Reports & Briefings

Trading away Democracy

Pia Eberhardt, Blair Redlin, Cecile Toubeau
November 2014
Briefing

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.

Beyond the BRICS' Rhetoric: An Inquiry on South-South Land grabbing

Tomaso Ferrando
November 2014
Report

BRICS countries’ investors play an increasingly crucial role in land investments. Just as the global trend of increased interest and investment in land has led to a surge of land grabbing, BRICS investments have proved no different.

Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global trend

Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean
November 2014
Report

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

The case of Newmont Mining vs Indonesia

Riza Damanik
November 2014
Briefing

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.

Plow protesters lose land and liberty in Myanmar

November 2014

Almost 200 farmers from five villages have been arrested since 2012 for protests over land confiscated by the military.

Big Corporations, the Bali Package and Beyond

Mary Louise F. Malig
November 2014
Report

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. 

Pro-Business or Pro-Poor?

October 2014
Paper

What are the potential implications for Myanmars majority rural working poor now after the unveiling of the much-awaited draft national land use policy?

Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for Peace

Phil Thornton
October 2014

While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics.

Five sites of struggle and potential transformation

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Zoe Brent & Tanya Kerssen
October 2014

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.

Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

Translator; Sara Shields
October 2014
Paper

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.