May 25, 2015     Philippines
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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Dear kids, you are free to choose your life, but will you please try activism?

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino These are precarious times. We live in a world plagued by mass poverty, chronic hunger, wealth inequality, and racism but we seem to lack the will to overcome these preventable miseries. The world order is already ripe for an overhaul yet many are reluctant to admit it. Worse, some of us

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Why I am not offended when somebody calls me a communist

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino I keep silent every time I am tagged a communist. It’s not embarrassment but more of disbelief that in this day and age, a red baiter still thinks that this kind of witch...

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Maoism is the reason why the hills are alive in the Philippines

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino How do you explain the presence of communist rebels in the country’s forest frontiers? Interestingly, the last remaining green spaces in the boondocks are strongholds of the New People’s Army. So who really...

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

How to write against the Left

QUESTION EVERYTHING By Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com Start by insinuating that it’s evil to be associated with the Left, for example ‘Beware of Left-leaning groups’. There’s no need to elaborate; simply insert the term ‘Left’ in a sentence...

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Why we should reject the sentimental activism of reactionary bureaucrats

QUESTION EVERYTHING By Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com Some reactionaries in the bureaucracy erroneously assume that their activism in the past makes them intellectually and even morally superior over the present generation of change advocates. Some probably misjudged their...

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Why we should celebrate Edsa Dos

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Was Edsa Dos a coup, power grab, or an uprising? Was it a farce? It may be all of the above but it’s a political event worth celebrating. Why should we allow the...

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

How to surrender a United States Green Card in 3 easy steps

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino 1. You grew up fantasizing about life in the United States, the land of milk and honey. You were bombarded with seductive images of first world living courtesy of Hollywood. You and your...

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Everything you wanted to know about Philippine politics but were afraid to ask the Left

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino What did the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan had in common in the 1950s? They all allowed the United States to build military bases in their territories. But in 1991, the Philippines kicked...

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

From Abra to Sarangani: The revolution in four deaths

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Tatay Francis Morales. Arnold Borja ‘AJ’ Jaramillo. Recca Noelle Monte. Rendell Ryan ‘Perper’ Cagula. AJ, Recca, and Perper were martyred NPA revolutionaries while Tatay Francis was an environmental activist who succumbed to leukemia....

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

10 Happy things activists always love to do

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino 1. Journeying to the countryside to live with peasant and IP communities. Nature tripping, mountaineering, and political field work plus more. Tourism is fun but an activist explores the rural not just to...

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Why a communist threat will make the world a better place

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino A specter is badly needed today, the specter of communism. It is not enough to expose the evils of capitalism; we must offer and revive a leftwing alternative. To borrow a few words...

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