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Iraq`s Marshlands in Peril Again
By: IRIN
21 September 2009
Back in 1993, fisherman Nasser Shamkhi Dawood, now aged 63, abandoned the area after former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein diverted water away from it to drive out Shia insurgents who had risen up against his regime after the 1991 Gulf War. After 2003 and Saddam’s demise, the network of dams, dikes
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USA: Financial Crisis Hits FHA
By: Dina ElBoghdady, Washington Post
18 September 2009
The Federal Housing Administration has been hit so hard by the mortgage crisis that for the first time, the agency`s cash reserves will drop below the minimum level set by Congress, FHA officials said. The FHA guaranteed about a quarter of all U.S. home loans made this year, and the
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UN Mission Reports Gaza War Crimes Evidence
By: UN Press Release
15 September 2009
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Russia`s Shrinking Cities
By: Karina Ioffee, Associated Press
07 September 2009
YASNOGORSK, RUSSIA—Three decades ago, the Yasnogorsk Machine-building Factory stamped out thousands of pounds of steel and iron into parts for wagons, pumps and locomotives for Russia`s mining industry. Now two-thirds of its stamping and welding machines have been shut down. The old Soviet-era equipment is rusting, and fewer than 280
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Australia: Aboriginal Housing Scheme Stalled
By: Phil Mercer, BBC News
05 September 2009
Sydney—The A$660m (US$562m; £342m) scheme is designed to address chronic housing problems in Aboriginal communities. The project aims to construct 750 homes in the Northern Territory and refurbish hundreds of others. Officials blamed "administration problems" for the delays - which prompted one minister to quit. The slow pace of this ambitious
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Indonesia: Killer Quake, Thousands Homeless
By: Daily Mail (UK) & Al Jazeera
04 September 2009
Thousands Homeless after Java Quake Al Jazeera 4 September 2009 Thousands of people have been left homeless in the wake of a major earthquake that killed at least 59 people in Indonesia.
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Housing & Land Rights in Xinjiang/East Turkestan
By: HLRN and agencies
04 September 2009
Riots Sparked by Racial and Religious Tensions in Xinjiang, China   Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun   4 September 2009   Chinese security forces chase Han Chinese demonstrators at a roadblock
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Sub-Saharan Africa’s Vanishing Peasantries and the Specter of a Global Food Crisis
By: Deborah Fahy Bryceson, Monthly Review (July–August 2009)
31 August 2009

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China: CERD Finds Urban Discrimination
By: HIC-HLRN
28 August 2009
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the UN body monitoring state compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, has issued its observations today, following its review of the People`s Republic of China. CERD has found patterns of discrimination affecting rights
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Ted Kennedy`s Housing and Land Rights Legacy
By: Obama Foodorama & NLIHC
28 August 2009
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, John Boyd and the Fight to End Discrimination against Black Farmers Obama Foodorama 28 August 2009 Senator Kennedy was a shining light in one of the ugliest civil rights battles in American agricultural history—which is ongoing even
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Colombia: Massacre, Displacement of Indigenous
By: IDMC and others
26 August 2009
Members or agents of the Colombia army are suspected to be responsible for the assassination of 12 members of the Awá indigenous group in Nariño department while they were sleeping in their homes on 26 August 2009. The victims of assassination included seven children and one woman, who earlier had
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Brazil: Clashes over São Paolo Slum Eviction
By: BBC World
24 August 2009
Some 2,000 people living in a shanty town on the outskirts of São Paulo erected burning barricades to resist police attempts to evict them. Smoke rose above the Capão Redondo slum in the south of Brazil`s biggest city as dozens
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Two-Track Economy Emerging from Recession
By: Simon Johnson, The New York Times
20 August 2009
The quick way to talk about how any economy is doing is in terms of "growth." This is just what it sounds like—a measure of how much the total value of production in a country has increased in the last month, quarter or year.
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Angola: Civil Society Addresses Forced Evictions
By: HIC-HLRN
20 August 2009
A historical development: Members of the Angolan civil society have united to declare their extreme concern at the resurgence of forced evictions across the country. They demand that the State institutions responsible stop violations of the right to housing, guarantee human rights on a universal basis, and formulate a participatory
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Pakistani Christians Evicted and Homeless
By: The Deccan Chronicle and CCN
18 August 2009
Hundreds of Pak Christians Evicted off Their Lands Deccan Chronicle, 18 August 2009 Islamabad — Hundreds of Pakistani Christians are living in tents in Islamabad for the past
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USA: Homeless Tent Cities
By: The New York Times & Wall Street Journal
11 August 2009
Cities Tolerate Homeless Camps Jennifer Levitz, Wall Street Journal 11 August 2009 NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Last summer, police responding to complaints about campfires under a highway overpass found dozens of homeless people living on public land along the Cumberland River. Eviction notices went up—and then were suspended by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat,
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Angola: Oil & Housing
By: AfricaFocus Bulletin
10 August 2009
With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton`s visits to Angola on 9-10 August and to Nigeria later this week, the spotlight is on U.S. geo-strategic interest in Africa`s oil and potential rivalries with China in access to the oil. But the dominant theme of oil industry developments is likely
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Atlanta GA: Homeless Advocates Sue City
By: Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless
31 July 2009
"It`s high time we sought relief from the pattern and practice of harrassment of the Task Force, its emergency overflow and support services facility at Peachtree-Pine and against specific individuals who lead this organization in its powerful work," said Board Chairman Bob Cramer.   "The harrassment and interference began seriously in
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Zimbabwe`s Urban Poor Face Mass Eviction
By: Bill Corcoran, Irish Times
25 July 2009
Mr Mugabe`s 2005 Operation Murambatsvina (Throw out the Trash) left up to 700,000 people homeless around the country. It was widely seen as a punishment for the urban poor who overwhelmingly voted for the then opposition MDC in that year`s general election.   Although
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Congo-Kinshasa: Fresh Fighting Uproots 1,000s
By: UN News Center
24 July 2009
The displaced are sheltering in the Ruzizi River plain, near the DRC`s borders with Rwanda and Burundi, after fleeing the latest military campaign, called Kimia II, which started on 12 July and seeks to disarm the notorious ethnic Hutu militia known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda
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