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Bangladesh Returns Thousands of Burmese Refugees
By: BBC Online
29 December 2009
Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes made the announcement in Dhaka after meeting his Burmese counterpart, who is on a two-day official visit. The bilateral is also expected to cover trade deals and maritime boundaries.

Housing Gap Widening for Poorest Families
By: Matthew Cardinale, The Atlanta Progressive News
23 December 2009
NLIHC analysed data from the 2008 American Community Survey. It found that the shortage of homes affordable to ELI families grew from 2.7 million in 2007 to 3.1 million in 2008 - about 400,000 units.ELI families are defined as those earning less than 30 percent of the Area Median Income.According

USA: Housing Gap Widening for Poorest Families
By: Matthew Cardinale, Inter Press Service
23 December 2009
ATLANTA, Georgia—The number of housing units affordable to extremely low-income (ELI) families in the U.S. has declined over the last year, even as the number of families needing those units has increased, according to a new report by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).NLIHC-analysed data from the 2008 American Community

Tibet: Nomads Face Climate Change and Dispossession
By: Environment and Development Desk, DIIR, CTA
17 December 2009
Whatever one makes of China’s claims to historic sovereignty over Tibet, no Chinese claim to have exercised actual day-to-day control over the lives of Tibetans until the 1950s.Only in the latter half of the twentieth century did China’s power extend to the vast grasslands of Tibet, intervening decisively in a

Sandarbans: Waters Rise, Islands Sink, People Flee
By: Al Jazeera and Independent (London)
14 December 2009
Hungry Tides in India`s Sundarbans Sujoy Dhar, Al Jazeera 14 December 2009 As global leaders from both rich and developing nations wind down the debate over climate change in Copenhagen, Sheikh Aftauddin, a 65-year-old climate migrant from a submerged island on India`s Sundarbans archipelago, continues to live in uncertainty. One of the

US to Pay $3.4 bn in Indigenous Land Settlement
By: BBC, Billings Gazette, Mother Jones, Indian Trust
08 December 2009
US to Pay Native Americans $1.4bn The US government has agreed to pay $3.4bn (£2.1bn) to settle a long-running case over Native American land. BBC News 8 December 2009

CSOs Reject "Corporate Takeover of Africa Land"
By: The Capital (Addis Ababa) "The paper that promotes free enterprise"
03 December 2009
As African countries attract foreign investors looking to rent agricultural land, a group of civil societies who met in Addis Ababa this week called on African leaders to reject what they call the "corporate takeover of African land for food production." The civil societies,

USA: “Helping Homeowners” or Another Bank Bailout?
By: Dean Baker, Guardian
30 November 2009
The big talk in Washington these days is "helping homeowners." Unfortunately, what passes for help to homeowners in the capitol might look more like handing out money to banks anywhere else. The basic story is fairly simple. Tens of millions of US homeowners are now underwater: they owe more on their

USA: Lenders Foreclose, Renters Get Evicted
By: Aleksandra Todorova, Smart Money
27 November 2009
As the subprime mortgage crisis rages on and stories of struggling homeowners dominate the news, another, little talked-about group of victims has fallen into an even worse predicament: renters. Most renters don`t suspect that their landlord

Civil Forum: People`s Food Sovereignty Now!
17 November 2009
Download the Civil Society Organisations Forum declaration: Civil Society Organisations Forum Declaration: People`s Food Sovereignty Now!  http://www.hlrn.org/admins/editdocument.asp?id=255

Al Salam to Set up $100m Agri-investment Firm
By: TradeArabia News Service (Manama)
13 November 2009
The firm will be set up next month. The decisions were taken at an extraordinary general meeting at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa on Thursday. The bank`s shareholders on Thursday gave its board the go-ahead to enter the market to raise money through the issue of sukuk. But bank chairman

ICRC Report: IDPs Undercounted, Neglected
By: Al Jazeera, ICRC
12 November 2009
In a report on the plight of the displaced, the ICRC estimates that only 15 per cent of internally displaced people—who have fled their homes due to wars or crises but never leave their home country—are currently in camps. "The focus on camps means that what happens to the majority of

Thousands Flee Philippines Typhoon, Again
By: Al Jazeera and agencies
31 October 2009
Typhoon Mirinae has killed at least two people and forced thousands to evacuate, after making landfall in the eastern Philippines, officials have said. The victims drowned in floods in Laguna province just south of Manila, the capital, the local disaster monitoring office said on Saturday. In Laguna, military and police rescue boats worked to save

Gulf of Mexico Environment: Sinking Town
By: Al Jazeera, Explorer
30 October 2009
Mississippi Diary: Leeville Lost Al Jazeera, 30 October 2009 On board a Harbour Patrol boat, we’re close to what was once downtown Leeville. The old town has sunk beneath the waters as whole areas sink, erode and disappear at breakneck pace. It’s a catastrophe on many levels. We motored through an enormous sea-parking

Farmland Grabs and the Need for Regulation
By: Inter Press Service & Oakland Institute
24 October 2009
Africa: Could Regulation Ease Fears over Land Grabs? Busani Bafana, Inter Press Sservice 23 October 2009STOCKHOLM—The "land rush" across Africa by international investors should

UN Questions Adequacy of NYC Housing
By: Mike Reicher, New York Times
23 October 2009
The United Nations has assigned an official, “a special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing,” to check the city’s affordable housing. The rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, is to tour the city for the next three days with housing advocates and city officials to “hear the voices of those who are

AU Adopts Displaced Persons Convention
By: Al Jazeera
23 October 2009
African Union members could soon be obliged to help and protect millions of citizens uprooted by conflict and natural disasters, after the body agreed a convention on internally displaced people. Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president, whose country hosted the African Union (AU)

Thousands Freed from Sri Lanka Camp
By: Al Jazeera
21 October 2009
More than 4,000 ethnic Tamils have been released from government-run detention camps in northern Sri Lanka, and allowed to return home. The freed detainees are part of a larger group of 40,000 who have been cleared to return to former Tamil Tiger strongholds, in the largest release from the camps since

NGOs: IMF Loan Policies Worsen Crisis
By: Adrianne Appel, Inter Press Service
06 October 2009
BOSTON—While world leaders banter about International Monetary Fund and World Bank business in Istanbul, NGOs critical of the way the Bretton Woods institutions operate are not letting up pressure.The IMF needs to change its policies, not just its rhetoric, said Conny Reuter, secretary general of SOLIDAR, a European civil society

Manila Floods: Who`s to Blame?
By: Kenneth Cardenas
05 October 2009
It comes as no surprise that public anger in the aftermath of the Ondoy disaster has focused on corruption and incompetence among government officials: on how Arroyo’s Le Cirque dinner could have paid for disaster response equipment; how her son was spotted stocking up on booze even as people were

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