Millions of steps for indigenous rights in Australia – Alwyn Doolan walked 12 million steps to highlight the plight of indigenous groups in Australia. Doolan, from the Woorabinda Mission in central Queensland, traversed the country on foot carrying traditional 'message sticks' to deliver to the central government in Canberra and draw attention to issues facing native groups, reports the Guardian.
Hungary cannot ban land sales to foreigners – Hungary’s top court has ruled the eastern European country cannot ban the sale of farmland to other EU foreign nationals. The move would violate European Union rights and be a failure of Hungary’s obligations, reports Bloomberg.
Land on Indian political agenda – Regardless of the outcome of India’s election this week, land rights and the formalisation of titles will be a priority for any new government, according to a report by Goldman Sachs. From the digitisation of property titles to labour rights, land reform is on the agenda, reports Business Standard.
Chinatowns under pressure in U.S. – Chinatowns in cities from Boston to Seattle are under pressure of displacement and gentrification, they say. The groups are planning a week of action across the country, reports the International Examiner. Such action will include petitions and mobilising tenants to demand local officials better protect their community rights.
Indigenous interruptions in Canada – Indigenous leaders disrupted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Vancouver this week to protest a planned trans mountain oil pipeline, they say crosses and could pollute their land and water. The Prime Minister said he welcomed and expected diverse views on the pipeline, reports CBC News.
What works for transport in U.S. cities? – Politico magazine takes a deep-dive into what works and does not for transport across the United States. The series of stories analyses how Seattle managed to reduce traffic despite a growing population, how New York ushered in a congestion charge and how San Francisco will shut down major roads to cars, in a bid to draw lessons for other cities.
And finally, Nike footwear ditched over design – The sports retailer Nike has apologised and withdrawn a costly line of shoes after indigenous groups in Panama said the design was a pirate of their traditional “mola” pattern, commonly used by the Guna community, more in the Independent.