Publications

Reclaiming Public Interest in Europe's International Investment Policy

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Report
Seattles to Brussels Network
July 2010

A clear and plain language guide to the EU's neoliberal investment regime, explaining both the social and environmental costs of  prying open poor, vulnerable countries' economies, as well as outlining a number of ethical alternatives.

Agrofuels: Big Profits, Ruined Lives and Ecological Destruction

François Houtart
June 2010

The green potential of agrofuels has been wasted by businesses that put profits above environmental protection, which has led to an absurd situation where an energy source that should be sustainable actually increases human and ecological damage.

Towards a Broader View of the Politics of Global Land Grabbing

Paper
June 2010

The spectre of a global land grab by foreign transnationals has captured media attention, but perhaps the bigger danger lies in the response by institutions like the World Bank, whose supposedly ameliorative measures are likely to entrench dispossession rather than prevent it.

Sentencing for Drug Offences in England and Wales

Briefing
Genevieve Harris
June 2010

Sentencing for drug offences in England and Wales has recently undergone a wide-sweeping review and public consultation. The purpose of this report is to examine and evaluate this mechanism for law reform, without the need for legislative reform, and to consider the specific discussion around sentencing for drug offences which it has led to.

Burma’s 2010 Elections: Challenges and Opportunities

Briefing
June 2010

The election process in Burma represents the most significant political transformation for a generation

Burma in 2010: A Critical Year in Ethnic Politics

Briefing
June 2010

Resolution of Burma's longstanding ethnic crises is integral to the achievement of real peace, democracy and constitutional government

Angola: Reinventing Pasts and Futures

Paper
June 2010

Today’s political economy in Angola resembles the colonial order of yesterday: a narrow state-based elite manages the economy to promote a development model that redistributes wealth upward and outward.

Converging Crises: Reality, Fear and Hope

Paper
May 2010

The term crisis implies a short lived period of uncertainty - suggesting there is something temporary or anomalous about the current state of the global economy. On the contrary, our global economy, from the financial clouds (or bubbles) to the real roots - where men and women work, live and survive - is suffering from systemic flaws based on an ever expanding void between rich and poor.


 

Drug law reform in Ecuador

Briefing
Sandra Edwards & Coletta Youngers
May 2010

Across the hemisphere, frustration is grow- ing with the failure of the “war on drugs.” Many Latin American countries face rising rates of drug consumption, despite harsh drug laws that have left prisons bursting at the seams.

Financing Food

Briefing
Thijs Kerckhoffs, Roos van Os
April 2010

Financing Food focuses on how derivative markets work and on speculation in food and agricultural products. This study demonstrates how the futures market for agricultural products, in particular, has changed and is being disrupted by new speculators, growing index funds and commodities funds.

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