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  1. Kratom plant grown in a fishing community in Mon State

    Kratom in Myanmar and southeast Asia: time for legal regulation?

    14 Octubre 2021
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    Commonly found in Southeast Asia including in Myanmar, leaves from the kratom tree have long been used as a traditional medicine to treat various health conditions, including diabetes, diarrhoea, fever and pain. Kratom is currently banned in Myanmar, and the WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) is discussing this week whether it should be placed under international drug control. Instead of criminalisation, however, this commentary argues that legal regulation of kratom could contribute to building safer communities, promoting development and supporting peace efforts in Myanmar and beyond. 

  2. Can we avoid more bloodshed? A reflection on the ethnic crisis in Myanmar

    15 Junio 2021
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    After decades of conflict, it is often said that that political struggle in Myanmar has three groupings: military, pro-democracy and ethnic. But, as Cheery Zahau argues in this commentary, the ethnic nationality cause is frequently marginalised and misunderstood. Paradigm shifts in political behaviour and perspectives are required on all sides if the failures of the past are not to be repeated.

  3. Lessons from the Southeast Asian Advocacy Fellowship Programme on Drug Policy Reform

    21 Noviembre 2017
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    Between 10 and 25 June 2017, the Transnational Institute organised a Southeast Asian advocacy fellowship programme on drug policy reform, attended by seven participants from Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Myanmar. One of the participants, Viona Wijaya from Indonesia, shares her experiences in this article.

  4. Will Myanmar lead drug policy reform in Southeast Asia?

    06 Septiembre 2017
    Article

    Myanmar is better known for its serious drug problems - including large-scale illicit drugs production and trafficking and high rates of heroin use - than for implementing progressive drug policies that prioritise the health of its population. However, this could change in the near future.

  5. Repressive policies only stoking Asean's drug problem

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    10 Junio 2014
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    The strategy of Asean's 10 member countries to become "drug free" by 2015 is failing dramatically. In the last decade, opium cultivation in the region has doubled, drug use -- especially of methamphetamines, a powerful synthetic stimulant -- has increased significantly, and there remain strong links between drugs, conflict, crime and corruption.

  6. Letter from parliamentarians on the disappearance of Sombath Somphone

    18 Junio 2013
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    We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep dismay at the lack of political will to conduct a serious investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Sombath Somphone. 

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    Investigate the escalating human rights abuses

    27 Junio 2012
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    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. 

  8. New Biofuel Project in Isabela

    Jennifer Franco, Danny Carranza, Joann Fernandez (Rightsnet)
    07 Octubre 2011
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    A Philippines biofuel project would appear to fit the World Bank's definition of a "win-win" scenario with its promise of jobs and conversion of 'idle land'. However a closer look unveils corporate manipulation, political corruption and exploitation of subsistence farmers that typically accompanies so-called "responsible investment"

  9. ASEAN Regional Forum on Investment (21-22 September, Manila)

    22 Septiembre 2011
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    Between 20 and 21 September 2011, 40 ASEAN campaigners and experts met in Manila to share knowledge and experiences, articulate common strategies and discuss alternatives to the current investment regime. 

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    China’s Neo-colonialism

    Walden Bello
    28 Marzo 2010
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    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.

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    China Lassoes its Neighbors

    Walden Bello
    11 Marzo 2010
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    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.

  12. The China-Asean Free Trade Area: Propaganda and Reality

    Walden Bello
    18 Enero 2010
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    Despite the official propaganda, the China-Asean free trade agreement that came into effect on January 1, 2010, will benefit China, but is likely to disadvantage the Asean Countries.

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    Why Obama will read the riot act to Arroyo

    06 Agosto 2009
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    Reading Arroyo the riot act would not be a gesture of benevolence on the part of Washington. It is one that would serve the US’s current interests as Obama discerns them.

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    Cross of Charter impasse, unfolding economy

    Walden Bello
    30 Junio 2009
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    With its representative institutions severely weakened by unscrupulous political machinations, the fate of our constitutional democracy will once again depend on the direct democracy of the streets
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    Tet 40 years on

    aleksej
    28 Enero 2008
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    Suharto: an obituary

    John Gittings
    27 Enero 2008
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    "There Must Be a U-turn to Create Healthy Domestic Markets"

    Walden Bello
    15 Enero 2008
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    Walden Bello interviewed by Chris Arsenault on the economics and environmental politics of China and South East Asia.
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    An acceptable presence:the new US basing structure in the Philippines

    Herbert Docena
    18 Octubre 2007
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    The Philippines' decision 16 years ago to close down a US military base made history and marked a significant victory for anti-base campaigners. But backdoor deals have delivered the largest ever US military presence. Philippines illustrates the latest strategy of US imperialism to create agile, flexible forces to maintain dominance.

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    Oh how they continue to let down the Burmese people

    Praful Bidwai
    17 Octubre 2007
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    Indian policy founders on Burma

    Praful Bidwai
    08 Octubre 2007
    Article

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