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    How do corporations want to run the world in the future?

    30 September 2015

    States are not only handing over more of the economy and policy-making to corporations at national level, they are also doing so at international level. Harris Gleckman summarises the Global Redesign Initiative that has come out of the World Economic Forum and represents the best summary of corporations' vision of what they want global governance to look like. What are its principle features? What dangers does it pose to democracy?

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    What options are there to respond to ISIS?

    Phyllis Bennis
    30 September 2015

    The brutality of ISIS has led many to argue that only military action can stop them. Phyllis Bennis, fellow of Transnational Institute and a long-term observer and analyst of US foreign policy in the Middle East, argues that US occupation and military action was the principal cause of ISIS rise and therefore cannot be the solution. She outlines alternative options for constraining the advance of ISIS and bringing peace back to the troubled countries of Iraq and Syria. See also Phyllis' primer, Understanding ISIS and the new global war on terror

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    Why is public banking important for social change?

    30 September 2015

    Thomas Marois, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies argues that until people regain control of money and credit, we will not be able to stop economic and ecological crises. Most people don't know that fortunately there is untapped potential in public banks, that make up a quarter of all banks worldwide. Drawing on his research on public banks in Turkey, Costa Rica and elsewhere, Marois points to the potential and problems of public banks and how we might harness them to deliver social and environmental justice.

  4. US alternative solidarity economy

    30 September 2015

    The US economy is known for its powerful banks and transnational corporations, but behind the scenes an alternative economy based on cooperatives, worker ownership and solidarity is thriving.

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    Book launch "Corporate conduct & the public interest"

    30 September 2015 - Event

    Book launch "Corporate conduct & the public interest"

  6. Timeline - Fumigation in Colombia

    30 September 2015

    For 37 years Colombia has been spraying chemicals to combat illicit crops, particularly coca. These massive eradication programmes became part of the US-backed 'War on Drugs'. The fumigations are controversial for their proven inefficacy to reduce supply and demand for the use of herbicides such as glyphosate.

  7. Privatisation of urban water supply: The muddy picture

    29 September 2015
    In the media

    The Indian Express - The municipal body’s financial losses from water works has reportedly increased by Rs 60 crore per annum, leading to demands, from both opposition parties and the local community, for the ouster of the private player.

  8. China’s stock market crash: Symptom of a bigger crisis

    Walden Bello
    29 September 2015

    The spectacular cratering of the Shanghai stock market, which lost nearly 40 percent of its value in just 10 weeks, is a sign of a much bigger problem.

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    Cannabis policy in the Czech Republic

    Tereza Filipková
    28 September 2015

    The Czech drug-related legislation is quite extensive and includes laws as well as various by-laws. The most important feature of the Czech legislative system is that criminal law does not consider drug use to be a criminal offence. The new Czech Criminal Code introduced a brand-new sig­nificant feature into the Czech legal system – the differentiation between cannabis and other nar­cotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

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    Initiatives to Claim Tenure Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

    27 September 2015

    The 'Bottom-up Accountability Initiatives to Claim Tenure Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa' project was a multi-year many-partner endeavour: FIAN, ISS, PLAAS (the institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa), and TNI collaborated with local partners in Nigeria (ERA/Friends of the Earth Nigeria), Mali (CNOP- Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes), Uganda (Katosi Women Development Trust), and SouthAfrica (Masifundise Development Trust). The project focused on Action Research, carried out by the country partners, working with communities of peasants and fishers whose access to land or resources (including fisheries) were being threatened by land, water, and resource grabbing. The project sought to find ways that these communities could use the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (VGGTs or TGs), an international soft law instrument endorsed by the UN Committee on Food Security in 2012, to strengthen their rights and push for bottom-up accountability.

  11. Strategies of energy democracy

    01 October 2015 - Event

    What ownership for a just energy transition? How to combat energy poverty?

  12. Corbyn: the non-careerist politician

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    25 September 2015

    This summer I was going to meet with Jeremy Corbyn at a conference in Ufa, Russia. He asked for a few days to think it over promising to come unless something unplanned and significant would happen. It did. He was nominated for the leader of the British Labour Party.

  13. Verdrag EU-Canada is TTIP via de achterdeur

    Hilde van der Pas, Roos van Os, Geert Ritsema, Burghard Ilge, Susan Cohen Jehoram, Rosan Huizenga, Guus Geurts, Ella Weggen
    25 September 2015
    In the media

    De Volkskrant - De schadelijke investeringsbescherming in TTIP, is al opgenomen in het CETA-verdrag met Canada.

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    Rosan Huizenga


    Women's International League for Peace and Freedom  

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    Guus Geurts


    Platform Aarde Boer Consument  

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    Ella Weggen



  17. Statement of the 3rd Myanmar Opium Farmers' Forum

    25 September 2015

    On 11 and 12 September 2015 opium farmers and representatives of opium farming communities from Kayah State, Shan State, Kachin State and Chin State, came together in Upper Myanmar to discuss the drug policies affecting their lives. Following from the discussions the farmers issued a statement with recommendations to policy makers nationally and internationally.

  18. Feiten & fabels

    • Hilde van der Pas, Bas van Beek, Sophia Beunder, Roeline Knottnerus, Jilles Mast, Roos van Os
    25 September 2015

    Wat blijft er over van een aantal claims over TTIP als we die wat dieper onderzoeken?

  19. Reversing the Tide: Cities and Countries Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, and Winning

    25 September 2015
    In the media

    Thruthout - Private companies have been working to make a profit from water since the 1600s, when the first water companies were established in England and Wales. The first wave of water privatization occurred in the 1800s, and by the mid- to late-19th century, privately owned water utilities were common in Europe, the United States and Latin America, and began to appear in Africa and Asia.