Issue No. 321 (May 2017)

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COVER: Looking back 20 years on: Lessons from the Asian financial crisis

The Asian financial crisis – 20 years later
Twenty years after the Asian financial crisis, have the lessons have been learnt and are the countries of the region vulnerable to new crises?
By Martin Khor

The Asian financial crisis: Lessons learnt and unlearnt
Measures adopted by governments to prevent the recurrence of the last financial crises can actually become new sources of instability and crisis.
By Yilmaz Akyüz

Why have we not learnt more from the 1997-98 East Asian financial crises?
Different, often contradictory lessons have been drawn from the 1997-98 East Asian crises.
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

‘Financial liberalisation’ triggered the Asian financial crisis
It was the opening up of the ‘tiger economies’ to freer flows of international finance which knocked them off their growth trajectories and triggered the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
By Prabhat Patnaik

The Asian financial crisis and the vicissitudes of globalization
The 1997 Asian financial crisis and the Great Financial Crisis a decade later have undermined the hegemony of neoliberalism as the defining ideology of the current global economic order.
By Chakravarthi Raghavan


100 companies responsible for over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions
A recent report which reveals a highly concentrated picture of carbon emissions offers hope that the problem of climate change can still be tackled.
By Chee Yoke Heong


New ‘Monsanto papers’ fuel debate over possible chemical cover-up
Fresh documents shed light on corporate influence over regulatory bodies, says law firm that released them.
By Carey Gillam


Trump intel chief: North Korea learnt from Libya war to ‘never’ give up nukes
US President Trump’s Director of National Intelligence recently admitted that there is a sound rationale for Pyongyang’s single-minded pursuit of the nuclear option.
By Jon Schwarz

The mask is off: Trump is seeking war with Iran
President Trump is intent on wrecking the nuclear accord with Iran by October with false claims of non-compliance and launching a war against that country.
By Trita Parsi

Saudi Arabia is buying off and silencing its critics
Western politicians, media and think-tanks have acquiesced in the continuing atrocities in Yemen and other human rights violations being perpetrated by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf state allies.
By Yasin Kakande

Challenging nuclearism: The Nuclear Ban Treaty assessed
All nine states with nuclear weapons as well as those living under the ‘umbrella’ of the nuclear-armed states pose a formidable challenge in translating the goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world into reality.
By Richard Falk


By the wayside
Since Michel Temer became Brazil’s President in 2016, agribusiness and ranching interests have intensified their efforts to evict indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands.
By Eimhin O’Reilly


Closing the gender gap could add $5.8 trillion to world economy – ILO
The latest International Labour Organisation report reveals that half the women worldwide are out of the global labour force despite their clear preference to work at paid jobs.
By Kanaga Raja


The ‘Condition of England Question’ 2017
The Grenfell Tower fire in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea which broke out in June, claiming some 80 lives, brought to the fore the whole question of the social condition of Britain.
By Jeremy Seabrook


To ‘afflict the comfortable’
Remembering Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the Sandinista priest and one-time United Nations General Assembly president who died on 8 June.
By Jonah Walters


Night rain
The poet, dramatist and critic John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo (b. 1935), whose poetry celebrates the physical landscape of Africa, is widely regarded as the most lyrical of Nigeria’s poets.
By John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo


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