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United Nations Adopts Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
By: UN News Centre
13 September 2007
    The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been approved after 143 Member States voted in favour, 11 abstained and four – Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States – voted against the text.   A nonbinding text, the Declaration sets out the individual and collective rights

UN Special Rapporteurs Visit Opponents of La Parota Dam
By: Guerrero, Mexico
10 September 2007
On Sunday, September 9th, the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Adequate Housing and on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties of Indigenous Peoples, accompanied by representatives of the Mexican office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, met with campesinos opposing the Parota project, and expressed

South Stands with Indigenous Peoples at the U.N.
07 September 2007
UNITED NATIONS--Despite continued opposition from the United States and some other major powers, the United Nations General Assembly seems poised to adopt the Universal Declaration of Indigenous Peoples` Rights later this month. Indigenous leaders told IPS Friday they were optimistic that a vast majority of the 192-member General Assembly would

West Bank Wall Rerouted
04 September 2007
Israel’s supreme court has ordered the government to redraw the route of the West Bank barrier near Bilin village, a key focus of anti-barrier protest. The court accepted an appeal by Bilin residents, who had argued that the barrier prevented them from reaching 50% of their agricultural land. Weekly protests

Bitterness Lingers 2 Years after Katrina
By: AP
30 August 2007
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- James Chaney spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina doing what he’s been doing since the killer storm crashed ashore--working on a damaged home. ’’My house is pretty close to being done, now we’re trying to get my sister home,’’ said Chaney, 39. ’’Thank God for family

UN Expert Urges Sudan to Respect Human Rights of Dam-affected Communities
By: United Nations
27 August 2007
Geneva: "I am deeply concerned by the situation of the communities affected by the hydro-electric projects in the Merowe and Kajbar areas in the northern Nile valley in Sudan which has continued to worsen during the past two years.I continue to receive disturbing reports that large-scale forced evictions may be

Bullish on Development
By: Anshel Pfeffer, Ha’aretz
27 August 2007
September is going to be a big month for Cincinnati lawyer Stanley Chesley. On September 5, Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, will be at his home for a fundraising dinner, with a price tag of $2,300 per ticket, the maximum allowed by federal law. Chesley is

Dark Side of a Jewish Dream
By: Ed O’Loughlin, The Sydney Morning Herald
26 August 2007
The Jewish National Fund’s blue collection boxes have long been a familiar sight in diaspora schools, workplaces, shops and homes - a chance for ordinary Jews to contribute their private cash to the Zionist dream. These "pennies from the pushka" were used from 1901 onwards to purchase land for Jewish settlements

Global Capital and the Cities of the South
By: Arif Hasan, Daily Dawn (Karachi)
24 August 2007
New terms, such as "world-class cities," "investment-friendly infrastructure," "foreign direct investment" (or "FDI"), cities as "engines of growth," have entered the development vocabulary. All politicians and official planners in the Asian cities are using these terms, and it is largely because of them that the whole approach to planning has

Colombia: Campaign Seeks to Make Water a Constitutional Right
By: Helda Mart?nez, Inter Press Service
24 August 2007
BOGOTA - Sixty environmental, indigenous, labour and social organisations in Colombia are carrying out a campaign for a constitutional amendment that would make access to clean water a fundamental right.The proponents of the initiative have already fulfilled the first legal requirement by collecting some 135,000 signatures, equivalent to five out

No longer Big Landholders, But Now Agribusiness Preys on Brazil’s Landless
By: Ra?l Zibechi
24 August 2007
The largest social movement on the continent, and one of the most important in the world, held its 5th Congress in mid-June 2007 in Bras?lia. Despite successful mobilization of masses of people and significant media impact, under Brazil’s President Luiz In?cio Lula da Silva’s government the movement faces strong challenges

Guant?namo in Germany
By: Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen, The Guardian
21 August 2007
"Terrorism" has two faces. There are real threats and real terrorists, and then again there is a realm of nameless fears, vague forebodings and irrational responses. The German federal police seem to have succumbed to the latter: on July 31 they raided the flats and workplaces of Dr. Andrej Holm

Refugee Crisis in Lebanon
By: Martin Asser, BBC World
13 August 2007
Lebanon plays host to an estimated 400,000 Palestinian refugees, mostly descendants of those who left what is now Israel, with a dwindling population of refugees who actually fled or were forced from their homes in 1948-49. These make up a small minority of the global Palestinian population, but their predicament

Mexico: La Parota Dam to Displace 25,000 Indigenous People
By: COHRE/HIC Joint Media Release
09 August 2007
According to the new report, The Right to Housing and to Land in Face of Development Projects, the La Parota Dam will inundate an area of 14.213 hectares, most of which is covered by forests and farmland. The La Parota Dam, situated on the Papagayo River, in the State of Guerrero,

Criminalizing People Who Are Homeless?
By: Eoin O’Sullivan, Department of Social Studies - Trinity College Dublin
23 July 2007
Mid-way through the first decade of the twenty-first century, prison populations in advanced industrial nations are expanding. While the rate and pace of expansion varies considerably, the overall trend is emphatically upward, although a substantial gap exists between the United States of America and Europe. There were on average just

Geneva: Historic Rhino Squat Evicted
By: SwissInfo
23 July 2007
(French below) It is the end of an era for the Rhino, which was set up to promote communal housing in a city where there has long been a shortage of accommodation. Officials said the 22 squatters had left the building by Monday evening. A Geneva police spokesman said 19 people had

United States: Bittersweet 20th Anniversary of Homeless Assistance Act
22 July 2007
"It is a bittersweet anniversary," says Maria Foscarinis, director of National Center on Homelessness. The Act was a major accomplishment: a bipartisan effort that created critical new programs that have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people over the past twenty years. McKinney-Vento funded programs have helped homeless children

Time for Concrete UN Action against Illegal Building of Israel’s Wall
By: Al Haq, Ramallah, Palestine
09 July 2007
On 9 July 2004 the International Court of Justice (ICJ), issued an advisory opinion on “The Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” After comprehensive examination of its own jurisdiction and relevant international law, the ICJ found the construction of the Wall in the

UN Experts Report More and Poorer LDCs in Globalized World
By: Agence France Press
09 July 2007
  Representatives from the world’s least developed countries and UN experts drew a bleak picture of the impact of globalisation on poor communities at the start of a two-day conference here Monday. "Paradoxically, as some countries get more integrated and prosperous, others get more marginalised and isolated," Harriet Schmidt, director of the

Mexico: Authorities Demolish Home of Dam Resister
07 July 2007
Despite the fact that the Arcediano Dam, proposed to supply drinking water to more than three million people in the Guadalajara Urban Area, with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank, lacks a master plan indicating the characteristics of the dam wall, the total cost of the dam, and the methods

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