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Demonstration against the forced transfer of 40,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel
2013-07-05
Independent Jewish Voices - Toronto
On Friday, July 5 at 4 PM, a demonstration will be held across the street from the Israeli consulate in Toronto, protesting the Israeli government’s plan to evict up to 40,000 Bedouin from their anc...

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Banacol: A company implicated paramilitarism and land grabbing in Curvarado and Jiguamiando
Interchurch Justice and Peace Commission
Article
2012
Hands off the Land Alliance
This study focuses on the International Banacol Marketing Corporation’s actions in the Afro-Colombian and Mestizo communities’ collective territories of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó in the Lower Atrato r...
Bangladeshi Tribals Evicted For Tea Plantation Expansion
Chatterjee, Pratap
Article
2015
CorpWatch
A Bangladeshi company has been accused of using armed men to evict ethnic minority communities in order to expand a tea plantation in Sreemangal in northeastern Bangladesh.
Borneo's Killer Dams
Mega-Dams in Sarawak Threaten Indigenous Tribes with Ethnocide
Stephenson, Amanda
Article
2014
Counterpunch
Sarawak, Malaysia, is home to thousands of endemic species, forty indigenous groups, and one of the largest transboundary rainforests remaining in the world. The state is also suffering from one of th...
Burkina Faso: climate change, land grabs, and revolution
Ross, Alexander Reid
Article
2014
The Ecologist
The economic tensions between local producers and international powers that have contributed to the revolutionary dissatisfaction with the establishment in Burkina Faso can be found in virtually any c...
Champion of Chinese Farmers' Rights Jailed for Forging Official Documents
Branigan, Tania
Article
2014
The Guardian
Villagers pack the court to applaud woman given two years in prison for trying to prevent land grabs and illegal demolition.
Colombian farmers risk death to reclaim lost land
Brodzinsky, Sibylla
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
The government wants to correct decades of 'land reform in reverse'. But powerful criminal, armed and business interests are ranged against the country's displaced peasants.
Commercial Pressures on Land
Website
International Land Coalition
A portal created by the International Land Coalition informing evidence based debate on large scale land-based investments and their alternatives.
Connexions Library: Africa Focus
Website
2009
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Africa.
Deforestation, exploitation, hypocrisy: no end to Wilmar's palm oil land grabs
Van Schaik,Anne;Ojo,Godwin
Article
2015
The Ecologist
With the deadline for the full implementation of Wilmar's 'No peat, no deforestation, no exploitation' promise, the oil palm giant is keen to push its green image in Europe. In Nigeria however, forest...
The End of Poverty?
Diaz, Philippe
Film
2008
Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.
Ethiopia's stolen land.
'A common property of the nations and peoples'
Stienne, Agnes
Article
2013
Le Monde diplomatique
Government plans to reform Ethiopia’s agriculture failed to consider the country’s peasant culture, subsistence farming and basic needs such as water to drink. Instead, it let the agrifood and financi...
Farming Under the Wall
Stories of Palestinian Farmers in the West Bank
Mancini, Emma
Article
2013
Counterpunch
The difficulties of Palestinian farmers as their lands are placed behind the Wall.
Honduras: Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land
Abbott, Jeff
Article
2015
The Ecologist
Pristine beaches, clear Caribbean waters, coral reefs, fertile land ... such is the homeland of the Garifuna people, writes Jeff Abbott. It's so lovely that outsiders are desperate to seize ever more ...
How Human Rights Watch Covers for Companies in Colombia
Down Where the Death Squads Live
Kovalik, Daniel
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Human Rights Watch fails to name the names in its recent report on Colombia entitled, “The Risk of Returning Home, Violence and Threats against Displaced People Reclaiming Land in Colombia.” And, this...
How the Colombia Trade Agreement Accelerates Human Rights Abuses
U.S.-Colombia Mass Displacement Policy Succeeding
Kovalik, Daniel
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would lead, indeed by design, to the immiseration and mass displacement of rural peoples, especially Indigenous and Afro-Colombian. The article explores the dis...
In China's Inner Mongolia, mining spells misery for traditional herders
Denyer, Simon
Article
2015
Washington Post
China's relentless drive for minerals is wreaking havoc on pastoral lifestyles.
Indian agribusiness sets sights on land in east Africa
Vidal, John
Article
2011
The Guardian
Indian investors plan to spend $2.5bn on acquiring vast tracts of cheap farming land in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
India's Indigenous Peoples organise to protect forests, waters and commons
Achanta, Pushpa
Article
2015
Ecologist
India's neoliberal government is attempting the mass seizure of indigenous lands, commons and forests in order to hand them over for corporate exploitation with mines, dams and plantations. But tribal...
Israel's settlements: 50 years of land theft explained
Tahhan, Zena
Article
2017
Aljazeera
Today, between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis live in these sizeable settlements, equivalent to roughly 11 percent of the total Jewish Israeli population. So why have these housing compounds caused so m...
Land concentration, land grabbing and people's struggles in Europe
Joan
Article
2015
Cooperativa Integral Catalana
The hidden scandal of how a few big private business entities have gained control of ever-greater areas of European land. How these land elites have been actively supported by a huge injection of publ...
Neoliberal Ebola: The Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak
Wallace, Rob
Article
2015
Independent Science News
Wallace describes the rise of Ebola, connecting its outbreak to capital-driven shifts in land and changes in the agroeconomic context.
Occupy agriculture! Polish farmers sit in for land and freedom
Rose, Julian
Article
2015
Ecologist
At the heart of Poland's capital, Warsaw, farmers have founded a flourishing encampment known as the 'Green City', writes Julian Rose. It's a focus of protest against the sell-off of their land to agr...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 29, 2015
Land seizures and land take-overs
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices focuses on the issue of land seizures and land take-overs. Also included: Greece's solidarity movement, and the challenges and opportunities it faces after the election of a...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015
Climate Change and Social Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a produ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016
Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Connexions
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
Palm Oil company plan to slow deforestation 'another land-grab'
Colchester, Marcus
Article
2014
The Ecologist
A palm oil company's 'forest conservation' programme in Indonesia has ended up being a second land grab, seizing resources from local communities' control.
A Short History of Primitive Accumulation
From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel
Perelman, Michael
Article
2013
Counter Punch
In Capital, Smith’s concept of “original accumulation” appeared as a word that could mean either original or primitive. Then in the English translation of the English translation of Capital “primitive...
They Came to Take a County: Land Seizure Agitators, Propagandists, Politicians
Fite, Katie
Article
2016
CounterPunch
Thanks to the Bundy Gang, public lands advocates became aware of elements of the Land Seizure movement that had been operating in the shadows. The curtain was drawn back on networks of agitators and p...
The True Gaza Backstory
It's About Land, Stupid
Fisk, Robert
Article
2014
CounterPunch
How come all those Palestinians – all 1.5 million – are crammed into Gaza in the first place? Well, their families once lived, didn’t they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out – or fled ...
Twenty-First-Century Land Grabs
Accumulation by Agricultural Dispossession
Magdoff, Fred
Article
2013
Monthly Review
Land grabs -- whether initiated by multinational corporations and private investment firms emanating from the capitalist core, sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East, or state entities such as Chin...
Twiga Farm: The story of a Kenyan land grab
Rinsum van, Leila
Article
2014
Pambazuka News
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the residents of Twiga Farm marched through the streets of Nairobi to hand in a petition to the National Assembly. Their demand was an investigation in the unlawful evi...
U.S. Elites
The Original Gangsters
Alexandrov, Nick
Article
2016
Counter Punch
Donald Trump is at home in the underworld. Tom Robbins writes that the de facto GOP nominee "has encountered a steady stream of mob-tainted offers that he apparently couldn't refuse" in his decades in...

Sources Bookshelf

The Land Grabbers
The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Pearce, Fred
Book
2012
How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.


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