Week of 17 – 23 of October 2017

October 23, 2017 2:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE

Week of 17 – 23 of October 2017

“What’s Popular is not Always Right” – Former Thai PM Warns

“From the War on Drugs to the Rice Pledging Scheme, experience in Thailand has shown that what is popular is not always right”, said former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in a talk in the Ateneo de Manila University Law School, Philippines last 18 October 2017.
http://cald.org/whats-popular-is-not-always-right-%E2%80%A8-former-thai-pm-warns/

Post Lecture Interview: https://youtu.be/ZM8VLgUZuwY

“Think big, go big – or stay home.”

This was the rallying call of acclaimed scholar Michelle Alexander in her keynote address to the 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia on 11-14 October 2017.  Alexander, who received a rousing and sustained standing ovation from the crowd throughout her speech, challenged the audience to go beyond drug policy and see how it relates to broader democratic development.  “The fate of democracy depends on what happens in spaces like this”, she said.  “The drug policy movement is fundamental to the remaking of our democracy.”
http://cald.org/cald-e-d-attends-drug-policy-conference/

Recounting the experience of Thailand, former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said killing addicts can never solve the drug problem, as long as there is a demand for illegal substances.
https://www.rappler.com/nation/
186002-killings-war-drugs-former-thailand-prime-minister-abhisit-vejjajiva
Malaysia’s general election will have to be held by August 2018 at the very latest, but can be called for any time before that.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/
asiapacific/commentary-malaysia-general
-elections-uphill-battle-opposition-9327002
The Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle (PDI-P), as the political party supporting the government of Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla, has given appreciation for the factual success achieved by Jokowi-JK government that has brought positive impact for the Indonesian people.
http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/
currentnews/read/13437/pdi.p.appreciates
.jokowi.jk…s.positive.governance.for.indonesia
The former president of Cambodia’s opposition, Sam Rainsy, will likely be charged with treason in the coming days, a senior official has said.
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/former-cambodia-opposition-leader-to-be-charged-with-treason/4079313.html
CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE
Week of  17 – 23 of October 2017

BURMA
The U.N. Needs $434 Million to Respond to the World’s Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis
October 22 2017
http://time.com/4992310/rohingya-
refugees-bangladesh-united-nations/

Myanmar, Once a Hope for Democracy, Is Now a Study in How It Fails
October 19 2017
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/
10/19/world/asia/myanmar-democracy
-rohingya.html

CAMBODIA 
Europeans Talk Tough to Cambodia
October 20 2017
https://www.voanews.com/a/europeans
-talk-tough-to-cambodia/4078854.html

International Parliamentary Group Joins Calls for Opposition Leader’s Release
October 20 2017
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/internationa
l-parliamentary-group-joins-calls-for-opposition
-leader-release/4079332.html

Sweden worried over CNRP’s dissolution
October 20 2017
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/
national/sweden-worried-over-cnrps-dissolution

PHILIPPINES
Ratings drop a wake-up call for leaders — Leni
October 22 2017
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/
2017/10/22/1751205/ratings-drop-
wake-call-leaders-leni

TAIWAN
Local Elections: Local elections to be DPP’s first test since last year’s presidential election
October 22 2017
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/
taiwan/archives/2017/10/22/2003680823

China’s Xi says can thwart Taiwan independence, Taiwan says democracy first
October 19 2017
http://www.businessinsider.sg/chinas-xi-says-can-thwart-taiwan-independence-taiwan-says-democracy-first/

INTERNATIONAL
Japan’s Abe on track for landslide victory, exit polls show
October 23 2017
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/22/asia/japan-election-results/index.html

This coming 3 – 6 of November 2017, CALD will hold the CALD Assessment Meeting, CALD Climate Change Workshop and CALD Executive Committee Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Assessment Meeting carries the theme “CALD@25: Taking Stock, Setting Direction”, while the Climate Change Workshop’s theme is “Climate Finance: Promoting and Financing Green Innovation.”

Copyright © 2015 Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Unit 410, 4/F La Fuerza Plaza 2
2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue
1231 Makati City, Philippines
+63 2 819 6071

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences

Categorised in: ,

This post was written by CALD

About Us

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) was inaugurated in Bangkok in 1993, with the support of then Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai and South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung. CALD, which offers a unique platform for dialogue and cooperation, is the only regional alliance of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia.
Unit 410, 4/F La Fuerza Plaza 2, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., 1231 Makati City, Philippines
+632 8196071; +63998 576 0877
info@cald.org

Newsletter


Contact Us