La privatización del agua se sigue expandiendo a gran velocidad por todo el mundo, en especial en el Sur Global. Las luchas contra la privatización también se están intensificando, ya que las tarifas no dejan de aumentar pero las mejoras prometidas no llegan a materializarse. Cada vez son más las comunidades que reivindican una gestión pública de los servicios de agua y que imponen la salida de los actores privados. Muchas de estas luchas se encuentran en pleno proceso. Con motivo del Día Mundial del Agua, nos gustaría compartir 10 historias inspiradoras de comunidades y ciudades de todo el mundo que están pugnando por recuperar el control de este recurso esencial para la vida.
While water privatisation continues to be imposed throughout the world, particularly in the Global South, more and more communities are demanding public management of water and wastewater services and forcing out private actors. On World Water Day we bring you 10 inspiring stories of communities and cities working to reclaim control over this essential resource.
Climate change mitigation/adaptation and land grabbing are not necessarily isolated or separate phenomena. In many parts of the world such initiatives are hitting the ground in the same spaces and at the same time, often alongside environmental conservation programs as well. When they overlap and intersect, the results can be socially and politically explosive. In the transitional settings of Cambodia and Myanmar, old conflicts are being enflamed and new conflicts are being ignited, while customary ways of life and production systems are being branded as destructive or inefficient (or both) and ordinary villagers are being squeezed out.
Using collaborative action research the MOSAIC project is working to strengthen understanding of these dynamics and build capacity for more effective state policies and grassroots action and interaction, for socially and environmentally just outcomes in the case study areas and beyond.
The Transnational Institute (TNI) is issuing an open call for essays and contributions on authoritarianism. These may be written or artistic essays. Selected authors/artists will be invited to join an ongoing scholar-activist working group on authoritarianism.
Top-down conservation projects, (Eco-)tourism, large-scale aquaculture and the expansion of industrial infrastructure are transforming Myanmar. Myanmar's coastal and inland aquatic resources are vast, but these evolving processes and dynamics raise important questions about who benefits from using these resources, who gets to access them and where control lies.
This policy briefing discusses whether or not the aim of reducing cannabis cultivation is realistic or beneficial for Morocco, what it would actually mean for the major production area the Rif – one of the poorest, most densely populated and environmentally fragile regions in the country – and what that could imply for meaningful sustainable development. The briefing will give some historical background, discuss developments in the cannabis market, and highlight environmental and social consequences as well as the recent debate about regulation in Morocco and about European policies.
Cannabis (or marihuana) is one of the most widely consumed psychoactive substances in the world. According to the United Nations World Drug Report, 183 million people, or 3.8% of the world’s population, used cannabis in 2014. Its cultivation was also reported by 129 countries. Cannabis is subject to the United Nations System for International Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (hereafter “drugs”) and is the most widely consumed of all the drugs. According to that control system, cannabis is among the substances with the strictest legal status; they are the most prohibited, supposedly because of the harm they cause and their lack of medical usefulness.
Las organizaciones firmantes instan al Gobierno colombiano y a las FARC-EP a respetar a las poblaciones inmersas en el ámbito de la producción, a atender sus preocupaciones y a construir desde un espíritu de confianza y concertación.
The rise of the right and the growing difficulties faced by national progressive projects, including the apparent end of the cycle of left governments in Latin America and the challenges encountered by the Syriza-led administration in Greece, brings the issue of strategy into central focus. The election of Donald Trump, a right-wing populist, as the US President, combined with the resurgence of extreme-right forces in Europe, makes the rethinking and renewal of emancipatory politics that more urgent.
The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD)
09 March 2017
A pesar del debate en América Latina sobre la necesidad de repensar las políticas de drogas, el encarcelamiento masivo por este tipo de delitos, aun cuando son no violentos y de bajo nivel, sigue aumentando en el continente.
El presente estudio desentraña la conexión drogas y cárceles, a partir de la problemática del consumo de drogas en el sistema penitenciario, analizando las políticas y las prácticas que la sostienen y las diferentes responsabilidades inmersas.
Keynesianism offered important tools for overcoming the economic crisis, but its application by Obama's government was too half-hearted and misdirected (going to banks rather than households) to effectively reduce the recession. Clinton paid the price.