Land Rights

The New Conquistadors — Part 2: Ukraine

Ukraine has become a nation synonymous with the daily headlines. From the trail of western intervention and subversion that lead to a violent coup in 2013. To the devastating civil war that has torn the nation apart. These stories, as crucial as they are to investigate, have provided the perfect cover for international corporations to exploit Ukraine’s resources.

This exploitation accelerated when Ukraine declared its independence in 1992. From this period onward, Ukraine has experienced the colonization of its vastly important agricultural sector. International agribusiness and biotechnology firms have steadily been reforming Ukraine’s agricultural laws in order to eventually allow for an explosion in the production of genetically modified organisms.

Oakland Institute: ГМО-корпорациите нахлуват в Украйна

/КРОСС/ Малко известен аспект на кризата в Украйна и поставянето на страната под тоталния контрол на международните финансови институции и американските корпорации разкрива в специален доклад авторитетният американски тинк-танк Oakland Institute.

Докладът, оповестен в средата на миналата година под заглавие „Преминаване на Запад - ролята на Световната банка и МВФ в украинската криза", разкрива действията на американската корпорация Monsanto за въвеждане на ГМО в украинското земеделие.

Ucrania, un conflicto gravísimo donde EE.UU. pierde posiciones

El presidente de Francia y la canciller alemana viajaron a Kiev y Moscú para intentar una solución negociada con Rusia a la crisis en Ucrania. Así se desmarcaron de Washington, donde crecen las voces más guerreristas.
EMILIO MARÍN
Francois Hollande y Angela Merkel encararon una gestión de paz en Ucrania y Rusia. Alegaron que en la primera hay una guerra que puede extenderse y generalizarse, lo que sería una perspectiva muy negativa. Tratan de interesar al presidente ucraniano, Petro Poroshenko, y al ruso Vladimir Putin, en un acuerdo negociado.

L'acquisizione del settore agricolo ucraino da parte dell’Occidente

Nello stesso momento in cui gli Stati Uniti, il Canada e l’Unione Europea annunciavano una nuova serie di sanzioni contro la Russia nella metà del dicembre dello scorso anno, l’Ucraina riceveva 350 milioni di dollari in aiuti militari da parte degli USA, arrivati subito dopo un pacchetto di aiuti da un miliardo di dollari approvato nel marzo 2014 dal Congresso degli Stati Uniti. 

Il maggior coinvolgimento dei governi occidentali nel conflitto in Ucraina è un chiaro segnale della fiducia nel consiglio stabilito dal nuovo governo durante i primi giorni di dicembre.

Monsanto's Land Grab in Ukraine

Long considered Europe's "bread basket," Ukraine's agricultural potential is huge. It's rich dark soil is highly valued. Ideal for growing grain. 

Farmland producing it matches Texas in size. Amounts to about one-third of Europe's arable land. 

Ukraine exports include wheat, corn, barley, vegetables, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, meat and milk. 

About one-fourth of Ukrainian workers are in agriculture or forestry related areas. Monsanto and other agribusiness giants intend exploiting Ukraine's agricultural potential. 

Nachhaltige Zerstörung

BERLIN taz | Für den Agrarinvestor Modibo Keita war es ein Bombengeschäft: Pacht und Pachtoptionen auf insgesamt 27.000 Hektar fruchtbares, bewässertes Land, nutzbar für 30 Jahre – umsonst. Nur für das aus dem Fluss Niger gepumpte Wasser für seine neuen Felder sollte der Agrarunternehmer bezahlen. Mit weiteren Kosten mochte die malische Regierung den Unternehmer nicht belasten – schließlich sollte er in der Region Segou, drei Autostunden östlich der Hauptstadt Bamako, Arbeitsplätze schaffen.

Linke: Ukraine-Krieg wird für Land-Transfer an Oligarchen und West-Fonds missbraucht

Der Konflikt in der Ukraine wird nach Ansicht von Bundestagsabgeordneten für einen massiven Transfer von Land an Konzerne und Firmen missbraucht, die von internationalen Großbanken finanziert werden. Dazu gehöre unter anderem die Bankengruppe KfW, teilte Birgit Bock-Luna, Chefin des Büros des Abgeordneten Niema Movassat, RIA Novosti mit.

Ucrania, en la mira de las corporaciones occidentales

En esta columna Frédéric Mousseau, director de Política del Oakland Institute, escribe que la presencia de las empresas occidentales en Ucrania se expandido en estos últimos años, particularmente en el sector agrícola, en coincidencia con el mayor conflicto Este-Oeste que se combate desde el fin de la Guerra Fría. Ucrania es el tercer exportador mundial de maíz, el quinto exportador mundial de trigo, y tiene 32 millones de hectáreas de tierra cultivable, equivalentes a un tercio del total de la tierra productiva de la Unión Europea.

Por Frederic Mousseau

Éthiopie : Forte croissance économique sur fond de violations massives des droits de l’homme

L’économie de l’Ethiopie connaît depuis 2002 une forte croissance économique de l’ordre de 8 à 10% par an selon les sources. Le capitalisme d’Etat éthiopien longtemps dirigiste s’est ouvert timidement à l’économie de marché au début des années 2000.

Scholar says comprehensive land policy that protects locals' rights the solution to land grabs in Africa

"Is ‘Land Policy’ the Solution to Land Grab in Africa?"

The debate over large scale land investments in Africa is shifting its focus away from the disastrous impact of land grabs on the social fabric of the communities to the need for African governments to deal with citizens’ outrage over land expropriation by developing a ‘land policy’...

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