Philippines

There is No More Democracy

I am Joni Balao-Strugar, the youngest sister of James. My other two siblings went to Manila on December 9 and had a meeting with our comrade Igorots and friends. They have gathered there as we gather here today for the same purpose to tell the whole world that it is not safe anymore in the 

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War of Terror in Gaza

Remember Sabra and Shatilla? These were the two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon where an estimated 1,700 to 3,500 civilian residents — men, women and children — were massacred in 1982 by pro-Israel Lebanese phalangist militia units with the protective shield and go-ahead of Israeli Defense Forces. IDF commander Gen Ariel Sharon was found “indirectly 

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Signs of Desperation

Confronted by a broad array of forces opposed to Cha Cha, the Arroyo government is gambling with its fortunes. It is banking on the probability that chances for its ouster are getting slimmer as 2010 nears. It is hoping that the broad array of forces opposed to Cha Cha would not be able to muster 

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Change: It’s About Time

We, the Participants of the conference “Corruptionary: A Cultural Innovation for Good Governance,” after two days of discussing the multitude of problems facing the country and options for solution, strongly manifest our indignation over the depths to which bureaucratic and political corruption has reached in our country today: • It has caused a bad reputation 

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The Arroyo Government: Struggling to Survive till 2010 and Beyond

The probability that the Arroyo government would survive another year and complete a six-year term may be getting higher as we approach 2009; but its concern is no longer limited to staying in power till 2010. With the numerous unresolved issues hounding it, it could not help but try to keep itself in power beyond 

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The Shoe Heard Round the World

As with any event that pushes history forward, when you click the play button over and over to watch Muntanzer al-Zaidi mumble something in Arabic that we now know meant “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!,” the question inevitably arises – Why hasn’t this happened before? (Read story…)

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UP honors alumni who died for motherland

By Pinky Choudhury The University of the Philippines held a “Centennial Tribute to UP Heroes and Martyrs” on Saturday, Nov 29, a day before Andres Bonifacio Day, at the Bantayog Memorial Center in Quezon City. The University honored the 72 men and women as part of activities marking its 100th year. Venue was a tented 

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‘Philippine Gov’t Lacks Political Will to Solve Human Rights Problems’

An independent regional non-government organization said the Philippine government lacks the political will to solve the human rights problems of the country. (Read story…)

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In the Miserable Depths of Poverty

As 2008 nears its end, many Filipinos conclude that their dire plight got unbearably worse this year. More and more urban poor families speak with anguish about their impoverished state while adamantly stressing the need for “radical change”. (Read story…)

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YEARENDER: Of Aborted Agreements and Dashed Hopes for Peace

The year 2008 was supposed to have marked a milestone in the 11-year history of on-and-off peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Yet this year, the dream of peace in Mindanao has only become more elusive. (Read story…)

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