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

    Cecilia Olivet
    25 May 2017
    Article

    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.

  2. Europe's Faustian Bargain with Big Finance

    Walden Bello
    24 May 2017
    Article

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

  3. Ecuador terminates 16 investment treaties

    18 May 2017
    Article

    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.

  4. Call for proposals on insights in authoritarian populism and the rural world

    16 May 2017
    Article

    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.

  5. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.

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

    Susan George
    10 May 2017
    Article

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

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

    10 May 2017
    Multi-media

    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.

  7. 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).

  8. Jump-starting the stalled peace process

    Sai Wansai
    04 May 2017
    Article
  9. A Small Case in Spain Is a Big Victory for Smarter Drug Policy

    04 May 2017
    Article

    The legal approach to coca has been one of the most challenging topics in the current international drug control system, due to the plant’s connection to both commercial cocaine and ancient Andean traditions. Yet it’s rare for a case related to the coca leaf to come before a European court, in a region where those traditions are rarely discussed.

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    Auditing Commission to release report as Ecuador moves to terminate investment agreements

    Cecilia Olivet
    04 May 2017
    Press release

    (Quito/Amsterdam, 3 May 2017) A unique international audit commission that examined the benefits and costs of Ecuador’s investment protection treaties will publish its findings on Monday 8 May. The report is to be released 5 days after Ecuador’s National Assembly recommended the government to terminate 12 remaining Bilateral Investment Treaties.

  11. Court ruling on Zuma's nuclear deal is a marker of South Africa's political health

    David Fig
    02 May 2017
    Article

    The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High court which has declared the plan invalid. It found that the government had not followed due process in making the decision to pursue a nuclear power option, as well as in other critical areas.

  12. The Military, Corporations & Climate Change

    Nick Buxton
    01 May 2017
    Multi-media

    With the Trump administration denying climate change and de-fanging the EPA, what is the US military thinking - and planning to do? Can their power and influence help the climate movement succeed? Who will be protected, who will be neglected, who will suffer, and who will pay, if the military get their way? What about the intelligence agencies? What are the consequences of viewing climate change through the lens of national security? Is there a better way?

  13. Afghan National Army commandos from the 3rd Commando Kandak and coalition forces board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter after completing a village clearing operation in Mya Neshin district,

    There’s No Strategy Behind Trump’s Wars — Only Brute Force

    Phyllis Bennis
    01 May 2017
    Article

    Trump's wars are now all over the map. The peace movement can fight back by joining already thriving intersectional campaigns.

  14. Some Arab governments are rethinking harsh cannabis laws

    12 April 2017
    In the media

    The Economist - In much of the Middle East and north Africa, where the law often lumps pot in with harder drugs, possession of a single joint can lead to jail. But some governments are acknowledging the harmful effects of their policies and thinking about reform.

  15. Last line of defense: Are the US military the best hope for defending climate action under Trump

    Nick Buxton
    11 April 2017
    Article

    The US military may be the last defender of climate science within the Trump administration, but don't expect the Pentagon to fight for climate justice. Preparing for climate crises is a funding boon for the military, which exists to uphold a fossil fuel-hungry empire that is driving climate disruption in the first place.

  16. Report from the second Citizen’s Assembly of Podemos

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    10 April 2017
    Article

    Sol Trumbo Vila says the mandate from the Podemos Assembly is to go forwards in unity and with humility

  17. From Terrassa to Barcelona: cities and citizens reclaim public water and other essential services

    Lavinia Steinfort, Satoko Kishimoto
    04 April 2017
    Article

    Barcelona, March 22, World Water Day – Confronted with the failings of water privatisation, cities and citizens of Terrassa and Barcelona, in Catalonia, have moved to return water services to public and democratic control, improving their quality and accessibility.

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