Articles

Fatal Attraction: Brownfield's Flexibility Doctrine and Global Drug Policy Reform

November 2014
Damon Barrett

State-level cannabis reforms have exposed the inability of the United States to abide by the terms of the legal bedrock of the global drug control system. It is calls for a conversation the US federal government wishes to avoid. The result is a new official position on the UN drugs treaties that, despite its seductively progressive tone, serves only to sustain the status quo and may cause damage beyond drug policy.

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

November 2014

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.”

180 cities take back public control of water showing remunicipalisation is here to stay

November 2014

More than 180 cities and communities in 35 countries have taken back control of their water services in the last 15 years, a new report released today by the Transnational Institute (TNI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and the Multinational Observatory reveals.

Phyllis Bennis, Hafed Al-Ghwell, Richard Bailey discuss deteriorating security in Libya

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November 2014

The United Nations says the next few months will be critical for Libya’s future. Five Western Nations have condemned the violence in Libya but can diplomacy alone work? The Heat speaks to a panel of experts to find out.

Phyllis Bennis, Hafed Al-Ghwell, Richard Bailey debate situation in Libya

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November 2014

The United Nations says the next few months will be critical for Libya’s future. Five Western Nations have condemned the violence in Libya but can diplomacy alone work? The Heat speaks to a panel of experts to find out.

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

November 2014

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

October 2014
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.

International Impacts of the U.S. Trend toward Legal Marijuana

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October 2014
Wells C. Bennett

American attitudes toward marijuana policy are shifting. Recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legalized. How might a shift in American marijuana policies affect the prohibitionist drug treaty system?

EU-Japan FTA - open Letter to Commissioner Karel de Gucht

October 2014

In an open letter Japanese & European groups call for transparency in the EU-Japan trade talks and removing the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) from the Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

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

October 2014

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.