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Nigeria: Fallout from Niger Food Crisis
By: IRIN
03 June 2010
Grain merchants from Niger head to Dawanau market in Kano - West Africa`s largest grain market – to buy truck-loads of millet and sorghum, locally known as Guinea corn, to bolster declining food stocks. "An average of 30 trucks of grain leaves this market to Niger daily. Grain traders from
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Bangladesh: Housing Collapse Rescue Called Off
By: BBC Online
03 June 2010
The collapse killed at least 25 people and injured several others. The building, constructed on the edge of a canal, fell down on top of three flimsy homes where scores of low-paid garment workers and labourers lived. Officials say the building collapsed as the owner was adding another floor to
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Zimbabwe: No Hope Yet for the Homeless
By: IRIN
03 June 2010
The 20-year-old is the sole bread winner for her 45-year-old widowed father, her two sisters and two brothers. The residents of Hopley Farm have nicknamed her "chicken". Her predicament can be traced back to 2005, when President Robert Mugabe`s ZANU-PF government launched Operation Murambatsvina (Drive out Filth), and the family
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Chad: X-raying the Desert for Water
By: IRIN
03 June 2010
"Given water shortages, we do not have time to search for water with only classical methods," said Jean Bertrand, president of France-based IRIS Instruments, which manufactures the equipment and has trained experts working in Chad to use this technology to find water. Methods used to search for groundwater typically look
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South Africans Fight Eviction for World Cup Car Park
By: Mohammed Allie, BBC
02 June 2010
The families who comprise 24 people, half of them children, are facing eviction to make space for the parking area next to the Athlone Stadium which has been upgraded to the tune of 406m rand ($53m, £36m) to bring it up to Fifa standards. Continue reading the
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Papua New Guinea: Indigenous People Lose out on Land Rights
By: IRIN
01 June 2010
Numbering some six million people, Papua New Guineans - comprising hundreds of ethnic groups - own 97 percent of the country’s land. “This raises huge human rights issues,” Tiffany Nonnggor, a lawyer and human rights advocate, told IRIN in Port Moresby. While the rest of the western democratic world has
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Sril Lanka: Flood IDPS Return Home
By: IRIN
28 May 2010
"Living in a tent outside a temple with hundreds of other people is not a positive experience," Prasad Dammika, 36, from the town of Gampaha, one of the worst affected areas, told IRIN. "Tonight I can sleep peacefully." According to the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC), as of 28
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Brazil: Ex-slaves` Land Rights Threatened in Court
By: UN News Centre
26 May 2010
Brazil`s Supreme Court will soon decide on the constitutionality of a decree regulating the granting of land titles to over 1,400 so-called Quilombo communities, an effort to compensate them for centuries of subjugation and human rights violations that has been challenged by the Democratic Party with support from the National
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Canada: Charter Challenge to Create Public Housing
By: Kirk Makin, Globe and Mail (Toronto)
26 May 2010
Struggling to stay in school, the 19-year-old mother of two children plows most of her child welfare benefits and student assistance loan into a $998 per month tenement apartment in Toronto`s Jane-Finch neighbourhood. Meanwhile, she is mired at the bottom of a 10-year wait list for public housing.
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Commonwealth Games Come at High Price for Poor
By: Richard Williams, The Guardian
25 May 2010
As we await the start of another great carnival of sport, uneasily suppressing our reservations about the possible benefits – or the lack thereof – to the great majority of the South African people from the 2010 World Cup, news arrives of a disturbing report into the next such event,
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US: Tenant Group Denounces Privatization
By: National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT)
25 May 2010
Statement To Committee on Financial Services United States House of Representatives
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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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