Harris visit threatens peace, aggravates rights situation in PH –APRN

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New $100 million US military support to fund killings, rights abuses in the Philippines says research group The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) warns the public of greater escalation of human rights abuses in the Philippines amid the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the southeast Asian country. “The US is currently preparing […]

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27 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about climate change

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The earth’s climate is drastically changing. Human-induced warming and extreme weather conditions are real and occurring more frequently than over the last 10,000 years. We are experiencing a climate crisis of catastrophic proportions due to the inexorable plunder of the environment. Thus, we are answering some of the most frequently asked questions about climate change […]

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On IUUF and WTO Elimination of Subsidies

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Primer on WTO fisheries subsidies is now available online. Score your free copy now! You can also watch the replay of WTO Fishing in Troubled Waters webinar here: https://www.facebook.com/APRNet/videos/6057095697741676 This publication is proudly presented by Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), Pamalakaya – Philippines, and People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS).

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Fisherfolk, CSOs manifest opposition vs recent WTO fisheries deal

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Research network launches comprehensive briefer on agreement on fisheries subsidy  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), fisherfolk groups, and rural poor advocates gather together to oppose the newly adopted World Trade Organization (WTO) deal on fisheries subsidies. The online event led by Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), National Federation of Small Fisherfolk Organizations-PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas, and People’s Coalition […]

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End hunger! Support the fight for People’s Food Sovereignty amid Food and Climate Catastrophe!

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APRN Statement on World Hunger Day 2022 Forty-one years since World Food Day was first observed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) member states, the crisis of hunger and malnutrition remains ever-worsening. Millions experience food insecurity and inadequacy leading to malnutrition and death, especially among the working poor of the Global […]

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Stop greenwashing! Cancel Odious debt to countries under distress!

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APRN Statement on ADB’s 55th Annual Governor’s Meeting 2022 The ADB held its 55th Annual Governor’s Meeting (AGM) in Manila, with the theme “Positioning Climate Resilient Green Economy for the Post COVID-19 World.” This gathering aims to discuss the financing of decarbonization and other infrastructure projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Ironically, the AGM is […]

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Rise of fascist regimes in Asia Pacific

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In the last decades, Asia Pacific is witness to a growing number of closed autocratic regimes. First featured in our Rise of Fascist Regimes series is the Philippines. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., son of the ousted dictator Marcos, became president through an election defined by gross deception campaigns and marred with anomalies, fraud, vote-buying and […]

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Research group calls for climate justice, urgent support for the victims of catastrophic flooding in Pakistan

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Plunder by US,  industrialized countries responsible for the 33 million flood-stricken, homeless Pakistanis says APRN The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) calls for urgent support for the people of Pakistan after the devastating flash floods affecting 15% of its population. The months’ worth of monsoon rains that have been more than 300% than normal has […]

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People’s fightback on debt crisis and stagflation in Asia Pacific

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The Asia-Pacific is facing the worst economic crisis since the 1980’s: the debt crisis, stagnant economy, and high inflation in basic commodities. But this crisis generates resistance among the working people across the region, even in the face of fascist regimes. We invite you to join the “People’s Fightback on Debt Crisis and Stagflation in […]

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The perfect storm: Debt crisis, stagflation, and peoples’ fightback

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The Global South is now facing a new danger: the deadly concoction of Debt, stagnant growth and inflation. The burden of the pandemic on the working people is now more than ever as prices of basic commodities continue to skyrocket, and economic collapse is already upon some countries. We invite you to join The Perfect […]

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APRN Newsletter – 2nd Quarter 2022

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What’s inside: Fisherfolk group assesses fisheries subsidy agreement draft Lack of justice for Syngenta’s poisoning victims in Yavatmal lamentable Manipur landslide: It is time railways start paying heed to locals Pandemic and Southern debt in 2022: Inching towards debt crisis The rise of dairy industries in Pakistan and many more!

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What’s Next for Sri Lanka?

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Sri Lanka, a middle-income nation by World Bank standards, has descended into a crisis so severe that it is unable to afford to feed its citizens, provide the necessary fuel for production, or maintain its institutions.  In a matter of months, a political crisis erupted and culminated in the dramatic resignation of now-former President Rajapaksa […]

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Stand with the people of Myanmar! Denounce the execution of activists and rights defenders!

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[Trigger Warning: killings and dehumanization] The Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN) registers its condemnation on the execution of four activists by the Myanmar military dictatorship last July 25. Reports say that the victims namely Kyaw Min Yu, Phyo Zeyar Thaw, Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw were accused of “aiding armed rebels,” which according to […]

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[Explainer] What does a Marcos presidency mean for the Filipinos and the world?

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The Philippines, a US neo-colony in Southeast Asia, had just concluded its presidential elections, and the results are deeply troubling. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., son of the ousted dictator Marcos, has claimed victory. With the majority of the ballots counted, Marcos garnered an overwhelming 31 million votes – more than double that of rival Leni […]

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The fight for climate justice

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The case of the NASA scientists and three other protesters arrested for staging a protest in front of Chase Bank last April 6, is a concrete manifestation that climate activists are increasingly facing repression. Instead of taking accountability for this ecological catastrophe, advanced capitalist countries continue to intimidate, threaten, harass, and worse, kill environmental defenders […]

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How do you explain the People Power uprising to a toddler?

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My 3-year-old daughter recently asked me “What is People Power?” and quickly followed by another question–“why don’t we have class on Friday?” I am in awe that my child is so inquisitive about so many things.  To be honest, it took me some time to think of a simple answer. Would it even be possible […]

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Health workers in Asia: A fightback against systemic exploitation amid pandemic

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Why honoring them as Herculean figures in the global fight against the coronavirus is not enough Despite their heroic efforts to save lives amidst the pandemic, health workers in Asia  remain grappling with lower wages, inhumane working conditions, and lack of material support from their governments. The year 2021 was designated by the World Health […]

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On the implications of Kamala Harris’ SEA visit

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On August 22-26, 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris visited Singapore and Vietnam with the so-called aim of strengthening economic cooperation between nations.¹ These state appointments are  nothing but doubletalk hiding behind diplomacy. Testament to this is the fact that lopsided trade deals, aid conditionalities, and military interventions are usually preceded by these visits. After former […]

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APRN Brochure Video

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) is a regional network of research NGOs. Through research and knowledge-sharing, we raise the capacities of organizations to do development work. APRN serves as a network of alternative centers for people’s research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues. Our research and advocacy focus on people’s trade agenda, development finance, democracy and […]

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