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Mendiola Massacre: A Journalist’s Account – Part 1

This is the hitherto untold story of the fallen frontliners during the Mendiola Massacre. Thirty-six years ago. Watching about 10 meters from where they stood, I personally witnessed the massacre of demonstrators at the foot of Mendiola Bridge.[1] Located in…

GAIA Asia Pacific gathers environmental news reporter via the Zero Waste Journalists Network

An alliance of voices from the frontlines and for the environment Super Typhoons. Flash Floods. Forest Fires. Drought. While the challenges of climate change are global, the impacts and the solutions are often highly local. Communities therefore, need trusted information…

Bangladeshi police extort money from Rohingya refugees

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports that Rohingya refugees are being subjected to police abuse in Bangladesh, where they have settled after fleeing repression in Myanmar. The rights organisation said the Armed Police Battalion of Bangladesh (APBN) extorts, arbitrarily detains and…

Can Donald Lu’s Bangladesh visit restore his credibility in South Asia?

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu has recently been mentioned frequently in the media while talking about US relations with South Asian nations. This time his visit to Dhaka has generated a buzz in…

51 years of Myanmar-Bangladesh ties

January 13, 2023, marked 51 years of bilateral ties between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Myanmar recognized Bangladesh as a sovereign state on January 13, 1972. There were many ups and downs between the two neighbors over these 51 years. Why was…

Militarized Japan and the Biden-Kishida Summit, Signal Moment in the New Cold War

The Japanese government recently announced plans to double the size of its military budget, which is already the 8th largest in the world. It also issued three new military doctrines which vastly increase its war fighting commits in the Asia-Pacific…

Warning Out on Toxic Cadmium in New Year Lucky Charm Bracelets

EcoWaste Coalition pushes for chemical ingredient disclosure, insists consumers have the right to know. 10 January 2023, Quezon City.  The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition has detected high levels of cadmium, a hazardous chemical, in lucky charm bracelets being sold…

Affected communities ask the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to divest from Davao’s Waste-to-Energy (WtE) facility

Farmers, Environmentalists, and Experts Stand Against Waste Incineration On January 9, 2023, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific together with Ecowaste Coalition and the Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustianability (IDIS) – Davao and in partnership with Ecoteneo,…

Church and Environmental Groups Exhort Black Nazarene Devotees to Go Zero Waste

7 January 2023, Quezon City.  Coinciding with the observance of January as Zero Waste Month, church and environmental organizations exhorted the faithful devotees of the Black Nazarene to mark the upcoming feast without leaving a trail of garbage. In a…

It’s time to Refuse Single-Use Plastics!

Creating a Space to Refuse Single-Use  January 6, 2023. Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific, Ecowaste Coalition, Mother Earth Foundation, and Zero Waste youth volunteers gathered in the Activity Center of Trinoma, one of Metro Manila’s largest malls,…

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