Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

Archive for July, 2003

Free Funk

Resistance is not futile

Statement by Marine Corps Lance Corporal Stephen Funk, awaiting military trial August 11 for “desertion”. This courageous 21-year-old Filipino brother needs our help!

Stephen Funk
USMC 4th FSSG, New Orleans
June 26, 2003

My name is Stephen Funk. I am a Marine Corps reservist who spoke out against the invasion of Iraq. Now I am being charged with desertion, even though I returned to my unit after completing an application for discharge as a conscientious objector. My military court date is scheduled for August 11 here in New Orleans and I am facing two years in the brig. Challenging the war from my position was extremely difficult and I am very proud of my public stance, but now I need your help.
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Peaceful Warrior

Chris Strohm and Ingrid Drake, Guerrilla News Network/AlterNet

As the U.S. occupation of Iraq extends with no end in sight, and the death toll for both U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians continues to mount, more voices of dissent from military personnel and families are audible every day.

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NDF talks reset; MILF told to issue confidence builders

By Jodeal Cadacio, Today

The resumption of formal peace negotiations between the government and the communist National Democratic Front (NDF) in Oslo, Norway, has been postponed to end of August, Speaker Jose de Venecia announced Sunday.
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Talks with MILF to resume next week

E. Torres, Today
July 18, 2003

Peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas Ople said Malaysia, which is hosting the peace negotiations, will announce the resumptions of the talks anytime next week after concluding back-channel negotiations recently with the Muslim separatist rebels.

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War on Drugs, War on ”Terror”?

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently came out with an accusation linking illegal drugs trade in the country to terrorist organizations presumably referring to the New Peoples Army (NPA) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. It is interesting to note that the U.S. is now aiming to merge its war on terror which the Philippine president continues to support – with its war on narco-terrorism.

By Alexander Martin Remollino

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Children Paint for Peace on Kilometer-Long Canvas

By Eline Santos,
Inquirer News Service

‘Largest finger painting’

FROM thousands of young minds, thousands of ideas of peace.

Throngs of children on Sunday came to the renovated Baywalk area along Roxas Boulevard in Manila to paint their ideas on a kilometer-long canvas that organizers hoped would make it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest finger painting yet.
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Terrorizing the Talks

By Dennis Espada
People’s Media Center Reports

(Last of a Two-Part Series)

Analyzing the current prospects of the peace negotiations, Rey Claro Casambre, executive director of the Philippine Peace Center, expressed particular concern over President Macapagal-Arroyo’s “militarist” stance in dealing with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
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Peace Prospects Still Dim Under President Arroyo

By Dennis Espada
People’s Media Center Reports

(First of a Two-Part Series)

The number of human rights violations in the Philippines under the Arroyo administration have reached staggering heights. With the recent spate of attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA), President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently ordered “optimum” military, political and diplomatic counterattacks on the NPA.

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