[India] Rise of fascist regimes in the Asia Pacific

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The 2014 ascent to power of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) through its ideologue Narendra Modi saw the rise of a revitalized Hindu nationalist movement in India. Through the “Hindutva” principle, Hindu militants under the banner of the BJP have gained ground in reshaping the country’s politics. This also facilitated the persecution of Muslims and […]

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US military presence in the Asia Pacific

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The United States continues to be the world’s top military spender. It spent USD 877 billion in 2022, surpassing the military expenditures of the succeeding ten countries combined (SIPRI, 2022). The billions of dollars are spent on producing war materiel, investing in military research and technology, and maintaining its military presence outside American soil. Currently, […]

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The world’s richest versus labor situation

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While billions of working people are plunged into poverty and instability, the super-rich and financial oligarchs continue to rake in fortune. According to Forbes, the top 5 world’s richest are Bernard Arnault of Louis Vuitton, who amassed $11 billion more in a month and is now the richest man worth 236.7 billion dollars, Elon Musk […]

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[Philippines] Rise of fascist regimes in Asia Pacific

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Updated: September 2023 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, […]

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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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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 while […]

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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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#PublicHealthNotProfit

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) stands in solidarity with the Global Day of Solidarity for Public Health Not Private Profit. The network reaffirms its commitment to raising the people’s call for public health that is accessible to all during this global pandemic. APRN asserts that governments should uphold the democratic rights of the people and […]

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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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What is the RCEP?

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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a mega-regional trade deal that covers half of the world’s population, 38% of the world economy and nearly 30% of the world’s trade volume.

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ASEAN Economic Integration: By whom? For whom?

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The ASEAN Economic Community along with the other pillars of the ASEAN Community (Political Security and Socio- Cultural), is expected to be launched in December 2015. With its collective economic growth and resources, analysts say ASEAN will become the engine of growth in Asia, especially, the economic integration that investors and corporations are anticipating in […]

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US military presence and interventions in Asia, Pacific and Africa

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Asia-Pacific has become the stage for a global tug-of-war to take control of resources and exert political and economic dominance by Western countries, with the United States at the helm. Years after it launched its Global War on Terrorism, the U.S. brought its wars to resource-rich countries in West Asia such as Syria, Lebanon and […]

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