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  1. Jakarta citizens' final challenge in the Supreme Court

    30 May 2016

    International Water Justice community sent the petition to the Supreme Court of Indonesia.  Residents of Jakarta filed a citizen lawsuit against water privatisation in Jakarta at Central Jakarta District Court in November 2012. They argued in the lawsuit that water privatisation failed to fulfil the residents’ access to safe water, caused a series of corruptions and financial harm to the public budgets. In March 2015, the court ruled in favour of the residents, annulling the contract agreement with two private water operators. It was a significant victory of people. The decision, however, was challenged by these private companies and other defendants.  Unfortunately the residents lost in the High Court in February 2016.  Jakarta people decided to challenge the High Court ruling at the Supreme Court.

  2. ‘Food Sovereignty in Practice’ training weekend

    11 June 2016 - Event

    We welcome you to participate in the training weekend ‘Food Sovereignty in Practice’, an inspiring exchange of alternatives to our current food system. It will take place on the organic farm Buitenverwachting near Leiden and is meant for both students, practitioners and (prospective) farmers who are interested in movement building and deepening their knowledge of food sovereignty, agroecology, urban food systems and the human right to food.

  3. rcep-isds

    Solving Myanmar’s drug trade means involving militias in the peace process

    27 May 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times  - To unravel Myanmar's drug trade and end the decades-long civil war, Tatmadaw-backed militias will need to be involved in the dialogue, experts say.


  4. La réglementation du cannabis et les traités de l’onu sur les drogues

    27 May 2016
    Policy briefing

    Alors que des législatures adoptent des réformes établissant l’accès légal au cannabis pour des fins autres qu’exclusivement « médicales et scientifiques », les tensions entourant les traités actuels des Nations Unies en matière de drogues et l’évolution des lois et pratiques des États membres continuent de s’intensifier. Comment les gouvernements et les systèmes onusiens pourraient-ils aborder ces tensions croissantes par des moyens qui reconnaissent les changements de politiques en cours et qui aident à moderniser le régime des traités sur les drogues, à proprement parler, et par le fait même à renforcer les piliers onusiens des droits humains, du développement, de la paix et de la sécurité ainsi que de la primauté du droit?

  5. How to hold Transnational Corporations responsible for Human Rights Violations

    30 May 2016 - Event

    A public hearing will take place at the European Parliament to forward the challenge of regulation of TransNational Corporations (TNCs) in relation to human rights.

  6. Convocatoria CLACSO-TNI

    Concurso de propuestas - Programa de apoyo a la investigación comprometida: Las disputas por lo público en América Latina y el Caribe

    26 May 2016

    El Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO) y el Transnational Institute (TNI), con el apoyo del Instituto de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe (IEALC), convocan a presentar propuestas de investigación comprometida dirigidas a sistematizar el trabajo de movimientos populares en torno a las disputas por lo público en la región.

  7. Signing away sovereignty

    • Cecilia Olivet, Jaybee Garganera, Farah Sevilla, Joseph Purugganan
    24 May 2016

    Mining firms have been one of the main corporate sectors worldwide to take advantage of investor-state dispute mechanisms to sue states for regulation of mining, having sued governments for a total of USD 53 billion so far. The Philippines, one of five countries worldwide with the highest overall mineral reserves, has a web of investment treaties which severely constrain the government's ability to regulate or close polluting mines. This legal straitjacket will become even tighter if the EU–Philippines Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proceed.

  8. ¿Quién manda aquí? Poder económico y resistencias globales

    13 June 2016 - Event

    Con motivo de la publicación en castellano del informe Estado del poder 2016, Transnational Institute y FUHEM Ecosocial invitan al coloquio: “¿Quién manda aquí? Poder económico y resistencias globales”.

  9. အမ်ိဳးသမီးမပါဘဲ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းမႈမရွိႏိုင္ - ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအတြင္း က်ား/မတန္းတူညီမွ်မႈ၊ စစ္မက္ပ႗ိပကၡႏွင့္ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး

    23 May 2016
    Policy briefing

    ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးတည္ေဆာက္မႈႏွင့္ ဒီမုိကေရစီ အသြင္ကူးေျပာင္းေရးတြင္ က်ား/မေရးရာကိစၥ၊ တုိင္းရင္း သားအေရးႏွင့္ အျခား သ႐ုပ္လကၡဏာမ်ား အၾကား ဆက္စပ္ပတ္သက္ေနမႈမ်ားကုိ ပုိမုိနားလည္သေဘာေပါက္ ရန္ လုိအပ္ေနသည္မွာ ၾကာၿပီျဖစ္သည္။ ႏုိင္ငံအတြင္း ေရရွည္တည္တံ့ခုိင္ၿမဲသည့္ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္း ေရးႏွင့္ ဒီမုိကေရစီစနစ္ကုိ တည္ေဆာက္ရန္ ပဋိပကၡ ေျဖရွင္းမႈႏွင့္ ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္အဆင့္ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈတြင္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးအဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ား၏ ပါဝင္မႈႏွင့္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးအခြင့္အေရးမ်ား ႏွင့္ပတ္သက္သည့္ တုိးတက္မႈအေျခ အေနသည္ အေရးပါလွပါသည္။

  10. Dínamo no 1

    21 May 2016

    El Transnational Institute se complace en presentar el primer número de Dínamo, una síntesis mensual y bilingüe (inglés y español) de debates y nuevas ideas sobre política y economía internacional. Dínamo es una iniciativa conjunta de la diaria (un periódico uruguayo publicado por una cooperativa de periodistas y trabajadores de la prensa) y un colectivo de investigadores-activistas de América Latina.

  11. Dynamo no 1

    21 May 2016

    The Transnational Institute proudly presents the first issue of Dynamo, a monthly and bilingual (English and Spanish) review of current debates and new ideas on international politics and economics. Dynamo is jointly published by TNI, la diaria (a Uruguayan newspaper run by a cooperative of journalists and media workers) and a collective of Latin American scholar-activists.

  12. The New Politics Research Agenda Workshop Report

    • Daniel Chavez
    21 May 2016

    Researchers and activists from fifteen countries met in Amsterdam with the aim to jointly draft the research agenda of the New Politics Project, a decentralised think tank on counter-hegemonic politics. It will aim to boost the development of desirable, viable and achievable alternatives, transcending current oppressive and exploitative structures;  acknowledge the diversity of knowledge as a source of inspiration for the co-creation of alternatives; and promote fruitful collaboration and exchanges among researchers and activists from different regions of the world.

  13. La política local entra en la contienda global

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    20 May 2016

    Los municipios europeos se suman a la batalla contra el TTIP para proteger la soberanía y los servicios públicos, demostrando cómo tomar la iniciativa política y construir una economía alternativa.

  14. What’s left of it

    20 May 2016

    Book review - The Phoenix Moment | Praful Bidwai’s book discusses the past and potential of Left politics in India.

  15. Proposal to expand investors’ rights for all intra-EU investment will be the next nail in the coffin of European integration

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest
    19 May 2016

    Representatives of the governments of Austria, France, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands (AFFGN) tabled a proposal, in April, to establish “a multilateral agreement among the [EU] Member States […] which would replace and supersede pre-existing intra-EU BITs”. With this proposal, all EU investors would effectively be able to sue any member state at an international tribunal when they feel government regulations have undermined their (future) profits. This proposal undercuts the very basis of the European Union and is the best example of how the EU has become a vehicle for business rights at the expense of democracy.

  16. Local politics enters the global contest

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    19 May 2016

    European municipalities join the battle against TTIP to protect sovereignty and public services, demonstrating how to take political initiative and build an alternative economy

  17. Chronicling an Electoral Insurgency: “Dutertismo” Captures the Philippines

    Walden Bello
    19 May 2016

    International reports about the recent election in the Philippines invariably refer to its result as a “political earthquake.”

    The metaphor is accurate.

  18. Towards Energy Democracy

    • James Angel
    19 May 2016

    How are people across the world taking back power over the energy sector, kicking-back against the rule of the market and reimagining how energy might be produced, distributed and used? How can the concept of energy democracy be deployed to demand a socially just energy system, with universal access, fair prices and secure, unionised and well-paid jobs? This report summarises the discussions and outcomes from an international workshop on energy democracy held in Amsterdam in February 2016.

  19. Flower seed

    James Angel

  20. Leaked documents show five EU Member States attempting to institutionalise ISDS throughout Europe

    Niels Jongerius
    19 May 2016
    Press release

    In an astonishing move which ignores the opinion of millions of citizens who oppose ISDS, the governments of Austria, France, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands (AFFGN) have made a sly attempt to institutionalise ISDS throughout the European Union. According to a leaked non-paper, on the 7th April representatives of these five nations made a proposal to the EU Council’s Trade Policy Committee which would in effect create a plurilateral treaty based on foreign investment protection within the EU. A move which was suspiciously followed by publication of a similar proposal on Business Europe’s website in what appears to have been a coordinated action.