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Honduras: The futility of the coup

July 2009
TNI
History is repeating itself and will very likely end in the same way.

1st Communique from the Popular Resistance Front

July 2009
TNI
To the national and international community we communicate: That we denounce the fact that in the early hours of the morning on 28th June 2009 a brutal and inhumane military coup was perpetrated against the legally constituted Government of Manuel Zelaya Rosales, President of the Republic of Honduras. That it is not true that President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and his Cabinet have renounced their positions, and argument used by the National Congress to smear them, to make President Zelaya's dismissal official and to install Roberto Micheletti Baín in his place. That the

The global food price crisis - a critique of orthodox perspectives

June 2009
TNI
Capitalist industrial agriculture, with its wrenching destabilisation and transformation of land, nature, and social relations is responsible for today's food crises, argues Walden Bello.  

Land, Rural Social Movements and Democratisation in Indonesia

June 2009
TNI
Although support from urban-based students and activists was important, the rural protest in Indonesia during President Suharto's regime was built on continued protest and organisation around land issues.

Call to Action: Support Global Drug Policy Reform

June 2009
TNI
I. The War on Drugs has become a War on People As the United Nations brings worldwide attention to problems related to illicit drugs, we call for a new approach. In too many countries, the “war on drugs” has become a war on people. Millions of non-violent drug users face abuse and imprisonment, while they have no access to proper healthcare or effective treatment. Low-level traders and producers receive sentences disproportionate to their crimes and languish in prisons around the globe.

Groups put pressure on governments to reform harmful drug policies

June 2009
TNI
Contact: Martin Jelsma, +31 20 662 6608 or +31 65 5715893, mjelsma [at] tni.org Amsterdam, 25 June — As the United Nations launches the 2009 World Drug Report this week, more than 40 international groups and experts worldwide today issue a call to action that presses governments to adopt a humane approach to drug policy. The call to action, signed by the Transnational Institute (TNI), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, former president of Brazil Fernando Cardoso, and others, urges governments to enact policies that are based on scientific

Rich countries block UN treatment of causes of the global economic crisis, say civil society representatives

June 2009
TNI
Responding to the final UN document, approved today in the UN High Level conference of the global economic crisis, members of the Our World is not for Sale Network (OWINFS) said the following: Kinda Mohamadieh of Arab NGO Network for Development: “While world leaders are supposed to be discussing re-regulation to address the crisis, the EU and US continue to push for extreme forms of deregulation of the financial sector through regional and bilateral free trade agreements.

Civil society representatives available for interview on trade liberalization and the financial crisis

June 2009
TNI
Our World is not for Sale Network (OWINFS), made up of more than 200 social movements and organizations fighting against unjust trade agreements, has the following members available for interview in New York: Elyzabeth Peredo is the Director of Solon Foundation of Bolivia, which plays an important role in the movements against Free Trade Agreements in both Bolivia and Latin America. Solon Foundation is leading a campaign to call for countries to withdraw from the secretive World Bank Tribunal, International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Peru's ´forest laws´ and their agro-energy driver

June 2009
TNI
The push for the development of the agrofuel market is one of the drivers behind the protests that have taken place in the Peruvian Amazon in the last weeks, writes Lucía Goldfarb. The push for the development of the agrofuel market is one of the drivers behind the protests that have taken place in the Peruvian Amazon in the last weeks. It began with the Peruvian government introducing a set of controversial decrees aimed at facilitating the implementation of the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Towards a world market for coca leaf?

June 2009
TNI
When we think of people like Pope Paul VI, the Queen of Spain or Britain’s Princess Anne, most of us do not think of them as criminals. But that is what they are, under the current international drug law. Their crime? They all sipped coca tea on their arrival to the Bolivian capital La Paz. Bolivia is planning to submit a formal request to the UN to declassify coca as a narcotic drug, emphasizing in its arguments the traditional uses, such as the chewing of the leaf.