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Ethiopians talk of violent intimidation as their land is earmarked for foreign investors The Guardian — April 14, 2015

The human cost of Ethiopia’s “villagisation” programme is laid bare by damning first person testimony published on Tuesday.

The east African country has long faced criticism for forcibly relocating tens of thousands of people from their ancestral homes to make way for large scale commercial agriculture, often benefiting foreign investors. Those moved to purpose-built communes are allegedly no longer able to farm or access education, healthcare and other basic services.

World Bank's Conference on Land & Poverty is a Cruel Farce The Ecologist — March 21, 2015

On Monday the World Bank's Conference on Land and Poverty begins in the US. But farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and others denounce the whole exercise as a sham that, in tandem with other Bank initiatives, is all about accelerating corporate land grabs and robbing the poor that the Bank was founded to assist.

Is H&M Turning a Blind Eye to Land Grabs in Ethiopia? A TV4 Investigation into H&M's Sourcing of Cotton from Ethiopia (English Subtitles) TV4 — November 28, 2014

Is H&M turning a blind eye to land grabs in Ethiopia? TV4 does an investigation into H&M's cotton sourcing from Ethiopia and discovers the disturbing truth.

The Hidden Hands Behind East-West Tug of War in Ukraine Al Jazeera — August 1, 2014

News from Brussels on July 28 and from Washington on July 29 that both the EU and US are stepping up sanctions on Russia have been met with a general "it's about time" from the world. Nobody outside Russia, it seems, has trouble roundly condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for fuelling this terrible conflict, or approving of punitive western responses.

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  • Before its News

    A 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.

    The findings were reported by the California-based Oakland Institute in a study titled, “We Say...

  • Huffington Post

    The soldiers pointed their guns at Odoge Otiri and led the 22-year-old student into the forest outside his village in western Ethiopia. Then, he says, they began pounding him with their nightsticks, leaving him bloody and unmoving.

    “I was unconscious,” he recalls. “The reason they left me is they thought I was going to die.”

    ...

  • The Ecologist

    The World Bank exists to fight poverty. So why does it promote a profit-driven model of agriculture that enriches corporations at the expense of the small farmers who provide most of the world's food, creating poverty by stealing their land and water, depleting resources and undermining sustainable livelihoods?

    ...
  • BBN

    The Ethiopian government is driving communities from their homes to make way for commercial agricultural projects to benefit foreign investors.

    Ethiopian villagers, who refused to leave their ancestral homes to make way for large scale commercial agriculture, were “forced with gunshots” by the government, a damning...

  • Radio Free

    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.

    The findings were reported by the California-based Oakland Institute in a study titled...

  • teleSUR

    The Ethiopian government is driving communities from their homes to make way for commerical agricultural projects to benefit foreign investors.

    Ethiopian villagers, who refused to leave their ancestral homes to make way for large scale commercial agriculture, were “forced with gunshots” by the government, a damning first...

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