[People] The Tyranny of Global Finance By Walden Bello

The Tyranny of Global Finance By Walden Bello January 19, 2016 Against all expectations, financial capital has emerged even stronger after the financial crisis having staved off regulation and putting the blame on public spending. But its victory is likely a pyrrhic one as a new crisis looms, one in which the global public could…

[People] The power problem: a Shell-driven crisis by Walden Bello

Afterthoughts The power problem: a Shell-driven crisis Walden Bello Inquirer.net November 22, 2014 When Malacañang asked Congress for emergency powers to address a power crisis that it expected in the summer months of 2015, the impression given was that the country was facing a massive demand that would outrun available supply. In its request, the…

[People] Post-2015 Development Assessment: Proposed goals and indicators By Walden Bello

Post-2015 Development Assessment: Proposed goals and indicators By Walden Bello from my latest piece, “Post-2015 Development Assessment: Proposed goals and indicators,” which appears in Development, 2013, 56(1), (93–102) © 2013 Society for International Development 1011-6370/13 http://www.sidint.net/development/ In this article, we argue that the MDG process, which has played a vital role in helping create a…

[People] When authority is perverse, abuse is rife. by Fr. Shay Cullen

When authority is perverse, abuse is rife. Fr. Shay Cullen 19 June 2013 It’s all about power and fear. Several impoverished, abused, cheated and beaten Filipino female workers taking shelter in Middle Eastern Philippine embassies have been allegedly sexually assaulted and prostituted by some corrupt and depraved embassy officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs,…

[People] FOI: Waiting for the Hail Mary Pass By Walden Bello

FOI: Waiting for the Hail Mary Pass By Walden Bello Philippine Daily Inquirer January 25, 2013 While the Senate has passed the Freedom of Information Bill (before its members descended into a deadly knife-fight), the House of Representatives still has to bring the FOI bill to the plenary for debate. Why the bill seems to…

[People] Agrarian reform and the urban illusion By Walden Bello

Agrarian reform and the urban illusion By Walden Bello INQUIRER.net January 11, 2013 There can be no doubt that the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has made significant strides in terms of reform. The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act was a major breakthrough, not only for women’s rights but also for development, owing…

[Press Release] Likas-Yaman caravan: Pass the Alternative Minerals Management Bill!

Likas-Yaman caravan: Pass the Alternative Minerals Management Bill! IPs, farmers, fisherfolks and church leaders bring their calls before the 15th Congress Two thousand supporters from communities in Metro Manila joined the 350-strong leaders of indigenous communities, farmers, fisherfolks and church leaders and marched towards the House of Representatives to call on legislators to pass the…

[In the news] Overwhelming case for the RH bill -INQUIRER.net

Overwhelming case for the RH bill. By Kaka Bag-ao, Teddy Baguilat Walden Bello and Kimi Cojuangco Philippine Daily Inquirer October 13, 2012 To its critics, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) bill is the devilish product of a foreign conspiracy. The principal plotters in this conspiracy are three: the United Nations, the goal of…

[People] Last lap for the RH Bill? By Walden Bello

Afterthoughts Last lap for the RH Bill? By Walden Bello Philippine Daily Inquirer August 27, 2012 With Congress resuming deliberations after the nation was united in response to the unending rains of early August and brought together in mourning the untimely departure of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, the battle over the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill…