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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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Statement of Solidarity for DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng.

Statement of Solidarity for DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng.

SocDem Asia condemns the recent arrest of Democratic Action Party – Malaysia Secretary General and Penang State Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. The timing of the arrest is highly suspicious and shows the intent of the government to silence dissent and undermine the political opposition.   While the arrest is seemingly in pursuit of fighting corruption, for alleged abuse of power and conflict of interest, this façade of an anti-corruption case falls flat on its face considering that the government has yet to act on damning allegations and evidence of corruption tied to current Prime Minister Najib Razak. We fear that this...

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Asia’s Democratic Landscape: The Shifting Sands of Progressive Politics

Asia’s Democratic Landscape: The Shifting Sands of Progressive Politics

Without a question, Asia is a diverse lot. In fact, right until the modern times, people in the region, who constitute much of the world’s population, didn’t identify themselves as part of the same spatial community or episteme. Beginning with the Greeks, who divided the world between the ‘civilized’ Hellenistic world and the ‘Barbarian’ rest, including the towering Persian Empire, there emerged in the Western imagination an Orient, embodied by a distinct Asiatic world.   After centuries of humiliation under the yoke of Western colonial powers, Asia has gradually reconstituted itself, emerging as the world’s most dynamic and promising region. Yet, despite decades...

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Statement on the Recent Bombings in Jakarta

Statement on the Recent Bombings in Jakarta

We unequivocally condemn the terrorist attacks in Jakarta, and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Indonesia, who are valiantly battling the monstrous manifestations of extremism and various forms of radical ideology.   We express our deepest condolences for the victims of the latest act of terrorism in Indonesia as well as those in other countries like Turkey and Burkina Faso in recent days. No creed, including the compassionate religion of Islam, condones these deliberate targeting of innocent civilians for the achievement of specific political goals.   Terrorism has no religion, for it is negation of basic humanity. These violent acts of...

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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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Quake Aftermath: Help in Cash or Kind?

Quake Aftermath: Help in Cash or Kind?

By Deepak Gajurel As Nepal prepares to switch from rescue and relief to reconstruction and rehabilitation, irregularities at various levels have begun to surface. Nepalis from various walks of lives have been reported to have been involved in one or another kind of irregularity, which include, government ministers, lawmakers, political leaders/workers...

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Building an Open and Safe Society for All

Building an Open and Safe Society for All

   

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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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SOCDEM Asia Celebrates the Nomination of Rui Araujo as East Timor’s Prime Minister

SOCDEM Asia Celebrates the Nomination of Rui Araujo as East Timor’s Prime Minister

Socdem Asia is extremely delighted by the auspicious developments in East Timor, as long-time pro-democracy activist and former health and deputy-prime minister Rui Araujo prepares to become the country’s prime minister.  Mr. Araujo, who hails from opposition Fretilin party and has long been seen as a favorite to become the...

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