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Originally posted by redhead57
I believe Bush purchased some land in Ecuador recently.
Foreign land buyers issue
Foreign investors, including Italian multimillionational Benetton Group and the environmentalist Douglas Tompkins, own major land areas.
This situation have caused several conflicts with local inhabitants and the governments of Chile and Argentina for example the opposition by Douglas Tompkins to the planned route for Carretera Austral in Pumalín Park.
Benetton has faced criticism from Mapuche organizations, including Mapuche International Link, over its purchase of traditional Mapuche lands in Patagonia. The Curiñanco-Nahuelquir family was evicted from their land in 2002 following Benetton's claim to it, but the land was restored in 2007.
During discussions with indigenous rights groups it was pointed out that the Mapuche had only acquired the disputed land through violence and armed confrontation that resulted in displacement of earlier tribes, a[...]
Originally posted by St Udio
i always considered the Patagonia area... as the refuge that will become a sanctuary -> which could become an Oasis,
or even developed into a modern garden-of-eden,
as climate change and magnetic pole reversal takes place, & the whole industrialized northern hemisphere goes Kaput in a toxic sea of pollution and societal squalor
keep happy thoughts,
Originally posted by Mdv2
Just a co-incidence? Are there any more rich (former)officials who have recently bought land in South America?
[edit on 10-3-2009 by Mdv2]