Land Seizures

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Aboriginal Ontario: Historical Perspectives on the First Nations
Rogers, Edward S.; Smith, Donald B. (eds.)
Book
1994
Essays on the history of Ontario's native people.
The Amazon: Thirst for justice: New Internationalist May 1991
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
A look at the people who inhabit the Amazon rainforest, mainly focused on Brazil. Discussion of how the locals manage their environment and why many are migrating to urban centres.
The Anarchist Collectives: Workers' Self-Management in the Spanish Revolution 1936-1939
Dolgoff, Sam
Book
1974
Examines the experiments in workers' self-management, both urban and rural, which took place in Spain during the revolution and Civil War.
Banacol: A company implicated paramilitarism and land grabbing in Curvarado and Jiguamiando
Interchurch Justice and Peace Commission
Article
2012
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
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.
Milton-Born-with-a-Tooth: Connexipedia article
Article
Milton Born-With-A-Tooth is a Peigan-Blackfoot political activist.
Borneo's Killer Dams: Mega-Dams in Sarawak Threaten Indigenous Tribes with Ethnocide
Stephenson, Amanda
Article
2014
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 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...
Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil
Frank, Andre Gunder
Book
1967
The four essays in this book offer a sweeping reinterpretation of Latin American history as an aspect of the world-wide spread of capitalism in its commercial and industrial phases.
China: Mass protests challenge polluters: Resistance to rapid industrialization by poisonous industries led to pitched battles between residents and police in many cities
Reid Ross, Alexander
Article
2014
In spite of a media blackout, protests in the Chinese city of Maoming against a PX (paraxylene) plant have proceeded for the past week. In March 2014 a thousand citizens took to the streets in protest...
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A Decentralist Manifesto
Borsodi, Ralph
Article
1958
No political institution can be considered human and properly adapted to the nature of humankind if it in any way infringes upon liberty; if it even in the slightest, interferes with the conditions ne...
Deforestation, exploitation, hypocrisy: no end to Wilmar's palm oil land grabs
Van Schaik,Anne;Ojo,Godwin
Article
2015
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...
Direct Action in Hard Times: Activist Strategies from Brazil to Wisconsin
Freeston, Jesse
Article
2011
Factory occupations, land occupations, and other tactics.
Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2010-2011: Capital devours lives, labor, land; masses seek paths to freedom
Article
2010
A revolutionary organization can no longer allow any separation between theory and practice, philosophy and revolution, workers and intellectuals, "inside" and "outside."
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: stealing the Omo Valley, destroying its ancient Peoples
Perry, Megan
Article
2015
A land grab is under way in Ethiopia, as the government pursues the wholesale seizure of indigenous lands to turn them over to dams and plantations for sugar, palm oil, cotton and biofuels run by fore...
Ethiopia's stolen land.: 'A common property of the nations and peoples'
Stienne, Agnes
Article
2013
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
The difficulties of Palestinian farmers as their lands are placed behind the Wall.
5 Broken Cameras
Davidi, Guy; Burnat, Emad
Film/Video
2011
A deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank whose lands are being systematically seized to make room for illegal Israeli sett...
Honduras: Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land
Abbott, Jeff
Article
2015
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
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
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
China's relentless drive for minerals is wreaking havoc on pastoral lifestyles.
India's Indigenous Peoples organise to protect forests, waters and commons
Achanta, Pushpa
Article
2015
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...
The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves
Levine, Yasha
Article
Levine reviews the transition from peasantry to industrial labour and the impacts of captitalism in workers.
Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide
White, Ben
Book
2009
A readable introduction to the history and practice of apartheid in Israel.
Israeli Apartheid and Terrorism
Herman, Edward S.
Article
1994
If Jews in France were required to carry identification cards designating them Jews, could not acquire land or buy or rent homes in most of the country, were not eligible for service in the armed forc...
Israeli Violations of Human Rights
Halper, Jeff
Article
2002
Speech by Jeff Halper, Coordinator Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Halper focuses on the fact that "virtually all of Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands violates human rights convent...
Israel's approved ethnic cleansing
Herman, Edward S.
Article
2001
Israel's treatment of the Palestinians has always presented a moral problem to the West, as that treatment has violated every law and moral standard on the books.
Israel's Indigenous Invaders: How Israel Justifies the Immanent Relocation of Thousands of Palestinian Bedouin by Characterizing Them as Invaders
Gordon, Neve; Perugini, Nicola
Article
2013
If implemented, the “Prawer Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin-Palestinian Settlement in the Negev” will expel an estimated forty thousand Palestinian Bedouin from their current homes.
Land concentration, land grabbing and people's struggles in Europe
Joan
Article
2015
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...
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.
Leader and Vassal: Bringing Death and Destruction to Muslims
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2008
Americans do not think of themselves or of Israel as terrorist states, but the evidence is complete and overwhelming. Thanks to the power of the Israel Lobby, Americans only know the Israeli side of t...
Mozambique's Movement to End Land Grabs
Lemos, Anabela; Adler, Simone (eds.)
Article
2016
To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land break...
Neoliberal Ebola: The Agroeconomic Origins of the Ebola Outbreak
Wallace, Rob
Article
2015
Wallace describes the rise of Ebola, connecting its outbreak to capital-driven shifts in land and changes in the agroeconomic context.
No Land No Food No Life
Miller, Amy (director)
Film/Video
2013
A film which explores sustainable small scale agriculture and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs. This feature length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combi...
Occupy agriculture! Polish farmers sit in for land and freedom
Rose, Julian
Article
2015
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
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
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
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
A palm oil company's 'forest conservation' programme in Indonesia has ended up being a second land grab, seizing resources from local communities' control.
Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America
McManus, Philip and Schlabach, Gerald (ed.)
Book
1991
There is in Latin America a tradition of "firmeza permanente," relentless persistence, which has enabled the people to preserve parts of their culture during five centuries of conquest and oppression.
A Short History of Primitive Accumulation: From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel
Perelman, Michael
Article
2013
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...
Stolen Continents: The "New World" Through Indian Eyes
Wright, Ronald
Book
1992
A history of the Americas through Native eyes.
Take Back The Land, Give Root To Democracy: Book Review by Alex Knight
Knight, Alex
Article
2010
In many ways, Take Back the Land is a direct heir of the bottom-up, Black self-empowerment, civil disobedient, movement-building tradition, and is one of the most inspiring examples of a group renewin...
They Came to Take a County: Land Seizure Agitators, Propagandists, Politicians
Fite, Katie
Article
2016
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...
Tianjin, China: a village 'land grab' protest spells trouble for the Communist state
Hoffman,Samantha;Sullivan,Jonathan
Article
2015
Rising anger by China's dispossessed (those displaced from their homes, villages and farms to make way for expanding cities and infrastructure) is posing a threat to the ruling regime. At the root of ...
The Trickledown Revolution
Roy, Arundhati
Article
2010
The first step towards re-imagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination - an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as co...
The True Gaza Backstory: It's About Land, Stupid
Fisk, Robert
Article
2014
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
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
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...
West Bank land belongs to Jews says Israeli judge
Rapoport, Meron
Article
2009
Major Adrian Agassi is a senior Israeli judge who first served in the legal department that oversaw the confiscation of land in the West Bank to build Jewish settlements and was then appointed to the ...
The Whole World is Watching: Chinese Diggers?
Carson, Kevin
Article
2011
Thousands of villagers at Wukan, in China’s Guangdong province, are protesting the theft of their communal land by a corrupt local government in collusion with developers.

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Ram's Horn
A watchdog report on food issues and the agribusiness industry.

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Champion of Chinese Farmers' Rights Jailed for Forging Official Documents
Branigan, Tania
2014
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
2013
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
A portal created by the International Land Coalition informing evidence based debate on large scale land-based investments and their alternatives.
Indian agribusiness sets sights on land in east Africa
Vidal, John
2011
Indian investors plan to spend $2.5bn on acquiring vast tracts of cheap farming land in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
U.S. Elites
The Original Gangsters
Alexandrov, Nick
2016
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...

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The Alternative Information Center
A Bridge of Information and Israeli Palestinian Co-operation
Website
A Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting co...
B'Tselem
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
The Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
Electronic Intifada
Website
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fro...
International Middle East Media Center
Website
Media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide English language media coverage of Israel-Palestine.
International Solidarity Movement
Website
A Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles.
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
A non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories, now also engaged in resistance activities in other ...
Stop the Wall
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
Site of the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.