Walden Bello

Walden Bello is the co-founder and current senior analyst of the Bangkok-based Focus on the Global South and the International Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.  He received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, in 2003, and was named Outstanding Public Scholar of the International Studies Association in 2008.

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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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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Why the U.S.-China Climate Deal Is Bad News for Climate Activists
Hopes that last December’s climate talks in Lima would reverse the momentum towards climate catastrophe were dashed by an event that was announced three weeks before: the so-called U.S.-China climate deal. Said to be the product of nine months of secret talks, the agreement between the United...
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Saturday, December 06, 2014
How Liberal Democracy Promotes Inequality
The evidence from Thomas Piketty, the United Nations, and other sources is quite conclusive: Rates of global inequality are simply unprecedented. And neoliberalism is to blame. In his celebrated book Capital in the 21 st Century , Piketty marshals a massive amount of data to show that rising...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption
Brazil’s crushing World Cup loss to Germany’s world champion team wasn’t just bad news for Brazilian football fans. It’s also likely to reignite the anger that many Brazilians felt towards the government of President Dilma Rousseff for hosting such a spectacular event when it could hardly afford...
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