Reports & Briefings

Pro-Business or Pro-Poor?

TNI Myanmar Programme & TNI Agrarian Justice Programme
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.

Women Agricultural Workers

Denisse Córdova & Cornelia Helmcke. Contributions from Philip Seufert, Flavio Valente and Yifang Slot-Tang.
September 2014
Report

While access to waged agricultural work can bring about benefits to women, this paper aims to shed light on the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure in industries where women have traditionally constituted a significant share of the workforce.

The Politics of Sugarcane flexing in Brazil and beyond

Ben McKay, Sérgio Sauer, Ben Richardson and Roman Herre
September 2014

Flex crops, spread over greater expanses of land, are increasingly interlinked through international exchange in food, feed and fuel. Brazilian exports of sugarcane ethanol to the US are in part influenced by the domestic US production of maize ethanol, which in turn is shaped by the price of feed and the soybean supply.

The Politics of Flexing Soybeans in China and Brazil

Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira and Mindi Schneider
September 2014

The trajectories of soy developments in Brazil and China are related despite moving largely in opposite directions.

Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?

September 2014

Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group.

UN weighs in on blame game over census tensions

Bill O’Toole
September 2014

The head of the United Nations’ technical advisory board for Myanmar’s census has dismissed criticisms of the process and blamed civil society and human rights groups for having “inflamed” tensions surrounding the count.

Shifting Power Reader

September 2014

The economic rise of China, India, Brazil and others has prompted plenty of speculation about its implications for US power and global governance. But what does the rise of these nations mean for social movements committed to economic, social and environmental justice? This Reader pulls together a series of working papers.