Articles

Ocean grabbing: a new wave of twenty first century 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.

Europe-wide self-organised ECI against TTIP/CETA

October 2014

We call on the institutions of the European Union and its member states to stop the negotiations with the USA on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada.

Small Farms Can Feed the World

October 2014
Hilal Elver

Much of agricultural policy is rooted in a view that considers small farms as inefficient. Efficiency and productivity in agriculture, it is argued, can only be delivered by consolidating land, using advanced technology, investing in large-scale irrigation and massive fertilization, and encouraging monoculture in big-scale farms.

European Civil Society rejects TTIP, CETA and TISA

October 2014

Saturday October 11  saw an extraordinary mobilization success. Over 400 actions were organized in 20 European countries to reject the secret trade deals that the EU is negotiating (TTIP, CETA and TiSA)

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

October 2014

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.

El Salvador’s struggle against corporate impunity

October 2014
Diana Aguiar, Andrea Tognoni

The controversial legal case that Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim has launched against El Salvador has added fuel to the growing international debate on the balance of corporate rights and responsibilities and the need for new legal international frameworks to address corporate impunity.

Podemos and the new political practices

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October 2014

What are the reasons for the success of Podemos, its implications for Spanish and European politics and is it possible to imagine a similar development in the Netherlands?