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  1. The Dark Side of Investment Agreements

    Cecilia Olivet
    16 December 2011
    Article

    Signing international investment treaties, in the hope of attracting foreign investments, has been a central strategy for governments looking to improve economic development. The less known side of this story is that by signing investment treaties, governments are giving away the sovereign right to regulate in the interest of people and the environment. They also expose themselves to the risk of spending millions in law suits that could have been used to serve public needs. It’s time that the dark side of investment is put under the spotlight.

  2. Week of Action on Investment

    13 December 2011
    Article

    In November 2011, Brussels was the stage for a 'Week of Action' which looked to expose the threat of Bilateral Investment Treaties to democratic governance and public interest and to advocate for an Alternative Investment Regime. 

  3. The implications of international investment treaties

    29 November 2011
    Article

    Gus Van Harten discusses specific cases of investor-to-state arbitration to highlight what are the key problems with international investment treaties. How developing countries are being impacted by investment disputes and what the role is of lawyers and experts in promoting a growing international arbitration industry.

  4. Huge Cost of Tax Evasion Revealed as Campaign to Tackle Tax Havens Launches

    24 November 2011
    Article

    New research published by the Tax Justice Network shows that tax evasion costs 145 countries, representing over 98% of world GDP, more than US$3.1 trillion annually.

  5. ASEAN Regional Forum on Investment (21-22 September, Manila)

    22 September 2011
    Article

    Between 20 and 21 September 2011, 40 ASEAN campaigners and experts met in Manila to share knowledge and experiences, articulate common strategies and discuss alternatives to the current investment regime. 

  6. European Member States refuse necessary reform of investment agreements

    Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B)
    16 September 2011
    Article

    The Seattle to Brussels Network beliefs that BITs are posing a threat to public policy, democratic governance and the public interest; and that they need to be radically overhauled.

  7. The case against the Economic Partnership Agreement

    30 August 2011
    Article

    One of the main lessons of the global economic crisis that has cast its shadow since 2008 is that this is the time to be diversifying trade away from over-reliance on EU markets. It is clear to all observers that the economic chaos engulfing the EU in its euro-zone heartlands shows no end in sight and the prospect of long- term stagnation is becoming ever more real.

  8. Land tenure and International Investments in agriculture

    Jun Borras
    09 August 2011
    Article

    In the midst of a raging famine in the Horn of Africa and continuing expansion of land grabbing across the Global South, a new and critical report has been released by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, of the Committee on World Food Security.

  9. The World Bank's Africa Strategy

    Patrick Bond
    08 June 2011
    Article

    Whose interest does the ten-year Strategy document for Africa actually serve? The World Bank has shown little insight into the real problems Africa faces, focusing instead on ineffective policies, support for repressive regimes and projects that are known to have failed.

  10. European Parliament resolution on international investment not strong enough

    Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B)
    07 April 2011
    Article

    Statement by the Seattle to Brussels network about the resolution of the European Parliament on international investment.

  11. The Global Economy in 2011: Recovery Recedes, Convulsion Looms

    Walden Bello
    03 January 2011
    Article

    As the U.S. and Europe appear to be headed for a deeper economic crisis, some analysts discern a “decoupling” of East Asia and other developing areas from the western economies.