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that's a wrap then

On twitter from @LONDON2012:

LOCOG has chosen US-based silicone textile producer Dow Corning to sponsor the 2012 Olympic Stadium wrap

Perhaps no surprise since Dow remain one of the IOC's TOP sponsors, who'll no doubt be wanting to remind us of their continuing obligations and responsibilities to the people of Bhopal.


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what's wrong with mcdonalds

It's hard to imagine there won't be a new edition, but meanwhile a trip down memory lane. (Advisory: This was a specialist publication written in 1986 and not intended for distribution on the streets)


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New Videos: Four Communities on Forced Evictions in Rio

Report on Rio evictions by Priscila Néri on Witness.org featured on RioOnWatch Latest News. Priscila was in Rio de Janeiro to plan a video advocacy workshop. The report and four videos follow.


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Rio favela advocate removed from office

To help you stay in touch with news from Brazil Catalytic Communities, which runs Rio Olympics Neighbourhood Watch, has just launched a News Digest. One of their latest stories features the removal of Roberta Fraenkel, the Co-ordinator of the Center for Land and Housing, a group which works for Rio's favela communities.


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It's that mega sports event - eviction

The evictions just go on. Just as Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the right to adequate housing, criticised the evictions taking place in Brazil campaigners there claim up to one and a half million people will be displaced across Brazil between now and the 2014 World Cup. That doesn't include the 2016 Olympics.


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UN Special Rapporteur criticises Brazil evictions

Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the right to adequate housing, has criticised the evictions taking place in Brazil around the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. “I am particularly worried about what seems to be a pattern of lack of transparency, consultation, dialogue, fair negotiation, and participation of the affected communities in processes concerning evictions undertaken or planned in connection with the World Cup and Olympics.”


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Jaconellis fight on after eviction

The Jaconellis, the last people living on the site of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, were finally evicted on 24th March. Mrs Jaconelli insisted 'I will wait in the house till they come and put me out because I think Glasgow City Council should be shamed.'


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The lying never stops

Blair's at it again. He recently told the World Economic Forum meeting in Brazil: 'You can use the Olympics as an economic platform to attract in a whole lot of different business and investment that surprisingly can go way beyond the sporting events.'


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