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Tag: Land Grab

Ethiopians ‘Tortured, Oppressed and Silenced’ Into Surrendering Land to Foreign Investors

First-person testimony published Tuesday tallies the human cost of Ethiopia’s “villagization” program, in which tens of thousands of people have been forced from their ancestral homes to make way for large-scale commercial agriculture.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

AP / Vincent Yu

An Angry Chinese Village Goes to the Polls

It seems the voice of the people has been heard in the Chinese village of Wukan, where residents voted to elect a committee of local leaders after winning a protracted battle for self-determination against Chinese authorities.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE

Flickr / ILRI

U.S. Colleges Get In on African Land Grabs

American universities are reportedly using endowment funds to buy and lease vast tracts of African farmland, often for piddling prices, in deals that will reward foreign investors handsomely while separating tens of thousands from their homes and farms and providing little or none of the economic benefits promised them, California researchers say.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE

Arctic Land Grab Update: Russia Claims Victory

Russian officials say they have proof to back up Moscow’s claim to the north pole—and nearly half a million square miles of neutral Arctic territory—but don’t expect Denmark, Canada and the U.S. to go down without a fight. It’s all part of a nakedly opportunistic attempt to cash in on energy resources made available by global warming and melting ice caps.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE

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