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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

Canada, EU Seek “Free Trade” in Water
By: Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News
25 January 2012
  Leaked documents show Canadian negotiators trying to exclude telecommunications and some agricultural sectors from a free-trade deal with the European Union, but not water. OTTAWA — Leaked documents show Canadian negotiators trying to exclude telecommunications and some agricultural sectors from a free-trade deal with the European Union, but not water. This absence

Famatina, Argentina: Water Dearer than Gold
By: Marcela Valente, IPS 
24 January 2012
BUENOS AIRES—Thousands of people in the northwest Argentine province of La Rioja are mobilising to stop an open-cast gold mining project in the Nevados de Famatina, a snowy peak that is the semi-arid area`s sole source of drinking water.La Rioja "is a dry province and we have just enough clean

Burma: High Court Bans Land-defending Lawyers
By: Mizzima News
25 December 2011
Chiang Mai--On 13 December, the Supreme Court in Naypyitaw ordered the suspension of attorney Myint Thwin and lawyer Shwe Hla. Myint Thwin said that he received a notification letter from the Mandalay District Court on December 15. The letter says: "If a lawyer cannot appear at a hearing,

Ethiopia: Oromos against Land Grabbing
By: Gadaa.com
23 December 2011
Ethiopia, though considered as a single unit by the outside world, has never integrated all of its regions into one political community with equality and justice. Just like the South used to be dominated by the North in the Sudan before the independence of South Sudan earlier in 2011, North

China: Govt. Concedes to End Wukan Land Protests
By: Stephanie Ho, VoA News
21 December 2011
Residents in the rebellious southern Chinese village Wukan have ended their mass protest against local authorities after officials offered concessions to resolve their grievances. The villagers were protesting the seizure of their farmland and the death of a fellow resident who died while in government custody. The most recent

Colombia: Govt. to Investigate Land Distribution
By: Aylish O`Driscoll, Colombia Reports
21 December 2011
The Colombian government and a human rights NGO signed an agreement on Tuesday to begin an analysis of land distribution in Colombia, according to newspaper El Espectador. The Colombian Superintendent of Notaries and Registries signed the agreement of cooperation with a representative of CODHES, a human rights NGO, to

Canada/Attawapiskat First Nation: UNSR`s Findings
20 December 2011
I have been in communication with the Government of Canada to express my deep concern about the dire social and economic condition of the Attawapiskat First Nation, which exemplifies the conditions of many aboriginal communities in the country.Many of this First Nation’s approximately 1,800 members live in unheated shacks or

Colombia: Victims Land Restitution Law Signed
By: Toni Peters, Colombia Reports
20 December 2011
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed Tuesday the regulatory decrees of the Victims and Land Restitution Law, which takes effect January 1. In terms of administrative compensation, each victim will receive between $4,760 and $10,900. "This does not compensate for the loss of a loved one, we would like

Poor Countries Paying Cost of Large Land Deals
By: Thin Lei Win, Alert News
14 December 2011
The global rush to acquire large amounts of land in developing countries has done more harm than good, especially to the poorest people who often lose access to land and resources essential to their livelihoods, a new study said on Wednesday. The problem is fuelled by ineffective governance, corruption,

Ghana: Big Land Deals Threaten Poor Countries
By: Maxwell Awumah, Ghana Business News
14 December 2011
The most comprehensive study of large land acquisitions in developing countries to date published Wednesday online by the International Land Coalition (ILC) has found more evidence of harm than benefits.   More than 40 organisations collaborated on the Global Commercial Pressures on Land Research Project, which synthesised 28 case studies,

Bangladesh:Burma-Refugees Facing Deportation
By: Göttingen
14 December 2011
More than 28,000 political refugees from Burma, who had sought refuge in Bangladesh, are about to be deported to their home country. On Thursday, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) announced that the refugees who are about to be deported belong to the Muslim

Indigenous Bolivians Protest TIPNIS Road Project
By: Sara Shahriari, Indian Country Today
13 December 2011
Breaks between the Bolivian government and some indigenous organizations that once threw their support behind President Evo Morales, the country`s first indigenous President, are deepening as conflict over a proposed road through the Amazon continues. The catalyst was a two-month, 350-mile march by more than 1,000 indigenous people from

Libya: Revolution of the Indigenous Peoples
By: Die Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (GfbV)
13 December 2011
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns about a further destabilization in Libya. "Libya is threatened by a Berber revolt," said the STP`s Africa-expert, Ulrich Delius, in Göttingen on Tuesday. "The country`s new leadership is not prepared to honor the help of the Berber militias during the overthrow the Gaddafi

FAO:Extended Corruption in Access to Land in 61 Countries
By: Merco Press
12 December 2011
Unprecedented pressures on land have been created as new areas are cultivated, taken over by expanding urban centres or abandoned due to degradation, climate change and conflict," according to a paper jointly prepared by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and global corruption

Malaysia: 20 Years on, NGO Vows to Fight Corruption
By: Jessica Dacey, swissinfo.ch
07 December 2011
After two decades of environmental campaigning for Malaysia`s Penan tribe, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) is stepping up its fight against local political corruption. BMF remains one of the few non-Malaysian organisations still campaigning on behalf of the Penan, an indigenous people living in some of the world`s most

Global Warming`s Winners and Losers
By: Michael McCarthy, New Zealand Herald
07 December 2011
Spain will be arid, with all of its agricultural land degraded. India will face a near-tripling of its flood risk. Virtually the whole population of Egypt will be hit by water shortages. But British farmers will find their crops much easier to grow while their French counterparts will find

Afghanistan: Land Triggers New Conflicts
By: Rebecca Murray
06 December 2011
NANGARHAR, Afghanistan - A small plot of urban land has pitted Assadullah, 55, against an unwelcome neighbor in a bitter personal property dispute that has stretched on for almost a decade. Assadullah`s story is a common one. A working-class barber who fled Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province, to Pakistan during the Soviet war in the mid-1980s,

Kenya: Garissa Community Wins Land Rights Battle
By: Dann Okoth, The Standard (Nairobi)
02 December 2011
When Ms Deka Jele’s home in Medina, Garissa County was demolished by the local County Council in December 2010, she thought all was lost. However, one year down the line, Jele can now afford to smile, thanks to a landmark court decision in her favour. In an unprecedented ruling delivered at

The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities
28 November 2011
With poverty at record levels and as many as 3.5 million people homeless each year, a new report by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty shows that more and more cities are making it illegal to be homeless. Criminalizing Crisis analyzes local policies in 234 cities and demonstrates the

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