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Rappler
Monitoring team urges Plan B on sustaining Gov’t-MILF peace deal

Monitoring team urges Plan B on sustaining Gov’t-MILF peace deal

THE third party group monitoring the peace process in Mindanao has pressed the Philippine government to have an alternative plan to further its peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), amid the likely possibility that the proposed law on the Bangsamoro Region will not be passed under the current administration.
 

Rappler
What were the 2016 presidential bets doing during the EDSA revolt?

What were the 2016 presidential bets doing during the EDSA revolt?

How old were the 2016 presidential candidates in 1986, and what were they up to then?

Philippine Daily Inquirer
30 years without the dictator

30 years without the dictator

Faces of Shwedagon

Visiting Burma again in July 2015, I became quite fascinated by people’s faces. I made several trips to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon at different times of day, taking nearly five hundred portraits and candid pictures. These are the best of them. A confession: my favorite subjects, the young woman and child, were actually photographed at the World Peace Pagoda in Naypyitaw, a replica of Shwedagon.

Religious Ultra-Nationalism in Myanmar/Burma

David Mathieson of Human Rights Watch discusses Buddhist religious ultra-nationalism in Myanmar/Burma.

Rappler
PH 2nd highest in killings of human rights defenders

PH 2nd highest in killings of human rights defenders

The Philippines is second to Colombia and the highest outside the Americas in human rights defenders killings

The South China Sea: The View From the Philippines

The Honorable Antonio T. Carpio, Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, discusses the South China Sea disputes in an October 7, 2015 lecture at Columbia University. Moderated by Ann Marie Murphy, Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Co-sponsored by SEASI and the New York Southeast Asia Network.

Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
The political economy of corruption and REDD+: Lessons from the Philippines’ pilot sites

The political economy of corruption and REDD+: Lessons from the Philippines’ pilot sites

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute

Grizelda Mayo-Anda and Justine Nicole V. Torres

Corruption is a continuing feature of the Philippines’ natural resource sectors. Given keen interest in the country’s REDD+ potential, it is useful to consider corruption risks related to REDD+ from a political economy perspective. This U4 Issue draws on fieldwork from two REDD+ pilot sites to assess current governance and anti-corruption safeguards related to benefit-sharing, land tenure rights for indigenous peoples, and private sector involvement.

Bangkok Shutdown 2014

By late 2013, a mass movement to protest against the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra – sister of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra – was gathering strength. The so-called PDRC (People’s Democratic Reform Committee) blocked several major intersections, pledging in January 2014 to ‘Shutdown Bangkok’. The protests peaked with the successful disruption of the February 2, 2014 elections: in districts such Rachathewi, seen here, ballot boxes were impounded by demonstrators.

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