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  1. Thumbnail Amapola, opio y heroína

    Amapola, opio y heroína: La producción de Colombia y México

    • Jorge Hernández Tinajero, Guillermo Andrés Ospina, Martin Jelsma
    22 February 2018

    El cultivo de la flor de amapola en México y Colombia forma parte de una economía local destinada de forma casi exclusiva al mercado ilegal en el exterior: la demanda de heroína, principalmente en los Estados Unidos.

  2. Tribute to Tessa Kersten-Zenger (1975 - 2018)

    • Fiona Dove
    22 February 2018

    TNI is mourning the terrible news that our beautiful, bubbly, funny, quirky, creative, smart and perceptive 'web gardener' Tessa Kersten-Zenger passed away on Saturday, February 17. She had turned just 43 years old the week before and was celebrating with a family weekend away when she died suddenly following an accident.

  3. Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: fertile soil for authoritarian populism

    Marc Edelman
    21 February 2018

    Sacrifice zones – abandoned, economically shattered places – are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural decline fosters regressive authoritarian politics.

  4. ERPI 2018 Conference: "Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World"

    17 March 2018 - Event

    We invite you to register for the conference as a participant.

    Understanding 'rural' authoritarian populism

    The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of 'authoritarian populism' in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built. New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless 'growth', climate chaos, and social division. The ERPI is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics. We aim to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.

  5. The EU - Indonesia CEPA negotiations

    • Roeline Knottnerus
    15 February 2018

    What drives the negotiations for an Indonesia-Europe Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in relation to investment? What would be the merits of the alternative investment protection frameworks as proposed by Indonesia? Will it be more effective in promoting a more equitable and sustainable development? 

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    Las fuerzas del mercado: El auge del complejo industrial de la seguridad de la UE

    • Chris Jones
    13 February 2018

    A pesar de la crisis económica, los fondos de la UE para nuevas herramientas y tecnologías de seguridad se duplicará en el período 2014-2020 en comparación con los seis años anteriores. La principal beneficiaria es la industria de la 'seguridad interior', cuya influencia en la política europea no deja de aumentar, promoviendo una Europa cada vez más militarizada.

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    Grandes empresas marcan la agenda de la UE en materia de investigación en seguridad y se lucran con ella

    13 February 2018
    Press release

    Un grupo de transnacionales está recibiendo millones de euros de fondos públicos de investigación para desarrollar tecnologías de vigilancia y espionaje cada vez más invasivas, revela hoy un nuevo informe publicado por el Transnational Institute (TNI), Statewatch, el Centro de Educación e Investigación para la Paz (CEIPAZ), el Centro Delás de Estudios para la Paz y el Instituto Internacional para la Acción no Violenta (NOVACT).

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    Tourism and Land Grabbing in Bali

    • Ruben Rosenberg Colorni
    09 February 2018

    The island of Bali is home to a rich and unique system of agriculture, based around traditional water management systems developed over the last 1200 years. However, growing pressure from the expansion of the tourist trade as well as the effects of climate change are putting these systems at risk. Farmers are fighting to preserve their livelihoods and maintain a base for local food sovereignty in Bali, but significant changes to policy and practice are needed to protect their rights to land, water, and seed.

  9. Hindu authoritarianism and agrarian distress

    Achin Vanaik
    07 February 2018

    To defeat populist-nationalist forms of communal authoritarianism in India, we have to fight against more than just communalism.

  10. Displaced civilians and migrant workers in Tanai conflict zone, Kachin State, 29 January

    Multiculturalism and Social Justice in the Modern Nation-State

    Lahpai Seng Raw
    05 February 2018

    An ethnocratic state produces a form of fascism in which the state supports the rights and welfare of the dominant ethnic group, but not others. By contrast, a tolerant multicultural state or plural society permits all people, regardless of ethnicity, to be recognised as equal members and thus achieves social justice. This comparison suggests that narrow nationalism is a chief source of the failure of Myanmar to become a modern and successful nation-state.

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    50 years of counter-power: 1968-2018

    01 February 2018

    Special TNI website that features 50 powerful stories of people-led resistance and transformation since 1968 that have shaped our world.

  12. Susan George: Trump in Europe

    Susan George, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
    31 January 2018

    Susan George, president of the Transnational Institute, speaks about Trump and the European reaction to his presidency, one year after his election. The video was recorded at the National Press Club in Washington DC, organised by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and the Institute for Policy Studies.

  13. Confronting authoritarian populism: the rural dimension

    Ian Scoones, Jun Borras, Lyda Fernanda Forero, Ruth Hall, Marc Edelman, Editors: Wendy Wolford, Benjamin White
    31 January 2018

    Religion, gender dynamics, place and cultural identity – all inform rising authoritarian populism in rural areas, alongside class interests and inequalities. Mobilising alternatives to capture by regressive political forces is not straightforward.

  14. The New Decisions of the Constitutional Court: The End of Cannabis Tolerance in Spain

    Martín Barriuso Alonso
    29 January 2018

    After decades of relative tolerance towards Cannabis in Spain, the Constitutional Court decides that cannabis clubs are criminal. Years of government criminalizing strategy pay off. The national parliamentary debate can no longer be postponed.

  15. Las nuevas sentencias del Tribunal Constitucional: El final de la tolerancia hacia el cannabis en España

    Martín Barriuso Alonso
    29 January 2018

    Tras décadas de relativa tolerancia hacia el cannabis en España, el Tribunal Constitucional establece definitivamente que los clubes cannábicos son delictivos. Años de estrategia criminalizadora del gobierno dan sus frutos. El debate parlamentario nacional es ahora inaplazable.

  16. Building energy democracy one straw at a time

    Alexa Botar, Laszlo Zalatnay
    26 January 2018

    More than two thirds of the homes in Hungary are insufficiently insulated. As a result millions of people are living in energy poverty. Straw bale insulation and construction offer a simple, inexpensive, environmentally sustainable and socially just housing solution.

  17. David desafía al poder corporativo

    Mónica Vargas, Alys Samson
    26 January 2018

    Un grupo de países y organizaciones sociales luchan por sacar adelante un tratado que obligue a las multinacionales a respetar los derechos humanos.

  18. Will 'climate smart agriculture' serve the public interest - or the drive for growing profits for private corporations?

    Zoe Brent, Jennifer Clapp, Peter Newell
    24 January 2018

    'Climate smart agriculture' has become the buzz phrase at high level international policy discussions.  Will it be the latest manifestation of greenwashing of  unsustainable industrial agriculture or the basis for developing real, grassroots-led, resilient food systems?