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Soldiers, rebels and the ‘lumad’

Originally posted on Teddy Casiño:
With lumad leaders at the UCCP Haran Compound in Davao City: harrowing tales of military abuses. (The following article came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Page last August 29, 2015.) For several months now I have been keeping track of the plight of the indigenous peoples (or…


OFWs rage: Hands-off our #BalikbayanBox

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) order increasing duties for balikbayan boxes and subjecting them to physical inspection has sparked outrage among the Filipino migrant worker communities around the globe and their families back in the Philippines. With an estimated 10 to 12 million Filipinos working or living abroad and over 6,000 individuals leaving the country…


Portraits give Filipino political prisoners human face

“There are no political prisoners.” This is the common refrain of almost every succeeding regime from the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship up to the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the current Noynoy Aquino administrations. Government critics, dissenters, activists, and revolutionaries who challenge the interests of those in power and hence jailed for political reasons are charged with crimes…


Žižek Says Thing

Originally posted on Worker's Spatula:
LONDON – Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek was quoted today saying a thing, maybe about Greece or Syria or some Hollywood film he barely watched, sources confirmed. Noting that many leftists are hypocrites, and that capitalism is bad, Žižek proceeded to segue through a series of tangents…