Social victory in Sweden: Oil company Preem drops plans to expand oil refinery

After two years of protests, the Swedish environmental movement celebrates a major new victory

“I’m absolutely sure that our resistance was one of the big factors that made them realise that this was not going to happen” said activist Lena Maloney from Friends of the Earth Sweden in an interview with Real World Radio. “They might have been able to expand their oil refinery  … Read more

UN resumes negotiations for urgently needed binding treaty

“UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: Historic opportunity”

This was the title of a virtual press conference held on Tuesday which urged States to engage to put an end to the impunity of transnational corporations. The press conference (a recording of which is available below) – hosted by the  Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power  … Read more

Goodbye to the Pinochet-era Constitution

Impressions and expectations from social movements after massive support for a new constitution in Chile

With 78% of votes, the Chilean people have opted to change the current Constitution, which has been in force since 1980 under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The same percentage of people supported doing this through a Constituent Convention (instead of a mixed convention), whose candidates will be elected on 11 April  … Read more

Democracy restored in Bolivia

Luis Arce, member of the socialist party MAS, wins with over 52% of votes. Interview with Silvestre Saisari Cruz (MST-Bolivia)

After the coup d´Etat against Evo Morales’ re-election in November 2019, there were high hopes that these presidential elections in October 2020 would reinstate democracy in Bolivia. 48 hours before the vote, the Argentinian delegation that traveled to Bolivia to act as international observers denounced the illegal detention of lawmaker  … Read more

Global Week of Action for Debt Cancellation led by Jubilee South Americas network

“Life should be above debt”

“Financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund still determine and influence major decisions in our countries and the direction of our public policies, through how they allocate resources and loans,” warned Martha Flores, General Coordinator of the Jubilee South Americas network. “We are seeing our  … Read more

Agroecology in dispute: What’s behind the “transition towards sustainable agriculture” narrative?

Organisations analyse strategies, discourses and alliances of agribusiness that continue putting profit before peoples and planet

Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), the Transnational Institute of the Netherlands (TNI) and the Crocevia International Centre launched a publication entitled: “Junk Agroecology: The corporate capture of agroecology for a partial ecological transition without social justice.” The aim of the report is to “influence the just ecological transition debate  … Read more