Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

Archive for March, 2003

Shut Up, Bill Luz!

MBC’s Bill Luz Should Just Shut Up If He Has Nothing Sensible and
Useful to Say

By No to War, Yes to Peace Coalition

The Makati Business Club (MBC)’s executive director Guillermo “Bill”
Luz says that boycotting US products and businesses as protest
against the US agression in Iraq will harm the Philipine economy and
Filipino workers and consumers. We say this is plain bull.

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Patuloy ang Bombahan sa Iraq

Tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang pambobomba ng coalition forces sa Baghdad, samantalang nagbabanta naman ang pangalawang pangulo ng iraq ng marami pang mga suicide attacks laban sa mga sundalo ng coalition.

Basahin ang mga detalye sa ulat na ito ng Guardian Unlimited.

Today, I Weep for My Country…

By Sen. Robert Byrd
March 20, 2003

Reprinted from Alternet.org

From the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Byrd (D-W.Va.) asks, “Why can this President not seem to see that America’s true power lies not in its will to intimidate, but in its ability to inspire?”

I believe in this beautiful country. I have studied its roots and gloried in the wisdom of its magnificent Constitution. I have marveled at the wisdom of its founders and framers. Generation after generation of Americans has understood the lofty ideals that underlie our great Republic. I have been inspired by the story of their sacrifice and their strength.
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Why Should Environmentalists Oppose the U.S. War in Iraq

Throughout the history of humanity, war has proven to be the leading cause of environmental destruction. The past world wars and such wars as the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Iaraq, Yugoslavia and Afaghanistan have shown how wars easily destroy the sanctity of human life and the environment.
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Big Antiwar Rally Tomorrow at Ayala

Filipinos from various faiths and persuasions tomorrow will march through the streets of Makati City and stage an antiwar rally for peace to demand an end to the illegal, inhuman and brutal American occupation of Iraq.

Tomorrow’s antiwar actions will be highlighted by a concelebrated mass at the Greenbelt Church at 12:00 noon, a “Walk for Peace” around the Ugarte Triangle from 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. followed by an interfaith prayer assembly at the corner of Ayala Ave. and Paseo de Roxas St. from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

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Bothered by the US War? Boycott US Goods!

(The Pinoy consumer’s response to the U.S. war and the suspension by the U.S. and Britain of the Oil for Food Program for the Iraqi people)

Mga kababayan,

On March 20, the United States started its illegal, immoral war on Iraq. So-called smart bombs have hit civilians, houses, hospitals and other non-military targets. The U.S. will use up hundreds of billions of dollars for this war that could have gone to alleviating the poverty and suffering in the world fuelling extremism and terrorist attacks.
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War, War Stupid

By Carlo Lopez

So much has been said and written about the senselessness of the United States’ obsession to forge war with Iraq. Everybody has their own theory and opinion about this ongoing crisis. Here are some of my insights:
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Tanong-Sagot sa War on Iraq

[NOTE: Ang susunod ay akda ni Charles Sheketoff, ang patnugot tagapamahala ng Oregon Center for Public Policy sa Amerika. May pamagat na Take the War-on-Iraq IQ test, ito ay ay inilathala sa pitak ng kolumnistang si Conrado De Quiros ng pahayang Philippine Daily Inquirer kamakailan. Ito ay amin ding inilalathala sa layuning maibigay sa simpleng paraan ang konteksto ng napipintong digma sa Iraq na isinusulong ng pamahalaang Bush ng Amerika.]
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A Lesson in National Dignity

By Professor Roland G. Simbulan
Manila, Philippines
25 March 2003

The brazen Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq by the armies of Exxon, British Petroleum (BP), Texaco, Chevron, Amoco, Shell Oil, and Teneco have enraged most governments and peoples of the world. It is these top U.S. and British oil companies which are most excited at the post-Invasion oil and gas bonanza their aggressor armies will land-grab from the Iraqi people. But the “shock and awe” bombings of key Iraqi cities and towns especially Baghdad as seen on television have only angered and enraged peace-loving peoples of the world. The display of high technological and military capacity for mass destruction by foreign aggressors will never “shock and awe” people who have a strong sense of national dignity, decency and love of their homeland.

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Greenpeace calls for UN solution to US-led attack on Iraq

Manila, March 23, 2003 — Greenpeace today called on President Arroyo to
invoke the United Nation’s Uniting for Peace Resolution to stop the loss
of lives and pave the way for a return to negotiations for disarmament.

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Iraq and Israel: Vis-a-Vis UN Resolutions

(Note: This post aims to compare the conduct of Iraq, a US nemesis; and Israel, a staunch US ally, in the face of UN resolutions–in view of a favorite Bushian argument that the war against Iraq is just because the said country has violated UN resolutions.

One document, a UN resolution on Iraq sent by our member giantkiller, lists its violations of UN resolutions prior to it. The other is a special report by an American professor on Israel’s violations of UN resolutions.

It goes without saying, moreover, that we are posting these to debunk the claim of those who read only what they find it fitting to read: that this site is utterly biased and presents only one side of the issue in spite of the consideration of opposing views by the very statement of the Filipino Youth for Peace, as well as by several of the materials we have posted since the beginning.)
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More Rallies This Week–This Time In Communities as Groups Gear for Big Rally

The Justice Not War Coalition has brought anti-war protests to communities and parishes over the weekend, saying that last week’s rallies at the US Embassy will soon give way to Metro Manila-wide demonstrations and eventually a big mass action very soon.

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Filipino Journalists Denounce U.S. War

As the Bush government intensifies its air strikes against Iraq, additional opposition to the U.S. war and the Arroyo governments active support to it came, not from the usual protest groups, but from members of the Philippine media.

By BULATLAT.COM

In a statement titled Media for Peace, 430 journalists, editors, network executives and media workers scored the governments pertinacious support for Bush’s war – a war with dubious motives, stained with the lust for oil and full of inconsistencies and double standards.

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Analysis: GMA Boards ‘Coalition of the Coerced’

President Macapagal-Arroyo joins the U.S. president’s “coalition of the willing” in the war against Iraq which has been described throughout the world as illegitimate, illegal and a war against humanity. In exchange for a pittance of sub-contracts and a possible expanded market for cheap labor in the post-war reconstruction of Iraq – assuming that Bush will win the war – the Philippine president faces the prospects of being tried as a “war criminal” along with Bush and fellow superhawks.

BY BOBBY TUAZON
Bulatlat.com

When President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was asked Thursday night on the live TV “Debate” what benefit her government will get from supporting the U.S. war in Iraq, she faltered, groped for words and then, in characteristic irritation, said “post-war reconstruction.” The implication was that, after the war to which her government has pledged unequivocal support, some Filipino companies including engineers, construction workers and other skilled workers, could be sent to help in the reconstruction of Iraq after it has been devastated and tens of thousands of its people killed. And that could mean dollar remittances for an economy that is nursed by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) salaries.

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Police Disperse Thousands of Anti-War Protesters in Manila, Baguio

Millions of protesters hold civil disobedience protests across the globe

In the Philippines and worldwide, U.S. embassies bore the brunt of protest marches and rallies as millions of anti-war protesters took to the streets spontaneously as the countdown began and U.S. warplanes began attacking Iraq. In the Philippines, anti-war protesters in their tens of thousands took to the streets with the U.S. Embassy the center of condemnation. But police dispersed many of the protests with truncheons and water cannons even as SWAT teams were deployed as well with armalites and machineguns cocked.

BY RONALYN OLEA
Bulatlat.com

Anti-war activists and groups in their tens of thousands opposed to the U.S. war in Iraq took to the streets in Metro Manila, Baguio City, Cebu, Iloilo and other parts of the country in the countdown to the invasion and as U.S. President George W. Bush wasted no time ordering air strikes against Iraq at zero-hour.
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