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  1. The Treaty on TNC's and the Struggle to stop Corporate Impunity

    Gonzalo Berrón
    21 October 2015
    Article

    On June 26, 2014, under the leadership of Ecuador and South Africa, the UN Human Rights Council passed landmark resolution 26/9,2 establishing an open-ended inter - governmental working group (IGWG)3 that is mandated to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (hereinafter, the Treaty). It was a tight vote: the resolution was supported by 20 states, mainly from Africa and Asia, and opposed by 14, including the United States and the European Union, with 13 abstentions. The resolution strikes a nerve — and there is much expectation around it.

  2. Greeks protest against privatisation of water

    Leaked EU memorandum reveals renewed attempt at imposing water privatisation on Greece

    Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Hoedeman
    24 August 2015
    Article

    The stubborn and aggressive imposition of privatisation by Troika goes against the will of Greek citizens and represents a direct attack on democracy.

  3. 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.

     

  4. 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.’

  5. Corbyn: the non-careerist politician

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    25 September 2015
    Article

    This summer I was going to meet with Jeremy Corbyn at a conference in Ufa, Russia. He asked for a few days to think it over promising to come unless something unplanned and significant would happen. It did. He was nominated for the leader of the British Labour Party.

  6. Romila Thapar

    Why we need public intellectuals

    Praful Bidwai
    13 July 2015
    Opinion
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    The Bioeconomy

    04 November 2015
    Primer

    The bioeconomy is promoted as a response to current global social and environmental crises, with its promise of replacing fossil fuels with ‘renewable’ biological resources. How does it play out on the ground? Who wins and who loses? And what are the alternatives?

  8. The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure at a Crossroads

    10 December 2015
    Declaration

    More than three years after the adoption of the Tenure Guidelines land and natural resource grabs in all forms continue unabated around the world, visiting their devastating impacts on local communities, environments with related human rights violations. The implementation and application of the Tenure Guidelines, therefore, remains a matter of extreme urgency.

  9. Prospects for Treaty Reform and UN Coherence on Drug Policy

    • Martin Jelsma
    01 May 2015
    Policy briefing

    Can UNGASS 2016 realistically initiate a process of modernizing the global drug control system and breathe oxygen into a system risking asphyxiation?

  10. Praful Bidwai at booklaunch in Durban 2011

    Organic intellectual

    N. D. Jayaprakash
    10 July 2015
    Article

    Activist, humanist, pacifist, journalist, columnist, uncompromising secularist, Praful Bidwai (1949-2015) was passionate about his quest for justice and equality.

  11. Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

    30 November 2015
    Declaration

    We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and thereby stop direct and indirect subsidies for renewable energy from biofuels and wood-burning.

  12. The United States rethinks draconian drug sentencing policies

    • Elizabeth Lincoln
    27 January 2015

    Across the Americas, an unprecedented debate on drug policy reform is underway. While a regional consensus on what form those reforms should take remains elusive, there are at least two issues where consensus is growing: the need to address drug use as a public health, rather than criminal, issue and the need to promote alternatives to incarceration for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders and ensure proportionality in sentencing for drug-related crimes. Draconian drug laws were often adopted in Latin American countries with the encouragement – if not outright diplomatic, political and economic pressure – from the U.S. government.

  13. Move to renewables jeopardized by EU corporate trade deals

    Association Internationale de Techniciens, Experts et Chercheurs (AITEC), Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), PowerShift, Transnational Institute
    09 December 2015
    Press release
  14. Ayahuasca: From the Amazon to the Global Village

    Ayahuasca: From the Amazon to the Global Village

    • Constanza Sánchez, Carlos Bouso
    18 December 2015
    Policy briefing

    Globalisation has facilitated cultural exchange between indigenous traditions and Western practices, which has led to a growing interest in the ritual, religious and therapeutic use of ayahuasca.

  15. 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?

  16. 'Remembering Praful' will go on...

    Srija Naskar
    10 July 2015
    Article

    In more of a tete-a-tete over pink gin at the Press Club (Praful Bidwai's oft weekend indulgence in Delhi) kind of an atmosphere, Ritu Menon, Pamela Philipose, Harsh Kapoor, Anil Chaudhary and other friends of veteran activist-journalist Praful Bidwai gathered here at the India International Centre yesterday to conduct a memorial meeting 'Remembering Praful'.

  17. The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the military and corporations are shaping a climate-changed world

    25 November 2015 - Event

    What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead? In the week before the UN climate talks 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.

  18. 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.

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    The Global Ecological Crisis and Weaving New Power Relationships

    • Skye Bougsty-Marshall
    13 January 2015
    Paper

    Only through understanding the functioning of power can we effectively resist the operations of capitalism bringing about global ecological catastrophe and begin to recompose our social and ecological relations. The further challenge explored by this paper becomes how to connect the multiplicity of resistances into a global rhizomatic network of experiments in practices of disobedience and of striving to realize new worlds.

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