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[People] Who permits the sex industry? by Fr. Shay Cullen

Who permits the sex industry? Fr. Shay Cullen The brutal murder of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, 26, a transgender person in a hotel near the Subic Bay Freeport Zone last October 11, 2014 allegedly by US serviceman Pvt. 1st Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marine Corps, who has been charged by Philippine police, highlights…

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[People] Promote Peace and Justice in Palestine, Scrap US$20M military deal with Israeli company Elbit System. By Walden Bello

Promote Peace and Justice in Palestine, Scrap US$20M military deal with Israeli company Elbit System Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello Akbayan today protests an arms deal between the Philippine government Israeli military company Elbit Systems. In particular, on June 22, 2014, the government signed a US$20M deal with the Israeli military company Elbit Systems for 28…

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[People] Lighting a candle in the darkness. By Fr. Shay Cullen

Lighting a candle in the darkness By Fr. Shay Cullen The good news is that hundreds, if not thousands of children will be protected from abuse and molestation by some of the 660 British subjects arrested for accessing unlawful images of children on the internet by a coordinated police action throughout the United Kingdom a…

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[People] THE RESCUE. By Fr. Shay Cullen

THE RESCUE Fr. Shay Cullen 8 July 2014 The dilapidated house and few small cottages falling apart made up what was called S.C.O.T.S. Foundation for abandoned children. It was set up by Lilian May Thomson, 65, from Dunfermline, Scotland. According to her US passport she is named as Lilian May Zimmer. Her house is in…

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[People] The most important of all. By Fr. Shay Cullen

The most important of all By Fr. Shay Cullen There is one day of the year set aside to remind us of the horrible painful truth that there are millions of children around the world working in the fields, factories, brick kilns, construction sites and sex clubs. The clothes we wear, if made in a…

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[People] Shouting into the silence. By Fr. Shay Cullen

Shouting into the silence by Fr. Shay Cullen One of most important things for a happy meaningful life is to have a goal, a positive purpose that does good for others and for ourselves. It can be helping in the community, volunteering in a Fair Trade shop, supporting in a shelter for the homeless, or…

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[People] Safe, Accessible and Culturally-Appropriate Reproductive Health Care for Indigenous Women. By Judy A. Pasimio / LILAK

Safe, Accessible and Culturally-Appropriate Reproductive Health Care for Indigenous Women By Judy A. Pasimio / LILAK (For May 28 – the International Day of Action for Women’s Health) As we celebrate the International Day of Action on Women’s Health, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights) would like to profile the urgent issues that indigenous…

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[People] Military coup follows judicial coup in Thailand. By Walden Bello

Military coup follows judicial coup in Thailand By Walden Bello, Afterthoughts, Inquirer.net May 24, 2014 After declaring martial law on Tuesday, May 20, the Thai military announced a full-pledged coup two days later. The putsch followed nearly eight months of massive street protests against the ruling Pheu Thai government identified with former Prime Minister Thaksin…

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[People] Asia’s shaky commitment to human rights Recent violence shows scant concern for rights defenders. By Renato Mabunga

Asia’s shaky commitment to human rights Recent violence shows scant concern for rights defenders By Renato Mabunga Recent events in Asia have highlighted the sorry character of many states in their supposed commitment to human rights. The silence and failure of Asian governments to act on rights abuses erode the façade of witty rhetoric, and…

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[People] Silence about child abuse is a crime. By Fr. Shay Cullen

Silence about child abuse is a crime By Fr. Shay Cullen There is growing international clamor for the filtering and blocking of child pornography and cyber-sex on the internet. The Philippine National Telecommunications Commission is under the national and international spotlight for not implementing the anti-child porn law law since 2009. They have promised to…