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Ministerial Declaration @ 6th WWF
By: World Water Forum
14 March 2012
1. We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations assembled in Marseille, France, on 13 March 2012 at the Ministerial Conference of the 6th World Water Forum, “Time for Solutions”, are determined to address water challenges at all scales. Recognizing the Ministerial Statement and other outcomes of the 5th World Water

J.P. Morgan Chase`s Ugly Family Secrets Revealed
14 March 2012
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone In a story that should be getting lots of attention, American Banker has released an excellent and disturbing exposé of J.P. Morgan Chase`s credit card services division, relying on multiple current and former Chase employees. One of them, Linda Almonte, is a whistle blower whom I`ve known

South Africa: 2009 Abahlali Members Still Homeless
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
14 March 2012
Two weeks ago IFP members fought with NFP members at Hostel 17 in Umlazi Township. That political violence left one person dead and it left some people homeless. The Minister of Safety and Security intervened to mediate between the two parties that were fighting. This is very good and is

Sustainable Dev., Green Economy & Women
By: Diana Aguiar
14 March 2012
This article is part of a series of Friday Files to explore some of the issues and debates related to the AWID 2012 Forum theme and draw the connections between women’s rights issues and economic power. For more information related to the planet and ecological health click here. Twenty years after

Energy Firm to Compensate Colombia Dam Displaced
By: Sarah Kinosian
13 March 2012
Some 3,000 people who are losing their homes or livelihood because of the building of a hydro-electric dam in southern Colombia will be guaranteed housing and jobs, said the company building the controversial dam Tuesday. The $837 million hydroelectric dam project located on the Magdalena River in Colombia`s southwestern Huilo department

Philippines: Aquino-Cojuangcos & Military vs. Luisita Farmers
By: Ronalyn V. Olvea
12 March 2012
HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac City--Out of fear, Michelle Mandigma, 30, left their home in barangay Balete in October last year. Along with her husband and seven children, Mandigma sought shelter at the office of the Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala). Mandigma said soldiers had frequented their house located in

UNHCR Warns of New Displacement in DR Congo
By: Al-Jazeera
09 March 2012
Continued fighting in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced more than 3,000 civilians into Uganda since the beginning of this year, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says. In a statement released on Friday, the UNHCR said that an average of 50 people were passing over

Environmental Impact of Urban Poverty
By: Grainne Rhuad, Subversify
09 March 2012
It was while I was watching Karl Pilkington on “Idiot Abroad-The Bucket List”, that I began thinking about shanty towns and their environmental impact.  Karl in his idiot savant-ish way stated what should have been the obvious to all of us. “There’s not really much that you can change, is there? 

Over 50K Timorese Finally Get Land Rights
09 March 2012
Teresa de Jesus clutched her land papers and gave a shy grin. The 60-year old woman from Liquica, an hour east of the capital Dili, was one of 16 landowners who earlier this month received the first land certificates ever issued in independent Timor-Leste. “I’m very happy,” she said.  “And I

Nepal: Stopping Forced Eviction
By: Homeless International
08 March 2012
After reports last month of Nepali government plans to force evict thousands of poor families in Kathmandu, community and federation groups have been working together as the Nepal Squatters’ Front to protest against the evictions and demand housing alternatives. The government eventually decided to halt the planned evictions due to

Congo Farm Law "Hurting Foreign Investment"
By: Jonny Hogg
05 March 2012
KINSHASA, March 5 (Reuters) - A law meant to breathe new life into agriculture in Democratic Republic of Congo risks scaring off needed foreign investment due to a clause calling for farms to be majority-owned by Congolese, according to investors and other sector players.    The Congolese Federation of Enterprises has

ICRC Convoy Reaches Battered Homs
By: Samia Nakhoul
03 March 2012
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- A Red Cross aid convoy prepared to enter the shattered Baba Amro district of Homs on Friday after a Syrian official declared the area "cleansed" and the opposition spoke of a massacre by President Bashar Assad`s forces. The residential district became a symbol of resistance to Assad after

Displaced Afghans Left Out in Cold
By: Al-Jazeera Staff
01 March 2012
Every day 400 Afghans become internally displaced, according to Amnesty International. At that rate, more than 2,500 Afghans were left homeless in the week of violent protests that swept the country recently over the burning of copies of the Quran at the US-led Bagram airbase. They joined the ranks of internally

E. Africa : Lamu Port [De]struction Project
By: Xinhua 
29 February 2012
Four of the most critical infrastructure projects under Kenya’s Lamu Port scheme are planned to be completed in the next five years to facilitate long term development of the whole project that is planned to be completed in 20 years.   The Infrastructure Secretary at the office of the Prime Minister (of

Wukan "Solution" Fails Key Land-rights Test
By:  Benjamin A Shobert
27 February 2012
Several weeks ago, Landesa, an American non-government organization focused on land rights for the rural poor in various emerging economies, published its sixth study of land rights in China. As part of their updated study, they surveyed 1,791 farmers in 17 provinces within China and found, as Landesa put it,

Expert Cautions on "Land Grab" Model
By: Thomas Kean
27 February 2012
A VISITING land expert has warned against falling for the “dominant model” of land grabbing, which sees small-scale farmers replaced by agri-businesses that are in many cases less productive. Mr Robin Palmer, who has worked on land issues for more than 35 years as both an academic and for British NGO

Why Criticize U.S. Mortgage Settlement?
By: Yves Smith, Huffington Post
26 February 2012
As readers likely know by now, 49 of 50 states have agreed to join the so-called mortgage settlement, with Oklahoma the lone refusenik. Although the fine points are still being hammered out, various news outlets (New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal) have details, with Dave Dayen`s overview at

Malaysia: Yong, Consider Natives Plight in FMUs!
By: Kota Kinabalu
26 February 2012
There is no doubt that the Forest Management Unit (FMU) programme is beneficial to Sabah but its planning and implementation during Datuk Yong Teck Lee`s tenure as Chief Minister were poorly executed. Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Vice-President Datuk Herbert Timbon Lagadan said the villages and Native Customary Rights (NCR) land should

Libya: Displaced People Barred from Homes
21 February 2012
(Tripoli) - Authorities in and around Misrata are preventing thousands of people from returning to the villages of Tomina and Kararim and have failed to stop local militias from looting and burning homes there, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuse mirrors the treatment of roughly 30,000 displaced people from the

Tibetan Villagers Halt Mining Sacred Mountain
By: Amberly Polidor, Sacred Land Film Project  
28 January 2012
In Tibetan culture, where people live in intimate relationship with the natural world around them, reality and mythology have a way of blending together. So it was perhaps no surprise to local villagers when, after a Chinese mining company and local authorities repeatedly repelled efforts stop a gold mining project

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