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  1. A ‘Veritable Revolution’

    • Moritz Tenthoff, Ross Eventon
    01 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    This report looks into the new land restitution law, which Santos portrays as integral to Colombia’s ‘veritable revolution’, against the backdrop of agrarian policy in Colombia historically.

  2. Beginners Guide to Trade

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest, Giorgina Garibotto et al.
    01 February 2013
    Report

    This beginners' guide provides a critical perspective on EU’s trade and investment policies and the business interests they serve. TNI worked on the guide with a Europe-wide network of trade activists, belonging to the Seattle to Brussels network.

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    The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context

    07 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of current peace talks between the Santos government and the FARC guerrillas

  4. Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties

    • Cecilia Olivet
    01 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    Corporations in Western Europe are suing Central and Eastern European countries at international arbitration tribunals through a vast web of intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). Yet while the European Commission has questioned the validity of these BITs, Netherlands, Germany, and the UK, oppose their termination.

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    Justice Matters - Jenny Franco

    14 February 2013
    Multi-media

    Jenny Franco of our Agrarian Justice team talks about the injustices her team tries to overcome through rigorous analyses and presenting alternatives.

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    "The Big Blackout: Debunking the Myths of Power Privatisation

    Satya Sivaraman
    21 February 2013
    Multi-media

    A video documentary on the impacts of neo-libaral power reforms worldwide and the search for democratic and sustainable energy policies. TNI/Living Films, December 2003

  7. For A European Spring

    14 February 2013
    Declaration

    TNI is joining hundreds of organisations to call for a 'European Spring' against austerity and anti-democratic EU policies. The call for action seeks to put pressure on the EU Council Spring summit that meets in Brussels on 14-15 March 2013.

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    De gevaren van extreme rijkdom

    Thea Mathues
    11 February 2013
    In the media

    Wie heerst er over de planeet in tijden van economische en ecologische crisis? Het Transnational Institute (TNI), een wereldwijde coalitie van wetenschapsactivisten, maakt jaarlijks een stand van zaken op.

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    Corporations, investors 'grabbing' land and water overseas

    12 February 2013
    In the media

    There is little international policing of land deals resulting in local farmers being forced off lands and deeper into poverty.

  10. Pathway to Progress in Israel

    12 February 2013
    Article

    While Israel moved away from the far right in last month’s elections, the new coalition is unlikely to alter the occupation. Change may come from divestment campaigns, the new UN recognition of Palestinian statehood, and in the Israeli and Palestinian campaigns of nonviolent resistance.

  11. The Day the World Said No to War

    Phyllis Bennis
    15 February 2013
    Article

    Our movement changed history. While we did not prevent the Iraq war, the protests proved its clear illegality, demonstrated the isolation of the Bush administration policies, helped prevent war in Iran, and inspired a generation of activists.

  12. Open letter to Martin Schulz on Colombian human rights abuses

    22 February 2013
    Article

    By ratifying the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia, the European Parliament committed itself to give a special follow-up to the “respect of human rights and the environment” by implementing the “road map” agreed upon for these issues. 

  13. Newsletter 14 February 2013

    14 February 2013
    Other news

    The newsletter for 14 February 2013

               
  14. Challenging the investment arbitration industry

    Cecilia Olivet, Pia Eberhardt
    12 February 2013
    Article

    During the CELAC-EU President Summit in Chile, some Latin American governments rejected the inclusion in the final declaration of the proposed EU wording in support of providing foreign investors legal certainty. To understand why, we need to look at the industry behind investment arbitration.

     
  15. One million in Europe sign for water as a public service

    14 February 2013
    Article

    ‘Water is a Human Right’ has made history as being the first European Citizen Initiative to have collected over one million signatures.

  16. Time the EU scraps its failed carbon Emissions Trading System

    19 February 2013
    Press release

    TNI has joined over 90 organisations and movements in calling on the EU to scrap its failed Emissions Trading System (ETS) and implement urgent effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emisions.

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    Mexico's disappeared

    19 February 2013

    This 176-page report documents nearly 250 “disappearances” during the administration of former President Felipe Calderón, from December 2006 to December 2012. In 149 of those cases, Human Rights Watch found compelling evidence of enforced disappearances, involving the participation of state agents.

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    Generic legislation of new psychoactive drugs

    • Jan van Amsterdam, David Nutt, Wim van den Brink
    28 February 2013

    New psychoactive drugs (NPDs, new psychoactive substances) enter the market all the time. However, it takes several months to ban these NPDs and immediate action is generally not possible. Several European countries and drug enforcement officers insist on a faster procedure to ban NPDs. Introduction of generic legislation, in which clusters of psychotropic drugs are banned in advance, has been mentioned as a possible solution. Here we discuss the pros and cons of such an approach.

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    The unintended negative consequences of the 'war on drugs'

    28 February 2013

    Criminalisation of drug users, excessive levels of imprisonment, and punitive sentencing practices, including mandatory sentencing, the death penalty and enforced ‘drug detention centres’, are some of the unintended negative consequences of the 50 year ‘war on drugs’, a policy with direct impact on the vulnerable, poor and socially excluded groups, including ethnic minorities and women. This PRI briefing paper discusses these consequences in detail and sets out what parliamentarians can do about it.

  20. Effort building to change US pot laws

    03 February 2013
    Other news

    An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax. One measure would regulate marijuana the way the federal government handles alcohol: In states that legalize pot, growers would have to obtain a federal permit. Oversight of marijuana would be removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration and given to the newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, and it would remain illegal to bring marijuana from a state where it's legal to one where it isn't.

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