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United States: Congress Passes Mortgage Crisis Bill
By: Bill Naylor, National Public Radio
27 July 2008
The White House on Monday will receive a far-reaching housing bill from Congress for President Bush`s signature. The Senate approved the measure 72-to-13 on Saturday. The bill would help homeowners on the brink of foreclosure and rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together back nearly half of the nation`s

Cambodia: The Battle over Land
By: Andrew Nette, Newsmekong*
10 July 2008
RATANAKIRI, Cambodia (IPS) - In thick forest in the northeast Cambodian province of Ratanakiri, a team of lawyers uses a global positioning satellite handset to mark the location of traditional spirit forests and gravesites belonging to local Jarai villagers.The stark contrast between old and new, the latest technology and ancient

Palestine: Israeli Courts Endorse Transfer
By: Al Haq
09 July 2008
Israeli High Court Endorses Indirect Forcible Transfer in al-Nu`man Village Today, 9 July 2008, the Israeli High Court of Justice (the Court) issued its decision on the case brought by Al-Haq, Defence for Children International – Palestine Section and the residents of al-Nu’man village against the Prime Minister of Israel, the

Oaxaca`s Government Land Grab
By: Theresa Kleinhaus and Maya Schenwar, t r u t h o u t | Report
08 July 2008
Oaxaca and Chicago - On 30 April, in the small village of Santo Domingo Ixcatlan, in Oaxaca, Mexico, a group of armed men from the paramilitary group the "White Guards" pulled over the car of carpenter Gustavo Castaneda Hernandez, a villager and vocal opponent of the sale of Santo Domingo`s

Kashmir Land Dispute
By: Various
01 July 2008
Kashmir Violence over Shrine Land By Altaf Hussain, BBC News, Srinagar 24 June 2008 One person has died after police fired on a group of protesters in Srinagar, capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. The capital was rocked by protests on Monday evening over the controversial transfer of forest land for a

Historic Development: Optional Protocol for ICESCR
By: Op-ICESCR Coalition
18 June 2008
Geneva: the United Nations Human Rights Council today approved by consensus an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).  The momentous decision today by the Human Rights Council brings one step closer the possibility of an international remedy mechanism for violations of the International Covenant

Egypt Cedes UN Access to Eritrean Refugees
By: Gulf News
15 June 2008
Cairo: The Egyptian government has agreed to give the United Nations access to Eritreans seeking political asylum in Egypt for the first time since February, the UN refugee agency said on Sunday. However, the agreement coincided with large-scale deportations of Eritrean migrants by the Egyptian authorities and it was not

Outrage over Jerusalem Housing Plan
By: Al Jazeera News, Online Edition
13 June 2008
Palestinian officials have expressed outrage at Israeli plans to build about 2,000 new housing units in occupied east Jerusalem. Israel`s interior ministry said on Friday that 1,300 apartments had been approved for construction in the Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood, almost doubling the size of the settlement there. Sabine Hadad, Israel`s interior ministry spokeswoman, said

Palestine: 18 Years` Work Destroyed in < 4 Hours
06 June 2008
Nasser Jaber spent eighteen years building up his chicken farm in the southern Gaza Strip. Two weeks  ago the IOF bulldozed his farm, killing 40,000 of his chickens, and destroying his business. “They came at four in the morning, with two bulldozers, and they left before 8am. I own this

41 Years of Israel’s Illegal Settlement Policy
By: Al Haq
05 June 2008
5 June 2008 marks the 41st year of Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. On this occasion Al-Haq calls on the international community to take immediate and concrete action in response to Israel’s continued policy of settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli Demolition Threatens 3,000 Palestinian Homes
By: Al Awda
27 May 2008
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank risk being displaced as the Israeli authorities threaten to tear down their homes and in some cases entire communities, a UN agency said on Wednesday. "To date, more than 3,000 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank have pending demolition orders,

Sudan: Land Clashes, Displacement (video)
By: IRIN and al-Jazeera
26 May 2008
JUBA, 24 March 2008 (IRIN) - Recent clashes between the Sudan People`s Liberation Movement (SPLM) army and fighters from the mainly Arab Miserriya community have displaced hundreds of civilians from their homes and raised tension across Abyei, the governor of the region lying between the north and South Sudan, said.

Israel Protests UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon`s Use of Term
By: Rotem Sela, The Marker Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
21 May 2008
The Israeli mission to the United Nations is seeking clarifications after an official communique released by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon`s bureau made specific reference to the word "nakba," according to a report broadcast on Israel Radio early Friday morning. The report said the UN chief telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to

Expulsion & Dispossession No Cause to Celebrate
By: Seumas Milne, The Guardian
16 May 2008
George Bush arrived in Jerusalem yesterday to celebrate Israel`s 60th anniversary and talk up what has to be the most bizarre proposal yet for achieving peace: a "shelf agreement". This, Bush explained before he set out, would be a "description" of a Palestinian state to be hammered out between the

No Alternative But to the Return to Our Homes and Properties
By: National Committee Nakba-60
15 May 2008
Public Statement of the National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba at 60–Palestine Their is no Alternative to the Return to Our Homes and Properties To the People of Palestine, Whether you live within the `Green Line`, in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, or in exile; you shall return, there is no

Egypt: Poor Pay More Tax, Real Estate Profits Protected amid Food Crisis
By: Reuters
05 May 2008
CAIRO - Egypt`s parliament approved steep increases in fuel and cigarette prices and vehicle licence fees on Monday to cover the costs of public-sector pay hikes that President Hosni Mubarak proposed last week. Economists said some measures, such as the increase in fuel prices, would add to high inflation and offset

“Life Is Not Ours”: Attacks on Indigenous Jumma People of Bangladesh
By: ACHR Weekly Review
23 April 2008
On 20th April 2008 as the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues gathered in New York to hold its seventh session, hundreds of illegal plain settlers attacked seven indigenous Jumma villages in the Chittagtong Hill Tracts (CHTs) of Bangladesh. These villages -  Nursery Para, Baibachara, Purba Para, Nangal Mura,

Sierra Leone Slum Hunger
21 April 2008
Here, Adama Gondor, who runs the clinic, describes a sad case of severe malnutrition and an unnecessary death.  So mothers have been bringing their children under the age of five for screening: we measure their height, their weight and the circumference of their arm.  If they fall below 80% of

Joint Oral Statement to Human Rights Council / Item 3
By: International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR
06 March 2008
International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR Joint Oral Statement to the 8th session of the Human Rights Council / Item 3 Joint Oral Statement to the 8th session of the Human Rights Council / Item 3 Delivered by Sandra Ratjen, FIAN International Check against delivery Check

DRC: Crisis Spills over into South Kivu
28 February 2008
The ICRC has begun a distribution of essential items—clothing, blankets, mats, soap and kitchen sets—to over 500 displaced families who have taken refuge in South Kivu after fleeing the fighting in the neighbouring province of North Kivu. The distribution is being carried out together with the Red Cross Society of the

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