Asia

“The Japanese population won’t accept it any longer”

March 2012

On March 11, it’s exactly one year ago that North-Eastern Japan was hit by a major earthquake and a tsunami with giant 15 meter waves. One of the devastating consequences was a meltdown in the Fukushima nuclear power plant – the biggest nuclear disaster in 25 years. How is the situation today?

Ending Burma’s Conflict Cycle?

February 2012

Peace does not just involve the government and ethnic armed opposition groups, but involves all of Burma's citizens.

Could there really be a war against Iran?

February 2012

Although political brinksmanship with Iran is nothing new, escalating tensions do not bode well for the region.

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15 years of the Asia-Europe People’s Forum

February 2012

Review of 15 years of Asia European Peoples' Forum reveals its crucial role as the only permanent network and forum linking Asian and European movements and organisations, but also calls for reform to strengthen its work in the future.

 

 

The Apple Connection

February 2012

iPad and iPhone are engineering masterpieces, but they also epitomise the social relations of production today where capital is free and labour is repressed.

Does the EU-Malaysia FTA undermine government policy space to regulate?

November 2011

Charles Santiago, MP from Malaysia, discusses the dangers of EU-Malaysia FTA, particularly due to the inclusion of an investment protection chapter. 

Durban and the climate change deniers

November 2011

The EU could play a valuable role in preventing another flawed climate deal if it neutralises the US and brings other ditherers on board while starting talks on future obligations for the emerging economies.

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Civil Society Gaining Ground

November 2011

Local organisations have adopted different strategies towards the authoritarian government in Burma. Focussing on the dynamics of civil society Tom Kramer looks into the possibilities and risks of growing international interest in engagement with these groups.

Occupy Wall Street: New politics and new milestones

November 2011

The occupy movement has achieved an incredible and much-needed shake-up of a long-standing political stasis in the US and elsewhere, but it is crucial now to highlight the connection between failed foreign policy, bloated military spending and illegal wars, and the economic crisis at home.

Amphetamine Type Stimulants and Harm Reduction

October 2011

Little is known about the methamphetamine market in East and Southeast Asia, but there are strong indications that the situation is deteriorating with substances becoming stronger, methods of use more harmful and the number of users steadily increasing. There is an urgent need for donors and governments to introduce effective harm reduction measures.