"When the decent people stay out of politics, they shouldn't be surprised when politics become indecent."

Friedrich Naumann (1860-1919)

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Freedom Barometer Asia 2014 released

It is our distinct pleasure to introduce to you the Freedom Barometer Asia 2014. It is now the fifth consecutive year that we release the Freedom Barometer in its current form and we are proud that our publication has evolved into a recognised assessment of freedom in Southeast and East Asian countries. Our belief is […]

Using the European experience in ASEAN

What lessons can the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is about to embark on establishing a common market by the end of 2015, learn from the European Union? This burning question was brought to the European capital Brussels by seven delegates from different ASEAN member states, 17.-20.11.2014. The visit was entitled “Development […]

Malaysiakini: 15th Anniversary and Launch of New Office Building @Kini

Malaysiakini celebrated their 15th anniversary with a spectacular launch of their new office building, dubbed @Kini, in Petaling Jaya near Kuala Lumpur. The building was partly funded by 1,040 donors, who participated in a ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign with the slogan “Let’s build something great together!”. Each participant has a brick inscribed with their name […]

Globalization and Inequality

by Dr. Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput In the well-known ancient Indian parable, several blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like. The one who feels a leg thinks an elephant is like a pillar. The one who feels the tail thinks it is like a rope. Another who feels the trunk thinks it is […]

Responsibility: The Melody of Freedom

Next week is FREEDOM WEEK! The programme for our week-long celebration of freedom can be downloaded here. But before the official start of the Freedom Week, Fnf Thailand will set the mood by launching the ‘FREEDOM SONGS’ project on coming Saturday, October 11th, under the theme ‘Responsibility: The Melody of Freedom.’ If you happen to […]

Social Change Management Workshop

Change Management is an approach to transitioning individuals, teams and organizations to a desired future state. The term has almost always been associated with a process within an organization. At the International Academy of Leadership (IAF) of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Germany, the seminar on Change Management was organized also in the context of […]

Neo-Romantik: A stage play with a twist

FNF Malaysia’s partner, Sisters In Islam (SIS), recently published Neo-Romantik, a stage play which was performed from September 4th-7th in the Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Neo-Romantik deals with the topic of gender equality in the context of Islamic marriage. The performers played the part of an ordinary couple which struggles to find […]

Freedom in 82 Melodies

82 entries vie for the Freedom Song title. In a span of three months, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Philippines received music compositions that inspire freedom, good governance, responsibility, and personal hopes and dreams. “Almost every day for three months, someone in the Philippines was writing a Freedom Song,” said Noel Cabangon who heads […]

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