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China Villagers Moved to Quench the Urban Thirst
By: Michael Bristow, BBC Online
03 March 2010
In total about 330,000 people are relocating as part of the project, which will eventually see water transferred from the wet south to the dry north, where it is desperately needed. It is the biggest mass migration in China since the Three Gorges Dam project, under which some 1.5 million
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East Africa: Traditional Methods May Resolve Conflicts
By: Minority Rights Group International
23 February 2010
The briefing to be launched on 25 August 2009 explains that the failure of state solutions to resolve conflict in these areas and the lack of trust by community representatives of national systems emphasise the need to use traditional responses that have been tried and tested within these communities for
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Breakneck Development Blamed for Madeira Flood Toll
By: France 24
22 February 2010
Portugal was in mourning after torrents of muddy water swamped the mountainous Atlantic island on Saturday, killing 42 people and injuring scores more as the flooding demolished houses and overturned cars. But for green groups and construction experts, Madeira was left vulnerable to a flood disaster by careless development. "What happened in
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The Long View: Tajiks and Afghans Exchange Refugees
By: Reuters and Indepentent (London)
19 February 2010
Peace, Poverty Await Afghan Refugees in Tajikistan Roman Kozhevnikov and Maria Golovnina; editing by Andrew Dobbie, Reuters 19 February 2010
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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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