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About Nick Buxton

Nick Buxton is a communications consultant, writer and activist and works with the Amsterdam-based progressive thinktank, Transnational Institute ( He is the co-editor of The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-changed World  (Pluto Press, November 2015).

Articles by Nick Buxton

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Transformative Cities Initiative: a unique participatory award

Until Tuesday, 5 June, we invite you to vote on the initiatives that inspire you to take actions of your own. The 2018 Transformative Cities People's Choice Award will be announced on 6 June 2018.

An atlas of real utopias?

TNI today presents its Atlas of Utopiaspart of the Transformative Cities initiative, sharing 32 stories of radical transformation that demonstrate that another world is possible, and already exists.

The power of a transformative city

“The local was where democracy was born; it is now where we will recover it.” Fearless Cities.

Our common ground: a salute to the Young Global Collective

The renowned Egyptian novelist and beacon of the Arab uprisings in conversation with the Transnational Institute, speaks of inequality, global conferring, cultures in resistance, solidarity, democracy and justice today.

The deadly consequences of Europe’s border militarization

Refugees are using other, often more dangerous, routes, contributing to the increase in migrant deaths that we have seen in 2016.

The winners and losers in EU’s great privatisation fire sale

Selling state assets such as ports and airports in order to meet bailout requirements is not a realistic solution to the financial crisis.

How will Davos Man address inequality?

Will it mean consigning today’s neoliberal model, that has created the transfer of wealth upwards, to history’s trash-heap? Perhaps unsurprisingly, no, not at all.

Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

A security-led approach to climate change and complex emergencies not only fails to address the fundamental causes of these crises – it will often exacerbate them.

Ocean grabbing: a new wave of twenty first century enclosures

Not only are the small-scale fisher communities best placed to ensure food sovereignty, but they are also the starting point for any serious transition towards an ecologically and socially just food regime. We need a revolution to bring the oceans back into the global commons.

Cashing in on catastrophe: how to stop the climate crisis profiteers

New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina provides one of the most disturbing portraits and dystopian preludes of what the militarisation of climate change looks like. There is a hidden story here.

After Doha: rejecting dystopia by default

Fear and insecurity is filling the void left by our governments' inaction on climate change. But framing Climate Change as a security problem, rather than one of justice or human rights, may only perpetuate that.

Revolutionary times in Bolivia?

The indigenous leader Evo Morales has emerged from a tumultuous period in Bolivia's politics to lead the presidential election race. Nick Buxton in La Paz asks whether his radical project can survive the pressures on him from the Bolivian elite, the social movements, and the United States. 

Bolivia in revolt

The campaign by poor, indigenous Bolivians against utility privatisation has become a political insurrection. Nick Buxton reports from La Paz on the crisis in the landlocked, resource-rich but deeply polarised Andean republic. 
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