By Filipino Youth for Peace
On the first anniversary of the US air strikes on Iraq, we young Filipino peace advocates remember how a year ago, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tried all manners of deceit in an effort to convince us of the supposed justness of these attacks. She was the US spokesperson in the Philippines, mouthing the White House’s line that the war on Iraq was meant to eliminate erstwhile Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s supposed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and thereby preempt his “terroristic” plots.
NDFP announcement of the Resumption of Formal Peace Talks with the GRP
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
January 13, 2004
The lack of sincerity of the GRP in forging peace with the NDFP and the
continued foreign meddling are proving to be the main obstacles to the
peace process. The government remains bound to its archaic and
inflexible position that the only way to peace is for the NDFP to
surrender. What the GRP is asking is not peace but a prolonged war.
The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) will receive complaints relating to
violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by forces
of both the GRP and NDFP and all relevant information, and to initiate
recommendations or requests for the implementation of the CARHRIHL.
What the journalists who covered the joint CPP-CPDF press conference
saw were real human beings, real people who could have been their younger
brothers, their elder sisters, their classmates—normal people who could
have been living “normal” lives were it not for abnormal circumstances
rooted in an abnormal society.
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”.
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 women’s 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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.