Armenia’s Trashy problems: in 21st Century International Banks Fund Landfills with No Recycling Facilities

by Sofia

In Armenia there are some private companies which recycle paper, plastic, batteries, metals. While local solutions are better than nothing, only a systematic approach can give a fast solution to waste recycling, as well as change public’s attitude towards trash. We do need fast actions in this sphere as the pollution of soil, air and water is happening fast too, thus a solution in this field stems from our need to live in healthy and clean environment. This article is therefore one such step to bring the issue of recycling to the agenda of politician, decision makers in and outside of Armenia.

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EU Commission Deciding on GMO Maize Cultivation – Update on EU Action Alert

By Theresa

Creating, selling and cultivating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) raises a number of decisive human rights issues. Therefore, we urged all readers who are residing in the EU and/or are EU citizens to join the protest against the EU Commission’s attempts to extend GMO maize cultivation in the EU. This post is a continuous update on the process, and informs you about the votes from 27 March 2017.

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Not for Children: Toy Production in China Part II

By Theresa

Have you ever wondered how your toys, those you played with as a child, were made? Part I has shown how the value added in the global toy supply chain is distributed among the German market for toys, the Chinese home state to toy suppliers and the four biggest toy brands which dominate the German toy market: in an extremely unfair manner. Who could be the three key actors responsible and capable to start a new game in the toy industry?

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Let’s Talk About Taxation!

A Night Out Collecting Signatures Against Tax Evasion

By Theresa

On Monday, 27 March 2017, I volunteered as part of a ten-people group to collect signatures against tax evasion at a concert in Berlin. This post gives a short introduction to the human rights issues arising from tax evasion mixed with a personal account of the evening.

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Not for Children: Toy Production in China Part I

By Theresa

Have you ever wondered how your toys, those you played with as a child, were made? Or where the toys which you buy now for the children in your life come from? This post is the first part of a brief answer. We take the the case of Chinese toy production and its German customers and focus on the fair distribution of value and workers’ rights in this global supply chain.

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Does Economic Progress Benefit Men and Women Equally?

by guest-writer Gohar Shahnazaryan

photos from marches in various cities on March 8, 2017

One of the main arguments of neoliberalism is that an increase of women’s economic participation will inevitably lead to their empowerment, including political. But feminist critique of liberalism and economic modernization has its own perspective on the issue.

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March in Yerevan March 8, 2017 © Sofia Manukyan

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