Land Rights

July 23, 2012
An act as cruel, unconscionable and pointless as any in human history is unfolding in every country, developed or developing, on Earth. Over the next two generations it will drive more than a billion people off land they have worked for generations, obliterating their livelihoods, their family heritage, their homes, their communities, their landscapes, their self-respect and skills. It will send them to swell the voiceless ranks of the urban poor in the bloating megacities.
July 15, 2012
  With minimal consultation, governments and local authorities are signing away huge tracts of lands for lease on the cheap. Now communities are raising their voices in opposition to these projects that bring little local development.
July 19, 2012
  by Ryan J. Foley   IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa Regent Bruce Rastetter on Thursday defended working with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa that could have benefited himself financially and blamed growing criticism over his involvement on misinformation and public relations mistakes.
July 20, 2012
(AP) IOWA CITY -- Iowa Regent Bruce Rastetter on Thursday defended working with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa that could have benefited himself financially and blamed growing criticism over his involvement on misinformation and public relations mistakes.
July 20, 2012
IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa Regent Bruce Rastetter on Thursday defended working with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa that could have benefited himself financially. He blamed growing criticism over his involvement on misinformation and public-relations mistakes.
July 20, 2012
by Jordyn Reiland   State Board of Regents President Pro Tem Bruce Rastetter said he unsure whether the ethics complaint filed against him will be discussed when the Regents meet the first week of August. Rastetter sat down for an interview Wednesday with Daily Iowan reporters and editors to speak about recent allegations surrounding his connection to Tanzania and his hopes as a regent in the future.
July 18, 2012
by Jens Manuel Krogstad   Agribusiness investor Bruce Rastetter said it was a mistake for Iowa State University to cease involvement in a controversial project that would bring modern large-scale farming practices to about 35,000 acres of land in Tanzania. Rastetter, a top Republican donor and member of the Iowa Board of Regents, also denied any allegations of ethics violations during an interview with Des Moines Register reporters and editors on Wednesday.
July 18, 2012
By Jon Ericson   CEDAR FALLS Iowa --- Last weekend Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement protested at the homes of Gov. Terry Branstad's staff to remove agribusiness leader Bruce Rastetter from the Iowa Board of Regents. On Tuesday night, the group met in Cedar Falls to talk strategy to oust Rastetter from the board which governs the state's public universities.

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