[People] One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington. By Walden Bello

One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington. By Walden Bello, Afterthoughts, Inquirer.net April 23, 2014 Manila and Washington are said to be rushing to complete negotiations on the Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) so both Presidents Aquino and Obama can seal the new security deal when the American head of…

[Blog] President Obama’s call for “meaningful action”: the Connecticut shooting incident and the question of gun control in the US by Jose Mario De Vega

President Obama’s call for “meaningful action”: the Connecticut shooting incident and the question of gun control in the US by Jose Mario De Vega I am writing in reference to the latest horrendous shooting incident in America. It seems to me that this cycle of violence is not only becoming rampant but a regular occurrence…

[Press Release] Obama Should Press Aquino to Tackle Abuses, Justice Remains Elusive for Victims of Past Abuses -Human Rights watch

Philippines: Obama Should Press Aquino to Tackle Abuses Justice Remains Elusive for Victims of Past Abuses (Washington, DC, June 7, 2012) – US President Barack Obama should press Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to bring to justice security forces implicated in serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Obama will be the host…

[From the web] Same-sex marriage in the Philippines? -RAPPLER.com

Same-sex marriage in the Philippines?. BY JONAS BAGAS, RAPPLER.com May 11, 2011 Don’t expect Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage to have an impact here. It was a historical and an inspiring gesture, one that would galvanize a changing cultural perspective on same-sex relationships inside and outside America. Here, it would spark debates on our readiness…