Articles

European Citizens' Initiative demands: Stop negotiations for TTIP and CETA

July 2014

European Citizens' Initiative demands: Stop negotiations for TTIP and CETA ECI-Registration 15 July 2015 – criticism: insufficient democratic participation and weakening of standards

Reforming the global drug-control system: The stakes for Washington

July 2014

Washington's new narrative defends the integrity of the UN drug control conventions, while allowing more flexible interpretations

Drugs and violence in the Northern Triangle

July 2014
Liza ten Velde

The upsurge in violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle is often named in one breath with the drugs market. While violence clearly thrives from an illegal trade met with exclusively repressive state responses, assumptions on cause and effect are frequently flawed or blurred.

Cannabis regulation and UN treaty reform

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July 2014

2nd European Harm Reduction Conference 2014 in Basel; "Cannabis regulation and UN treaty reform", speech by Martin Jelsma, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

Movements against Spanish state debt

June 2014

Since the awakening of the squares in 2011 the political atmosphere in the Spanish state has changed dramatically. “Frustration, despair and fear, instead of being channelled towards the far right, have gone towards the creation of opportunities to meet other people facing similar situations, support each other and resist.”

Social movements celebrate historic UN vote against impunity

June 2014

Twenty country members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, representing a population of 3.8 billion people, voted today in favour of a historic resolution to build a binding treaty against TNC human rights abuses.

June 26, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

June 2014

June 26 is the United Nations' International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Activists across the world gather under the banner "Support, Don't Punish: Global Day of Action".

How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

June 2014

Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

June 2014

The largest Public-Private Partnership in water sector in Germany ended in 2013 after the longstanding social mobilisation. Remunicipalisation cost a high price for the city of Berlin though. Berliners have striven for new challenges.

Blockupy and Beyond

June 2014
Corinna Genschel

The blockade of the European Central Bank in 2012 and 2013 started as a German initiative but has triggered an international movement responding to a Europe in crisis.