Category: International

The Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) is a dangerous first step towards complete government renunciation over policy-setting towards the development of the domestic Philippine economy, said IBON research head Sonny Africa. BY IBON FOUNDATION Bulatlat.com The Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) is a dangerous first step towards complete government renunciation over policy-setting towards the development…

The passage of the anti-terror bill is expected to spur more economic and military aid for the Arroyo government, in exchange for deepening its involvement in the U.S.-led “War on Terror” and protecting America’s economic stake in the Philippines, independent think-tank IBON Foundation said Sept. 1. Posted by Bulatlat.com The passage of the anti-terror bill…

By Jesse Jackson The Chicago Sun-Times Posted by Bulatlat.com The National Security Agency has created “the largest database ever” with the phone records of millions of Americans provided to the NSA by AT&T, Verizon and Bell South for a price. The NSA says it used the records to trace patterns – data mining – in…

By Amy Goodman Democracy Now! Posted by Bulatlat.com ABC News reported on Monday that a senior federal law enforcement had revealed that the government is now tracking phone calls made by journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post and ABC News. We speak with Brian Ross, chief investigative reporter at ABC News. On Monday,…

BY HAIDER RIZVI OneWorld.net NEW YORK – A leading international human rights group is calling for the Bush administration to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged involvement of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior Pentagon officials in the torture of a prisoner at Guanatanamo Bay some three years ago. Rumsfeld could be…

BY GRIFF WITTE The Washington Post Occupation officials got cash and gifts for deals. An American businessman who is at the heart of one of the biggest corruption cases to emerge from the reconstruction of Iraq has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money-laundering charges, according to documents unsealed yesterday in federal court in Washington.…

BY OMAR AL-IBADI Reuters Posted by Bulatlat.com BAGHDAD – Snipers held rooftop positions as masked Sunni Arab insurgents said they were gearing up for another open street battle with pro-government Shi’ite militiamen in Baghdad’s Adhamiya district on Tuesday. The Arab Sunni stronghold is still feeling ripples from overnight clashes on Monday that appeared to be…

By Nadia Martinez In These Times Latin America challenges the Washington Consensus. The presidential palaces of Latin America are famous for their imposing Spanish colonial grandeur. Not long ago these marble edifices on grand plazas were inhabited mostly by military strongmen. That these leaders were elites of European descent went virtually without question. Today, Chile’s…