• Trading away Democracy

    The Investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in the far-reaching economic integration agreement between Canada and the European Union prevents governments from acting in the public interest.
  • Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global tren...

    In the last 15 years there have been at least 180 cases of water remunicipalisation in 35 countries, both in the global North and South, including high profile cases in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa
  • Big Corporations, the Bali Package and Beyond

    This sequel to the “Tailored for Sharks” report delves deeper into the role the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its legal system play in the corporate architecture that benefits and protects interests of Transnational Corporations (TNCs); details concrete examples of TNCs behind trade disputes; and presents the post-Bali corporate roadmap. 
  • Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

    Venezuela's failure to develop an effective strategy to reduce its economy's dependence on gas and oil threatens the social successes and future viability of the Bolivarian project.
  • Shifting Power Reader

    The economic rise of China, India, Brazil and others has prompted plenty of speculation about its implications for US power and global governance. But what does the rise of these nations mean for social movements committed to economic, social and environmental justice? This Reader pulls together a series of working papers.

Articles

US-India “deal” undermines food security and is victory for TNCs

Netherlands/Jakarta, 14 November 2014 - The announcement on November 13th of a US-India agreement on trade facilitation and India’s food security programme was denounced today by Transnational Institute and Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI), the Indonesian Peasant Union Federation as a “victory for transnational corporations at the expense of peasant farmers.”

Dilma Rousseff has a Second Chance to invigorate Brazil’s Foreign Policy

The South American giant needs to live up to its ideals on the global stage, and civil society activists have a role to play

Ocean grabbing: a new wave of enclosures

Carsten Pedersen, Mads Christian Barbesgaard
Not only are the small-scale fisher communities best placed to ensure food sovereignty, but they are also the starting point for any serious transition towards an ecologically and socially just food regime. We need a revolution to bring the oceans back into the global commons.

A Peoples' vision for a just and inclusive Asia and Europe

One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.

Keep Sombath’s vision alive: Keynote speech by Shui Meng Ng at AEPF10

Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF,  Sombath Somphone gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane. Two months after this vibrant AEPF in Laos he disappeared.  This year his wife Shui Meng Ng gave the keynote speech, to remind us of Sombath's vision.

Publications

The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

Riza Damanik
The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia is a powerful example of how investment agreements are used by companies to get exemptions from government regulations and legislation, undermining democracy and development.
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Five sites of struggle and potential transformation

Zoe Brent & Tanya Kerssen
Corporate control of the food system in the US continues to undermine the livelihoods of farmers, farmworkers, fisherpeople, communities of color, and indigenous peoples in the US, but there are also increasing examples of community-based resistance, grassroots solidarity, and broad-based alliances that are resisting the corporate takeover.

The Global Water Grab: A Primer

Gloria Pracucci
Water grabbing refers to situations where powerful actors take control of valuable water resources  for their own benefit, depriving local communities whose livelihoods often depend on these resources and ecosystems.

Women Agricultural Workers

Denisse Córdova & Cornelia Helmcke. Contributions from Philip Seufert, Flavio Valente and Yifang Slot-Tang.
While access to waged agricultural work can bring about benefits to women, this paper aims to shed light on the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure in industries where women have traditionally constituted a significant share of the workforce.

The Politics of Sugarcane flexing in Brazil and beyond

Ben McKay, Sérgio Sauer, Ben Richardson and Roman Herre
Flex crops, spread over greater expanses of land, are increasingly interlinked through international exchange in food, feed and fuel. Brazilian exports of sugarcane ethanol to the US are in part influenced by the domestic US production of maize ethanol, which in turn is shaped by the price of feed and the soybean supply.

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