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G8/G20: Canada Natives Raise Land, Poverty Issues
By: Jon Elmer, Al Jazeera
27 June 2010
Canada`s Brewing “Insurgency” As leaders of the richest nations gather in Toronto for the annual G8 and G20 summits, Canada has mounted an unprecedented security operation that stands to go down as the largest in the country`s history. The local and federal governments have resorted to significant measures: barricading the downtown core
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Ireland: Social Housing Violates Human Rights
By: Physorg.com
27 June 2010
Human rights experts at Queen`s School of Law have analysed the Northern Ireland government`s spending on social housing, and have found that that it does not comply with international legal obligations to use the maximum available resources to ensure progressive realisation of the right
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Lesotho: Hard Times Delay MDGs Progress
By: IRIN
25 June 2010
"While other factors contribute to droughts and the shrinking of cultivable land, climate change exacerbates the situation," said a new UN Development Programme (UNDP) assessment of countries` progress towards achieving the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and
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West Africa: Call for More Aid as 10 Million Face Hunger
By: IRIN
24 June 2010
Over 10 million people are at risk of hunger in the Sahel before the September harvests, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO). In Niger, about half of the 13.4 million inhabitants are facing hunger. Up to two million Chadians and hundreds of thousands of Mauritanians and Malians also
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Refugees in Somaliland Angry at Status Change
By: IRIN
22 June 2010
"We are political refugees, not economic migrants; we were politically persecuted in our homes," a representative of Ethiopian refugees said at a ceremony marking World Refugee Day on 20 June in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland. The representative said Somaliland`s directive went against
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Don`t Deport Child Migrants from Europe
By: IRIN
22 June 2010
"UNICEF [the UN Children`s Fund] strongly advocates against blanket return policies that involve forced repatriation of children," Aziz Froutan, UNICEF`s communication officer, told IRIN. "It is highly doubtful that the return of children to countries with unstable or even deteriorating security situations,
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UN: Emergency Appeal for Kyrgyzstan Refugees
By: BBC Online
21 June 2010
The Central Asian state`s interim leader believes the number of people killed since violence erupted just over a week ago may be as high as 2,000. Up to a million people are said to have been affected by fighting between the Kyrgyz majority and minority Uzbeks. Many of those who
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Africa: Not Spending Enough on Food
By: IRIN
21 June 2010
In the early 1960s India faced a major food crisis. African countries are not spending enough on agriculture and the overall productivity of the continent has dropped since the mid-1980s, said the paper which looked at
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New Report: "How People Face Evictions"
By: HIC-HLRN
20 June 2010
Forced and market-driven evictions are increasing dramatically worldwide, with devastating effects on millions of children, women and men across the globe. Despite this negative trend, many people-led initiatives have been successful in addressing this violation through strategies that aim to reduce the number and scale of evictions, developing new policies
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Nigeria: Senators Bend Rules for Abuja Land
By: Idris Akinbajo, NEXT
19 June 2010
Some lucky Nigerians, by virtue of that signature, became owners of choice real estate in the fast growing property market of Guzape district, beside Asokoro, the millionaire haven in Abuja. Not ordinary Nigerians, these 238 citizens. The beneficiaries of what a growing tribe of critics have now dubbed “real estate grab”
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World Bank Work on land Supports "a New Form of Colonialism"
By: Bretton Woods Project
17 June 2010
At a late April conference, the Bank and UN agencies released a discussion note, Principles for responsible agricultural investment that respects rights, livelihoods and resources. Based in part on the Bank`s ongoing study of large-scale land acquisitions, the principles will feed into a consultation that could generate guidelines or codes
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Somalia: Taking Shelter in State House
By: IRIN
16 June 2010
“This is the only home we have known for the past five years," she said, adding that the new roof would be a great improvement. Ismail and her family are among 5,500 internally displaced families living in a crowded settlement known as State House, site of the region’s destroyed, unused
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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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