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India Shuns Poor for Commonwealth Games
By: News Center
16 June 2010
Underground train stations and stadiums are being constructed, roads widened, flyovers erected, parking lots established, and buildings renovated ahead of the October 3-14 event. Every day, thousands of construction workers brave soaring temperatures, weaving in and out of Delhi`s congested traffic, carrying
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Why Are Kyrgyzstan’s Slum Dwellers So Angry?
By: Balihar Sanghera, Open Democracy
15 June 2010
The land seizures in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan before and after the 7 April 2010 uprising have been portrayed in the mass media as having been perpetrated by criminals and an ignorant rural class. In fact, they are a response to the uneven development of private property, a problem that goes back
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Kyrgyzstan: Ethnic Violence, Homes Burnt
By: Sasha Merkushev, Associated Press
14 June 2010
OSH, Kyrgyzstan – Sporadic gunfire continued through the night and fresh fires raged in southern Kyrgyzstan on Monday, as the Central Asian nation`s worst ethnic violence in decades that prompted thousands to flee showed no signs of abating. The official death toll reached 117 with 1,500 hurt, the Health Ministry of
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States Must Be Held Accountable for Poverty
By: Katie Nguyen, AlertNet
07 June 2010
Up to 1.4 billion people around the world are thought to be living below the extreme poverty line of $1.25 a day, the rights group said as it released its annual report titled "The State of the World`s Human Rights". "Rights to
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South Africa: Stink of Scandal from "Giraffe Stadium"
By: Hugh Sykes, BBC Online
07 June 2010
Mbombela is a local government district that includes the busy town of Nelspruit near the Kruger game park in eastern South Africa, close to the Mozambique border. His evidence relates to an allegedly corrupt tender process for constructing parts of the new
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Haiti: "We Are again Exposed to Catastrophe"
By: IRIN
04 June 2010
"Tarpaulins are generally holding up better than tents, but even the best tarpaulin or best tent is not a good place to live during the rainy or hurricane season," Timo Lüge, communications officer of the interagency group overseeing shelter, told IRIN. "Many camps get flooded each time it rains, and
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Linking Water, Conflict and Peace
By: Dan Smith, AlertNet
04 June 2010
The London-based Foreign Policy Centre has published Tackling the World Water Crisis, an edited collection of articles in which mine looks at the peace and security issues around water. Here are some components of the general context: - 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water; - 2 billion
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Nepal: Rescuing Girls from Slave-like Servitude
By: IRIN
04 June 2010
Shardha was rescued five months ago in Kathmandu by local NGO Friends of Nepal (FNC) and is slowly recovering. "Shardha was so malnourished, weighing barely 13kg because of neglect and abuse. She survived extreme inhumanity at the hands
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Nigeria: Fallout from Niger Food Crisis
By: IRIN
03 June 2010
Grain merchants from Niger head to Dawanau market in Kano - West Africa`s largest grain market – to buy truck-loads of millet and sorghum, locally known as Guinea corn, to bolster declining food stocks. "An average of 30 trucks of grain leaves this market to Niger daily. Grain traders from
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Bangladesh: Housing Collapse Rescue Called Off
By: BBC Online
03 June 2010
The collapse killed at least 25 people and injured several others. The building, constructed on the edge of a canal, fell down on top of three flimsy homes where scores of low-paid garment workers and labourers lived. Officials say the building collapsed as the owner was adding another floor to
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Zimbabwe: No Hope Yet for the Homeless
By: IRIN
03 June 2010
The 20-year-old is the sole bread winner for her 45-year-old widowed father, her two sisters and two brothers. The residents of Hopley Farm have nicknamed her "chicken". Her predicament can be traced back to 2005, when President Robert Mugabe`s ZANU-PF government launched Operation Murambatsvina (Drive out Filth), and the family
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Chad: X-raying the Desert for Water
By: IRIN
03 June 2010
"Given water shortages, we do not have time to search for water with only classical methods," said Jean Bertrand, president of France-based IRIS Instruments, which manufactures the equipment and has trained experts working in Chad to use this technology to find water. Methods used to search for groundwater typically look
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South Africans Fight Eviction for World Cup Car Park
By: Mohammed Allie, BBC
02 June 2010
The families who comprise 24 people, half of them children, are facing eviction to make space for the parking area next to the Athlone Stadium which has been upgraded to the tune of 406m rand ($53m, £36m) to bring it up to Fifa standards. Continue reading the
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Papua New Guinea: Indigenous People Lose out on Land Rights
By: IRIN
01 June 2010
Numbering some six million people, Papua New Guineans - comprising hundreds of ethnic groups - own 97 percent of the country’s land. “This raises huge human rights issues,” Tiffany Nonnggor, a lawyer and human rights advocate, told IRIN in Port Moresby. While the rest of the western democratic world has
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Sril Lanka: Flood IDPS Return Home
By: IRIN
28 May 2010
"Living in a tent outside a temple with hundreds of other people is not a positive experience," Prasad Dammika, 36, from the town of Gampaha, one of the worst affected areas, told IRIN. "Tonight I can sleep peacefully." According to the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC), as of 28
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Brazil: Ex-slaves` Land Rights Threatened in Court
By: UN News Centre
26 May 2010
Brazil`s Supreme Court will soon decide on the constitutionality of a decree regulating the granting of land titles to over 1,400 so-called Quilombo communities, an effort to compensate them for centuries of subjugation and human rights violations that has been challenged by the Democratic Party with support from the National
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Canada: Charter Challenge to Create Public Housing
By: Kirk Makin, Globe and Mail (Toronto)
26 May 2010
Struggling to stay in school, the 19-year-old mother of two children plows most of her child welfare benefits and student assistance loan into a $998 per month tenement apartment in Toronto`s Jane-Finch neighbourhood. Meanwhile, she is mired at the bottom of a 10-year wait list for public housing.
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Commonwealth Games Come at High Price for Poor
By: Richard Williams, The Guardian
25 May 2010
As we await the start of another great carnival of sport, uneasily suppressing our reservations about the possible benefits – or the lack thereof – to the great majority of the South African people from the 2010 World Cup, news arrives of a disturbing report into the next such event,
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US: Tenant Group Denounces Privatization
By: National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT)
25 May 2010
Statement To Committee on Financial Services United States House of Representatives
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African Land Interest is Opportunity and Threat
By: Ingi Salgado, Business Report
25 May 2010
Foreign companies with funding from the likes of China, the United Arab Emirates and India have been acquiring land across sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia alone has reportedly approved more than 800 foreign-funded agro-projects since 2007. Africa is viewed as a particularly attractive food basket by water-challenged Middle Eastern nations and China, struggling
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