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June 17, 2015
El reportaje "Por el derecho a la Salud" aborda el proceso neoliberal de reforma y privatización del sector salud mexicano, impulsado hace casi 30 años. Las políticas de salud en el país han sido reorientadas hacia la mercantilización de los espacios que pueden dejar ganancias económicas. El impacto de esa situación se expresa en una profundización de las inequidades y desigualdades en salud, sustentadas en un modelo excluyente que tiene como base la injusticia social.
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April 8, 2015
Yanira Cortez, the Deputy Attorney for the office of the Human Rights Ombudsperson, describes the water crisis in El Salvador as “a ticking bomb.” In a recent report, environmental and social justice activists describe how they are in a race against time to push for legal reforms that can help to preserve what are left of El Salvador’s dwindling freshwater supplies.
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February 5, 2015
Corporatization is one of the most popular forms of the renewed interest in government ownership of utilities. Corporatized agencies are fully owned and operated by the state but have separate legal and financial status. Water and electricity utilities are common examples, but the practice extends to a much wider range of goods and services. Is this covert privatization or can this trend serve progressive goals?
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October 27, 2014
In the face of systematic dispossession, everything seems to prevent workers and communities from uniting in the global struggle for better public services: organizational culture, geographical distance, class politics. Yet last month in Antioquia, Colombia we saw the most heterogeneous group come together as one to find practical solutions to preserve ‘public’, community ownership of water.
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June 30, 2014
Public water systems, including community-based water systems, were back in operation immediately after the typhoon to re-establish basic services, repair damages to facilities and reconnect people to potable water supply. Beyond these immediate needs, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts toward building better public water systems (including community-based ones) are now focusing on climate resiliency.
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May 22, 2014
En el Estado español cada vez más ciudadanos se están transformando en agentes activos a favor de un cambio de modelo energético basado en energías renovables y democráticas, convirtiéndose así en productores de su propia energía a pesar de políticas retrógradas en el país.
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May 13, 2014
Public sector unions have mounted powerful and innovative campaigns to protect the commons. Lessons learned? Resistance must take place at many levels, local know-how of both workers and users is key, and looking at the internal running of the public sector is part of democracy-driven transformation.
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May 8, 2014
In Caracas, Venezuela, residents and the state water utility are redefining what it means to make water services public. They've formed committees in their neighbourhoods and through regular meetings with utility staff, they hold the company accountable, proving that they – not government “experts” – know what’s best for their communities.
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March 10, 2014
Gustavo Petro could be banned from politics for 15 years for trying to bring waste management back into the public sector. But reverting to privatization is bad policy for three reasons: it results in drops in recycling rate; it increases poverty among waste pickers; and it raises costs.
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January 6, 2014
GWOPA is a small, pro-public ship on a rough, pro-private ocean, but it is an important institution that has the potential to create meaningful networks, conduct critical research, and build links between governments, unions and communities.
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