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Most elements of the commons are global, transcending the sovereignty of any nation. There is a pressing need for international agreements on managing common resources such as air, water, the internet, airwaves and other essential parts of our lives. Examples of tags: global commons, trade, economic development.

August 6, 2007

River Of Our Youth, River Of The Near Future

Looking back at a favorite swimming hole shows the numerous benefits of the commons – and inspires a campaign to reclaim them.
May 3, 2007

Artists Explore the Politicization of Everyday Spaces

A Palestinian-American artist highlights hidden realities of life on the occupied West Bank.
April 8, 2007

Build a WISER Commons

Can a powerful international movement coalesce from a million small activist groups worldwide?
March 19, 2007

Thailand’s Compulsory Drug Licenses Open Up a New Debate

Thailand suspends drug patents to handle a growing AIDS crisis – setting off an international debate on intellectual property rights.
March 13, 2007

Hidden Vista: New Microsoft Operating System Means Toxic Trash For Third World

Ignoring the toxic underside of the "clean" computer industry is hard to ignore in the developing world.
March 11, 2007

The Conservatory of the Coast, an original governance for fragile commons

An innovative idea from France ties local communities into the protection of coastlines.
March 6, 2007

Starbucks, Trademarks and Coffee Colonialism

Starbuck's trademarks names of Ethiopian coffee regions before Ethiopians can get there.
March 5, 2007

A Tragedy (of the Commons) Wrought by Good Intentions

Why should native peoples be forced to leave their land to protect it as a park or preserve?
February 27, 2007

A Landmark Food Sovereignty Forum in Mali

Farmers from around the world rally under the banner of food sovereignty.
February 21, 2007

Enforcing the Moratorium Commons: Of Terrorists, Pirates, State-sponsored Industrial Criminals, and Whales

A face-off between activist "pirates" and Japanese whaling ships highlights the meaning and complexity of the commons.