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  1. ISDS in numbers

    • Cecilia Olivet, Bettina Müller, Luciana Ghiotto
    11 December 2017
    Report

    Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are among the most affected by the investment arbitration system worldwide, representing 28.6% of all known investor-state disputes around the world. In particular, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru accounts for 77.3% of the total number of claims against LAC countries. Investors have won in 70% of the cases brought against LAC countries. As a result, LAC States have already had to pay foreign companies 20.6 billion USD, which could cover Bolivia’s budget for health and education for four whole years.

  2. ISDS en números

    • Cecilia Olivet, Bettina Müller, Luciana Ghiotto
    11 December 2017
    Report

    Los países de América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) se encuentran entre los más afectados por el sistema de arbitraje de inversiones, al ser blanco del 28,6% de todas las controversias inversor-Estado conocidas a escala global. La Argentina, Venezuela, México, el Ecuador, Bolivia y el Perú, en concreto, representan el 77,3% del total de demandas presentadas contra países de ALC. Los inversores han ganado en el 70% de los casos presentados contra países de ALC. Como consecuencia, los países de ALC ya han sido condenados a pagar a compañías extranjeras 20.600 millones de dólares estadounidenses, una suma que podría cubrir el presupuesto de salud y educación de Bolivia durante cuatro años completos.

  3. A World Court for Corporations

    • CIEL, Seattles to Brussels Network
    05 December 2017
    Report

    The European Commission proposal for a global investor court for investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) – known as the Multilateral Investment Court – threatens to enshrine, expand, and entrench the current system of corporate privilege in future trade deals. A world court for corporations would be the capstone in the architecture of corporate impunity, undermining democratic institutions and lawmaking, and worsening the power imbalance that grants rights, protections, and compensation to corporations at the expense of the public interest.

  4. Guiding Drug Law Reform in Myanmar

    • Drug Policy Advocacy Group
    29 November 2017
    Report

    A draft bill amending Myanmar 1993 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law was published in newspapers in March 2017 for public consultation. It was subsequently discussed in the upper house of Parliament (Amyothar Hluttaw) on 16 August 2017.

  5. Il ritorno alla gestione pubblica dei servizi di base

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean, Lavinia Steinfort
    28 November 2017
    Book

    Da Nuova Dehli a Barcellona, dall’Argentina alla Germania, migliaia di politici, dirigenti pubblici, lavoratori, sindacati e movimenti sociali rivendicano o creano servizi pubblici per soddisfare i bisogni primari della gente e rispondere alle sfide ambientali.

  6. How Public Banks Can Help Finance a Green and Just Energy Transformation

    • Thomas Marois
    15 November 2017
    Paper

    Every day public banks are developing new and innovative ways of financing a green transformation. This issue brief explores the lessons from two public banks, one in Costa Rica  and the other in Germany.

  7. Traditional Fishers Photo by Geoff Arbourne

    Acuerdos pesqueros de la Unión Europea

    • Elyse Mills , Astrid Rinder Alexandersen, Mads Christian Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen, Zoe Brent, Timothé Feodoroff, Jennifer Franco
    09 November 2017
    Report

    Las comunidades que viven de la pesca a pequeña escala sufren por el aumento de la mundialización, la disminución de los recursos naturales, el cambio climático y la degradación medioambiental.

  8. Traditional Fishers Photo by Geoff Arbourne

    EU Fisheries Agreements

    • Elyse Mills , Astrid Rinder Alexandersen, Mads Christian Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen, Zoe Brent, Timothé Feodoroff, Jennifer Franco
    09 November 2017
    Report

    Small-scale fishing communities worldwide are suffering from the impacts of increased global trade in fish products, dwindling fish stocks, climate change, and environmental degradation.

  9. The European Left in times of crises: Lessons from Greece

    • Andreas Karitzis
    09 November 2017
    Book

    In the wake of an economic crisis, a left-wing government in Greece found itself at the centre of a maelstrom. The containment of popular sovereignty, the imposition of stringent austerity measures, and the authoritarian implementation of neoliberal reforms spurred widespread social and political antagonism. In this new book, Andreas Karitzis' observations aim to shape a new methodology of emancipatory politics and effective social mobilisation.

  10. Mali image by Geogg Arbourne

    Rapport de pays sur le Mali:

    28 October 2017
    Report

    Ces dernières années, les communautés sont confrontées de plus en plus aux accaparements de terres tant au niveau urbain et périurbain qu’au niveau rural facilités par la complicité des élites et les dysfonctionnements administratifs.

  11. Die Zukunft unseres Wassers in öffentlicher Hand

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean, Emanuele Lobina
    27 October 2017
    Book

    Nach drei Jahrzehnten mit katastrophalen Ergebnissen schließen viele Städte, Regionen und Staaten das Kapitel der Privatisierung von Wasser. Eine leise Revolution der Bürger entfaltet sich, indem die Gemeinschaften auf der ganzen Welt die Kontrolle über ihre Wasserdienstleistungen einfordern und die wichtigste Ressource in einer demokratischen, gleichberechtigten und ökologischen Art und Weise nutzen wollen.

  12. Marruecos y el cannabis

    • Tom Blickman
    26 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Este informe sobre políticas analiza si el objetivo de reducir el cultivo de cannabis es realista o beneficioso para Marruecos, qué significaría realmente para la principal zona de producción, el Rif — una de las regiones del país más pobres, con mayor densidad demográfica y con un medioambiente más frágil —, y qué implicaría para un desarrollo sostenible significativo. El informe presenta un breve contexto histórico, examina las últimas tendencias en el mercado del cannabis y destaca algunas de sus consecuencias ambientales y sociales, así como el debate reciente sobre la regulación en Marruecos y las políticas en Europa. Por último, plantea algunas reflexiones sobre posibles objetivos de desarrollo sostenible con respecto al cultivo de cannabis para el futuro.

  13. « Shrinking space » ou le « Rétrécissement de l'espace » démocratique

    • Ben Hayes, Frank Barat, Isabelle Geuskens, Nick Buxton, Fiona Dove, Francesco Martone, Hannah Twomey, Semanur Karaman
    17 October 2017
    Paper

    Partout dans le monde, au sein d'États, démocratiques comme non démocratiques, nombre de militants et d’organisations mobilisés pour la justice sociale évoluent dans un environnement de plus en plus répressif et sécuritaire, et subissent des attaques sans précédent menaçant leur légitimité et leur sécurité. Tentatives répétées pour réduire au silence le mouvement Black Lives Matter, assassinat de Berta Cáceres, criminalisation de la campagne Boycott, Désinvestissement, Sanctions (BDS) ou encore recours à des formes de micro-tyrannie telle que la récente loi sur la Régulation des Activités Bénévoles au Bangladesh ; il va sans dire que le militantisme, tant individuel que collectif, se heurte au ressac des États, des entreprises et de l'extrême droite.

  14. Remunicipalización

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean
    17 October 2017
    Report

    ‘La recuperación de los servicios públicos’ es un libro de obligada lectura para toda aquella persona que esté interesada en el futuro democrático de servicios como la energía, el agua y la salud. Os invitamos a un fabuloso viaje en el que conoceréis novedosas iniciativas en todo el mundo para fomentar la propiedad pública y acabar con las privatizaciones.

  15. Limits to neoliberal authoritarianism in the politics of land capitalization in Thailand:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    Thailand presents a number of apparent paradoxes that complicate linear assumptions about the< capitalization of land and consequent processes of accumulation, dispossession and concentration.

  16. Social division of labor in rural spaces in Brazil:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    This study presents analysis about the course of the agrarian conflicts that existed in Brazil from the 1940s until 2015, which placed in the political-ideological centrality the forces existing in the Brazilian rural sphere.

  17. Land reform, rural development and developmental state policies in South Africa:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) describes the country as a low-growth, middle- income trapped economy, characterised by high inequality, high unemployment, low savings and poor skills levels. It aims to eliminate income poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, and pleads for an integrated and inclusive rural economy and a capable and developmental state to coordinate this effort.

  18. The evolving face of agribusiness investment along Brazil’s new frontier:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    In recent decades, the Cerrado biome has become a driving economic force in Brazil. Deemed the “world’s most important agricultural expansion zone for this century” by the late Norman Borlaug, the founder of the Green Revolution, the central Brazilian plateau spans 2 million square kilometers, 10 states, and is home to more than 25 million people.

  19. Ending years of solitude?

    • Christelle Chabaud
    13 October 2017
    Paper

    The issue of land access is at the heart of the more than a half-century long conflict in Colombia. The post-conflict era and article 1 of the peace agreement dedicated to integral rural reform are nurturing hope for more democratic land distribution.

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