Bhopal: The Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh, on Saturday claimed to have in possession documents showing involvement of certain leaders of the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in "grabbing" tribal lands in Satna district. "I am in possession of documents to prove that some
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Uganda: Land Grabbing in Oil Region
By: Haggai Matsiko, The Independent
27 May 2012
A Minister threatens to evict 2,000 as big-wigs scramble for public land in oil region Somewhere in Hoima district the small sub county of Kyangwali is home to one of the Albertine’s biggest oil fields — Kingfisher - said to be one of the largest oil wells in the basin with
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Haiti: Risk of Eviction for 300 Families
By: HaitiLibre
27 May 2012
Port-au-Prince--300 residents of Camp Mormon in the municipality of Delmas in Port-au-Prince, risk a forced eviction within 15 days either within 48 hours, the camp residents, recalling that at 3 am on 14 May, approximately 20 men, including local municipal officials, entered the camp and warned them that they would
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Turkey/Iraq: Movements to Stop Ilısu Dam Project
By: Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative
22 May 2012
Hasankeyf, Turkey—"We have come from Iraq to speak, because no one came from Iraq to speak to us. We live in one of the most significant regions in the world—the Mesopotamian marshlands—which is in danger because of Ilısu." With these words, Sheik Sayed Abbas began today`s unique protest in the
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Cambodia: Villagers Defy Land Grab, Death (dossier)
By: Various sources
21 May 2012
Mondolkiri Villagers Fear Imminent Eviction   The Cambodia Daily   21 May 2012    In a land dispute with overtones of last week’s deadly eviction in Kratie province, villagers in Mondolkiri province yesterday said dozens of police were surrounding their houses and threatening to force them out of a private land concession.   Sen Sophon, one of about
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Evictions in Azerbaijan for Entertainment
By: Various
21 May 2012
Baku--The demolition of homes in Azerbaijan to make way for the Eurovision venue has been compared to London clearing land for the Olympics, by the contest`s head.   The head of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said the hundreds of forced evictions in the capital, Baku, were not unique. She said the
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"Land Grab Worse Than Climate Change"
By: Tom Templeton, The Guardian
20 May 2012
What inspired you to write The Land Grabbers? Over the last few years, I became aware of this hidden revolution taking place around the world: the buying up of vast swaths of land by foreign entities from beneath its occupiers. Soaring grain prices in 2007/2008 led to countries such as Saudi
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