Africa

BRICS: Salvation or Ruination of South Africa?

March 2014

Round table discussion with Dr William Gumede, author of South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or ruination? (Tafelberg Short/Tafelberg Kort, 2013) on Wednesday 30 April from 15:00 - 17:00 at the Transnational Institute, De Wittenstraat 25, 1052AK Amsterdam.

Ditch treaties that bite

Ronald Gijsbertsen & Danielle Hirsch
November 2013

South Africa is moving away from international investment treaties towards a new framework for investment protection based on domestic law. Contrary to some opinions, there are cogent arguments in favour of this approach.

Seeds of discontent

October 2013

Watch this trailer for a powerful new documentary about how supposedly well-meaning Dutch and Swedish investments can result in land grabbing and human rights abuses in one small community in Mozambique.

 

Seeds of discontent documentary unveils how foreign investors fuel land grabs

October 2013

A powerful new documentary film “Seeds of discontent” was launched today that draws attention to the role of a Swedish investment firm, Dutch pension fund and Norwegian church endowment firm in land grabbing in Mozambique.

Marikana Massacre Anniversary - Time to end Corporate Impunity and State complicity!

August 2013

On the one-year anniversary of the massacre of 34 striking workers at the Lonmin plc Marikana mine in South Africa, the members of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, of which TNI is part, express their ongoing solidarity with the Lonmin plc mineworkers, their families and the entire Marikana community.

A foreseeable disaster

Helena Paul
July 2013

Why despite ten years of accumulating evidence on the social and environmental cost of agrofuels, does the European Commission persist with its failed policies? An analysis of the EU's bioeconomy vision, how it is fuelling land grabs in Africa, the agrofuels lobby that drives policy, and the alternative visions for energy that are being ignored.

A Landmark Victory for Justice: Biowatch’s Battle with the South African State and Monsanto

Rachel Wynberg
May 2013

Published by  Biowatch South Africa, this is a book about access to information, the right to know, and action in the public’s interest – a must-read for anyone campaigning for environmental or social justice.

The EU trade and Investment Agenda: quashing the aspirations of the Arab Spring?

Roeline Knottnerus
March 2013

The EU's launch of negotiations for Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) with four Arab countries in transition – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia - looks set to entrench an economic model that was one of the root causes of the Arab Spring.

Climate Space

March 2013

Are African land grabs really water grabs?

Lyla Mehta, Gert Jan Veldwisch
March 2013

As land is grabbed and earmarked in Africa for supposed development, there are nearly always implications for the water nearby, for local people's land and water rights and environmental sustainability.