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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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:00am
Europe’s Big Banks Are Fueling the Continent’s Far-Right Fascists
For a moment this summer, it appeared that Greece had cornered its creditors. In a hotly contested vote in which their European neighbors openly intervened, Greeks overwhelmingly voted to reject more austerity. In a controversial turnaround, however, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras then...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:00pm
The US Military Just Plunged Philippine Politics into Crisis
Early in the morning of January 25, commandos belonging to the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police crept into the southern town of Mamasapano — a stronghold of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The elite Seaborne Unit had come for Zulkifli Abdhir, a Malaysian bomb...
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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 3:30pm
How the Left Failed France’s Muslims
From Germany to Belgium to France , European countries have been on a manhunt for terrorists in the wake of January’s shootings at the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo and a Parisian kosher supermarket. The pursuit has been especially intense in Belgium , where officials describe their targets...
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Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 9:45am
Why the U.S.-China Climate Deal Is Bad News for Climate Activists
Hopes that last December’s climate talks in Lima would reverse the momentum towards climate catastrophe were dashed by an event that was announced three weeks before: the so-called U.S.-China climate deal. Said to be the product of nine months of secret talks, the agreement between the United...
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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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