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Music Video: When this is Over by The Village Idiots

When this is over

Is it back to normal?

To our frenzied life

Everyday, a gamble

They, the winners

Us, the losers

In the daily game of chance

Will we go back to this

When this is over?

Will we go back to this

When this is over?


When this is over

Are we going back to the familiar

Violent way of life

Full of fear and dread

Worry, our constant companion

From sunup to sundown

Is this what awaits us

when this is over?

Is this what awaits us

when this is over?


When this is over

We will emerge stronger

tread our own path, together

We will straighten wayward roads

shout out our calls

A better society

When this is over

A better society

When this is over.


We now know

What needs to be done

The many changes we need to make

Where do we start?

When should we begin?

Tomorrow, when we awake

We rise up

When this is over.

we rise up

When this is over.


We will rise up

When this is over


*English translation by Judy Pasimio with help from Jess and Daniw Santiago and J. Purugganan

Webinar: Building an internationalist response to Coronavirus

Recording of a webinar TNI organised on 1 April at 4pm (CET) on the global dimensions of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how social movements could respond. The panel featured the following guests: -Sonia Shah, author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017) – Luis Ortiz Hernandez, public health professor in UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico. Expert on social and economic health inequities. – Benny Kuruvilla, Head of India Office, Focus on the Global South, working closely with Forum For Trade Justice. – Mazibuko Jara, Deputy Director, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, helping to coordinate a national platform of civic organisations in South Africa to confront COVID-19. – Umyra Ahmad, Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Associate, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Malaysia This webinar was co-sponsored by Alternative Information and Development Centre, South Africa and Focus on the Global South/Asia.

Webinar: The coming global recession: building an internationalist response

Organised by TNI and Focus on the Global South

Recording of a TNI-hosted webinar on Wednesday, 8 April with Professor Jayati Ghosh, Quinn Slobodian, Walden Bello and Lebohang Pheko on the likely global impacts of the economic fallout from the Coronavirus and how we might be better prepared than the 2008 economic crisis to put forward progressive solutions. The webinar explored what we can expect in terms of a global recession that many predict could have bigger social impacts than the virus itself. How should we prepare? What can social movements learn from our failures to advance alternative progressive policies in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis?

Music Video by Messenger Band: Thanks for the Dedication

A music video by our allies in Cambodia, the Messenger Band that is a moving tribute to the role of health workers who are in the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus.

“Health workers are like the front-line soldiers Standing firm to fight despite the dangers …” We’re proud to share with you our collective piece, our contribution to support the efforts of our public health workers in fighting against COVID-19.

A Trade Deal With Trump Could Hurt India’s Farmers
Benny Kuruvilla from Focus On The Global South talks to Prof. Biswajit Dhar on a potential trade deal between India and the US during the visit of Donald Trump. The US is the largest exporter of agricultural products like wheat, soya and maize, and is looking for new markets for their corporate farming sector to exploit. Prof. Dhar talks about the cautious approach which India should maintain during the upcoming negotiations. This video has been produced by Newsclick, and supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-South Asia.
Contract Farming and the Model Lease Law: Backdoor entry for Corporations?

In this fourth and final video of the four part series on ‘Agricultural Markets in India’, Professor Sukhpal Singh, of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, lays out the basic conceptions around, and different models, of contract farming in India. Singh also elaborates on the Model Lease Law proposed by the Indian Government, underlining its motivation to deregulate tenancy markets.  The video has been produced by Newsclick, in collaboration with Focus on the Global South

India’s e-NAM (National Agricultural Market) scheme: Bane or Boon?

In this third video of the four part series on ‘Agricultural Markets in India’, Dr. Sudha Narayanan from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) explains the National Agricultural Market or e-NAM scheme rolled out by the Indian Government. Narayanan also assesses the efficacy of e-NAM based on her field work in Karnataka. The video has been produced by Newsclick, in collaboration with Focus on the Global South .

Agricultural Markets in India : A Case of Misplaced Reforms

In this second video of a four part series on ‘Agricultural Markets in India’, Professor Vikas Rawal of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi contextualises agricultural commodity markets within the overall production system. He presents a critique of the over emphasis on agricultural market reforms and pricing policy rather than focusing on aspects of production and productivity to raise farmers’ incomes. His presentation touches upon the constraints that Indian farmers face as compared to their counterparts in other countries with respect to profits.The video has been produced by Newsclick and Focus on the Global South, in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – South Asia

Changing Dynamics in Indian Agricultural Markets

This is the first of a four part series where Professor Abhijit Sen, former member of the Planning Commission, talks about the evolution of agricultural market reforms in India. He situates agricultural markets within the context of the agrarian crisis and provides a broad history of the policy shifts that have taken place to counter it. He links the approaches to agricultural markets in India, within the global neoliberal economic trend since the 1990s. The recent shifts in policies have taken place on two counts, firstly, to move agricultural marketing from the states to the Centre and secondly, to repeal the Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) Acts in favour of greater deregulation.The video has been produced by Newsclick and Focus on the Global South, in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – South Asia

Climate Change and Urban Transport in India

Are electric vehicles a lasting solution to climate change? Professor Geetam Tiwari from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi speaks on urban transport policy in India and debunks the myth of low carbon transport alone being efficient in terms of climate solutions. Tiwari argues that transport systems need to be more holistic, looking at aspects such as the number of people using different modes, cost of travel and the distance covered. This video is jointly produced by Focus on the Global South, NewsClick. and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

The Global Climate Crisis: Are Movements Stepping Up?

How severe is the climate crisis and what are the structural factors exacerbating it? Nagraj Adve, of the Climate Crisis Group –Delhi, points to equitable pathways to mitigate the crisis that do not undermine the developmental needs of developing countries. He discusses the new breed of climate activism represented by Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion, and whether we see an incipient climate movement in India. He underlines that a revival of the Left is fundamental to combat the climate crisis. This video is jointly produced by Focus on the Global South, NewsClick. and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Climate Change: India’s International and Domestic Challenges

How do India’s global commitments and domestic policies towards mitigating the climate crisis fare? D Raghunandan of the All India Peoples’ Science Network (AIPSN) discusses the inequity and inadequacy of the Paris Agreement to tackle the global climate crisis. He also addresses the climate challenges facing India, and the urgency of building resilience. The video underlines the need for dialogue amongst civil society and peoples movements in the north and south to build a common understanding for a just and equitable solution to the climate crisis. This video is jointly produced by Focus on the Global South, NewsClick. and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

RCEP: The Meaning of India’s Exit

On November 4, at the 3rd RCEP Summit in Nonthabhuri, Prime Minister Modi chose to pull India out of the 16 nation mega trade treaty. The RCEP, touted as the world’s largest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been under negotiation for the past 7 years. What drove India to take this drastic step and what is the way forward in terms of addressing the crisis of Indian agriculture and manufacturing?

In this Newsclick video, Benny Kuruvilla from Focus on the Global South spoke with trade expert, Prof. Biswajit Dhar from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi and Ranja Sengupta, senior economist with the Third World Network. The panel also addresses the need for the urgent democratisation of trade policy making processes in the country.

Trade Wars and the Economic Slowdown: Where does India Stand

Focus on the Global South and Third World Network, in collaboration with Newsclick co-organized a roundtable discussion on the fraught economic realities of global trade. With India due to join the mega free trade agreement called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), what will be its impact on various sectors and how can India best navigate the current slowdown?

video via Newsclick

No to RCEP — The People’s Voices/សម្លេងប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ

Cambodians–including farmers, women, workers and civil society–express their concern and opposition to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement.

“សម្លេងប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ” គឺជាវីឌេអូឯកសារខ្លីផលិតឡើងជាផ្នែកមួយនៃសម្លេងប្រជាជនរួមមាន កសិករ ស្ត្រី កម្មករ និងអង្គការសង្គមស៊ីវិល ដើម្បីបង្ហាញពីក្តីបារម្ភចំពោះបញ្ញាតិ្តមួយចំនួនដែលមាននៅក្នុង“កិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងភាពជាដៃគូសេដ្ឋកិច្ចទូលំទូលាយថ្នាក់តំបន់ (RCEP)” ដែលមានដូចជា ជំពូកស្តីអំពីវិនិយោគ សេវាកម្ម កម្មសិទ្ធិបញ្ញា យន្តការដោះស្រាយជម្លោះរវាងអ្នកវិនិយោគនិងរដ្ឋ និងផលប៉ះពាល់របស់ RCEP មកលើគ្រាប់ពូជ ស្បៀងអាហារនិងសិទ្ធិរបស់កសិករ។ ជាផ្នែកមួយនៃប្រជាជន សហគមន៍មូលដ្ឋាន កម្មករ ស្រ្តី កសិករ និង សង្គមស៊ីវិល ពួកយើងអំពាវនាវអោយរដ្ឋាភិបាលនៃព្ររាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា ទទួលយកនូវសំណើររបស់ពួកយើងក្នុងការផ្អាកនៃកិច្ចចរចា RCEP និង ធ្វើការពិគ្រោះយោបល់ជាមួយនឹងប្រជាជនមូលដ្ឋាន សហគមន៍ និង សង្គមស៊ិវិលអោយបានស៊ីជម្រៅមុននឹងធ្វើការសម្រេចចិត្តក្នុងការចូលរួមឬអនុម័ត RCEP ។

Video via Social Action for Community and Development (SACD); in Khmer with English subtitles