MUSICAL CONCERT BY FILIPINO ARTIST DANNY FABELLA Composer, Singer and Guitarist Solo performances, duets with Marikit Saturay and group songs with singers of Ugnayan ng mga Pilipino sa Belgium Part I of Cultural Event held at the NDF Information Office in Utrecht on July 26, 2015 Directed by Mitchy M. Saturay Sponsored and Produced by International Network for Philippine Studies (Stichting I.N.P.S.) in connection with the launch of Prof. Jose Maria Sison’s book, Continuing the Struggle for National and Social Liberation
by Luis Jalandoni Utrecht, July 26, 2015 This book, the fifth of Prof. Jose Maria Sison’s Selected Writings, 1968-1991, brings us to the days of euphoria after the overthrow of the dictator Marcos in late 1986. Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency. She released all the political prisoners. Despite the objections of Enrile, General Fidel Ramos and the military establishment, she released Prof. Jose Maria Sison.
Book Review of Continuing Struggle for National and Social Liberation by Ilena Saturay 26 July 12015 The book, Continuing Struggle for National and Social Liberation, is a compilation of selected writings of professor Jose Maria Sison between 1986 to 1991.That period was no doubt a momentous period for the Philippines as the Filipino people had just overthrown the 20-year running Marcos fascist dictatorship. People were debating on how to go forward, hoping that the fruit of their resistance would not be stolen and turned to another political turmoil.
Issued by Office of the Chairperson International League of People’s Struggles July 31, 2015 Iran signed and approved on July 14 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France and China as the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany (the so-called “5+1”) after 20 months of negotiations. The Iranian authorities themselves have described the agreement as a package of some major gains for Iran and persistent dangers that require continuing vigilance and struggle. The 159-page agreement, which Iran is confident of implementing to its own advantage, contains provisions that define the restrictions on its nuclear program (including accepted levels of uranium enrichment, inspections and other conditions) in exchange for having the long-standing sanctions and arms embargo being lifted step-by-step. Just as important are the historical and current geopolitical factors that make this nuclear deal all the more significant. The struggle between Iran in trying to develop its own nuclear capability, on one hand, and the major nuclear powers that want to limit such capability, is best understood in the context of the long-standing ambition of US imperialism to control Iran, a large and strategically located country in the Middle East with vast human and energy resources. In this light, the US instigated a coup d’etat in 1953 jointly with the UK to overthrow Iran’s duly elected Mossadegh government, which had earlier moved to nationalize Western oil interests. The US installed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi as its puppet monarch, allowing him to run a brutal and hated dictatorship for the next 26 years. A broad alliance of forces led a popular uprising to overthrow the US-Shah Pahlavi regime in 1979. But an Islamic republic prevailed over secular democratic forces and social revolutionaries. In any case, Iran has been compelled to [more]
APEC’s Neoliberal Offensive and its Effect on Philippine Education By Prof. Jose Maria Sison Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle Colleagues and Friends, The Philippines is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation this year, with a slew of about a hundred APEC-related meetings—many of them in Philippine cities like Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Tagaytay, and Clark Freeport—and culminating in APEC’s annual Economic Leaders’ Meeting to be held in Manila in November. APEC hype has started to grip media attention, at a time when the Filipino people are reeling from the impact of the severe crisis and renewed offensives of global capitalism under the neoliberal policy regime. The Filipino youth, in particular, have been feeling the brunt of the crisis affecting the domestic economy and educational system. The masses of students and their families are staggered by the rising costs and deteriorating quality of education, and by the severe unemployment that faces them once they look for jobs. They are thus keenly interested in how these problems are in fact being worsened by so-called reforms in Philippine economic and educational policies, which in turn are directly linked to the neoliberal offensives and APEC. I. APEC as Instrument of Neoliberal Offensive against the People of the World APEC claims to promote economic cooperation among the countries of the vast Asia-Pacific region. Indeed, its 21 member-states are home to nearly 3 billion people, account for 60 percent of the global economy, and thus hold tremendous collective potential for socio-economic development and interstate cooperation. However, APEC’s record since its founding in 1989 shows that its big-business orientation, neoliberal agenda, and major policy directions have mainly advanced the dominant interests of developed countries led by the United States and Japan. Consistent with the US-initiated Washington Consensus, APEC has aggressively pushed the key components of neoliberal globalization, [more]