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What's Behind the Wall?
Posted by ZEJIA QIAN on 07/01/2016 - 21:35

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games will soon be held, and the local government is now taking full advantage of this best excuse to spend a lot of money on making the city look better. While the city is busy with building the Olympic Park, it is also doing its best to prevent people who come to visit this city catch a glimpse of the reality of this city.

Months ago, the local government built a highway, with “sound-proof” walls on both sides, to transport visitors from the airport to the Olympic Park. But people soon figure out the truth is that the government wants the scene of... Read More

"Shoot first, ask questions later" - Brazil's 'displacement decathlon' in view of the Olympic Games 2016
Posted by Alexandra Breves on 03/03/2016 - 10:42

Although published one year ago, the article still plays a crucial role uncovering how the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro's favelas are dominated by constant human rights violations.
Today, the importance of the abuses against the mainly black, male and poor people is enormous, as we are only five month away from the inauguration of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Due to the fact that millions of people from all over the world will either be travelling to Rio in August, or will be following the event from elsewhere, an invisible social cleansing mission has cost and... Read More

Israeli Forces Injure 13 Palestineans With Live Fire During Raid
Posted by Malcolm Lizzappi on 11/12/2015 - 12:26

Photo credit: AFP/File

Picture description: Israeli forces open fire during clashes at the Qalandiya military checkpoint near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. One soldier is aiming while another is standing looking forward. Behind them is smoke, and in the background is grafitti.

"Israeli forces on Wednesday raided Qalandiya refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, injuring 13 Palestinians with live fire, residents and medics said.

Residents told Ma'an that 16-year-old camp resident Faris Abu al-Esh was shot before being detained and his... Read More

Mindanao: A Militarized and Plundered Land
Posted by Malcolm Lizzappi on 11/12/2015 - 11:26

This resource is available in Portable Document Format (PDF). To download and view these documents you need PDF viewer software.

This document is a great introduction to indigenous struggle with the government of the Philippines. General themes brought up in the primer are militarized attacks on communities, exploitation of land, destruction of educational facilities, displacement, and summary executions of indigenous leaders.

Israel Recognizes Two Illegal Settlements and Approves Additonal Housing Units for Exisiting Settlements
Posted by Malcolm Lizzappi on 11/11/2015 - 16:46

Picture credit: wikimedia

Photo description: Three houses sit atop a hill in an Israeli settlement

Two days ago the Israeli government announced that they are officially recognizing two outposts as settlements and setting up to build an additional 2,200 units in already existing settlements. All of these moves occur in what is internationally recognized, through the United... Read More

Community Pushes for Climate Justice
Posted by Malcolm Lizzappi on 11/09/2015 - 14:41

Photo credit: Alexis Bonogofsky

Photo description: Rancher Brad Sauer testifies at a hearing in Montana. Behind him, other supporters of a clean Montana are seated.In Southeast Montana, community members have successfully kept Arch Coal and Toungue River Railroad company from establishing mining facilities that would jeopardize the land that they live on.

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Primer on Palestine, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Posted by Celina Jackson on 10/22/2015 - 11:37

The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) was created in 1971 for the purpose of providing information and analysis on the Middle East for use by larger media outlets. It is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Washington, D.C. This Primer on Palestine, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict includes information about the land, the people in the region, and socio-political events up until 2014.

Introduction: "The conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Zionist (now Israeli) Jews is a modern phenomenon, dating... Read More

Overtown’s past meets Overtown’s future
Posted by Malcolm Lizzappi on 09/27/2015 - 11:01

(Picture description: An image of Worldcenter's banner on a metal fence. The banner reads MIAMIAMIAMIAMI and Worldcenter.

The following is an article reproduced from The New Tropic, a local news hub based in Miami. The article discusses the displacement and dispossession of the historically black community Overtown.

The article begins:

In Overtown, a battle over the neighborhood’s future has been brewing since the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted in late December to give potentially more than $100 million in tax incentives to... Read More

UC Berkeley "Urban Displacement Project" -- Analyzing and Anticipating Displacement in the Bay Area
Posted by Daniel Saver on 09/23/2015 - 11:29

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have begun to release the results of a comprehensive, multi-year study of displacement and gentrification in the Bay Area.  The study examines, challenges, and expands upon empirical and theoretical research relating to the complex issues of displacement and gentrification.  One of the most remarkable products of the study is an interactive, online map of the entire nine-county Bay Area that local communities can use to assess their displacement risk.  The map is a key tool in the "Regional Early Warning System" for displacement... Read More

Germany Works to Get Migrants Jobs
Posted by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu on 09/19/2015 - 10:25

Although Germany has temporarily placed tight controls on the border across the country’s south to stem the tide of people seeking asylum, the government is intent on assimilating those it lets in. With at least 800,000 migrants expected this year alone, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the nation’s biggest businesses have been mounting a vocal campaign to get migrants into jobs as a way of quickly integrating them into German society. Rather than risk letting the migrants become wards of the state, the idea is to help as many as possible start contributing to the economy.


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