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16.02.2018

The Bangsamoro Basic Law: What it means for peace in Mindanao

The Bangsamoro Basic Law: What it means for peace in Mindanao

I was born and bred a Catholic living in Metro Manila, Luzon, far from the on-going conflict in Mindanao But last year, watching the Marawi siege on TV in the safety of my home, seeing fellow Filipinos fighting each other, an entire city bombed to the ground, thousands of residents… »

15.02.2018

PMPI Press Statement on Mining Cancellations and Suspensions in the Philippines

PMPI Press Statement on Mining Cancellations and Suspensions in the Philippines

When President Duterte assumed office, he promised that his administration would look into the state of minng in the country, especially with regards to its impact on the environment and on the surrounding communities. He nominated a staunch environmental advocate as Secretary of the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources)… »

14.02.2018

Korea: An Olympic Truce – Time For Concerted Nongovernmental Efforts

Korea: An Olympic Truce – Time For Concerted Nongovernmental Efforts

By Rene Wadlow The holding of the Winter Olympics in South Korea from February 9 to 25, followed by the Paralympics on March 9-18, may be an opportunity to undertake negotiations in good faith to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula and to establish, or re-establish, forms of cooperation between… »

07.02.2018

Love of the Good and Love of Neighbor: Celebrating UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

Love of the Good and Love of Neighbor: Celebrating UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

It was a Saturday afternoon, usually the busiest day of the week in Metro Manila. Streets were jammed as people went about their weekend activities and chores. Amidst the hustle and bustle, a motley group of people braved the traffic and converged in a humble center located in a quiet… »

21.01.2018

Doctors across International Border appeal for immediate dialogue between India and Pakistan to defuse tension

Doctors across International Border appeal for immediate dialogue between India and Pakistan to defuse tension

Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and Pakistan Doctors for Peace and Development (PDPD) have jointly appealed to both the governments of India and Pakistan to immediately initiate dialogue to defuse tension at the border. Several civilians and security personnel have died in firing at the border on both… »

19.01.2018

LGBTs in Pakistan: Final Sprint for “Allah Loves Equality”

LGBTs in Pakistan: Final Sprint for “Allah Loves Equality”

Italo-Pakistani director Wajahat Abbas Kazmi and Elena De Piccoli, both activists for the association Il Grande Colibri, have finished shooting the documentary “Allah Loves Equality”, which will take us inside the thoughts and real life of Pakistani homosexuals, and transgender people. Despite a few stressful moments (like when they got… »

12.01.2018

Feast of the Black Nazarene: Superstition, Idolatry, Fanatic Faith?

Feast of the Black Nazarene: Superstition, Idolatry, Fanatic Faith?

Millions, yes, millions of devotees converge in the navel of Manila, Quiapo, every January 9 to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Once a year, the streets of downtown Manila along the route of the Traslacion is transformed into a seething, swarming mass of barefoot devotees who re-enact the… »

11.01.2018

To Liberate Cambodia

To Liberate Cambodia

A long-standing French protectorate briefly occupied by Japan during World War II, Cambodia became independent in 1953 as the French finally withdrew from Indochina. Under the leadership of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia remained officially neutral, including during the subsequent US war on Indochina. However, by the mid-1960s,… »

02.01.2018

South Korea welcomes North Korean proposal for talks ahead of Olympic Games

South Korea welcomes North Korean proposal for talks ahead of Olympic Games

While also warning of “nuclear button” on his desk, Kim Jong Un called for efforts to “improve inter-Korean relations by ourselves” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer for Common Dreams The South Korean government welcomed on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s proposal to open a dialogue between the… »

18.12.2017

Sri Lanka Joins Global Landmine Ban

Sri Lanka Joins Global Landmine Ban

Others should reconsider joining treaty. Sri Lanka joined the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines on December 13, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The action is especially significant because Sri Lanka used antipersonnel mines in the past and has since undertaken an extensive, ongoing mine clearance effort. “Sri Lanka’s… »

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