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  1. Towards a treaty on transnational corporations and human rights

    23 October 2017
    Article

    Social organisations and movements, communities affected by the operations of transnational corporations, and others fighting for social and environmental justice around the world, will be in Geneva from October 23-26. This will be the third time the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity mobilises for the establishment of a United Nations (UN) treaty to impose on states and corporations international obligations to guarantee access to justice for affected communities, groups and individuals whose human rights have been violated by transnational corporations.

  2. Abdellatif Adebibe

    Declaración de Abdellatif Adebibe a la Comisión de Estupefacientes en Viena

    21 October 2017
    Article

    La siguiente declaración de Abdellatif Adebibe, pronunciada en nombre de la Confederación de Asociaciones para el Desarrollo de la Región Senhaja Rif, estaba prevista como un aporte de la sociedad civil al debate sobre el desarrollo alternativo y las políticas de drogas orientadas al desarrollo que tuvo lugar en una reunión entre períodos de sesiones de la Comisión de Estupefacientes en Viena. Abdellatif representó a los productores de cannabis en la UNGASS 2016, tras la reunión del Foro Mundial de Productores de Plantas Prohibidas que tuvo lugar en Heemskerk, Países Bajos, organizado por el TNI.

    Sin embargo, el video con la declaración no llegó a proyectarse debido a la objeción informal de una delegación nacional. El Transnational Institute y sus socios desean que se aclare el proceso que llevó a esta decisión. Es preciso insistir en la importancia fundamental de las voces de la sociedad civil en los foros internacionales. La decisión de impedir que se proyectara esta declaración no debería sentar precedente.

  3. Abdellatif Adebibe

    Civil Society Statement on Cannabis in Morocco at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    21 October 2017
    Article

    The following statement by Abdellatif Adebibe of the Moroccan Confederation of Associations for the Development of the Senhaja Rif Region, was due to be screened as a civil society contribution to a discussion on alternative development and development-oriented drug policy at an intersessional meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna. Abdellatif represented cannabis farmers at UNGASS 2016, following the meeting of the Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants in Heemskerk, the Netherlands, organised by TNI.

    The video and statement were not screened, following an informal objection by a country delegation. The Transnational Institute and its partners are seeking clarification about the process leading to this decision. The importance of civil society voices in international spaces cannot be over stated. The decision to prevent this statement from being screened should not become a precedent.

  4. El pueblo que quiere dejar de cultivar marihuana en Paraguay

    19 October 2017
    In the media

    The New York Times - “Paraguay es el mayor productor de cannabis del Cono Sur, y no creo que México produzca más”, explicó en una entrevista Pien Metaal, investigadora sobre drogas y democracia para el Transnational Institute (TNI).

  5. blaming the messenger Corporate Europe Observatory

    Interview: Blaming the messenger

    Frank Barat
    18 October 2017
    Multi-media

    Pia Eberhardt describes how corporate lobbies and think tanks have gone on what appears to be a concerted attack against NGOs and other groups opposing new free trade and investment deals,  and Corporate Europe Observatory's report Blaming the Messenger

  6. « 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
  7. Informe anual 2016

    17 October 2017
    Article

    Aunque 2016 fue, en muchos sentidos, un año de pesadilla, en el TNI mantenemos nuestra firme convicción en la fuerza del cambio y de los movimientos sociales que lo impulsan.

  8. Indonesian Supreme Court Terminates Water Privatization

    Satoko Kishimoto
    17 October 2017
    Opinion

    The Indonesian Supreme Court ordered termination of water privatization  and restoration of public management to ensure human right to water. We stay vigilant for transparent and accountable transition.

  9. View of Shanghai Pearl Tower

    From Japanese bubble to Chinese time bomb

    Walden Bello
    16 October 2017
    Article

    Asia’s financial crisis came a decade before the global crisis, but it has had a lasting influence and left a legacy that could sow the seeds for the next global crisis.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Bulgarian agriculture in 21st century – the road towards a new “feudalization”

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    In the beginning of 20th century Bulgaria was among those countries in Europe that had the highest number of parceled out land with hundreds of thousands of small land owners toiling at their land at the brink of survival.

  16. Neo-Extractivism, Populism, and the Agrarian Question in Bolivia and Ecuador

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    The confluence of globalizing neoliberalism and national developmentalism, particularly in the case of China, has facilitated the appearance of monopolistic firms in the sub-imperium. These companies, usually state-owned in the case of China, are competing against the imperium for access to natural resources, land, and food supplies.

  17. Multiple Rationality:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    This paper is focus on One Family Two Systems (OFTS) behavior of peasant households, featuring in differential production, and their rational logic behind, in the background of food system transformation.

  18. Naive monarchism and rural resistance in contemporary Russia

    • Natalia Mamonova
    13 October 2017
    Paper

    This paper analyses the relation between “naive monarchism” and rural resistance in contemporary Russia. It argues that popular resistance in the name of the president is a form of contention of powerless groups in an authoritarian state.

  19. Colombia Gold

    13 October 2017
    Multi-media

    Together with the Cannabis News Network, Martin Jelsma traveled to Colombia to report on the newly emerging medical cannabis industry in the country, specifically looking at the impacts of private investment and licensing on farmers and indigenous communities.

  20. The Changing Modalities of ‘Frontiers of Existence’ and ‘Commodity/Resource Frontiers’:

    • Markus Kröger
    13 October 2017
    Paper

    Much research has been dedicated to the study of commodity and resource frontiers. These concepts have also been heavily criticized for many reasons, and been even called obsolete academic tools; in the 1990s, some Latin Americanists argued that the commodity and resource frontier had collapsed in the Brazilian Amazon, and did not capture the local complexities.

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