Opinion & Analysis

CJFE condemns court ruling threatening press freedom

TORONTO (March 31, 2016)–Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and the undersigned organizations have issued a joint letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressing alarm over the Ontario Superior Court ruling that Vice News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the RCMP. The coalition urges 

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Journalists denounce police intimidation, harassment

Kidapawan coverage AlterMidya, a nationwide network of independent media organizations, denounces police intimidation and attempts to suppress information by preventing journalists from covering the aftermath of the April 1 Kidapawan massacre. The Cotabato police set up a checkpoint outside the Spottswood United Methodist Center where the protesting farmers retreated after Friday’s violent dispersal. Setting up 

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Permanent Immigrant Status Upon Arrival — Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights Canada

March 21, 2016, International Day for the Elimination of Racism — Today, 25 member organizations of the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada in six provinces, are jointly releasing an open letter on the upcoming Temporary Foreign Workers Review. The letter, also endorsed by dozens of national, provincial and local human rights, labour and immigration rights 

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Next admin should address deepening jobs crisis–IBON

#BeyondElections2016 | Research group IBON warned that the steadily falling labor force participation rate (LFPR) and growing underemployment are signs of underlying problems in the labor market, even as unemployment reportedly fell in January 2016. The next administration will need to reverse the neoliberal policies of the Aquino administration to improve the jobs situation, said the 

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Filipino kids wither while super rich get richer under Aquino

Research group IBON called attention to the worsening state of Filipino children’s health amid reports that the Philippines’ super-rich had continued to grow even richer under the Aquino regime. The stark contrast underscores the exclusiveness of hyped growth, the group said. The burgeoning wealth of 11 Filipino businessmen, amounting to US $41.5 billion or Php1.95 

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Ontario’s ‘free tuition’ tag — misleading students, families

Open Letter from Peggy Sattler, Ontario NDP Training, Colleges and Universities Critic Dear Premier Wynne, I am writing to express my serious concerns about your government’s decision to market a reorganized student financial assistance program as “Free Tuition”. On Budget Day, the promise of “Free Tuition” sounded like welcome news to Ontario students and their 

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IN PHOTOS: Inside the powerful EDSA 30 experiential museum

By Paolo Abad, Rappler.com MANILA – “Never again.” I’ve seen this phrase plastered all over my Facebook feed – two simple words, yet stark in meaning. “Never again” to “one of the darkest chapters” in Philippine history: the Marcos dictatorship, with its iron-fisted rule and wanton curtailment of rights. Some of my former professors and 

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Philippines: Aquino’s Doubtful Legacy on Rights


No Real Progress on Justice for Serious Abuses (New York, January 27, 2016) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III’s six-year term in office will end in mid-2016 without achieving his promised goal to significantly improve human rights in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. There has been little accountability 

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BAYAN-USA hits FBI with FOI request about FBI’s role in Mamasapano incident

On the first anniversary of Mamasapano fiasco “Over 60 Filipinos died and witnesses also saw the body of an American at the covert U.S.-designed Mamasapano operation one year ago, yet the U.S. has still not come clean about the extent of its role in the carnage. We are filing this Freedom of Information Act request 

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Backward step for Philippine women

By Phelim Kine The Philippine government has taken a serious step backward in its obligation to protect maternal health, reduce infant mortality, and prevent the spread of HIV. Last week, the Philippine Congress eliminated funding in the 2016 national budget for contraception, cutting vital support for lower-income Filipinos who rely on state-provided contraceptive services for 

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