South East Asia

Burma’s 2010 Elections: Challenges and Opportunities

June 2010

The election process in Burma represents the most significant political transformation for a generation

Burma in 2010: A Critical Year in Ethnic Politics

June 2010

Resolution of Burma's longstanding ethnic crises is integral to the achievement of real peace, democracy and constitutional government

The battle for Thailand

May 2010

Behind the deaths, military repression and violence that has flared up on the streets of Bangkok lies another story of a country following the dictates of the IMF and the markets, which increased inequalities and unemployment for many Thais and created the resentment that will continue to fuel conflict in Thailand.

La corrupción y la trampa de la pobreza en el Tercer Mundo

May 2010

 

La máxima "corrupción-causante-de-pobreza" se ha convertido en una herramienta frecuente en el hegemónico kit discursivo de los líderes de los países en vías de desarrollo. A pesar de que en la práctica resulta que las políticas económicas neoliberales son realmente las  culpables de la pobreza, asegura Waldon Bello. Sin embargo, los "camisas rojas" en Tailandia no se dejan distraer por la línea de "corrupción" que marcan el Banco Mundial y el FMI. Todo lo contrario; han decidido mantener su mirada en el objetivo (la verdadera respuesta a la pobreza) y luchar por que las políticas económicas a favor del pueblo sustituyan al neoliberalismo.

Is Corruption the Cause? The Poverty Trap

May 2010

The “corruption-causes-poverty” narrative has become a standard tool in the hegemonic discourse kit for leaders in some developing countries - where in fact, Waldon Bello argues, it is neoliberal economic policies that are really to blame for poverty. Thailand’s “Red Shirts” are not, however, being distracted by the “corruption” line the World Bank and IMF are pushing, choosing instead to keep their eyes on the prize - the real answer to poverty - replacing neoliberalism with pro-people economic policies.

Is Congress worth running for?

April 2010

For the most part, conservative interests still rule the Philippines' Congress, but it is not at all hopeless as a platform for change.

China’s Neo-colonialism

March 2010

The new trade pact between China and ASEAN is touted as bringing benefits to both sides, but it is China that stands to gain most from the deal.

Why fighting corruption is not enough

March 2010

Corruption is blamed by most Filipinos for its economic quagmire, but it has been neoliberal policies and clean-cut technocrats who have been most responsible for causing poverty.

China Lassoes its Neighbors

March 2010

The China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA), went into effect on 1st of January this year. For China, the benefits are clear, but Southeast Asia will be paying a big price for a bad deal.

Alternatives to water privatisation in the Philippines

Victor G. Chiong
March 2010

The Alliance of Government Workers in the Water Sector (AGWWAS) is leading workers to fight against water privatisation in the Philippines and construct viable alternatives.