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In many countries in Asia, new forms of authoritarianism are on the rise. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte—a former mayor accused of organizing death squads and who promised to make the fish of Manila Bay grow fat from the bodies of drug dealers—won the presidential elections in 2016. In Thailand in 2014, a general who had favored cracking down on demonstrators led other military leaders in launching a coup against the democratically elected government.
By Herbert Docena
Herbert is a former staff member of Focus. He is in Paris monitoring the developments inside and outside the talks.
Photo Caption: Which road to systems change? Photo by Joseph Purugganan. Paris 2015.
PARIS - As usual, the deadlock in the on-going UN climate change summit here in Paris is being depicted the by media, government officials, NGOs, and even activists as a reprise of the long-running struggle between the so-called “developed” and “developing” countries and/or between “big polluters” and the “people.”