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Trafficking In Human Beings: Learning From Asian And European ExperiencesTrafficking In Human Beings: Learning From Asian And European Experiences by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel (Eds.)

This publication addresses issues concerning the increased prevalence of human trafficking in both Europe and Asia. Subject matter experts from Europe and Asia examine th underlying factors leading to human trafficking, the constraints and drivers that affect government policy-makers' decision-making and the social consequences.

TroublemakerTroublemaker by Henson, Bertha

Troublemaker is a collection of Bertha Henson's columns from her blog, Bertha Harian, as well as the now defunct Breakfast Network. They represent her take on the news of the day, spanning political and social happenings in Singapore from the middle of 2012. Sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, Bertha brings her own inimitable style to news commentary, raising questions and zooming in on issues that concern the citizenry.

We Also Served: Reflections Of Singapore's Former Pap MpsWe Also Served: Reflections Of Singapore's Former Pap Mps by Chiang Hai Ding & Rohan Kamis (Ed.)

For the first time, 25 People's Action Party former MPs tell how they became involved in politics, what they did as politicians, what they felt and wished for Singapore. They are former ministers and other office holders to backbenchers. Some served five terms, totalling over two decades, and some one term of four or five years. These are stories of ordinary people who served in unusual times and achieved extraordinary results for Singapore. Some are of very humble origin or have little formal education. Some served in the crucial decade, 1955 to 1965, during the birthing of the new nation, when the political outcome of their struggle could have gone against them, and they would have paid a heavy price for their convictions. Most served when that new nation started out on the long road to nation-building, during the decades of rapid social and economic change, when they had to convince their fellow citizens to make the necessary changes for independent Singapore to survive and progress. Most were not prepared for the tasks they had to undertake.

Climate Change Diplomacy: The Way Forward For Asia And EuropeClimate Change Diplomacy: The Way Forward For Asia And Europe by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.

This publication addresses issues concerning climate change in Europe and Asia, including: What are the challenges faced by countries? How do developed countries and developing countries view the climate change negotiations and what drive their positions and negotiating strategies? How can agreements and commitments be achieved in international negotiations? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on climate change initiatives and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include Chen Gang, Jusen Asuka, Bartek Nowak and Coraline Goron.

Eco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And ExperiencesEco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And Experiences by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.

This publication addresses issues concerning the new emphasis and interest in eco-cities in Europe and Asia, including: How do developed countries and developing countries view the development of eco-cities? Is it a new fad or are countries serious in committing to the building of such environmentally friendly cities? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on eco-cities and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include: Eero Paloheimo, Simon Joss, Qin Tianbao and Judith Ryser.

Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics And PeopleMisplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People by Limiere, Sophie (Ed.)

Fifteen researchers from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, France and the United Kingdom whose interest in Malaysia goes beyond passion - but always with reason - have come together to take readers on an intellectual quest to identify the contemporary nature of Malaysian politics and society. The researchers are from different disciplines, including urban studies, political economy, international relation, political sociology and anthropology, film studies, literature, law, and strategic studies.

Revisiting Malaysian Modernisation: Essays On Science, Technology, Religion, And EnvironmentRevisiting Malaysian Modernisation: Essays On Science, Technology, Religion, And Environment by Mohd Hazim Shah (Ed.)

Much work on Malaysian modernisation focuses exclusively on its economic aspects. This collection of essays moves the debates on modernisation and modernity decisively. It offers a bold series of reflections on the complex relationships between science, technology, religion and the environment, and how they have shaped the trajectory of modernisation. Drawing on insights from history, public policy, philosophy of science, environmental studies and religion, it addresses some of the most pressing issues of societal transformation: industrialisation, technological innovation, sustainability, religious values and civilisational engagement. This volume adds to the growing literature on alternative views of development and modernisation, with a focus on Malaysia.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #01 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia: MalaysiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2014 #01 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia: Malaysia by Lee, John

This is the third in a series on the theme of "China's economic engagement with Southeast Asia", and follows analyses on Thailand and Indonesia, both also written by John Lee. Malaysia has one of the closest and seemingly warmest diplomatic relationships with China of all Southeast Asia countries. With the relationship elevated to a 'comprehensive strategic partnership' in 2013, and due to the economic importance of China to Malaysia and the region, there is speculation that Kuala Lumpur is gradually but ineluctably 'tilting' towards Beijing strategically and away from traditional security partners. However, the deepening economic relationship between the two countries is largely driven by a similar and general deepening of economic regionalization and integration throughout the Asia-Pacific. In reality, China is just one of several important partners for Malaysia in this regional network and is far from being the dominant economic partner. Malaysia is carefully crafting the image of a 'neutral broker' even as it follows the strategic trend of many maritime states in Southeast Asia by hedging against China through reaffirming and strengthening military relations with the United States and other regional states. External and domestic factors provide strong motivation and incentive for Kuala Lumpur to stick with its current approach to China: forging ahead with a comprehensive strategic relationship with China, whilst in reality making itself a small target when it comes to political disagreements with Beijing, and quietly reaffirming and strengthening military relations with the United States at the same time.

Chinese Strategic Thought Toward AsiaChinese Strategic Thought Toward Asia by Rozman, Gilbert

This book traces the development of Chinese thinking over four periods from the 1980s on and covers strategies toward: Russia and Central Asia, Japan, the Korean peninsula, Southeast and South Asia, and regionalism. It compares strategic thinking, arguing that the level was lowest under Jiang Zemin and highest under Hu Jintao. While pinpointing many mistaken assumptions, it credits China with overall successes and concludes that China stands at a crossroads. Deng Xiaoping's legacy about patiently biding its time may be replaced by growing assertiveness, which was difficult to suppress earlier and now is emboldened by China's rapid rise.

Jalan Yang Lurus by Kassim Ahmad

Buku ini ditulis oleh Dr.Kassim Ahmad. Seorang intelektual Malaysia yang melawan arus. Dulu orang tuduh dia anti - hadis. Mungkin kamu boleh search sendiri secara detail siapa Kassim Ahmad. Buku dia yang famous satu lagi bertajuk "Mencari jalan pulang". Maka, aku terus sahaja ambil dan bawa ke kauter. Sambil menunggu bayar, aku terpandang pada kulit depan buku ini. "Kita harus meneroka jalan ini" Tidak diketahui jalan apa yang Dr. Kassim maksudkan kerana lain orang lain tujuannya, tapi nyata ini buku bulan Februari buat aku. Lain orang, maka lainlah keinginannya. Lain orang, maka lainlah yang diterokanya.

From Recipients To Donors: Emerging Powers And The Changing Development LandscapeFrom Recipients To Donors: Emerging Powers And The Changing Development Landscape by Emma Mawdsley

From Recipients to Donors examines the emergence, or re-emergence, of a large number of nations as partners and donors in international development, from global powers such as Brazil, China and India, to Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, to former socialist states such as Poland and Russia. The impact of these countries in international development has grown sharply, and as a result they have become a subject of intense interest and analysis. This unique book explores the range of opportunities and challenges this phenomenon presents for poorer countries and for development policy, ideology and governance. Drawing on the author's rich original research, whilst expertly condensing published and unpublished material, From Recipients to Donors is an essential critical analysis and review for anyone interested in development, aid and international relations.

Global Minotour, The: America, Europe And The Future Of The Global EconomyGlobal Minotour, The: America, Europe And The Future Of The Global Economy by Yanis Varoufakis

Financialization, greed, ineffectively regulated banks - all have been blamed for the global economic crisis. In reality, though, these were mere subplots in a much grander, almost mythological, drama - one that can be traced back to the Great Crach of 1929, then on through to the 1970s when, like the Athenians forced to pay tribute to the Cretan beast, the world began financing the 'Global Minotaur' of America's budget and trade deficits. Now, from the current crisis in Europe to the heated debates about austerity versus further fiscal stimuli in the US, the consequences of the fatally wounded Minotaur are everywhere. Remarkable and provocative, The Global Minotaur gives an essential account of the socio-economic events that have shaped the world as we now it, and the options available for reintroducing a modicum of reason in our irrational global economic order.

Liberal Peace, A The Problems And Practices Of Peace BuildingLiberal Peace, A The Problems And Practices Of Peace Building by Sisanna Campbell; David Chandler (Eds.)

A Liberal Peace? is a timely and much-needed critical volume that takes a fresh look at the often-polarised debate over the 'liberal peace' approach to international intervention. Using a multitude of case studies, from Afghanistan to Somalia and Sri Lanka to Kosovo, it examines contemporary peacebuilding and statebuilding practice, investigating the assumptions for understanding current interventions. Written by some of the most prominent scholars in the field alongside several new scholars making cutting-edge contributions, this is an essential addition to a rapidly growing interdisciplinary area of study.

Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space For Economic DemocracyReclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space For Economic Democracy by Cumbers, Andrew

The last few years have seen the spectacular failure of market fundamentalism in Europe and the US, with a seemingly never-ending spate of corporate scandals and financial crises. As the environmental limits and socially destructive tendencies of the current profit-driven economic model become daily more self-evident, there is a growing demand for a fairer economic alternative, as evidenced by the mounting campaigns against global finance and the politics of austerity. Reclaiming Public Ownership tackles these issues head on, going beyond traditional leftist arguments about the relative merits of free markets and central planning to present a radical new conception of public ownership, framed around economic democracy and public participation in economic decision-making. Cumbers argues that a reconstituted public ownership is central to the creation of a more just and sustainable society. This book is a timely reconsideration of a long-standing but essential topic.

America's Deadliest Export Democracy: The Truth About Us Foreign Policy And Everything ElseAmerica's Deadliest Export Democracy: The Truth About Us Foreign Policy And Everything Else by William Blum

For over sixty-five years, the United States war machine has been on automatic pilot. Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book, William Blum, a leading dissident chronicler of US foreign policy and the author of controversial bestseller Rogue State, argues that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.

Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind The World's Most Powerful NumberGross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind The World's Most Powerful Number by Fioramonti, Lorenzo

Gross domestic product is arguably the best-known statistic in the contemporary world, and certainly amongst the most powerful. It drives government policy and sets priorities in a variety of vital social fields - from schooling to healthcare. Yet for perhaps the first time since it was invented in the 1930s, this popular icon of economic growth has come to be regarded by a wide range of people as a 'problem'. In Gross Domestic Problem, Lorenzo Fioramonti takes apart the 'content' of GDP - what it measures, what it doesn't and why - and reveals the powerful political interests that have allowed it to dominate today's economies. In doing so, he demonstrates just how little relevance GDP has to moral principles such as equity, social justice and redistribution, and shows that an alternative is possible, as evinced by the 'de-growth' movement and initiatives such as transition towns. A startling insight into the politics of a number that has come to dominate our everyday lives.

Economies Of Recycling: The Global Transformation Of Materials, Values, And Social RelationsEconomies Of Recycling: The Global Transformation Of Materials, Values, And Social Relations by Catherine Alexander; Joshua Reno (Eds.)

For some, recycling is a big business; for others a moralised way of engaging with the world. But, for many, this is a dangerous way of earning a living. With scrap now being the largest export category from the US to China, the sheer scale of this global trade has not yet been clearly identified or analysed. This groundbreaking book reveals astonishing connections between persons, households, cities and global regions as objects are reworked, taken to pieces and traded. With case studies from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, the former Soviet Union, North America and Europe, Economies of Recycling shows how marginal economies are producing new social collectives and projects around local and global decay, often with waste labour bringing high monetary reward as well as danger.

Future Of South-South Economic RelationsFuture Of South-South Economic Relations by Adil Najam; Rachel Thrasher (Eds.)

In recent years, it has become apparent that South-South economic relations are increasing, and will continue to do so. There will be more trade agreements and more trade, more economic alliances and more political alliances with economic goals, more investment flows and an increasing acknowledgement that the Global South has more to offer than it has in the past. These new economics relations have great potential, both for harm and for good. Covering a wide range of topics, including regional trade integration in Africa, the environmental impact of increased South-South trade, the changing patterns of South-South investment, and the effect of conflict on trade in South Asia, this ground-breaking volume presents an analysis of South-South economic relations, and how they might impact and be impacted by the rest of the world.

Prima Facie by Mohamed Hanipa Maidin

Undang-undang biasanya satu fakta yang keras dan kaku. Ia menghasilkan satu suasana yang boring dan membosankan. Namun, melalui Prima Facie, penulis cuba mengajak pembaca melihatnya dari aspek yang mudah dan santai.