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Globalization and Inequality: the Perspective from Southeast Asia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:19

Globalization and Inequality: the Perspective from Southeast Asia1

Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput2

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In the well-known ancient Indian parable, several blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like.  The one who feels a leg thinks an elephant is like a pillar.  The one who feels the tail thinks it is like a rope.   Another who feels the trunk thinks it is like a tree branch.[3]

Conversations about globalization often[4] share this characteristic.  Those who focus on factory closures and outsourcing see globalization as causing job losses and lower wages in the developed world.  Those who focus on factory disasters such as those in Bangladesh see it contributing to unsafe conditions and poor labor standards for workers in developing countries.

Commentary: Is India on the cusp of superpower? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:14

by Gorawut Numnak

A Note from the MPS Asia Regional Meeting 2011

According to Dr Parth J Shah, Chairman of Organising Committee of MPS India, “India is widely seen as an emerging global superpower – its economy has proven to be robust during the recent global downturn, the nuclear deal has given a special global status and the US has come to see it as a friend.” These trends are important. However, participants at the Mont Pelerin Society Asia Regional Meeting 2011 [1], recently held in New Delhi, seem to have reservations about India as a Global Power. Not yet, or not soon, anyway.

India's economic achievements...
Commentary: Rethinking the economic crisis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 February 2011 08:53

by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Every time I say that capitalism is the most efficient economic system that we have, many would jump to remind me about the recent global economic crisis. Some, influenced by socialist ideas, argue that America’s economic problem is a sign of capitalism’s failure. They are wrong.

Socialists and Lefties believe that the state should intervene in the economy. They instinctively assume government officials and politicians know better than the millions of individual and independent actors in the marketplace. They think it is alright for the state to set up and run GLCs or even nationalise private corporations. Their beliefs have led to taxpayers’ money being used to bail-out certain companies. In doing so, they ignore the market’s efficiency to remove wrong-doers.

Leon Louw...
Globalization and Inequality: EFN Asia’s session in Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2014 19:06

With the success in 2013, EFN Asia and FNF Korea decided to continue to co-host a session in the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity 2014 in Jeju island, Korea. The big umbrella of the whole event is ‘Designing New Asia.’ Our session’s theme is ‘Globalization and Inequality.’ With the recent worldwide Piketty phenomenon and inequality situations in many Asian countries, we firmly believe that it is a topic we have to discuss and share our views.

The forum has started in 2001 and continued to attract participants around the world. It is expected that this year there were more than 4,000 participants altogether. Huge crowd of people attended two-and-a-half-day-event held during 28-30 May 2014.  Notable figures of this year include Julia Gillard, former prime minister of Australia, Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of state of Palestine, Li Zhaoxing, former foreign minister of China and Carly Fiorina, former president of Hewlettt-Packard.

Jonathan Gullible in more languages PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:42


"We are happy to share with you that all three publications: Baluchi, Sindhi and Urdu edition of Jonathan Gullible. 
E-versions can be downloaded from: With best regards, Muhammad Anwar, Administrator, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Islamabad, Pakistan.


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