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Olympic housing crunch: London landlords evict tenants to gouge tourists

An aerial view of houses in Leyton, east London, in the borough of Waltham Forest, one of the five so-called Olympic Boroughs (Tom Shaw / Getty Images) Landlords in Britain's capital are evicting tenants so they can cash in on this summer's Olympic Games by charging tourists many times the usual rent. Homes in the east London boroughs where many events are to be held are fetching between five and 15 times their typical rates as properties are rebranded as short-term "Olympic lets." Some landlords are also enforcing expensive "penalty" clauses for tenants who want to remain during the gathering of the world's top athletes.

Guatemala. Vivendo sul bordo dell'abisso

Indipendente dal Movimento d'Occupazione dell'America del nord e dell'Europa, il movimento degli abitanti dei quarteri poveri in Guatemala sta occupando la strada di fronte al Congresso. Stanno protestando contro le condizioni di vita nelle baraccopoli e contro le politiche abitative disfunzionali. Per cambiare questa situazione non hanno solamente occupato il Congresso, ma hanno elaborato una legge e infine iniziato lo sciopero della fame.

Belgique, Des lois permettent aux communes de réquisitionner des bâtiments inoccupés

Agissez pour les sans-abris dans votre commune cet hiver, Aidez nous à trouver un toit aux sans-abris cet hiver ! La Ligue des droits de l’Homme propose une action simple : inciter votre Commune à réquisitionner les logements inoccupés et de les mettre à disposition des publics démunis.

Kanal İstanbul: a “crazy project” serving political ambitions

Overview of the transformed metropolitan area, following the construction of the canal. Source: Radikal, 28 April 2011: “Istanbul: 7 hills, 1 island, 2 peninsulas” The current proliferation of mega-projects in the Istanbul metropolitan area is both undeniable and impressive. The projects currently in progress or scheduled for the near future will impose long-lasting changes on the urban structure of this megalopolis. Yoann Morvan, a researcher and co-director of the Observatoire Urbain d’Istanbul (Istanbul Urban Observatory), analyses these territorial metamorphoses and highlights the electoral and economic factors that come into play behind the scenes.

Lima, Derecho y Cultura del Agua

La intervencion de Pedro Arrojo El día lunes 28 de noviembre 2011 hubo lugar, en la sede de Sutesal (El Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Empresa del Servicio de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Lima), la conferencia magistral sobre el Derecho y Cultura del Agua.

U.S. Cities Criminalize Homelessness, Violate Human Rights Agreements

Jimmy Toon, right, 59, of Fancy Farm, Ky., talks with two men while sitting in the shade at a homeless camp in Paducah, Ky. The site, known as Tent City, has 20 to 30 homeless people residing in tents. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee, July 2011) The challenges poor and homeless Americans often face accessing clean drinking water and restroom facilities violate international human rights standards, according to a report issued by a United Nations investigator this month. Catarina de Albuquerque, a U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, visited the United States in late February at the invitation of the U.S. government.

Argentina, Marcha y festival de rock para que bajen los alquileres

Que bajen los alquileres en La Plata Con una ingeniosa movilización por las veredas de la ciudad y un festival de rock frente al Rectorado, un grupo de estudiantes universitarios autoconvocados reclamó, a los cuatro vientos, que baje el precio de los alquileres en La Plata, al tiempo que pidieron que se flexibilicen las condiciones para ingresar a una vivienda. A través de un petitorio, solicitaron la intervención de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

Azerbaijan: Halt Illegal House Demolitions and Forced Evictions

Men walk past a construction site in downtown Baku. Many older buildings are being demolished to make way for modern high-rises (James Hill for The New York Times, 2011) Baku City “Beautification” Program Tramples on Rights The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately halt illegal expropriations, forcible evictions, and home demolitions in the capital, Baku, in the name of "beautification," Human Rights Watch said today. The government should compensate people already forced out of their homes, Human Rights Watch said.

Philadelphia, Green Party Candidate for Sheriff Pledges to Halt Evictions

Cheri Honkala, homeless advocate and Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia, Pa., if elected pledges to halt home evictions and challenge the power of banks and for the development of community-based land trusts.  There are over 40,000 vacant properties in Philadelphia, and community-based ownership of these properties offers the means to house people in need.

UK, Dale Farm traveller evictions 'may breach human rights'

Travellers and Romany people from across Europe have protested against the planned evictions Basildon Council has given the 200 people living on 51 unauthorised pitches at Dale Farm, Essex, until the end of August to leave. The UN's Raquel Rolnik has now called on the UK government to find a peaceful solution to the matter.