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W. Sahara Sues NZ Fund over “Blood Phosphates”
West Saharan group takes New Zealand superannuation fund to court over `blood phosphate` Independence movement lodges documents in high court arguing $45bn fund invests in illegally mined fertiliser     The Western Sahara liberation movement has taken New Zealand’s superannuation fund to the country’s highest court over its investments in farms that use phosphate
Source Ben Doherty, The Guardian (15 March 2020)
Focus on COVID-19 in Slums
The impact of COVID-19 in informal settlements – are we paying enough attention?     As we in the global North brace ourselves for the coronavirus pandemic we are being told to wash our hands (for 20 seconds!) and self-isolate if sick. But what if you cannot do either of those things? One
Source Annie Wilkinson, Institute of Development Studies (10 March 2020)
W. Sahara: EU Justifies Fishing Occupied Waters
Before voting on the new EU-Morocco fish deal in 2018, extending into occupied Western Sahara, several EU Member States asked for legal advice that would determine their vote. WSRW today publishes that influential legal opinion, which appears to miss the ball entirely.     Why WSRW publishes the legal opinion   The consultation exercises that
Source WSRW (05 March 2020)
UN: A Call to Human Rights “Action”
At the opening of this 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, on 24 February 2020, Secretary-General António Guterres finally issued a formal initiative to consolidate human rights action in the fourth year of his five-year term. The much-welcome initiative bears the title The Highest Aspiration: A Call to
Source HIC-HLRN (25 February 2020)
India: Evictions in Honor of Trump Visit
Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to India, officials serve 45 families in Gujarat slum with eviction notices. The move comes just days after the AMC began building a wall allegedly to cover the Saraniyavas or Dev Saran slum on a route that the US President is likely to take while
Source Avinash Nair, The Indian Express (18 February 2020)
Watch: The Heart of Nuba
For thirty years, Omar al-Bashir, the former president of Sudan, waged a brutal and bloody war on his own people. This program filmed before al-Bashir was ousted, features Dr. Tom Catena a U.S. doctor and missionary who has been working in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan (South Kordofan) for over
Source Storyville Global, BBC World (12 February 2020)
HIC-HLRN: New Ways to Work with UN Habitat
ABU DHABI—At a networking event in the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF) to consider a new UN Habitat “Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism for Sustainable Development,” HIC-HLRN presented its contribution to the current discussion about the eventual methods and functions of UN Habitat’s partnership with civil society, local governments and authorities, and
Source HIC-HLRN (09 February 2020)
ETOs: German Cement Giant in Occupied Land
The German extraction industry giant, HeidelbergCement is implicated in cross-border organized violations of international law in Palestine.     AMSTERDAM/RAMALLAH—The German multinational HeidelbergCement is complicit in the pillaging of natural resources from the Nahal Raba quarry in the occupied West Bank, with serious human and environmental rights violations against Palestinians, a new report by SOMO and Al-Haq
Source Al Haq and SOMO (04 February 2020)
‘Parasite’: Homes Play Characters in Oscar Winner
Haunted houses are always full of hidden passageways, secret rooms and a story or two about someone who used to live there who disappeared or died under mysterious circumstances. The Park house in “Parasite” is no exception to that rule.   It was first imagined by director Bong Joon Ho as a
Source Karen Idelson, Variety (03 February 2020)
Navajo Pres. Sides with Kit Carson on Palestine
Navajo Nation President Nez Sides with Kit Carson on Palestine   The [president of the] Navajo Nation’s partnership with Zionist organizations raises historical questions.   Black men fighting for their freedom once drenched the earth with the blood of white men. We know this history. At the same time, our grandfathers carried guns against
Source The Red Nation (02 February 2020)


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