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Part I: ‘Not a Drop to Drink’ – The European Union and the Human Right to Water in the Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories

Water trickles into every aspect of our lives. Drinking water is essential for the proper functioning of the human body. We also need water to wash ourselves, our clothes, and our homes. Water is used for cooking, for irrigating crops,

pouring water

Part I: ‘Not a Drop to Drink’ – The European Union and the Human Right to Water in the Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories

Water trickles into every aspect of our lives. Drinking water is essential for the proper functioning of the human body. We also need water to wash ourselves, our clothes, and our homes. Water is used for cooking, for irrigating crops,

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Justice, Law, and Rights – for People, or Businesses ?

I wrote recently about corporate social responsibility and the need for this concept to be stretched and deepened to contribute more to changing our society. We need the equivalent to a mid-term review, to fundamentally question our economic system, to

manwithsign

Justice, Law, and Rights – for People, or Businesses ?

I wrote recently about corporate social responsibility and the need for this concept to be stretched and deepened to contribute more to changing our society. We need the equivalent to a mid-term review, to fundamentally question our economic system, to

Are the EU and US trade regulations really compatible?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Short term gain for long term pain?

From the very beginning, facilitating trade has been a key aim of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors. One of the current trade projects being negotiated is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which enters the second stage of

Are the EU and US trade regulations really compatible?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Short term gain for long term pain?

From the very beginning, facilitating trade has been a key aim of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors. One of the current trade projects being negotiated is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which enters the second stage of

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The Right to a Vibrant Economy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Sometimes, out of concern for the rights of people, and for direct violence being perpetrated, we forget about more structural problems. So, for example, a recent World Bank report focussing on the future of the Palestinian economy points out that

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The Right to a Vibrant Economy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Sometimes, out of concern for the rights of people, and for direct violence being perpetrated, we forget about more structural problems. So, for example, a recent World Bank report focussing on the future of the Palestinian economy points out that

Textile workers in the US in 1903, sewing by hand on material held in their laps, during a sweatshop inspection in Chicago, Illinois. Courtesy of Chicago Historical Society via Wikimedia Commons.

Needed: A Real Change in How we Think about Business

There is an odd idea that corporations have responsibility only to themselves, and to their investors. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a term used to describe concern by companies for social and environmental impacts, and, ideally, action to improve these

Textile workers in the US in 1903, sewing by hand on material held in their laps, during a sweatshop inspection in Chicago, Illinois. Courtesy of Chicago Historical Society via Wikimedia Commons.

Needed: A Real Change in How we Think about Business

There is an odd idea that corporations have responsibility only to themselves, and to their investors. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a term used to describe concern by companies for social and environmental impacts, and, ideally, action to improve these

View Across Jerusalem Credit: Berthold Werner

A Welcome Start In Narrowing The Embarassing Gap Between Rhetoric And Reality

‘This week I received another gift, obviously in anticipation of my 90th birthday, which is due in less than two months. No less an institution than the European Union has declared what practically amounts to a total boycott of the

View Across Jerusalem Credit: Berthold Werner

A Welcome Start In Narrowing The Embarassing Gap Between Rhetoric And Reality

‘This week I received another gift, obviously in anticipation of my 90th birthday, which is due in less than two months. No less an institution than the European Union has declared what practically amounts to a total boycott of the

View Across Jerusalem Credit: Berthold Werner

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Rhetorik und den realen Gegebenheiten verringern

Martina Weitsch, ehemalige Beauftragte des Quäkerrats für Europäische Angelegenheiten (QCEA), analysiert die Bedeutung der neuen Richtlinien der EU hinsichtlich finanzieller Unterstützung israelischer Firmen und Institutionen und ruft zur Aktion auf. Am 19. Juli 2013 brachte die EU neue Richtlinien “bezüglich

View Across Jerusalem Credit: Berthold Werner

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Rhetorik und den realen Gegebenheiten verringern

Martina Weitsch, ehemalige Beauftragte des Quäkerrats für Europäische Angelegenheiten (QCEA), analysiert die Bedeutung der neuen Richtlinien der EU hinsichtlich finanzieller Unterstützung israelischer Firmen und Institutionen und ruft zur Aktion auf. Am 19. Juli 2013 brachte die EU neue Richtlinien “bezüglich

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Q&A: What the EU and its citizens can do to prevent fracking

In a recent blog, I discussed the numerous dangers of the prospect of exploiting shale gas (fracking) in Europe. Fracking poses serious dangers to the health of the environment and people, including the leakage of potent greenhouse gases, the chemical

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Q&A: What the EU and its citizens can do to prevent fracking

In a recent blog, I discussed the numerous dangers of the prospect of exploiting shale gas (fracking) in Europe. Fracking poses serious dangers to the health of the environment and people, including the leakage of potent greenhouse gases, the chemical

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Energy for Change?

Recommendations for the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Targets. “We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and

Wind Turbine

Energy for Change?

Recommendations for the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Targets. “We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and

Start of the protest against IMF’s austerity measures in Europe in Syntagma Square in Athens, May 2011, gathering 100 000 people

Shrinking civil space in Europe: Part II

This post is by Annie Schultz. Annie is currently working at QCEA as an intern on the Human Rights Programme for two months.        Restricting anyone’s right to speak his or her voice and truth is fundamentally at

Start of the protest against IMF’s austerity measures in Europe in Syntagma Square in Athens, May 2011, gathering 100 000 people

Shrinking civil space in Europe: Part II

This post is by Annie Schultz. Annie is currently working at QCEA as an intern on the Human Rights Programme for two months.        Restricting anyone’s right to speak his or her voice and truth is fundamentally at