Apart from the problem of skyrocketing cost of living in the city consequent upon land speculation and its attendant rising cost of rent, which the Land Swap is sure to escalate, there is the unjust treatment and the violation of fundamental human rights of the local indigenes.
By Osita Nwanevu
Tennessee students win a divestment fight–even though the school won’t admit it.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Thousands of Ethiopians are being driven off ancestral lands that the government's selling to foreign investors buying vast swathes of farmland, a U.S. watchdog reports.
Think of tropical hard wood - ebony, mahogany, teak - and you probably don't think of South Sudan. One of the country's lesser-known natural resource superlatives is its relative abundance of forests.
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A New Report, Eco-Skies, Sounds Alarm on Aviation Emissions Goals
The aviation industry has high hopes for biofuels. As its profits are increasingly threatened by erratic fossil fuel prices, and as consumers are more and more concerned with the role of aviation in climate change, biofuels are being billed as the path to both profitability and sustainability. Unfortunately, emerging evidence suggests that as airlines rush to procure biofuel, they do so at the expense of people and the environment.
A June 2011 report by the policy think tank the Oakland Institute revealed Vanderbilt University as one of the major investors in EMVest (formerly Emergent Asset Management), an agricultural corporation accused of engaging in the exploitive practice of “land grabbing” in five African countries. The report drew from firsthand research and interviews with those affected by EMVest, and its accusations were serious and large in scale.