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The new EU-US trade deal that puts Scottish democracy in danger

March 2015

The transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), is an EU-US mega trade deal which, if passed will be the biggest trade deal in history.

But TTIP is more than just a trade deal.  It is an unprecedented transfer of power from democratically elected governments to trans-national corporations. TTIP is a threat to Scotland’s public services, progressive legislation and democracy itself.

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Privatising power: UK aid funds energy privatisation in Nigeria

March 2015

Despite its vast oil wealth, over half of Nigerians lack access to electricity, and the country’s grid power usage per person is among the lowest in the world, meaning that many people rely on candles and kerosene, or expensive diesel generators. Lack of electricity hampers the provision of public services like healthcare and education, and makes it difficult or impossible for businesses to operate efficiently. As a result, Nigeria relies on imports for most of its manufactured goods. So it is clear that change is urgently needed to Nigeria’s energy system.

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Five reasons why seed diversity is good

February 2015

When farmers plant a variety of seeds in their field they are thought of as backward by agribusiness corporations which maintain that genetically modified (GM) and hybrid varieties are the future of farming. Yet through millennia of traditional seed breeding, humans have developed thousands of different varieties for food crops across the world. Seed diversity allows farmers control over their food system, protects biodiversity and builds resilience against climate change.

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The Dominion Farms’ land grab in Nigeria

January 2015

Farmers in Nigeria’s Taraba State are being forced off lands that they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation. The project is backed by the Nigerian government and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa.

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10 reasons why energy privatisation fails

January 2015

One in five people globally live without electricity because they are unable to access it and millions more go without because they cannot afford to pay for it. Even in the UK, people are forced to choose between feeding their families and paying their energy bills.

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Six issues to raise in the backbench TTIP debate on 15 January 2015

January 2015

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) is being negotiated between the US and EU. These negotiations are not open to public scrutiny, but through statements and leaks we have some idea of what is on the table.

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Seven issues to raise in the backbench TTIP debate on 15 January 2015

January 2015

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) is being negotiated between the US and EU. These negotiations are not open to public scrutiny, but through statements and leaks we have some idea of what is on the table.

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Rays of hope

December 2014

Around the world, communities are fighting fossil fuel corporations, taking control of energy and finding new and more democratic ways of meeting their needs while respecting the limits of the environment. While none of these are perfect and there are still challenges to overcome, they demonstrate that there are real alternatives to corporate control of our energy systems.

'Rays of Hope - Clean and democratically controlled energy for everyone' is part of the Exploring Alternatives pamphlet series.

Think Global January 2015

December 2014

Welcome to the January issue of Think Global, WDM's monthly update for groups and activists. Read about the latest developments in the climate, trade and food sovereignty campaigns and find out how you can take action during the months ahead. This is the last issue of Think Global as the World Development Movement; in the new year, as Global Justice Now, we may make some changes. Attached below are some of the inserts that went out with the physical mailing, including a template press release and letter to your MP, which can be used to explain the name change.

Think Global November 2014

November 2014

Welcome to the November issue of Think Global, WDM's monthly update for groups and activists. Read about the latest developments in the climate, trade and food sovereignty campaigns and find out how you can take action during the months ahead.

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Stop the corporate takeover of African food

October 2014

Leaflet: The UK government is helping corporations take over African agriculture in the name of tackling hunger. This will help big business make vast profits, while small scale
farmers risk losing control of their land, livelihoods and ability to feed themselves and their communities.

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Towards a just energy system - the struggle to end energy injustice

October 2014

We live in a world of energy injustice. While multinational corporations drive the world towards dangerous climate change, consuming more energy than entire nations, one in five people globally live without electricity because they are unable to access it, and millions more go without because they cannot afford to pay for it.

BHP Billiton’s IndoMet Project: Digging Deep into the Heart of Borneo

October 2014

For centuries, the indigenous Dayak peoples of Indonesian Borneo lived from the abundant forests and rivers that blanketed the region. Now, BHP Billiton is planning to build a series of massive coal mines that would destroy primary rainforest, deprive indigenous peoples of their customary land, and pollute water sources relied on by up to 1 million people.

Think Global October 2014

October 2014

Welcome to the October issue of Think Global, WDM's monthly update for groups and activists. Read about the latest developments in the climate, trade and food sovereignty campaigns and find out how you can take action during the months ahead.

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The #NoTTIP Times - edition 2

September 2014

Download the second edition of the #NoTTIP Times

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The #NoTTIP Times - edition 1

June 2014

Download the first edition of the #NoTTIP Times

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Briefing: The Landless Workers Movement

May 2014

Radical and inspiring, Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people since it was formed in the 1980s.
This year the movement marked its thirtieth anniversary with its sixth national congress in Brasília.

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Campaign overview: Stop the corporate takeover of Africa’s food

April 2014

The UK government is colluding with multinational companies like Monsanto and Unilever to enable them to take control of Africa’s food system.

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

April 2014

How the EU-US deal threatens people and planet

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A new wave of colonialism

March 2014

How the UK government is helping corporations take control of African food

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