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The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer

Feb 13, 2012

The APECO Imbroglio and the Anti-APECO Struggle: A Situationer Task Force Anti-APECO— February 2012   APECO, or the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone, is the special economic zone that is now being built in the once-tranquil town of Casiguran. Shepherded by the powerful Angara dynasty, and pledged to bring economic progress to one of the 20 poorest provinces in...

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...

Why Asia’s Farmers Deserve Protection

Why Asia’s Farmers Deserve Protection

Jan 15, 2012

Why Asia's Farmers Deserve Protection By Walden Bello "One of the terrible truths of the 20th century is that it was a blight on small farmers or peasants everywhere. Before looking at the question of whether Asia's farmers need protection, it is necessary to consider this historical background." In both wealthy capitalist economies and in socialist countries,...

The Paradigm: Deglobalization

The Paradigm: Deglobalization

Jan 15, 2012

The Paradigm: Deglobalization Focus on the Global South It is in response to the growing clamor for alternatives to the current system of global governance that Focus has elaborated the strategy of deglobalisation as the guiding paradigm for its programmatic work in the next three-year period. Deglobalisation is not a synonym for withdrawing from the world...

It’s Time to Outlaw Land-Grabbing, Not to Make it “Responsible”!

It’s Time to Outlaw Land-Grabbing, Not to Make it “Responsible”!

Jan 15, 2012

It's Time to Outlaw Land-Grabbing, Not to Make it "Responsible"! Statement On 18-20 April 2011, a gathering of some 200 farmland investors, government officials and international civil servants will meet at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC to discuss how to operationalise "responsible" large-scale land acquisitions. Over in Rome, the Committee on...

Save Agrarian Reform, Complete CARP Now, Effectively Implement CARPER!

Save Agrarian Reform, Complete CARP Now, Effectively Implement CARPER!

Jan 14, 2012

Save Agrarian Reform, Complete CARP, Now Effectively Implement CARPER! Declaration of Unity We, the undersigned men and women farmers and farmworkers, people's organizations, non-government organizations, advocates from the academe (and the Church) and the civil society in general, express our collective dismay over President Noynoy Aquino’s lack of interest...