Behind the Belt and Road: Textile Workers Need Their Rights

Factory worker making clothes. Photo: Fancycrave, Unsplash.

Of: Vittorio Capici and Wooseong Kim

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of the most ambitious transnational development projects ever implemented. However, many EU analysts and policymakers fear the changes that BRI will bring to the European labor markets. This article will bring you to Prato, a key center for the Italian textile industry, where the Chinese immigrant workers have been hired under inhumane conditions for 40 years and where the Chinese government decided to invest once again.

April 10, 2019, English, Magazine, Opinion

The Big Push for Blockchain comes from the Global South

A “Blockchains for Sustainable Development” debate during the World Investment Forum 2018. Photo: Violaine Mart, UNCTAD.

Of: Vittorio Capici and Wooseong Kim

The incorruptible digital system of economic transactions known as Blockchain has climbed up government priorities in the Global South. Today, blockchain technology strives to solve fundamental public issues.

March 5, 2019, Article, English, Magazine

The Flip side of Natural Resources: Brief stories from India and Alaska

Indigenous women collecting grass for their cattle in Kathonibari, Kaziranga National Park.
Photo: Eleonora Fanari & Pranab Doley.

Of: Hanna Geschewski and Vittorio Capici

The loss of Indigenous peoples' natural resource base is often associated with rainforest clearing, dam projects and the mining industry. But it is not always the infamous multinational corporations that drive native peoples from their lands. Two examples from India and Alaska illustrate how public conservation policies and inter-indigenous conflicts threaten communities and identities.

October 26, 2018, Article, English, Magazine