Archive for the ‘Ecology and Climate’ Category

Ten Theses of a Critique of a Green Economy

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Ten Theses of a Critique of a Green Economy

One of the BUKO working group has recently published ten theses of a critique of a green economy. “In the following 10 theses we will show why the Green Economy will have to fail in meeting its claim of greening the economy, which is due to the prevailing capitalist and imperialist conditions as well as the unquestioned faith in progress. Strategies of the Green Economy will not be able to outweigh the social and ecological contradictions of capitalism, at best the strategies are able to revise these contradictions.”  The theses are available in English, German and Spanish.

Free our Seeds!

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Free our Seeds! International days of action, Brussels, 17-18 April 2011

The International Seed Action Days will be held on 17/18 of April 2011 in Brussels, with a public debate on the 17 April (Sunday), 16.00 -19.00 (Molenbeek Cultural Centre) on “Access to seeds is a human right” with activists from India, Turkey and several European countries. They will describe the situation concerning seeds in their countries and the consequences of the planned EU laws. There is food offered by a good popular Brussels kitchen after the debate.

From the invitation: Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. … The big seed trusts are determined to obtain worldwide control. This has been made clear by genetic engineering, patents on plants and animals, the introduction of seed reproduction fees… We must prevent the very basis of our food supply from becoming a source of profit for multinational companies. …

www.seed-sovereignty.org

Dilemmas of Contemporary Environmentalism

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Joan Martínez Alier analyses in his paper the negative tendencies of the impacts of the economy on the environment and the rising conflicts of ecological distribution. The text is in Spanish.

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From Dakar to Egypt and back again. The 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

These days, world history is being written in Cairo and other North-African cities and countries. But the ten-year old World Social Forum, which took place in mid-February in Dakar, Senegal, has proven itself to be an indispensible transnational space of encounters, for the development of strategy, or for launching campaigns. For many activists, the Forum began already one week before the official opening, with a migration caravan from Bamako, Mali, to Dakar, which sought to both inform people, and learn from and network with them, about the complex interrelationships surrounding the issue of migration. Beyond this one, a number other caravans towards the Senegalese capital had been organised as ways for their participants to highlight their respective issues, and to learn about other conditions and situations.

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The EU-Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

This publication contains an overview of the FTA’s history, of human rights violations in Colombia and Peru as well as a critical analysis of the draft agreement which recently leaked to the public. It appears that the main beneficiaries of the agreement would be European transnational corporations (TNCs) working in Colombia and Peru. The text, therefore, describes European TNCs’ activities in these two Andean countries and their involvement in human rights violations, particularly in commercial agriculture  and extractive industries like mining and petroleum. (from the text)

The Second Conquest: The EU Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru – by Thomas Fritz | FDCL (Berlin), TNI (Amsterdam), October 2010, ISBN: 978-3-923020-50-8.

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Acting for the Transformation of Our Societies

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
“Acting for the transformation of our societies – Examples from different World Regions” – RLS-Conference in Brussels, October 2010

For a long time the left has highlighted the emerging problems of the neoliberal counter-revolution. Persuasive analysis of the backgrounds of different but interconnected crisis have been developed. But what is less developed is the capability of the left to present concrete steps how to change the world we live in today. Although many of us may have a vision about the future structure of our societies, the question is how to go from the here and now towards more equal and sustainable societies in the future.

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Entry projects to a politics of solidarity: A radical practice test of counter-hegemony in times of the crisis of neo-liberal financial market capitalism

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

An analysis of Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony reveals a “magic square” which societal forces must form in order to successfully challenge the ruling structure in a counter-hegemonic manner: The first side of that square is the emergence of the possibility for a new and higher societal stage of productivity. The old power and property structures must have proven themselves as chains binding the new productive forces. The second concerns individual life opportunities. “Society” or “classes” do nothing; rather, it is always concrete people in concrete groups who take the risk of dissident action, or of refusal, upon themselves. The third is the necessary interconnection of conflicting interests, a historic compromise which links very different or even contrary classes and social groups. The fourth is that none of this is possible without a new moral foundation, a superior system of values. …

Michael Brie, Director of the Institute of Social Analysis, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Berlin)

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A Different Government is Possible! Beyond the Centre-left Governments in Europe

Monday, June 28th, 2010
By Michael Brie, Institute of Social Analysis, RLS

1. A NEW STRATEGIC SITUATION

The short social-democatic decade and the return of the conservatives

After the German parliamentary elections in 1998, thirteen of fifteen governments of the then member countries of the European Union were led by social democrats; Spain and Ireland were the only exceptions. Within a decade, this picture has been reversed completely. The centre-left in Europe is everywhere on the defensive.

Self-criticism on the part of the left of its last twenty years is the necessary point of departure for real renewal. For the life goals, the political convictions and the style of politics of the most important leaders were no longer of the left, the results of their politics no longer had any connection to leftist goals, and the cooperative base for a common left formation had disintegrated. To put it bluntly, this left no longer knew what it wanted. It no longer wanted what it could do. It could no longer do what would have been good for itself and for the country.

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Left and Progressive Governments of Latin America and the Challenges Posed by the Crisis of Civilization

Friday, April 9th, 2010

lander By Edgardo Lander, Venezuela – With the recognition of the deep civilization crisis and the limits of the planet, any project for a democratic transformation of society necessarily has to include radical alternatives to the predatory logic of this society of progress and of subjugation/exploitation of so-called “nature”. This requires, in the first place, an anticapitalist option.

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Association Agreements between the European Union and Latin America

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Acuerdos de Asociación Europa-América Latina: Socios privilegiados o tratados de libre comercio? – RLF Brussels, 2010

Association Agreements with Latin America are increasingly pushed by the European Union. The brochure “Association Agreements European Union – Latin America – Privileged partnerships or Free Trade Agreements?” gives insights into impacts of Association Agreements with the EU on specific sectors, such as agrofuels, water and energy, investments and services, analyses the negotiation processes between the European Union and the Andean Region, and explaines the political context of the probably soon be signed EU-Central American Association Agreement.

The authors are academic researchers and/or associated with civil society organisations that are active in the Hemispheric Social Alliance, a network that originated in the opposition to the American Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA, span. ALCA).

The studies in detail: El Savador (context of EU-Central American Association Agreement and study on anticipated outcomes for micro and meso enterprises), Costa Rica (legal and institutional changes for energy and water), Nicaragua and Guatemala (changing role of agrofuels and impact on association agreements), Colombia and Peru (negotiation processes of association agreements and general overview on experiences with trade agreements in Latin America), Bolivia (role of social movements in the negotiation process), Chile and Mexico (experiences with free trade agreements, impact on investments and services).

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