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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.
Alice Martin Prevel
Lima was the host, in October 2015, of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank annual meetings. The two Bretton Woods institutions, criticized for their record of lowering social and environmental conditions, seek to showcase Peru as a success of their neoliberal policies and reforms to the rest of...
As the biggest ever India-Africa Summit gets underway, the drumbeat of the historical trading ties with Africa and a shared history of struggle against colonial rule is being rolled out under the euphemism of South-South cooperation.
Michael S. Wilson
A diverse group of protestors raise issues about extractivism and the Trans Pacific Partnership during a conference that paralleled IMF/World Bank meetings
The World Bank praises the Peruvian development model despite blatant environmental and human rights violations.
In recent years there has been significant movement toward land acquisition in developing countries to establish forestry plantations for offsetting carbon pollution elsewhere in the world. This is often referred to as land grabbing.
These carbon trading initiatives work on the...
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