Publications

Duterte, Covid-19 Und Der Populistische Autoritarismus Auf Den Philippinen: Auseinandersetzungen Und Widersprüche

In ihrem Umgang mit der Coronavirus-Pandemie hat sich die Duterte-Regierung schlecht vorbereitet gezeigt. Sie reagierte nicht nur zu spät, um die lokale Ausbreitung zu stoppen, sondern auch völlig überzogen, was die Durchsetzung des Lockdowns angeht. Die Philippinen hatten den strengsten und längsten Lockdown Asiens. Dennoch stieg die Zahl der COVID-19-Infektionen vom Juni 2020 bis zum…

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Social Democracy or “Dutertismo”?

Image by Mayday Multimedia Although the official vote count only began today, the results of the 2022 Philippine presidential election are already more or less clear: Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., the son of long-time dictator Ferdinand Marcos, appears to have won a landslide victory and will become the next President of the Philippines. Although he…

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Class Struggle at the Ballot Box

Prior to the 2022 elections, the Left in the Philippines had fielded candidates only at the middle and lower levels of government, including the party list system in Congress. At the presidential level, left-wing groups would either support candidates who were of a liberal bent and less repressive towards them, or else simply adopt a…

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Just Transition in Indonesia: Coal and Nickel Sector

Executive Summary Earth is facing its biggest problem: climate change which threatens human life and biodiversity. The climate crisis has driven the increase of the planet’s temperature, contributed mainly by greenhouse gas emissions, produced by human activities, primarily burning fossil fuel. Moreover, fossil fuel has become the backbone of modern life through the massive consumption…

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Disruption! A battle for the future of food

Introducing ETC Group’s new board game with support from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Manila Who decides the future of food? When politicians, companies and others talk about ‘the food system’, they include the work of growing, producing and distributing food. But there is more than one way of organising a food system. Over the last…

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Defending the defenders

Environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) are defined by the United Nations as “in individuals and groups who, in their personal or professional capacity and in a peaceful matter, strive to protect and promote human rights relating to the environment including water, air, land, flora and fauna.” EHRDs in the Philippines have protected 1.8 million hectares…

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Cultivating Food and social justice in the Philippines and Cambodia

This article is part of the publication “Crash barriers for a post-COVID 19 food and agricultural system,” a collaborative publication that aims to highlight how a post-COVID-19 food and agricultural system should look like from a left perspective. It is facilitated by several regional offices of RLS and joined by authors from countries like India,…

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Hijacking food systems: technofix takeover at the FSS

Our latest communiqué looks at how the Food Systems Summit (FSS) planned for the fall of 2021 is not about changing food systems, but about spinning a story that props up and expands the industrial food chain at the expense of other food systems. The FSS’s proponents argue that the “food system” is broken, that…

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Global Solidarity for An Internationalism Of The Future

In left-wing discussions worldwide, the call for a “new internationalism” is growing ever louder. In the Guardian, former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called for the foundation of an “international progressive movement”. According to Sanders, a political project should be established that opposes the “international authoritarian axis”-a project that stands for a “vision of shared prosperity,…

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“We Must Transition from Dirty Coal to Renewable Energy”

Activist Pius Ginting looks at the impact of Chinese investments in Indonesia Pius Ginting works for the Indonesian environmental organization Asosiasi Ekologi dan Emansipasi Rakyat (Action for Ecology and People’s Emancipation, AEER) based in Jakarta. AEER struggles for the improvement of natural resources management and helps build sustainable relationships of communities with their environment. He was an active…

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