Opinion & Analysis

Political prisoners heighten hunger strike

Eighteen political prisoners from Tagum City, Patin-ay in Agusan del Sur, Cebu and Taguig City are now on hunger strike to underscore the call for the release of all political prisoners.500 inmates at the Compostela Valley Provincial Rehabilitation Center have joined the hunger strike in sympathy with the political prisoners in Tagum City, Davao del 

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Maita Gomez (1947-2012): Beauty transfigured

“The new woman, the new Filipina, is first and foremost a militant…She is a woman who has discovered the exalting realm of responsibility, a woman fully engaged in the making of history…” – Ma. Lorena Barros, “Liberated Women II” I only met Maita Gomez, one of two fabled beauty queens turned revolutionaries (the other one 

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Maita Gomez: Palaban, makabayan at makakalikasan

Tinig Kalikasan ni Lisa C. Ito Mandirigma, ina, peminista, at tagapagtanggol ng pambansang patrimonya—ito ang ilan sa mga salitang pumapasok sa isip ko sa pagpanaw ni Maita Gomez (1947-2012). Mas kilala ng marami si Maita bilang isa sa mga pinakamagandang mukha ng kilusang kababaihan ng Pilipinas. Mula sa pamilyang nakaaangat sa lipunan, siya ay nahirang 

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Call for justice for Joshua Yasay and victims of Scarborough violence

ANAKBAYAN-Toronto, a broad alliance of Filipino-Canadian youth under the umbrella organization of BAYAN Canada, mourns the loss of 23 year old Filipino-Canadian youth Joshua Yasay, who was killed on Monday, July 17th 2012 in a Scarborough shooting incident. A York University graduate, Yasay was one of the two victims killed at the annual block party 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: Summer of the Gun: Part II

By Joe Rivera To many peace-loving residents of Toronto, the latest mass shooting (July 16) on Danzig St. in Scarborough raises yet the spectre of another “summer of the gun” that shook the city in 2005. That summer seven years ago, 24 people were shot dead in Toronto from June 12 to September 16, and 

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Filipino Pride

By Alex Felipe (Delivered at Diwa ng Kasarinlan, July 7, 2012 at Ryerson University Student Centre)  You hear alot about it these days and that is good.  But let me play devils advocate for a second. Why are you proud? Are you proud that a literate and developing civilization was conquered by a small band 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MP James turns her back on science

Dear Editor, This month scientists from all across Canada held a funeral march on Parliament Hill for the “death of evidence.” They were protesting how MP Roxanne James and her Conservative government are ignoring evidence in policy-making, cutting off funding to vital research and preventing government scientists from presenting evidence to the public. This normally 

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Impunity and “democracy”

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com I would have written about President Aquino’s request to the US to fly its spy drones around Scarborough shoal and its impact on Philippine sovereignty when the killing of Willem Geertman happened. Geertman was a 67-year old advocate of peasant land rights, indigenous people’s rights, and environmental defense and protection. He 

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On the killing of Willem Geertman, a well-loved Dutch community worker

CPSHR Statement The Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR) vehemently condemns the killing of Willem Geertman, 67, a well-loved community worker and executive director of Alay Bayan-Luzon, Inc. (ABI). ABI is a non-government organization that works on community-based and development-oriented responses in addressing the vulnerabilities stemming from poverty, powerlessness, environmental degradation and political abuse. Together 

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The extrajudicial killing of Willem Geertman: An attack on Christian Missions

SISTERS’ ASSOCIATION IN MINDANAO (SAMIN) STATEMENT July 6, 2012 We grieve and condemn in the strongest terms the killing of Dutch missionary Willem Geertman, 67, who has lived a good 46 years among the people of Quezon province in Luzon until his death on July 3 last week. President Benigno Aquino III’s conscience should be 

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