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The implications of promoting the market-oriented production of modern plant breeds among Cordillera peasants If former President Marcos had his “Green Revolution” and “miracle rice” program, the Arroyo administration has its agricultural modernization program and Bt corn. But the effects on the peasantry are the same dependence on creditors, indebtedness, soil degradation, and worsening pest…

By Jim Lobe InterPress Service (IPS) WASHINGTON, Apr 30 (IPS) – World Bank President James Wolfensohn Monday extolled the Communist government of President Fidel Castro for doing “a great job” in providing for the social welfare of the Cuban people. His remarks followed Sunday’s publication of the Bank’s 2001 edition of ‘World Development Indicators’ (WDI),…

Health care is a model, but tourist economy brings changes. By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman Our first, short visit to Cuba has left us impressed with the accomplishments of the island-nation that for more than 40 years has stood up to global capitalism. We also returned home aware of the many limits of the…

How does one of the smallest countries in the world stand up to bullying by the sole superpower? There are answers to be found in No Mas Bloqueo (No More Blockade), an inter-active multi-media CD produced and distributed by Cuba’s Ministry of External Relations. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO How does one of the smallest countries…

Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Crispin Beltran called for a stop to the budget appropriation hearings, saying that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the main proponent of the 2006 Budget proposal, “is an illegitimate president.” Beltran said that the bulk of higher budget allocations will only go to automatic debt payments and the military. He added that Congress “is being…

Rep. Rafael Mariano of the Anakpawis (toiling masses) party-list described Oct. 14 the “stern” warning by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies against the “option” to declare martial law as “tremors of a political earthquake that will rock Malacanang.” If the president declares martial law or national emergency while Congress is not in session, Mariano cited “three…

Reacting to a top police official’s proposal to restore the reward system for the arrest or killing of suspected leaders of the underground Left, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said Oct. 14 that the government’s revival of its “bounty system” only exposed government’s “complete disinterest in pursuing peace negotiations.” CPP spokesperson Gregorio “Ka…