Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 244

Posts Tagged ‘grabs’

Mafia land grabs: the dark side of corruption in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 novembre 2019

Rome The International Land Coalition (ILC) will be attending the first “International Conference against all forms of Mafia” in Slovakia from 11-12 November, 2019 to call international attention to the dark side of criminally-driven land grabbing in Europe, and to show support to the affected small farmers of the region. The Conference is called to celebrate the life of Ján Kuciak, an investigative journalist and his partner Martina Kusnirova, both 27 years old, who were shot and killed on February 21st, 2018 before his last report on corruption and the Italian Mafia in Slovakia was published. This is the first time Slovakia and Italy will bring together affected farmers, state officials, activists and media agencies to discuss strategies to combat criminal activity and corruption in the agricultural and land sector. Mr Federico Cafiero De Raho, Italian Public Anti-Mafia and Counterterrorism Prosecutor, will give the keynote speech. For many ILC members, dealing with the consequences and fallouts of land grabbing remains a harsh but daily reality, with frequent displacement from their homes. Land grabbing is not a new phenomenon and in fact hit a wave of global interest in 2012 when the Land Matrix uncovered alarming trends and unprecedented detail on who’s investing, where, and for what. But what does land grabbing look like for Europe in 2019? In recent years, cases of land-related corruption have increased, with Mafia slowly spreading their roots and gaining traction across Europe by taking advantage of EU mechanisms like the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies. The purpose of the programme, the largest of its kind in the world, is to help small scale and hard working farmers feed Europe’s population. Yet, in countries like Slovakia, small farmers claim that they have been beaten and extorted to give up their subsidised land. In a recent exposé by The New York Times, it was found that “every year, the EU pays out $65 billion in farm subsidies intended to support farmers around the Continent and keep rural communities alive. But across Hungary and much of Central and Eastern Europe, the bulk goes to a connected and powerful few…subsidies have underwritten Mafia-style land grabs in Slovakia and Bulgaria”. Unfortunately, these deals have gone relatively unnoticed due to a lack of common legislation among the EU Member States. The International Land Coalition is working across the region and globally to protect the land rights of small scale farmers and land and human rights defenders. The Torrecuso declaration, signed by ILC’s members in Europe, Middle East & North Africa commits to working across the region to prevent dispossession of common land, conflict, and the potential wide-ranging impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), among others.

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Popularity up for grabs

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 luglio 2009

First it was popularity on social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon that was being sold and now Twitter is in the sights of those looking to have their fame and status artificially increased. Web traffic and promotion company – who famously received and ignored a Cease & Desist order from Digg after selling votes on the site – have just launched a service allowing Twitter users to purchase packages of followers if they are having trouble attaining them on their own. Starting in packages of 1,000 and going up to 100,000 followers, the company launched the buy Twitter followers service not long ago with what they say was a massive response. uSocial themselves own three of their own Twitter accounts which have all been active for only seven weeks and each of them number between 8,000 and 14,000 followers, totaling over 30,000 people following their activities. It was the methods they used to create this large follower base in such a short amount of time that they now use on their clients accounts. The service is the second offered by uSocial that works on unnaturally increasing rankings or popularity on a social site. Upon their launch in December of 2008 the only service the company offered was their paid social bookmarking services which allowed clients to purchase votes on sites like Digg and StumbleUpon. While they do now offer other services such as press release distribution, it seems their artificial popularity services are by far the most sought after. uSocial no longer offer the paid social bookmarking services on their site as they state they have a large number of regularly contracted corporate clients who fill all their available slots. Despite this, Hill says they will be reopening this service for new clients very soon. The company’s new Twitter services can be viewed by going to, or for more information the company can be contacted via the form on their site.

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