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    BRICS

    01 Enero 2015
    Tema

    The economic and political rise of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has far-reaching implications for global agrarian transformation as key sites of production, circulation and consumption of agricultural commodities. In each of the BRICS countries, profound changes are underway in rural society and agrarian economies. These vary from concentration in landholdings, changes in rural-urban links, migration, promotion of smallholder farming alongside the rise of corporate agribusiness, class differentiation of smallholders and family farmers, new forms of agri-business upstream and downstream of farming, vertical integration in value chains, supermarketization – and different combinations of these. The BRICS initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) is a collective of largely BRICS-based or connected academic researchers concerned with understanding the BRICS countries and their implications for global agrarian transformations. Critical theoretical and empirical questions about the origins, character and significance of complex changes underway need to be investigated more systematically. 

  2. A Peoples' vision for a just and inclusive Asia and Europe

    16 Octubre 2014
    Article

    One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.

  3. Keep Sombath’s vision alive: Keynote speech by Shui Meng Ng at AEPF10

    13 Octubre 2014
    Article

    Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF,  Sombath Somphone gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane. Two months after this vibrant AEPF in Laos he disappeared.  This year his wife Shui Meng Ng gave the keynote speech, to remind us of Sombath's vision.

  4. Exorcising the Curse of Voodoo Economics

    David Sogge
    14 Abril 2014
    Article

    Reclaiming Development, a closely-argued critique of neoliberal economic policy, is debunking development orthodoxies at its best. Republished now, ten years after its first appearance, the book has lost none of its relevance for students and those trying to re-direct economic policies away from their financialized doom-loops.

  5. Letter from parliamentarians on the disappearance of Sombath Somphone

    18 Junio 2013
    Article

    We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep dismay at the lack of political will to conduct a serious investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone. 

  6. BRICS: Little sense of purpose

    Praful Bidwai
    04 Abril 2013
    Article

    Is BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa), comprising some of the world’s biggest, fastest-growing economies, about to rewrite the rules of global political and economic governance?

  7. Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly

    02 Abril 2013
    Article

    As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization.

  8. Sombath - 100 Days

    26 Marzo 2013
    Article

    On December 15th 2012 Sombath Somphone disappeared, taken away in a truck by unknown persons after being stopped by police in the Lao capital, Vientiane. Nobody has seen or heard from him since.Today, March 25th 2013, is the 100th day since Sombath’s disappearance.

     
  9. Tax the Rich

    Praful Bidwai
    22 Marzo 2013
    Article

    The Human Development Report 2013 highlights the rise of the Global South as the main drivers of the world economy, but rapid economic growth does not always equate to improvements in human development as India's experience shows.

  10. Africa: Future Trajectories for BRICS

    Achin Vanaik
    21 Marzo 2013
    Article

    Despite much optimism, there are clear indications that BRICS lacks the capacity to function as a powerful and innovative new force in the realm of global politics and governance.

  11. The clock is ticking for Laos with the case of Sombath Somphone

    11 Marzo 2013
    Article

    A European Delegation was in the Lao Capital, Vientiane from the 6th to 9th of March 2013 to express their grave concern that Sombath Somphone, highly respected member of Lao civil society, has still not returned safely to his family.

  12. International Call Cumbre de los Pueblos 2013

    23 Enero 2013
    Article

    Between the 26th and 28th of January 2013, the CELAC Summit (EU-LAC) will be held in Santiago, Chile. A Peoples Summit will be held in parallel from 25-27th of January.

  13. Cumbre de los Pueblos Chile 2013

    18 Enero 2013
    Article

    The People’s Summit held in Santiago Chile focused on the themes of Social Justice, International Solidarity and the Defense of the Commons. The Summit was organised in parallel to the EU-Latin America (CELAC) official summit where bi-regional investment dominated the agenda.

  14. On the Disappearance of Sombath Somphone

    Walden Bello
    16 Enero 2013
    Article

    The Asia-Europe People’s Forum requested a delegation of ASEAN parliamentarians to visit the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic to investigate the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, the prominent Lao leader of civil society. 

  15. The impact of Alternative Development in Burma and Laos

    Ernestien Jensema
    30 Octubre 2012
    Article

    Alternative development and crop substitution programmes seem to be a guise for the Chinese government to support large scale agro businesses in Northern Burma and Laos. 

  16. Can Russia come up with a new foreign policy strategy?

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    16 Octubre 2012
    Article

    An illuminating  essay on historical developments in Russia's foreign policy over the last century that argues that only internal political collapse now has the chance to inaugurate a new foreign policy relevant to a post-crisis world.

  17. Public Debt, Regional Integration and The South Bank

    Marcos Arruda
    23 Marzo 2012
    Article

    The EU debt crisis foretells a more serious global debt crisis, caused by unlimited growth and the ongoing financial casino. Latin America's emerging financial and regional architecture offers hope for a new type of integration based on solidarity. 

  18. Another Road for Europe

    Donatella della Porta
    15 Febrero 2012
    Article

    The Euro crisis is more than an economic crisis; it has also unveiled an insidious disregard for democracy at the heart of the European project. How can we democratise the EU "from below"?

  19. Occupy Wall Street: Origins & Prospects

    Tom Reifer
    31 Octubre 2011
    Article

    The ancient discussion about the purposes of wealth and the conflict between oligarchy – rule of the rich – and democracy – the rule of the demos/the people comes to the fore once again with the Occupy protests.

  20. The perilous dependence on cheap food imports for food security

    Tony Weis
    13 Octubre 2011
    Article

    The free market approach to food security has depended too heavily on an unsustainable system of cheap food imports and high fossil-fuel consumption. It's time to counter this by supporting environmentally efficient small farms, and increasing investment in agro-ecological research.

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