The AEPF this year in Brussels brought together citizens for dialogue, solidarity and action, as a platform from which to oppose corporate-dominated, undemocratic and neoliberal responses to ongoing crises.
Cold War divisions were central to the rise of Asia-Pacific regionalism, but what factors are influencing alternative visions for Asia in the twentieth century, and what implications do they have for the global system as a whole?
Social movements cannot be built or engineered, but outside actors - such as aid agencies seeking to support transformative change - can play a constructive role in enabling an environment in which movements can flourish and expand their outreach.
What we saw in the UK election campaign and the recent coalition deal is the level of opportunism amongst the political parties, and the real absence of politics and ideas on how to deal with major crises in the economy, over climate change and of our political institutions.
The institutions that are supposed to reproduce daily life are incapable of acting on behalf of the people any more, so we need to produce our own institutional alternatives based on micro-experiments and universal values.
We have to talk to, learn from and support the indigenous movements which have inserted ecosocialist and degrowth like concepts into the formal constitutions, as in the states of Bolivia and Ecuadorian.
The only sensible approach is to treat violent acts by the Naxalites as crimes, bring them to book through legal processes, and to launch a huge development programme, based on improved governance, which creates rights to food, water, work, healthcare and education.
Although there will be left candidates and groups on the ballot in many constituencies in the coming British general election, there will be no single, widely-recognised, nationwide, left alternative. That is a tragedy from which no one can take comfort.
The media frenzy and the ferocity of political competition in the coming general election in Britain will be in inverse proportion to the enthusiasm of the voters, who are being offered little in the way of real political choice.