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  1. Connecting the dots... Human rights, illicit cultivation and alternative development

    • Martin Jelsma
    22 October 2018
    Report

    How can we resolve the tensions between current drug control policies and states’ human rights obligations? The international human rights framework clearly establishes that, in the event of conflicts between obligations under the UN Charter and other international agreements, human rights obligations take precedence. As legally regulated cannabis markets start to grow, now is the time to secure a legitimate place for small farmers using alternative development, human rights and fair trade principles.

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    Time for Europe to put human rights above commercial advantage

    • Cecilia Olivet, Paulina Novo
    17 March 2011
    Policy briefing

    Free trade or slave trade? How the EU's free trade agreements in Colombia and Peru reward human rights abuses, destroy livelihoods, promote land grabbing and strip governments of their sovereignty to regulate capital flows.

  3. Floods for Pakistan; Floods of Money For its Leader

    Tariq Ali
    02 September 2010
    Article

    As images of Pakistan coping with the crisis and of its destitute people were being shown on European television, a French air force helicopter was transporting the richest man in Pakistan to his most extravagant European property, a 16th century chateau.

  4. From GDPism to genuine equity

    Praful Bidwai
    19 July 2010
    Article

    India's story starkly illustrates the disconnect between GDP and social progress, and the need for radically new economics developed from the bottom up.

  5. Philippines: Food for a Rooted Future

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    20 January 2011
    Article

    The successful initiatives of farmers to take back control of their lives and gain food security are empowering communities in the Philippines and around the world.

  6. Indian United Progressive Alliance: Time to change course

    Praful Bidwai
    20 May 2010
    Article

    The Indian government must give up its neo-liberal polices and obsession with GDP growth and shift its ideological centre of gravity leftwards.

  7. Millennium Development Goals for the Rich?

    David Sogge
    21 September 2010
    Article

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are today’s global foreign aid agenda. Yet if we look at who's aiding whom, the world's pro-rich global agenda is rather more obvious.

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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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    Enabling citizens to organise themselves

    David Sogge
    01 April 2007
    Article

    These pages report on one organisation’s efforts to promote public action through community associations in Cape Verde’s capital city, Praia, and in villages nearby.

  10. The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

    • Nora McKeon
    27 May 2014
    Report

    Global corporations are increasingly influencing development policy, resulting in partnership agreements like the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security that grow corporate profits while endangering the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.

  11. This is no model for development: the "Neoliberal Games" in India

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    The flawed neoliberal notion behind India's hosting of the Commonwealth Games, that 'development' starts with attracting foreign capital investment - has brought only corruption and the destruction of communities to Dehli.

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    Beware the Invisible Hand

    Penney Kome
    01 November 2007
    In the media

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's October 30 "economic statement" evoked a hoary old spirit that haunts Canadian politics at every level: the Invisible Hand of laissez-faire capitalism.

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    African political unity must be more selective: A blueprint for change

    • William Gumede
    22 September 2011
    Paper

    There cannot be any clearer illustration of the impotence of Africa’s continental and regional institutions to find local solutions to the continent’s problems, than their numbing inaction in the face of the wave of popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa sweeping across the continent.

     
  14. New Biofuel Project in Isabela

    Jennifer Franco, Danny Carranza, Joann Fernandez (Rightsnet)
    07 October 2011
    Article

    A Philippines biofuel project would appear to fit the World Bank's definition of a "win-win" scenario with its promise of jobs and conversion of 'idle land'. However a closer look unveils corporate manipulation, political corruption and exploitation of subsistence farmers that typically accompanies so-called "responsible investment"

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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.

  16. Polarising Development – Introducing Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis

    • Thomas Marois, Lucia Pradella
    13 May 2015
    Book

    Social movements and critical scholars have triggered renewed debate on possible different futures for on developmental change. They  are no longer tethered to the pole of ‘reform and reproduce’. A new pole of ‘critique and strategy beyond’ neoliberal capitalism has emerged

  17. President Dilma: Let Brazil set an example for a new ecological economy

    Marcos Arruda
    25 January 2011
    Article

    President Dilma Roussef has the mandate and responsibility to forge a new development path: one based on participatory planning, a social market and environmental sustainability.

  18. Haiti, Again?

    Phyllis Bennis
    20 January 2010
    Article

    The marginalisation of the UN and the militarisation of the US aid effort in Haiti reflect how humanitarian needs take a back seat to the Pentagon's priorities.

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    Implications of EPA/FTAs against developmental regional integration in Africa

    22 September 2010
    Article

    Why the EU's so-called "Economic Partnership Agreements" and free trade policies will have exactly the opposite effect of development on Least Developed Countries' economies.

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    The Second Conquest: The EU Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru

    • Thomas Fritz
    20 October 2010
    Report

    The neoliberal FTAs pursued by the EU with Colombia and Peru threaten to exacerbate human rights abuses - which include killings of trade unionists, forced expropriations of indigenous people from land, and environmental destruction - for the sake of corporate profit.

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