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[Blog] Turkey’s attack on Secularism By Jose Mario De Vega

Turkey’s attack on Secularism I refer to “Turkey imposes ban on piercings, tattoos in all schools” by RT Question More, September 28, 2014. According to the said report: “Turkey’s government has banned all school pupils nationwide from having tattoos or body piercings in a new dress code deemed oppressive and unenforceable, according to the law’s…

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[Blog] Can NMM be an effective monitoring body? By Darwin Mendiola

Can NMM be an effective monitoring body? October 14, 2014 By Darwin Mendiola Human rights violations particularly extra-legal killings (ELKs), enforced disappearances (EDs) and torture continue to occur in the country with total impunity. Until now, not a single person has been brought to justice. Even in high-profile cases which have been swiftly investigated, they…

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[Literary] We never learn! by Von Adlawan

We never learn! by Von Adlawan September 21, 1972 It might be just a number or a routine of ordinary day but for others a stained in their diary! That day for activist was rare ’cause- street is sanctuary of voiceless protest, becoming a spark creating fire! That day for laborers initiated baptism of fire…

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[Blog] When money is not enough. By Darwin Mendiola

When money is not enough By Darwin Mendiola A country in a democratic transition must come to terms with its past in order to move forward. Addressing past atrocities and injustices is considered a crucial part of social healing and national reconciliation. Acknowledging the misdeeds especially human rights violations is one significant step towards guaranteeing…

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[Blog] The Sedition Act is an archaic law being use by the powers that be to silence political opposition. By Jose Mario De Vega

The Sedition Act is an archaic law being use by the powers that be to silence political opposition I refer to Hafidz Baharom’s “The Sedition Act kills rationality and intellect”, Free Malaysia Today, September 7th. I overwhelmingly concur with the brilliant exposition of the writer and the lucidness of the various theses that he advance…

Tita Brenie shows ATM members RT Mining’s operations in Maya village.
One of its facilities is in the far background.

[Blog] Brown water, black sand: MacArthur, Leyte’s struggle against mining, Yolanda, and climate change. By Denise M. Fontanilla

Brown water, black sand MacArthur, Leyte’s struggle against mining, Yolanda, and climate change Text and photos by Denise M. Fontanilla I recently spent eight days in eastern Visayas, the region where typhoon Yolanda first passed through on November 8, 2013, almost ten months ago. Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM, or Alliance Against Mining) invited the civil…

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[Blog] Dalawang Jose, dalawang Bayani. Ni Gregorio V. Bituin Jr.

Dalawang Jose, dalawang Bayani ni Gregorio V. Bituin Jr. Nanalasa ang bagyong Jose sa bansa nitong nakaraang linggo. Kasagsagan ng bagyong Jose ay pinatutugtog naman ang Lolo Jose sa radyo, isang awitin ng pagmamahal ni Coritha sa kanyang matanda. Hanggang sa pumasok sa aking isipan ang dalawang bayaning may pangalang Jose. Nakilala ko si Rizal…

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[Blog] Mr. Aquino’s attack on the SC over its adverse ruling on the unconstitutionality of the DAP may lead to a Constitutional Crisis. By Jose Mario De Vega

Mr. Aquino’s unpresidential act of unprofessionally attacking the Supreme Court over its adverse ruling on the unconstitutionality of the DAP may lead to a Constitutional Crisis By Jose Mario De Vega I refer to the Philippine Daily Inquirer report, “Aquino warns SC of clash”, July 15th concerning the nationally televised address of Mr. Aquino defending…