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How Switzerland helps commodity companies dodge billions in taxes

By Jakob Villioth. Thanks to low taxes and weak government regulation, Switzerland has developed into a commodity hub where commodity trading and extractive companies earn billions. At least 20 percent of …

Welcome to the worst tourism project in the world

‚ÄúDear visitor, you are now entering an environmental disaster zone, formerly known as Kazakhstan‚Äôs most wonderful Ile-Alatau National Park.‚ÄĚ Will that soon be the message NGOs have to paint on …

Decoupling 2: A new report by the International Resource Panel

By Jakob Villioth. Last week the Decoupling Working Group of the International Resource Panel (IRP) has presented its second report on “Decoupling technologies, opportunities and policy options (2014)‚ÄĚ. The IRP is …

The journey to a new global climate agreement begins now, but which road will the EU take?

By Maruska Mileta and Jamie Gorman. Today at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, civil society and social movements are calling on the developed countries including the EU to commit …

Will Brazil turn the country into a factory of genetically modified trees?

By the World Rainforest Movement. Will the Brazilian government give a permit to plant genetically modified eucalyptus trees on a commercial scale? That‚Äôs the breakthrough expected by Suzano, one of the …

Small farmers feed the world, but they’re hungry for land – a new GRAIN report

It is commonly heard today that small farmers produce most of the world’s food. But how many of us realise that they are doing this with less than a quarter …

The Baram Dam Blockade

By Christian Nolle. Deep in the heartland of Sarawak in Borneo close to Brunei runs the river Baram.¬†The Sarawak government wants to erect a Dam on it, as part of the …

This is what 98% of Thessaloniki wants

By Nick Meynen. On May 18, 98% of 218.002 voters said NO to water supply privatization in Thessaloniki. The referendum was organized by a wide range of civil society organizations, together …

The ‚Äúmining massacre‚ÄĚ in Turkey following the explosion in the coal mine in Soma

By¬†PńĪnar Ert√∂r-AkyazńĪ, Cem ńįskender AydńĪn, Beg√ľm √Ėzkaynak, Irmak Ert√∂r. Hundreds of workers were killed following an explosion on Tuesday, May 13, in the coal mine close to the town of Soma, …

Citizens of Antwerp fight back in epic battle over highway versus health

By Nick Meynen. Since 1996, the regional government of Flanders has been trying to build a new highway that would close the ring road around Antwerp. Despite the name, the …

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