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A City Reborn: Five Years in Herat
By: BBC News
05 December 2006
The city of Herat in western Afghanistan has experienced five years of relative calm since the fall of the Taleban, compared to the turmoil of the south. But it still faces many challenges and these provide an insight into the life of a typical Afghan city.   Heart’s Past The violent history
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La ONU pide cambios fiscales contra la «desenfrenada» especulaci?n en Espa?a
By: Europa Press (Madrid)
03 December 2006
Naciones Unidas alert? ayer sobre la «especulaci?n urban?stica desenfrenada» del mercado de la vivienda en Espa?a, y reclam? al Gobierno que modifique el sistema de deducciones fiscales a la compra de inmuebles porque, en su opini?n, se «est? subvencionando a los promotores con dinero p?blico».El relator especial de Naciones Unidas
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New Orleans Tenants Denounce Housing Authority Plans to Demolish Homes
By: By Gwen Filosa, Times Picayune
30 November 2006
Five months after announcing plans to demolish most of the flood-damaged public housing complexes New Orleans, the Housing Authority of New Orleans was berated by tenants at a crowded, fiery meeting Wednesday evening. Thousands of public housing families remain scattered from their hometown and distressed that the government has aimed
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UN Human Rights Chief Questioned on Nangpa Pass Killings
By: By Ngawang C. Drakmargyapon, Phayul
30 November 2006
United Nations, Geneva - As the UN Human Rights Council began its third session yesterday here, 16 NGOs in a joint statement questioned the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the steps taken concerning the 30 September killings of Tibetans on the Nangpa Pass. A Chinese delegate made a
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Responses to UN Delays on Indigenous Peoples Rights Declaration
By: Inter Press Service, Amnesty International, FORUM-Asia, CORE
30 November 2006
U.N. Delays Vote on Native Self-determination Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service (IPS), 28 November 2006UNITED NATIONS -- Leaders of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples and their supporters expressed sadness and anger Tuesday as a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly rejected a draft declaration calling for the international recognition
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Social Forum Chile: Another Araucania Is Possible
By: Daniela Estrada, Inter Press Service (IPS)
24 November 2006
One of the songs by the group Vlkatun Mapu ("Song of the Earth" in the Mapuzungun language) was about Guacolda, wife of Lautaro, the heroic "toqui" or military chief of the Mapuche nation in the 16th century. As a child, Lautaro was a labourer for the Spanish conqueror Pedro de
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Press Release: Louise Arbour Says Civilians Are Bearing Brunt of Violations
By: United Nations
23 November 2006
UNITED NATIONSPress Release   HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ENDING VISIT TO ISRAEL AND OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, SAYS CIVILIANS BEARING BRUNT OF VIOLATIONS     23 November 2006   Louise Arbour Says Civilians Are Bearing Brunt of Violations United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement released on 23 November that Palestinian
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Settlements "Violate Israeli Law"
By: BBC News
21 November 2006
More than a third of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are built on privately owned Palestinian land, an Israeli campaign group has reported. Peace Now says nearly 40% of the land the settlements sit on is, according to official data, "effectively stolen" from Palestinian landowners. This, the group
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Victory against Housing Privatization in Freiburg, Germany
By: Knut Unger, HIC-Europe
15 November 2006
Last Sunday the citizens of Freiburg (South-West Germany) stopped the sale of local housing planned by mayor Dieter Salomon (Greens).  At a local referendum which had been organized by a peoples’ initiative called “Housing is Human Right”, 70.5% of the voters voted against plans to sell 79,00 of 89,00 municipal
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HIC Newsletter, November 2006
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07 November 2006
1. Welcome to the 2006 HIC Evaluation! After 30 years of life, campaigns and advocacy in favour of sustainable policies to resolve habitational issues, HIC once again has the opportunity to conduct a participatory evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to revise the mission, objectives, strategy and impact that HIC
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From Oaxaca to All International Networks; Political, Social, Union, Indigenous, Human Rights and Other Civil Society Organizations, and All Peoples of the World
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05 November 2006
On 29 October 2006, by decision of Mexican President Vicente Fox, in concurrence with his successor, Felipe Calder?n and the Governor of the State of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, implemented a police-military operation to seize the City of Oaxaca. Approximately 4,000 police troops from the Federal Preventative Police (PFP), acting as
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Tell Starbucks to GIve Farmers Their Fair Share
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31 October 2006
Each year, coffee companies make billions of dollars. Starbucks alone earned almost $5.8 billion in net revenues during the first three quarters of 2006.   Yet, for every cup of coffee Starbucks sells, poor farmers in coffee-growing countries like Ethiopia earn only about $.03. Even worse, while Ethiopian farmers grow some of
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El Relator Especial de las Naciones Unidas Hace un Llamado Urgente al Gobierno Mexicano por las Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca
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30 October 2006
El Relator Especial no desconoce que estos hechos ocurren en el marco de un largo conflicto social y pol?tico que ha enfrentado a diversos sectores de la sociedad oaxaque?a con las autoridades estatales. El Relator Especial ha recibido informaci?n que en el transcurso de este conflicto las violaciones a los
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Spain Postpones EU Housing Ministers’ Meeting
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10 October 2006
MADRID (AP) - Spain has postponed a meeting of European Union housing ministers scheduled for next week in the northeastern city of Barcelona fearing antiestablishment groups might carry out acts of street violence. Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said the meeting, which was to have taken place Oct. 16-17, had been
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Call for Action to Target London Landmark Political Institutions as a part of International Day
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02 October 2006
This morning a demonstration outside the London Development Agency took place at 9.30am, at their new offices at 197 Blackfriars Road. A further unauthorised press conference outside the Greater London Authority will commence from 11am, today. Olympic Legacy: Olympic Development Agency and the Democratic Values of GLA and LDA The consultation period was
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Karachi’s Development and the Principles of Urban Planning
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02 October 2006
To overcome problems created by massive rural-urban migration, industrialisation, increased trade, a phenomenal rise in the number of vehicles, and their related environmental and socioeconomic repercussions, Third World cities and governments have invested huge amounts in planning and in development projects. Some cities have done well while others have become
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Senegal:Tthousands of Displaced Unable to Return as Violence Spreads
By: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
01 October 2006
New rebel attacks in Senegal’s southern Casamance province have raised fears that violent clashes between the Senegalese army and a splinter faction of the rebel Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC) signal a slide back to the civil war that officially ended with the peace agreement of December 2004.
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Iraq: Displacement Continues Unabated amid Record High Violence
By: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
01 October 2006
Despite various recent peace initiatives proposed by Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki through his National Reconciliation Plan, extreme levels of violence and displacement continue unabated in the country, according to  the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, in a recent briefing to the Security Council. In its latest
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Nigeria: Risk of Major Displacement Increases as Tensions Rise
By: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
01 October 2006
In the latest outbreak of communal violence in Nigeria, more than 1,000 people reportedly fled their homes in the northern town of Dutse earlier this week as mobs went on the rampage, looting and burning churches and other property belonging to Christians in apparent response to a Christian trader blaspheming
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Letter to the Organizers of the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale
By: Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
05 September 2006
We the undersigned groups and organizations request that the Venice Biennale cancel the country exhibition of Israel entitled “LIFE SAVER - Typology of Commemoration in Israel - Architecture and Society” for the following reasons: The Israeli participation is supported by the Israeli state, a state that continues against all International laws
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