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The Great Land Robbery

Vann R. Newkirk II The Atlantic
Man looking at posted no hunting sign on farm in Mississippi. The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms.

The Populist Fight Against Corporate Power Circa 1892

John Collins In These Times
Populism is an ideological chameleon—often supplemented with whatever authoritarian, nationalist or socialist inclinations held by those leading the particular movement—populist victories can (and often do) manifest in all manner of terrible ways around the world. Other times, they change the political realm for the better.

When The River Turned Yellow

David Bacon The American Prospect
Sixty miles south of the Arizona border, the devastation from a toxic spill has led to an epochal battle between a transnational mining conglomerate and an alliance of miners and farmers.

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The Insanity of Our Food Policy

Joseph Stiglitz The New York Times- Opinionator
FARM subsidies were much more sensible when they began eight decades ago, in 1933, at a time when more than 40 percent of Americans lived in rural areas. Farm incomes had fallen by about a half in the first three years of the Great Depression. In that context, the subsidies were an anti-poverty program. Now, though, the farm subsidies serve a quite different purpose.

Colombia Nationwide Strike Against 'Free Trade,' Privatization, Poverty

Sarah Lazare Common Dreams
Protesters are levying a broad range of concerns about public policies that devastate Colombia's workers, indigenous, and Afro-Colombian communities. The US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement has forced small farmers to compete with subsidized US products, made them more vulnerable to market fluctuations, and eroded their protections and social safety nets through the implementation of neoliberal policies domestically.
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