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Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

Evan Vucci/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Philippines: The Police’s murderous war on the poor

Noel Celis/AFP   By Amnesty International Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

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Joel Mataro   By Broken Montague

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Trumped in Southeast Asia

Ahn Young-joon/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration is drifting off to sea placing the U.S. in a precarious position of isolationism in a region where China and Russia have been aggressively building alliances and partnerships. Amidst shifting global relationships and allegiances this […]

Manila residents speak out about Duterte’s war on drugs

Ezra Acayan/Reuters   By Ezra Acayan Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte completes six months in charge today, with the rising death toll from his war on drugs showing no sign of easing.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Our Uncertain and Unstable World

By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]

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By Marites Gueta

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: How the United Nations Security Council Has Failed You

Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters   By Cynthia M. Lardner In today’s turbulent world “…three core themes come to the fore: justice, security, and rule of law,” stated Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, who has previously served under United Nations Secretary Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon.

Philippines: President Duterte must break the cycle of human rights violations

By Amnesty International The Philippines’ new President Rodrigo Duterte must fulfil his inauguration pledge to uphold the country’s commitment to international law and lead a break with the country’s poor human rights record, human rights NGO Amnesty International have stated.

As Duterte takes over in Philippines, police killings stir fear

Romeo Ranoco/Reuters   By Manuel Mogato and John Chalmers Two things catch the eye in the office of Joselito Esquivel, a police colonel enforcing a national crackdown on drugs in the Philippines’ most crime-ridden district: a pair of boxing gloves in a display cabinet and an M4 assault rifle lying beside him.

In Deep Waters with China and Russia

Ng Han Guan/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   The Threat to Global Stability and Security   Geopolitical tensions have risen to a level where another major war or even world war is no longer outside the realm of possibilities. There has been a military build-up by the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of […]

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Kathrina Jung   By Alexander Balcoba

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By Alexander Balcoba

Observations of an Expat: Vietnam now US Proxy

Carolyn Kaster/AP   By Tom Arms It has taken 41 years. But Vietnam has finally completed the long journey from arch villain to American proxy. The final catalyst for this transformation? The South China Sea and the competing claims of China and Vietnam for these 2.2 million square miles of strategic maritime real estate.

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By Marites Gueta

The Role of Economic Policy in the Prevention of Conflict

  By Anant Mishra “If poverty and economic instability are so often the root causes of war, then getting the economics right is key to sustainable peace and preventing countries from falling back into conflict.  Effective governing institutions are also critical to building a lasting peace. ” – Marek Belka, former UNECE Executive Secretary.

The Tetanus Vaccine Controversy: Kenya should suspend the campaign

  By Joe Khamisi When the HIV first surfaced in the early 1980s, a finger was pointed at chimpanzees in West Africa as the source. That theory was given much credence by scientists at the Fourth International Conference on the HIV/AIDS in Sweden in 1988, which I attended.

NEW BANGSAMORO RISES

    By Noel Tarrazona   Zamboanga City: Manila describes the March 27, 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) as the most historic accomplishment for the Aquino administration, whose term ends in 2016.

Girls For Sale: Child Trafficking in India

  By Padmini Dutta Sharma As a human rights activist I routinely visited the villages and slum areas of India and other adjoining countries. I was stunned to see the paradigm shift in lifestyle of some families when I visited them over the course of just one year. People who literally lived in dungeons, all […]

DEVISING MEASURES TO ADDRESS AND STABILISE FAILING ECONOMIES

  By Anant Mishra The financial crisis seems to be an inexhaustible issue, continuously drawing the attention of economists worldwide. However, while countries are steadily recovering and economies are slowly healing, the epicentre of the problem seems to be shifting to a new direction: what about the countries which are still unable to make ends […]