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“Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor.”

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. 1944. (p. 35)         

Date Posted: Thursday, 2017 Jun 22nd

Joseph Elijah Sydney Gil and Jose Medriano III*

Banners in hand, feeling hungry but  resolute, the farmers marched from Bataan to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Quezon City. Their voices sounding tired but  marked with incredible conviction. 

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Jun 06th

The imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao carries with it the probability of Martial Law being imposed in the entire Philippines.

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 Jun 06th

In May last year, Rodrigo Duterte was elected to the Philippines presidency, with his ascendancy to power embodying an unravelling of the discourse  that has supported the People Power Revolution of 1986.

Date Posted: Monday, 2017 Jun 05th
farmers marching for agrarian reform

Malolos, Bulacan— Around 150 farmers, women, senior citizens, and children who were part of a "Lakbayan" (march) from Bataan to Malacanang to request President Rodrigo Duterte to help get the lands awarded to them under the government's agrarian reform program were prevented from entering Bulacan like by the Malolos police at 4pm on May 30.

Date Posted: Wednesday, 2017 May 31st

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), a mega-regional free trade agreement being negotiated by the 10-member ASEAN regional bloc and its FTA partners China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand held its 18th round of talks May 2-12 in Manila, Philippines.

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 May 30th

In the recent[c1]  “RCEP 18th Round of Talks,” members of civil society organizations and social movements presented their positions vis-à-vis the RCEP during the official Stakeholders’ Engangement, focusing on its impacts on trade, labor,

Date Posted: Tuesday, 2017 May 30th

While in Ecuador this month, Mary Ann Manahan from the Philippines team gave a radio interview to Pressenza Internacional En La Oreja.

Date Posted: Friday, 2017 May 26th

Statement from iDEFEND on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Philippines

On Tuesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law on the entire Mindanao Island while on a state visit in Russia, following the fighting between the military and the Maute group.

Date Posted: Thursday, 2017 May 25th
farmers marching for agrarian reform

Malolos, Bulacan— Around 150 farmers, women, senior citizens, and children who were part of a "Lakbayan" (march) from Bataan to Malacanang to request President Rodrigo Duterte to help get the lands

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

Prague 2000:Why we need to decommission the IMF and the World Bank

By Walden Bello, Nicola Bullard, Jaques-Chai Chomthongdi, Chris Adams and Shalmali Guttal

September 2000

Focus on the Global South

A compilation of articles that argue that the "focus of our efforts these days is not to try to reform the multilateral agencies but to deepen the crisis of legitimacy of the whole system." and that that no matter what "reforms" the international financial institutions pull out of the hat this year, they should be judged against the historical record.

 

Click here to download Prague 2000.pdf

Edited by: Walden Bello, Nicola Bullard and Kamal Malhotra

 

In this important policy-and campaign- relevant book, economists, intellectuals and NGO leaders from both North and South confront what has now become the central issue of the new globalised world economy.

 

Focus o­n the Global South, October 2000

A thought provoking collection of articles that lay bare the dynamics, the interlinkages and impact of debt, financial institutions and the making of a Global South.


By Jenina Joy Chavez

Focus o­n the Global South and Save the Children (UK)

The study focuses o­n Children and Women who bear the brunt of macro-economic crisis such as that in 1997. This study was conducted from March 1999 to March 2000.

This publication is available o­n PDF format. Please click the following links to download.

Prague 2000: Why we need to decommission the IMF and the World Bank

By Walden Bello, Nicola Bullard, Jaques-Chai Chomthongdi, Chris Adams and Shalmali Guttal

September 2000, Focus o­n the Global South

A compilation of articles that argue that the "focus of our efforts these days is not to try to reform the multilateral agencies but to deepen the crisis of legitimacy of the whole system." and that that no matter what "reforms" the international financial institutions pull out of the hat this year, they should be judged against the historical record.

Download here>> PDF version

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

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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.

 

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Statement from iDEFEND on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Philippines

April 20, 2017

Preamble

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.

Statement from iDEFEND on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Philippines

On Tuesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law on the entire Mindanao Island while on a state visit in Russia, following the fighting between the military and the Maute group.

It has to be clarified that the clashes were triggered by law enforcement operation in Marawi. This is a situation started by the government itself. Similarly, the Maute group is a local terrorist group, and not ISIS, even as the former tries to ally itself with ISIS.

 

It’s been over a year since the late afternoon on 16 April 2016 when Den Kamlae went missing on his way to collect forest items. Material evidence was later discovered between 23-25 March 2017. Today, these important materials are still under examination by forensic scientists and the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS).

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.