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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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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US’ intensified pivot to Asia a threat to peace, hastens the possibility of outright war

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It is common knowledge that the United States has unapologetically been involving itself in the affairs of other nations. Their pervasive pursuit tIt is common knowledge that the United States has unapologetically been involving itself in the affairs of other nations. Their pervasive pursuit to secure their national interests has historically proven to be costly […]

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Profit in the time of pandemic: How Big Pharma benefitted from the COVID-19 crisis, and why the TRIPS agreement should be scrapped

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The world is in dire need of vaccines. Close to two years into the coronavirus crisis, the global death toll has reached 5 million. Deaths are feared to be higher than recorded. Despite expedited development of vaccines for COVID-19, access to them remains limited, especially for low and middle-income countries. The monopoly of big pharmaceutical […]

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APRN Research Conference 2019 compendium

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The Research Conference 2019 compendium is finally available! The People’s Resistance in a Multipolar World: Research Case Studies on Militarization and Conflicts in Asia Pacific is a compilation of studies made by People’s Organizations across the region. It has two main sections: (a) geopolitical & geo-economic dimensions of a multipolar world, and; (b) people’s resistance […]

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The corporate capture of dairy sector in Pakistan

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By Roots for Equity Presented by Wali Haider at the UNEA 5.2 | Included in the Goals 15 and Peoples Solutions Factsheets of Asia Pacific Peoples Forum on Sustainable Development Global trade policies in the world remain entrenched in neoliberalism, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) still holding a key position in implementing its imperialist […]

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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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Weaponized response of states to CoVID-19: Militarist trends in South Asia and Southeast Asia

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The global spread of CoVID-19 has caused an unprecedented global health crisis, with the number of infections and fatalities exponentially increasing each day. Governments across the world, especially in the Southeast and South Asia region have implemented strict lockdowns, along with a mass deployment of troops and armed forces among urban and rural communities. Such […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Sesan Dam

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The dam was first proposed by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the 1990s to promote Cambodia’s hydropower potential, but dropped off when their 1999 report found the dam’s potential repercussions outweighed the benefits. But the Cambodian government in 2007 proceeded with the project with the support of Vietnam’s EVN International Joint Stock Company. In 2012, […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Chico Dam

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The World Bank funded Chico Dam Project in 1965 was the Marcos dictatorship’s answer to the oil and power crisis of 1973. It threatened to displace 100,000 people, deluge sacred burial grounds and rice terraces. Different tribes united and rose against the dam and militarization it brought. The death of leader Macli-ing Dulag in 1980 […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Bakun Dam | Sarawak, Malaysia

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As being one of the biggest in Southeast Asian region, did you know that Bakun dam is an inundated 700 sq. kilometers of forest and farms in Sarawak region in Malaysia? Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), together with the International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED) […]

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[DID YOU KNOW] Mapithel Dam

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The Mapithel Dam choked the Thoubal River ruining the environment, livelihood and culture of Indigenous Peoples living in the Mapithel Valley. For residents of submerged villages, Mapithel is the symbol of injustice. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) worked in financing its infrastructure and privatizing its water supply. Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), together with […]

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In defense of investments: US hegemony in Asia Pacific

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American independence has been based on the enslavement of Native Americans and peoples of color domestically; the primacy of neoliberal globalization clothed with the tenets of liberal democracy; and, its foreign policy of imposing unfair trade relations and flexing its military power to maintain global hegemony. The rise of US military dominance after World War […]

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Wages, poverty, and health in the time of Covid-19: Focus on Southeast Asia

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— As we continue to struggle against one of the most recent global crises in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers continue to sacrifice their health and safety in exchange for livelihood. Government policies and big businesses are pushing forward and demanding immediate normalcy status, putting workers at a high risk of infection, all […]

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Human rights violations in Asia amid the pandemic

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Since the unprecedented lockdowns precipitated by the efforts to stop the spread of CoVID-19, governments have passed draconian laws restricting not only movement but also freedom of information. Worse, these laws are being used as a pre-text to silence and arrest regime critics. APRN believes that people’s rights should remain the fulcrum of pandemic response.

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Case studies on the implementation of CSO commitments in the Nairobi Outcome document

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This book contains five studies aimed at providing insights on how civil society organizations are fulfilling their commitments contained in the Nairobi Outcome Document at the country level. Published by APRN and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), this book showcases the experiences of CSOs in Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

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Primer on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group

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On the run up to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, APRN releases this primer to give an in-depth analysis of IMF and WBG’s role in shaping the neoliberal framework of global development, and how it seeks to push this narrative further amidst an imminent financial crisis, soaring […]

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Mega-FTAs and its implications on Asian workers

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“The consequences of mega-FTAs on trade, labor and employment is much shown in many developing countries where, in order to maintain competitiveness, must adhere to “lowest common denominator rules” rather than meeting the highest possible standards. Recent developments in trade liberalization have permitted monopoly capitalists to dictate the cheapest value of labor and other production facilities, thereby disregarding decent standards, to accumulate bigger profit.”

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RCEP: India must uphold peoples’ rights and welfare

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After 22 negotiation rounds and several missed deadlines, the 10 ASEAN countries and their 6 free trade partners will meet again in July 2018 to try and move forward the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. While India’s hard stance on certain issues like tariff reduction has been a big factor in slowing down the past […]

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ASEAN Economic Integration: By whom? For whom?

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ASEAN is being projected as a destination for investments because of its growth rate at 5.3%1, which is currently faster than the US at 3.1%, and the EU at 2.5%. However, these numbers do not adequately reflect the realities on the ground. Perhaps, the starkest evidence of this is the rising inequality and concentration of […]

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Briefers on Militarism now available online

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APRN has released two briefers on militarism: Militarism and the Agenda 2030 and Militarism and the Environment. Militarism and the Agenda 2030 delves into the impacts of militarist policies on people’s rights and welfare, and how Agenda 2030 missed in recognizing and addressing this important issue even as it claims to work on building peaceful […]

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Where does the money go? Funding militarism vs sustainable development in Asia Pacific

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The theme of the upcoming 4th Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is “Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing Asia Pacific.” The theme speaks of the need to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region. Solving the development needs in Asia Pacific will have significant global impacts as the region is home to almost 60% of the world’s population. The region is also home to the 60% of world’s hungry, and almost half of the world’s poorest. Average income levels in the region in real terms are on a downward trend as inequality within and between Asia Pacific countries continue to rise.

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The WB-AIIB’s Indonesia ‘National Slum Upgrading’ Project: Safeguard violations and weak country systems analysis

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Indonesia’s President Jokowi has launched the ambitious “100-0-100 Program” with a laudable goal of 100 per cent access to potable water, 0 slums, and 100 per cent access to sanitation for urban inhabitants by 2019. The Cities Without Slums Program (KOTAKU) is a national platform funded by various sources, including central and local governments, the […]

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APRN briefer on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

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With the lackluster performance of the WTO negotiations in the past years, monopoly capital has renewed its focus on bilateral and regional free trade agreements (FTAs). This reorientation aims to push contentious issues that would otherwise not be possible to advance within the context of a multilateral trade regime such as the WTO. This strategy […]

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