Bangkok Post, 21 March 2014 -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is less than one year away from launching its Economic Community or AEC, a common market that will comprise 600 million people and have a combined GDP of nearly US$2 trillion (64 trillion baht).

It is being propped up by free trade and investment agreements with the European Union, the United States, Japan, China and other big partners. Proponents claim the expansion in economic activities will benefit the poor by boosting production and consumption in the region, but is it that simple?

Thailand is once more in a serious political crisis, with the legitimacy of the government being challenged.  There are two sources of government legitimacy, the means and the end. Means refers to how the government gets the power to govern the nation and its citizens while the end is the government’s performance. The 'whistle group' (the large numbers of protestors occupying key areas of Bangkok under the leadership of Mr.

The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed through a Bali Package in the final hours, extending the Conference to December 7, but at the cost of the developing countries, the poor and the hungry.

Facilitating Trade for TNCs

The Solidarity for Asian Peoples’ Advocacy (SAPA), a network of regional and national civil society organisations in the region, expresses its disappointment and frustration over the detention of Adilur Rahman Khan, the Secretary of our member-organization, Odhikar.

Privileged Speech, House of Representatives of the Philippines, September 2, 2013


Vivir Bien is a Spanish phrase used to describe the way of life of indigenous peoples in the Andes region of South America.


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