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  1. Why is the Populist Right Rising?

    08 June 2017 - Event

    Trump, Brexit, Wilders, Le Pen, the so-called alt-right and extreme right: the politics of fear and hate seems to have become a worldwide phenomenon. How can we make sense of the exponential growth of the extreme-right in Europe and the US? Three experts on racism, the populist right and islamophobia will talk about the extreme political climate we are currently seeing and the prospects for a new politics of hope and solidarity.

  2. Why did Ecuador terminate all its Bilateral investment treaties?

    Cecilia Olivet
    25 May 2017

    On 16 May, Ecuador became the fifth country to terminate all its Bilateral investment treaties (BIT). Why did it make this decision? TNI researcher Cecilia Olivet, and president of the Ecuadorian Citizens Commission that audited the country’s investment protection treaties, shares her insider perspective.

  3. Europe's Faustian Bargain with Big Finance

    Walden Bello
    24 May 2017

    Europe's social democrats played a central role in unleashing the financial sector that created the European economic crisis that continues to today.

  4. Displaced Karenni villagers

    Re-Asserting Control: Voluntary Return, Restitution and the Right to Land for IDPs and Refugees in Myanmar

    23 May 2017
    Policy briefing

    For people affected by displacement, land is much more than just an economic asset. Being able to return to one’s original place is a deeply felt aspiration about restoring the social relations that constitute a person’s identity. The long-standing displacement of people, land-grabbing and non-existence of rights to land in many parts of the country mean that land reform and land restitution must be a central issue in any peace settlement. What happens today with the land is inextricably tied to the country’s future prospects for peace and democracy.

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    Yasmin Gunaratnam


    Yasmin Gunaratnam es profesora de sociología en la Universidad de Goldsmiths, en Londres. Es editora de dos recopilaciones de ensayos y poesía en homenaje a la obra de John Berger: A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger con Amarjit Chandan y The Long White Thread of Words: Poems for John Berger’ con Amarjit Chandan y Gareth Evans.

  6. De Terrassa a Barcelona: ciudades y ciudadanía recuperan el agua pública y otros servicios básicos

    Lavinia Steinfort, Satoko Kishimoto
    22 May 2017

    Barcelona, 22 de marzo, Día Mundial del Agua – Frente a las carencias de la privatización, ciudades y ciudadanía en Cataluña se han movilizado para recuperar el control público y democrático de los servicios del agua, mejorando la calidad y accesibilidad de estos.

  7. Standing Rock Water Protectors Dutch tour

    28 May 2017 - Event

    Across the Standing Rock Reserve, the heartland of the original American Sioux tribe, an oil pipeline is being constructed, threatening access to clean water for many. There is a strong opposition among the residents. In the Netherlands there are also fights against fossil fuel energy, damage to buildings through gas extraction and nuclear power plants. Connect with activists from Standing Rock during a tour across the Netherlands.

  8. CAITISA Report

    Comisión para la Auditoría Integral Ciudadana de los Tratados de Protección Recíproca de Inversiones (CAITISA)

    22 May 2017

    La Comisión para la Auditoría Integral Ciudadana de los Tratados de Protección Recíproca de Inversiones y del Sistema de Arbitraje Internacional en Materia de Inversiones (CAITISA) fue creada en octubre de 2013 por el Gobierno ecuatoriano para auditar los tratados de inversión del país y formular recomendaciones para el Gobierno. La comisión estuvo integrada por 12 personas, entre las cuales se encontraba Cecilia Olivet, investigadora del TNI y designada como presidenta. También contó con la colaboración de funcionarios gubernamentales y personas del mundo académico, del derecho y de grupos de la sociedad civil, entre quienes se contaban el principal experto mundial en materia de derecho de inversiones, Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah, y el exprocurador del Tesoro argentino, Osvaldo Guglielmino. En mayo de 2017, la CAITISA publicó su informe final y el Gobierno ecuatoriano aceptó la recomendación de que el país terminara todos sus tratados bilaterales de inversión.

  9. Land Grabbing and Human Rights

    • FIAN International
    22 May 2017

    With business self-regulation and corporate social responsibility schemes proving to be insufficient for addressing land grabbing-related human rights issues, a new publication points to the obligation of the EU and its Member States to implement a set of policy regulations.

  10. CAITISA Report

    Ecuadorian Citizens Commission on Investment Protection (CAITISA)

    20 May 2017

    The Ecuadorian Citizens’ Commission for a Comprehensive Audit of Investment Protection Treaties and of the International Arbitration System on Investments (CAITISA) was set up by the Ecuadorian goverment to audit the country's investment treaties and make recommendations to the government. 

    The commission was comprised of government officials, academics, lawyers and civil society groups, including the foremost expert on investment law, Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah and the former Attorney General for Argentina, Osvaldo Guglielmino. Our own TNI researcher Cecilia Olivet was nominated president.  

    In May 2017, the Commission's report was published and its recommendations to terminate the country's Bilateral Investment Treaties accepted by the government.

  11. Europe: social democracy’s Faustian pact with global finance unravels

    • Walden Bello
    18 May 2017

    This paper focuses on how the global economic crisis unfolded in Europe, where a toxic mix of financial liberalization, highly-leverage banks, a poorly-planned euro and Germany’s years of structural adjustment created a deeply unbalanced and highly indebted European economy, that was brought into sharp focus as Wall Street banks collapsed. The result was the reversal of Europe's economic integration and a state of permanent crisis that continues to this day.

  12. Ecuador terminates 16 investment treaties

    18 May 2017

    On May 16, President Correa of Ecuador signed decrees terminating 16 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), including with the US, Canada, China and eight European countries.

  13. The new economic system of value creation

    • Elena Martinez Vicente
    16 May 2017
  14. Infographic: What are the Commons and P2P

    • Elena Martinez Vicente
    16 May 2017
  15. Call for proposals on insights in authoritarian populism and the rural world

    16 May 2017

    ERPI is starting a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel they are inviting short contributions in a variety of media that help to map out responses and alternatives. The Initiative will hold a major international conference, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action.

  16. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.

    “France’s election is what happens when you impose neoliberalism for 40 years”

    Susan George
    10 May 2017

    Susan George reflects on the reasons for Le Pen's record vote, Mélenchon's candidacy, and the challenges facing newly-elected President Macron.

  17. The Dutch delegation at the Nyéléni Europe Forum 2016 in Romania

    10 May 2017

    Impression of the Dutch delegation at the Nyéléni Europe Forum 2016 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Over 500 people from all over Europe gathered there at the end of October for five days to lay the groundwork to take back, relocalise our food systems and multiply food sovereignty platforms across the continent.

  18. Land for the few Infographics

    • Timothé Feodoroff, Sylvia Kay
    09 May 2017

    Una serie di grafici che mostrano la concentrazione massiccia delle terre in Europa. Negli ultimi dieci anni, l´UE ha perso un terzo delle sue fattorie di piccole dimensioni, il 3% delle aziende agricole controllano il 52% della terra coltivata, e la disuguaglianza terriera è diventata peggiore di quella di reddito.

  19. CAITISA Report

    La presidenta de la Comisión para la Auditoría de los Tratados de Inversiones celebra la decisión de Ecuador de terminar los tratados

    09 May 2017
    Press release

    (Ámsterdam/Quito, 9 de mayo de 2017) El Gobierno ecuatoriano anunció ayer que finalizará el proceso de terminar los 16 tratados bilaterales de inversión que tiene vigentes. Esta decisión se basa en una recomendación del exhaustivo informe, de casi 700 páginas, de la Comisión para la Auditoría de los Tratados de Inversiones.

  20. CAITISA Report

    Audit Commission President praises Ecuador’s termination of treaties

    09 May 2017
    Press release

    The Ecuadorian government announced yesterday that it will complete the process to terminate its remaining 16 Bilateral Investment Treaties. This decision is based on the recommendation of the audit commission’s 668 page report (In Spanish).