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  1. A caravan of various security forces cruises through the flooded streets of the 9th Ward distrtict of New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

    Nick Buxton, Ben Hayes
    29 August 2015
    Article

    Hurricane Katrina was a watershed moment as it exposed how democratic states are moving towards treating social and environmental crises as security issues, rather than matters of social justice. This vision of ‘Homeland Security’ is now dominating our political response to climate change impacts.

  2. This isn't democracy - Grafitti

    State of Power 2016: Call for Papers

    Nick Buxton
    26 August 2015
    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 2016 to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2016, we are particularly looking for accessible, engaging essays that interrogate how power relates to democracy.

  3. Greeks protest against privatisation of water

    Leaked EU memorandum reveals renewed attempt at imposing water privatisation on Greece

    Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Hoedeman
    24 August 2015
    Article

    The stubborn and aggressive imposition of privatisation by Troika goes against the will of Greek citizens and represents a direct attack on democracy.

  4. Sustainable water without private finance?

    Lavinia Steinfort
    23 August 2015
    Article

    At UN meetings in Addis Ababa, private finance has been touted as key to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, but campaigners argue that public finance is more reliable and more likely to secure the human right to water for all.

  5. How TiSA strolls off with our services

    Lavinia Steinfort
    23 August 2015
    Article

    While TTIP is currently attracting the most attention, more trade agreements are looming. In July, world leaders holed up in back rooms to discuss TiSA, an extensive service agreement intended to put (public) services, like the water supply, in the hands of the international market.

  6. Seminario Radical community manager en Ámsterdam

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    21 August 2015
    Article

    El colectivo español Xnet que ayudó a arrestar al exdirector general del FMI estuvo en Ámsterdam compartiendo sus conocimientos, instrumentos y estrategias con movimientos sociales y organizaciones de la sociedad civil de toda Europa.

  7. Nice: building a public water company after 150 years of private management

    Olivier Petitjean
    19 August 2015
    Article

    This article was written for Eau publique, eau d´avenir, published June 2015(French edition of Our Public Water Future: The Global experience with remunicipalisation) and translated into English.

    In March 2013, the councillors of Nice, the fifth largest city in France, and of the surrounding communes announced that the city’s water services would gradually shift towards public management.

  8. Pueden hacer lo que se les antoje

    Susan George
    06 August 2015
    Article

    Al preguntarle a Susan George qué han aprendido los bancos del colapso financiero de 2008, su reacción es inmediata: “pueden hacer lo que se les antoje”.

  9. The Land-Drugs Nexus in Myanmar

    Tom Kramer
    06 August 2015
    Multi-media

    Farmers in Myanmar use opium as a cash crop, “because they cannot grow enough food to feed their families for the whole year”.

  10. TNI: Kokang- why and how to resolve it

    05 August 2015
    In the media

    Shan Herald -The briefing paper, which is 22 pages plus 6 more pages of endnotes, released by Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI) last month, has given us a convincing explanation of how the fight in Kokang which began on 9 February and is still ongoing started.

  11. Degrowth & the Climate Crisis – from a Climate Justice Perspective

    Lyda Fernanda Forero
    05 August 2015
    Opinion

    From a climate justice perspective, which is more than a technical approach, we are facing a political and paradigm-related dilemma. From this perspective, we focus on the root causes of the climate crisis from where we propose real solutions while rejecting and demanding an end to false solutions.

  12. TTIP won't let state run in the public interest

    Cecilia Olivet
    31 July 2015
    In the media

    RT UK - TTIP undermines democracy and sovereignty of states, researcher Cecilia Olivet tells RT, with examples of corporates who have sued gov'ts.

  13. Beloofde gouden bergen van TTIP blijken molshoopjes

    Hilde van der Pas, Roos van Os, Geert Ritsema, Susan Cohen Jehoram, Lot van Baaren
    31 July 2015
    In the media

    VK- Het pleidooi van de ING-onderzoekers Bosgraaf en Leering voor het controversiële geschillenmechanisme ISDS in het handels- en investeringsverdrag TTIP verrast ons. Dit geheime tribunaal (ISDS staat voor Investor State Dispute Settlement) is immers een regelrechte ondermijning van de rechtsstaat. Allerlei regels ter bescherming van het milieu, werknemers en gezondheid komen op de tocht te staan.

  14. Consequences of the Kokang crisis for peace, democracy in Myanmar

    31 July 2015
    In the media

    The Nation - The renewed violence in the Kokang region of the northern Shan state in February has had serious repercussions for efforts to solve ethnic conflict in Myanmar and end the decades-old civil war.

  15. Screenshot of video of Susan George at Tedx Geneva

    Video: Power at stake - Susan George at TEDxGeneva

    Susan George
    31 July 2015
    Multi-media

    Susan George looks back at her four decades of scholarship to explain what led her to write her different books,  how it formed her vision of power and the best ways to challenge the Davos class in order to deliver a more just world.

  16. Geen bindende regels, wel rechten voor bedrijven

    Hilde van der Pas, Mariette van Huijstee, Anne van Schaik, Anne Schuit
    28 July 2015
    In the media

    Vice Versa - Mensenrechtenschendingen door bedrijven komen op grote schaal voor en worden vaak niet bestraft. Van 6 tot 10 juli 2015 onderhandelden de VN over bindende regels voor bedrijven, verantwoordelijkheid voor schade die zij veroorzaken, en toegang tot het recht voor slachtoffers van mensenrechtenschendingen. De EU, en Nederland in haar kielzog, koos ervoor om niet deel te nemen aan de onderhandelingen. Dit staat in schril contrast met het beeld van de mensenrechtenkampioen dat de EU graag van zichzelf schetst

  17. ISDS: Nederland is en blijft een top-claimland

    Mitchell van de Klundert
    23 July 2015
    In the media

    Een nieuw VN rapport bevestigt wat we al wisten: Nederland heeft een topklimaat voor bedrijven die in geheime procedures schadeclaims voor misgelopen omzet neerleggen bij – veelal – ontwikkelingslanden. De VN heeft een transparantieregister geopend. Minister Ploumens handtekening staat daar nog niet onder.

  18. germany-cannabis

    SPD und Grüne für entspanntes Kiffen

    21 July 2015
    Other news

    Cannabis-Konsum milder bestrafen oder gleich ganz legalisieren: In den Bundesländern mehren sich die Rufe nach einem liberaleren Umgang. Baden-Württembergs Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann (Grüne) sprach sich für eine Legalisierung von Cannabis aus, um den Stoff zu entkriminalisieren. Die Hamburger Landes- regierung erwägt, die Gesetzesregeln zum Konsum zu lockern. Mit dem neuen Bremer Regierungschef Carsten Sieling (SPD) hatte sich erstmals ein Ministerpräsident für die Legalisierung ausgesprochen – sofern der rechtliche Rahmen das zulasse. (Google translation in English | Mehr dazu: Das große Kiff-Verständnis)

  19. till_steffen

    Kiffer sollen wie Falschparker bestraft werden

    21 July 2015
    Other news

    Hamburgs Justizsenator Till Steffen (Grüne) will das Kiffen zu einer Ordnungswidrigkeit herabstufen. "Es wäre wie beim Falschparken. Da kann abgewogen werden: Schreibe ich ein Knöllchen oder nicht", sagte Steffen der "Hamburger Morgenpost". Das bisherige System, wonach auch auf den Besitz kleiner Mengen Cannabis eine Strafanzeige folgen muss, ist aus Steffens Sicht gescheitert. "Das bringt nichts und macht viel Arbeit", sagte Steffen. Bei dem Thema Cannabis-Freigabe müßte im Ernstfall auch die CDU bewegen würde und einem Modellversuch zur kontrollierten Abgabe zustimmen würde.

  20. john-hogg

    Police force gives cannabis users green light to grow drugs

    21 July 2015
    Other news

    Durham Police has given users the green light to grow cannabis at home after declaring that officers will no longer proactively target small scale producers. In a move, which will be seen as a step towards decriminalisation, Durham's Police Commissioner Ron Hogg said it will only go after people if there is a complaint or if they are being "blatant", while the force will continue to tackle large scale cannabis farms. (See also: Cannabis users won't be a priority for County Durham Police | Durham police stop targeting pot smokers and small-scale growers)

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