Predatory EU pacts

Predatory EU pacts

EU is pushing India and Canada to sign free trade agreements that will hurt their generic drugs—and the outrage is global

Choking access to drugs

Choking access to drugs

Drug prices are likely to increase as rich countries and their pharma companies squeeze Indian generics out of the market. How can India’s public healthcare stand up to the challenge?

Investment terror

Investment terror

Since the 1990s developing nations have been on a treaty spree, signing a vast number of bilateral and regional investment treaties to attract funds for development. But as the figure of investment treaties has shot up so have the claims for damages from investor companies, which are seeking billions of dollars in compensation on account of regulatory laws. Poor countries are finding that footloose investments are cutting access to water, damaging public health and the environment, and endangering ethnic communities. As transnational firms challenge regulatory laws, countries are forced to retract, and pay damages. Rich states have become equally vulnerable. Latha Jishnu  sifts through case studies and speaks to international lawyers, academics, researchers and development experts to uncover the hidden dangers of investment treaties. The most chilling feature is the role of a cabal of claims attorneys who are making colossal profit at the cost of nations, and sustainable life

EU threat to farmers

EU threat to farmers

Free trade pact with EU will have a severe impact on Indian agriculture, specially the dairy sector

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  • Yet another disturbing trend

    Yet another disturbing trend is the move from food to cash crops.. I saw castor all over arid and semi arid parts of India, which, upon adoption, yield short-term gains, inducing landowners to sell their land or hire contractors (who then hire ag laborers) to manage ground work. Obviously, the ensuing detachment from land also leads to removing the land from the landscape hastening the process of groundwater and nutrient mining on these lands..

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