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  1. ISDS in numbers

    • Cecilia Olivet, Bettina Müller, Luciana Ghiotto
    11 December 2017
    Report

    How fair is the investment arbitration system in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries? Are investor-state disputes balanced between national and corporate interests? LAC countries are among the most affected by the investment arbitration system, representing 28.6% of all known investor-state disputes around the world. In particular, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru account for 77.3% of the total number of claims against LAC countries. Analysis shows that the system so far heavily favours corporate interests. Investors have won in 70% of the cases brought against LAC countries. As a result, LAC States have already had to pay foreign companies 20.6 billion USD, which could cover Bolivia’s budget for health and education for four whole years.

  2. Colombia Gold

    13 October 2017
    Multi-media

    Together with the Cannabis News Network, Martin Jelsma travelled to Colombia to report on the newly emerging medical cannabis industry in the country, specifically looking at the impacts of private investment and licensing on farmers and indigenous communities.

  3. ISDS cases in Latin America

    Cecilia Olivet
    05 November 2015
    Multi-media
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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.

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    Putting people before profits: opening speech for EA4

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
    Multi-media

    "The banks are ours!" Public money was used to bail out the banks, and now they are lending back to the public at interest, while governments ignore the social and environmental crises that confront society. It is time to demand real solutions that will work not only for the sake of the economy but for the lives and conditions of people on whom it depends.

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    Water: a common good, public management, and alternatives

    09 October 2009
    Multi-media

    Water justice activists gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia in August 2008 to envision just and sustainable models of water stewardship and to build alliances that will bring these visions to fruition. A compelling visual insight into a dynamic international movement building practical alternatives to privatization.

  7. Integration of the Peoples

    Cecilia Olivet, Ricardo Santos (directors)
    05 June 2008
    Multi-media

    This documentary aims to present the state of the debate on alternatives for regional integration as this is unfolding among social movements and civil society organizations throughout the Latin American continent.