Publications

Complete title: SEZs and Value Extraction from the Mekong: A Case Study on the Control and Exploitation of Land and Labour in Cambodia and Myanmar's Special Economic Zones

This case study report documents the long struggle of the communities affected by the 315,000-hectare land concession of Pheapimex Company in Kampong Chhnang and Pursat provinces. It describes the 17-year history and impact of the land conflict from the time the concession was awarded in the year 2000. The experience was documented by representatives of affected communities as an opportunity for reflection on the challenges and successes that have shaped the communities’ advocacy and resistance.provide

Members from Cambodia's Action Research Teams (ART) network who come from fishing communities investigate and analyse illegal fishing in the Tonlé Sap, Cambodia's 'great lake'. As fishers from communities whose livelihood and survival depend on the Tonlé Sap's bounty, members of ART the communities decided to undertake research to explain the reality and impact of illegal fishing on fishing communities around the lake in Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Battambang Provinces.

The Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition launches 'When Food Becomes Immaterial: Confronting the Digital Age”,  a report exploring the impact of technologies on what and how we eat, as well as on how food is produced. Shalmali Guttal contributes a chapter to this annual report, examining the situation and dynamics of food retail in the world's second most populous country, especially recent goverment policies that open up the food retail market to foreign investors.

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 party, a vanguard organization, and a militant mass movement --  which have drastically changed from the political mechanisms and ideals of post-Independence India and the erstwhile dominant party, Congress.

Guided by its overarching three-year workplan, Focus organized, conducted, and implemented its work in the context of two major challenges in Asia: the deepening of neoliberalism and the intensification of fascist and authoritarian rule in Asian states.
 
Deepening neoliberalism is marked by growing landlessness in South and Southeast Asia, even in countries such as the Philippines, which has been implementing a land distribution program for the last 30 years. 
 

Focus is pleased to release online its newest publication Repormang Agraryo at Pagbabago? Narratives on Agrarian Conflicts, Transitions, And Transformation; the launch of the book edition took place on September 11, 2018 in Quezon City, Philippines.

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 Southeast Asia, concepts of democracy, justice, and human rights are facing contestation, re-interpretation, and selective application." Through this edition of the newsletter, we hope to contribute not only to discourse but also to the shaping of solutions & alternatives.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asia and Pacific regions. It includes China, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key trading nations such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and India.

Over 50% of the world’s population lives in the countries party to RCEP, which account for over a quarter of global exports and almost 30% of the world’s GDP.

"I feel unsafe. I always lose things, even clothes. Clothes get stolen when being dried. If we have money to buy good (valuable) things and keep them in the room, we have to be watchful."

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