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Reclaiming Revolution

Reclaiming Revolution

Jan 15, 2012

Reclaiming Revolution By Focus on the Global South*, 26 July 2005 As the clamor for another president's ouster grows, one wonders why the one place where Filipino protesters have removed two sitting presidents before, the corner along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), stands empty. The busy crossroads ushered in the ‘EDSA System’, a combination of formal...

JPEPA: Anatomy of a (Bad) Trade Deal

JPEPA: Anatomy of a (Bad) Trade Deal

Jan 14, 2012

JPEPA: Anatomy of a (Bad) Trade Deal by Joseph Purungganan Examining the trade negotiation process The Development Roundtable Series Thematic Working Group on Trade and Industrial Policy decided in 2008 as part of its efforts to deepen the discourse and develop concrete recommendations on trade and industrial policy to examine trade policy making in the context...

Peoples and ASEAN: Defining the Divide

Peoples and ASEAN: Defining the Divide

Jan 14, 2012

Peoples and ASEAN: Defining the Divide By Jenina Joy Chavez More than five years ago, during the first ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC) in Shah Alam in Malaysia, only a spattering of regional organizations interested in what the ASEAN was up to flocked to this civil society event, governed mostly by protocol. I remember distinguished gentlemen in business...

FOI and the Marginalized: When Information is a Matter of Life and Survival

FOI and the Marginalized: When Information is a Matter of Life and Survival

Jan 14, 2012

FOI and the Marginalized: When Information is a Matter of Life and Survival By Clarissa V. Militante For a community of indigenous people in Mindanao that’s left in the dark on whether its ancestral land will soon be up for grabs for a mining or dam project, access to information is not merely a matter of news making.  For farmers who want to know if the lands...

Conditional Cash Transfers and Corruption

Conditional Cash Transfers and Corruption

Jan 14, 2012

Conditional Cash Transfers and Corruption by Dr. Prospero E. de Vera Ten years ago, world leaders in New York signed the Millennium Development Goals and promised to build a more prosperous, just and peaceful world. The promise has clearly not been achieved. The review of the MDG Country Reports, including those of the Philippines, has revealed some successes,...

Business as Usual in ASEAN’s Trade Policy

Business as Usual in ASEAN’s Trade Policy By Joseph Purugganan “Closer ties among larger markets” seems to be mantra of trade policies across Southeast Asia as governments continue to pursue policies that further liberalize trade in goods and services and ease restrictions on investments, and as the ASEAN aims to create one single regional market. Community...