La Amazonía colombiana tiene los mismos derechos que una persona

[EL ESPECTADOR / 05 DE ABRIL DE 2018] La Corte Suprema de Justicia emitió una sentencia histórica contra el cambio climático en Latinoamérica. Según la decisión, la región es ahora sujeto de derechos, tal como el río Atrato, y la Presidencia y entidades regionales deben actuar de manera urgente para protegerla de la deforestación. Que una región en Colombia sea considerada como un sujeto que … Continue reading La Amazonía colombiana tiene los mismos derechos que una persona

Roundtable on Vivir Bien

During January 2018 the Great Transition Initiative organized a discussion around an  essay prepared by Pablo Solón, “Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms.” Solón introduced Vivir Bien (also known as Buen Vivir), the disputes around this concept, the contradictions in its implementation by the government of Bolivia and how Vivir Bien can contribute and needs the complementarity with other visions. Below you will find the … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien

Author’s Response: Roundtable on Vivir Bien / Pablo Solón

[GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Pablo Solón, a Bolivian social and environmental activist, is the director of Fundación Solón and former executive director of Focus on the Global South. He served as the Bolivian Extraordinary Ambassador for Integration and Trade (2006–2008) and Ambassador to the United Nations (2009–2011) before parting ways with President Evo … Continue reading Author’s Response: Roundtable on Vivir Bien / Pablo Solón

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

[GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Helena Norberg-Hodge is an author and filmmaker as well as a pioneer of the new economy movement. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness and the Director of Local Futures at the International Society for Ecology and Culture. She has received a Right Livelihood … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms   Aaron Karp is an activist focused on generating a discussion within the climate justice movement about the need for degrowth and deep, authentic democracy. He is writing a book about how solving our ecological problems necessitates a fundamentally different society. In 2012, he co-founded the fossil fuel … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Neera Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include democratization of forest governance, conservation and development, and the affective dimensions of people’s relations with forests. She founded Vasundhara, a non-profit organization based in Bhubaneswar, India, and … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Holly Hanson

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Holly Hanson is a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College. Her research, focused primarily on Uganda, explores how dynamic patterns of exchange have been created, and then undermined, and what history suggests about how they might be rebuilt. She is the author of such books as A Path of … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Holly Hanson

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ David Barkin

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms  David Barkin is a professor at the Metropolitan University in Mexico City and an Emeritus member of the National Research Council and the Academy of Sciences in Mexico. His research focuses on ecological economics, alternative paradigms for society, and the problems of indigenous societies, with whom he collaborates in creating … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ David Barkin

Lançamento do livro “O Eclipse do Progressismo”

A América Latina atravessa hoje um período de impasses e grandes turbulências, em parte pela dinâmica interna de seus países, mas em parte como consequência de sua forma particular de inserção no mercado mundial e na cadeia de dominação global capitalista. A região conheceu, nos anos dourados da globalização neoliberal, entre 1999 e 2008, um ciclo de governos progressistas, que chegaram à frente dos seus … Continue reading Lançamento do livro “O Eclipse do Progressismo”

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Adrian Beling

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Adrian Beling is an Associate Researcher in the Global Studies Programme at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) in Argentina and a founding member of the Editorial Board of the academic blog and peer-reviewed journal Alternautas. His research interests include global environmental change and societal transformations, epistemologies … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Adrian Beling

China is investing seriously in Latin America. Should you worry?

[ STEPHEN KAPLANTHE /WASHINGTON POST /24 DE ENERO] This past week, China held its second ministerial meeting with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, Chile. There China announced plans to have the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), its flagship economic and development program, invest in Latin America. During the past decade, Chinese policy banks, charged by the government to finance infrastructure … Continue reading China is investing seriously in Latin America. Should you worry?

Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

[NGO FORUM ON ADB/HOLDING ADB ACCOUNTABLE SINCE 1992] We – grassroots movements, non-government organizations and civil society networks from Asian countries and the rest of the world welcome the fact that we were invited to submit our proposals and concerns during the process of drafting the Energy Sector Strategy of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).  We note that a number of these proposals … Continue reading Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

Atención: La ruta de la seda china está cada vez más cerca de América Latina

[PAULINA GARZON(IISCAL)/CDES/7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017] En el 2013 China anunció el plan más ambicioso de inter-conectividad transfronteriza en la historia de la humanidad: “La Ruta de la Seda y el Cinturón Económico, y la Ruta de la Seda Marítima del Siglo XXI”, hoy más conocido como la iniciativa: “Un Cinturón un Camino” (UCUC), un pilar fundamental de la estrategia china “going global”. Según el … Continue reading Atención: La ruta de la seda china está cada vez más cerca de América Latina

La influencia de China en la economía de América Latina

[JERONIMO GIORGIO / LATINOAMERICA 21/ PAGINA SIETE /28 DE ENERO DEL 2018] El peso de la economía asiática aumenta en nuestros países. En algunos países, los negocios con el gigante chino aumentan su presencia en los PIB. En las últimas décadas, el peso de China en la expansión de la economía mundial no ha parado de crecer, y se ha acentuado aún más tras la … Continue reading La influencia de China en la economía de América Latina

Los derechos de la naturaleza en la jurisprudencia constitucional ecuatoriana

[LLM FRANCISCO JOSE BUSTAMANTE ROMO LEROUX/ OBSERVATORIO JUSTICIA CONSTITUCIONAL] Resumen: Los derechos de la naturaleza, ha sido un tema sobre el cual se han generado una serie de críticas especialmente dirigidas a la eficacia de los mismos. Al no existir normas infra constitucionales que desarrollen estos derechos, la jurisprudencia juega un papel trascendental en la definición del núcleo de los derechos. En este sentido, se … Continue reading Los derechos de la naturaleza en la jurisprudencia constitucional ecuatoriana

La reelección indefinida, una traición a la democracia

[ALBERTO ACOSTA – JOHN CAJAS HUIJARRO /MOVILIZACION/ 17 ENERO DEL 2018]   “Nada es tan peligroso como dejar permanecer largo tiempo a un mismo ciudadano en el poder. El pueblo se acostumbra a obedecerle y él se acostumbra a mandarlo; de donde se origina la usurpación y la tiranía”.  Simón Bolívar Congreso de Angustura, 1819 En una sociedad que aspire a respetar el poder popular, … Continue reading La reelección indefinida, una traición a la democracia

Commons in the Time of Monsters

[ THE COMMONS TRANSITION PRIMER.] The Commons is maturing politically, its methods and principles becoming more visible and its participants winning municipal elections in a variety of European cities. How did this happen, and what happens next? First, a look at our present political context, and then some observations on the birth and trajectory of this new wave of commons politics. An article by Stacco Troncoso … Continue reading Commons in the Time of Monsters

Cuestiones de política económica para gobiernos de izquierda

[GUSTAVO CODAS / IADE – RE (INSTITUTO ARGENTINO PARA EL DESARROLLO ECONÓMICO)] Este texto forma parte del libro América Latina. Huellas y retos del ciclo progresista, publicado recientemente por la Editorial Sudestada. Con autorización de su autor, reproducimos el material que propone una “aproximación crítica” y un “balance de las políticas económicas implementadas” en la región.  Este texto ha sido publicado con autorizacion del autor. En … Continue reading Cuestiones de política económica para gobiernos de izquierda

EU-LatAm trade deal good for agribusiness; bad for Amazon, climate

[ Sue Branford on 18 December 2017] The EU-Mercosur trade deal, being concluded this month by the European Union and the South American trade bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) is being negotiated in secret. However, part of the document has been leaked to Greenpeace, alarming environmentalists. The leaked secret trade documents show that the accord would encourage the export of high-value goods, like automobiles, from … Continue reading EU-LatAm trade deal good for agribusiness; bad for Amazon, climate

DECLARACIÓN FINAL DE LA CUMBRE DE LOS PUEBLOS “FUERA OMC, CONSTRUYENDO SOBERANÍA”

[FUERA OMC / 13 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2017] La Cumbre de los Pueblos “Fuera OMC, construyendo soberanía” se reunió los días 11, 12 y 13 de diciembre en Buenos Aires, Argentina, frente a la realización de la XI Conferencia Ministerial de la Organización Mundial de Comercio en esta ciudad. Las organizaciones sociales, sindicales, campesinas, de pueblos originarios, de mujeres, territoriales, anti-extractivistas, de derechos humanos, entre … Continue reading DECLARACIÓN FINAL DE LA CUMBRE DE LOS PUEBLOS “FUERA OMC, CONSTRUYENDO SOBERANÍA”