human rights

Class War: Thailand’s Military Coup

Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, anti-democratic agenda

After declaring martial law on May 20, the Thai military announced a full-fledged coup two days later. The putsch followed nearly eight months of massive street protests against the ruling Pheu Thai government identified with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The power grab by army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha came two weeks after Thaksin’s sister, Yingluck, was ousted as caretaker prime minister by the country’s Constitutional Court for “abuse of power” on May 7.

The Thai military portrayed its seizure of power as an effort to impose order after two rounds of talks between the country’s rival factions failed to produce a compromise that would provide Thailand with a functioning government.

Deftly Managed Script

Albert Woodfox Speaks to the Experts About 42 Years of Solitary Confinement

The essay featured below, Albert Woodfox Speaks to the Experts, from the Why Am I Not Suprised? blog is reprinted in full with permission of the author. 

The Philippines-Bangsamoro Agreement

The Bangsamoro Agreement: A Step towards Re-imagining and Rebuilding the Philippine Nation

Akbayan Party extends its warmest congratulations to the Bangsamoro people, particularly to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as it signs today a historic, landmark peace agreement with the Philippine government.

Indefinite global stagnation

On the Global Conjuncture, February 2014


The key feature of the global landscape is the continuing stagnation of the centers of the global economy, the United States and the European Union.  The promise of sustained recovery from the financial implosion has eluded the United States for over three years now while most of Europe remains mired in very deep recession, with the notable exception of Germany.

A Creeping National Crisis Just Below their Active Consciousness

Assasination Targets Anew - Helpless Private Citizens Who Witnessed Organized Crime Operations of Police Officials

 

Akbayan welcomes Philippines-MILF deal with hopes for inclusive peace

Philippines: Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) today said it welcomes with high hopes the signing of the last annex to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Aquino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The normalization agreement was signed last January 25, 2014 completing 17 years of peace negotiations and intermittent armed encounters that left thousand of lives lost and communities shattered.

“The signing marks a significant chapter in our country’s history which we hope will finally address historic injustices in the region and fulfill the aspirations of freedom by the Bangsamoro. While the challenges are great, these can be overcome.  Peace is a shared task for all of us, Filipinos and the Bangsamoro,” Akbayan Chairperson Risa Hontiveros said.

Help with Medical Bills

Medical bills are the number one cause of personal bankruptcy.  While Washington remodels its own bureaucracy millions of people still struggle with large medical bills.  Medical bills can be in the $10,000 range and higher.  This is an enormous burden on the individual.  In a country where the minimum wage is $7.25 it is ridiculous to think that a person can pay off such a large debt. 

Philippines: Communist guerrillas execute faction leader

Group justifies murder saying that the target committed ‘crimes and atrocities against the people’

Manila: Communist guerrillas in Panay recently executed a leader of its breakaway faction in the Central Philippines Island justifying their actions saying that the target committed “crimes and atrocities against the people”.

Demetrio Capilastique Jr, who goes by the nom de guerre “Hugo”, was killed at the village of Linayuan, in Badiangan, Iloilo province on December 30, 2013, after he allegedly resisted “arrest” by a unit of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA), a statement issued by the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Panay claimed.

“The People’s Court had ordered the arrest of Demetrio Capilastique Jr in order to face the charges against him. Aggrieved parties are interested to directly investigate Capilastique about his crimes and the whereabouts of those they had abducted...” the NDF Panay statement said.

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