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Extreme Weather and Prices on Food Prices
With greenhouse gas emissions at an all time high, and the world lurching towards a third food price spike in four years following the worst US drought since the 1950s, there is an alarming gap in our knowledge - how will an increase in extreme weather caused by climate change
Source Tracy Carty, Oxfam (05 September 2012)
 
Tanzania: Maasai to Be Evicted for UAE Hunting Ground
Government says 750,000 signatories to online petition are "misled," as campaigners attack `"olicy from another century." Tanzania is facing a global protest campaign over claims that it wants to force Maasai pastoralists off their land to make way for game hunting by royals from the United Arab Emirates. Nearly 750,000 people have
Source David Smith, Guardian (15 August 2012)
 
Evictions in Nigerian Slum to Make Way for a New Suburb
BABA Sule is 75 and has lived in the same modest shack for 35 years. It is where his eight children were born and raised. It`s not much no more than an extended dirt-floored room, constructed haphazardly from corrugated iron and wood, with a tiny area for cooking on a
Source Cindy Wockner, The Courier-Mail (15 August 2012)
 
India: Assam Conflict over Land Rights
KOLKATA—The renewed spate of violence between Bodos and immigrant minorities in Kokrajhar district in lower Assam has shown up shortcomings in the formation of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), analysts said on Wednesday. The BTC was formed under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.   While the non-Bodos complain that the tribal
Source Nirmalya Banerjee, TNN (26 July 2012)
 
Implementing Land Reforms in Kenya: Budgetary Pitfalls.
The drawn-out, and at times contentious, formulation process for Kenya’s national land policy began in 2004. Those who had benefitted from pre- and post-colonial State land grants under Kenya’s inequitable and corrupt system of land distribution were uncomfortable with some of the new policy’s provisions. In
Source (20 July 2012)
 
Strategic Solidarity of Peoples under Occupation
The refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria shelter an estimated 200,000 Saharawi refugees from the Western Sahara, a country that has been occupied illegally by Morocco since the 1970s. The Saharawis have been living in the camps for just as long, and so generations have grown up in the isolated society of
Source Ida Jøker Krog (11 July 2012)
 
Nepal: Thapathali Squatters on Strike
KATHMANDU—Normal life has been affected in Lalitpur district due to a Lalitpur bandh called by locals to protest the government’s plan to resettle squatters evicted from encroached land in the Thapathali area at Sundarighat, Balkhu.   Shops and businesses in the main market center including factories, industries, and academic institutions remain closed
Source nepalnews.com (06 July 2012)
 
Israel`s Mekorot Targets World Water Market
Israel`s national water company Mekorot wants to use its expertise in finding unconventional sources for clean water to help it expand globally, as countries step up their efforts to avoid water shortages.   A rise in population along with climate changes threatens the earth`s freshwater supply in the coming decades and the
Source Reuters (10 June 2012)
 
Egypt: CSOs, Citizens Meet World Bank on Power Project
  A video conference between the World Bank’s Cairo and Washington DC offices connected Bank representatives with the voices of civil society and members of affected communities, allowing 6 Egyptians to present the concerns of the community about the negative social and environmental impacts of a large Bank-funded power plant project
Source HLRN (31 May 2012)
 
Turkey/Iraq: Movements to Stop Ilısu Dam Project
Hasankeyf, Turkey—"We have come from Iraq to speak, because no one came from Iraq to speak to us. We live in one of the most significant regions in the world—the Mesopotamian marshlands—which is in danger because of Ilısu." With these words, Sheik Sayed Abbas began today`s unique protest in the
Source Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (22 May 2012)
 


   
 


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