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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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    Alternative Regionalisms News

    06 December 2008
    Article

    Alternative Regionalisms News (last updated in December 2008).

  3. Are African lions really roaring? The Latest Fibs From World Financiers

    Patrick Bond
    12 May 2011
    Article

    The recent wave of Afro-optimism boasting of economical and technological growth on the continent fails to stand up under closer scrutiny, veiling the harsh reality faced by Africans today.

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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.

  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.

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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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    No Consensus on the Washington Consensus

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    10 July 2009
    Article
    Today, just as faith in deregulated markets has evaporated in the nightmare on Wall Street, so too is the long reign of market fundamentalism ending in the development arena.
  8. Exorcising the Curse of Voodoo Economics

    David Sogge
    14 April 2014
    Article

    Reclaiming Development, a closely-argued critique of neoliberal economic policy, is debunking development orthodoxies at its best. Republished now, ten years after its first appearance, the book has lost none of its relevance for students and those trying to re-direct economic policies away from their financialized doom-loops.

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    Retrograde shift

    Praful Bidwai
    02 October 2010
    Article

    Manmohan Singh is intent on shifting Congress and UPA politics rightwards. Whether and how Sonia Gandhi resists this will determine the Congress' future.

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    The WTO Doha round and EPAs in an era of crisis

    23 September 2010
    Article

    The language contained in agreements being negotiated by the EU through the WTO with their southern counterparts often deliberately diguises real political goals, obscuring the negative economic implications for those countries of the neoliberal agenda.

  11. The World Bank's Africa Strategy

    Patrick Bond
    08 June 2011
    Article

    Whose interest does the ten-year Strategy document for Africa actually serve? The World Bank has shown little insight into the real problems Africa faces, focusing instead on ineffective policies, support for repressive regimes and projects that are known to have failed.

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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.

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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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    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.

  15. 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?

  16. Remove the smokescreen

    Praful Bidwai
    21 October 2010
    Article

    The Indian Prime Minister's call to "go easy" on environmental regulation for fear of scaring off investors follows the flawed ideology that industrial development is the answer to poverty, when actually India's acute environmental deterioration should be the much greater concern.

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    Is Corruption the Cause? The Poverty Trap

    Walden Bello
    11 May 2010
    Article

    The “corruption-causes-poverty” narrative has become a standard tool in the hegemonic discourse kit for leaders in some developing countries - where in fact, Waldon Bello argues, it is neoliberal economic policies that are really to blame for poverty. Thailand’s “Red Shirts” are not, however, being distracted by the “corruption” line the World Bank and IMF are pushing, choosing instead to keep their eyes on the prize - the real answer to poverty - replacing neoliberalism with pro-people economic policies.

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    Development Redefined

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    25 September 2008
    Article
    Today, just as faith in deregulated markets has evaporated in the nightmare on Wall Street, so too is the long reign of market fundamentalism (or neoliberalism) ending in the development arena. And, a debate over the best route to development has returned.
  19. G20's Central Role? As a Lightning Rod

    Walden Bello
    21 July 2010
    Article

    The G20 is going to be around for some time. But it will probably be as ineffective as the G8 in stabilizing global capitalism.

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    In praise of Susan George

    Edwin Madunagu
    13 November 2008
    In the media

    In a recent editorial comment, The Economist issued a solemn call to all believers in global capitalism not to despair, not to panick, and to do nothing that could endanger the capitalist system (October 18-24, 2008). The magazine invoked the words and spirit of its founder, the Scottish businessman, James Wilson, who, about 165 years ago, gave the paper the philosophy of "economic liberty".

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