Day: November 28, 2009

By Bulatlat.com “There is no more opportune time to celebrate genuine trade unionism than these times when our democratic rights are under siege, said Romualdo Basilio, chair of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao region and provincial coordinator of Anakpawis Partylist, as the entire national progressive labor center gears up for a series of activities in celebration…

By Bulatlat.com In a statement condemning the Nov 23 massacre in Maguindanao of 64 people by “henchmen of a political warlord close to the Arroyo regime,” the National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas expressed doubts that justice would be easily obtained for the Maguindanao massacre or that warlordism would be solved soon. Father Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson,…

November 27, 2009 The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) demands the creation of an independent commission, to include media representatives, to investigate the Ampatuan massacre and the events that led to it. This is to help ensure that no whitewash will happen and to identify the roots and those responsible for this…

By FRANKLIN SPINNEY counterpunch International Posted by Bulatlat.com With President Obama poised to announce our “new” strategy in Afghanistan next Monday, the courtiers and pundits in Versailles on the Potomac seemed to have reached a consensus that he will opt for an escalation in Afghanistan of 35,000 troops. Such a policy announcement would be presented…

By PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON Chairperson International League of Peoples’ Struggle Posted by Bulatlat.com The International Coordinating Committee and all member-organizations of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) condemn with all their moral conviction and strength the monstrous massacre of at least 57 people, including many women and children, 29 journalists and two human…

By CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO Streetwise / Business World Posted by Bulatlat.com It was a carnage waiting to happen. In the wild, wild province of Maguindanao, ruled since 2001 by the Ampatuan clan, long-time political allies of de facto President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people and counting, could be chalked up as another…