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  1. The Tragedy of The Private, The Potential of The Public

    • Hilary Wainwright
    24 March 2014
    Report

    From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people's needs and desires.

  2. Privatising Europe

    • Joseph Zacune
    13 March 2013
    Paper

    This working paper and infographic provide an overview of  a great ‘fire sale’ of public services and national assets across Europe that is providing profits for a few transnational companies but is often fiercely opposed by its citizens.

  3. EU crisis infographics

    09 March 2013
    Report

    Why are those responsible for the EU crisis profiting from it? Why are the same policies that caused the crisis being used to resolve it? An infographic expose of the EU crisis, its causes and its social impacts.

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    The Eve of De-Privatisation in Jakarta

    14 January 2015
    Report

    Jakarta is currently striving to join many cities around the world and remunicipalising its water. A series of fact-sheets that outline how and why water privatisation failed and the potential for a renewed effective public service.

  5. Putting Water Back into Public Hands

    06 March 2013
    Multi-media

    An inspiring video animation about how cities are reversing water privatisation to regain public control.

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    Video: Through the Empty Tap - Water Privatisation in Jakarta

    21 March 2011
    Multi-media

    The experience of water privatisation in Jakarta (Indonesia) shows that private investments are not the answer to fulfill the human right to water.

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    Video: Emerging Powers: Allies or Rivals?

    Boris Kagarlitsky, Dr. Chaohua Wang, Research Scholar in Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    21 January 2011
    Multi-media

    The economic elites are turning to a neoliberal Keynesianism to save the crisis of capitalism, which is doomed to fail because it does not address its root causes.

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    The Lisbon Treaty: Workshop with Susan George at Enlazando Alternativas, 2010

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
    Multi-media

    Despite repeated democratic rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission pushed ahead with it via the EU Constitution via a private, technocratic and non-democratic process. Susan discussed the treaty and its implications in a workshop at the EA4 summit in Madrid, 15 May 2010.

  9. UK election: No political parties offered "big ideas to match the depth of crises”

    Hilary Wainwright
    14 May 2010

    What we saw in the UK election campaign and the recent coalition deal is the level of opportunism amongst the political parties, and the real absence of politics and ideas on how to deal with major crises in the economy, over climate change and of our political institutions.

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    Call to the Peoples' Alternative Summit, Enlazando Alternativas 4

    05 February 2010
    Declaration

    Call to all the social networks and organisations, trades unions, political forces and civil society movements to join the Peoples' Alternative Summit in defense of peoples' sovereignty, human rights, participatory democracy, labour rights, the rights of women and indigenous peoples, social justice, the defense of the environment in the face of climate change, and the establishment of peace.

  11. No single course for providing water

    Claire Provost
    23 March 2012
    In the media

    Two new books seek to challenge the claims that anti-privatisation activists present infinite criticisms but few alternatives.

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    Water privatisation: a worldwide failure?

    John Vidal
    03 February 2015
    In the media

    Lagos is among the many cities in the global south where investment in water supplies is desperately needed, yet there is no consensus on whether the answer lies with private management, the public sector, or a combination of both.

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    OP-ED: Citizens Mobilize to Resist Undemocratic Corporate Water Grabs

    Victoria Collier
    11 February 2015
    In the media

    Huntington News - On Feb. 5, New Jersey became the latest state to subvert democracy by authorizing the fast-track sale or lease of water utilities without public notice, comment, or approval. The controversial decision highlights the intensifying struggle over who owns, controls, and profits from the most precious - and threatened - resource on Earth.

  14. Blunt speaking opens up important debate at water summit

    Satoko Kishimoto
    16 October 2013
    Article

    Instead of an ideological obsession with illusory private sector ‘solutions’, the international community would do better to support socially ambitious public operators working together in partnership with other public utilities.

  15. Another missed opportunity

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    31 March 2011
    Article

    Obama's trip to Latin America: about gaining economic advantages, ignoring historical and recent diplomatic interferences and strategically placed critisism.

  16. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE): An exceptional public enterprise in an atypical social democracy

    11 July 2013
    Article

    Despite immense pressure by corporations that have sought to undermine it, Costa Rica's public energy and telecommunications company stands out as a model in terms of its coverage, efficiency, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

  17. Is the water privatisation tide finally turning?

    21 September 2010
    Article

    The EU's announced fund of 40 million Euros to support “non-profit partnerships” of water and sanitation utilities in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific is the latest evidence that the corporate push for water privatisation has been forced on to the back foot.

  18. Remunicipalisation Tracker

    16 September 2014
    Article

    The Remunicipalisation Tracker documents more than 45 showcases of cities, regions and countries that have rolled back privatisation and embarked on securing public water for all that need it.

  19. Resist and transform: the struggle for water in Greece

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 May 2013
    Article

    A combination of opposing privatisation and putting forward practical alternatives is helping water campaigners mount an effective challenge to austerity in Greece.

  20. Social efficiency: reforming public services in 21st Century

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 July 2010
    Article

    The ideological reasoning behind UK government policies is that the market is the only way to make public services 'efficient'. Isn't it time we talked about social efficiency, maximising public benefit rather than maximising profit?

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