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  1. A response to Professor John Ruggie's 'Comments on the “Zero Draft” Treaty on Business & Human Rights'

    Harris Gleckman
    11 October 2018
    Article

    Prof John Ruggie has shared his comments on the Zero Draft treaty on TNCs and human rights on this blog earlier this month. His core concerns are that the zero draft has not adequately deal with ‘scale’ and ‘liability’. This response argues that Ruggie’s arguments in opposition to the binding treaty are misdirected and they fail to recognise the historic opportunity offered by the Human Right Council to create a human rights remedy system for corporate abuse across national boundaries.

  2. Call for essays on finance and power for State of Power 2019

    23 July 2018
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) in the Netherlands is issuing an open call for essays, short papers, infographics and artistic collaborations for its forthcoming State of Power report launched in late January 2019 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2019, we are particularly looking for accessible, engaging essays and artistic explorations that explore the issue of finance and power.

  3. Davos discourse drives cultural hegemony

    Mario D’Andreta
    22 January 2018
    Article
  4. The treaty on transnational corporations and human rights enters “negotiation mode”

    08 November 2017
    Article

    A treaty on transnational corporations (TNCs) and human rights moved a step closer during the latest meeting of the UN working group on human rights and transnational corporations, despite challenges from the EU and the US.

  5. Young feminists: the future belongs to us, not transnational corporations

    Felogene Anumo
    31 October 2017
    Article

    This week in Geneva, members of a United Nations intergovernmental working group are discussing a long-awaited, legally binding treaty to regulate the human rights impacts of transnational corporations.

  6. Towards a treaty on transnational corporations and human rights

    23 October 2017
    Article

    Social organisations and movements, communities affected by the operations of transnational corporations, and others fighting for social and environmental justice around the world, will be in Geneva from October 23-26. This will be the third time the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity mobilises for the establishment of a United Nations (UN) treaty to impose on states and corporations international obligations to guarantee access to justice for affected communities, groups and individuals whose human rights have been violated by transnational corporations.

  7. It is both necessary and possible to develop an alternative to globalisation

    Walden Bello
    25 July 2017
    Article

    The Left spent its energies diagnosing the ills of globalisation. Then why does a regressive Right get to reap the benefits of its waning popularity?

  8. Keep your coins, I want change (Grafitti by Banksy)

    Call for Papers: State of Power 2018

    19 June 2017
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) in the Netherlands is issuing an open call for essays/short papers and artistic collaborations for its forthcoming report on the issue of counter-power. Abstract deadline extension: 17 September

  9. Water Protectors urge Dutch activists to join global struggle against Fossil companies: ‘Strong hearts to the front’

    12 June 2017
    Article

    Four Water Protectors who were active in the NoDaPL Standing Rock protests visited the Netherlands as part of a European tour from May 28th to June 2nd. Rachel Heaton, Nataanii Means, Wašté Win Young, and Rafael Gonzales aka Tufawon travelled to all corners of the Netherlands in just under a week.

  10. Europe's Faustian Bargain with Big Finance

    Walden Bello
    24 May 2017
    Article

    Europe's social democrats played a central role in unleashing the financial sector that created the European economic crisis that continues to today.

  11. Open letter to the European Commission on agri-business mergers

    24 March 2017
    Article
  12. Interview: Keynesianism and the great recession

    Walden Bello
    02 March 2017
    Article

    Keynesianism offered important tools for overcoming the economic crisis, but its application by Obama's government was too half-hearted and misdirected (going to banks rather than households) to effectively reduce the recession. Clinton paid the price.

  13. Fatal blows to corporate power

    Gonzalo Berrón, Brid Brennan
    17 February 2017
    Article

    The fallout from the current phase of capitalism has become more manifest globally in 2016, provoking unexpected political responses. However, the people most severely impacted by the current economic crisis have largely chosen to support political figures and positions[i] contrary to those that have been elaborated for years by the alter-globalisation left, also known as the global justice movement.

  14. Hydropower in Myanmar: For Whose Benefit?

    Nang Shining
    16 December 2016
    Article

    Amidst the many challenges Myanmar now faces, the threats to the environment are urgent – and they are growing more extreme. The situation is especially serious in the case of mega dams and hydropower where a host of projects are being promoted, without appropriate planning or public consultation, that are likely to cause irreversible harm to communities and natural ecosystems around the country. Not only are many of the projects located in nationality areas that are conflict zones, but the bulk of the energy produced will also be exported to neighbouring countries.

  15. On financialisation, exit options for capital and sites of resistance

    Daniel Chavez, Ewald Engelen
    09 December 2016
    Article
  16. The corporate wax nose

    David Sogge
    17 November 2016
    Article
  17. How Obama’s legacy lost the elections for Hillary

    Walden Bello
    17 November 2016
    Article

    Instead of jobs and relief, the Obama administration offered only half-measures to struggling people in the Rust Belt and beyond.

  18. Building Solidarities for Social, Economic and Environmental Justice

    27 October 2016
    Article

    The economic and political rise of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has far-reaching implications for global agrarian transformation as key sites of production, circulation and consumption of agricultural commodities.

  19. People’s Forum on BRICS

    The rise of Chinese TNCs, BRICS, and current global challenges

    Dorothy Grace Guerrero
    21 October 2016
    Article

    China now hosts the second largest number of major TNCs after the US. How will they fare in a stagnant global economy?

  20. Business and Human Rights: The Failure of Self- Regulation

    Erika Gonzalez, Mónica Vargas, Juan Hernández Zubizarreta
    13 October 2016
    Article

    The “Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity” is an initiative of social movements and communities from all over the world affected negatively by corporations. It seeks to denounce the “architecture of impunity” that benefits corporations, and is fighting for a binding international treaty which would give human rights precedence over trade regulations. Another project is that of a “Peoples’ Centre”, which would document corporate abuse and offer alternatives.

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