[In the news] PHL assumes UN rights council membership – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

PHL assumes UN rights council membership – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News. The Philippines formally assumed last week its membership in the prestigious United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday. Philippine Permanent Representative Ambassador Evan Garcia said it was an honor for the Philippines to…

[In the news] Malaysia arrests 96 persons, including Pinoy, ahead of July 9 rally for electoral reform – Interaksyon.com

Malaysia arrests 96 persons, including Pinoy, ahead of July 9 rally for electoral reform – Interaksyon.com. Agence France-Presse KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police detained 14 more people and raided the offices of organizers canvassing support ahead of a July 9 mass rally for electoral reform, embattled activists said Wednesday, bringing the number of people held…

[In the news] Human rights group blasts PNoy’s ‘weak’ policy – www.thepoc.net

http://www.thepoc.net/breaking-news/local/12651-human-rights-group-blasts-pnoys-weak-policy.html Nheslaine Eval Human rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) has released a statement on the occasion of President Noynoy Aquino‘s first anniversary in office, criticizing the president’s human rights policy as “weak.” “P-Noy’s lack of an explicit policy on human rights, against torture and human rights violations, in particular, may be…

[People] Capital Is a Fickle Lover by Walden Bello

by Walden Bello* Reposted with author’s permission. Source: Common Dreams, June 14, 2011 “China is today the ideal capitalist state: freedom for capital, with the state doing the ‘dirty job’ of controlling the workers,” writes the prominent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. “China as the emerging power of the twenty first century …seems to embody a…