Robin Broad is a professor of international development at American University and co-author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match.

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Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

There have been two giant wins for democracy, human rights, and the environment in an unlikely spot: the small, embattled nation of El Salvador. What lessons can be learned, and can nations and activists build on these two victories?
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How An International Grassroots Campaign Beat Metal Mining Corporations

Against overwhelming odds, El Salvador won its long battle for water.
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A Wake-Up Call For Trump's Trade Agenda

The investor-state provisions in NAFTA don't help workers. Instead, they hand enormous power to corporations to bully governments into undoing measures to protect workers, the environment, and public health.

Victory for El Salvador Serves as Encouragement for TPP Fight

In a tale of people power over corporate power, a tribunal has ruled against a global company in a case over mining rights.

El Salvador Ruling Offers a Reminder of Why the TPP Must Be Defeated

 Obama is waging a full-court press to pass the unpopular trade treaty after the November elections.

Who Killed Berta Cáceres and What Should the U.S. Do?

A culture of impunity, misguided U.S. policy that has pursued expediency above principle, and an unwillingness of Honduras' political elites to reform their institutions of justice and governance are all to blame.
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Why Some Leaders in Poorer Countries are Championing the Environment

Under what conditions do governments of poorer countries become active defenders and protectors of the environment?

Tom Harkin and This Year's Nobel Peace Prize

Together and individually, Kailash Satyarthi and Senator Tom Harkin — from opposite ends of the earth — have helped immeasurably to combat the worst forms of child labor.
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Meet the Company Suing El Salvador for the Right to Poison Its Water

In an obscure World Bank court, a multinational mining firm is suing El Salvador for attempting to protect its citizens from deadly mining pollution.
Debunking Eight Falsehoods by Pacific Rim Mining / OceanaGold in El Salvador

Debunking Eight Falsehoods by Pacific Rim Mining / OceanaGold in El Salvador

A new study debunks eight falsehoods the mining corporation OceanaGold has used to try to justify mining in El Salvador and undermine public debate and policymaking.
New Study Debunks Mining Company “Falsehoods” Regarding El Salvador

New Study Debunks Mining Company "Falsehoods" Regarding El Salvador

A new study debunks eight falsehoods the mining corporation OceanaGold has used to try to justify mining in El Salvador and undermine public debate and policymaking.
The Global Fight Against Corporate Rule

The Global Fight Against Corporate Rule

Activists are challenging rules that grant corporations the right to sue governments.
Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

The profits of corporate giants that crash our economy and corrupt our politics deserve your outrage. But the efforts to curb them need your creative energy.
Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest

Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest

Gone are the days when the U.S. accounted for over 40 percent of the world's billionaires, with Western Europe and Japan making up most of the rest.
A Road Trip to Save El Salvador’s Water

A Road Trip to Save El Salvador's Water

A delegation of activists from 12 different countries, including IPS Director John Cavanagh, on the fight to stop gold mining in Central America.
How About a Tax System for the 99 Percent?

How About a Tax System for the 99 Percent?

Feeling like taxes are more unfair than ever?
Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants

Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants

More than half of the nation's worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman's new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.
It’s the New Economy, Stupid

It's the New Economy, Stupid

While Obama's policies have the short-term potential to improve the lives of many Americans beleaguered by the economic slump, the approach he champions is insufficient to tackle the long-term problems we face.
Mining for Gold: A Pact With the Devil?

Mining for Gold: A Pact With the Devil?

The economic crisis - and the rising price of gold - have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here's what we can learn from El Salvador's moratorium on new mining permits.
Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

International trade deals allow businesses to sue elected governments when corporate interests are threatened abroad. Here's why you should care.

Topics of Interest

Asia/Pacific, Global Governance/UN, International Financial Institutions, International Monetary Fund, Philippines, Trade, Trade Agreements, Trade and Environment, Trade and Labor, World Bank

In the News

Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy

YubaNet | June 11, 2012

Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy

Common Dreams | June 11, 2012

Global Gold Rush Brings Heightened Scrutiny

Inter Press Service | September 16, 2011