Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

Open Letter To The President Of The United States

Mr. Bush,

This ”open letter” is coming from my heart. I want you to know
that I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat and that this is not an
attempt to ”bash the Government”.

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Statement of Support and Solidarity for Dr. Irene Fernandez

Freedom and Justice for Irene!
Defend the Defenders of Human Rights!

By the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

On 16 October 2003, Dr. Irene Fernandez, the Director of Tenaganita, a non-governmental organization for womens empowerment and migrants rights, was found guilty of maliciously publishing false news. She was then sentenced to 12 months in prison but is currently out on bail pending the outcome of her appeal to the High Court in Malaysia.
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Letters from the Troops

By Michael Moore, AlterNet
December 22, 2003

As we approach the holidays, I’ve been thinking a lot about our kids who are in the armed forces serving in Iraq. I’ve received hundreds of letters from our troops in Iraq and they are telling me something very different from what we are seeing on the evening news.
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A.N.S.W.E.R. Statement on Recent Developments in Iraq

The U.S. military capture of Iraqi president Saddam
Hussein is being trumpeted by the corporate media and
the Bush administration as simultaneously a great
victory, the start of a new era, and justification for
the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

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The Futility of Pax Americana

Yonip.com Editorial
November 2003

“Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of mean as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
To keep our faces toward change and
behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

-Helen Keller,
Let Us Have Faith (1940)

The U.S. invaders in Iraq are beginning to learn that trying to govern an occupied territory is much harder than invading a country utilizing the superpower’s vast superiority in weapons, firepower and technology. The Roman Legions of the once powerful Roman Empire learned this too late and were doomed to suffer the fate of foreign invaders. The foreign infidels were either buried in the territories that they invaded and occupied, or were soon defeated, only to retreat in ignominy and humiliation at the hands of the colonized peoples.

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‘Postwar’ Deaths Pass Numbers During ‘Major Combat’ in Iraq

by Drew Brown
Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 by Knight-Ridder

Reprinted from Common Dreams

BAGHDAD, Iraq – More U.S. soldiers have died in combat in Iraq since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations, than died during main phase of the war, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

The death toll is a milestone, graphically illustrating the extended character of a war that many Americans believed was nearly finished after just a few weeks of combat. With a stubborn insurgency that is becoming more sophisticated and deadly in its attacks, it’s also a sobering reminder of the distance left to go in Iraq.

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When Madness Preys on Dreams

By Renato Redentor Constantino
TODAY and abs-cbnnews.com
October 27, 2003

Yvette e-mailed that she was still in Hargeisa and was safe, which was a relief.

Only days ago, a British couple was killed inside their residence in a town in Somaliland. Before that, Annalena Tonelli, a well-loved Italian aid worker, was murdered in the tuberculosis hospital she ran in Borama, the hometown of Somalilands president.
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Our Future Is Not for Sale

Ederic Eder
Dennis Espada
Garry Lazaro
Marichu Ocson
Raymond Palatino
Alexander Martin Remollino
PJ Villarta

of the FILIPINO YOUTH FOR PEACE

US President George W. Bushs visit to the Philippines marks the first of a series of state visits that will also span Thailand, Japan, and Australia. These are countries that supported Bushs wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.

The attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were staged supposedly to eliminate their threats of terrorism. Afghanistan was allegedly harboring international terrorist Osama bin Laden, suspected of ordering the September 11, 2001 attacks carried out not by Afghans but by Saudis. The Saddam Hussein regime, ostensibly a threat to world peace, was allegedly building weapons of mass destruction.
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There’s No Such Thing as a ”Non-Political” Song

Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP)
#65A 10th Ave, QC
MEDIA STATEMENT
October 14, 2003
Reference: Julie L. Po, Secretary general

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BAN BUSH Week-Long Schedule of Protest Actions

OCTOBER 13 (MONDAY):

Bush mascot will visit the Philippine Congress to test the security preparations of the House for the upcoming Bush visit

OCTOBER 14 (TUESDAY):

Fluvial protest vs. Bush visit

Political prisoners to stage 5 Days of Fasting vs. Bush
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High Gear and Costly

Govt prepares VIP treatment to greet visiting Bush

The Macapagal-Arroyo administration is on a high gear in the last stretch of preparations for the Oct. 18 state visit of U.S. President George W. Bush. But the preparations, which include surveillance of militant groups and threats to use rubber bullets against anti-Bush demonstrators, are turning out to be costly prompting legislative critics to urge that the money should be used instead where it is most needed.

BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
Bulatlat.com

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“No Bush”


Protesters display “No Bush” posters during a rally near the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, to begin a 10-day countdown leading to President Bush’s visit to the Philippines. Bush is to meet with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, one of America’s staunchest allies, ahead of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Thailand.

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Clamor for Return of Balangiga Bells Snowballs

By Alexander Martin Remollino, Bulatlat.com

As U.S. President George W. Bush’s visit to the Philippines scheduled this coming Oct. 18 nears, calls for the return of the bells taken by American occupation forces from the church of Balangiga, Samar in 1901 have been snowballing.

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Still, God

By Conrado de Quiros
Philippine daily Inquirer
October 1, 2003

I don’t know if you believe in signs. But at the very time Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went to Rome to seek enlightenment, the whole place was plunged into darkness. According to reports, the blackout paralyzed the city-state, freezing transportation and communication, and throwing Ms Macapagal-Arroyo’s schedule into disarray. It messed up as well the lives of journalists, who could not send stories to their home offices. For once though, the Filipinos in Rome found their cell phones useful in more ways than to send text jokes with. The fuzzy light the phones emitted was enough to help them wind their way in their hotel rooms, or wherever they were when the power outage struck.
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How Much Is the Philippine Government Spending for Bush?

“How much is the Philippine government spending for the upcoming state visit of US President George Bush?” Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Liza Largoza Maza posed this question today amid what she dubbed as excessive and preposterous security preparations.
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