"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Thursday, April 26, 2012

China buys New Zealand - The Road to Serfdom, Part XVII

The Road to Serfdom Series  -  New Zealand is becoming a "Food Colony" of Communist China

  • Chinese companies connected and interconnected with the Communist Party are buying up farmland, oil and mineral rights in nations all over the world.
  • The Chinese Food Colonies around the world do not put their harvest on the open market for all to purchase.  They are exported to China.

New Zealand's government has for the second time approved the contentious sale of 16 dairy farms to Communist Chinese "investors", despite objections from critics who say the country's prosperity could be jeopardized by such transactions.

The sale of farmland, the first to Chinese investors, has sparked vigorous debate in a country that is reliant on agriculture for much of its export earnings but which is also forging closer trade and tourism ties with China.

The sale was initially approved by the government in January but was contested in court by a consortium of local farmers and businessmen who hoped to buy the land themselves reports the Miami Herald.

Winston Peters, the leader of the anti-immigration New Zealand First party, said in a statement the sale was a "treachery and betrayal" of New Zealanders and part of a push by the center-right National Party-led government to sell off the country's assets and land.

The sale is to Shanghai Pengxin, which has said it will spend more than 200 million New Zealand dollars ($163 million) to buy and improve the 7,900 hectares (20,000 acres) of farmland.

Alan McDonald, a spokesman for the consortium opposing the deal, said it has one more legal appeal making its way through the court system and that the group is reviewing its legal options after the latest decision.

(Farmland Grab.org)

Slavery returns to Africa.
The corrupt government of Sierra Leone has sold nearly 20% of their nation to foreign investors.  The property rights of the locals are not respected.

Conditions at the foreign owned plantation are "near-slavery"

  • Foreigners buy up land from the corrupt government at rock bottom prices. 
  • There is no thought for the property rights of the local people.

From the UK Guardian  -  Alusine Kortu says he hasn't seen any big, new agricultural investments in the Bonthe district of southern Sierra Leone. But the local chief has heard rumours about large-scale land deals in other parts of the west African country – where estimates suggest nearly 20% of farmland has been snapped up by investors – and says he wants to be ready if and when companies come to his area.

A Corrupt Government forces the sale of private property to foreigners

Ten years after the end of civil war in Sierra Leone, the government is taking great pains to attract large-scale agribusiness investments, which it says will help boost exports and employment opportunities. But some local NGOs and civil society organisations argue the recent influx of investors has failed to deliver promised jobs and income to local communities.

Last week, Kortu joined more than 100 farmers and land rights activists from across the country in the capital, Freetown, for a national assembly of communities affected by so-called land grabs. Delegates at the conference, the first of its kind, urged the government to immediately review all recent land deals and institute new measures to balance the scales between rural communities and powerful foreign investors. The assembly also saw the launch of a new civil society watchdog to monitor agribusiness investments

Last March, Socfin SL, a subsidiary of the Belgian investment company Societe Financiere des Caoutchoucs (Socfin), secured a 50-year lease for 6,500 hectares of farmland in Malen chiefdom for an annual rent of $5 per hectare. Socfin is one of the world's largest plantation investors and a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

In a letter to local authorities in October 2011, the Malen Land Owners Association denounced working conditions at the foreign owned plantation as "near-slavery", with labourers earning just over $2 a day in temporary jobs. The association said arbitrary dismissals are common and that workers have been denied medical care.

Calling for a "peaceful resolution of the land crisis", the group said the annual payments of $5 per hectare were "unacceptable" and that local farmers have not been adequately compensated for valuable trees and plants destroyed in clearing the land.

(UK Guardian)


The Road to Serfdom Series

The world is moving toward a modern form of Neo-Serfdom where everyone works for the all-powerful State or businesses controlled by the State.  A world where individual property rights and economic freedom do not exist.  

FREEDOM IS VANISHING:   What happens when the major employers are owned by government backed investment groups, or your food comes from government owned farms, or your news is delivered by so-called "private" corporations but are in reality connected and interconnected to governments?

George Orwell had a name for it:  Big Brother.

Please check out other stories in our Serfdom series.

THE FEDERALIST - "Arab Food Colonies in Black Africa."

THE FEDERALIST - "Chinese colonization of New Zealand blocked."

THE FEDERALIST - "Chinese "Slavery" in Africa - The Road to Serfdom, Part XIV."

THE FEDERALIST - "Argentina fights Saudi Land Grab." 

THE FEDERALIST - "LAND GRAB: 160,000 people thrown off their land."

THE FEDERALIST - "China is buying up Argentina." 

THE FEDERALIST - "Corporations use Global Warming to steal land." 

THE FEDERALIST - "China wants to buy a huge chunk of Iceland"

THE FEDERALIST - "China to buy up Australian farmland"

THE FEDERALIST - "Brazil takes action to protect their farmlands from foreigners"

THE FEDERALIST - "Saudi Arabian "Food Colonies" in Argentina"

THE FEDERALIST - "China buys oil fields in Texas"

THE FEDERALIST - "America is committing suicide - The Road to Serfdom, Part IV"

THE FEDERALIST - "The Road to Serfdom, Part III"

THE FEDERALIST - "Benito Mussolini was right"

THE FEDERALIST - "The Road to Serfdom, Part II" 


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