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  1. A living countryside

    Jeannette Oppedijk van Veen, Leonardo van den Berg, Sijtse Jan Roeters, Jolke de Moel, Hanny van Geel
    17 April 2019
    Article

    Against the backdrop of an agrarian landscape that has become more homogenous, sterile and empty over the past 50 years, a new movement of Dutch farmers and citizens is emerging. They want to support a type of agriculture that does not damage the environment, enriches the life of farmers and citizens, and produces healthy food. This desire is expressed through a vast array of initiatives. It includes growers who allow citizens to undertake their harvesting, dairy farmers who plant trees and herbs in the field, cereal farmers who sell directly to local bakers, farms in which citizens become shareholders, and many more.

  2. Hojas de coca

    Usos tradicionales y personas migrantes

    Pien Metaal, Constanza Sánchez, Natalia Rebollo
    15 April 2019
    Article

    Es necesario conjugar el derecho al disfrute de la vida cultural de las comunidades migrantes y el derecho a utilizar sus plantas tradicionales con las obligaciones derivadas del control de drogas.

  3. Soulardarity's Utility Justice Action Team

    Organising for energy democracy in the face of austerity

    Jackson Koeppel
    12 April 2019
    Article

    In 2012, citizens from Highland Park, Michigan came together to form Soulardarity in response to the repossession of over 1,000 streetlights from their city. Their goal is to organise for community-owned solar street lights, energy production and equitable development. Since its formation, Soulardarity has installed seven solar streetlights and deployed over US$ 30,000 worth of solar technology in Highland Park and the surrounding communities through the PowerUP bulk purchasing programme. The group has also organised advocacy at the city and state levels for regulation, policy and local political leadership to support community ownership, transparency and environmental responsibility.

    Soulardarity also advocates for a Community Ownership Power Administration (COPA) as part of the growing call in the United States for a Green New Deal to tackle climate change, economic inequality and racial injustice.

  4. Mientras la comunidad internacional se reúne para examinar el ISDS, muchos temen reformas vacías

    Alexander Beunder, Jilles Mast
    10 April 2019
    Article

    Del 1 al 5 de abril de 2019, representantes de unos 100 países se reunieron en Nueva York para hablar sobre el sistema de solución de controversias entre inversores y Estados (ISDS). El ISDS es un instrumento jurídico al que pueden recurrir las multinacionales para demandar a los Gobiernos y exigirles miles de millones de dólares. Observadores externos temen que las nuevas negociaciones se limiten a “poner vino nuevo en botellas viejas”. Consideran que quienes se benefician con este instrumento (países poderosos y abogados de élite especializados en el ISDS) están controlando el debate.

  5. As the world meets to discuss ISDS, many fear meaningless reforms

    Alexander Beunder, Jilles Mast
    05 April 2019
    Article

    This week, representatives of around 100 countries are meeting in New York to talk about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). ISDS is a legal instrument that multinationals can use to sue governments for billions. External experts and observers fear that the new negotiations will amount to ‘old wine in new bottles’. They believe that those who benefit from this instrument (powerful states and top lawyers from the ISDS sector) are controlling the debate.

  6. Border Memorial, Tijuana, Mexico

    The globalisation of border control and peoples’ resistance

    Mónica Vargas
    13 March 2019
    Article

    Forced to leave their homes to flee violence, war or poverty and invisible because they are vulnerable, large numbers of migrants disappear while travelling. This analysis of border control looks at the power and impunity of transnational corporations, militarisation, the externalisation of borders, Israel’s role as a laboratory for the wall industry and the criminalisation of international solidarity, among other issues.

  7. Castle rock wildfire.

    Apostando por el desastre: la lucha contra quienes juegan con nuestro futuro

    Nick Buxton
    11 March 2019
    Article

    El lado oscuro del capitalismo nos enseña que el desorden, el cambio y la escasez ofrecen posibilidades de beneficio a quienes estén dispuestos a especular con sus consecuencias.

  8. Opium harvest in early 2019 in Pekhon Township, southern Shan State (TNI)

    ေျမျပင္အမွန္တရားကို လိုရာဆြဲပံုေဖာ္ျခင္း - မူးယစ္ေဆး၀ါး၊ ပဋိပကၡႏွင့္ UNODC ၏ ၂၀၁၈ ခုႏွစ္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ ဘိန္းစစ္တမ္း

    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    07 March 2019
    Article

    ကုလသမဂၢ မူးယစ္ေဆး၀ါးႏွင့္ ျပစ္မႈဆိုင္ရာရံုး(UNODC)၏ လတ္တေလာထုတ္ျပန္ခဲ့သည့္ “၂၀၁၈ ခုႏွစ္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ ဘိန္းစစ္တမ္း”၌ ပဋိပကၡတြင္း ပါ၀င္ပတ္သက္ေနသည့္ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းအခ်ိဳ႕ကို တိတိပပစြပ္စြဲေျပာဆိုထားသည့္ အခ်က္မ်ားပါ၀င္လ်က္ရွိသည္။ ဤ သံုးသပ္ခ်က္အတြင္း ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ၏ ရႈပ္ေထြးလြန္းလွသည့္ လက္ေတြ႔အေျခအေနမ်ားကို ထင္ဟပ္မႈမရွိဘဲ လိုရာဆြဲ၍ မည္ကဲ့သို႔ပံုေဖာ္ေရးသားထားေၾကာင္း ရွင္းလင္းေဖာ္ျပထားပါ သည္။

  9. Opium harvest in early 2019 in Pekhon Township, southern Shan State (TNI)

    A Distortion of Reality: Drugs, Conflict and the UNODC’s 2018 Myanmar Opium Survey

    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    05 March 2019
    Article

    The recently-released “Myanmar Opium Survey 2018” by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) entails specific accusations against several of the conflict actors. This commentary explains how this further distorts, rather than reflects, the complex realities in Myanmar.

  10. Obituary Thura Myint Lwin

    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    19 February 2019
    Article

    Our great friend and colleague Thura Myint Lwin passed away on Sunday 10 February. Thura was the co-author of TNI’s recent Drug Policy Briefing ‘Methamphetamine use in Myanmar, Thailand and Southern China: assessing practices, reducing harms’. Although he was not able to participate in the report launch, he saw the final copy and was proud of it. We dedicate this report to him.

  11. Castle rock wildfire.

    Betting on a crash – confronting those speculating on our future

    Nick Buxton
    06 February 2019
    Article

    The dark side of capitalism is that disruption, change and scarcity all provide avenues of profit for those willing to speculate on its consequences.

  12. Village meeting in Magyi

    Investing in Mon State?

    MACDO, Mads Barbesgaard
    04 February 2019
    Article

    How beneficial is the new policy of encouraging investment in Myanmar's Mon state?

  13. Who cares about Fair Trade?

    Pauline Tiffen
    02 February 2019
    Article

    Pauline Tiffen (TNI Board member), Editor -in-Chief of the Journal of Fair Trade, and a pioneer of the movement, explains the rationale for launching the Fair Trade Society - a worldwide membership organisation which owns the Journal of Fair Trade. She describes the complex but impactful story of the Fair Trade movement so far, while laying out the challenges we face, the relevance of Fair Trade and aspirations we should have for a fairer and environmentally safe global economy.

  14. ကခ်င္တိုင္းရင္းသားမ်ား သတိထားရမည့္ တ႐ုတ္ပိုးလမ္းမသစ္ စီမံကိန္း

    Lahpai Seng Raw
    31 January 2019
    Article

    တ႐ုတ္-ျမန္မာ စီးပြားေရးစႀကၤန္ (China Myanmar Economic Corridor, CMEC) တည္ေဆာက္ေရး နားလည္မႈ စာခၽြန္လႊာကို ၂၀၁၈၊ စက္တင္ဘာလမွာ ျမန္မာအစိုးရႏွင့္ တ႐ုတ္အစိုးရတို႔ လက္မွတ္ေရးထိုးခဲ့သည္။ CMEC သည္ တ႐ုတ္အင္ပါယာႏွင့္ အေနာက္တိုင္း ေစ်းကြက္မ်ားကို တခ်ိန္က ခ်ိတ္ဆက္ ေပးခဲ ့သည့္ ေရွးေဟာင္းပိုးလမ္း မႀကီးကိုႏွစ္ဆယ့္တစ္ရာစုအသြင္ ျပန္လည္ ပုံေဖာ္မည့္ တ႐ုတ္ပိုးလမ္းမသစ္ စီမံကိန္း (Belt and Road Initiative, BRI) ၏ အစိတ္အပိုင္းတစ္ခု ျဖစ္သည္။

  15. “က်ဳပ္တို႔အေပၚ စစ္ေၾကညာျခင္း” - ၂၀၁၈ ခုႏွစ္ VFV ဥပ ေဒျပင္ဆင္ခ်က္ႏွင့္ တိုင္းရင္းသားလူမ်ိဳးမ်ားအေပၚ ရိုက္ ခတ္မႈမ်ား

    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    31 January 2019
    Article

    ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး၊ ဒီမိုကေရစီႏွင့္ ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေရးအတြက္ မရွိမျဖစ္လိုအပ္သည့္ ေျမယာဆိုင္ရာ ရပိုင္ခြင့္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး

  16. Farm land bordering industrial area

    The agrarian question of the 21st century

    Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
    31 January 2019
    Article

    What are the implications of the rise of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) for agrarian and environmental transformations, worldwide and in the BRICS countries in particular? This is the main issue with which the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) has been concerned since 2013, when it was launched in Beijing by a collective of largely BRICS-based research institutions1.

  17. Border Memorial, Tijuana, Mexico
  18. Stop ISDS!

    22 January 2019
    Article

    Join the movement to end corporate privilege, sign the petition!

  19. Network analysis of DTIB screenshot

    The quiet power of the Dutch Trade and Investment Board (DTIB)

    Alexander Beunder, Jilles Mast, Bas van Beek
    16 January 2019
    Article

    For around 13 years, on the Dutch Trade and Investment Board (a body that is not familiar to most of the Dutch public) top civil servants and company lobbyists have been discussing how the government can support the country’s international trade. Minutes reveal how lobbyists and ministers collaborated in reforming fiscal and development policies in favour of private interests. It’s an example of the power of ‘quiet politics’ of company lobbyists in the Netherlands, calling into question the country’s image as an exemplar of liberal, consensual corporatism.

  20. China's Belt & Road Initiative: A Cautionary Tale for the Kachins

    Lahpai Seng Raw
    10 January 2019
    Article

    A Memorandum of Understanding to establish the China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) was signed by the governments of Myanmar and China in September 2018. The CMEC forms part of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a 21st century reimagining of the ancient Silk Road, the network of land and sea trade routes that once linked Imperial China with markets in the west.

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