In Marseilles FAME ended successfully with a protest march of 2000 people, united under the slogan 'Water is life, Not for Profit'. Around the same time in Vienna the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first international opium convention.
As the EU Commission, pressured by big business, perpetuates rather than resolves economic and democratic crises, where can we look for alternatives, and for action? What should Greece do to resist? What can we learn from the radical political movements of the 1960s and '70s, and from the new movements that are gaining momentum across Europe? How can we stop the next wave of commodification of the atmosphere under the guise of a "green economy"
2011 witnessed the implementation of some of the most comprehensive undemocratic structural changes in the EU since the Lisbon Treaty. Alternative proposals for a progressive exit from the euro crisis are laid out here.
The ‘Six Pack’ has been billed by EU leaders as the solution to the sovereign debt crisis, but huge opposition from the European public, as well as an increasing number of critical economists, journalists and academics, raises serious questions about the legitimacy of their claims.
While banks and European leaders negotiate the next public bail out of private greed, and the financial speculation that caused the crisis continues unheeded, Europeans have shown that like many people around the world, from Tahrir to Syntagma Square and Wall Street, they are not going to take more neoliberal austerity lying down. The question already being asked by many observers is - where to now for the popular demonstrations?
The banks are making huge profits again while more people are made redundent from jobs whose services we actually need. Three experts share their views on the European economic crisis, and the failure of governments to take action.
Esta guía de introducción al régimen neoliberal de inversiones de la UE explica, con lenguaje sencillo, los costos sociales y ambientales de abrir las puertas de las economías de países vulnerables y esboza varias alternativas.
The fellows and the staff of the Transnational Institute are saddened to hear that Fred Halliday has died. He was one of the most prominent experts on the Middle East and its place in international politics.
Activistas por el derecho al agua de toda América se reunieron en
Cochabamba (Bolivia) y compartieron experiencias sobre la construcción
de sistemas públicos y controlados por la comunidad para la gestión del
agua, como una alternativa a la lógica predominate de la privatización
y comercialización del agua.
Water justice activists gathered in Cochabamba, Bolivia in August 2008
to envision just and sustainable models of water stewardship and to
build alliances that will bring these visions to fruition. A compelling
visual insight into a dynamic international movement building practical
alternatives to privatization.
Inspiring video on the experience of the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board which has broken down barriers between communities and engineers, and is pioneering a model of effective, democratic, accountable public water services.
How is it possible that in the 21st century the world has the capacity to feed every single human being on the planet, yet the majority of people in Africa and the rest of the Global South go rampantly hungry?