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  1. Muslim Women don’t need saving

    • Nawal Mustafa
    10 December 2020
    Paper

    Upon declaring a Global War on Terror in 2001, the US administration claimed that the “fight against terrorism was also a fight for the rights and dignity of women”. In the years that followed, western political discourse regularly referred to the need to “free” apparently oppressed Muslim women from the shackles of their religion and way of life, reviving political and societal debates about head coverings, integration, gender equality, secularism, and neutrality.

    Relying on Islamophobic stereotypes, and with no regard for the rights to freedom of expression or freedom of religion, laws and policies were introduced in a number of European countries, which banned the hijab and/ or niqab. In perhaps the most flagrent example of just how entrenched Islamophobia has become, European states, in effect, began legislating on Muslim women’s bodies, dictating which clothes they could or could not wear.

  2. Deep and comprehensive dependency

    • Layla Riahi, Hamza Hamouchene
    08 December 2020

    Tunisia has undergone radical changes in the past decade, and faces more in the years to come, if the EU has its way. As the first country to topple its dictator in early 2011, it set off a chain of revolutions across North Africa and West Asia that led to a political reconfiguration, the impacts of which are still playing out. While Tunisia is often seen as the ‘success’ story of the ‘Arab Spring’, the transition has actually been a lot more complex than that.

  3. ‘Treat us like human beings’ - Life story of a woman who uses drugs in Myanmar

    07 December 2020
    Article
    This commentary is part of the ten-day global campaign to end violence against women, in which the Drug Policy Advocacy Group – Myanmar (DPAG) also participates together with partners in Myanmar, including female sex workers, women living with HIV, and transgender people. DPAG’s campaign focuses on ending violence against women, including women who use drugs and other women facing intersecting inequalities. The campaign is coordinated by DPAG, and supported by the Sex Worker Network in Myanmar (SWIM), Myanmar Positive Women Network, Myanmar Youth Stars, and the Transnational Institute (TNI). For more information see DPAG’s Facebook page.
  4. How to move towards an antiracist horizon, Weds 9 December, 4pm CET

    Webinar: How to move towards an anti-racist horizon

    09 December 2020

    2020 will be remembered not just for the pandemic, but also as a year of radical anti-racist uprisings, under the banner of Black Lives Matter (BLM), in the US and beyond. A unique panel of leading anti-racist scholars and activists from Brazil, the US, the UK and Morocco will share from their own experiences of struggle and discuss how we can build long-lasting transformative racial justice movements.

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    The Biden Presidency: A New Era, or a Fragile Interregnum?

    Walden Bello
    03 December 2020
    Article

    Hewing to its centrist instincts will be a disaster for the Biden administration. The left must seize the initiative.

  6. Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award winners announced: Petorca (Chile), Burgas (Bulgaria), Porto Alegre (Brazil) and Medellín (Colombia)

    03 December 2020
    Press release

    Amsterdam, 2 December 2020

    Winners of the Transformative Cities Award were announced at an international online event yesterday, following a global online vote with 11,000 participants. The 2020 Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award went to four initiatives for their work in the areas of water, energy, housing and food systems. The winners were chosen from a selection of 12 international finalists through a process that is likely the most participatory public city award in the world.

  7. UN green lights medicinal cannabis but fails to challenge colonial legacy of its prohibition

    02 December 2020
    Press release

    Vienna, 2 December 2020

    • In a historic vote, the United Nations (UN) has finally recognised the medicinal value of cannabis.
    • A group of prominent drug policy organisations has welcomed the move, but also expressed disappointment that this reform does not go far enough, as cannabis remains categorised internationally alongside drugs like heroin and cocaine.
    • The review was revisiting cannabis scheduling decisions made in the 1950s, which were driven by prevailing racist and colonial attitudes, and not based on scientific evaluations. This has remained unchallenged.
  8. Image: Martin Sanchez on Unsplash

    A time to choose

    Allen White
    01 December 2020
    Article

    Since its onset in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the frailties of global political leadership, preparedness, and governance. To a level unequaled by other disruptive moments in recent decades—the HIV/AIDs and Ebola crises, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2008 financial crisis—COVID-19 has shaken the credibility of national and international institutions to manage supranational crises.

  9. Myanmar’s cross-border migrant workers and the Covid-19 pandemic

    26 November 2020
    Report

    Myanmar’s cross-border migrant workers have been significantly affected by the impacts of the pandemic. This report examines the socio-economic impacts with a focus on the well-being of these workers. 

  10. Taking on the Tech Titans: Reclaiming our data commons

    Kirstie Crail
    24 November 2020
    Article

    Our webinar Taking on the Tech Titans: Reclaiming our data commons explored who owns our data and why it matters, the relevance of data extraction for countries in the Global South, and the impact of COVID-19. What strategies, structures and institutions are needed at national and international levels to confront Big Tech and advance digital justice?

  11. Municipalist cities are key players in the corona crisis and the European Green Deal

    Satoko Kishimoto, Nada Baraka
    23 November 2020
    Article

    The second ‘Municipalize Europe’ conference was held on 5 November online, while two years ago we organised the first edition in the European parliament. In that interval, municipalism, a new political movement, has been growing in Europe and beyond. It is a new way of doing local politics putting social rights and citizen engagements at the center. Municipalize Europe is an attempt to look at European politics through a municipalist lens and to build pressure for change of the top-down European politics.

  12. The right to housing is now more important than ever

    Josephine Valeske
    23 November 2020
    Article

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, ‘staying at home’ has become the main strategy to minimize the spread of the pandemic. Consequently, affordable housing with adequate living conditions has become a matter of life and death, which demonstrates why it is essential to prioritize the right to housing. What have cities done to secure adequate living conditions before and after COVID-19, and what should the EU do to help cities achieve a breakthrough in terms of affordable housing? Those were the questions guiding the Housing panel during the Municipalize Europe conference on November 05, 2020.

  13. Making the European Green Deal Work for Municipalities

    Lavinia Steinfort
    23 November 2020
    Article

    On November 5th, the last session of the online Municipalize Europe! event brought together a variety of municipalists who power and practise progressive policies on the local and system-wide level in the fight against the climate crisis. They discussed which municipal actions the EU should support for a European Green Deal (EGD) to have justice, democracy and regeneration at its heart.

  14. Remembering World Fisheries Day

    Carsten Pedersen
    20 November 2020
    Article

    On 21 November 1997, small-scale fishers from across the world formed a global movement and set sail for a long journey to protect nature and their human rights. Ever since, the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) have celebrated this day as World Fisheries Day and even in times of the COVID-19 crisis, they continue the tradition of raising their voices at this special moment.

  15. Situating small-scale fisheries in the global struggle for agroecology and food sovereignty

    • Irmak Ertör, Zoe Brent, David Gallar, Thibault Josse
    20 November 2020
    Report

    This report explores the politics and practices in small- scale fisheries that form part of the global struggle for agroecology and food sovereignty. 

  16. 6 out of 10 people worldwide live in a country that has built border walls

    18 November 2020
    Press release

    Days after the drawn-out U.S. elections, a new report reveals that the wall sold by Trump as a supposed achievement of his administration is just one of more than 63 new border walls built along borders or in occupied territories worldwide.

  17. A Walled World

    • Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto, Mark Akkerman, Pere Brunet
    18 November 2020
    Report

    Over the last 50 years, 63 border walls have been built worldwide. This report maps the walls that have led 6 out of 10 people in the world to live in a nation with one of these border walls, analysing the justifications for the walls, the growing militarisation of borders everywhere and the businesses that have profited.

  18. Islamophobia – A discussion on Europe

    25 November 2020

    Join us with speakers from across Europe on November 25 in a discussion on the structural drivers of Islamophobia.

  19. Deportation Union: The role of Frontex

    14 December 2020

    Join us with guests on December 14 for examining the increased role of Frontex, the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency, in coordinating and conducting forced removal operations.

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