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Land Grab

Our Furniture's Dirty Secret: Illegal Land Grabs and Logging Are Robbing Papua New Guineans

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Nina Wegner

Sad but true: the mahogany desk in your study or the merbau flooring in your living room probably came from illegal timber logged on tropical lands.

Can Lake Turkana Be Saved?

Lori Pottinger | Posted 02.12.2014 | Green
Lori Pottinger

For hundreds of thousands of people who call the lake environment home, these changes could bring a slow death of their livelihoods and communities.

Democracy Sees Off Investors, For Now

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

To the dismay of politicians and executives alike, Indians have stalled hundreds of billions of dollars worth of projects by refusing to surrender the necessary natural resources.

Exclusive: Ousted Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon Launching Ohio Land Grab

Steve Horn | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Aubrey McClendon's penchant for "land grab" as a business model made the recently-ousted Chesapeake Energy CEO infamous -- and he's at it again for his new start-up hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") company in Ohio's Utica Shale basin.

We Latinos Better Learn This Word: Fracking

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

Big Oil and Big Gas have been conducting the biggest land-grab in the state's modern history, buying up water and oil rights on tens of thousands of acres of both private and public land. Much of this land-grab is occurring above an area of oil and gas deposits known as the Monterey Shale.

Women of the World's Largest Peasant Movement Call the Shots

Salena Tramel | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Salena Tramel

Via Campesina serves as a model for social movements by linking agrarian reform with women's advocacy to attain a fair place in society.

Land Grabbing Looms: New Palm Oil Plantation Threatens Cameroon's Rainforest

Nasako Besingi | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Nasako Besingi

Our forests should not be sold off to the highest bidder. I want to see development for my country and its people -- but I want this to be fairly negotiated, and respectful of both Cameroonians and our forests.

Honduras: The War on Peasants

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Eric Holt Gimenez

Honduras is one more case in the epidemic of global land grabs sweeping the planet. Hundreds of thousands of peasants and indigenous people are being violently displaced. The result has been called "The War on Peasants."

Land Grabbing: What Has Changed?

Ian Scoones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ian Scoones

There is now a growing understanding of the international, wider context of large land deals. Researchers are also showing how the narratives of 'idle land', 'productive commercial agriculture' and 'backward smallholders' are being used by politicians and others.

Kitchen Sink Laundry Lists and Broken Clocks

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Corruption perceptions indices suggest that China is not especially corrupt for its level of development and actually does better than many more developed countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Mexico.

Movements Unite In Mali, Confronting Powerful Interests

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Salena Tramel

Last week, peasants from across Africa and around the world worked together to envision communities where land is more than a commodity.

When OWS Protesters Become Trespassers

Jeff Norman | Posted 12.14.2011 | New York
Jeff Norman

Is fighting economic injustice such a righteous pursuit that it entitles Occupy Wall Street protesters and their disciples to indefinitely control whatever space they invade?

The Myth of Cheap Land

Tim Hanstad | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

A severe drought in the Horn of Africa is forcing millions of people into starvation, leaving many with no option but to flee their land in search of ...

"Land Grabs" in Agriculture: Fairer Deals Needed to Ensure Opportunity for Locals

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The trend of international land grabbing -- when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export -- can have serious consequences.

Recent Report Claims U.S. Investors 'Grab Land' For Profit In Africa

Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact

A recent report claims wealthy U.S. and European investors are buying up large amounts of territory in Africa, without proper contracts, and in ways t...

Ahmed Wali Karzai, Afghan President's Half-Brother, Linked To Illegal Land Grabs By Afghan Military

McClatchy | Dion Nissenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan military investigators have accused Ahmed Wali Karzai, U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai's controversial half-brother, o...

A Bogus Choice Between Creating Jobs and Protecting Federal Lands

Bill Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Wade

Sadly, short-sighted politicians have presented a bogus choice between creating jobs and better protecting areas that the federal government, and therefore the American people, already own.

Land Grabbing Leads to Imported Aid, Exported Crop

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As food aid stamped with the World Food Programme's logo is shipped to Sudan, thousands of tons of wheat and rice are shipped out -- to Riyadh, Beijing and Seoul.

The Not-So-Great Energy Debate

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Big oil et al are not really the "drill" team; it's just a land grab, orchestrated while they still have friends in very high places. And it won't do a damn thing to the price of gas at the pump.