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    How Economics bolstered Power by obscuring it

    • Michael Perelman
    19 January 2015
    Report

    Economists consistently have upheld the power of elites, at times by taking their side overtly, but most often by ignoring or obscuring power, giving economics a veneer of science, in which the impact on people and the environment is hidden from public view.

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    Organising workers’ Counter-power in Italy and Greece

    • Lorenzo Zamponi, Markos Vogiatzoglou
    19 January 2015
    Report

    Austerity in Greece and Italy has struck workers' particularly hard, but it has also been the context for radical innovations in ’organising the unorganised’, building new kinds of work spaces and even taking control of production.

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    Contesting Big Mining from Canada to Mozambique

    • Judith Marshall
    19 January 2015
    Report

    How have mining transnational companies and the extractive industry become so powerful in every country, no matter the political shade. Marshall shows how the ‘promiscuously intimate’
    relationship between governments and companies developed and how we might resist.

  4. Mexico: Challenging Drug Prohibition from Below

    • Sebastian Scholl
    19 January 2015
    Report

    The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning ‘social power‘ that has the potential to change politics and policy.

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    Gambling on Hunger and Climate Change

    • Sasha Breger Bush
    19 January 2015
    Report

    Financial speculation has not just rewarded bankers; it has played a major role in fuelling hunger, land dispossession and climate change. Yet the financial sector innovates false financial ‘solutions’ to the very problems it creates.

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    The True Stakes of Internet Governance

    • Richard Hill
    19 January 2015
    Report

    Many people understand how the Internet has revolutionised society, but have we really grasped the power implications? Richard Hill shows how US policy-makers have used the ad hoc ‘multi-stakeholder’ governance of the Internet for political and economic ends.

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    Political Capture by the Financial Industry

    • Manolis Kalaitzake
    19 January 2015
    Report

    How did the financial sector succeed escaping censure and even effective regulation  despite the global economic crisis? Through the case study of the proposed Financial Transaction Tax, Kalaitzake looks at how the financial sector succeeded in capturing policy and politicians and how we might challenge their power.

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    The new Global Corporate Law

    • Juan Hernández Zubizarreta
    19 January 2015
    Report

    How transnational corporations have succeeded in replacing rule of law with Global Corporate law, using a multitude of norms, treaties and agreements  - most recently the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership - to secure their rights to profit above human rights.

  9. State of Power 2015

    13 January 2015
    Report

    The fourth edition of our annual State of Power report, coinciding with the international meeting in Switzerland of what Susan George calls “the Davos class”. This series seeks to examine different dimensions of power, unmask the key holders of power in our globalised world, and identify sources of transformative counter-power.

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    Protecting Profits over People

    • Kevin Woods, Daniel Aguirre
    25 November 2014
    Report

    Myanmar is in the process of formulating an investment law and a land use policy that when combined will lay the foundations of development for the country. As it stands, these proposed instruments could have an adverse impact on human rights, and in particular land rights.

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    Beyond the BRICS' Rhetoric: An Inquiry on South-South Land grabbing

    • Tomaso Ferrando
    18 November 2014
    Report

    BRICS countries’ investors play an increasingly crucial role in land investments. Just as the global trend of increased interest and investment in land has led to a surge of land grabbing, BRICS investments have proved no different.

  12. Big Corporations, the Bali Package and Beyond

    • Mary Louise F. Malig
    11 November 2014
    Report

    This sequel to the “Tailored for Sharks” report delves deeper into the role the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its legal system play in the corporate architecture that benefits and protects interests of Transnational Corporations (TNCs); details concrete examples of TNCs behind trade disputes; and presents the post-Bali corporate roadmap. 

  13. Expert Dialogue on Cannabis Regulation Models

    25 October 2014
    Report

    The Expert Dialogue took place in the Miramar Palace in San Sebastian and was hosted by the municipal authorities of the city. Dialogue focused on examining some regulation models currently being implemented. 

  14. Five sites of struggle and potential transformation

    • Zoe Brent, Tanya Kerssen
    21 October 2014
    Report

    Corporate control of the food system in the US continues to undermine the livelihoods of farmers, farmworkers, fisherpeople, communities of color, and indigenous peoples in the US, but there are also increasing examples of community-based resistance, grassroots solidarity, and broad-based alliances that are resisting the corporate takeover.

  15. Women Agricultural Workers

    • Denisse Córdova, Cornelia Helmcke, Flavio Valente, Yifang Slot-Tang
    16 September 2014
    Report

    While access to waged agricultural work can bring about benefits to women, this paper aims to shed light on the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure in industries where women have traditionally constituted a significant share of the workforce.

  16. The Politics of Sugarcane flexing in Brazil and beyond

    • Ben McKay, Sérgio Sauer, Ben Richardson, Roman Herre
    15 September 2014
    Report

    Flex crops, spread over greater expanses of land, are increasingly interlinked through international exchange in food, feed and fuel. Brazilian exports of sugarcane ethanol to the US are in part influenced by the domestic US production of maize ethanol, which in turn is shaped by the price of feed and the soybean supply.

  17. The Politics of Flexing Soybeans in China and Brazil

    • Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, Mindi Schneider
    15 September 2014
    Report

    The trajectories of soy developments in Brazil and China are related despite moving largely in opposite directions.

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    Land Conflicts and the Criminalization of Peasant Movements in Paraguay

    • FIAN International, La Via Campesina
    30 August 2014
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    On June 15, 2012, seventeen people— farmers and police officers—were killed in Curuguaty, Paraguay. This report focuses on the enabling conditions in the land governance structure that allowed this massacre to take place, detailing a climate of violence and impunity, the absence of protections for small and landless farmers, and the use of state repression in the service of the country’s powerful landed elite.

  19. EU-Myanmar Bilateral Investment Treaty

    27 August 2014
    Report

    In March 2014 the European Commission received the negotiation mandate from the EU member States to start negotiating an Investment treaty with Myanmar. But what do BITS mean in practice? Is it in the best interest of the Myanmar public?
     

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    The strength of lobbying and advocacy

    13 August 2014
    Report

    In her 9 October 2013 letter Cooperation with civil society in a new context, Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, clearly expresses her idea of the role civil society should play.

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