UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: Tuesday, July 2nd, 302 AP.

Land Reform's endless controversies

Land reform is one of the more contentious and fraught issues that the govern-
ment and the President have had to face. Yet, yesterday's new land-ownership
law provides a clue as to the direction the Okarvits administration is heading
in.

Zeitgeist Magazine observed back in October 300ap, when President Okarvits took
on the reins of power, that the country required a man of enormous wisdom to
solve the country's woes. None of these is more difficult than farmland owned
by Uta-Decashi farmers that belongs, by many a yardstick, to the Utani people
who long occupied it.

So far, the promise of reform has been enough to keep Utani from simply
occupying the land by force, but for how much longer will they hold back?

What should the government do? Offer to buy it back? The cost alone is
estimated to be fifteen times the government budget, and twice the size of the
economy.

Yet, there is hope in the President's most recently implemented legislation
that prevents foreigners owning Utanian land. An Utani nationalist think-tank
certainly thinks so, and goes one step closer, presenting a plan to help both
farmers, and Utani communities.

There is no easy solution, but those that there is are examined at:
http://www.JaggedBlue.com/zgnews/0906,0701,landreform.html


©UPA, 301 AP.

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