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  1. World at Risk without Climate Justice

    Vandana Shiva
    14 February 2012
    In the media

    Praful Bidwai’s book The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future is unique for combining rigorous details of the climate crisis and international negotiations with robust arguments for climate justice and ecological democracy.

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    South American prison deaths tied to overcrowding, official says

    20 February 2012
    In the media

    "The implementation of harsh drug laws has fueled rising incarceration rates and has contributed to severe prison overcrowding," the Washington Office on Latin America and the Transnational Institute wrote in a study two years ago.

  3. UN Report Enforces Orthodox Drug Strategy

    Geoffrey Ramsey
    05 March 2012
    In the media

    In a joint press release with the Washington Office on Latin America, the Transnational Institute’s Martin Jelsma said that the INCB’s response to Bolivia is a “clear sign that the UN drug control regime is under strain,” and that the INCB “is in distress and no longer capable of responding to challenges in a rational manner.”

  4. INCB Attacks Bolivia on Coca Stance

    Phillip Smith
    05 March 2012
    In the media

    In its 2011 Annual Report, the International Narcotics Control Board, which monitors the implementation of international drug control treaties, has attacked Bolivia over that country's effort to defend the traditional uses of the coca plant.

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    Spanish Village Leases Out City Land for Pot Farm

    Lucy Steigerwald
    06 March 2012
    In the media

    Rasquera, a village of 900 near Barcelona, Spain, feeling the crunch of Euro-austerity measures and heavy debt, voted 4-3 on Wednesday to let a nearby cannabis association use a stretch of city land to grow marijuana for its 5000 members.

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    Public Water Management Services Need "Committed Citizens"

    Julio Godoy
    19 March 2012
    In the media

    BERLIN, Mar. 14, 2012 (IPS) - The trend of privatisation and commercialisation of water services, which set in in the 1980s and continued throughout the 1990s, has come to a halt due to the process’ own failures, and has given rise to a return of those services into efficient public management, according to a new book.

  7. No single course for providing water

    Claire Provost
    23 March 2012
    In the media

    Two new books seek to challenge the claims that anti-privatisation activists present infinite criticisms but few alternatives.

  8. Guatemalan president leads drug legalization debate

    Catherine E. Shoichet
    26 March 2012
    In the media

    "Even if the United States is not willing at this point to go along, there is space for Latin American countries to take certain steps," said Martin Jelsma, a political scientist who specializes in Latin America and international drugs policy at the Transnational Institute. "Of course, politically, that will be one of the questions. How much pressure will the United States put on Latin America to prevent this?"

  9. Burma's misguided Drug War

    Tom Fawthrop
    05 April 2012
    In the media

    Keen to impress the West and get sanctions lifted, Burma is cracking down on opium production. But hundreds of thousands may be left in poverty.

  10. Nu begint het moeilijke werk

    Minka Nijhuis
    13 April 2012
    In the media

    De oppositie in Burma behaalde op 1 april een klinkende verkiezingsoverwinning. De verwachtingen zijn hoog gespannen. Te hoog?


  11. At Summit, Drug Talk likely to be Hot but Hidden

    Jim Wyss
    17 April 2012
    In the media

    The Summit of the Americas is focused on roads and ports. But behind closed doors, leaders will discuss drug policies. 

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    Study investment provisions before an FTA says advocacy group

    23 April 2012
    In the media

    The country should carefully study investment provisions before entering into foreign trade agreements (FTAs) as these may infringe on government’s regulatory power on foreign firms, an advocacy group on Friday said.

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    Toujours aucune explication au refoulement de Walden Bello

    Ricardo GutiÉrrez
    10 May 2012
    In the media

    Pourquoi Bello, figure de l’al-termondialisme, a-t-il été refoué à la frontière, vendredi?

  14. Eerst zien, dan geloven

    04 June 2012
    In the media

    Wat zijn de gevolgen van een vrijhandelsverdrag tussen de EU en Colombia/Peru? Daarover debatteerden vier Colombiaanse en twee Nederlandse deskundigen op 30 mei in De Balie in Amsterdam.

  15. Next year we hope to evaluate the implementation of a new Drug Law

    Intercambios
    14 June 2012
    In the media

    “Next year we hope to evaluate the implementation of a new Drug Law”. Graciela Touzé, president of Intercambios, expressed this in the closing remarks of the 10th Conference on Drug Policy that took place this past June 7th in the Senate of the Nation. Throughout the conference it was clear that the officials at the national level are in agreement over decriminalization, that the representatives have come to a consensus on a proposal, and that there exist serious weaknesses in the development of treatments for drug users.

  16. ‘Nature is not for sale’

    Robin van Wechem
    15 June 2012
    In the media

    He wrote one of the most progressive laws for nature conservation. He organized the first international climate conference for common people. And now he wipes the floor with the UN proposal for a ‘green economy’. The Bolivian Pablo Solón thinks we should treat nature with more respect.

  17. Bolletjesslikker opsluiten zinloos

    Patrick Meershoek
    16 June 2012
    In the media

    Bolletjesslikkers horen niet in de gevangenis. Het berechten en opsluiten van ongeveer vijftienhonderd kleine drugssmokkelaars per jaar heeft geen noemenswaardig effect op de invoer van cocaïne en vormt een zware belasting voor Openbaar Ministerie, rechtbank en gevangenis

  18. Report condemns EU push for biomass-fuelled 'green economy' at Rio+20

    Daniel Hunter
    19 June 2012
    In the media

    EU plans to promote the replacement of fossil fuels with biomass could lead to hunger and environmental devastation, according to a report released by the World Development Movement and the Transnational Institute.

  19. Turn despair into hope at the Earth summit

    21 June 2012
    In the media

    More than 100 civil society organisations from every continent now join forces in a new major campaign, Stop Corporate Impunity, to dismantle corporations' power and end their impunity.

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    How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs

    Sara Miller Llana
    30 July 2012
    In the media

    Frustrated with US dictates, countries across the region are floating new ideas to curb drug trafficking, from 'soft' enforcement to legalization.

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