Militarism, women, & resistance

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The Primer on Women, Militarism, & Resistance highlights the harsh realities women face in a multipolar world of inter-imperialist competition. This primer was made in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).

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Fight for our future, advance people’s Development now

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Delivered speech by Ms. Julia Puno, general secretary of APRN for the Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development 2024 Good morning everyone! We are happy to see everyone all gathered in one space for this timely event. We thank everyone’s participation and contribution to The Peoples’ Forum. Indeed in its 11th year as shared […]

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[APRN Discussion Series] On imperialism and wars of aggression

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Imperialism and wars of aggression: A case of 4 countries[1] INTRODUCTION Since the advent of civilization, the pursuit of economic and political power has led to the imposition and enforcement of authority over people and territories. This phenomenon, with eternal recurrence in the history of humankind, brought ‘states’ to existence. States of colossal economic, political, […]

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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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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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Groups from Asia Pacific stand for peace, vow to oppose impending war

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US’ intensified pivot a threat to the people of Asia Pacific, hastens the possibility of outright war says peace advocates Peace advocates from Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, and the Philippines gather to manifest their unity to oppose all kinds of imperialist aggression in the region. In a global press conference held in Manila, groups […]

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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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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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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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Discussion paper on Kashmir

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Updated: October 2023 Kashmir is a land-locked region in South Asia found between the borders of India, Pakistan,and China. The region is enveloped by the Himalayas, with the Indus River and its tributaries flowingacross its land. It intersects South Asia (India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan) and East Asia (China)—which gives it great geopolitical importance. Due to […]

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APRN Newsletter – 1st Quarter 2019

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On this issue: Development Aid With Chinese Characteristics? Activists, CSOs bolster call to reject RCEP in Bali negotiations APRN Pushes for Effective Development Cooperation Amidst Shrinking Spaces for CSOs Goals vs Realities: Looking back at the Peoples’ Forum & APFSD 2019 Quo Vadis Goal 16? A people’s review of the state of peace, justice, and […]

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Quo Vadis Goal 16? Civil society reviews the state of peace, justice, and inclusion in Asia Pacific

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Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), in partnership with Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM), held the panel discussion titled “Quo Vadis Goal 16?” at the Asia Pacific People’s Forum on Sustainable Development 2019 (APPFSD) on March 25 in Bangkok. Thirty five (35) participants from regional and national CSOs, people’s organizations, UN agencies and […]

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Today is the 73rd Anniversary of the US bombing of Hiroshima

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Today we commemorate the 73rd year since the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The death toll in the first hours after the bomb was dropped is estimated at 75,000 to 80,000. Many of those who survived the immediate blast died shortly afterwards from fatal burns and other serious complications caused by radiation. This […]

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APRN Newsletter First Quarter 2017

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On this issue we cover the recently concluded APRN Biennial Conference, People Over Profit’s campaign against free trade agreements, the 7th year of the Istanbul Principles, CSO gatherings to tackle development effectiveness, and other network activities and updates.

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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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Resist the neoliberal ASEAN Integration, build a genuine people-centered regionalism

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As the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) holds 28th and 29th summit concurrently with the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Vientiane, Laos from 3-8 September 2016, civil society across Asia Pacific calls attention to the intensifying neoliberal agenda in the region as it seeks integration in the economic, political security, and socio-cultural spheres.

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APRN in solidarity with South Korean people vs US THAAD missile defense system

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The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) supports the South Korean people in denouncing the proposed deployment of a United States anti-missile unit in their country. Citing so-called missile threats from Pyongyang, South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye recently announced plans to install the US-designed THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile defense system in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province.

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Call for submissions: APRN research on militarism and democracy

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Militarism has been employed by states to gain or maintain political and economic power not only against other countries, but also against the people within their own countries.

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APRN briefer on militarism and the Agenda 2030

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This briefer aims to shed light on the emerging threat of militarism in the Asia Pacific region and how the Agenda 2030 responds to the issue. It highlights the issue of militarism being used as a legal recourse to aide large-scale resource grabs, how militarism is affecting women and indigenous peoples and how high military spending is diverting resources away from sustainable development financing.

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