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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

Privatization Depletes Public Housing in Europe
By: International Union of Tenants
01 July 2007
This quarterly issue of Global Tenant is available at:  http://www.iut.nu/Global%20Tenant/GT%20juni%202007.pdf 

Germany: Peoples’ Initiative Saved Municipal Housing
By: Manfred Wolf, Tenants Association of Freiburg, Global Tenant (IUT). June 2007
30 June 2007
Freiburg is a town in the southwest corner of Germany, in the State of Baden-Württemberg, with a population of 210,000. The mayor expected to get 510 million Euro in the sale, money that he wanted to use for paying off municipal debts. He wanted to copy what had taken place

Tanzania: Extreme Land Privatization Threatens Ancient People’s Survival
By: By Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post Foreign Service
10 June 2007
Yaeda Valley, Tanzania -- One of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers on the planet is on the verge of vanishing into the modern world.   The transition has been long underway, but members of the dwindling Hadzabe tribe, who now number fewer than 1,500, say it is being unduly hastened by

Residents Flee from Methane, Nairobi Slum
By: BBC News
09 June 2007
Some 250 people have been arrested during a week-long operation in Mathare targeting the illegal Mungiki sect.   The sect, made up of members of the Kikuyu community, is believed to be responsible for a series of beheadings.   Our correspondent in Nairobi says that a fragile calm has returned to Mathare,

Court Halts Expulsion of Tamils
By: BBC News
08 June 2007
Hundreds of Tamils were expelled from the city on Thursday by the government. They have arrived in a town close to the front line that divides government and Tamil Tiger rebel-held territory.   A defence ministry spokesman said nearly 400 Tamils were expelled because they were part of a plot by

Iran Expells Afghan Refugees
By: Alastair Leithead, BBC News
08 June 2007
Ninety thousand people have so far been forcibly returned to Afghanistan from Iran since 21 April, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.   Every hour or so another bus arrives on the Iranian side, the people are unloaded, carrying the few possessions they had when they were arrested.

Broken G8 Promises Are Costing Millions of Lives: Briefing Paper
By: Oxfam
07 June 2007
As the 2007 German G8 summit approaches, the demands of themillions of anti-poverty campaigners worldwide are clear. G8 leaders must increase and improve aid to provide health, education, water and sanitation for all. They must cancel more debt and deliver trade justice. They must take urgent action to bring peace

Development at the Residents` Expense: Fact-finding Mission Report on China
By: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
04 June 2007
On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the repression of the student movement of Tian an men, FIDH publishes a report on forced evictions in China.Following a mission of investigation over several months in Chongqing, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) publishes a report documenting widespread violations of

Sri Lanka War Refugees Undergo Mass Resettlement
By: Amantha Perera, Inter Press Service
03 June 2007
May , COLOMBO (IPS) - An army-supervised mass resettlement plan underway for more than 100,000 people, displaced by fierce battles with Tamil rebels in eastern Batticaloa district, may be causing new problems for the refugees rather than solving existing ones, say volunteers. Over the past week, some 20,000 people have

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