December 19, 2014     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Torture in US, Philippines: We need to be outraged

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Torture — including the most brutal type used by state security forces on suspected “enemies of the state” — is back in media focus both in the United States and the Philippines. And human rights groups are challenging both Presidents Obama and Aquino: “What

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Better for the US to stop costly wars, nuke upgrade

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The American people ought to realize — and critically respond to — the dangers involved in two directions of national-security policy that their government is pursuing:...

Monday, December 1st, 2014

A lot isn’t going well for the American people

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri and the spontaneous protests across the United States – spurred by a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white...

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Mindanao people bring their issues to Mendiola

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star They’ve had enough under the Aquino government. People in Mindanao are outraged. Here’s why: Altogether 55 Philippine Army infantry battalions, backed up by the PNP and...

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Hda. Luisita massacre: No justice after 10 years

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Tomorrow, Nov. 16, marks 10 years since the Hacienda Luisita Massacre happened at the controversial landed estate in Tarlac “owned” by the family of President Aquino....

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Lumad children’s cry: ‘Save our schools!’

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Og iskwela puron…” In Talaingod Manobo, “I wish to go to school…” Thus do the lumad (indigenous people) children express their eagerness for education, firmly supported...

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

My garden of solace

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star It isn’t solely mine. Bobbie and I gradually made it into what it’s today, but since I have tended it through the years she calls it...

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Lifestyle gap and PNP corruption

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “I think that corruption is the heart of the problem,” writes a reader in reaction to last week’s column piece — regarding five cases of ordinary...

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

‘Mistaken-identity’ arrests

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The AFP-PNP counterinsurgency forces have done it again: they arrested two elderly persons in Mexico, Pampanga whom they mistook for “top leaders” of the Communist Party...

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

US has responsibility for Islamic State rise

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Trapped in a vicious circle. That’s how the US government has found itself since George W. Bush started a “war on terror” by invading Afghanistan in...

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

US policy veers toward war, nuclear arms upgrade

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Just as the “daang matuwid” promised to us has been turning out to be a potholed, crooked one, it seems that Americans are finding out how...

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