Category: Other Stories

Developing vibrant trade and investment ties with countries in Southeast Asia would open prospects for China to use this new economic relationship particularly with the U.S.’ military allies as a means of scaling down their security commitments with the U.S. that include the military encirclement of China. BY BOBBY TUAZON Bulatlat The Cold War period,…

Bayan Muna’s third nominee for the May 2007 congressional elections, lawyer Neri Colmenares, talks about how he was tortured at 18, his dream of putting into law an overdue Human Rights Code, and his early dreams of making it to the movies. BY DABET CASTANEDA Bulatlat Is the Philippines ready for a Human Rights Code?…

Because this innovative approach of new politics has apparently gained popularity, it is loathed by the likes of Gonzalez precisely because it can disenfranchise the powers-that-be by raising the political consciousness of the people. Bereft of visions and programs that address the people’s democratic interests, they trivialize the elections through manipulation, disinformation and the spreading…

His friends and relatives described Monico Atienza’s stubborn will to live, in the face of a most life-threatening debilitation, as very characteristic of the man. This kind of courage, they say – together with the man’s extraordinary conviction and abilities – enabled him to live the kind of life he has chosen, unmindful of the…

Globalization has resulted in the destruction of domestic and export manufacturing enterprises, since they cannot compete with cheaper dumped products in the local markets nor in the global export market against manufacturing powerhouses such as China, and this is why the country is shedding jobs. BY IBON FOUNDATION, INC. Posted by Bulatlat Independent think-tank IBON…

Members of the Canadian Human Rights Fact-Finding Mission to the Philippines marked the celebration of the International Human Rights Day by joining gatherings of various community organizations in forums that took the Canadian government to task for “paying lip service” to the intensifying human rights violations in the Philippines. BY EDWIN MERCURIO Contributed to Bulatlat…

A controversial bilateral trade agreement between the Philippines and Japan promises enormous economic opportunities for Filipinos, among them agricultural producers such as the banana workers and growers in the Davao regions. That, at least, is the Arroyo administration’s line. What they’re not telling the public is that, apart from the environmental hazards it poses, the…

The inclusion of a Hadji Akmad Bayam in the charge sheet in connection with the bomb blast in Makilala, North Cotabato last Oct. 10 has generated considerable controversy. The reason? The Hadji Akmad Bayam included in the Makilala charge sheet works with the office of Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, said leaders of the Moro Islamic…

China’s fast GDP growth has depleted its natural resources and damaged its environment. Workers and peasants in China have suffered. Even the fortunes of the “middle class” will fall. The rapidly growing protests to plant closings, land grabbing, wage and benefit cuts, and corrupt and abusive government officials can only intensify. By Prof. Pao-yu Ching…