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By John Roberts wsws 5 January 2005 Bulatlat.com There are growing signs that the Indonesian military (TNI) is exploiting the current catastrophe in northern Sumatra to crush the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and establish its unchallenged control over the resource-rich province of Aceh. So far the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that…

‘Butcher of Mindoro’ terrifies Visayas human rights groups The regional peasant alliance, Samahan han Gudti nga mga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas (Sagupa-SB or Regional Peasant Alliance in Eastern Visayas) denounced Jan. 4 the possible appointment of Brig. Gen. Jovito Palparan as chief of the army’s 8th Infantry Division assigned in the region. Palparan would replace…

BULATLAT INVESTIGATIVE REPORT Farm workers of Hacienda Luisita dispute the claim by the Cojuangcos that SDO has been good for their thousands of farm workers. Farm workers say they have been losing their jobs, receiving pitiable pay and may lose their own homes, too. BY DABET CASTAÑDA Bulatlat.com (Second of two parts / Read the…

BULATLAT INVESTIGATIVE REPORT The Versolas continue to support the strike, visiting the picket line to watch documentaries on the massacre, help in the kitchen chores or just exchange views with anyone. Mang Pering says that their forefathers’ struggle to finally own the land that is rightfully theirs rages on. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA Bulatlat.com (First of…