The Party of the Labouring Masses and Fight of the Masses are jointly fielding a slate of candidates in the May 9 national elections in the Philippines. Vice presidential candidate Walden Bello spoke at the election platform launch.
The Benigno Aquino administration is down to its final days till it makes way for the new presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected in May. You could make the case that we are also seeing the curtain fall on the 30-year-old liberal democratic state that came to existence with the February 1986 EDSA Uprising that overthrew the military dictatorship of Marcos.
The Thai military marked its second month in power by unilaterally imposing an Interim Charter giving the military chieftain heading up the junta, euphemistically named the “National Council for Peace and Order” (NCPO), the power to issue any decree to “preserve public peace and order”.
Like the good Count of Transylvania, the so-called Doha Round of trade negotiations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) collapsed twice in Cancun in 2003 and in Potsdam in 2007 only to come back from the dead.
Our dependency on oil has never been more excruciating than it is today.