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    Time to act is now!

    17 March 2015
    Press release

    Just few days left to the inauguration of the new building of the ECB. Great participation is expected from all over Europe: social movements, activists, migrants, precarious and industry workers, trade-unions and parties will come to Frankfurt to say no to austerity and contest the authority of ECB and the other EU institutions.

  2. A caravan of various security forces cruises through the flooded streets of the 9th Ward distrtict of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

    Nick Buxton, Ben Hayes
    29 August 2015
    Article

    Hurricane Katrina was a watershed moment as it exposed how democratic states are moving towards treating social and environmental crises as security issues, rather than matters of social justice. This vision of ‘Homeland Security’ is now dominating our political response to climate change impacts.

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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?

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    Differential Taxation

    • Mladen Ostojić
    14 January 2015
    Paper

    Banking profits after tax conditions created a mutually beneficial relationship between American banking and government, with the former earning higher profits and the latter higher tax revenues. This symbiosis influenced the impact and response to the global financial crisis.

  5. U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shaking hands with Pinochet in 1976

    TNI and IPS applaud declassification of Letelier-Moffitt assassination case documents

    Transnational Institute
    08 October 2015
    Press release

    The Institute for Policy Studies and Transnational Institute applaud the U.S. Department of State for finally declassifying documents related to the 1976 assassination of two IPS colleagues by agents of the Chilean dictatorship and call for the remaining ones to be declassified.

  6. UDAPT calls for a “Global Minga” to campaign for an international treaty to hold corporate criminals accountable

    Natsumi Koike
    23 December 2015
    Article

    In a recent Public Forum held in Amsterdam, representatives of the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT) from Ecuador began their Europe speaking tour with a call for a “Global Minga” to support a treaty that will sanction transnational corporations for their crimes and ensure access to justice for affected communities. 

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    Interview with Pablo Echenique (MEP, Podemos)

    20 February 2015
    Multi-media

    Pablo Echenique is a vivid example of a normal citizen that through Podemos found a way to be a political actor in Spain and Europe. Hilary Wainwright interviews him to help us to understand what the Podemos phenomenon is about.

  8. 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.

  9. The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS)

    24 April 2015

    The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) is a collective of largely BRICS-based or connected academic researchers concerned with understanding the BRICS countries and their implications for global agrarian transformations. Critical theoretical and empirical questions about the origins, character and significance of complex changes underway need to be investigated more systematically.

  10. Fisherfolks say no to the Coastal Fisheries Initiative

    11 November 2015
    Declaration

    The CFI will have devastating impacts for small-scale fisher folk in the targeted countries and regions and the actors behind the CFI furthermore want their reforms to inform global fisheries policy. With this statement we, as representatives of over 20 million fisher people, wish to express our firm opposition to the CFI, which directly contradict the implementation of the recently endorsed Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (VGSSF)

  11. Building Peace in Permanent War

    • Ben Hayes, Gavin Sullivan, Louise Boon-Kuo, Vicki Sentas
    16 February 2015
    Report

    For those interested in peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict the prognosis is not good. Not just because the war on terror keeps producing enemies with whom, it is said, there is no negotiating, but because the legal and political framework it has engendered has transformed the way in which political violence and armed conflict is understood and managed.

  12. The Secure and the Dispossessed: Challenging the militarisation of climate change

    01 December 2015 - Event

    "What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead? As historic UN climate talks begin in Paris, this event will examine issues raised by a new book, The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World.

  13. The cannabis question

    23 March 2015
    Other news

    Given the dynamics of politics in Lebanon, Jumblatt’s call in and of itself is unlikely to provide the gravitas for an effective change in the legislation.

  14. The seven steps of drug policy reform in Ecuador

    Jorge Vicente Paladines Rodríguez
    09 June 2015
    Article

    Ecuador has entered a new era in drug policy and legislation. Twenty-five years after the last major legal reform, brought about by the famed Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Law (Ley de Sustancias Estupefacientes y Psicotrópicas, Law 108), which took effect on September 17, 1990, the National Assembly is about to debate—for the second and final time—the draft Law on Prevention of Drugs and Use or Consumption of Substances Classified as Subject to Oversight (Ley de Prevención de Drogas y Uso y Consumo de Sustancias Catalogadas Sujetas a Fiscalización.)

  15. The ketamine controversy, continued

    Martin Jelsma
    06 March 2015
    Opinion

    The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna will decide next week between two opposite proposals by China and the WHO about international control of ketamine, an essential anaesthetic in human and veterinary medicine. China originally proposed bringing ketamine under the 1971 Convention’s most severe control regime of Schedule I, which would dramatically affect its availability for surgery in poor rural settings and emergency situations. The WHO Expert Committee reviewed all the evidence and advised against any international control of ketamine, arguing it would trigger a public health disaster.

  16. Praful Bidwai has passed away

    24 June 2015
    Article

    The brilliant, courageous and accomplished Indian journalist, scholar and activist Praful Bidwai died unexpectedly in Amsterdam on June 23rd – a tragic loss for all those he inspired and informed.

  17. Issues worked on by Drugs & Democracy

    03 September 2015

    The team of the drugs & democracy programme works on several themes and issues.

  18. The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs in 2016

    Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch
    16 February 2015
    Article

    In April 2016, representatives of the world’s nations will gather to evaluate drug policy in a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). While prohibitionist policies are still the norm, a rising tide of voices are demanding evidence based responses that respect human rights, promote public health, and reduce crime.

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