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    Cannabis policy in the Czech Republic

    Tereza Filipková
    28 September 2015
    Article

    The Czech drug-related legislation is quite extensive and includes laws as well as various by-laws. The most important feature of the Czech legislative system is that criminal law does not consider drug use to be a criminal offence. The new Czech Criminal Code introduced a brand-new sig­nificant feature into the Czech legal system – the differentiation between cannabis and other nar­cotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

  2. Corbyn: the non-careerist politician

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    25 September 2015
    Article

    This summer I was going to meet with Jeremy Corbyn at a conference in Ufa, Russia. He asked for a few days to think it over promising to come unless something unplanned and significant would happen. It did. He was nominated for the leader of the British Labour Party.

  3. Indonesia and the New War on Drugs

    Dania Putri
    24 September 2015
    Article

    Following the dramatic executions of drug traffickers in April 2015, the Indonesian government decided to step up its anti-narcotics efforts, reinforcing public condemnation of drugs while slashing activists' hopes for progressive reforms.

  4. A caravan of various security forces cruises through the flooded streets of the 9th Ward distrtict of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    How climate change is being militarised

    17 September 2015
    Article
  5. A caravan of various security forces cruises through the flooded streets of the 9th Ward distrtict of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

    Nick Buxton, Ben Hayes
    29 August 2015
    Article

    Hurricane Katrina was a watershed moment as it exposed how democratic states are moving towards treating social and environmental crises as security issues, rather than matters of social justice. This vision of ‘Homeland Security’ is now dominating our political response to climate change impacts.

  6. This isn't democracy - Grafitti

    State of Power 2016: Call for Papers

    Nick Buxton
    26 August 2015
    Article

    The Transnational Institute  (TNI) in the Netherlands is issuing an open call for essays/short papers for its forthcoming State of Power report launched in late January 2016 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2016, we are particularly looking for accessible, engaging essays that interrogate how power relates to democracy.

  7. Greeks protest against privatisation of water

    Leaked EU memorandum reveals renewed attempt at imposing water privatisation on Greece

    Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Hoedeman
    24 August 2015
    Article

    The stubborn and aggressive imposition of privatisation by Troika goes against the will of Greek citizens and represents a direct attack on democracy.

  8. Sustainable water without private finance?

    Lavinia Steinfort
    23 August 2015
    Article

    At UN meetings in Addis Ababa, private finance has been touted as key to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, but campaigners argue that public finance is more reliable and more likely to secure the human right to water for all.

  9. How TiSA strolls off with our services

    Lavinia Steinfort
    23 August 2015
    Article

    While TTIP is currently attracting the most attention, more trade agreements are looming. In July, world leaders holed themselves up in back rooms to discuss TiSA, an extensive service agreement intended to put (public) services, like the water supply, in the hands of the international market.

     

  10. Nice: building a public water company after 150 years of private management

    Olivier Petitjean
    19 August 2015
    Article

    This article was written for Eau publique, eau d´avenir, published June 2015(French edition of Our Public Water Future: The Global experience with remunicipalisation) and translated into English.

    In March 2013, the councillors of Nice, the fifth largest city in France, and of the surrounding communes announced that the city’s water services would gradually shift towards public management.

  11. #OccupyUNSquare Social Movements at the United Nations Human Rights Council defend a Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations

    20 July 2015
    Article

    Social Movements from all over the world came to Geneva (6-10 July) to support a binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises to respect Human Rights discussed for the 1st time in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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    Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2015

    15 July 2015
    Article

    Drug law reform continues developing in the right direction in several Latin American and Caribbean countries. In Jamaica, for example, a law legalizing the cultivation and consumption of ganja for medicinal, religious and research purposes came into force, as well as the decriminalisation of possession for personal use.  Jamaica also spoke out at the UN Thematic Debate in New York. On May 7th, the minister addressed the UN High Level Thematic Debate on international drug policy, highlighting Jamaica’s perspectives on drug control policies and participating in a debate that encourages open and inclusive discussions. Amongst the outcomes Jamaica would like to see from UNGASS is “the establishment of an Expert Advisory Group to review the UN drug policy control architecture, its system-wide coherence, its treaty inconsistencies and its legal tension with cannabis regulations.”

  13. Learning from the past: Public finance and democratic control are key to achieving the SDGs

    Satoko Kishimoto, David Boys
    15 July 2015
    Article

    The question of how to finance water and sanitation is crucial. Leading international institutions emphasise the role of private finance despite major concerns. The idea that private finance can bring the needed investment is remarkably persistent in global policy circles and leads to a dangerous lack of attention to the far more realistic option of mobilising public finance for infrastructure to provide essential services for all.

  14. Remembering Praful - booklet

    13 July 2015
    Article

    On the occassion of the memorial service held in honor of Praful Bidwai on 8 July 2015 a booklet was printed with memories and tributes to Praful Bidwai
     

  15. Praful Bidwai at booklaunch in Durban 2011

    Organic intellectual

    N. D. Jayaprakash
    10 July 2015
    Article

    Activist, humanist, pacifist, journalist, columnist, uncompromising secularist, Praful Bidwai (1949-2015) was passionate about his quest for justice and equality.

  16. Remembering Praful 8 July, Delhi

    'Remembering Praful' will go on...

    Srija Naskar
    10 July 2015
    Article

    In more of a tete-a-tete over pink gin at the Press Club (Praful Bidwai's oft weekend indulgence in Delhi) kind of an atmosphere, Ritu Menon, Pamela Philipose, Harsh Kapoor, Anil Chaudhary and other friends of veteran activist-journalist Praful Bidwai gathered here at the India International Centre yesterday to conduct a memorial meeting 'Remembering Praful'.

  17. TTIP debat: Is TTIP gezond?

    Herman de Jonge
    08 July 2015
    Article

    A debate on TTIP on Thursday June 25 clearly shows is that it still is a contested issue. While its supporters mainly focus on the benefits for companies that want easy market-access for their products, the opponents fear that TTIP will be a danger to democracy and put pressure on public health standards.

  18. New website and new house style

    Tessa Kersten
    05 July 2015
    Article

    The Transnational Institute has a new website. On top of that we also introduce a new design and house style!

  19. Good and Strong

    05 July 2015
    Article

    To think, articulate, convince, argue and write about topics as wide and relevant as Secularism, Climate Change, Nuclear Disarmament, National Politics, Ecological Justice and People’s Movements is not an easy task for a single human mind.

  20. A Farewell for Praful

    Pamela Philipose
    29 June 2015
    Article

    An account of the funeral ceremony held on 27 June in Dehli for Praful Bidwai

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