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  1. Why failing to include investment issues at WTO should be celebrated

    13 December 2017
    Press release

    A push by 39 WTO members, including China, Russia, the EU, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico to reintroduce formal discussions on investment facilitation at the 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial conference has failed.

  2. The commons, the state and the public: A Latin American perspective

    Daniel Chavez
    01 August 2018
    Article

    What are the commons and what is their political, social and economic relevance?

  3. Impacts of investment arbitration against Latin America and the Caribbean

    • 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.

  4. Turning Points: Is a Different Future Possible?

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    14 April 2011
    Article

    With the citizen-backed blockage of a proposed aluminum smelter, is Trinidad and Tobago changing course toward a rooted future?

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    Civil Society to "Try" Multinationals

    Stefania Bianchi
    10 May 2006
    In the media
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    Drugs and Latin America: related websites and documents

    Drugs and Democracy
    06 December 2005
    Article

    Useful web resources on Drugs and Latin America

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    Bolivia intent on commercial suicide?

    22 June 2007
    Article

    The backlash from business and the opposition against Bolivia's trade policy with the EU was shrill enough to suggest that Bolivia had announced the end of external trade. Yet the Bolivian government's position is based on experience of the heavy costs of free trade for the majority of its citizens.

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    On the Death of a Villain

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    14 December 2006
    Article
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    Drugs and Conflict in Peru

    17 November 2005
    Article
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    Bachelet refuses to budge in Washington

    Roger Burbach
    09 June 2006
    Article
  11. U.S. votes to legalize pot

    Tim Johnson
    07 November 2012
    In the media

    Voters in Colorado and Washington state who approved the recreational use of marijuana Tuesday sent a salvo from the ballot box that will ricochet around Latin America.

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    Transnational Corporations on Trial

    • Wolfgang Kaleck, Miriam Saage-Maaß
    08 October 2008
    Report

    This study analyses existing legal means of holding European transnational companies liable for extraterritorial human rights violations. The authors examine four representative legal cases against European companies in Latin America that revolve around problems typical in the region.

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    Perspectives on regional integration

    Brid Brennan
    05 February 2010
    Article

    The current paradigmatic crisis needs to be dealt with at the regional level. In this respect, Latin American movements have already mobilised and placed different models of development and integration at the centre of their struggle. However, the European Union model, whereby integration is geared towards the interests of transnational corporations, should be avoided.

  15. Panama Papers demonstrate need to reopen UNGASS 2016 outcome document

    Tom Blickman
    08 April 2016
    Article

    The Panama Papers, a massive leak of confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama that helped wealthy clients and money launderers for drug trafficking organisations set up anonymous shell companies in tax havens, should open the outcome document of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016) on the world drug problem, that will take place on April 19-21 in New York.

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    “The U.S. desire to crush Cuba ... failed”

    Saul Landau
    07 June 2007
    Article

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