August 12, 2001 |
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said the threat of sanctions would not deter his controversial land reform drive and warned white farmers against attacking militants illegally occupying their properties. Mugabe accused the West of pushing for sanctions against him in a bid to protect the interest of whites, who he says own the bulk of Zimbabwe's prime land as a result of colonialism. The U.S.
November 12, 2000 |
Cicadas drone. A heavy mist shrouds the lush hills. Barefoot children using palm fronds as umbrellas scamper down twisting paths that lead from thriving fields of rice and corn to thatch-covered homes at the foot of the Himalayas. It's an idyllic scene. But in the distance, atop the highest hill for miles around, red flags flap next to painted banners, reminders of a guerrilla war tearing at this part of Nepal. "March in the direction of making a Maoist homeland.
October 23, 2000 |
The Zimbabwean government intends to resettle landless blacks on at least 2,000 white-owned properties by year's end, a state newspaper said Sunday, amid reports that authorities were moving poor blacks onto white-owned farms. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made said a "fast track" resettlement program begun in June will be completed in 10 weeks, reported the Sunday Mail, a prominent government paper.
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August 9, 2000
Southern African leaders have closed ranks behind Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, criticizing Western efforts to isolate him and backing his program for a "just and equitable redistribution of land." Land reform in Zimbabwe is a goal that Mugabe must pursue, but so far his plan is neither just nor equitable. He has defied two court orders to end illegal occupations of farms owned by whites and vowed to seize 3,000 farms, violating legislation that he himself forced through parliament.
July 1, 2000 |
The black squatters who occupied the land of white commercial farmer Neil Conradie two months ago were belligerent at first. They stuck abusive notes on his gate. They called him a "white pig" and taunted him to go back to his "own country," though Conradie's family has lived in Zimbabwe for generations. Gradually, the squatters calmed down and most left, returning to their home regions for last weekend's parliamentary election.
June 3, 2000 |
White families whose land is threatened with government seizure prepared to abandon their homes Friday ahead of an expected invasion of squatters, farm leaders said. Late Friday, the government announced that the state would immediately begin seizing 804 farms, most of which are white-owned. Farm leaders urged calm in this southern African country, where the government has ignored constitutional ownership rights and laws protecting private property.
April 22, 2000 |
Key southern African leaders have rallied behind President Robert Mugabe, urging the West to provide funds for land redistribution and defuse the mounting political crisis in Zimbabwe. Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Sam Nujoma of Namibia and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique said after talks with Mugabe at Victoria Falls on Friday that Western governments should make good on their promise at a 1998 donor conference to finance land reform.
April 6, 2000 |
A charismatic leader of Brazil's land reform movement was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges in a trial that has focused attention on the plight of the country's poor farm workers. Jose Rainha Jr., leader of the Landless Rural Workers Movement, had been charged with being the mastermind behind the killing of two men during a botched attempt to take over a farm in 1989. At his first trial three years ago, he was convicted and sentenced to 26 1/2 years in prison.
April 18, 1997 |
Tens of thousands of marchers demanding agrarian reform completed a two-month trek through the brush with a historic rally Thursday in Brasilia, dramatizing the strongest political challenge to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso during his two years in office. The demonstration was organized by the Movement of Landless Rural Workers, a highly disciplined leftist group that is the most important social movement in Brazil today.