Opinion & Analysis

IMMIGRATION: Debating anti-immigrant group would be good for Canada

I have often heard it said that if you saw how hot dogs were made you would probably never eat another one again. That’s why sausage manufacturers are not prone to inviting the public to witness the inner workings of their meat processing plants. The business, I am told, can be a bit … unappetizing. 

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After 38 Years, Justice Remains Elusive for Martial Law Survivors

Up to now, not a single victim of human-rights violation during the Marcos dictatorship has achieved justice nor received any compensation from the government. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA — Thirty eight years have passed since the declaration of martial law but the victims of human-rights abuses during the Marcos dictatorship are still 

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Last week’s violent demolition of shanties in a sprawling urban poor community in Quezon City highlighted once more the intractable problems of homelessness and urban blight and government’s generally myopic, piecemeal and anti-poor approach to solving these. It reminded us as well how the urban poor – their travails and struggles — have contributed immeasurably 

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Progressive Groups Say $434 Million Compact Grant to Benefit US, Not the Philippines

By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA — Filipinos have nothing to applaud but plenty to fear from its new president’s US trip and the bacon it’s supposed to bring home soon, based on statements of workers, migrants, youth and students’ organizations and economic think-tank Ibon Foundation. Various people’s organizations scored the Aquino government’s double-faced tack at 

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At What Price?

By signing the $434 million grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Aquino administration is committing to the same policies of deregulation, liberalization, and privatization that were vigorously pursued by the previous Arroyo administration. (Read story…)

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LETTER FROM TORONTO: The perils of voting

Prior to coming to Canada, I had never voted in any election, whether national or local. On second thought, I might have had-but in student elections. In fact, I voted for myself in one of those elections for a college student government. And if you’re wondering-yes, I won by a plurality of votes. (Read story…)

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Lawyers laud UN rights body decision vs Arroyo, et al

Lawyers’ Group Seriously Studying Having UNHRC Decision Enforced in the Philippines; Vows to Continue Prosecuting HR Cases before national and international bodies In a press release today, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) lauded the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) decision finding the Philippine government under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo responsible for the death of 

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IMMIGRATION: What are immigration lawyers good for?

When I checked my inbox this morning I found a very important email from an organization of immigration professionals which I belong to. In fact, this email is so crucial to my ability to practice immigration law that I forwarded it to all of my staff, saved it in our firm’s electronic address book, and 

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Stop this country

BENIGNO Aquino III said upon taking office last July that he hoped the “honeymoon period” between him on the one hand and the media and the citizenry on the other would last throughout his entire six-year term. But the next Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia surveys should show whether or not it will even 

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Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s Statement On His Recent Visit to Manila

Sept. 20, 2010 As Canada’s Minister Immigration, my first visit to the Philippines this week has given me the opportunity to experience the beauty of this country and celebrate the special friendship between Canada and the Philippines. My friend and colleague Stockwell Day, when he was Canada’s Minister of International Trade, also visited the Philippines 

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