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  1. Brazil’s new government imposes water privatisation in Rio to pay for Olympic Games

    Martin Pigeon, Renato Cinco
    14 July 2016
    Article

    A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics – in particular for a subway line connecting the sports venues. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae)

  2. 'TTIP bedreigt klimaatdoelstellingen in Europa'

    11 July 2016
    In the media

    NU.nl - Het vrijhandelsverdrag waarover de Europese Unie en de Verenigde Staten onderhandelen (TTIP) dreigt de klimaatdoelstellingen in Europa in gevaar te brengen.

  3. TTIP: Leaked EU trade proposal would prevent Paris climate promise to end fossil fuel era

    11 July 2016
    Article

    Leaked TTIP documents show the EU is promoting unrestricted trade in fossil fuels and working to limit the implementation of clean energy policies, just months after the bloc proudly claimed to have “been at the forefront of international efforts towards a global climate deal”

  4. Greece is sold off and sold out

    07 July 2016
    In the media

    Le Monde Diplomatique - The latest study from the Transnational Institute (TNI) on the effects of the ‘privatising industry’ in Europe concludes that ‘there is no evidence that the privatised companies are more efficient’. Instead, privatisation has undermined wage structures, made working conditions worse and increased income inequality.

  5. The right to land at crossroads in Myanmar

    Jennifer Franco
    05 July 2016
    Article

    What is the role of land in establishing lasting future peace in Myanmar? The country is at a crossroads, and facing rapid land polarization. However, the inauguration of a new government chosen by a landslide in historic elections offers an unprecedented opportunity to change course in a positive direction. An approach that prioritizes poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups especially ethnic nationalities, women, and youth, could lay a foundation for peace.

  6. Arms Dealers Emerge Big Winners in Europe’s Refugee Crisis

    04 July 2016
    In the media

    The Wire  India - According to a new research report by the Transnational Institute, firms that provide Europe with security infrastructure to deal with the refugee influx are among the biggest arms sellers to the areas of conflict that have the largest outflow of migrants.

  7. Projection of the Transatlantic Free Trade Area

    Withdraw the TTIP mandate, say 240 European organisations

    27 June 2016
    Declaration

    In a letter to the president of the European Council, 240 European organisations ask him to withdraw the mandate for the European Commission to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with immediate effect.

  8. Praful Bidwai Memorial Award

    23 June 2016
    Article

    The Praful Bidwai Memorial Award is intended to honour and highlight courageous and independent voices in journalism. The Award was conferred on the Peoples Archive of Rural India at a public event in New Delhi on 23 June. Praful Bidwai, regarded by many as one of the best investigative journalists South Asia has produced, died tragically in Amsterdam on 23 June 2015. His friends, including the Transnational Institute, created this award to honour his legacy.

  9. The opium bulbs of Myanmar: drug crop or lifeline for poor farmers?

    22 June 2016
    In the media

    The Guardian - Rural development programmes to wean poppy farmers off their illicit crop contend with lack of roads, water and power in remote areas plagued by militias

  10. Own the Future: Public ownership in the 21st century

    20 June 2016
    Multi-media

    We Own It organised the conference Own the Future: Public ownership in the 21st Century on 7th May, 2016 in London. A group of innovative, inspiring individuals gathered to start imagining the public ownership of the future: A vision for 2030 and a roadmap to get there. They tackled the key issues - robots, big data, power, space - and made a conscious effort to embrace the future.
     

     

  11. Call for Papers: State of Power 2017

    17 June 2016
    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 2017 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2017, we are particularly looking for accessible, engaging essays that interrogate the relations between culture and power.

  12. Nuevo informe ofrece estrategias para regular el cannabis de forma que se respete y modernice el derecho internacional

    16 June 2016
    Press release

    En un momento en que cada vez más jurisdicciones se están planteando si legalizar y regular el acceso al cannabis, y cómo hacerlo, las tensiones entre estas iniciativas y las obligaciones contraídas por los países en virtud de los tratados de control de drogas de la ONU van en aumento. Un informe pionero elaborado por una coalición de especialistas en materia jurídica y de políticas de drogas presenta estrategias para que los países que están estudiando enfoques normativos para el cannabis lo hagan de forma que las reformas internas estén en sintonía con sus obligaciones jurídicas internacionales.

  13. So you think the EU can’t be reformed?

    Hilary Wainwright, Mary Kaldor
    16 June 2016
    Article

    Check your history and think again, argue Hilary Wainwright and Mary Kaldor

  14. New Report Offers Strategies for Regulating Cannabis in Ways that Uphold and Modernize International Law

    16 June 2016
    Press release

    As an increasing number of jurisdictions consider whether and how to legalize and regulate access to cannabis, tensions are growing between these initiatives and countries’ obligations under the UN drug control conventions. A groundbreaking new report produced by a coalition of legal and drug policy experts offers strategies for countries exploring regulatory approaches to cannabis to do so in ways that ensure that their domestic reforms align with their international legal obligations.

  15. France: From Republic to Oligarchy

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    16 June 2016
    Article

    The "New Left" in France was either defeated or integrated into the system, becoming a part of the neo-liberal bloc. It was replaced by the new rebels: the less-educated (due to the education crisis generated by the neo-liberal reforms) generation of unemployed young people, whose only way forward is through a confrontation with the institutions.

  16. Peasants mobilized in Colombia: The strike is finished, the struggle continues

    Lyda Fernanda Forero, Danilo Urrea
    16 June 2016
    Article

    The current development model in place across Colombia has brought repression and harassment. The government has not fulfilled the terms of a 2013 agreement. On May 27th, the Cumbre Agraria, Campesina, Etnica y Popular1 called for a national Minga - a period of strikes and mobilizations - across Colombia to put pressure on the government.

  17. Before Orlando Shooting, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusing Security Company G4S

    Phyllis Bennis
    13 June 2016
    Article

    Mateen worked as a security guard for nine years in the company that profits from both US border militarisation and the Israeli occupation.

  18. Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism

    Phyllis Bennis
    10 June 2016
    Article

    With all the discussion and debate these days about intersectionality and the need for progressives to link our movements against racism and against war, the name of Muhammad Ali belongs right up in our pantheon with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, and so many other women and men who fought and continue to fight those linked battles together.

  19. Can the Indian Left seize its Phoenix Moment?

    09 June 2016
    Article

    The Hindu - According to Bidwai, whether or not the Left manages to arrest its descent into political oblivion would depend on its ability to honestly address five fundamental problems.

  20. CSOs discuss nationwide land policy for refugees

    09 June 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times - For the first time, civil society organisations yesterday addressed land restitution for IDPs and refugees on a national level, rather than on a per-state basis.

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