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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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US: HUD Tries to Privatize & Mortgage Public Housing
By: The Huffington Post
21 May 2010
The new owners would charge ten percent above market rates to impoverished tenants, money that would be mostly paid by the US government (you and me, the taxpayers). To maintain the property, the new owners would take out a mortgage for building repair and maintenance (like a home equity loan),
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10 Years of Talks, Still No Resolution on Nile
By: IRIN
19 May 2010
"The problem with the River Nile is lack of cooperation in water management," Debay Tadesse, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Addis Ababa, said. "There is enough [water] for all the riparian states and this agreement opens the way for more equitable management."
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USAID Urged to Tackle Urbanization
By: IRIN
19 May 2010
But the superpower to the north has long overlooked the importance of urbanization in its deployment of foreign assistance, according to legislation now being considered by the Senate. The Sustainable Urban Development Act of 2010 – introduced by Sens. Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Dick Durban (D-Illinois), and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) on
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Evicted Zimbabweans Still Without Shelter
By: Kitsepile Nyathi, Daily Nation on the Web
18 May 2010
In a statement to commemorate the evictions, Amnesty International and the Coalition of Forced Evictions, made up of Zimbabwean groups called on the government to immediately provide alternative housing for the victims. When President Robert Mugabe`s previous administration embarked on the clean up campaign it was accused of trying to eliminate
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IDP Numbers Rise to 27 Million, Says New Report
By: IRIN
18 May 2010
“The massive population movements and shocking violence are a sad reminder of the price that civilians pay in armed conflict,” Elisabeth Rasmusson, secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), said while launching the 2009 annual report on displacement at London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs. “Millions of people were newly
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Nigeria: When Water Becomes a Curse
By: IRIN
18 May 2010
The disease, also known as onchocerciasis, reduced agricultural activities in the past two decades as farmers fled riverine areas, but this flight abated when aid agencies started the immunization programme. Now, two-thirds of the way through, it could flounder. With up to 36 percent of inhabitants of southern Borno contracting river
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Philippines: Muntinlupa Fire Razes 1,000 Houses
By: Jonathan M. Hicap, Manila Bulletin
15 May 2010
Muntinlupa Fire Station probers said the fire started at 4:10 a.m. from the second floor of a house owned by a certain  Purificacion in Carmina Compound on East Service Road, Cupang. The fire spread quickly to the adjacent
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HLRN Report: Whose Wealth? Whose Commons?
By: HLRN
13 May 2010
See HLRN press release Download report: The 2010 Commonwealth Games: Whose Wealth? Whose Commons?
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South Africa: Farmers Lash out at Local Government
By: Bheki Mbanjwa, Dail News
03 May 2010
Delegates representing farmworkers at the provincial farmworkers` summit in Pietermaritzburg last week said that farm labourers in the province had yet to benefit from the gains associated with the democratic order in the country. More than 200 delegates, including representatives of worker
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Mexico: More Evictions Planned in Zapatista Areas
By: Hermann Bellinghausen, La Jornada
03 May 2010
The Good Government Junta, (JBG), Hacia la Esperanza, `Towards Hope`, based in the Zapatista Caracol of La Realidad, denounced the government of Felipe Calderón for "planning new evictions in Zapatista communities, thereby opening a gap (brecha) that would enclose the Montes Azules Biosphere." These "are plans of the three levels
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India: The Coke Side of Death
By: Various
29 April 2010
Op Ed: Coca-Cola`s Response Disappoints Plachimada Activists Narayan Lakshman, The Hindu 24 April 2010 An activist who raised questions about groundwater exploitation
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Spanish Oil Company Threatens Peruvian Tribes
By: Survival International
29 April 2010
The protesters held signs reading "Repsol: extinction threat for uncontacted tribes" outside the company`s offices in Madrid. Repsol, a Spanish-Argentine company, has announced plans to cut 454 kilometres of seismic lines and build 152 heliports in a remote area of the Peruvian Amazon, home to at least two uncontacted tribes.
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Update: Nargis Recovery Needs More Funds
By: IRIN
29 April 2010
“The single biggest challenge for humanitarian workers and agencies to continue their activities is resources – funds,” Bishow Parajuli, the UN resident humanitarian coordinator in Myanmar, told IRIN from Yangon. Assistance from some sources – including Australia, the UK, US and European Union – had increased, but a number of
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Massive Theft of West Papuan Land Condemned
By: Survival International
28 April 2010
Pan-Indonesian organisation AMAN issued the condemnation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on 23 April. AMAN condemned `significant current and imminent threats of violations of indigenous peoples` land rights taking place throughout Indonesia including in Borneo, in Sulawesi, in West
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Ethiopian Dam to Destroy Indigenous Livelihoods
By: Survival International
28 April 2010
Survival Demands Retraction from Controversial Dam Builder Survival International 28 April 2010 Controversial Italian dam-builders Salini
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First African State Ratifies Indigenous Convention 169
By: Survival International
27 April 2010
Convention 169 is the only international law for tribal peoples, recognizing their land rights and setting standards regarding consultation and consent. By ratifying it, the Central African Republic, home to some `Pygmy` peoples, has affirmed its commitment to their rights (at least on paper).
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Report Demands EU Deal guarantees Indigenous Rights
By: Survival International
27 April 2010
Malaysia is currently trying to negotiate an agreement to have the EU accept a voluntary commitment that its timber will meet EU legal standards. But Malaysian indigenous people say such a deal cannot be legitimate as long as their government allows timber companies to rob them of their land. Malaysian logging
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USA: Subprime Indictments (dossier)
By: Wall Street Journal and Washington Post
25 April 2010
The U.S. government`s civil-fraud allegation against Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is based on a deal that the firm crafted so that hedge-fund king John Paulson could bet on a collapse in U.S. housing prices. Evidence emerging from the investigation sheds light on whether the scam was premeditated and deliberate, and
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Kabul Housing Shortage to Soar
By: Construction News Afghanistan
25 April 2010
Kabul is in the midst of transformation, with new city developments emerging from the ruins, but for Afghan refugees returning home, high rents and a shortage of housing, has left them homeless.    Some three million refugees are stranded in Pakistan and about a million in Iran, everyday hundreds move to
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