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Message of Ibu Megawati Sukarnoputri, former President of Indonesia, to the Socdem Asia - Progressive Alliance Meeting in Denpasar

Message of Ibu Megawati Sukarnoputri, former President of Indonesia, to the Socdem Asia - Progressive Alliance Meeting in Denpasar

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi WabarakatuhGreetings of Peace to all of usSalomNamo Buddhaya Om SwastiastuIt is with tremendous pleasure and happiness that I stand here and speak to you, delegates of the members of the Progressive Alliance, and delegates of political parties as well as those from labor parties and organizations. Welcome to the Gods Island. This moment reminds me to a historical event which also attended by several countries and initiated by Indonesia, the Asian African Conference. The spirit and soul of the conference has become milestone for the establishment of countries in the Asian, African, and Latin America regions. Dasa Sila...

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Political management Training for Young Progressives 2

Political management Training for Young Progressives 2

The second part of the Political management Training for Young Progressives is happening again in Manila! The training intends to capacitate young and emerging leaders of political parties and social development organizations with tools that aid and advance their political work, while at the same time consolidate these young leaders that will help advance collective goals in the future under their progressive leadership. The expected 20 participants of the training are active members of political parties and organizations from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand, age 20-35 years old.

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 SOCDEM Asia’s Exclusive Interview with Trudy Jackson, ALP International Officer

SOCDEM Asia’s Exclusive Interview with Trudy Jackson, ALP International Officer

1. For the past decade, beginning in the late-2000s, the major Australian parties seem to be racked by internal feuds and, in the case of labor, successive coups by rival leaders. What explains this seemingly strange phenomenon? What are the factors that have contributed to what seems like personality politics overtaking ideological coherence and party discipline?If you look at Australia’s 116-year old federal parliament there are many examples of similar past leadership changes. However modern media and communications has provided unprecedented access and real-time coverage for such leadership challenges which have often been conveyed only in terms of personalities. This...

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Political Management Training 2

Political Management Training 2

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SOCDEM Asia Statement on the Thai Constitution Referendum

SOCDEM Asia Statement on the Thai Constitution Referendum

SocDem Asia expresses its grave concern for the recent ratification of Thailand’s new constitution. From its appearance this democratic process has ushered in a new political order with the support of the Thai people. But the low voter turnout of just over 50% shows the lack of trust in this new Constitution.   More troubling are the provisions of the new constitution which institutionalize military supremacy over civilian rule. The creation of a military-backed senate and appointment of military representatives in the legislature is simply creating the legal framework and justification for the ruling military junta.   This new constitution cannot be countenanced as...

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Progressive Government Officials and Parliamentarians Met to Share Lessons and Best Practices in Governance

Progressive Government Officials and Parliamentarians Met to Share Lessons and Best Practices in Governance

The conference brought about various stakeholders and progressive thinkers from across the region to discuss best practices in local democracy and participatory governance in the 21st century, taking inspiration from various grassroots movements, which have transformed the political landscape of countries such as Indonesia, the new president of which, “Jokowi”...

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Who is really guilty of Sedition?

Who is really guilty of Sedition?

By Howard Lee His Majesty’s “Loyal” Opposition The Westminsterial Parliamentary system which our Nation’s founding fathers and mothers agreed upon, was one that afforded the Opposition the title of “His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. The Loyal Opposition is an integral and irreplaceable branch of the Parliamentary/ Legislative institution. This is not just the...

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Statement on the ASEM summit: More decent jobs, increased equality and a better climate

Statement on the ASEM summit: More decent jobs, increased equality and a better climate

In the last two decades, the vast regions of Asia and Europe have moved closer to each other, resulting in the establishment of a number of cooperation and coordination mechanisms, including the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Bringing together the 28 members of the European Union (EU), the 10 members of the...

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Joint Statement of SOCDEM Asia and the Progressive Alliance about the Imprisonment of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

Joint Statement of SOCDEM Asia and the Progressive Alliance about the Imprisonment of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

  We, as progressive political parties in both government and opposition worldwide, are deeply concerned about the imprisonment of Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. His case raises internationally worrying questions about the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in Malaysia.   The selective and politically motivated prosecution of members of the...

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Building an Open and Safe Society for All

Building an Open and Safe Society for All

   

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