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Book Review: "The End of the Free Market" by Ian Bremmer | 05/13/10
Devin T. Stewart
State capitalism differs from free-market capitalism in that politics rather than profit is the main driver of decision-making. For this reason, it threatens to curtail free markets and the global economy.
How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace | 04/13/10
Charles A. Kupchan, Joanne J. Myers
Diplomatic engagement with rivals, far from being appeasement, is critical to rapprochement between adversaries, says Charles Kupchan, and diplomacy, not economic interdependence, creates the path to peace.
Crackdown with a Blessing | 12/31/02
Elizabeth K. P. Wong, Karim Raslan
Wong reports on the use and abuse of Malaysia’s Internal Security Act and its new-found international support in the post–September 11 world. Raslan, a Malaysian journalist, discusses how the Bali attacks forced him to reconsider his support for rights in these uncertain times.
Implementing Women's Human Rights in Malaysia | 06/05/97
Norani Othman points out the the potential problems and solutions to promoting women's rights in an Islamic society in Malyasia.
MALAYSIA | 09/05/96
Examined are Two Faces: Detention Without Trial; "Why the EIA of the Bakun Project is Invalid;" "Kenapa EIA Projek Hiro Elektrik Bakun Tidak Sah," Power Play: Why the Bakun Hydroelectric Project is Damned; "Baffling Decision: Judge Who Defamed the Judiciary Won't Be Prosecuted;" "Controversy Over Women's Rights: NGO Exposes Maltreatment of Migrants in Malaysian Detention Camps," and "First Steps Towards Preserving Rights."
What Asians Think About the West's Response to the Human Rights Debate | 03/04/96
Kevin Y. L. Tan
New-found national pride pits Asian countries against a "decadent West." Constant pressure to observe human rights obligations, often applied with threats of economic sanctions, is regarded by many as a slap in the Asian face, an attempt by the West to hold the East ransom.
International Human Rights and Asian Commitment | 12/04/95
After the 1993 Bangkok Regional Preparatory Meeting, human rights were no longer dismissed as a tool of foreign oppression but were promoted as a means of asserting Asian distinctiveness from Western-dominated norms of social and political order.
The Language of Human Rights in East Asia | 09/04/95
Human rights are widely advocated for their instrumental worth, but this strategy may change. Political and civil rights may eventually be championed for their own worth after a certain amount of material well-being has been achieved.
Rajeswari Kanniah |
Rajeswari Kanniah is head of Consumers International, Asia Pacific Office.