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  1. How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

    Praful Bidwai
    23 June 2014
    Article

    Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

  2. Thessaloniki, Greece: Struggling against water privatisation in times of crisis

    Lavinia Steinfort
    03 June 2014
    Article

    Already subjected to the consequences of the European and Greek debt crisis and the resulting austerity measures, privatisation will continue to hit Thessaloniki hard. In a referendum the people voted overwhelmingly against water privatisation. While their struggle continues, they look upon the crisis as an opportunity to intensify the search for democratic alternatives.

  3. Dilma Rousseff has a Second Chance to invigorate Brazil’s Foreign Policy

    Gonzalo Berrón, Bianca Suyama
    04 November 2014
    Article

    The South American giant needs to live up to its ideals on the global stage, and civil society activists have a role to play

  4. Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

    15 December 2014
    Declaration

    On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, rights groups firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.

  5. The tragedy of the private

    Hilary Wainwright
    29 August 2014
    Article

    Throughout the world, public service workers, alongside their fellow community members, are not only defending public services but also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to people’s needs and desires.

  6. Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

    Philipp Terhorst
    23 June 2014
    Article

    The largest Public-Private Partnership in water sector in Germany ended in 2013 after the longstanding social mobilisation. Remunicipalisation cost a high price for the city of Berlin though. Berliners have striven for new challenges.

  7. The spirit of Stuart Hall

    Hilary Wainwright
    21 February 2014
    Article

    "After spending several evenings this week immersed in inspiring tributes to Stuart, I’ve been pondering on what it was that was distinctively special about him — all the tributes confirm one’s instinct that we have lost someone with a special spirit that we must try to carry inside us"

  8. Post Privatisation Challenges of Public Water in Ghana

    Leonard Shang-Quartey
    23 June 2014
    Article

    Despite large aid support, Ghana's privatised water utility AVRL consistently failed to meet its contractual commitments.  Water is now back in state hands,  but it will need increased investment and a vigilant civil society to deliver the services Ghanaians need.

  9. Forced Privatizations in Greece

    Olivier Petitjean
    01 April 2014
    Article

    The Greek government and its creditors seem bent on imposing policy whose economic merits and democratic legitimacy seem rather dubious. A French company is especially active among the candidates for privatizing water in Athens and Thessaloniki: Suez Environnement.

  10. Tony Benn: Committed Democratic Socialist

    Achin Vanaik
    22 April 2014
    Article

    No British politician who has also served in government was ever subjected to as much hostility and calumny from the Tory Party, from the mainstream media, or even from senior colleagues in his own Labour Party as was Anthony Wedgewood Benn.

  11. Het Europese Lijsttrekkersdebat

    23 April 2014 - Event
  12. EU crisis policies put on trial

    15 May 2014 - Event
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    Podemos and the new political practices

    07 October 2014
    Multi-media

    What are the reasons for the success of Podemos, its implications for Spanish and European politics and is it possible to imagine a similar development in the Netherlands?

  14. Global public water alliance must not be allowed to evaporate

    David A. McDonald
    07 January 2014
    Article

    A UN-founded organisation devoted to defending public water services needs to resolve internal tensions if it is to stay afloat

  15. Capitalism = Rising Inequalities

    Praful Bidwai
    28 May 2014
    Article

    It’s a sign of the pathology of much of India’s mainstream media that it displays the rise of the speculative-trader-industrialist Hinduja brothers to the top of Britain’s (not India’s) billionaire list on the front page, as many papers did on May 12, while blacking out the shamefully persistent phenomena of grinding poverty and rapidly growing income inequalities in this country.

  16. How rising inequality threatens our democracy

    Praful Bidwai, How rising inequality threatens our democracy
    11 February 2014
    Article

    India is becoming an increasingly inequitable, “rich-take-all”, pathological, society marked by exclusion and immobility, where an individual’s circumstances of birth, and class and caste privileges, matter more than his/her effort.

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    It's time to revive public ownership and the common good

    04 July 2014
    In the media

    Despite its dire record, privatisation is rarely questioned. We must push for our shared interests to take precedence

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