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ZA: Black Farmers Face Land Repossessions
By: IRIN
24 July 2009
In July the state-owned Land Bank, which provides financing and advice to black farmers and is pivotal in addressing racially skewed land ownership, told parliament that more than 350 farms would have to be repossessed if the non-payment of loans continued.
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Kenya: Resource Battle Kills 20 in North
By: IRIN
23 July 2009
Tensions over water and pasture during a drought in the surrounding arid rangelands unusually spilled over into extensive rioting in the town of Isiolo on 18 July. Politically exploited ethnicity plays a part, observers say, as four ethnic groups have made two,
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South Africa Discontent over Housing, Services
By: BBC News
22 July 2009
Police have fired rubber bullets at demonstrators in Johannesburg, the Western Cape and the northeastern region of Mpumalanga. In Mpumalanga, there were reports of foreign-owned businesses being looted as foreigners sought police protection. More
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Squatters Win High Court Appeal to Stay
By: Denver Isaacs, The Namibian
22 July 2009
High Court Judge Petrus Damaseb yesterday granted the shanty residents an interim interdict, declaring the law whereby the City of Windhoek is allowed to remove them off its property, the Squatter’s Proclamation of 1985, declared invalid and of no effect.This will remain the case until at least August 14, when
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Tribals in Orissa Resort to Forcible reclaim of Land from Companies
By: Sarada Lahangir, Thaindian News
19 July 2009
The forest land, however, had been sold off by the non-tribals owners to private companies. Protesting the ownership of private companies on the forest land, members of Chasi Mulia Sangh (CMS), a newly created and a ‘pro-tribal group’, has forcibly occupied 300 acres of the land in Bandhugaon Block of
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Soldiers Speak about Attacks on Gaza Homes, Civilians
By: BBC News
15 July 2009
The troops said they had been urged to fire on any building or person that seemed suspicious and said civilians were sometimes used as human shields. Breaking the Silence, a campaign group made up of Israeli soldiers, gathered the anonymous accounts.
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Pakistan`s Displaced Begin Return
By: al Jazeera
14 July 2009

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Five Years of Illegality: Time to Dismantle Israel`s Wall
By: Valérie Féron (Oxfam International Report)
09 July 2009
After five years of illegality, it is time to dismantle the Wall and respect the rights of Palestinians. In an advisory opinion, rendered on 9 July 2004, the International Court of Justice stated that Israel`s construction of the Wall in the occupied
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NYC Eviction Business Booming amid Foreclosures
By: Ailsa Chang, National Public Radio (USA), "Morning Edition"
07 July 2009
For the third month in a row, more than 300,000 homes went into foreclosure. And for those who have to carry out evictions, throwing people out of their homes is a stressful and dangerous job. In New York City in recent years, two marshals have been shot, and one was
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UK: Housing "Not Favoring Migrants"
By: BBC Online
07 July 2009
Once they settle and are entitled to help, it adds, the same proportion[of migrants] live in social housing as UK-born residents. The prime minister has said guidance would change so that local people get priority for social housing in England.
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California Homeless Demonstrate, Demand Housing
By: Libcom
03 July 2009
On 2 July 2009, hundreds of homeless Californians marched on the Sacramento Town Hall to demand "safe ground." It has been about three months since city officials shut down a large "tent city" occupied by Sacramento`s homeless people. Now, some of the tent city`s residents say they feel like refugees, with
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Sulukule (Istanbul): 1,000 Years of Community Lost
By: Sean David Hobbs, Newsplink
30 June 2009
Istanbul -- The legendary music clubs and belly dancers were the first to go. There’s no longer a trace of the lively coffee shops or balcony restaurants. And now, the once-narrow alleyways are strangely opened wide: because of the bulldozers, Sulukule, a gypsy settlement within Istanbul that dated back to before
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Lula Approves Amazon Land Tenure for Small Farmers
By: Dossier from various sources
26 June 2009
Brazil`s Lula Signs Amazon Bill Tim Hirsch, BBC News, Sao Paulo Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has approved a controversial bill allowing Amazon farmers to acquire
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Tales of Tent City, USA
By: Ben Ehrenreich, The Nation
22 June 2009
"This is the bigger picture," said John Kraintz, with a sweep of his arm, indicating the roughly two dozen remaining tents pitched around him on a muddy, pockmarked field between the city dump and the slow green waters of the American River. Kraintz is a thin man of 57, a
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UN Envoy Calls for Investigation into Peru Clash
By: AP and Gman News
20 June 2009
LIMA, Peru — A U.N. envoy on indigenous rights called Friday for an impartial, internationally supported committee to be set up to investigate bloody clashes between Peruvian police and Amazonian Indian protesters that killed at least 33 people.
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Peruvian Congress Repeals Two Controversial Laws
By: Prism Webcast
20 June 2009

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World’s Worst Places to Be a Refugee
By: Katie Mattern, Inter Press Service (IPS)
18 June 2009
WASHINGTON – Gaza , South Africa and Thailand are among the world`s worst places to be a refugee, according to the latest annual World Refugee Survey released here Wednesday by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).The survey, which was issued in advance of World Refugee Day Jun. 20,
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UN Concern over Sri Lanka Camps
By: BBC Online
11 June 2009
But the government rejected the suggestion, saying that it aimed to resettle most by the end of this year. About 250,000 people fled the final bloody phase of the civil war between the
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Nairobi Slum Residents Speak against Evictions
By: Susan Njanji, Mail and Guardian Online
10 June 2009
"We need a conducive environment to proceed with our exams," said O-level pupil Ben Ogada, who sits for his final pre-university examinations in December. "The government`s threats are disrupting our learning process." His Korogocho Glory School, built 15 years ago just off
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New Report: Global "Farmland Grab"
By: HIC-HLRN
27 May 2009
Land and times are changing. It used to be that the ongoing large-scale land acquisition in Africa was predominantly by internal privatization and land grabs by postcolonial political and military elites. Before that, land grabs by foreigners was among the classic forms of colonialism. Now the trend synthesizes
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