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  1. Energy transition or energy expansion?

    • Sean Sweeney, John Treat, Daniel Chavez
    22 October 2021
    Report

    This report shows that neoliberal climate and energy policy has failed. It argues that the pursuit of endless growth and capitalist accumulation has resulted in an energy expansion, rather than an energy transition.

  2. Dangerously Efficient Industrial Fishing

    • Jelto Makris, Zoe Brent, Thibault Josse
    22 October 2021
    Policy issue

    Within the European fishing fleet new generations of technologically advanced, hyper efficient industrial vessels, have gotten too good at fishing. This limited number of vessels has a massive impact on the ocean. Fish stocks have largely declined since the 1980s, but not all fishers contribute to the problem to the same extent, nor are all fishing livelihoods impacted to the same degree. The crisis of overfishing, fuelled in large part by a small number of vessels, is threatening the livelihoods of coastal communities and small-scale fisheries around the world who depend on the ocean as a source of food and income.

  3. Susan George 1982

    Susan George and contemporary anticapitalist struggles within and against the global food system

    Jun Borras
    15 October 2021
    Article

    This year, 2021, the global community of food sovereignty activists is celebrating what is deemed as the 25th year anniversary of food sovereignty – as it protests against a corporate-captured UN Food System Summit (UNFSS) this September 2021. The global food system remains front and center in international political debates, as working people struggle to survive during this ongoing pandemic while a few corporate food giants continue to make huge profits. The struggle to dismantle the unjust, unsustainable industrial food system while constructing alternatives around food sovereignty is at the core of contemporary anti-capitalist struggles.

  4. Kratom plant grown in a fishing community in Mon State

    Kratom in Myanmar and southeast Asia: time for legal regulation?

    14 October 2021
    Article

    Commonly found in Southeast Asia including in Myanmar, leaves from the kratom tree have long been used as a traditional medicine to treat various health conditions, including diabetes, diarrhoea, fever and pain. Kratom is currently banned in Myanmar, and the WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) is discussing this week whether it should be placed under international drug control. Instead of criminalisation, however, this commentary argues that legal regulation of kratom could contribute to building safer communities, promoting development and supporting peace efforts in Myanmar and beyond. 

  5. The New Constitution in Chile - Taking back control of water as a public good

    28 October 2021

    Simultaneous Interpretation: Spanish - English

    The unprecedented popular uprising in October 2019  led to a plebiscite a year later that showed more than 80 per cent of the Chilean population wanted to bury Augusto Pinochet’s 1980 Constitution, marking a milestone in the country. The Constitutional Convention voted in by popular vote has been given the responsibility of writing a new set of rules for the country.

  6. Enough is enough: the future is public - Reclaiming public services for a just recovery

    26 October 2021

    Join us for a unique and dynamic online discussion on 26 October 2021 bringing together seven global and regional human rights experts to reflect on the crucial role of public services in building a more sustainable, inclusive, socially-just, and resilient economy and society. 

    Interpretations - English, French and Spanish. 

  7. Primer on climate security

    • Nick Buxton
    12 October 2021
    Primer

    There is a growing political demand for climate security as a response to the escalating impacts of climate change, but little critical analysis on what kind of security they offer and to who. This primer demystifies the debate - highlighting the role of the military in causing the climate crisis, the dangers of them now providing military solutions to climate impacts, the corporate interests that profit, the impact on the most vulnerable, and alternative proposals for 'security' based on justice.

  8. Transnational Corporations and Free Trade in Mexico

    • Martín Álvarez-Mullaly, Iñaki Barcena, Lucía Bárcena, Lucía Benavides, Lorenzo Bozada, Cristina Caldera, Alan Carmona, Refugio Choreño, Peter Clausing, Thomas Dürmeier, Sofía Enciso, Graciela González, Ralf Häußler, Julisa Hernández, Fabiola Lara, Martin Mantxo, Julia Martí, Cindy McCulligh, Alejandra Méndez Serrano, Laura Méndez Rivas, Rocío Montaño, Bettina Müller, Cecilia Olivet, Mercedes Páramo, Mayra Peña Contreras, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Olivier Petitjean, Federico Pohls Fuentevilla, Alejandra Ramírez Varela, Patricia Rendón, Giovanna Segura, Sabrina Spitznagel, Mónica Vargas, Oswaldo Villegas, the teams from Taula per Mèxic, the teams from Multiwatch, the offices of MEP Leïla Chaibi, the offices of Senator Patricia Torres Ray (Minnesota, USA)
    11 October 2021
    Report

    This report examines how, in the past 30 years, Mexico has become one of the main industrial paradises on the planet. Find out in which ways the country serves as one of the most advanced laboratories for free trade and deregulation. 

  9. Kratom: the creation of a threat

    • Martin Jelsma
    11 October 2021

    A pre-review of kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a tree native to Southeast Asia, and its two principal psychoactive alkaloids (mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine), is on the agenda of the 44th WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) for their 11-15 October 2021 meeting. Kratom and its compounds have not previously been reviewed by WHO and are not currently under international control, but a number of Southeast Asian and European countries as well as Australia have varying levels of national controls in place. How did kratom get on the ECDD agenda? And what are the chances that this process will ultimately lead to kratom being put under international control?

  10. Pre-review of kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine

    Martin Jelsma
    11 October 2021
    Declaration

    Written statement by Martin Jelsma, Transnational Institute (TNI), 8 October 2021

  11. Walls Are Dumb but President Biden's ‘Smart Border’ Is Even Worse

    Todd Miller
    08 October 2021
    Article

    Don’t be fooled by a high-tech ‘virtual’ wall: It’s even more invasive than a physical wall.

  12. Digital colonialism

    • Sofia Scasserra, Carolina Martínez Elebi
    06 October 2021
    Policy briefing

    The global battle for control of the digital economy is typically portrayed as one fought by only two titans: US and China, but that does not mean that the EU has been standing still. As this briefing documents, the EU has been making strong efforts to catch up using trade negotiations and trade rules to assert its own interests. In the process, the EU is trying to climb up on the backs of the developing countries, undermining the chance for all to equitably share in the benefits of technological development.

  13. Smart Borders or a Humane World?

    • Mizue Aizeki, Geoffrey Boyce, Todd Miller, Joseph Nevins, Miriam Ticktin
    06 October 2021

    On January 20, 2021, his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order pausing the remaining construction of the southern border wall initiated during the Trump administration. Soon after, the White House sent a bill to Congress, the US Citizenship Act of 2021, calling for the deployment of “smart technology” to “manage and secure the southern border.”

  14. TNI and its Associates across the world stand in solidarity with Dr Kagarlitsky

    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    05 October 2021
    Declaration

    We deplore the recent imprisonment in Moscow of world-renowned sociologist and public intellectual, Dr Boris Kagarlitsky, and the affront to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly that his conviction represents.

  15. Cannabis regulation: Lessons from the illicit tobacco trade

    • Benoît Gomis
    28 September 2021
    Policy briefing

    Since 2013, a number of countries and local jurisdictions around the world have legalised and regulated their cannabis supply chains for non-medical use. Lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and advocates continue to design, enact, implement and revise regulatory frameworks for medical and recreational cannabis. And yet lessons from regulating other psychoactive substances, including tobacco products, are not always fully considered.

  16. Towards a Just Recovery from the Covid-19 Crisis

    • Ali Amouzai, Sylvia Kay
    22 September 2021
    Report

    This report examines the intersections between Covid-19 and food systems across the North African region. It looks at how the dominant ‘food security’ paradigm increased vulnerability to the economic dislocation wrought by the pandemic. It examines the impacts of Covid-19, particularly on (rural) working people and small-scale food producers and how governments across the region responded to these challenges. Finally, it offers a pathway out of this moment of crisis rooted in models of food sovereignty and economic justice.

  17. Decoloniality and Eastern Europe

    04 November 2021

    This webinar will explore the dynamics and the strategies that have emerged on the left to address decoloniality in the region.

  18. Producing knowledge from the left in Eastern Europe

    21 October 2021

    Understanding Eastern Europe's postsocialist situation from a left perspective has been a major challenge for left politics in the region in recent decades. This webinar will bring together speakers from organizations who produce knowledge from the left in Eastern Europe, to discuss how they address this challenge: what organizational models they use to resist academic, political and market pressures, and how they combine the task of analysis with that of organizing and building social power.

  19. Beyond the ‘China threat’: Chinese investments in Eastern Europe and the reorganisation of global capitalism

    14 October 2021

    This is the second webinar of a four part series called 30 years into the ‘transition’: East European New Left Perspectives. This second webinar explored Eastern Europe's entanglement into Chinese capital.

  20. Class, geopolitics and "civil society" in post-Soviet political protests

    23 September 2021

    Organized around a new collection of analyses by a new generation of left thinkers in the region, this webinar is the first in a series of four that will bring to the limelight East European left perspectives.

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