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    Alternatives to Privatisation

    • David A. McDonald, Greg Ruiters
    28 မတ်လ 2012
    Book

    A book for practitioners, unionists, social movements and analysts who are seeking reliable knowledge on what kinds of public models work and their main strengths and weaknesses.

  2. The Limits of Latitude

    • David Bewley-Taylor, Martin Jelsma
    13 မတ်လ 2012
    Policy briefing

    A growing number of nations are developing policies that shift away from the prohibition-oriented failed approach to drugs control. Ultimately however nations will need to reform the overall UN based global drug control framework of which practically all nations are a part.

  3. Towards revision of the UN drug control conventions

    • David Bewley-Taylor
    13 မတ်လ 2012
    Policy briefing

    Recent years have seen a growing unwillingness among increasing numbers of States parties to fully adhere to a strictly prohibitionist reading of the three principal UN drug control conventions.

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    Overcoming the challenge to the right to water in Asia

    Mary Ann B. Manahan, Focus on the Global South
    28 မတ်လ 2012

    Speech delivered during the implementation of the right to water and sanitation transversal session of the Alternative World Water Forum/Forum Alternatif Mondial d’Eau. The session was moderated by Sylvie Paquerot, University of Ottawa and the panelists include Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians; Arthur Manuel, Defenders of the Land; Pedro Arrojo, Water for New Culture/University of Zaragosa; and Alexandros Kastrinakis, Initiative 136 in Greece. 

  5. Counter-terrorism, ‘policy laundering’ and the FATF

    • Ben Hayes
    01 မတ်လ 2012
    Report

    A lack of democratic control, oversight and accountability of the FATF has allowed for regulations that circumvent concerns about human rights, proportionality and effectiveness.

  6. “The Japanese population won’t accept it any longer”

    Satoko Kishimoto
    05 မတ်လ 2012

    On March 11, it’s exactly one year ago that North-Eastern Japan was hit by a major earthquake and a tsunami with giant 15 meter waves. One of the devastating consequences was a meltdown in the Fukushima nuclear power plant – the biggest nuclear disaster in 25 years. How is the situation today?

  7. Guatemalan president leads drug legalization debate

    Catherine E. Shoichet
    26 မတ်လ 2012
    In the media

    "Even if the United States is not willing at this point to go along, there is space for Latin American countries to take certain steps," said Martin Jelsma, a political scientist who specializes in Latin America and international drugs policy at the Transnational Institute. "Of course, politically, that will be one of the questions. How much pressure will the United States put on Latin America to prevent this?"

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    Spanish Village Leases Out City Land for Pot Farm

    Lucy Steigerwald
    06 မတ်လ 2012
    In the media

    Rasquera, a village of 900 near Barcelona, Spain, feeling the crunch of Euro-austerity measures and heavy debt, voted 4-3 on Wednesday to let a nearby cannabis association use a stretch of city land to grow marijuana for its 5000 members.

  9. UN Report Enforces Orthodox Drug Strategy

    Geoffrey Ramsey
    05 မတ်လ 2012
    In the media

    In a joint press release with the Washington Office on Latin America, the Transnational Institute’s Martin Jelsma said that the INCB’s response to Bolivia is a “clear sign that the UN drug control regime is under strain,” and that the INCB “is in distress and no longer capable of responding to challenges in a rational manner.”

  10. INCB Attacks Bolivia on Coca Stance

    Phillip Smith
    05 မတ်လ 2012
    In the media

    In its 2011 Annual Report, the International Narcotics Control Board, which monitors the implementation of international drug control treaties, has attacked Bolivia over that country's effort to defend the traditional uses of the coca plant.

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    Public Water Management Services Need "Committed Citizens"

    Julio Godoy
    19 မတ်လ 2012
    In the media

    BERLIN, Mar. 14, 2012 (IPS) - The trend of privatisation and commercialisation of water services, which set in in the 1980s and continued throughout the 1990s, has come to a halt due to the process’ own failures, and has given rise to a return of those services into efficient public management, according to a new book.

  12. No single course for providing water

    Claire Provost
    23 မတ်လ 2012
    In the media

    Two new books seek to challenge the claims that anti-privatisation activists present infinite criticisms but few alternatives.

  13. Springs of Hope: Defending, Reclaiming and Redefining Public Water

    Mary Ann B. Manahan, Focus on the Global South
    01 မတ်လ 2012
    Article

    For the last decade, the water justice movements from around the world have been struggling against the privatization and commercialization of water. But the big challenge for the movements is always to be one step ahead of the privateers. 

  14. Future of Water Movement Session: A Summary

    Mary Ann B. Manahan, Focus on the Global South; Gabriella Zanzanaini, FoodFirst Information and Action Network, Water Watch; Claudia Campero, Water Watch/RED VIDA
    28 မတ်လ 2012
    Article

    The international water movement has been working for several years with important success in bringing solidarity to local struggles and impacting international policy. Broad consensus in significant issues has allowed good communication, support and collaborative efforts around the globe. However, the changing and challenging context compels us to go further in our coordination efforts and collaboration work.

  15. What was achieved in Marseilles and Vienna

    29 မတ်လ 2012
    Other news

    In Marseilles FAME ended successfully with a protest march of 2000 people, united under the slogan 'Water is life, Not for Profit'. Around the same time in Vienna the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first international opium convention.

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    Bookreview: The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future

    Mayanglambam Ojit Kumar Singh
    06 မတ်လ 2012
    Article

    Praful Bidwai's book The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future presents an insightful and stern view on climate change and a corresponding advocacy to prevent this change.

  17. Greece: life at the epicentre of the earthquake

    Alex Nunns
    28 မတ်လ 2012
    Article

    Frontline report from Athens on the human consequences of the austerity measures, how they are being resisted and why solidarity is needed to stop EU-wide attacks on democracy and human rights.

  18. Public Debt, Regional Integration and The South Bank

    Marcos Arruda
    23 မတ်လ 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. 

  19. The Crisis Phase 2: Eastern Europe

    Joachim Becker
    12 မတ်လ 2012
    Article

    During the second phase of the crisis in Europe, the attention has almost exclusively been focused on the Southern euro zone countries. However, Eastern Europe is affected as well though in an uneven way.

  20. The Vampire Treaty and the Irish Referendum

    Andy Storey
    06 မတ်လ 2012
    Article

    The Irish referendum on the new fiscal treaty is not about Ireland’s membership in the eurozone.  Rather, it is a vote for or against permanent austerity in Ireland.

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