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    Dossier on EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

    • Laura Rangel
    12 September 2012
    Report

    The EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement implies violations in human rights, and trade unionists in particular. Read about the possible implications in three sectors; mining, palmoil and dairy.

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    Video: The causes of the global food crisis

    Philip McMichael
    24 August 2012
    Multi-media

    The global food crisis seems the result of moving to increasingly unsustainable, simplified and industrialised agriculture, neoliberal foodspeculation and landgrabbing.

  3. The complex law suits that cost poor countries dearly

    Melanie Newman
    28 November 2012
    In the media
  4. Cannabis fields in Bekaa destroyed for second day

    23 July 2012
    Other news

    Authorities continued efforts to eradicate cannabis fields in the Bekaa, east Lebanon, as normal activity in the region remained subdued due to reports of prowling gunmen. Two bulldozers were used in the operation in addition to 17 tractors after 15 tractors were sabotaged by gunmen a day earlier. The operation is proceeding with caution, especially following reports of armed men in the vicinity. (See also: Farmers, government battle over hashish in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley)

  5. 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.

  6. Obama Hasn’t Reformed Criminal Justice—Could Romney Do Better?

    12 April 2012
    Other news

    Whose website laments that in the United States today we have “more than one million nonviolent offenders fill[ing] the nation’s prisons,” and sings the praises of “community supervision alternatives such as probation and parole, which cost less and could have better reduced recidivism among non-violent offenders”? Guess before you click.

  7. Former Supreme Court justice blasts minimum sentences for marijuana offenders

    15 May 2012
    Other news

    Canada’s new mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders are based on “very bad criminal law policy” and constitute a threat to public health as well as the concept of judicial proportionality, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louise Arbour says. The law should, and almost certainly will, face a justifiable constitutional challenge, Arbour adds of the omnibus crime legislation, Bill C-10, which received royal assent in March. Forcing judges to impose minimum sentences for drug offences endangers the legal precept of proportionality, under which judges must tailor the level of punishment to the severity of the crime, adds the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights.

  8. From Durban to Rio+20: Challenging the corporate hijack of environmental policy

    14 January 2012
    Other news

    Tackling the corporate takeover of environmental policy will be one of the most critical challenges humanity has faced in history. Corporations have been behind the failure of the UN, most recently at the UNFCCC conference in Durban, to agree effective climate change policies. TNCs are now pushing to expand privatisation of nature as a solution to the environmental crisis at the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012. How can we stop them?

  9. Drug use is an issue for society, not the criminal justice system

    Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet
    10 September 2012
    Other news

    There is no reliable evidence that tougher criminal sanctions deter drug use or offending. On the contrary, criminalisation worsens the health and wellbeing of drug users, increases risk behaviours, drives the spread of HIV, encourages other crime and discourages drug users from seeking treatment. A report by Australia21, Alternatives to Prohibition, subtitled Illicit drugs: how we can stop killing and criminalising young Australians, sets out the lessons learnt about the failed war on drugs from other countries, especially Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Portugal.

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    Eric Holt-Giménez: What's wrong with the industrial food system and the challenges facing food justice movements

    Eric Holt-Giménez
    12 January 2012
    Multi-media

    In the industrial or corporate food regime, hunger is a staple commodity. Agrarian and food justice movements have come a long way in building an alternative system, but there are still many challenges.

  11. Hoe groot mag het offer zijn?

    Paul Vrieze
    23 August 2012
    In the media

    Vruchtbaar en goedkoop land is gewild. In Afrika jagen zakenlui op dit 'groene goud'. Trouw schreef er een serie over. Ook in de Mekong- regio in Zuidoost-Aziëwordt land van bewoners afgepakt, vooral voor de rubberproductie. Foute zaak, zeggen mensenrechtenclubs. Maar de autoriteiten zijn blij met de investeerders.

  12. Join us at the Asia-Europe Peoples Forum in Laos

    27 April 2012
    Article

    A call to social movements, frontline communities and campaigning networks, and progressive NGOs, academics and parliamentarians across Asia and Europe.

  13. Civil society wants social protection for Southeast Asians

    Veronica Uy
    18 October 2012
    In the media

    Civil society participants to the AEPF are demanding that their governments provide a “rights-based, universal, state-underwritten, legislated, and comprehensive” social protection system. 

  14. SA mining laws cause for concern

    Tony Carnie
    03 October 2012
    In the media

    Speaking at a recent conference in Iceland, David Fig of UCT questioned why SA remained trapped in an undemocratic industrial paradigm which gave primacy to its minerals and energy sector.

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    Video: Why do we need to oppose plans to price nature?

    Pablo Solon
    24 August 2012
    Multi-media

    Why do we need to oppose plans to price nature? What are the alternatives?

  16. The Next Human Rights Challenge - Jenny Franco at World Water Week

    Leon Kaye
    28 August 2012
    In the media

    Since the first huge spike in global food prices back in 2007-2008, companies and foreign governments have acquired or signed long term leases for land in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Many of these transactions were negotiated quickly and in secrecy.

  17. Dangerous Weapons

    18 June 2012 - Event

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