Tagged: No Ordinary Commodity

NEWS: Myanmar: Plans To Increase Special Goods Tax

The Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Office of the Attorney General of Myanmar (OAG) and the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee are in deliberations over new draft rules to enact the Special Goods Tax Law.
The Special Goods Tax Law, which was enacted on January 25, 2016, aims to levy taxes on liquor, beer, wine and cigarettes, which are already taxed under the Commercial Tax Law…

BLOG: Trade Commissioner And Alcohol Industry – Time To Re-evaluate The Relation

Independent scientific analysis shows the harmful practices of the alcohol industry, contributing to this amount of harm. Alcohol simply is no ordinary commodity. And the alcohol industry is not an ordinary business. Commissioner De Gucht failed to take this into account…

BLOG: Launching Mandarin Translation of “Alcohol No Ordinary Commodity”

Like the English- or Spanish speaking communities, like the Swahili, Russian, or Hindi-speakers also the Mandarin-speaking community in the world knows about the burden of alcohol harm. They know the impact on individuals, families, their communities and society…

BLOG: Getting Alcohol As Obstacle To Development On The Agenda

What’s happening in Sweden is crucial: more and more civil society organisations, as well as government agencies and public authorities, including universities start addressing alcohol and the global alcohol industry for what they are: obstacles to development…

BLOG: Science Shows: Causal Link Between Alcohol Use And Tuberculosis

Based on the available data, about 10% of the TB cases globally were estimated to be attributable to alcohol.
Already few facts tell the story that the current TB disease burden is enormous. TB ranks among the 10 most fatal and disabling diseases worldwide. The world would be a better place if high-impact measures to prevent it and to enhance interventions and treatment were in place…

BLOG: 38 Most Fascinating Moments Of 2013

2013 is a year in IOGT history filled with great successes and fantastic accomplishments. As it comes to an end, it’s time to reflect, remember and cherish those moments of glory and to express thanks and appreciation to everyone involved…

BLOG: Big Alcohol Keeps Coming At Me

I started reading the book while I was travelling to Thailand. Then the book accompanied me on my trip to South Korea and back to Sweden – several flights of more than 10 hours that were like motion pictures for the book I was reading. And simultaneously the evidence of what she was writing about kept coming at me…

BLOG: The Audacity Of Secrecy

US President Barack Obama visits Sweden to meet Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and among others discuss trade issues. On the occasion, civil society movements in Sweden and around the world demand for Obama to live up to his promises of hope and change and for Reinfeldt to fill the Swedish tradition of democracy with life. Transparency in trade talks and the protection of people’s health, well-being and human rights in global trade are fundamental but in jeopardy through the conduct of both the Obama administration and the Reinfeldt government…

BLOG: Government Of The (Alcohol) Industry, By The Industry, For The Industry

The European Commission is supposed to be independent “beyond doubt” but Trade Commissioner De Gucht has a million Euro stake in a Tuscan wine production, shining the spot light on apparent conflict of interest in the upcoming trade talks between the EU and the US, and also other countries around the world…

BLOG: Free Trade That Puts People Over Profits

We simply need to ensure that alcohol is not dealt with like it was an ordinary commodity. Alcohol is no ordinary commodity. And so we, together and heart driven, need to ensure that our decision-makers put people over profit and give higher consideration to Human Rights than to the interests of corporations, like Big Alcohol.