Asia

Future Perspectives for the Mainstream Indian Left

October 2012

After the last 2009 elections the parliamentary left has clearly suffered so serious a defeat that it would not be out of place to describe the current situation as one of crisis.  How does this mainstream left seek to revive itself?

India-Bangladesh border

The Other Burma

October 2012

Northeast India's strategic location between India, China and southeast Asia has led to a recent boom in resource extraction and investment by multinational corporations, but the world continues to remain largely silent on the human rights abuses that continue to be perpetrated by the Indian military. 

Dawei Burma

Land Grabbing in Dawei

Elizabeth Loewen
October 2012

The Dawei region is a highly populated and prosperous region, significant because of its ecologically-diversity and strategic position along the Andaman coast. Thai interest in the region poses an environmental threat and risks massive expulsion of people.

Wholesale disaster in retail trade

October 2012

Imagine a society where 80 percent of all grocery sales are monopolised by just five giant retailers like Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour, locally grown fresh food is largely replaced by processed, low-nutrition plastic-packaged items, and heterogeneity of attire based on traditional and ethnic fabrics is gradually destroyed.

Peace for Syria will not come from the outside

interviewed by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
October 2012

There is not a lot that can be done for the Syrian conflict from outside except keep the U.S. out of Syria militarily and provide moral support for the nonviolent, democratic opposition.

Ethnic Peace and Political Participation

August 2012

Ceasefires have been agreed; the NLD has elected representatives in the national legislatures; Western sanctions are being lifted; and the World Bank and other international agencies are returning to set up office in the country. Such developments are likely to have a defining impact on ethnic politics, which remains one of the central challenges facing the country today.

Celebration and Relief in Egypt

July 2012

Many of the secular activists and organizations who had played such a central role in the Arab Spring uprising came together with the Muslim Brotherhood in a unified front to challenge the military's continuing seizure of power.

Investigate the escalating human rights abuses

June 2012

Call on the European Commission to investigate the escalating human rights abuses in Cambodia resulting from the granting of economic land concessions for agro-industrial development. 

Join us at the Asia-Europe Peoples Forum in Laos

April 2012

A call to social movements, frontline communities and campaigning networks, and progressive NGOs, academics and parliamentarians across Asia and Europe.

The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

April 2012

The U.S. is 11 years into its current war in Afghanistan and still losing. We never had a chance to "win" this war of vengeance – and while few in Washington are ready to admit that, they’ve continued to revise and redefine just what "winning" might look like.

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