Category: Power and Democracy

The Power and Democracy thematic area seeks to systematically show the links between development, rights, peace, justice, democracy and the exercise of power in Asia. Focus will partner with local, national, regional and international organisations, peoples’ movements and networks to call attention to these worrying trends, and expand critical analysis on economic and development policies to investigate and show the links between development pathways and human rights protections and abuses. Read more

Walden Bello traces the rise of the present-day Hindu nationalist movement from its marginal origins at the time of Indian independence to its formidable present domination of the political landscape. The author traces the roots and roles of the torch bearers of the Hindutva movement—a political par …

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Focus on the Global South releases the 4th edition of Focus Newsletter, which tackles the issue of democracy in Asia and its different facets–elections, constitutions, (extreme) nationalism, populism, majoritarian rule, press freedom. Why democracy? As our editorial says: “Across South and Southeas …

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Focus on the Global South Statement on the 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018When Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency in 2016, some even among the left toyed early on with the idea that a “maverick” president could just be what the country needed to stir things up, and jolt us from almost 30 …

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By: Alim M. Bandara[1]The two versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) –Senate Bill 1717 and House Bill 6475 have been  met with diverse reactions from different stakeholders in the Bangsamoro core areas and outside alike. For one, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF wanted to see a BB …

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The Drug Archive Website

Manila—A research project team from the top universities in the Philippines launched last week of June the website https://www.drugarchive.ph/, which puts together its research on the government’s anti-drug campaign. The main purpose of the research was to gather data on those who were killed becaus …

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On 22 May 2018, about 500 citizens of Thailand gathered at Thammasat University in Bangkok and marched peacefully towards Government House, demanding an end to martial law and return to democratization and civilian rule, starting with elections by the end of 2018. The date of the march—22 May—is sig …

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(May 23, 2018/Manila) – “Identity, ancestral domain, protection of their rights as non-Moro Indigenous Peoples – these are the issues that I have heard from our Lumad leaders, and I will bring these to the plenary debates on the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law),” says Senator Joel Villanueva.  Indige …

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[REPOST FROM THE REAL NEWS NETWORK]   Last month, Walden Bello, Focus’ co-founder was interviewed by The Real News Network. In his exchange with producer and reporter Ben Norton, he discusses how the middle class is the social base for far-right movements. To read the whole transcript of this i …

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[REPOST FROM THE REAL NEWS NETWORK] Last month, Walden Bello, Focus’ co-founder was interviewed by The Real News Network. In his exchange with producer and reporter Ben Norton, he explains how Duterte’s government and politics are a threat to Democracy. To read the whole transcript of this interview …

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Why do IP Rights matter? Timuay Leticio Datuwata, Lambangian leader explains why retaining their indigenous identity is a core issue and why this is essential to ensuring an inclusive BBL.#IPRightsMatter  

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