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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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    SPD und Grüne für entspanntes Kiffen

    21 July 2015
    Other news

    germany-cannabisCannabis-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)

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    Kiffer sollen wie Falschparker bestraft werden

    21 July 2015
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    Till SteffenHamburgs 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.

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    Police force gives cannabis users green light to grow drugs

    21 July 2015
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    john-hoggDurham 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)

  9. Kantoor te huur / Office to let (61 m2)

    20 July 2015
    Article

    Kantoorruimte te huur in karakteristiek oud schoolgebouw, op loopafstand van Centraal Station, vlakbij het Haarlemmerplein.

    Office to let in old schoolbuilding within walking distance from Centraal Station and close to the Haarlemmerplein.

     

  10. #OccupyUNSquare Social Movements at the United Nations Human Rights Council defend a Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations

    20 July 2015
    Article

    Social Movements from all over the world came to Geneva (6-10 July) to support a binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises to respect Human Rights discussed for the 1st time in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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    Guzmán: The buried truth

    19 July 2015
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    On June 25, 2015, the United States issued a formal request to the Mexican government for the extradition of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo, who was being held at Mexico’s highest security prison. On July 11, less than three weeks later, Guzmán Loera released himself from the supposedly impregnable prison in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s home state, by means of a sixty-foot-deep tunnel that had apparently been dug from a half-built house a mile away, directly into the shower of his prison cell. (See also: Chapo saga highlights Mexico's convoluted extradition policy)

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    "El Chapo" y el PRI, un pacto de impunidad

    16 July 2015
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    La fuga de Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera cimbró al Partido de la Revolución Institucional (PRI). Sin duda las ramificaciones de grupos criminales alcanzan a diversos partidos; en el caso del Cártel de Sinaloa, encabezado por Guzmán Loera e Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, sus alcances llegan al PRI. Basta recordar hechos recientes. Pasado el proceso electoral federal de 2012, cuando Enrique Peña Nieto se alzaba como triunfador y próximo presidente de la República, su partido cayó en desgracia: uno de sus militantes acompañaba a un familiar de "El Chapo", capturado en España. (Véase también: "El Chapo" y el verdadero túnel: la alta corrupción)

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    Italia: parlamentarios proponen legalizar el cannabis

    16 July 2015
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    Alrededor de 220 parlamentarios de diferentes partidos políticos han secundado un proyecto de ley para regular el cannabis en Italia, que deberá superar el trámite parlamentario. Los mayores de 18 años podrán poseer hasta 15 gramos en su domicilio y hasta 5 en la calle. Cada persona pueda plantar en su casa hasta 5 plantas pero deberán comunicarlo previamente a la Agencia de Monopolio. Los adultos "podrán cultivar de forma asociada en entidades con un máximo de 50 integrantes con 5 plantas cada uno" pero su venta entre consumidores está prohibido.

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    Qatar's 'Efficiency' Praised Amid Ongoing Rights and Bribery Controversies

    16 July 2015
    In the media

    The World Economic Forum — the folks who organize the annual winter retreat in Davos, Switzerland, for the international elites who claim to know how the world should work — say that Qatar has the most efficient government on the planet.

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    Italy takes step toward legalizing pot

    15 July 2015
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    italy-cannabis2Italy took a first step toward legalization of pot, leading Europe in what would be a groundbreaking change. The Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, a cross-party committee, agreed on a provisional text to legalize the consumption, growing, production and sale of cannabis under certain conditions. The text was signed by 218 members of parliament, and not just by the usual suspects. The proposal would allow growing cannabis at home or as members of "cannabis clubs" where a maximum of 50 people could cultivate and then share the product, with a strict prohibition on selling to the general public. (See also: Bill would legalize marijuana)

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    Summary of Drugs & Democracy Activities, April - June 2015

    15 July 2015

    Mark-Golding_JamaicaDrug law reform continues developing in the right direction in several Latin American and Caribbean countries. In Jamaica, for example, a law legalizing the cultivation and consumption of ganja for medicinal, religious and research purposes came into force, as well as the decriminalisation of possession for personal use.  Jamaica also spoke out at the UN Thematic Debate in New York. On May 7th, the minister addressed the UN High Level Thematic Debate on international drug policy, highlighting Jamaica’s perspectives on drug control policies and participating in a debate that encourages open and inclusive discussions. Amongst the outcomes Jamaica would like to see from UNGASS is “the establishment of an Expert Advisory Group to review the UN drug policy control architecture, its system-wide coherence, its treaty inconsistencies and its legal tension with cannabis regulations.”

  17. Learning from the past: Public finance and democratic control are key to achieving the SDGs

    Satoko Kishimoto, David Boys
    15 July 2015
    Article

    The question of how to finance water and sanitation is crucial. Leading international institutions emphasise the role of private finance despite major concerns. The idea that private finance can bring the needed investment is remarkably persistent in global policy circles and leads to a dangerous lack of attention to the far more realistic option of mobilising public finance for infrastructure to provide essential services for all.

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    Mudança nas mãos do STF

    Julita Lemgruber e Luciana Boiteux
    13 July 2015
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    brasil-descriminalizaEm breve o Supremo Tribunal Federal terá excelente oportunidade de reverter o fundamentalismo proibicionista que tem imperado no campo da política de drogas no Brasil, votando pela descriminalização do porte para consumo próprio de substâncias atualmente ilícitas. Se assim decidir, dará um passo histórico em direção a abordagens mais racionais e responsáveis desse tema, como ocorre em outras partes do mundo que resolveram começar a pôr fim à longa, sangrenta e fracassada “guerra às drogas”.

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    With marijuana price down 70%, Colombia growers are bailing

    13 July 2015
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    marihuana-caucaOn a farm in the central Andean mountains of Colombia, workers are digging up marijuana bushes and replacing them with avocados. They’ll get no subsidies from a government crop substitution program since the state barely exists in these remote mountains in Cauca province. They’re responding instead to a 70 percent crash in prices over the last year after farmers here planted so much marijuana that they saturated the market. “It’s barely profitable anymore because everyone’s growing it,” said a farmer, who asked not to be named. “I’m getting out of it.”

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