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  • Title: Obama Urged To Reassess Ethiopian Relations Over Land Evictions | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Obama Urged To Reassess Ethiopian Relations Over Land Evictions.. May 18, 2012.. Source:.. Bloomberg.. View Original.. By William Davison.. The U.. S.. should reassess its support for the government of.. Ethiopia.. , amid concern that more than half a million people are being evicted to make land available for foreign investment in agriculture, advocacy groups including the Oakland Institute said.. A meeting tomorrow between President.. Barack Obama.. and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, among other African leaders, presents an opportunity for the U.. to address the issue, the California-based group said in a joint statement with the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, or SMNE.. has provided aid worth more than $1 billion a year since 2007 to Ethiopia, according to the statement.. Foreign investment in commercial farming may be the “single largest man-made contributor to food insecurity on the continent today,” they said.. “We hope that you will take leadership in responding to an international call asking you to put the brakes on this impending and present-day catastrophe.. ”.. Ethiopia,.. Africa.. ’s second-most populous nation, is leasing out land to investors to grow cash crops and generate foreign exchange.. The government leased 350,096 hectares (865,106 acres) of land to 24 companies, including 10 foreign ones, according to the.. Agriculture Ministry.. ’s  ...   and the media have reported,” they said.. Embassy in Ethiopia is awaiting approval from.. Washington.. for its response to the statement, Diane Brandt, a spokeswoman for the embassy, said by phone today from.. Addis Ababa.. SMNE, which has branches in the U.. K.. , the U.. and.. Canada.. , advocates “rule of law, respect for human rights, equal opportunity and good governance” in Ethiopia, according to its website.. The group’s executive director, Obang Metho, is being tried in absentia in Ethiopia for terrorism.. Horizon Plantations, an Ethiopian company majority owned by Saudi billionaire Mohamed al-Amoudi, criticized Oakland’s association with SMNE.. Horizon has leased 20,000 hectares in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz to grow groundnuts for edible oil.. “All of the land being given to international investors is the land which is not developed at all,” Horizon General Manager Jemal Ahmed said in a phone interview.. “Oakland Institute does not care for Ethiopia.. They are doing their best to stop the development taking place by allying themselves with violent and hate-advocating diaspora opposition.. Contact.. the oakland institute.. P.. O.. Box 18978.. Oakland, CA 94619.. info@oaklandinstitute.. org.. Donate.. Your tax-deductible donation allows us to conduct independent research, analysis, and advocacy to facilitate democratic participation in critical policy decisions that affect our quality of life..

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  • Title: Activists To Obama: Reassess Ethiopia Partnership | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Activists To Obama: Reassess Ethiopia Partnership.. Mint Press News.. In this May 9, 2012 file photo, President Barack.. Obama.. speaks in the.. White House.. in Washington.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File).. Rights groups are asking President Barack Obama to re-evaluate the U.. -Ethiopia relationship over allegations the leader of the East African.. nation.. is becoming increasingly repressive.. The requests came just before Obama on Friday announced $3 billion in private-sector pledges to help feed Africa’s poor.. is a major contributor of aid to Ethiopia.. The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia and the.. Oakland.. Institute asked Obama in a Thursday letter to “reassess the terms” of U.. aid to Ethiopia during weekend talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.. Meles is one of four African leaders invited to discuss.. food.. security.. at Camp David.. The longtime leader has been accused of restricting freedoms and the media.. Some in Ethiopia see him as a dictator.. The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a Wednesday letter to the White House it was concerned that Ethiopia had charged 11 independent journalists under sweeping anti-terror laws.. “Since 2011, under the guise of a counterterrorism sweep, the government of Ethiopia has brought terrorism and anti-state charges against 11 independent journalists, including blogger Eskinder Nega, who may face life in prison for his writing  ...   Institute also urged Obama to.. press.. Meles on what they say is forcible relocation of people in a government program to lease land to foreign investors.. “By continuing to provide huge amounts of aid to Ethiopia, the U.. is in partnership with a repressive regime that puts large-scale agricultural investment and for-profit access to Ethiopia’s fertile lands over the well-being and land rights of indigenous and local people,” the groups said in a joint letter.. A January report by.. Human Rights.. Watch accused Ethiopia’s government of forcibly resettling about 70,000 people in the country’s western Gambella region.. The Ethiopian government denied the allegation, saying people are being relocated to places where there is access to secure water points,.. health.. facilities, schools, and fertile farmland.. Under Meles, Ethiopians have enjoyed relative stability and steady economic growth.. But some critics say this growth has come at the expense of democracy and good governance.. has rarely criticized Meles, a key ally in the.. war.. on terror in the Horn of Africa.. Meles has long insisted economic growth can be accomplished without practicing Western-style democracy.. “There is no direct relationship between economic growth and democracy, historically or theoretically,” he told the.. World.. Economic Forum in Ethiopia last week.. “I don’t believe in bedtime stories, contrived arguments linking economic growth with democracy..

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  • Title: Activists to Obama: Reassess Ethiopia Partnership | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Activists to Obama: Reassess Ethiopia Partnership.. US News World Report.. By KIRUBEL TADESSE, Associated Press.. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are asking President Barack Obama to re-evaluate the U.. -Ethiopia relationship over allegations the leader of the East African nation is becoming increasingly repressive.. The requests came just before Obama on Friday announced $3 billion in private-sector pledges to help feed Africa's poor.. The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia and the Oakland Institute asked Obama in a Thursday letter to "reassess the terms" of U.. Meles is one of four African leaders invited to discuss food security at Camp David.. "Since 2011, under the guise of a counterterrorism sweep, the government of Ethiopia has brought terrorism and anti-state charges against 11 independent journalists, including blogger Eskinder Nega, who may face life in prison for his writing about the struggle for democracy," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in the letter.. "Such policies deter reporting on all sensitive topics, including food security.. ".. CPJ  ...   Ethiopia, the U.. is in partnership with a repressive regime that puts large-scale agricultural.. investment.. and for-profit access to Ethiopia's fertile lands over the well-being and land rights of indigenous and local people," the groups said in a joint letter.. A January report by Human Rights Watch accused Ethiopia's government of forcibly resettling about 70,000 people in the country's western Gambella region.. The Ethiopian government denied the allegation, saying people are being relocated to places where there is access to secure water points, health facilities, schools, and fertile farmland.. Under Meles, Ethiopians have enjoyed relative stability and steady.. economic growth.. has rarely criticized Meles, a key ally in the war on terror in the Horn of Africa.. Meles has long insisted.. economic.. growth can be accomplished without practicing Western-style democracy.. "There is no direct relationship between economic growth and democracy, historically or theoretically," he told the World Economic Forum in Ethiopia last week.. "I don't believe in bedtime stories, contrived arguments linking economic growth with democracy..

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  • Title: Activists Urge Obama to Be Tough on Ethiopia PM over Rights Record at Camp David Talks | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Activists Urge Obama to Be Tough on Ethiopia PM over Rights Record at Camp David Talks.. Washington Post.. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Rights groups are asking President Barack Obama to re-evaluate the U.. The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia and the Oakland Institute asked Obama in a Thursday letter to “reassess the terms” of U.. The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia and the Oakland Institute also urged Obama  ...   government program to lease land to foreign investors.. A January report by Human Rights Watch accused Ethiopia’s government of forcibly resettling about 70,000 people in the country’s western Gambella region.. “There is no direct relationship between economic growth and democracy, historically or theoretically,” he told the World Economic Forum in Ethiopia last week.. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.. All rights reserved.. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed..

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  • Title: Obama Urged to Reassess Ethiopian Relations Over Land Evictions | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Obama Urged to Reassess Ethiopian Relations Over Land Evictions.. Business Week.. should reassess its support for the government of Ethiopia, amid concern that more than half a million people are being evicted to make land available for foreign investment in agriculture, advocacy groups including the Oakland Institute said.. A meeting tomorrow between President Barack Obama and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, among other African leaders, presents an opportunity for the U.. Ethiopia,  ...   foreign exchange.. The government leased 350,096 hectares (865,106 acres) of land to 24 companies, including 10 foreign ones, according to the Agriculture Ministry’s website.. Embassy in Ethiopia is awaiting approval from Washington for its response to the statement, Diane Brandt, a spokeswoman for the embassy, said by phone today from Addis Ababa.. and Canada, advocates “rule of law, respect for human rights, equal opportunity and good governance” in Ethiopia, according to its website..

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  • Title: Obama Urged to Reassess Ethiopian Relations Over Land Evictions | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: News Dire..

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  • Title: Activists to Obama: Reassess Ethiopia Partnership | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Associated Press.. By Kirubel Tadesse.. is in partnership with a repressive regime that puts large-scale agricultural investment and for-profit access to Ethiopia's fertile lands over the well-being and land rights of indigenous and local people," the groups said in a joint letter..

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  • Title: Anuradha Mittal – Large-Scale Land Investments are Violating Human Rights and Undermine Food Security in Ethiopia | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Anuradha Mittal – Large-Scale Land Investments are Violating Human Rights and Undermine Food Security in Ethiopia.. May 17, 2012.. Progressive Radio Network.. ’s Land Lease Project.. May 17, 2012, Oakland, CA: On the eve of upcoming meeting at Camp David on May 19, 2012, with four African leaders to discuss food security, including Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the Oakland Institute and the Solidarity.. Movement.. for a New Ethiopia (SMNE), call upon President.. to address what may be the single.. largest man-made contributor to food insecurity on the continent today: large-scale land investments by foreign investors.. In an Open Letter to President Obama, the Oakland Institute and SMNE are delivering a petition signed by over 8,000 supporters of the indigenous and local communities of Gambella, Ethiopia – 70,000 people in all – who are being forcibly relocated to make land available for investment in.. agriculture.. There are plans to relocate an additional 150,000 people, most of whom are subsistence farmers who have been able, until now, to feed their families without receiving.. government.. or foreign aid over the last twenty years.. The letter points out that in addition to the many problems surrounding forced  ...   and unrealized benefits by relocated communities.. These findings are confirmed by Human Rights Watch’s independent study involving 100 interviews and sixteen site visits this year.. The burden of the Ethiopian government’s objective of economic growth is being borne by the indigenous and local people of Gambella and the Lower Omo Valley, where a half million will lose their lands.. This is too great a cost.. As Ethiopia is one of the largest recipients of US aid (more than $1 billion a year since 2007), the US bears responsibility on matters of such grave consequence.. The letter cautions that something has to be done to ensure that the United States is not an unwitting partner in this current tragedy.. The Oakland Institute and Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia are urging President Obama to look beyond the charade of so-called responsible investment that will supposedly benefit all in the long run, and instead, calls for the US to reassess the terms of its support to the Ethiopian regime.. Our hope is that President Obama will take leadership in responding to an international call asking him to put the brakes on this impending and present-day catastrophe..

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  • Title: Institutions Urge Obama to Address 'Land Grabbing' Issue in Ethiopia | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Institutions Urge Obama to Address Land Grabbing Issue in Ethiopia.. New Business Ethiopia.. The united States-based Oakland Institute and the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SNME) call up oon President Obama to talk on the issue with Ethiopian prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who is expected to arrive Washington today.. The two institutions argue that large-scale land investments, which is often characterized as land grabbing, are violating human rights and undermining food security in Ethiopia.. In an Open Letter to President Obama, the Oakland Institute and SMNE are delivering a petition signed by over 8,000 supporters of the indigenous and local communities of Gambella, Ethiopia - 70,000 people in all - who are being forcibly relocated to make land available for investment in agriculture.. Prime Minister Meles with four African leaders are set to discuss food security issues with president Obama in Camp David on May 19, 2012.. There are plans to relocate an additional 150,000 people, most of whom are subsistence farmers who have been able, until now, to feed their families without receiving government or foreign  ...   lands where people farm equals the loss of their ability to feed themselves.. Farmers and pastoralists are being turned into plantation workers with false promises that result in menial seasonal jobs that do not put food on the table or provide for their basic needs.. The Oakland Institute's field research in Ethiopia revealed a grim picture of violence, coercion, and unrealized benefits by relocated communities.. These findings are confirmed by Human Rights Watch's independent study involving 100 interviews and sixteen site visits this year.. The burden of the Ethiopian government's objective of economic growth is being borne by the indigenous and local people of Gambella and the Lower Omo Valley, where a half million will lose their lands.. As Ethiopia is one of the largest recipients of US aid (more than one billion US dollars a year since 2007), the US bears responsibility on matters of such grave consequence.. "Our hope is that President Obama will take leadership in responding to an international call asking him to put the brakes on this impending and present-day catastrophe," the letter stated..

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  • Title: Sierra Leone Up for Grabs | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Sierra Leone Up for Grabs.. Foreign Policy in Focus.. By Heath Mitchell.. Last October, 100 farmers gathered to protest against the Sierra Leone branch of the multinational corporate agribusiness giant, Socfin.. The farmers were furious over the company's lack of transparency, its refusal to consult with local communities, its miserly compensation for dispossessed farmers, and its brazen pressuring of local leaders.. The farmers formed a blockade on the road to a company plantation and were eventually removed by the police.. David Sesay, assistant inspector general for the southern region of Sierra Leone, claimed that the demonstrators were "continually rioting, blocking the road, and impeding people from going to work.. " Police initially detained 38 people, according to one eyewitness account, and seized more people from their homes later that night.. Locals claimed that these arrests were entirely arbitrary.. Most of these men — but not all — were released the next day.. After going unfed in the capital city jail for eight days, the remaining 15 farmers were released and received with new levels of celebrity among the populace and infamy among government and business circles.. Since the release of “the 15” from jail in Pujehun last October, hundreds of Sierra Leoneans have flooded the courtroom for their hearings.. The Dispossession Industry.. Sierra Leone is but one flashpoint for an increasingly aggressive land-grab industry.. Socfin SL is a subsidiary of a larger multinational agribusiness investor called Groupe Socfin.. This multinational corporation has been accused of engaging in land grabs in countries all over the world through a complicated network of holding companies.. The group manages 150,000 hectares of land worldwide, including over 51,000 hectares of palm plantations in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon.. The Bolloré Group, one of the top 500 companies in the world, holds nearly 39 percent of Socfin's shares.. The group's CEO and namesake, Vincent Bolloré, is France's 18.. th.. -wealthiest man.. With a net worth of $16 billion, Bolloré's access to power and influence makes him nearly untouchable; Nicolas Sarkozy even dubbed him an "honor to the French economy" and vacationed on the billionaire's yacht.. Between 2009 and 2011, the group's profits grew by 187 percent, with a major assist from its plantations in Asia and Africa.. Notably, Bolloré is also heavily involved in Africa's shipping industry, ensuring that the group has control over the entire production process and can maximize its returns at every step.. The results are stunning.. A.. 2012 report.. by the International Land Coalition estimates that international conglomerates like Bolloré and Monsanto gobbled up more than 200 million hectares of land for large-scale monocrop production between 2000 and 2010, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.. In the case of Sierra Leone, investors had already bought up 17 percent of the country's arable land by early 2011.. Last year, Socfin signed a contract to rent 6,500 hectares of land in the Malen chiefdom in southern Sierra Leone, intending to produce rubber and palm oil for global markets.. According to one.. investigative report.. , "The land leased by Socfin [belongs to] between 27 and 30 villages and about 120 land-owning families.. " In addition to exporting diamonds, many of the approximately 280,000 people living in the region are involved in agriculture, producing mostly cassava, coffee, and  ...   were coerced into signing the agreement.. One prominent local chief, B.. V.. S Kebbie, is said to have repeatedly told communities that they would lose their land without compensation if they did not sign.. Kebbie was purportedly bribed with "a new vehicle.. Indeed, hinting at the prevalence of widespread corruption, the contract seems to promise few returns for the government of Sierra Leone itself.. Socfin will pay no corporate taxes for the next 10 years and a mere 25-percent rate for the subsequent 40 years at least.. Because farmers in the region never relied on land deeds or legal markings to demarcate their property prior to the Socfin land agreement, Socfin has given landowners neither receipts nor any other documentation to confirm the acreage rented or compensation given to local landowners.. "The long length of the lease,” concludes the Oakland Institute, “together with the lack of proper documentation and marking is likely to make the lease permanent.. Reports of appalling working conditions at Socfin sites are common across Africa and Asia.. Sierra Leone is no exception, with reports surfacing of “near-slavery conditions.. ” Laborers work six days a week and are given one daily half-hour lunch break.. One interviewee claimed that an entire day's wage would be withheld if a worker returned 10 minutes late from lunch.. Workers make less than $2.. 25 a day and are provided with no medical coverage, even for on-the-job injuries.. Finally, the agreement signed by Socfin and the government of Sierra Leone entails some deplorable environmental addendums.. The memorandum of understanding signed by the government affords Socfin unlimited water access, stating that “there will be no restriction on the volume of water extracted by SAC [Socfin] from rivers, other watercourses, wells and boreholes.. ” Socfin also secured a very low price for water use and didn’t bother to establish a method of measuring the amount it consumes.. Socfin has essentially absorbed vital resources for corporate exploitation with complete disregard for the local populations who have depended on these resources for generations.. Additionally, monocropping — the large-scale agribusiness model that is Socfin’s hallmark — can have drastic effects on the environment by upsetting the balance maintained in more varied ecosystems.. These radical transformations threaten native species of plants and animals.. Reclaiming the Process.. At the beginning of April, the local NGO Green Scenery partnered with the newly established Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Land to host over 100 land rights activists and farmers affected by these aggressive territorial purchases.. The conference recommended that the government review all recent contracts and territorial agreements.. The groups hoped that banding together would enable them to combat the powerful influence that multinational corporations like Socfin SL often have over small states like Sierra Leone.. The.. Guardian.. reported that the gathering also produced a new civil society watchdog group to monitor agribusiness investments.. The landowners and laborers are fighting to make their voices heard.. In the meantime, it appears that "the 15" will have to rely heavily on their local support and assistance from international human rights organizations like the Oakland Institute and Oxfam as they take on some of the world's most powerful agricultural tycoons.. The evidence is clearly in their favor, even if the politics are not..

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  • Title: UN Calls For Protecting Indigenous While US, Corporations Scramble To Buy African Land | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: UN Calls For Protecting Indigenous While US, Corporations Scramble To Buy African Land.. May 14, 2012.. By Janessa Schilmoeller.. In this photo taken Monday, Aug.. 22, 2011, a farmworker works on a grape farm near the town of Franschhoek, South Africa.. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam).. Update.. |.. By Joey LeMay.. United Nations.. (.. UN.. ) has now.. adopted guidelines.. for a purchasing nation that call for the protection of indigenous people who use the land.. Governments must now be transparent about land deals, respect human rights and consult with local communities during the purchasing process.. Agencies admit that it will be difficult to ensure the guidelines are met, but are hopeful it will help foster a more humane approach to accessing land for fisheries and forests.. (MintPress)–The Spain-based group Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN), recently released a.. study.. of 416 recent land grabbing deals across 66 countries in which some 35 million hectares of land have been sold or leased to foreign investors, including those from the US.. The International Land Coalition (ILC).. reported.. that between 2000 and 2010, roughly 203 million hectares of land were leased or sold in developing countries, mainly in Africa, to foreign investors from the US, China, the UK, and other countries.. “This land area is equivalent to over eight times the size of the United Kingdom,” the ILC said in a separate analysis of land grabs released last January.. Foreign investors have been scouting out cheap arable land in developing countries for years, but land grabs have become much more popular since the global.. crisis in 2008.. While developing countries like those in the Horn of Africa continue to suffer from famine, armed conflict, and droughts, foreign corporations, governments, and fund managers have swept in to secure large land holdings on offshore farms to ensure.. security and oftentimes for speculation.. In one recent land grab, the Abu Dhabi-based Al Qudra Holding obtained concessions for 31,000 hectares of agricultural land in Algeria, where 23% of the population lives below the.. poverty.. line, on which it intends to produce potatoes, olives and dairy products, all for export.. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that this type of investment policy can be a “win-win” situation.. A study by the independent public policy think tank.. Institute, reported that “the.. Bank has laid out a set of principles for ‘responsible agro-investment’ that in theory, could make this case.. However, rights advocates argue that in practice, land grabs threaten food security and violate the rights of the people who are already living and.. farming.. on these lands.. The Real Interests in Land Grabs.. Although land grabs did gain popularity following the 2008 global food crisis, less than 20 percent of commodity produced through land deals is actually contributing to the food supply.. While 78% of grabbed land is used for agricultural production, three-quarters is used for biofuels.. Mineral extraction, industry, tourism, and forest conversions make up the remaining 22 percent.. Rising gas prices, tensions between the west and oil-giant Iran, and an overall trend to ‘go green,’ have all contributed to the increased demand for an environmentally-friendly replacement for fossil fuels, which many believe can be found in biofuels, liquid fuels made from plants.. According to a.. survey.. by the Guardian, British firms are leading the way in biofuel plantations, with 11 of its companies linked to half of the total biofuel farms from Mozambique to Senegal.. Italy has seven companies, Germany and.. France.. tied with six, and the United States is fifth with four companies reportedly operating biofuel plantations in the region.. However, many critics believes that biofuels may do more harm to the environment than good.. Oxfam has warned that the price of food will.. more than double.. in the next 20 years due to a combination of factors including  ...   food at the expense of the local food supply.. Not only does land acquisition affect the food supply, but so does water acquisition – which is sometimes included in the investment contract.. “It is alarming that investors are free to use water with no restrictions,” reported OI investigators after hearing of an investor building a dam on a local river with disregard for the country’s environmental regulations.. Companies and governments alike insist that these land deals are carried out on unused land and that no farmers are displaced through these transactions.. Yet many areas affected by these land grabs are inhabited by pastoralists who have lived across these areas for centuries without owning property rights.. OI reported that in Ethiopia, where people do not have the right to land, “virtually every investment site we visited involved the loss of some local farmland, and every investment area exhibited a variety of land uses and socio-cultural/ecological values associated with it prior to land investment.. An.. analysis.. of 12 land deals by the Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) found that some contracts grant long-term rights to vast areas of land, including priority rights to water, at very inexpensive prices with vague promises of jobs or future investments.. Some contracts offered clearer guidelines regarding job training, local procurement, greater attention to local food security, and a more equitable exchange payment for land.. Most leases involved payments ranging from less than USD 2 per hectare/year to USD 13.. 80 per hectare/year.. New Colonialism.. Anuradha Mittal, Executive President of Oakland Institute, believes modern land grabs are no different than in the colonial times when trading companies grabbed land across Asia, Africa, and the Americas.. Mittal, born and educated in India, says, “It is appalling that India, once colonised, has turned into a coloniser.. Ethnic indigenous communities are being hunted down like animals to clear land for Indian firms and businesses.. India is behind the government of Ethiopia that is unleashing this kind of terror.. Mittal told.. Outlook India.. that there is a need for foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries, but she insists that nations who wish to invest in these places have a responsibility to do so in a manner that protects social, environmental, and food needs of local populations.. The chief executive of Sun Biofuels, Richard Morgans believes the responsibility lies in the local governments to regulate policies.. Morgans said to the.. , “Our company produces sustainable and ethical biofuels – categorically yes.. We would welcome higher sustainability standards, but you do have to balance this with economic development.. If you are a local [in Tanzania or Mozambique] and need a job, you probably aren’t worried about whether the orangutans sleep at night.. It’s also insulting to say African governments can’t run their own affairs.. But according to Mittal, saying a country like India is not responsible for any wrongdoing associated with its 300,000 hectares in Ethiopia, is like “the British government trying to argue that colonialism in India was not its doing but that of the East India Company and a few rogue generals like Dwyer.. It seems the.. Scramble for Africa.. has never ended – over a century after European nations met to partition the continent, the scramble for land and resources continues with even more countries joining the mix with no regard for the long-term consequences it has on the people of Africa and other continents target to the land grab.. One Ethiopian newspaper.. published.. an open letter to the people of India, asking: “What would Gandhi say today were he to know that Indians, who were only freed from the shackles of colonialism in recent history, were now at the forefront of this “land-grabbing” as part of the race for foreign control over African land and resources; currently being called the Neo-Colonialism of Africa?”..

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