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Don’t make the fascist ROTC mandatory – Anakbayan

Anakbayan is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to back off the proposed revival of mandatory service to the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The program has never instilled nationalism, social responsibility, or discipline to the youth. It is a training ground for fascist repression and corruption that must be abolished and not made mandatory. Let us…

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In Defense of History

In La Jornanda, I read a fascinating story. The night they took San Cristobal, the Zapatistas burned the municipal archives, the financial records, the land titles. The director of the historical archive negotiated with them: “You aren’t going to burn the historical archive. The papers there tell the history of the origin of the city. The…

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Gantala Press sa Makiling, part 1

Originally posted on QUANTANG SABID:
Bilang proyekto ng Gantala Press, isang bagong palimbagan ng at para sa cis at trans na kababaihan, inilunsad ang IKIRAN Workshop Series sa Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) kung saan tinalakay ang mga usaping copyright at publishing. Kasabay ng mga talakayang ito ang iba’t iba pang palihan hinggil…

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The Class Origin of Subcommandante Marcos

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Can we ask about your family? Subcommandante Marcos: It was middle class. My father, the head of the family, was a rural teacher in the days of [La’zaro] Ca’rdenas when, according to him, they cut off teachers’ ears for being communists. My mother, also a rural teacher, finally moved, and we became a middle class…