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21 Feb, 11 tweets, 5 min read
What @acertainjolene is saying 👇. When authoritarian regimes oppress the voices of citizens, they start to believe their own stories, and when other countries continue to uphold so-called 'soft' authoritarians as examples, they start to think they do not need to change. And ...
... when such authoritarian models are spread across the world, it starts to embolden authoritarian regimes. There's no such thing as a 'soft' authoritarian. Believing that these regimes will come around while supporting their oppression is only allowing them to bide their time.
By the time authoritarian regimes become stronger together and democracies become more reliant on them, then democracies will be at their mercy. We can talk about localization and bringing production back to democracies, while ignoring the human rights transgressions ...
... in authoritarian regimes, but while the democratization process in the world is reversing, how long more do we have? The international organizations like @UN are starting to become a joke because democracies are giving so much way to authoritarian regimes to take over ...
... these institutions that they can no longer uphold the rights based values that these institutions are supposed to hold. Have we allowed politics and corruption to become so pervasive that the world's democratization is now at stake?
Perhaps what we do not want to acknowledge and talk about is how neoliberal capitalism has resulted in democracies falling so much over capital that they have failed to guard against the authoritarian spread, and that they have forgotten to protect the democratization process.
Our world is not better off when democracies keep quiet about the rights transgressions & abuses, when we do not take strong enough a stand in China, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Thailand, Myanmar and other authoritarian regimes. Then we are doomed to repeat mistakes of the past.
When authoritarian regimes believe democracies will keep quiet because money can buy their silence, they will keep using money to keep democracies quiet so that one day, when they can as a group become stronger, democracies will be at their mercy, & democracies will be kept shut.
Democracies need to take a stand, become principled and start using their current economic advantage to uphold global justice and rights before they lose this advantage. @EU_Commission, @POTUS, @CanadaFP, @dfat, @MFATNZ, @JapanGov, @TheBlueHouseENG.
If the military coup government is able to push forward with a successful coup, this will send a strong signal to China, Thailand & other countries in Southeast Asia that advanced countries and democracies are too weak, and they no longer need to take these countries seriously.
It is time democracies start to take strong, coordinated action starting with the coup regime in Myanmar, and to develop firm strategies that can curtail the authoritarian spread.


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22 Feb
This is so touching. A person in Myanmar opens up about how he felt his silence previously made him "complicit in the genocide of Rohingya" and how recent protests have opened his eyes, and how he vows never to make the same mistake again.

The thing is, the unity in Myanmar today is allowing people to have greater empathy and solidarity with one another, it has helped to remove barriers and strengthen relationships and unity, and like I wanted with the HK protests, I want people in Myanmar to win too.
Because these social movements have such a power to transform societies and move them to another level, and if their governments are wise, it's such a powerful energy to rally, to build society, and to give people new hope and progress.
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In our research, Taiwanese say innovation is poor in Taiwan because the government tends to invest in big companies or companies which are already innovating and they want to make a quick buck from, and tend not to invest in SMEs. The quality of innovation is also ...
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Some questions Singaporeans need to ask:

The People's Action Party (PAP) is already at its 4th & 5th generation leadership. How would we rate each successive generation?

If corresponding to vote share:

1st = 73%
2nd = 67%
3rd = 64%
4th = 61%
5th = 55%?

How would you rate it?
However, at which point do we want to start rebalancing Singapore's political situation?

When PAP's performance drops below 60%? 55%? 50%?

Do we want to wait for PAP to fail miserably before we try to prepare for an alternative scenario?

Will it be too late then?
For Singapore's long term stability, is it the interest of Singaporeans to prepare Singapore's political scene for a stable transition that involves multiple parties having the ability to negotiate and perform in a manner that will facilitate a smooth transition of power.
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Is Taiwan's government over reliant on the export market to drive Taiwan's growth? Is there enough focus on SMEs that contribute less to the export market? This is an important question to ask on how Taiwan's government views Taiwan's role globally.…
What are the reasons why Taiwan's SMEs think they earn low profits? Is it because prices of Taiwanese products for local consumption are low? Taiwanese-made products can be half the price that of their international competitors (e.g. hair dryers, food products etc)
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Part of Taiwan's culture is characterized by exploitative behavior, and while it is by no means as bad as many countries, it is possibly one of the worst among advanced countries. Bosses exploit workers (Taiwan's profit share is among the highest in advanced countries), ...
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