Walden Bello

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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As shown innumerable times, nature has a way of punishing those that disrupt living arrangements that have existed for aeons—and the irony is that humans, through processes like globalization and connectivity, help facilitate this blowback. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Coronavirus and the Death of 'Connectivity'
The Covid 19 pandemic is the second major crisis of globalization in a decade. The first was the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, from which the global economy took years to reach a semblance of recovery. We did not learn our lessons from the first, and this is perhaps why the impact of the...
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A Rust Belt factory (Photo: Andrew Bardwell / Flickr) Views
Friday, December 20, 2019
Good Riddance to the WTO
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is on its last legs now that the Trump administration has blocked the appointment or reappointment of judges to the appeals court of its Dispute Settlement Mechanism — which is the central pillar of the 24-year-old multilateral body. Do I regret the demise of the...
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Riot police pepper spray nonviolent demonstrators at the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. (Photo: Steve Kaiser / Flickr) Views
Friday, December 06, 2019
How the Battle of Seattle Made the Truth About Globalization True
The Battle of Seattle in late November 1999 is, for me, memorable in many ways. For one, I still remember being given a good beating by a policewoman when I tried to prevent her buddies from hauling off the irrepressible Medea Benjamin, then the director of Global Exchange, from a sit-in at the...
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The institutions of democracy and sovereignty exist in tension with another powerful institution: the global market and its free trade regimes. (Photo: StopFastTrack / Flickr) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Why Free Trade Is Bad for You (or Most of You at Any Rate)
Walden Bello was invited by The Economist to debate the chief economist of the World Trade Organization, Robert Koopman, at the Asia Trade Summit in Hong Kong, on February 28. Billed as the “Great Trade Debate” in an era of rising anti-free trade sentiment, the Oxford-style 20 minute debate took...
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Friday, July 21, 2017
It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible
Free trade and the freedom of capital to move across borders have been the cutting edge of globalization. They’ve also led to the succession of crises that have led to the widespread questioning of capitalism as a way of organizing economic life — and of its paramount ideological expression,...
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Friday, February 03, 2017
Trump’s Travel Ban: The View from One Permanently on US Immigration’s Watch List
As a citizen of the Philippines who’s been detained and subjected to questioning and “secondary screening” almost every time I’ve entered the United States, I feel much sympathy for those whose freedom of movement has been violated by Donald Trump. There’s a difference in our situations though...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
How Obama’s Legacy Lost the Elections for Hillary
If there’s one certainty that emerged in the 2016 elections, it was that Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat stemmed from her loss of four so-called “Rust Belt” states: Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, which had previously been Democratic strongholds, and Ohio, a swing state that had twice...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
From the Battle of Seattle to the Financial Crisis
I had many lessons from the Battle of Seattle, and one of them was that policewomen can deal it out as good as any policeman. I got beaten up, badly, by one of Seattle’s best. Yesterday, I decided go down memory lane and visit the scene of the crime. I remember seeing Medea Benjamin of Code Pink...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
People Are Likening the Next Philippine President to Donald Trump. Here’s Why.
International reports about the recent election in the Philippines invariably refer to its result as a “political earthquake.” The metaphor is accurate. A year ago, few believed that Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of Davao, would be the next president of the Philippines. Duterte had achieved a...
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
The Ultimate Blowback from U.S. Foreign Policy? Donald Trump.
When the late Chalmers Johnson introduced the word “blowback” to describe the adverse consequences of Washington’s actions in the world, he wasn’t referring simply to the victims of U.S. imperial interventions striking back on American soil. More importantly, he saw the resulting destabilization of...
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