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  1. The 2009 World Drug Report

    30 September 2009

    The World Drug Report 2009 was the first publication of note to come from the UNODC since the High Level Segment of the 52nd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.  As such, it was eagerly anticipated for not only what it would say about the trends in world drug markets, but also what it might reveal about the outlook of the senior management of the Office itself after the UNGASS review.

     

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    Brussels' commitment to Latin American integration questioned

    Leigh Phillips
    30 September 2009
    In the media

    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission is hoping to boost EU-Latin American relations with the creation of a joint forum that will bring together the two sides on a permanent basis and launch of a new investment fund. But civil society organisations and some Latin American officials believe Europe is steadily abandoning its support for regional integration on the EU model on the continent.

  3. About War and Pacification

    29 September 2009

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    EU water policies in the developing world

    29 September 2009
    In the media

    As water shortages in developing countries become more acute due to climate change, the EU is backing policies to manage the demands of all sectors, prioritising health, sanitation and cooperation between states.

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    Pressing issues for UN peacekeeping operations

    Mariano Aguirre, Joana Abrisketa
    29 September 2009
    Article

    The resignation of the UN commander in chief in Congo this year is indicative of the rising number of problematic UN peacekeeping missions. For peacemaking in complex environments to have a chance of succeeding, members of the UN Security Council will need to transcend their own national security and economic interests.

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    Scepticism chic

    Darryl D'Monte
    29 September 2009
    In the media
    The Indian media’s approach to climate change the result of a tendency to follow the leader.
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    Public service privatisation is a fast track to corruption and higher costs

    Seumas Milne
    29 September 2009
    In the media
    Public services must become the universal badge of social solidarity and citizenship they should be, not a second-class safety net for the poor.
  8. Interview: Neoconopticon report

    Ben Hayes
    28 September 2009
    The lack of debate on EU's emerging policies on security is not just about "sleepwalking into a surveillance society”, it is also turning a blind eye to the start of a new kind of arms race, one in which all the weapons are pointing inwards.
  9. NeoConOpticon

    • Ben Hayes
    28 September 2009
    Report

    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.

     
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    Covert memories from Miami

    Saul Landau
    28 September 2009
    Article
    In Miami, several retired U.S. officials remember the early 1960s, when the CIA recruited thousands of Cuban exiles to try and destroy the Cuban revolution.
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    Land Grabs - Another Scramble for Africa

    Ama Biney
    28 September 2009
    In the media
    How is it possible that in the 21st century the world has the capacity to feed every single human being on the planet, yet the majority of people in Africa and the rest of the Global South go rampantly hungry?
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    Big business and security

    Ben Hayes
    28 September 2009
    Article
    In its haste to cash-in on the security boom, the EU has outsourced its research agenda to corporate self-interest.
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    Andorra’s model: time for change

    Fred Halliday
    28 September 2009
    Article
    European pressure over financial secrecy is obliging one of the continent's microstates to adapt. But there are voices in Andorra itself searching for a different role and identity.
  14. Germany's Official Development Assistance in Land Policy

    • Roman Herre
    27 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.

  15. About Public Sector Alternatives

    26 September 2009

    The Public Alternatives project works to build a strong countervailing force that reverses privatisation and helps construct democratic, accountable and effective public services. The project is also exploring the potential of other state-owned enterprises to lead an alternative, more human-centred and environmentally-sensitive development approach.

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    Defence industry dominates EU’s security research programme

    25 September 2009
    Press release
    The NeoConOpticon report, released by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Statewatch, reveals the extent to which Europe’s largest defence and IT contractors are benefiting from a €1.4 billion EU “security research” programme that has the explicit aim of fostering a European Homeland Security industry to compete globally with the USA in a fast growing market.
  17. NeoConOpticon - The EU Security-Industrial Complex by Ben Hayes

    Ben Hayes
    25 September 2009
    In the media

    Despite the often benign intent behind collaborative European ‘research’ into integrated land, air, maritime, space and cyber-surveillance systems, the EU’s security and R&D policy is coalescing around a high-tech blueprint for a new kind of security.

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    Burma's Junta Intensifies Bid For Unification

    25 September 2009
    In the media
    The maps say that the town of Mong La is located in Burma, but to the casual observer, it could be China.

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