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  1. Summary: The Public is Back

    Wouter van de Klippe
    23 September 2020
    Article

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the necessity of robust public services for the protection of the vulnerable and the needs of the many. On 20 May 2020, the Transnational Institute, along with Public Services International (PSI), Focus on the Global South, and the Alternative Information and Development Centre (South Africa), brought together four speakers to discuss how to rebuild post crisis to create a more democratic and just economy.

  2. The UNCLOS isn't perfect and it's time we acknowledge that

    Achin Vanaik
    12 August 2020
    Article

    Exclusive Economic Zones have encouraged the process of privatising the seas, at the cost of protecting the oceanic environment.

  3. Forced Eradication of Crops for Illicit Use and Human Rights

    Pedro Arenas, Ricardo Vargas
    20 July 2020
    Article

    According to UNODC figures as of December 31, 2019, 154,000 ha of coca were detected in Colombia, which means a reduction of 15,000 ha, that is, 9% less compared to the 169,000 ha detected in 2018. President Duque’s government set a goal of eradicating 130,000 hectares of coca leaf crops during 2020, 62.5 percent more than 2019, when the goal was set at 80,000 ha.

  4. A day in the life of a woman opium poppy farmer in Myanmar

    Transnational Institute (TNI)
    15 July 2020
    Article

    There is genuine hope that by sharing her story as a woman who grows opium, Nang Kham could help encourage other women farmers to speak out, and encourage the wider community to realise the collective benefits of gender equality.

  5. Fieldfarming in Amarapura

    Hitting where it hurts: Impacts of COVID-19 measures on Myanmar poor

    Nwet Kay Khine
    06 July 2020
    Article

    In a country that was ruled by dictatorship for several decades, the local administration units are also no stranger to emergency-like authoritarian measures. Many thought there is no option but detention to deal with the situation. It is easier for the authorities even at the village and ward levels to ensure authoritarian submission if the country is in panic.

  6. Growing back stronger

    • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
    02 July 2020
    Policy briefing

    The current economic crisis is merely triggered by COVID-19, argues Jan Douwe van der Ploeg. The real causes reside in the specificity of today’s global economic structure and especially in three key features that lie at its core. In this policy brief he discusses these key features with reference to farming and food and presents building blocks for the construction of resilient alternatives to the current crisis.

  7. A Silver Jubilee Commemoration: The New Mon State Party’s 1995 Ceasefire

    Sawor Mon
    29 June 2020
    Article

    Today marks the Silver Jubilee of the ceasefire agreement between the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the military (Tatmadaw) government of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) on 29 June 1995. This peace agreement came after 40 years of armed struggle for political and ethnic rights by the Mon people against successive central governments in the country. Founded in 1958, the NMSP is an ethnic nationality-based armed organization that is active in southern regions of the Union of Myanmar.

  8. Lost in the Light: 25 Years of Ceasefire by the New Mon State Party

    Mi Kamoon
    29 June 2020
    Article

    June 29 marks the 25th anniversary of the ceasefire by the New Mon State Party with the then military government of the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Twenty-five years later, the NMSP is still in ceasefire with the government of the National League for Democracy today, but the peace process in the country has begun to stall badly.

  9. Cannabis rescheduling

    • Dania Putri
    25 June 2020
    Policy briefing

    In January 2019 the World Health Organization issued a collection of formal recommendations to reschedule cannabis and cannabis-related substances, these present an opportunity for African governments and civil society to further decolonise drug control approaches on the continent, as well as to strengthen the international legal basis for emerging medicinal cannabis programmes in several African countries.

  10. How to Improve Myanmar’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Program

    Walden Bello, Doi Ra Lahkyen, Jennifer Franco, Pietje Vervest, Tom Kramer
    09 June 2020
    Article

    The Covid-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP) that the government rolled out in the last week of April is a welcome initiative for a country that is suffering from both the assault of the novel coronavirus and the massive economic impact of the nationwide lockdown that the government has imposed to stop its spread.

  11. The economic dimension of the pandemic

    Daniel Díaz-Fuentes
    27 May 2020
    Article

    Although no crisis can be reduced exclusively to an economic or financial dimension or causation, this particular one derives from the pandemic spread of virus with devastating human and social effects. If we want to learn something from this world crisis, we need to try to understand it taking into consideration various simultaneous perspectives (health, social, humanitarian and environmental, among others), with a long-term historical outlook (to better help us to find a way out and avoid its recurrence) and a global viewpoint.

  12. The race to replace a dying neoliberalism

    Walden Bello
    20 May 2020
    Article

    The world’s prevailing socio-political models aren’t going to survive this pandemic. What’s going to replace them?

  13. From Fanon to ventilators

    Arun Kundnani
    07 May 2020
    Article

    To neoliberal states, the pandemic is a racialized security threat and a market opportunity. Our fight is for the right to breathe — in every sense.

  14. States of Control – the dark side of pandemic politics

    29 April 2020 - Event

    Join our fifth COVID-19 webinar, which will examine authoritarian and repressive state responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, featuring a UN Special Rapporteur on Protecting Human Rights and other global experts and activists.

  15. The Three Ways of Looking at the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

    Quinn Slobodian
    22 April 2020
    Article

    There are three ways of looking at COVID-19 and three time frames for responding to the crisis it has created, argues Quinn Slobodian in a think-piece generated after one of TNI's webinars.

  16. COVID-19 measures must ensure Human Rights and build the resilient, sustainable food system we desperately need

    21 April 2020
    Declaration

    Statement to the Extraordinary Meeting of G20 Agriculture Ministers, 21 April 2020:

    As the COVID-19 health emergency unleashes a wider social and economic crisis, we believe that urgent action is indeed needed to safeguard global food security and nutrition. Action, however, cannot be limited to ensuring the flow of food supplies. A broader range of measures are necessary to ensure food security, in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

  17. Time to resolve debt issues in the Global South

    Sara Murawski
    17 April 2020
    Article

    The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the global economy is unprecedented. Whereas much of the attention is currently focused on the US, Europe and China, there are increasingly serious worries about the consequences for Latin America and Africa. The poor and vulnerable, mainly concentrated in the Global South1 and dependent on the huge informal sector, suffer the worst from crises. The Corona-crisis will not be an exception; unless swift, coordinated and unorthodox measures are taken.

  18. Silent expansion

    • Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet
    15 April 2020
    Policy briefing

    The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has been exposed as the fossil fuel industry's powerful secret weapon to keep cooking the planet. It is now on the brink of a massive geographical expansion into Africa, Asia and Latin America, threatening to bind yet more countries to corporate-friendly energy policies. This briefing unpacks the risks for developing countries and the empty promises of those pushing for new countries to join.

  19. Italy, democracy and COVID-19

    Francesco Martone
    14 April 2020
    Article

    The crisis triggered by COVID-19 is challenging the very meaning of coexistence and cohabitation and redesigning the boundaries of public space in an absolutely unprecedented way, with unpredictable results.

  20. The impact of COVID-19 is all down to inequality

    Mariano Aguirre
    10 April 2020
    Article

    Coronavirus must change the neoliberal rationale, and rescue the social contract between the welfare state and the market economy that can plan to prevent the crises to come.

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