The number one talk show host in the U.S. threw a signature potshot at the Philippine government's response to the Angelo de la Cruz crisis. 'A new world record was set on the 100-meter dash,' he said, 'by Filipino troops fleeing Iraq.'
Filipinos in the southern Australian state of Victoria held a lunch-time rally in Melbourne at the steps of the Victorian Parliament building on Friday, July 30 to express their criticisms and anger at Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer's derogatory remarks against the Philippine government's decision to withdraw the Philippine humanitarian contingent in Iraq in exchange for the release of Angelo de la Cruz.
We feature a speech delivered by Herbert Docena on behalf of Gathering for Peace and the Iraq Solidarity Campaign at the forum "Hostaged? Philippine foreign policy after Angelo de la Cruz" in UP Diliman last August 12. Herbert Docena is a foreign policy analyst with Focus on the Global South.
Commitments were reaffirmed, new feminists welcomed and a human rights protest marked the 30 June 2004 opening of the Asia-Pacific (AP) NGO Forum on Beijing +10. The 4-day event took place in Thailand at Mahidol University in Nakorn Pathom, about 50 kilometres west of the capital Bangkok.
The 'consequences of ideological patriarchies in power' affecting women's lives - such as the unholy alliance of the state and religion and globalisation forces - were discussed on 01 July 2004, the second day of the Asia-Pacific NGO Forum in Mahidol University, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand.
'Any intrusion by 'flying squads' into Philippine territory is out of question,' said Ignacio Bunye, the Philippine President's spokesman and press secretary, responding to media questions about Prime Minister John Howard's plan to deploy 'flying squads' of Australian police to stop terrorist attacks in the Asia-Pacific regions.
A Report on the 92nd Session of the International Labor Conference, Geneva, 1-7 June 2004. By ELLENE A. SANA, Center for Migrant Advocacy Philippines (CMA-Phils), Member of the delegation of Migrants Rights International (MRI) - Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)