Mexico: The Law Against Small-Scale Drug Dealing

Jorge Hernández Tinajero y Carlos Zamudio Angles
October 2009

In August 2009, Mexico adopted a new law against small-scale drug dealing, which introduces some significant advances in key subjects, such as the recognising of and distinguishing between user, drug addict and dealer. However it still has significant flaws in continuing to treat demand and supply of drugs as a criminal and market phenomenon that are likely to undermine its successful application.


September 2009

Are we turning a blind eye to a new kind of arms race? One in which all the weapons are pointing inwards? This report reveals the extent to which Europe’s largest defence and IT contractors are benefiting from a €1.4 billion EU “security research” programme.


Germany's Official Development Assistance in Land Policy

Roman Herre
September 2009

The German government's involvement in land policy is reflected through its support for technical land administration and management in more than 20 countries, while the engagement in redistributive land policies like land reform is almost non-existent.

Burma's Cease-fires at Risk

September 2009

In August the Burma army occupied the Kokang region after several days of fighting, ending two decades of cease-fire with the ethnic minority group. The resumption of fighting in northern Burma raises speculation about the other cease-fires. Tensions are rising and the cease-fire groups have put their armed forces on high alert.

Carbon Trading

September 2009

A guide to why carbon trading will not work in justly tackling climate change and what alternatives might.

Land Reform Policies in Belgian Official Development Assistance

Jonas Vanreusel
September 2009

For the most part of its history, the Belgian Official Development Assistance (ODA) focused on narrow agricultural productivity issues. With the slow but steady insertion of Belgian ODA into the
international development community’s priorities, instruments and methods, Belgium started to focus on broader rural development.

Penser et pratiquer le développement autrement

Pascal van Griethuysen
September 2009

Ce texte propose une réflexion sur les alternatives à l’expansion mondiale du mode de développement occidental telles que les propose le mouvement altermondialiste depuis une dizaine d’années.

Drug Policy Reform in Practice

August 2009

The academic journal Nueva Sociedad recently released an issue to promote the debate in Latin America on drug policy reform. TNI contributed with the paper "Drug policy reform in practice: Experiences with alternatives in Europe and the US".

TNI and the Pinochet precedent

August 2009

On 21 September 1976, Transnational Institute discovered the brutal cost of fighting for economic and social justice, when Chilean secret service agents set off a car bomb in Washington DC killing TNI's director, Orlando Letelier along with Ronni Moffitt, a fundraiser for the Institute for Policy Studies. It has taken more than 30 years of struggle to bring some of those responsible to justice.

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