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RCEP free-trade agreement : the meaning of India’s exit

Benny Kuruvilla 19/11/19

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 (...)

Stopping the Slide: Democracy and Human Rights Decline under Duterte

Joseph Purugganan 17/05/19

From his pulpit at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Congress, Duterte once again rebuked human rights activists and their criticism against his violent war on drugs, by saying “your concern is human rights, mine is human lives.” As (...)

The changing face of food retail in India

Shalmali Guttal 14/11/18

To date, there is little reliable evidence to back the claims that corporate food retail will enhance food security and employment. Global experience shows that supermarkets tend to restructure food production and markets to cater to expanding (...)

The Hindu Counterrevolution: The Violent Recreation of an Imagined (...)

Walden Bello 10/10/18

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 (...)

Duterte 2 Years on: Destructive, Divisive, and Despotic


When 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 years of elite-dominated rule. (...)

The rise of populist authoritarianisms in Asia: Challenges for Peoples’ (...)

Herbert Docena 02/05/18

Unlike in countries that only began to become more closely integrated into the global economy in the early 1990s, and where one-party rule or military dictatorships are still being challenged by nascent pro-democracy forces (such as Cambodia and (...)

Unpacking Dutertism: What to Make of President Duterte’s Year One


Dutertism. Dutertismo. The suffix ‘ism’ according to the dictionary may refer to a “distinctive practice, doctrine, theory,” and/or ideology. Does attaching an ‘ism’ therefore to the president’s name imply that he carries with him a unique brand of (...)

The Hidden Costs of RCEP and Corporate Trade Deals in Asia

Cecilia Olivet , Kat Moore, Natacha Cingotti, Sam Cossar-Gilbert 19/01/17

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asian region. It includes China, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key trading nations such as (...)

Asia: When Murder and Abuse Become Systemic

Alina Carrillo, Shalmali Guttal 13/09/16

It was Sunday morning on the 10th of July in the Caltex coffee shop in Phnom Penh, a place where many locals went to start their day. In a few moments a crowd would rush in with utter disbelief and heavy hearts. What they would find has shocked (...)

How Did Leaders Respond to the People’s Climate March?

Pablo Solon 29/09/14

About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real actions to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history. The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took place two days (...)

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