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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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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Friday, October 02, 2015
China’s Stock Market Crash Is the Latest Crisis of Global Capitalism
It’s always amazing how the stock market pulls big surprises on those who should know better. The momentous rise in share prices in the Shanghai stock exchange from mid-2014 to the middle of this year, when the composite index shot up by 150 percent, should have been a strong indication of what...
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Thursday, August 06, 2015
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
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 06, 2015
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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