Month: February 2009

Cultural worker, actor and art activist Fernando “Nanding” Josef talks about globalization and cultural imperialism. He insists that both are detrimental to the indigenous arts and culture of the Filipinos. BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Correspondent Bulatlat CULTURE For Fernando “Nanding” Josef, former vice president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP),…

BY DEAN BAKER Center for Economic and Policy Research/Truthout INTERNATIONAL Posted by Bulatlat The January employment report showed the economy losing 598,000 jobs in the month. In addition, there were sharp upward revisions to the job loss figures for the prior two months. The data now show the economy losing 1,772,000 jobs over the last…

Members of the House Committee on Economic Affairs grilled National Economic Development Agency (NEDA) Director General Ralph Recto over the P330-billion economic stimulus package at a hearing, February 4. The stimulus package, which is much touted by the Arroyo administration, turned out to be a mere repackaging of old programs. Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño called it a “simulation package”.

Seven detained activists slapped with murder charges were ordered released, February 5. Now released from detention, they are planning to file counter charges against state security forces and state prosecutors who were responsible for their arrest. BY RONALYN V. OLEA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Seven detained activists slapped with murder charges were ordered released, February…

Relatives, colleagues, and supporters of jailed peasant leader Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis launched the 58-page literary folio Panata sa Paglaya (Vow to Freedom) last Feb. 3. The folio contains poems by and for Echanis, as well as other literary and artistic pieces. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO CULTURE Bulatlat Anong kapalaran itong biglang dumating? Tila makapal…

By resurrecting General Palparan and attempting to absolve him of his crimes, Malacañang is banking on the public’s short memory and its strong repugnance for and condemnation of the drug menace in order to clear the GMA regime as well for its coddling and encouragement of this erstwhile criminal-in-uniform. Unwittingly, the GMA regime reopens the…

Nakakasakal ang papel. Nakakapagtaning ito ng buhay. Nakakapagtakda ng kamatayan. At papel pa lamang ito. Hindi pa isinasaalang-alang ang iba pang pang-araw-araw na poder ng kapangyarihan: boses ng magulang, guro, amo at bosing; asta, pananamit, tabas ng buhok, gamit na aksesorya, ballpen, pulang marker; kotse at sasakyan, at iba pa. Dahil pinalilibutan ang buhay ng…