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AN INVITATION TO A TALK & FORUM 

Focus on the Global South, the Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association, and the University of the Philippines-College of Mass Communications (UP-CMC) are co-organizing an event dubbed “The Struggle Against Forgetting: A Writer’s (Journalist & Novelist) Perspective,” 4th April 2017, 1 - 4 P.M. at the UP-CMC Auditorium.

Date Posted: Wednesday, 2017 Mar 29th

New Delhi, 27 March - On Monday, Bharatiya Kisan Union led by Rakesh Tikait joined the Tamil Nadu farmers who have been protesting in Jantar Mantar for two weeks now, offering support to their demands for a complete loan waiver, fair and profitable price for their produce, and drought relief and mitigation measures, including inter-linkage of rivers. 

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Mar 28th
Screengrab of webinar

Civil society organizations from Indonesia, Philippines, and Europe criticized the European Union’s Multilateral Investment Court proposal as an attempt to multilateralise the investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism and establish a global corporate court system[1].

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom made a strong pitch for a global investment court at the  meeting between the EU and ASEAN Economic Ministers held in Manila last week.

Date Posted: Friday, 2017 Mar 24th

The European Commission proposal for a multilateral mechanism to settle investor-state disputes (ISDS) – publicly branded as a Multilateral Investment Court – would take us down that second path. It threatens to forever lock-in the highly controversial ISDS system that only benefits corporations.

This proposal is part of the negotiations that the EU is holding with Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar. Furthermore, the EU has presented it to as many as 40 non-EU governments during the World Economic Forum at Davos and also in a meeting last December in Geneva.

Date Posted: Wednesday, 2017 Mar 22nd

Forest destruction and encroachment on public land are issues that have figured highly on the agenda of the current military government. Since 2014, the introduction and implementation of controversial legislations, cabinet resolutions and policies, including NCPO Orders no. 64/2014 and 66/2014, have restricted access and use of land and forestry land by marginalized and landless peasants, indigenous peoples, and villagers, despite previous recognitions by the Constitution of their rights and a long period of settlement on the land.

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Mar 21st
Rubber plantation in Southern Lao PDR

On 21 March, the International Day of Forests, 200 organisations are reminding the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that its misleading forest definition dating back to 1948 must be changed. The definition has allowed the plantations industry to hide the devastating ecological and social impacts of large-scale monoculture tree plantations behind a positive forest image.

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Mar 21st

FTAs aren’t just about ‘trade’. They’re comprehensive agreements to lock in free market capitalism, strengthen the power of global corporations, finance, and powerful governments, and advance their geopolitical objectives. 

There are direct links between FTAs, climate change, ecological devastation, and violations of Indigenous Peoples’, workers’ and farmers’ rights. 

Date Posted: Thursday, 2017 Mar 16th

On 14 March 2017, the International Day of Action for Rivers, we, the Save the Mekong Coalition along with civil society and community partners from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, make this statement to express our gratitude to the Mekong River and the way of life she supports. The Mekong is our mother river, home to unique biodiversity and a lifeline for millions of people throughout the river basin. We recognize the efforts of Mekong communities who are working to protect and preserve the unique ecosystems and resources of the river for future generations. 

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Mar 14th

Manila -- For Philippine women’s organizations, the 2017 commemoration of International Women’s Day was a critical action by and on behalf of Filipino women. As the March 8 statement signed by more than 30 organizations, including Focus on the Global South, said, “Filipino women from across all sectors have fought long and tough struggles—and have won many.

Date Posted: Thursday, 2017 Mar 09th

This morning, around 80 community members came together to participate in an event in Cambodia to commemorate International Women’s Day.

Of the participants, around 30 were local schoolchildren, with members of social movements and civil society organisations also participating, including two from Messenger Band, one from Social Action for Change and one from Focus on the Global South.

Date Posted: Wednesday, 2017 Mar 08th
Screengrab of webinar

Civil society organizations from Indonesia, Philippines, and Europe criticized the European Union’s Multilateral Investment Court proposal as an attempt to multilateralise the investor-State disput

Rubber plantation in Southern Lao PDR

On 21 March, the International Day of Forests, 200 organisations are

22 February 2017, Manila, Philippines - Civil society and grassroots organizations from across Asia gathered in Manila for a two-day strategy meeting, February 21 and 22, to discuss a global campai

Jakarta, December 8th: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being negotiated in Jakarta, Indonesia this week (December 2-10)[i].

 

Press Conference

Organised by: The Sombath Initiative

11am, Wednesday 31 August, 2016, Bangkok

 

More than 80 participants representing trade unions, farming communities, indigenous peoples, health networks, women’s organisations, academia and civil society organizations met on 27-28 July in K

Amsterdam/Manila, May 24 2016 – As the first round of negotiations of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the EU commences in Brussels, a new report warns that it endangers eff

Edited by: Brid Brennan

Melting the Iceberg analyses the oppurtunities and obstacles in the Korean Reconciliation and Reunification process while exloring effective ways of mobilising international support. The biggest challenge is to achieve the substantive democratisation of the peace process and consolidate new alternative aproaches to peace and security, breaking with the Cold War mould of "security deopendency" and embracing a future based o­n the "globalisation of solidarity".

Publisher: Transnational Institute in cooperation with Focus o­n the Global South

year 2000

To order please write to:

TNI
Paulus Potterstraat 20
1071 DA Amsterdam NL
Ph: 31-20 6626608

E-mail: asia@tni.org
Website:http://www.tni.org

 A compilation of articles which critically analyze ADB's role in perpetuating poverty in the name of development. The articles lay bare the misconceptions of the Bank and expose the impact its policies have both at the Macro level as well as the micro level.
Contents
The ADB: Shape Up or Ship Out
By Shalmali Guttal
ADB 2000: Senior Officials and Internal Documents Paint Institution in Confusion
By Walden Bello

Why Reform of the WTO is the Wrong Agenda

Four essays on four institutions: WTO, UNCTAD, IMF and the World Bank

This publication is available on PDF format. Please click the following links to download. This is in two files
Why Reform of the WTO is the wrong agenda 1
Why Reform of the WTO is the wrong agenda 2

A series of Workshops at the Hague Appeal for Peace May 11-13, 1999

Organised by
The Transnational Institute (Netherlands)
Focus o­n the Global South (Thailand)
European Network Against Arms Trade (Netherlands)
American Friends Service Committee (Japan Office)

Publisher: Focus o­n the Global South, Bangkok,1999

Linking Arms offfers a new analysis and perspectives security dilemmas and proposes strategies for further cooperation between activists in Asia and Europe.

 


By Walden Bello, Shea Cunningham and Li Kheng Poh

Food First, White Lotus and Zed Books

Copyright: Focus o­n the Global South, 1998

A Siamese Tragedy argues that, even before the economic collapse of 1997-1998, the Thai economy had feet of clay. Walden Bello and his co-authors show how vested interests, local and international, propelled the Thai people down a particular path which is unsustainable in terms of human exploitation, social disruption, and economic fragility. Thailand, like the rest of the worls needs to re-think the fundamentals of its economic model.

Cost: US $ 15.00


Featuring Walden Bello

Edited by Ed Tandem and Lakshmi Daniel

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA)
Asia Alliance of YMCAs
Christian Conference for Asia-International Affairs (CCA)
Documentation for Action Groups in Asia (DAGA)

October 1995

This volume is a product of a collaborative research project organised by four Asian regional Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The idea for this undertaking came in the aftermath of the November 1994 meeting of the APEC in Bogor, Indonesia. a planned parallel NGO forum in Jakarta was marginalised by the Suharto government, while the media glossed over the social and environmental implications of what would be the world's largest free trade area.

by Walden Bello with Shea Cunningham and Bill Rau

Publisher: Food First, 1994

The eve of the 21st century finds much of the South in a a state of economic collapse, with o­nce optimistic visions of the future cruelly dashed by rising mass poverty, inequality and hunger. At the same time working people in the North find themselves ground down by high unemployment, greater job insecurity and declining living standards. Tearing through government obfuscation and academic rationalization. Dark Victory reveals these trends in the north and South to be consequences of the same sweeping strategy of global economic roll back unleashed by the United States to shore up the North's economic domination of the international economy and to assert corporate hegemony in the home economy.

Cost: US $ 13:00


by Walden Bello and Stephanie Rosenfeld

Publisher: Food First, San Francisco, 1992

Years before the event, and challenging the then prevailing wisdom o­n Asia's "miracle economies' Dragons in Distress argued that South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore were headed for crisis.

 

Cost: US $ 13:00

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The European Commission proposal for a multilateral mechanism to settle investor-state disputes (ISDS) – publicly branded as a Multilateral Investment Court – would take us down that second path.

Forest destruction and encroachment on public land are issues that have figured highly on the agenda of the current military government. Since 2014, the introduction and implementation of controversial legislations, cabinet resolutions and policies, including NCPO Orders no.

Photo caption: Trade activists protesting the 17th round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) in Kobe, Japan. 27 February 2017. Photo by Shoko Uchida.

1 March 2017

TRADE JUSTICE PILIPINAS

c/o Focus on the Global South. 19 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City. +6323552578

On 14 March 2017, the International Day of Action for Rivers, we, the Save the Mekong Coalition along with civil society and community partners from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, make this statement to express our gratitude to the Mekong River and the way of life she supports. The Mekong is our mother river, home to unique biodiversity and a lifeline for millions of people throughout the river basin. We recognize the efforts of Mekong communities who are working to protect and preserve the unique ecosystems and resources of the river for future generations. 

 

Joint Organizations

July 11, 2016 - We, the undersigned Cambodian civil society groups, are outraged at the brutal murder of independent political analyst and grassroots organiser Kem Ley yesterday morning, and call for a prompt, thorough and independent inquiry into his death.

Kem Ley, 46, was shot twice, in his chest and his head, in a heavily-frequented Caltex petrol station cafe in central Phnom Penh shortly before 9.00 on Sunday morning.

Secretariat: c/o NFBM #1066-B, Emerald St., Taglesville Subd., Balanga City, Bataan

5th July 2016

Dear Friends,

5th July 2016

Translated from Filipino

Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) strongly condemns the treacherous murder of our comrade Gloria Capitan of Mariveles, Bataan!

Labor Day statement of Independent Senatorial Candidate Walden Bello

 Today, I march side by side with our workers to affirm their struggle for labor rights and continue the fight for dignity for our working class.

Labor day is a celebration of what the labor movement has won over decades of struggle.

Not many people know this but the fact that it is illegal to force workers to work for more than 8 hours and that they have to be paid more if they work beyond that is something that workers—through collective action—achieved.

You may sign this statement by clicking here

Suffering the brunt of the ongoing El Nino, more than 6 thousand farmers converged along a national highway in Kidapawan in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on March 30 to demand 15,000 sacks of rice and financial subsidy promised to them six months earlier by the provincial government. They urgently need this assistance to tide them over until they are able to plant and harvest rice again.