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The poor are punished for demanding our constitutional rights

The poor are punished for demanding our constitutional rights | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
The word 'democracy' has often been misunderstood. It has been misused to legitimise certain projects in a way that is incorrect and misleading. For many shack dwellers and other poor people in South Africa, democracy has meant free corruption for members of the ruling party, a life mired in the mud and fire of shacks, illegal evictions and forced removals to transit camps.
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Waiting for a house that never comes

Waiting for a house that never comes | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Fifty-eight houses built by government in Nyanga, Cape Town, to be given to those who needed them. It should have been a happy ending – but it hasn’t turned out that way at all.
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Tanzania takes major step towards curbing land 'grabs' - Care2 ...

Tanzania takes major step towards curbing land 'grabs' - Care2 ... | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Tanzania has set a ceiling for investors wanting to buy its agricultural land, a move welcomed by land rights campaigners.
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Egypt: Stop forced evictions and consult slum-dwellers to resolve housing crisis | Amnesty International

Egypt: Stop forced evictions and consult slum-dwellers to resolve housing crisis | Amnesty International | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Egyptian authorities are failing to respect the rights of millions of slum-dwellers, who face being made homeless by forced evictions.
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Stop forced evictions in Haiti 10-12 JANUARY | Amnesty International

Stop forced evictions in Haiti 10-12 JANUARY | Amnesty International | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Help put an end to forced evictions in #Haiti Spare a thought for those who have #NowhereToGo http://t.co/aoPwjTva @KGeorgievaEU please RT
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Cambodia: release housing rights activists

Cambodia: release housing rights activists | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Two human rights defenders are behind bars after protesting against forced evictions. If we pressure local authorities right now, we could set them free.
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West Bank activists removed

West Bank activists removed | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM: Israeli police forcibly removed 250 Palestinians and international peace activists who had set up an "outpost" in a contested area between Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim. (Obama should condemn the Bab al-Shams evictions.
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Washington in Africa, 2012: Who will Obama ‘whack’ next? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Washington in Africa, 2012: Who will Obama ‘whack’ next? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
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GRAIN — Slideshow: Who's behind the land grabs?

GRAIN — Slideshow: Who's behind the land grabs? | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
GRAIN Slideshow: Who's behind the land grabs? http://t.co/W39fEVcF Billionaires GMO pollution infestation Grow sugar 4 ethanol whr starving
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David Harvey talks about rebel cities

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"...the right to the city is an empty signifier - the big question is who gets to fill it with meaning" 

We know what divides us but what unites us? What are our commonalities?

 

Think about the production of urban life? These are the urban proletariat.

 

You can get rid of the dictator but the real struggle starts when he goes... to change the "whole damn system"

 

Lack of consciousness is a challenge...

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The city that makes you homeless on World Homeless Day - City Press

The city that makes you homeless on World Homeless Day - City Press | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
S’bu Sithole and James Nxumalo, the cats who are running Durban, must be smoking whoonga from the smack dealers plying their trade in Albany Grove across the road from their rather pleasant offices at City Hall.
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Daily Maverick - Uganda Transit Camp, Durban: A report from the frontlines of the struggle for democracy

Daily Maverick - Uganda Transit Camp, Durban: A report from the frontlines of the struggle for democracy | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Just two decades after the dawn of democracy, an old horror is revisiting the new South Africa. Transit camps are back, and they are back with a vengeance, writes JARED SACKS.
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People as "recipients" rather than as empowered citizens. At least they are getting organised - Step One - and hopefully will find a constructive path out of reactive anger into something more assertive and pro-active. 

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Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah - Middle East Monitor

Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah - Middle East Monitor | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Enforcing Housing Rights: The Case of Sheikh Jarrah
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Bill Bowring In December 2010, I accompanied a group of expert eviction lawyers from England on a visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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Why video is so important for human rights abuses by 'development'

From http://www.witness.org | Ryan Schlief, WITNESS' Program Manager for Asia, interviews Stalin K co-founder of Video Volunteers [ http://www.videovolunteer... (Global Forced Evictions - International Playlist (playlist):
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WATCH: The Dark Side Of Brazil's World Cup

WATCH: The Dark Side Of Brazil's World Cup | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This article is one of several reports examining abuses ahead of the 2014 World Cup published by Publica, a Brazilian investigative journalism organization. By Andrea Dip, Publica.
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Anna Hazare joins Medha Patkar to demand housing rights for slum-dwellers - Indian Express

Anna Hazare joins Medha Patkar to demand housing rights for slum-dwellers - Indian Express | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Anna Hazare joins Medha Patkar to demand housing rights for slum-dwellers - After lending his voice to India Against Corruption, Anna Hazare has joined forces with Medha Patkar to (RT @ajaysingh121att: Anna joins Medha Patkar to demand housing rights...
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Noam Chomsky Interview: Work, Learning and Freedom

Noam Chomsky Interview: Work, Learning and Freedom | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
In this often personal interview, renowned linguist and political commentator, Noam Chomsky outlines a libertarian perspective on work and education, arguing that freedom is the root of creativity and fulfilment.
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From Marikana to 'Maritzburg: S Africa is Disgracing Itsel

During the Christmas break we received the most shocking news from KwaZulu-Natal. The provincial traffic department in that province advertised 90 positions for trainee traffic officers. More than 150 000 people applied. Most of them were aged between the ages of 18 and 20. On Christmas Day 34 000 people received text messages saying that they had been short listed for these jobs. They were divided into two groups and asked to report to the Harry Gwala Stadium on the 27th and 28th of December. They were not told what to expect on arrival. When the thousands of hopeful and excited young people arrived at the stadium they were told that they had to perform a fitness test - running four kilometers. They weather was very hot and no water or medical care was provided. Many of these young people had already traveled long distances to reach the stadium. Many of them were not properly dressed for a 4 kilometer run in the heat. On the first day hundreds of people collapsed and six died. A seventh person committed suicide. On the second day the so-called fitness test was repeated. By Sunday 230 people were in hospital.

This is not an isolated case. There have been many cases where thousands of young people have turned up for a handful of jobs. There was the case of the National Youth Development Agency in East London. There was the case of Transnet in Bloemfontein.

The politicians are calling the loss of seven young people in Pietermaritzburg a tragedy. They also called the massacre at Marikana a tragedy and the murder of Andries Tatane a tragedy. This is not a tragedy. It is a disgrace. It is an outrage.

It is a disgrace that so many young people have no jobs or income or access to education. It is a outrage that people who are desperate for jobs are treated in such an inhuman manner. If the apartheid government had done this it would have been an international scandal. There would have been protests around the world. It is very clear to us that we are held in contempt by the politicians that say that they are representing us and carrying out the second transition in the national democratic revolution on our behalf. We are not human beings to them. We are just ladders to them. They are predators becoming rich and powerful in the name of our suffering and struggle. They are the real counter-revolutionaries.

The lives of people who are poor and black count for nothing in this country. They count for nothing to the capitalists, to the politicians and even to some of the media. It is our duty to insist that the lives of all people must count. People must be held accountable for the outrage in Pietermaritzburg. We fully support the call for the resignation of the MEC for Transport in the province, Willies Mchunu. He was discredited in 2009 for his role in supporting the armed attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo by ANC supporters. We reject the statement by the South African Communist Party in support of Mchunu with all the contempt that it deserves. The SACP are nothing but apologists for oppression.

Frantz Fanon wrote that: "A society that drives its members to desperate solutions is a non-viable society, a society to be replaced." Our society is not viable. It must be replaced.

Our mission for the new year is to keep working to unite all the struggles - in the shacks, on the mines and on the farms - into a revolutionary mass movement of the working class and the poor that can change this society from below. We are also determined to ensure that this is the year in which the NGOs learn to respect the autonomy of our movements and to understand that their role is to support the struggles of the working class and the poor and not to lead our struggles on our behalf. We will not be bussed into NGO meetings over which we have no control and where we are treated with no respect. Solidarity is not the same thing as manipulation and domination.

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Attention Focused on How Africans Hurt by Huge Corporate Land Grabs

Attention Focused on How Africans Hurt by Huge Corporate Land Grabs | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
With the African continent being advertised across the globe as the next great investment opportunity for Western big business, the downside of such busine (Attention Focused on How Africans Hurt by Huge Corporate Land Grabs
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Cambodia: release housing rights activists

Cambodia: release housing rights activists | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Amnesty International Australia - Promoting and Defending Human Rights in Australia and around the world.
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Hundreds of Russians lose housing rights amidst case against oligarch - RAPSI

Hundreds of Russians lose housing rights amidst case against oligarch - RAPSI | Housing Rights | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Russians lose housing rights amidst case against oligarch
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MOSCOW, December 6 - RAPSI.
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