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  1. Save the Irrawaddy by Offering Compensation

    Lahpai Seng Raw
    09 May 2019
    Article

    Controversy continues over a suspended mega-dam project, backed by China, on the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State. The social and environmental consequences of the proposed project cast a shadow not only over the local Kachin population but over all the nationalities of Myanmar. Public awareness is growing why protecting the Irrawaddy is of national importance.

  2. Left behind by Northern Ireland’s neoliberal peace

    Niamh Ni Bhriain
    06 May 2019
    Article

    Recent events have exposed how Northern Ireland hasn’t experienced peace as much as a cold war. The structural violence, legacy of conflict and democratic deficit can’t be left to dangerously smoulder any longer.

  3. La fórmula azul

    • Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    02 May 2019
    Policy issue

    En este informe, analizaremos la política que está impulsando la promesa del ‘crecimiento azul’. Hemos descubierto que el discurso en torno al crecimiento azul, la economía azul, la revolución azul y términos afines representa un cóctel muy potente y mezclado con una gran maestría. Los ingredientes que componen esta fórmula constituyen el objeto de este informe y, para ello, repasaremos aquí la función que desempeña cada uno de ellos.

  4. The 10th Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue

    02 May 2019
    Report

    From 15 to 18 November 2018, the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) jointly organised the 10th Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue (IDPD). It was organised in collaboration with the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) of Myanmar and held at Inle Lake, Southern Shan State, Myanmar.

  5. Hojas de coca

    Migrants and Traditional Use

    Pien Metaal, Constanza Sánchez, Natalia Rebollo
    25 April 2019
    Article

    How to reconcile migrant communities’ right to the enjoyment of cultural life (including the use of traditional plants) with international drug control obligations.

  6. Venezuela: democratic solutions to the crisis

    06 June 2019 - Event

    Venezuela is passing through a period of acute political, economic and social chaos. Once one of the driving powers behind the new Latin American left, the economy has collapsed and there is a shortage of food and medicine.

    What structural or historical factors have caused the current situation? Is there a peaceful and democratic way out of the crisis?

  7. A living countryside

    Jeannette Oppedijk van Veen, Leonardo van den Berg, Sijtse Jan Roeters, Jolke de Moel, Hanny van Geel
    17 April 2019
    Article

    Against the backdrop of an agrarian landscape that has become more homogenous, sterile and empty over the past 50 years, a new movement of Dutch farmers and citizens is emerging. They want to support a type of agriculture that does not damage the environment, enriches the life of farmers and citizens, and produces healthy food. This desire is expressed through a vast array of initiatives. It includes growers who allow citizens to undertake their harvesting, dairy farmers who plant trees and herbs in the field, cereal farmers who sell directly to local bakers, farms in which citizens become shareholders, and many more.

  8. Grond van Bestaan

    • Jeannette Oppedijk van Veen, Leonardo van den Berg, Sijtse Jan Roeters, Jolke de Moel, Hanny van Geel
    16 April 2019
    Paper

    In een agrarisch landschap dat in de afgelopen 50 jaar homogener, sterieler en leger is geworden, ontpoppen zich steeds meer initiatieven van boeren en burgers. Ze willen meer dan wordt aangedragen door overheden. Ze willen een landbouw die minder schadelijk is voor het milieu en die gezonder voedsel voortbrengt. Een landbouw die de natuur en het leven van boeren en burgers kan verrijken. Deze initiatieven zijn divers. Het zijn tuinders die burgers zelf laten oogsten, melk- veehouders die bomen en kruiden in de wei planten, akkerbouwers die direct aan lokale bakkers leveren, boerderijen waarin burgers aandeelhouders worden en meer.

  9. Un Tratado para gobernarlos a todos

    • Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet, Lavinia Steinfort
    16 April 2019
    Report

    Sabemos lo que tenemos que hacer para resolver la crisis climática: mantener el carbón, el petróleo y el gas bajo tierra. Pero la industria de los fósiles tiene un arma secreta para seguir cocinando el planeta: el Tratado sobre la Carta de la Energía (TCE). El Tratado está a punto de experimentar una enorme expansión geográfica, en África, Asia y América Latina, lo cual amenaza con obligar a más países a perpetuar unas políticas energéticas favorables a las grandes empresas.

  10. Hojas de coca

    Usos tradicionales y personas migrantes

    Pien Metaal, Constanza Sánchez, Natalia Rebollo
    15 April 2019
    Article

    Es necesario conjugar el derecho al disfrute de la vida cultural de las comunidades migrantes y el derecho a utilizar sus plantas tradicionales con las obligaciones derivadas del control de drogas.

  11. ISDS en números

    • Cecilia Olivet, Bettina Müller, Luciana Ghiotto
    13 April 2019
    Report

    Los países de América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) se encuentran entre los más afectados por el sistema de arbitraje de inversiones, al ser blanco del 28% de todas las controversias inversor-Estado conocidas a escala global. La Argentina, Venezuela, México, el Ecuador, Bolivia y el Perú, en concreto, representan el 74% del total de demandas presentadas contra países de ALC. Los inversores han ganado en el 70% de los casos presentados contra países de ALC. Como consecuencia, los países de ALC ya han sido condenados a pagar a compañías extranjeras 21.807 millones de dólares estadounidenses, una suma que podría cubrir el presupuesto de salud y educación de Bolivia durante cuatro años completos.

  12. Soulardarity's Utility Justice Action Team

    Organising for energy democracy in the face of austerity

    Jackson Koeppel
    12 April 2019
    Article

    In 2012, citizens from Highland Park, Michigan came together to form Soulardarity in response to the repossession of over 1,000 streetlights from their city. Their goal is to organise for community-owned solar street lights, energy production and equitable development. Since its formation, Soulardarity has installed seven solar streetlights and deployed over US$ 30,000 worth of solar technology in Highland Park and the surrounding communities through the PowerUP bulk purchasing programme. The group has also organised advocacy at the city and state levels for regulation, policy and local political leadership to support community ownership, transparency and environmental responsibility.

    Soulardarity also advocates for a Community Ownership Power Administration (COPA) as part of the growing call in the United States for a Green New Deal to tackle climate change, economic inequality and racial injustice.

  13. Think Global Drink Local: Third edition

    24 April 2019 - Event

    An exciting 3rd edition of the Think Global Drink Local Pub Quiz, at the beautiful Brouwerij Poesiat & Kater.

  14. Mientras la comunidad internacional se reúne para examinar el ISDS, muchos temen reformas vacías

    Alexander Beunder, Jilles Mast
    10 April 2019
    Article

    Del 1 al 5 de abril de 2019, representantes de unos 100 países se reunieron en Nueva York para hablar sobre el sistema de solución de controversias entre inversores y Estados (ISDS). El ISDS es un instrumento jurídico al que pueden recurrir las multinacionales para demandar a los Gobiernos y exigirles miles de millones de dólares. Observadores externos temen que las nuevas negociaciones se limiten a “poner vino nuevo en botellas viejas”. Consideran que quienes se benefician con este instrumento (países poderosos y abogados de élite especializados en el ISDS) están controlando el debate.

  15. Refreshing Ideas: A just transition to energy democracy

    16 May 2019 - Event

    Transnational Institute researchers give you a some insights into their work with a Q&A session. Lavinia Steinfort on how cities, communities and countries can reclaim and transform the energy economy from the bottom up.

  16. Refreshing Ideas: International peasant struggles

    18 April 2019 - Event

    Transnational Institute researchers give you a some insights into their work with a Q&A session. Sylvia Kay about the role of peasants and small scale food producers in the 21st century.

  17. As the world meets to discuss ISDS, many fear meaningless reforms

    Alexander Beunder, Jilles Mast
    05 April 2019
    Article

    This week, representatives of around 100 countries are meeting in New York to talk about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). ISDS is a legal instrument that multinationals can use to sue governments for billions. External experts and observers fear that the new negotiations will amount to ‘old wine in new bottles’. They believe that those who benefit from this instrument (powerful states and top lawyers from the ISDS sector) are controlling the debate.

  18. Cannabis Regulation in Europe

    30 March 2019
    Snapshot

    Local and regional authorities across Europe are confronted with the negative consequences of a persisting illicit cannabis market. Increasingly, local and regional authorities, non-governmental pressure groups and grassroots movements are advocating a regulation of the recreational cannabis market.

  19. La regulación del cannabis en Europa

    30 March 2019
    Snapshot

    Los entes locales y regionales de toda Europa se enfrentan a las consecuencias negativas de un mercado ilícito de cannabis que no decae. Cada vez más, autoridades locales y regionales, grupos de presión no gubernamentales y movimientos de base abogan por regular el mercado del cannabis recreativo.

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