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UK, The desperate councils buying back homes they were forced to sell

At least 80,000 council homes in England could disappear by 2020 due to the right-to-buy scheme. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA With housing waiting lists higher than ever, eviction rates rocketing and stock dwindling through right to buy and the impending compulsory sale of high value housing, some councils have resorted to desperate measures.

Turkmenistan: 50,000 evicted for the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Satellite imagery traces destruction in the Choganly neighbourhood from 2014 to 2015. The March 2014 image, on the left, depicts 10,052 structures, while only 5,604 appear to still be standing in the April 2015 image, to the right. Within 13 months some 4,898 structures appeared to have been demolished, amounting to nearly 475,000 square metres of homes and other residential structures. © DigitalGlobe An estimated 50,000 or more people have been forcibly evicted from their homes as part of a push to “beautify” the capital of Turkmenistan ahead of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Amnesty International revealed today as it published satellite images showing the extent of the devastation.

Rent to tent and back again

An urban neighborhood in Tripoli, north Lebanon, is home to both Syrian refugees and locals - Amelia Rule/CARE International LONDON/ERBIL, 12 October 2015 (IRIN) - Readying a fundraiser for an Aleppo hospital, a London boutique owner expressed her concern about the Syrian refugees who’ve fled to neighbouring countries: “They’re living in camps over there, aren’t they?”

Displaced Ukrainians face housing crisis

Many eastern Ukrainians displaced by the war have no home to return to. This building in Lisichansk was damaged by shelling in July 2014 - Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Mercy Corps Authorities in western Ukraine are struggling to provide adequate shelter to the growing number of people fleeing fighting between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army in the east of the country. An estimated 1.3 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced since the conflict began and many have sought refuge in cities in the west.

Forced evictions in Mogadishu 1 Jan – 28 Feb 2015

Forced evictions in Mogadishu 1 Jan – 28 Feb 2015 IDPs in Mogadishu --other and Urban Areas in South Central Somalia conBnue To Be Exposed to a myriad of protecBon Risks Including forced evicBons. Reports indicate indication That over 25,700 IDPs-have-been forcefully Evicted from public and private land and buildings in January and February 2015. This is a significant Increase Compared to the Same period in 2014. From January to December 2014, more than 32,500 Individuals (> 90% of Them IDPs) Were Forcibly Evicted from public and private land and buildings in Mogadishu.

Buenos Aires, Estreno del Documental “Barrio Padre Mugica”

Este miércoles 3 de diciembre de 2014 a las 18.30 horas se llevará adelante el estreno del Documental “Barrio Padre Mugica”. Dirigida por Nicolás Borenstein y Facundo Di Filippo, este material platea una mirada plural de la historia, presente y su futuro de un barrio que lucha por integrarse a la ciudad.

Several protest participants arrested near City Mayor’s office in Moscow

The Moscow police have arrested several participants of a meeting staged near Moscow Mayor’s office.According to the ‘’OVD –Info’’ web site, seven people have been arrested including a Yoda news agency reporter, who was released later.The meeting has involved about forty people, mainly teachers and medical staff, who were left without the housing promised to them.

Argentina, Presentación del Proyecto de Ley: ni casas sin gente, ni gente sin casas

La situación habitacional crítica que atraviesa la Ciuda de Buernos Aires, y la chocante irracionalidad e injusticia  que surge de la coexistencia de unos 340.000 inmuebles ociosos junto a unas 150.000 familias con necesidades habitacionales insatisfechas (NHI), motivaron la elaboración de este proyecto, que merita una discusión integral y a fondo sobre esta problemática, y creemos que entre todos podemos llegar a una discusión más rica y provechosa sobre las posibles soluciones.

Honduras insiste y anuncia la primera Ciudad Modelo

El gobierno de Honduras ha anunciado que la primera de las llamadas ciudades modelo será en Choluteca. Estas 'ciudades', denominadas legal y eufemísticamente Zonas de Empleo y Desarrollo Económico colocan de nuevo el tema de la soberanía y los derechos democráticos en tela de juicio.

Forced evictions of displaced people lie in the dark shadows of Sochi Olympics

As Russia prepares for next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, people living in displacement for 20 years are being bulldozed away in neighbouring Ingushetia. These types of forced evictions – illegal under international law – are quietly putting hundreds of displaced people in the North Caucasus out in the cold.