Walden Bello

Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Walden Bello is senior analyst of the Bangkok-based institute Focus on the Global South and representative of Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party) in the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He can be reached at waldenbello@yahoo.com.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9:45am
How Liberal Democracy Promotes Inequality
The evidence from Thomas Piketty, the United Nations, and other sources is quite conclusive: Rates of global inequality are simply unprecedented. And neoliberalism is to blame. In his celebrated book Capital in the 21 st Century , Piketty marshals a massive amount of data to show that rising...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:45am
What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption
Brazil’s crushing World Cup loss to Germany’s world champion team wasn’t just bad news for Brazilian football fans. It’s also likely to reignite the anger that many Brazilians felt towards the government of President Dilma Rousseff for hosting such a spectacular event when it could hardly afford...
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The Obama administration is negotiating a deal with the Philippines that would essentially give the U.S. free use of Philippine military installations, narrowly skirting a Philippine ban on foreign bases in the country. (Photo: U.S. Pacific Command / Flickr) Views
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:45pm
Obama in Asia: Washington Extracts Rent-free Basing from the Philippines
As U.S. President Barack Obama descends on the Philippines, Manila and Washington are rushing to complete negotiations on an Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) between the two countries. The Philippines’ territorial disputes with China are one major reason for this new agreement. With...
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Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 2:45pm
Thailand’s Deep Divide
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:40am
Spineless in Bali: Fooled Again by the WTO
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:59am
Hello Warsaw, This Is Haiyan Calling
It seems these days that whenever Mother Nature wants to send an urgent message to humankind, it sends it via the Philippines. This year the messenger was Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 1:00pm
GMO Wars: The Global Battlefield
The GMO wars escalated earlier this month when the 2013 World Food Prize was awarded to three chemical company executives, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley, responsible for development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 7:08am
A Brewing Storm in the Western Pacific
A storm is brewing in the Western Pacific.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 12:18pm
As 2012 Ends, a Turning Point on Women's Rights
Women’s rights have been in the forefront of international of international concern over the last few weeks.
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Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 7:58am
America's Dismal Choice
With speculation now centered on how Superstorm Sandy’s impact may affect the U.S. election result, the final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, might seem like a distant event to American voters. But for the rest of the world, this was an event that mattered
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