Category: Opinion

The latest opinion from those committed to making our region fair, just and democratic.


Extend the Spirit of Partisans to Fight New Fascisms: Homophobia, Discrimination, Exclusion and Racism

For the first time since the end of the ethnic cleanings in 1992-95, the Bosnian human rights activists decided to explore the possibility of establishing international solidarity networks, linking their local activism with those value-based – anti-Fascist and pro-democratic – activists from other parts of the world.

/ May 9, 2022

Invasions, International Law and Global Responses: From colonial Britain and white-settlerist USA to Maoist China and Putin’s Russia

FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Struggles, May 4th, 2022, a veteran of US Navy and retired dean of Sydney's Macquarie University Law School speaks to FORSEA.

/ May 4, 2022

Democracy in France 2022: Conversation with Sorbonne Constitutional Scholar and Leftist Intellectual Marie Gren

In the fascinating 60-minutes discussion, Professor Gren touched on various aspects of contemporary democracy in France, ranging from the sordid state of the Left and its “caviar socialists” and the increasing acceptability and mainstreaming of Far Right ideologies which Le Pen personifies, to the economic hardships that inflict immense pains on the great majority of the French public.

/ April 29, 2022

Myanmar Mothers’ Cries Do Not Bode Well for the Nation’s Future

The musician of resistance Mun Awng reminded the viewers, “the revolution must prevail, against all odds.” Tain Sway was seen nodding her head profusely when Mun Awng spelled out the pervasive sentiment – that “it is better to die fighting for the cause than living under the boot, again”.

/ April 19, 2022

Petro’s Choice: Resisting Putin’s War with Truths

“When you lose everything – your home, your career, your family – people around you (strangers) become most important.” Anyone concerned about shared humanity, I hope, will do his or her part by listening to Petro’s uncensored tales of what it means to live in the time of the crime against peace perpetrated on your national community.

/ April 10, 2022

The Clash of Empire Builders: China, USA and Russia

FORSEA Dialogue Series on Democratic Struggles will host a conversation with the famed Malaysian activist Hishamuddin Rais on the clash of imperialist powers and its global consequences.

/ April 6, 2022

Comedians’ Tragedy: The Global Shortage of Cynicism in the Russian-Ukrainian War

The world has no choice but to condemn the Russian aggression against Ukraine. It has no choice but to help the Ukrainians to end the war with honor. But it is the role of the Ukrainians to produce statesmen who understand that the Ukrainians need to suspect not only the Russians but also the Americans and the Europeans.

/ March 30, 2022

Ukraine and big power rivalry: Why the urge to ‘compare rottenness’ will lead Singapore nowhere

Some Singaporeans see crisis in Ukraine as a time to assert their values and allegiances in an identity war between the West and the Rest. Their view has little bearing on the future of Europe, yet these trends may complicate the country’s international relations in coming years.

How is the Russian Invasion of the Ukraine Impacting Asia and its Future?

There may be darker clouds ahead for the US in Asia. In the long run, Putin, like Hitler, could be responsible for the emergence of a new geopolitical order on a global scale in which the US place in Asia is less welcome than it once was.

/ March 25, 2022

Russia’s War Against Ukraine & Its Global Consequences: Views from Asia

In Southeast Asia, a region of nearly 600-million, neither the citizens nor the states seem to share the kind of popular official outrage over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, or the fear of immediate impact on their lives, which one sees in the West such as in the United States, Canada, the UK and European Union.  

/ March 22, 2022