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Homeless and Hoopla: Vancouver`s Two Identities
By: John Wawrow, Associated Press
13 February 2010
"The rich can afford it, the poor can`t. And that`s the difference," Wright said. "Rich and poor. There is a line, and crossing the line from being poor to rich, well, you`d have to win the lottery." There were no apparent lottery
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Delhi High Court: "Rehabilitate Delhi Slum Dwellers"
By: IndiaServer.com
12 February 2010
Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah gave his final judgment on Thursday as it was his last working day. He said that even though the slum dwellers have encroached public property still they are citizens of the same country and should be provided with all rights which is mentioned in the
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Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Rejects Black Quota Law
By: New Zimbabwe News
09 February 2010
The regulations, passed under two-year-old black empowerment legislation, say that by mid-April, all businesses with assets valued over $500,000 will have to submit to the government a form detailing the racial composition of their current shareholding. The power-sharing government, headed by President Robert Mugabe, would then decide how much of its
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South America: Most Biodiverse Lands Exploited by Oil
By: Survival International
04 February 2010
The research, published in PLoS ONE, found parts of eastern Ecuador and northern Peru to be uniquely rich in amphibians, birds, mammals and plants. But the scientists also say that oil companies are working, or due to work, in a massive 79% of the region. ‘Unfortunately, the most biodiverse area in
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Kenya: Landmark ACHR Ruling on Indigenous Land Rights
By: Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
04 February 2010
A ruling by the African Commission on Human and People`s Rights condemning the expulsion of the Endorois people from their land in Kenya is a major victory for indigenous peoples across Africa, Human Rights Watch, WITNESS, and the Endorois` lawyers said today. The Commission ruled on 4 February 2010 that
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China`s Public Land Sales Increase
By: Al Jazeera
03 February 2010
Chinese government officials revealed in a statement released on Tuesday that public land sales increased by 60 per cent in 2009, netting over $200 billion. The sharp increase in land sales indicates a continued surge in the country`s property market, with land sale revenues for property development reaching $196 billion. The State-run
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Greenwashing Hydropower
By: World Watch Institute
01 February 2010
On a hot May day, a peasant farmer named Bounsouk looks out across the vast expanse of water before him, the 450-square-kilometer reservoir behind the new Nam Theun 2 dam in Laos. At the bottom of the reservoir is the land where he once lived, grew rice, grazed buffalo, and
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Shelter a Priority for Haiti Earthquake Survivors
By: BBC online/RTÉ News/Miami Herald/Huffington Post/Al Jazeera
31 January 2010
Rebuilding Begins in Haiti Gabriel Elizondo, Al Jazeera 31 January 2010 Hundreds of thousands of Haitians made homeless by January`s earthquake are still waiting for temporary shelters.   Only a few thousand tents
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Sri Lanka Refugees Living in Limbo
By: Wayne Hay, Al Jazeera English
26 January 2010
The incumbent president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is expected to face a strong challenge from the retired army general, Sarath Fonseka. One of the big election issues has been the treatment of the minority Tamils, after thousands died in the final stages of the war. Wayne Hay was granted a rare opportunity to travel
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Paraguay: "Hope without Progress"
By: Rodrigo Vazquez, Al Jazeera
26 January 2010
Before the election of Bishop Fernando Lugo in April 2008, Paraguay had been ruled for 60 years by the right-wing Colorado party. Under Lugo, Paraguay has followed the trend toward socialism that is sweeping South America.
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Nigerians Displaced after Clashes
By: Al Jazeera and agencies
22 January 2010
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that people have been sheltering in colleges, hospitals and schools since clashes began in the capital of the central Plateau state on Sunday. More than 460 people in and around Jos are thought to have been killed as of Thursday. Nigerian authorities relaxed
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UN Expert Warns of Dire Situation in India
By: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
20 January 2010
Ms Rolnik also drew attention to the growing number of homeless persons in the Indian capital and the demolitions of homeless shelters, stressing that the preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games seems to be "one of the factors behind the closing down of a number of shelters." In the last
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Chinese “House Slaves” Grow in Booming Economy
By: Jaime FlorCruz, CNN
20 January 2010
Beijing—As China posts another blistering quarter of economic growth, the property price boom fueled by the economy is causing drama of its own. Public grumblings over exorbitant home prices reached fever-pitch this year, inspiring a popular television series, "Narrow Dwellings." Also known as "Dwelling Narrowness"—a Chinese phrase directly translated as "living like
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Chinese “House Slaves” Grow in Booming Economy
By: Jaime FlorCruz, CNN
20 January 2010
Beijing—As China posts another blistering quarter of economic growth, the property price boom fueled by the economy is causing drama of its own. Public grumblings over exorbitant home prices reached fever-pitch this year, inspiring a popular television series, "Narrow Dwellings." Also known as "Dwelling Narrowness"—a Chinese phrase directly translated as "living like
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South Africa: Brutal Evictions of Itireleng Settlement
By: Abahlali baseMjondolo
13 January 2010
During the eviction, the residents were attacked with batons, rubber bullets and some residents reported that live ammunition was also used. As a result, 49 people were injured, several seriously. All the evicted residents were left without any shelter and the majority have been camping by the side of the
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Paris: Student Squatters Fight to Stay
By: Jeudi-Noir
08 January 2010
"My father was a shopkeeper in the Pyrenees and my mother a Yugoslav gypsy," said Stéphane Roques. He is among 32 activists who have transformed the 403-year-old historic monument into what is being described as the world`s most prestigious squat. Their aim
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Government Cruelty toward Delhi`s Homeless
By: Shahri Adhikar Manch: Begharon ke Liye (Urban Rights Forum : For the Homeless)
04 January 2010
In a city that prides itself on its aspirational "world-class" status, it is a national shame and glaring failure of the state that so many people continue to be forced to live on the streets without any available recourse. Despite persistent civil society efforts, media attention, and pressure on the
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India: Tribals Finally Take Ownership of Forest Land
By: Times of India, CNN-IBN
02 January 2010
Tribals to Acquire Forest Land under New Bill   Raksha Shetty, CNN-IBN   2 January 2010   Vyara (Tapi), Gujarat: Vyara is the headquarters of a brand-new district called Tapi, which had
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Western Australia Wildfires Destroy 40 Homes
By: The Guardian
30 December 2009
Two major blazes broke out yesterday in a farming district north of Perth, forcing the evacuation of the township of Toodyay and threatening a second town, Badgingarra, further north. The two fires scorched more than 13,000 hectares (33,000 acres) of forest and farmland before cooler conditions helped hundreds of firefighters contain
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Thailand Forcibly "Refoules" Hmong Refugees
By: BBC
30 December 2009
UN Seeks Access to Repatriated Hmong in Laos   BBC Online 30 December 2009   The UN refugee agency has formally asked Laos for access to more than
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