Philippines

An Entourage of Fools

First, it was retired Philippine National Police (PNP) comptroller Eliseo de la Paz to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Then came former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante’s turn. The only people missing in this tragic comedy are Benjamin “The Broker Abalos Sr., made famous by his role in the graft-ridden $329.5 million 

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Obama’s victory: Symbolism, Change and the Need to Rupture

While racism in America does not disappear completely with Obama’s victory, the result of the US presidential elections reflected a significant change, a milestone in the struggle against the racist mindset. More importantly, it symbolized the American people’s clamor for change. But it would take more than the election of an African-American from the Democrats, 

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Greed at the heart of capitalism

ost mainstream media critiques of the US and world financial crisis point to greed as the underlying culprit. The implication is that if the financial CEOs were not so greedy, the meltdown would not have occurred. This kind of analysis however entirely misses the point about the nature of capitalism, especially monopoly capitalism. Capitalism is 

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The usual victim

A “Right of Reply” law is likely to be passed before Congress goes into Christmas recess this year. As most journalists know—or should—such laws compel media organizations to publish the reply of persons who believe themselves to have been unfairly treated by the media. They make mandatory the professional and ethical responsibility of journalists to 

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Colleagues say missing activist alive

BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) received information from a ‘reliable and credible’ source saying that missing activist James Balao is alive and is being detained by state security forces. According to Beverly Longid, CPA chairperson, the information they received Thursday came from an informant who is among the ranks of state security forces. (Read 

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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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