New Delhi, 1 December 2014 -- As negotiators from 16 nations met today in New Delhi for 5 day consultations on the Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership (RCEP), farmers, trade unions, retailers groups, and civil society organisations protested outside the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.
We're pleased to announce the release of State of Fragmentation: The Philippines in Transition. The book is jointly published by Focus on the Global South and Friedrich Ebert Siftung and authored by: Walden Bello, Kenneth Cardenas, Jerome Patrick Cruz, Alinaya Fabros, Mary Ann Manahan, Clarissa Militante, Joseph Purugganan, and Jenina Joy Chavez.
A book launch was held in Manila on October 17, and photos are on our Facebook page.
On November 9th, the Northern Peasant Federation of Thailand (NPF) will be leading a walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and evictions of forest community members since the issuance of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order #64 and a moratorium on the implementation of the Forestry Master Plan until public consultations are conducted. We will begin our walk from Chiang Mai and plan to walk to Bangkok to present our grievances to the NCPO. We will be joined by allies from all regions of Thailand.
In Louella D. Desidero's article, "Phl to open more bilateral agreements," published in the Philippine Star on 22 September 2014, Trade Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr. was quoted expressing the government's interest in "exploring more bilateral FTAs" after "the usual consultations and impact studies."
The article also mentioned the possible launch of two negotiations for free trade agreements with European countries, one with the European Union, and another with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Quezon City, Philippines, 24 July 2014 -- On the eve of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address the People’s Agrarian Reform Congress (PARC) strongly calls for transparency in governance and use of public funds, amidst the Disbursement Acceleration Program imb
New Delhi, 23 July 2014 -- In a statement released ahead of the WTO General Council meeting tomorrow, farmers' organizations in India called upon the Indian Government to stand firm on linking the Food Security proposal with the Trade Facilitation Agreement in WTO.
Manila, Philippines, 15 July 2014 -- Groups demanding the cancellation of Philippine debts delivered luggage full of questionable loan contracts and conditionalities to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who is visiting the country from July 14 to 15.