This study on the state of the energy sector in Tunisia (including renewable energy) is based on the key premise that energy is not a profit-making commodity, but a right. The study argues that access to energy and its production are political questions in essence, rather than purely technical ones. Drawing on a redistributive justice viewpoint, it addresses the following questions: Who owns what? Who does what? Who gets what? Who wins and who loses? Who benefits from the collective public good?
The Public Alternatives project works to build a strong countervailing force that reverses privatisation and helps construct democratic, accountable and effective public services. The project is also exploring the potential of other state-owned enterprises to lead an alternative, more human-centred and environmentally-sensitive development approach.
The G20 Bali Declaration is still pushing the commitment of all G20 members to continue the discussion on Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT), while there is no agreement reached by the G20 members regarding to this agenda.
Kali Akuno, Katie Sandwell, Lyda Fernanda Forero, Jaron Browne
30 November 2022
Tulisan ini berusaha untuk menggali dan menelusuri mengapa sangat penting untuk mengarahkan diri kita sendiri dan gerakan sosial menuju Transisi yang Adil dan bagaimana kita dapat secara sadar dan sengaja menjauh dari sistem yang tidak berfungsi dan destruktif, yang membawa kita menuju kepunahan. Bagaimana kita bisa maju menuju sistem hubungan sosial baru yang akan membantu kita bertahan dan mengatasi krisis iklim dan membalikkan kepunahan massal keenam di bumi ini?
Mark Akkerman, Niamh Ni Bhriain , Josephine Valeske
30 November 2022
Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, western governments have pledged unprecedented financial support to militarism, citing the threat posed by the war as justification. Political leaders have repeatedly deemed this response to be reasonable, proportionate, and necessary to support Ukraine’s war effort and to deter Russia from advancing further westward.
This paper looks at the series of plans developed by the UK Labour Party under the progressive leadership of Jeremy Corbyn between 2016 and 2019 for re-establishing public ownership and operation of services and infrastructure which had been privatised over the previous 40 years.
This symposium is organized to mark the 50th anniversary of late President Salvador Allende’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. His historic speech anticipates the political and economic weight transnational corporations would have over countries and peoples — a unaccountable corporate power hegemonic today and determinant to the way our societies’ function.
When Spain and the Netherlands – the birthplace of the ECT – signalled their intention to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), the dominoes began to fall, with France,Germany, Slovenia and Luxembourg also following suit. This culminated with a vote in the European Parliament on 24 November, where a majority with more than 100 votes difference chose to ditch the treaty.
This study explores how tax havens have now become the preferred destinations for data storage. It is not a direct or causal relationship, as we shall see, but there is a strong tendency to store this strategic raw material in these havens.
Climate change is increasingly treated as a security issue by high income countries with disproportionately high levels of military spending. However there are more low and middle income countries integrating climate security language into their national strategies. This discussion paper explores the implications and the dangers of militarised responses that could further deepen injustice for those most affected by the climate crisis.
This long read aims to scrutinise one particular financial instrument promoted by this conservation finance industry: the debt swap. Over the past few years, the world’s largest conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has concluded three of these: in the Seychelles, Belize and Barbados.
This commentary reflects on a position paper posted on the website of Land in Our Hands which is the result of the collaborative effort of a group of grassroots associations and local civil society organizations who have been working together on customary land rights in Myanmar.
Exactly 10 years on, how should we understand the root causes of the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa? This book aims to challenge a number of misconceptions about the region, its people and their revolts and uprisings by having a great selection of contributions from outstanding scholars and activists rooted in the region.
Mark Akkerman, Deborah Burton, Nick Buxton, Ho-Chih Lin, Muhammed Al-Kashef
14 November 2022
This report shows that military spending and arms sales have a deep and lasting impact on the capacity to address the climate crisis, let alone in a way that promotes justice. Every dollar spent on the military not only increases greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but also diverts financial resources, skills and attention away from tackling one of the greatest existential threats humanity has ever experienced.
In the light of the UN Climate Change Conferences (COP), this report unmasks where the multilateral system of global governance is being reshaped into a multistakeholder system that benefits private corporate capital. Furthermore, it unpacks some of the methods and mechanisms of multistakeholderism.
Faced with the convergence of economic, social, political and environmental crises, the importance of the public sector has been rediscovered on a global scale. The article offers a review of the evolution of political and academic debates on public ownership in general and public services provision in particular over the last decades, with emphasis on the energy sector. Taking as a temporal and analytical reference the research and advocacy work developed by the authors and other scholar-activists based at the Transnational Institute from 2006 to the present, the article summarizes the main issues currently in the spotlight and highlights gaps in knowledge and points of contention. It also suggests elements for future research and campaign agendas around public ownership in different regions of the world.
We cannot save the planet from disastrous climate change without tackling financial markets. As long as trillions of dollars go unhindered to fund yet more fossil fuels and deforestation, it will not be possible to halt climate change or enable communities to adapt.
On October 25, 2022, Mike Davis, the legendary scholar-activist and veteran of many social movements from the 1960s onward, who became one of the most prolific, brilliant lights in the progressive universe, passed away. Born in the Fontana suburb of Los Angeles in 1946, his family moved to San Diego when he was young, and Mike grew up here. Born into a working-class Catholic family, Mike was transformed by the Black Civil Rights movement, his “burning bush.” After long stints as a meat-cutter and long-distance truck driver, in the 1980s, Mike moved to London, becoming a long-time editor of New Left Review, and remained active on the editorial board until his final days.