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Wall Street Buys The Farm Du Jour — June 23, 2015

Rising prices for farmland, doubling in a decade, have brought prosperity to a generation of farmers. Jumping on this trend is a passel of financial institutions, all of them eager to buy their own version of Green Acres. And that has some people worried. 

Targeting Tamils Against the Grain — June 3, 2015

Did the targeting of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan military stop when the 26-year-long civil war ended in 2009? A report authored by Anuradha Mittal reveals that traditional Tamil homelands are still under heavy military occupation, thousands of forcibly displaced Tamils remain in limbo, and official policies continue to marginalize and torment the Tamil population.

U.S. Think Tank Urges Continued Human Rights Pressure on Sri Lanka Reuters — May 28, 2015

There is little hope of post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka unless the new government acts to end the oppression of minority Tamils and ensure reconciliation, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday, urging continued pressure on the country.

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.



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The Herakles Debacle

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Lower Omo: Lives Under Threat

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Gambella Snapshot: US Aid to Ethiopia Supports Forced Relocations for Land Grabs

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Agricultural Investment or Land Grabs in Sierra Leone?

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