The Global Financial System in Crisis

Mar 28

Owing to the devastating impact of uncontrolled gyrations and permutations of speculative capital, there were calls for capital controls and a return to strong financial regulation following two of these crises: the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and the dot.com craze of the late 1990s. The first event led to the economic collapse of all the so-called Asian tiger...

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Nothing to Gain, Everything to Lose

Mar 09

The negotiations leading up to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial in Hong Kong are apparently getting nowhere. The draft ministerial reports on the state of negotiations in agriculture, non-agricultural market access, and services are out, and while all try to put a positive spin that there is a movement toward "convergence" there is very...

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The Tragedy of Contemporary Democracy in the South

Mar 09

It is now 25 years since the beginning of the great wave of democratisation that swept away dictatorships from Latin America to Southeast Asia. Yet there is everywhere a palpable sense of disappointment that the new electoral democratic regimes have fallen far short of their promise of not only bringing freedom but also rolling back poverty and social inequality....

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Can the Philippines Handle Globalization?

Mar 09

I would like to thank the organizers of this event, particularly my co-awardee of the Right Livelihood Award for 2003, Nicky Perlas, for inviting me to speak at this event. Nicky’s optimism, as many of you know, is infectious, and I do hope all of us will be infected by it today. I think our previous speakers have already alluded to the mood of dispiritedness...

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The War and Peace Equation Today:

Mar 09

It is certainly a step forward that there is a growing consensus among us that development, peace-building, and conflict prevention must be undertaken simultaneously if initiatives at peace and security are to take hold and prosper. This is, however, a consensus mainly among United Nations agencies, peace analysts and practitioners, and civil society actors....

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The Role of the “Coalition of the Willing” in the Violation of International Law and Universal Human

Mar 09

Honorable members of the Jury of Conscience and members of the Panel of Advocates: My brief here today is to outline and detail the specific charges against the "Coalition of the Willing" assembled by the United States government to support its aggression in Iraq. The case against the prime aggressor, the United States, has been laid out by other...

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