Events in Libya and Syria have again brought to the forefront the question of armed humanitarian intervention or the “responsibility to protect.”

Our hearts all go out to the unarmed demonstrators seeking to bring down corrupt dictatorships that are a plague on their people. In Tunisia and Egypt, the people rose and deposed dictators on their own. Armed supporters of the Mubarak regime did attack and even fire on people in Tahrir Square, but a massive crackdown was avoided when the military decided not to take the side of the dictator. 

By Walden Bello

When I first went to Vietnam in 1992, the population of that country was 68.4 million people, or about four million more than the Philippines.   Traveling through Songbe Province, where I was inspecting Oxfam-supported projects, was like being in the Philippine countryside in many respects, especially when it came to encountering large numbers of very young children in rural communities.

Media Release – Focus on the Global South-Philippines
2 August 2011

There is a strong case to make on behalf of industrial policy in developing countries like the Philippines. This is the central message of a roundtable discussion on Industrial Policy held July 31, 2011, with respected Filipino economist Dr. Manuel “Butch” Montes as main speaker.

More than a hundred participants from various people’s and civil society organizations attended the one-day forum “The Development Challenge Under P-Noy: Tackling the Hard Questions,” which Focus on the Global South-Philippines organized through its Development Roundtable Series (DRTS) at the convention hall of the Bureau of Soil and Water Management on July 18, a week before
President Noynoy Aquino delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).


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