Philippines

Middle East is ‘Most Distressing OFW Destination’ – Migrant Group

The Arroyo government is frantically working for an increase in the deployment of Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East to cushion the impact of the probable lay-offs and decrease in remittances of overseas Filipinos in the US and other counties hit hard by the financial crisis. But the Middle East, according to Migrante International 

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Migrants’ Assembly: Sorely Being Missed in Headlines

There are two important, parallel events concerning migrants happening in the country from October 28-30. One is the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the other is the International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR). At the GFMD, migrants are the subject and not the center of discussion. At the IAMR, they are 

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International Solidarity Mission Initial Report on James Balao

Background On September 17, 2008 James Balao, a founding member of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the President of the Oclupan Clan Association, was abducted while in transit between Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet. On September 20, 2008 the CPA distributed an Urgent Alert to it’s national and international partners to inform them 

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Mining Town Folk Fear More Landslides, Ask Bishop to Intercede

Fearing another landslide, some 300 residents of nearby Itogon, Benguet appealed for Roman Catholic Bishop Carlito Cenzon’s intervention and assistance to cause the immediate suspension of all mining activities in the area where16 indigenous miners were trapped in a tunnel last month. (Read story…)

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Labor Lawyer Arrested by State Agents

The chief legal counsel of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU-May First Movement) was arrested yesterday around 1 p.m. by state agents. Atty. Remigio Saladero Jr. was arrested in his residence in Antipolo City by combined police and military elements led by the Antipolo Police and Military Intelligence Group 4A of the Intelligence Services of the 

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Interfaith Mission Deplores All-out War, Humanitarian Crisis in N. Cotabato, Maguindanao

Even as the Arroyo government publicly declares it is for peace in Mindanao, a National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission conducted in North Cotabato and Maguindanao from Oct. 22-24, 2008 concluded that: “The military offensives in North Cotabato and Maguindanao are carried out under the pretext of pursuit operations against Kato and his group, but these in 

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Master of the double standard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor and political activist Noam Chomsky — the world’s best known public intellectual — says somewhere that the United States’ prescriptions for other economies it wouldn’t dare follow itself, knowing how catastrophic the consequences could be to its own economy. (Read story…)

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Capitalism’s unsoundness

Mike Whitney, in “Economic Depression in America” (June, 2008) writes: “The real origin of the problem is…in the prevailing ‘trickle down’ orthodoxy which opposes any increases in wages or benefits for working people… (T)oday’s captains of industry and finance refuse to accept … that if workers aren’t adequately paid for their labor–and wages do not 

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US Financial Crisis Could Lead to Job Losses in RP

Just how vulnerable is the Philippines to the effects of the US financial crisis – which has been marked among other things by the recent bankruptcies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the biggest home mortgage loan companies; and Bear Stearns, Merril Lynch, and Lehman Brothers, three of the biggest financial institutions, in 

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Black Friday Protest Set for Beheaded OFW

An alliance of overseas Filipino workers’ organizations based in the Middle East has set October 17 as a “Black” Friday to protest against and condemn the Arroyo administration for acting ‘too late with too little efforts to save an overseas Filipino worker from execution.’ (Read story…)

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