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Spain Suspends Anti-eviction Measures

Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday suspended the use of measures aimed at preventing banks from evicting mortgage defaulters from their homes until it makes a final ruling on the matter.

One Vermont Town Fights a Farm to Improve Housing for Migrant Workers

In Salisbury, town officials have made the unusual choice to intervene in a case of second-rate worker housing. At a dairy farm owned by Randy and Jean Quesnel, two Latino farmworkers have been living in filth for years. The laborers, who are in the country illegally, live in a small bunkhouse affixed to the barn where they milk cows. The two-room dwelling has an open wastewater drain in the middle of the concrete floor. There’s no indoor toilet; the workers must walk past the cow stanchions to a Porta-Potty outside the barn.

Cambodia’s sugar rush leaves farmers feeling bitter at ‘land grab’

Yoen Sarin is just one of thousands of Cambodian farmers who claim they are losing their land and livelihoods to big sugar plantations.

Financial crises should not become human rights crises

The financial crisis in itself is not what we all are concerned about. In fact, we could make the case that crises are just inherent to capitalism. The problem began when the financial crisis turned into a human rights crisis. We must pay try to understand and respond to the material and ideological underpinnings of this transformation.

Water and Sanitation: UN special rapporteur’s visit to Brazil cancelled by the Government

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque informs that her visit to Brazil, originally planned to take place from 09 to 19 July was cancelled yesterday by the Brazilian Government.

Financial Crisis Just a Symptom of Detroit’s Woes

As officials negotiate urgently with creditors and unions in a last-ditch effort to spare Detroit from plunging into the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history, residents say the city has worse problems than its estimated $18 billion debt.

After Protests, Forums Sprout in Turkey’s Parks

Crowds gathered at Abbasaga Park in Istanbul in late June. Anti-government protests have dimmed after an intense crackdown, but Turks continue to gather each night in dozens of parks across the country to brainstorm about ways to get politically organized. Photo: Ed Ou for The New York Times

The recent antigovernment riots, which began with a sit-in at an Istanbul park scheduled for demolition and grew to encompass the grievances of millions of Turks disillusioned with their government, have largely faded after an intense crackdown about three weeks ago. Now, Turkey’s parks have become safe places to gather and speak freely, with people arriving each evening in dozens of parks nationwide to discuss what happens next.

Group says foreclosure crisis still alive in West Seattle

“Foreclosure isn’t a sexy topic anymore and the media doesn’t really want to talk about it anymore,” Johnson said. “They think the economy is fixing itself, and everything is getting sorted out and everybody is getting better and let’s all pretend this isn’t happening.”

Migrants to Beijing struggle to afford rent, adequate housing: report

Migrant workers in Beijing live in worse conditions and have more housing pressure than official residents of the capital, according to a report issued Tuesday.

Rights Groups Urge Suspension of the POSCO-India Project, Prevention of Forced Evictions

The Government of India must end human rights abuses tied to its project with South Korean steel giant POSCO, and must immediately cease illegal seizures of land which threaten to forcibly displace as many as 22,000 people in India’s eastern state of Odisha, said rights groups in a new report.