Transborder Laboratory for
Cooperation from Below
of the seminar "Transborder Laboratory from Below" in Brno (Czech
Republic), 2007. Edited by the Economy and Society Trust (Brno) and
the Institute for Studies in Political Economy (IPE Vienna). This
paper is publicated as part of the IPE / CLAES partnership.
institutions in Latin America
banks, funds and development corporations are the new RFIs (Regional
Financial Institutions). They present great opportunities for
autonomous regional development, but their current operations
require extensive reforms and updates so as not to repeat IFIs
limitations. Report by CLAES.
Energy and biofuels
Debate on Biofuels: Between Food Security and the Price of Oil -
The current discussion over food and biofuels is
avoiding a central issue: the problem is not only what is produced,
it also about how the winnings are allocated. It is not just about
whether land is sufficiently abundant to accommodate all crops, the
problem is also about how this is organized and who controls
production and the distribution of the profits.
Analysis by Gerardo Honty (PDF).
CLAES new website on agrifuels offers a selection
of key documents and reports, an training workshop using internet,
and a email group to exchange news and information (PDF).
Integration and trade
at cross roads -
differences are taking us to a cross roads in which commercial
blocks are brought to a standstill, and converted into political
Analysis by E. Gudynas.
The current integration
process accentuates regional dependence on globalization -
with Eduardo Gudynas about the crisis facing regional integration
process, not only in the international context but also with regard
to problems within Latin American countries themselves (PDF).
Deforestation in the Amazon:
Pressures and outlook -
At the end of last year, the Brazilian government released the news
that the deforestation rate in the Amazon was down for the second
consecutive year, reaching the lowest levels in a decade. In this
analysis of the state of the Amazon, Diego Martino considers whether
this is a cause for optimism (PDF).
Davos: The Bono banalization
of globalization -
World Economic Forum is reverting to magical formulas and mass media
to end poverty in the Global South. The singer Bono is the best
exampleof simplistic proposals,
functional to current globalization and based on charity. Analysis
by Eduardo Gudynas [PDF].
Globalization intensify inequality -
recent article published in The Wall Street Journal recognizes that
globalization increases the gap between rich and poor. Accumulated problems are becoming so serious that even
conservative publications recognizing
them. Comment by Eduardo Gudynas.
Latin America: Social
spending grows, but poverty does not decrease -
During Latin American crises
there were few emergency social protection plans, and no plans to respond to natural disasters. These are
clear evidence of the irrational social use of government spending.
By Carolina Villalba.
Growth and Development
- An analysis of the persistent
confusion between growth and development in Latin America. Paper by
E. Gudynas and Carolina Villalba.
progressive is Stiglitz? -
Joseph Stiglitz appears increasingly often as a reference and source
of inspiration for many advocates of new development policies. There is something odd in all this: Stiglitz is still a
conventional economist and his positions are nearly always rooted in
the liberal tradition. Analysis by E. Gudynas.
World Bank and good
Bank's new version of how to do "good business", covered 175
countries. Factors like the protection of foreign
investments and labor market flexibility were highligthed. However, social and environmental aspects are not included
as part of good business. Analysis by C. Villalba (PDF).
and civil society 2008 -
CLAES organized a
series of workshops dealing with several features of current
globalization processes. These include:
A joint meeting of the
Latin American and Eastern / Central European commissions on
globalization and citizenship.
A workshop to analyze
the global food crisis, with delegates from Argentina, Brazil,
Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Uruguay, in Montevideo.
A meeting on the
current situation of civil society, in Lima. Participants from
Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil and
Changing Windows into Doors: International workshop on civil society
and the global arena -
organized a 3-day workshop on civil society and access to the global
arena. The learning workshop, entitled “Changing Windows into Doors”,
together with the global society program of the Ford Foundation. The
event included participants from more than 14 countries,
representing both civil society and academia.