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23 Jun, 2017
By Emilio Travieso

Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico

In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and solidarity economy. I have been researching one such initiative, the Misión de Bachajón in Chiapas, Mexico, where Jesuits work with the Tseltal people to achieve not only food sovereignty, but a more integral 'sovereignty without adjectives'.

Market and non-market approaches

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Peggy Levitt
22 Feb, 2017

Understanding social protection in a world on the move

Donald Trump fooled us all. And although we cannot know for sure if and how he will make good on his many outlandish promises, one thing is for certain: in the US, sanctioned racism and xenophobia are...

By Frances Winter
07 Feb, 2017

Examining the UN's new General Comment on the rights of adolescents

Today, the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child published a new General Comment on implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence at an event in Geneva.

By Abdul Raufu Mustapha
23 Jan, 2017

Exploring 15 years of Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria

In October 1999, Zamfara in the north became the first Nigerian state to reintroduce full Sharia law and by the end of 2001, 11 other northern states had followed suit.

By Nikita Sud
17 Jan, 2017

The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate

Much of the global south – broadly comprising the continents of Asia, Africa, and Latin America – was shaped by colonialism. The so-called “great game” and the scrambles between Britain, Portugal, Belgium,...

By Jörg Friedrichs
15 Jan, 2017

Learning tolerance from religion

Do you believe in democracy and gender equality? Even if you and I do, not everyone everywhere does.

By Ilan Manor
06 Jan, 2017

10 tips to increase ROI on #DigitalDiplomacy

On Friday, 2 December, the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, and the Latvian Mission to Geneva, co-hosted a Digital Diplomacy event at the UN headquarters in Geneva. The purpose of the event was to...

By Ivan Manokha
05 Jan, 2017

Why the rise of wearable tech to monitor employees is worrying

An increasing number of companies are beginning to digitally monitor their employees. While employers have always scrutinised their workers’ performance, the rise of wearable technology to keep tabs has...

By Indrajit Roy
02 Dec, 2016

Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president illustrates the global ascendance of the political right. Comparisons with Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, whose rise predates Trump’s by two years,...

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11 Nov, 2016

Deporting ‘illegal’ migrants: an open letter to President-elect Trump

Dear Mr Trump,

The American people have voted and they voted for you. Although their choice has no easy explanation, the first analyses suggest that you may have reached an audience that has felt...

By Nikita Sud
08 Nov, 2016

Why Indians aren't impressed with Theresa May's business offer

Theresa May’s three-day tour of India marks the start of her attempt to secure post-Brexit business with non-EU countries. Yet the message beginning to emanate from the UK government is: Indians, we want...

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