The Ukraine conflict is compounding in a multitude of ways the already upward and alarming trajectory of overall food prices.
While Russia did violate international law by attacking Ukraine, the responsibility of the US and NATO in creating the crisis should not be ignored. Just like the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq that led to tens of thousands of civilian deaths, NATO’s military expansion into Eastern Europe upturned the entire region and endangered civilian populations.
The Ukraine conflict is an example of how sovereign countries become launching pads of inter-imperialist proxy wars mainly because of their geopolitical and economic positions.
A regional network of environmentalists called on international human rights bodies to pay close attention and actively condemn humans rights violations committed by governments and mining corporations during the pandemic and the recovery period to follow.
In his study of fascist movements and fascist regimes that arose before and after World War II, Prof. Jose Maria Sison writes his observations on their elements in their character and conduct.
The crisis of neoliberalism has been widely discussed long before the outbreak of the COVID-19. The pandemic has even further exposed deep shortcomings in the dominant mode of global economic and political organizations reflected by the WTO. The free trade agreements brokered and promoted by the WTO have perpetuated this system of inequality between nations of the North and the South.
Myanmar’s experience offers relevant lessons for those who are monitoring the pro-democracy movements in Thailand, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
In her oral update, Bachelet urged political aspirants on all sides to “set aside the ugly rhetoric against human rights defenders, attack (on) independent media, or (in condoning) extra-judicial killings and other violations and abuses.”
Advocates of food sovereignty, peasant rights and the enviroment held their own Global People’s Summit (GPS) on Food Systems as a way to counter the “global corporate food empire.”
The UN Food Systems Summit is tainted by corporate interests — the people are building an alternative.
Several organizations in other countries have been preparing for their simultaneous, coordinated protests in front of Philippine embassies and consulates to demand the prosecution of Duterte’s crimes against humanity, and call for an end to U.S. military aid to the Philippines, among others.