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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.

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    The World Crisis and Beyond - Building a New Global Solidarity

    04 February 2010
    Report

    Neoliberal market capitalism has dragged the world into a crisis which threatens human civilisation. Climate destruction, resource wars, and the replacement of democracy by an oligarchy face us if we don't act now to reduce the burden we place on our planet and reorganise society on a more egalitarian  basis.

  3. The Obama Administration’s drug control policy on auto-pilot

    • Coletta Youngers
    29 April 2011
    Policy briefing

    In a widely watched You Tube video, U.S. President Barack Obama is asked whether or not the drug war may in fact be counterproductive. Instead of the resounding NO that would have come from any of his recent predecessors, Obama responded: “I think this is an entirely legitimate topic for debate.” He then qualified his remarks by adding, “I am not in favor of legalization.” Nonetheless, even acknowledging the legitimacy of debate on U.S. drug policy is a significant shift from the past, when successive administrations stifled discussion and routinely labeled anyone promoting alternative approaches to the socalled U.S. “war on drugs” as dangerous and surreptitiously promoting massive drug use and poisoning America’s youth.

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    The Anti-Development State

    • Walden Bello, Herbert Docena, Marissa de Guzman, Mary Lou Malig
    01 May 2005
    Book
    The Anti-Development State provides a convincing, if painful, explanation why the Philippines is mired in poverty at the beginning of the 21st century, and proposes a route out of the quagmire.
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    Das gefährlichste Land der Welt?

    • Jochen Hippler
    02 December 2008
    Book
    Jochen Hippler, ausgewiesener Kenner des Landes, gibt einen umfassenden Überblick über Geschichte und Gegenwart Pakistans. Er zeigt Pakistan als multiethnisches Entwicklungsland und zugleich als außergewöhnlichen Krisenherd und untersucht die Frage, welche Chancen - trotz Militärdiktatur und religiösem Extremismus - die Entwicklung einer eigenständigen Demokratie hat.
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    Reclaim the State

    • Hilary Wainwright
    14 June 2005
    Book
    Hilary Wainwright sets out on a quest to find out how people are putting concepts like participatory democracy and economic solidarity into practice locally and taking control over public power
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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. 

  8. The 2015 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    14 June 2015

    The international drug control regime is facing the most profound challenge of its existence. Member states have for some time been experimenting with new responses to the ‘world drug problem’; however, the advent of legally regulated cannabis markets has resulted in a ratcheting up of these challenges to expose the system to new levels of strain. With the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem fast approaching, how will the international community make use of the opportunity it provides for a free and open debate?

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    Por um modelo público de água

    • Brid Brennan, Olivier Hoedeman, Philipp Terhorst, Satoko Kishimoto, Belén Balanyá
    24 July 2007
    Book

    Estão reunidos na obra experiências de resistência contra a privatização e mercantilização e casos exemplares de gestão pública da água.

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    The True Stakes of Internet Governance

    • Richard Hill
    19 January 2015
    Report

    Many people understand how the Internet has revolutionised society, but have we really grasped the power implications? Richard Hill shows how US policy-makers have used the ad hoc ‘multi-stakeholder’ governance of the Internet for political and economic ends.

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    Illustration notes for the State of Power 2016

    20 January 2016
    Report

    For the State of Power 2016 report, designer Evan Clayburg made illustrations reflecting relevant situations to the chapters in the report. Read his notes accompanying these illustrations. 

  12. Cannabis resolutions at the 2008 CND

    29 March 2008

    At the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in March 2008 in Vienna three resolutions on cannabis were tabled. They were all clearly against 'lenient policies'  in some countries depenalising or decriminalizing the use of cannabis. One of the resolutions called for the criminalization of drug abuse that would have significantly expanded the UN drug conven­tions. 

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    State of Power 2016

    18 January 2016
    Report

    TNI's fifth annual State of Power 2016 report explores the intersect of power and democracy. Featuring prominent activists and academics, its essays feature the long battle between economic power and popular democracy, expose the different powers seeking to undermine democracy today, and tell the stories of radical popular democratic alternatives emerging worldwide.

  14. Letter to the International Narcotics Control Board on Capital Punishment for Drug Offences

    14 March 2012
    Report

    On several recent occasions, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has refused to offer an opinion on sanctions that violate international law – even if those sanctions are imposed in order to comply with the drug control treaties. This struck many as odd. As a quasi-judicial entity, one would have expected the INCB to know that the death penalty for drug offences is not permitted in international law. Or that the UN Human Rights Committee, another UN quasi-judicial mechanism which oversees the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, had already called for its abolition in Thailand. Apparently not. In response to emails and letters of concern, the INCB said that criminal sanctions are the 'exclusive prerogative' of States.

    Letter to the International Narcotics Control Board on Capital Punishment for Drug Offences

  15. IDPC Response to the 2011 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board

    30 June 2012

    The response to the Board’s Annual Report for 2011 is organised under 5 inter-related headings: issues surrounding the Board’s homage to the Hague Opium Convention; the flaws within its thematic chapter on ‘social cohesion, social disorganization and illegal drugs’; the INCB’s hostility towards the endeavours of Bolivia to adjust its position towards the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and coca; the continuation of mission creep and a proclivity of the Board to operate beyond its mandate and the reoccurrence of selective reticence, specifically the lack of comment on issues relating to human rights and harm reduction.

     

  16. Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence

    • Dan Werb, Greg Rowell, Gordon Guyatt, Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner, Evan Wood
    01 April 2010

    This report consists of a scientific review that illustrates the relationship between drug law enforcement and drug-related violence. Violence is among the primary concerns of communities around the world, and research from many settings has demonstrated clear links between violence and the illicit drug trade, particularly in urban settings. While violence has traditionally been framed as resulting from the effects of drugs on individual users (e.g., drug-induced psychosis), violence in drug markets and in drug-producing areas such as Mexico is increasingly understood as a means for drug gangs to gain or maintain a share of the lucrative illicit drug market.

     

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    Therapeutic Use of Cannabis by Crack Addicts in Brazil

    • Eliseu Labigalini Jr, Lucio Ribeiro Rodrigues, Dartiu Xavier Da Silveira
    01 October 1999

    This study ensued from clinical observations based on spontaneous accounts by crack abusers undergoing their first psychiatric assessment, where they reported using cannabis in an attempt to ease their own withdrawal symptoms.

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    The International Narcotics Control Board

    29 February 2008

    This briefing paper brings together material and analysis from a number of recent reports that raise questions about the role and functioning of the INCB. The IDPC analysis is that the Board mixes a rigid and overzealous approach to some aspects of its mandate, while showing a selective reticence in others. These inconsistencies do not arise automatically from the structure or role of the Board, but from the operational and policy decisions of its officers and members.

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  19. Freedom technologists and the future of global justice

    • John Postill
    18 January 2016
    Report

    In the wake of early 2010s upheavals such as the Arab Spring, Spain’s indignados, or the global Occupy movement, many commentators were quick to either invoke the presumed tech-savvy of ‘digital natives’ or the purported ‘cyber-utopianism’ of net freedom advocates who supported the protests. But what role have internet freedom activists – or ‘freedom technologists’ – played in ongoing struggles for progressive political change around the world and how can the pursuit of liberty be combined with the struggle for social justice?

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    Successful Experiences in Municipal Public Water and Sanitation Services from Brazil

    • Silvano Silvéiro da Costa, Leo Heller, Luiz Roberto Santos Moraes, Patrícia Campos Borja, Carlos Henrique de Melo, Denise Sacco
    09 January 2007
    Report

    The book presents twenty examples of successful public water delivery in large and small, wealthy and poor municipalities across Brazil.

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