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  1. The Dark Side of Investment Agreements

    Cecilia Olivet
    16 December 2011
    Article

    Signing international investment treaties, in the hope of attracting foreign investments, has been a central strategy for governments looking to improve economic development. The less known side of this story is that by signing investment treaties, governments are giving away the sovereign right to regulate in the interest of people and the environment. They also expose themselves to the risk of spending millions in law suits that could have been used to serve public needs. It’s time that the dark side of investment is put under the spotlight.

  2. Week of Action on Investment

    13 December 2011
    Article

    In November 2011, Brussels was the stage for a 'Week of Action' which looked to expose the threat of Bilateral Investment Treaties to democratic governance and public interest and to advocate for an Alternative Investment Regime. 

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    Cazadores de ambulancias

    05 December 2011
    Policy briefing

    El hermético y lucrativo mundo del arbitraje internacional sobre inversiones está enriqueciendo a un pequeño grupo de bufetes de abogados, que promueven activamente litigios contra Estados y luchan por impedir que se produzcan cambios en el injusto régimen internacional de inversiones.

  4. Huge Cost of Tax Evasion Revealed as Campaign to Tackle Tax Havens Launches

    24 November 2011
    Article

    New research published by the Tax Justice Network shows that tax evasion costs 145 countries, representing over 98% of world GDP, more than US$3.1 trillion annually.

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    Legalised Profiteering?

    03 November 2011
    Policy briefing

    The secretive and lucrative world of international investment arbitration has enriched a small coterie of multi-billion dollar international firms, which actively promote and even help finance litigations against states and have fought fiercely to prevent changes to an unjust international investment regime.

  6. Occupy Wall Street: Origins & Prospects

    Tom Reifer
    31 October 2011
    Article

    The ancient discussion about the purposes of wealth and the conflict between oligarchy – rule of the rich – and democracy – the rule of the demos/the people comes to the fore once again with the Occupy protests.

  7. Interpreting the Land Grab

    Philip McMichael
    11 October 2011
    Article

    The so-called “global land grab” continues the historic process of land enclosures described by Sir Thomas More in Utopia as “sheep eating men,” when English peasants were evicted from the commons to make room for private estates.

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    Austerity Forever

    • Kenneth Haar, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
    10 October 2011
    Policy briefing

    The European Union’s new model of economic governance, including the Euro Pact, is a model of prolonged austerity.

  9. La carrera mundial para hacer más 'transparente' el acaparamiento de tierras

    Jennifer Franco
    03 October 2011
    Article
    La regulación de las grandes transacciones de tierras, como proponen el Banco Mundial y otros actores, podría facilitar el acaparamiento mundial de tierras en lugar de contenerlo.
  10. La fiebre global de tierras

    Jun Borras
    03 October 2011

    "El actual acaparamiento global de tierras es parte de un largo proceso histórico de usurpación y desposesión en el Norte y en el Sur."

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    Supranational governance: a challenge to building resilient states and peace

    • David Sogge
    22 September 2011
    Paper

    In troubled areas, the vital work of building peace and resilient states continues to be undone by weak and distorted governance at the supranational level. 

  12. ASEAN Regional Forum on Investment (21-22 September, Manila)

    22 September 2011
    Article

    Between 20 and 21 September 2011, 40 ASEAN campaigners and experts met in Manila to share knowledge and experiences, articulate common strategies and discuss alternatives to the current investment regime. 

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    Global Inequalities, Alternative Regionalism and the Future of Socialism

    • Tom Reifer
    30 August 2011
    Paper

    This paper examines global inequalities and the future of capitalism and socialism through an investigation of the oligarchic wealth on which the current global order is based and also looks at growing challenges to these social foundations of the present global system.

  14. The global resource grab

    Jun Borras, Maryann Manahan, Yao Graham
    30 June 2011
    Multi-media

    Worsening climate change and the emergence of new economic powers is leading to a renewed scramble for resources, with negative consequences for many impoverished communities.

  15. As authoritarian China loses luster, TNCs flirt with democratic Indonesia and Brazil

    Walden Bello
    29 June 2011
    Article

    Make way China! Here come Brazil and Indonesia as new kids on the block for transnational corporations' investments in their global search for cheap labour and social stability.

  16. Say no to the attack on social and democratic rights in Europe!

    30 May 2011
    Article

    On 8 June the EU Parliament will vote on our response to the Eurocrisis: sign this petition by ATTAC asking them to reject the neoliberal austerity package which will make the public pay for the bank's crimes. There are alternatives to austerity.

  17. The politics of achieving the Right to Water

    Susan George, aleksej, Mthandeki Nhlapo, Peter Waldorff
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Privatisation offers nothing to the 43 percent of Africans in cities who have no access to water. On World Water Day 2011, experts met in Cape Town to share experiences of successful public-public partnerships for equal public access.

  18. Another missed opportunity

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    31 March 2011
    Article

    Obama's trip to Latin America: about gaining economic advantages, ignoring historical and recent diplomatic interferences and strategically placed critisism.

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