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  1. Cannabis

    01 January 2015
    Topic

    The status of cannabis in the UN drug conventions is controversial. It is now scheduled among the most dangerous substances. How and why did cannabis get in the conventions? Does it belong there? What are the options to review the status of cannabis according to current scientific data? Is making cannabis subject to a control regime similar to harmful substances like alcohol and tobacco a solution?

  2. Flower seed

    Karen News

    Profile
  3. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

    01 January 2015
    Topic
  4. ‘Drug Free’ ASEAN by 2015?

    08 August 2015
    In the media

    The Diplomat - There is a growing consensus within the region that the war on drugs has failed.

  5. Brazil: Can the Workers’ Party surmount its current crisis?

    Walden Bello, Cecilia Lero
    04 November 2015
    Article

    For some, regaining the party’s early identity and vigor as an anti-capitalist force linked to an insurgent labor movement and a dynamic civil society is the real answer to the PT’s troubles

  6. Burma’s ethnic areas are anything but peaceful despite recent ceasefire

    01 November 2015
    In the media

    Asian Correspondent- Two weeks after a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) was signed between Burma’s central authorities and a number of ethnic armed groups, the country’s ethnic areas remain anything but peaceful.

  7. Myanmar and 8 Ethnic Groups Sign Cease-Fire, but Doubts Remain

    16 October 2015
    In the media

    New York Times - Myanmar’s government signed a cease-fire agreement with eight armed ethnic groups on Thursday, in what the country’s leaders described as a major step toward peace in the vast borderland regions that have been restive since the earliest days of the country’s independence.

  8. Energy Democracy: How can we regain control over our energy system? A question of ownership

    09 December 2015

    We often use the term "Commons" to explain, that we aim at transforming our societal organization. But which realistic concepts do we have at hand to regain the control over our energy system? We need to ask the question of ownership: Shall the energy system pass into public ownership? Shall we fight for it on all levels, at the municipal, regional and national level?

  9. No we are not all Charlie Hebdo and nor should we be

    Ben Hayes
    12 January 2015
    Article

    I respect your right to show solidarity with the victims of this horrible crime by reposting those drawings, but only if you respect my right not to do so because I happen to find them bigoted and incendiary.

  10. Indian government sanctions Greenpeace to send a menacing message

    Praful Bidwai
    28 April 2015
    Article

    Prime Minister Modi's government has frozen the bank accounts of Greenpeace India, part of a wider campaign against 'anti-national' movements that challenge India's development policies based on the aggressive exploitation of coal, minerals, big hydro and nuclear power.

  11. The Secure and the Dispossessed

    23 October 2015
    Book

    This agenda-setting book examines the military and corporations' strategies in the context of climate change to secure wealth for those who have it while further dispossessing those who will be most affected by climate change.

  12. Progress and its discontents

    Susan George
    16 November 2015
    Article

    I can only see progress—technological, political, social, moral, whatever—as a goal of human action and since progress has no will or direction of its own and depends entirely on what people do or don’t do, it’s neither contented or discontented about anything. As judges of the direction human affairs and the world are taking I am, and practically everyone I know is mightily discontented with the cumulative effects of changes brought about over the past several decades.

  13. Tribute to Praful Bidwai (1949 - 2015)

    24 June 2015
    Article

    Tributes to the late Praful Bidwai from scholars, activists and friends from around the world. Please send your own tribute to prafultribute@tni.org

  14. Shadow Sovereigns: how global corporations are seizing power

    12 November 2015

    Can Progressives slow the success of neo-liberalism? In recent years links between big business and government have become stronger and more far-reaching than ever, impeding the possibility for progress. Ahead of the Spanish elections and climate change negotiations, Susan George will draw on her new book about the power of big business and her decades of activism and writing to analyse the possibilities for progress.

  15. The hidden Citizens' Revolution for Public Water

    Satoko Kishimoto
    16 April 2015
    Article

    Growing numbers of communities are reversing past privatizations in the public sector and delivering even better public services in the process.

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    Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2015

    15 July 2015
    Article

    Drug law reform continues developing in the right direction in several Latin American and Caribbean countries. In Jamaica, for example, a law legalizing the cultivation and consumption of ganja for medicinal, religious and research purposes came into force, as well as the decriminalisation of possession for personal use.  Jamaica also spoke out at the UN Thematic Debate in New York. On May 7th, the minister addressed the UN High Level Thematic Debate on international drug policy, highlighting Jamaica’s perspectives on drug control policies and participating in a debate that encourages open and inclusive discussions. Amongst the outcomes Jamaica would like to see from UNGASS is “the establishment of an Expert Advisory Group to review the UN drug policy control architecture, its system-wide coherence, its treaty inconsistencies and its legal tension with cannabis regulations.”

  17. Praful Bidwai: Left is indispensable to the health of Indian democracy

    • Praful Bidwai
    16 November 2015
    Book

    India has long been a social-political oddity: a country with widespread poverty and wretched deprivation, but where the underprivileged find no voice in most political parties; one of the world’s fastest growing economies, where less than a tenth of the population has regular jobs and where a quarter-million farmers have recently committed suicide; a democracy with largely free and fair elections, which has failed to establish the rule of law and where human-rights violations are rampant amidst caste- and religion- driven hatred and vicious discrimination against women.

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