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  1. Survey: What type of land policy should EU development cooperation support?

    23 June 2015
    Article

    While all agree that land policy is a key for fighting hunger, the crucial and controversial question is: Who and what should be supported and funded? 
    We, a European Alliance of Farmers organisations and NGOs, would like to know your opinion on this specific but important issue. Please take 5 minutes for the following 5 questions. We will inform you on the result after the expiry of the poll (approx. 3 to 5 month).

  2. Bombing Hospitals All in a Day's Work

    Phyllis Bennis
    08 October 2015
    Article

    The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far, including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of​ another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a wedding party in Yemen set up in tents far out in the desert, away from anything remotely military.

  3. CND decision to schedule ketamine would undermine WHO treaty mandate

    Martin Jelsma
    16 February 2015
    Article

    The UN Commission considers to bring ketamine under the control of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances contrary to WHO recommendations. The 58th Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2015 has been asked to consider a Chinese proposal to place ketamine – an essential medicine used for anaesthesia – in Schedule I of the 1971 Convention (E/CN.7/2015/7 and E/CN.7/2015/81). Ketamine is the only available anaesthetic for essential surgery in most rural areas of developing countries, home to more than 2 billion of the world’s people. Scheduling ketamine under any of the 1971 treaty schedules will reduce its availability and further deepen the already acute crisis of global surgery.

  4. The future of the European Union in the context of climate change and refugees

    02 December 2015
    Article

    Mirjam van Reisen discusses the relationship between climate change, anti-terrorism, refugees and security crises, in occasion of the launch of the book "The Secure and the Dispossessed".

  5. Remembering Praful

    Phyllis Bennis
    25 June 2015
    Article

    It would not have surprised anyone who knew Praful Bidwai, that the night he died he was surrounded by friends who with him represented five continents, north and south.

  6. Radical Community Manager Seminar in Amsterdam

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    22 May 2015
    Article

    Spanish collective Xnet that helped arrest the former Managing Director of the IMF came to Amsterdam to share their skills, tools and strategies with social movements, civil society organisations from all over Europe.

  7. Campaign for The Praful Bidwai Memorial Trust

    09 November 2015
    Article

    Friends of Praful Bidwai have started a crowdfunding campaign to honour his legacy, aiming to find funding for various activities, among which translations of parts of his work in vernacular Indian languages, promotion for his last book, and providing a new  annual prize to promising young investigative journalists in South Asia. 

  8. Sustainable water without private finance?

    Lavinia Steinfort
    23 August 2015
    Article

    At UN meetings in Addis Ababa, private finance has been touted as key to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, but campaigners argue that public finance is more reliable and more likely to secure the human right to water for all.

  9. The Jim Crow Holy Land

    Phyllis Bennis
    25 March 2015
    Article

    Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

  10. Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, January - March 2015

    08 April 2015
    Article

    With the 2016 UNGASS on drugs in one year, it is time to recognize the policy landscape is shifting while  tensions within the UN drug control system continue to grow. A slowly increasing number of governments is expressing their frustrations with the current international drug control framework, particularly Mexico and Colombia, countries that are suffering from violence related to drug markets, are calling for reflection and analysis in order to consider new options, some of which include regulatory measures.

     

  11. Getting away with Murder

    Susan George
    21 May 2015
    Article

    When asked what the banks have learned from the 2008 financial meltdown, Susan Georges instant reaction is: ‘That they can get away with murder.’

  12. The mirage of public-private water

    Satoko Kishimoto
    14 April 2015
    Article

    Public-private partnerships were heralded as a solution to the millions who still lack access to water, but after two decades the evidence is in: they have failed. An unprecedented surge of cities is now bringing water back under public control.

  13. UK elections exposes new unpredictable political landscape

    Hilary Wainwright
    07 May 2015
    Article

    The uncertainty about UK's election results reflects an important opening up of politics and expectations in the UK and an opportunity for social movements to push for anti-austerity and progressive policies

  14. Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty

    08 June 2015
    Article

    Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty is a collective campaign by 16 partners, including peasants and social movements, development and environmental NGOs, Human Rights organisations and research activists.

  15. Global Governance/Politics, Climate Justice & Agrarian/Social Justice: Linkages and Challenges

    18 November 2015
    Article

    The convergence of multiple crises – food, energy, environmental, climate change and finance – in combination with the rise of important global political economic players has triggered profound agrarian and environmental transformations worldwide. There is a global rush to control natural resources in order to produce food, fuel, and energy for climate change mitigation and adaptation purposes; partly as a result of  financialization of agriculture, nature, food systems and farmland. How does one govern such complex and fluid ‘value webs’?

  16. MOntage of media on Davos

    Davos: where journalism is PR and change is consumer choice

    Markus Giesler
    28 January 2015
    Article

    Markus Giesler reports on the media reception to his eight year ethnographic and institutional study on the World Economic Forum that provides empirical evidence that Davos is not "improving the state of the world."

  17. The meaning, relevance and scope of energy democracy

    Daniel Chavez
    09 October 2015
    Article

    What does the concept of energy democracy offer to the struggle against climate change and energy poverty?

  18. public debate on remunicipalisation in Catalonia at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

    A turning tide: Public water officials look to future beyond privatisation

    Sol Trumbo Vila, Satoko Kishimoto
    19 October 2015
    Article

    Public water operators and social movements from 90 countries gathered in Barcelona in mid-September to reflect on how to consolidate a public model of water provision and how to address critical issues of financing clean water for all.

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    Securing the Climate of Capitalism

    Ben Hayes, Nick Buxton
    04 November 2015
    Article

    Ben Hayes and Nick Buxton, editors of the forthcoming book The Secure And The Dispossessed, ask: do we really want the military and corporations to lead on how we deal with the climate crisis?

  20. "And my future?"

    Portuguese elections: All (not so) quiet on the Western Front

    Luís Bernardo
    29 October 2015
    Article

    On 4 October, Portuguese and international news outlets reported a win for the right-wing coalition as a victory for austerity policies. But the latest news shows that a left-wing coalition government may yet emerge, reflecting growing popular anger and resistance to unemployment, poverty and corruption.

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