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    Susan George: Bankers hide behind complex language

    06 December 2013
    Multi-media

    In the final episode of a series of interviews, Susan George talks about what impact she hopes her latest book, How to win the Class War - The Lugano Report II will have and why avoiding jargon is key to challenging the powerful.

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    Under TPPA warning labels can attract billion-dollar suits

    Alyaa Azhar
    07 November 2013
    In the media

    This is based on the experience faced by Uruguay and Australia which were sued billions of dollars by international tobacco company Philip Morris.

  3. Expert seminar: "Innovative cocaine and multi drug abuse prevention"

    19 June 2013

    The expert seminar “Innovative cocaine and poly drug abuse prevention programme”, organized by the Forum Droghe, took place in Florence, gathering over 30 people, mainly drug addiction professionals (clinicians or working in harm reduction programs); academics, researchers, NGO representatives. The seminar was introduced by a public presentation of the project, addressed to local and regional policy makers, Italian press and drug professionals from the whole region, in addition to foreign and Italian participants to the seminar. The general aim was to identify the main features of an innovative model of intervention, gathering suggestions from research on “controls” over drug use.

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    Uruguay votes to create world's first national legal marijuana market

    01 August 2013
    Other news

    Uruguay's unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market has taken its critical first step in the lower house of Congress. All 50 members of the ruling Broad Front coalition approved the proposal just before midnight on Wednesday in a party line vote, keeping a narrow majority of the 96 MPs present after more than 13 hours of passionate debate.

  5. Leaked mandate for EU-US free trade deal opens floodgate to multi-million Euro lawsuits by corporations

    05 June 2013
    Press release

    The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US will open the floodgate to multi-million Euro lawsuits from corporations challenging democratic policies to protect the environment and public health, argues a new briefing by Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute.

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    Alaska voters on track to decide in 2014 whether to legalize pot

    15 April 2013
    Other news

    Alaska voters likely will get a chance next year to make their state the third in the country to approve the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older. Pot backers took the first step toward getting the measure on the August 2014 primary ballot, presenting draft language and 100 signatures to the Alaska lieutenant governor’s office.

  7. A transatlantic corporate bill of rights

    03 June 2013
    Policy briefing

    This briefing analyses leaked proposals for so-called investor-state dispute settlement under the proposed EU-US deal and reveals a determined lobby campaign from industry lobby groups and law firms to grant unprecedented rights to corporations to sue governments for legislation and regulations that interfere with their profits.

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    Chinezen, Russen en Arabieren 'pikken' Europese landbouwgronden in

    19 April 2013
    In the media

    We kennen het als een Afrikaans verschijnsel, het zogeheten landgrabbing waarbij speculanten, grote bedrijven en rijke buitenlanders grote stukken land inpikken.

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    Les Cannabis Social Clubs partent en fumée

    19 June 2013
    Other news

    Les Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC) sont en plein bad trip. Ces coopératives d’autoproducteurs avaient lancé en mars une vaste opération de désobéissance civile, sommant le gouvernement «de prendre ses responsabilités» sur la dépénalisation de la marijuana. Le tribunal de grande instance de Tours a prononcé, hier, la dissolution de la structure fédérant l’ensemble des Cannabis Social Clubs français. Ses membres ont désormais l’interdiction de se réunir.

  10. Dominique Broc, une audience en shit libre

    08 April 2013
    Other news

    Interpellé mi-février après que la police a saisi à son domicile 126 plants de cannabis et 26 grammes d’herbe, le proces contre Dominque Broc ressemblait plus à un combat politique qu’à une joute juridique. «Les Cannabis Social Clubs prônent une consommation régulée et raisonnable de la marijuana. Ils produisent eux-mêmes ce qu’ils fument pour ne pas recourir au marché noir. Il est donc à tout le moins hypocrite de ne pas poursuivre les faits de production et d’envoyer le prévenu devant la juridiction compétente ! tonne son avocat, Philippe Baron.

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    Land & Sovereignty in the Americas: Sergio Sauer, Brazil

    06 August 2013
    Multi-media

    Sergio Sauer talks of history of land struggles in his native country and the dualistic roles his government plays to both restrict and expand land grab patterns in and out of Brazil.

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    Via Campesina dénonce l'accaparement et la concentration des terres en Europe (rapport)

    22 April 2013
    In the media

    La Coordination Européenne Via Campesina (ECVC) dénonce à nouveau la concentration et l'accaparement des terres agricoles, dans un rapport paru le 17 avril. Mais cette fois-ci leur intervention cible l'Europe.

  13. Un premier "cannabis social club" reconnu officiellement en Vendée

    31 March 2013
    Other news

    C'est une première en France. Cette semaine, la Préfecture de Vendée a officiellement accepté la création d'un "cannabis social club" (CSC), en accusant réception d'un dossier monté par cinq personnes. Ces derniers ont reçu le papier d'attestation officielle avec leur numéro d'association. Les cannabis social clubs, dans lesquels les membres cultivent du cannabis et partagent leur production sans en faire commerce, existent déjà en Espagne et en Belgique. Mais sont totalement illégaux en France.

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    Land grabbing anche in Europa, colossi frenano l'agricoltura

    18 April 2013
    In the media

    Il 50% delle terre Ue in mano a solo il 3% delle grandi aziende

  15. The EU trade and Investment Agenda: quashing the aspirations of the Arab Spring?

    • Roeline Knottnerus
    26 March 2013
    Paper

    The EU's launch of negotiations for Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) with four Arab countries in transition – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia - looks set to entrench an economic model that was one of the root causes of the Arab Spring.

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    Seeds of discontent

    02 October 2013
    Multi-media

    Watch this trailer for a powerful new documentary about how supposedly well-meaning Dutch and Swedish investments can result in land grabbing and human rights abuses in one small community in Mozambique.

     
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    Land & Sovereignty in the Americas: Monica White, Detroit, MI

    23 July 2013
    Multi-media

    Monica White on the complex relationships and demographic changes in urban gardening and farming movement across Detroit.

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    Land & Sovereignty in the Americas: Bob St. Peter, Maine

    06 August 2013
    Multi-media

    Bob St. Peter, a landless farmer and the head of Food for Maine’s Future, knows first hand the struggles of family farms in America today.

  19. Putting Water Back into Public Hands

    06 March 2013
    Multi-media

    An inspiring video animation about how cities are reversing water privatisation to regain public control.

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