Land Rights

Monsanto in Ukraine: IMF loan for Ukraine may give GMO giant a backdoor into EU

Ukraine’s bid for closer ties with the west could come at a cost. With the IMF set to loan the country $17 billion, the deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent, warns Frederic Mousseau.

Land Grabbing im Brotkorb Europas

Wissenschaftler warnen vor weiteren Strukturanpassungsmaßnehmen nach Kreditfreigaben

Während die internationale Öffentlichkeit sich auf die politische Krise in der Ukraine fokussiert, treibt die dortige Regierung eine Reihe von Reformen voran. Aktivisten sind alarmiert.

Europe’s breadbasket up for grabs?

Amidst an exodus of some 100,000 people from the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, ongoing fighting in the urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk between Ukrainian soldiers and separatist rebels, and talk of more sanctions against Russia, it is hard to focus on the more subtle changes taking place in this eastern European nation.

What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do with the Ukraine Conflict?

Mostly unreported as the Ukraine conflict captures headlines, international financing has played a significant role in the current situation there.

In late 2013, conflict between pro-European Union (EU) and pro-Russian Ukrainians escalated to violent levels, leading to the departure of President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and prompting the greatest East-West confrontation since the Cold War.

Martin Kirk and Frederic Mousseau: The hidden hands behind East-West tug of war in Ukraine

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.

Agricultural Watch: Ukraine conflict about much more than politics

While the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine is dominated by geopolitical tussles between global role-players, it also impacts agriculture and global food security in more than one way.

The ongoing conflict in the Ukraine is primarily embedded in a political tussle between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (the emerging Eurasian Economic Union) on the one hand and the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the other hand.

What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict?

by Frédéric Mousseau

In this column, Frédéric Mousseau, Policy Directory of the Oakland Institute and co-author of the report ‘Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict’, argues that IMF and World Bank aid packages contingent on austerity reforms will have a devastating impact on Ukrainians’ standard of living and increase poverty in the country.

Ukraine at Risk from Austerity Demands

by Frédéric Mousseau

OAKLAND, United States - Mostly unreported as the Ukraine conflict captures headlines, international financing has played a significant role in the current conflict in Ukraine.

In late 2013, conflict between pro-European Union and pro-Russian Ukrainians escalated to violent levels, leading to the departure of president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and prompting the greatest East-West confrontation since the Cold War.

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