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Report

Farmers behind bars in Thailand because they grow cassava

Today Narissara Muangklang may have to go to prison. Her crime? Growing cassava on the land where this has been done for generations, but now it has to be reforested. Farmers against climate generals? ...
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Blog Post

When civil society speak, will leaders from Asia and Europe listen?

Mid October leaders of states from Asia and Europe will meet in Brussels, as part of the Asia Europe summit which happens every two years. In its wake, civil society meet at the Asia Europe ...
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Opinion

The militarisation of the South China Sea is too dangerous for simplicities

The recent ruling by the UNCLOS Court of Arbitration in the Hague on the case brought by the Philippines has denied China’s claim to historic rights in the South China Sea. The implications coul ...
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Interview

Chinese Political Scientist Yan Xuetong: 'China should allow more freedom of expression'

John Vandaele had the opportunity to talk with professor Yan Xuetong, one of the leading political thinkers of China. Yan is well known for his outspokenness, even when his vision does not correspond ...
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Analysis

Indonesia: An archipelago of opportunities

Indonesia has been living in the shadow of the Asian giants China and India. From now on, though, the Southeast-Asian nation has the ambition to become one of the emerging powers of the 21th century o ...
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News

Experiments in democracy

China’s free market is doing fine, thank you. A free market without a free market in ideas, otherwise known as democracy, works. Some Western politicians seem to think that, simply by mimicking ...
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News

To change course touches the powers that be

Some things change fast. Very fast.  Despite predictions that it wouldn’t happen before 2040, China is, according to some analyses, already the world's largest economy. It is certainly the bigges ...
Opinion

Rising Asia and Old Europe need to work together

Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to write off Europe as yesterday’s power. Europe still matters even though this is not the message some EU policymakers have been sending out to a watching wo ...
Klaas Verplancke
Analysis

Angry Fragile World

Three years after the debts volcano on Wall Street erupted, we can see more clearly what happened: a crisis of neoliberal globalization.
News

When the big river floods, the little rivers get filled

China is growing, but do the Chinese that produce our clothes, shoes, mobiles and laptops profit from it? Is it true, in other words, that globalization gives chances to the labouring people in dev ...