Issue 2

June 2017


Issue 2: June 2017

Issue 2

In this Issue

Wakasan ang Martial Law sa Mindanao

IDINEKLARA ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang martial law sa Mindanao sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon 216 na inilabas nang siya ay nasa Rusya pa noong May 23, 2017.

The socialist stand on terrorism

The French revolution is a logical place to begin. The revolution theorized “terror” as the stated aim to use violence in order to achieve a political goal. The “terror”, under the rule of the Jacobins – from June 1793 to Jacobin leader Robespierre’s overthrow in July 1794 – was not in opposition to the government, but was an official policy of the government.

Duterte’s war on drugs and socialist activism

The appeal of President Duterte is his paradigm for change which is solely rested on pledges to rid society of criminality and drugs. In brief, he and his operators were able to capitalize on the people’s frustration with the absence of change in material living conditions for the past 30 years.

Duterte's gravy TRAIN for the rich

The tax system in the Philippines is biased towards the rich. The Duterte government’s new tax reform package House Bill (HB) 5636 or the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN), recently adopted by the Lower House of Congress, further burdens the poor – the unemployed and under-employed -- and low-income earners.

Agrarian Question

The peasantry as a class and its prophesied disappearance

This article introduces a modified definition of the peasantry based on a non-traditional reconfiguration of the concept and on a more flexible and less rigid definition of the category. The reconceptualized definition is the result of an interrogation of the various interpretations of class among scholars and thinkers from various Marxist and other Left traditions with respect to the agrarian sector in general and the peasantry in particular.

Tungo sa Dumadagundong na Boses ng Kabataan

Mistulang isang pasabog ang naging tugon ng hanay ng mga kabataan sa isyu ng paglibing sa dating diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Litaw sa malalaking kilos-protesta sa buwan ng Nobyembre na kalakhan ng mga lumahok ay masasabing galing sa millennial generation. Senyas raw ito na nagiging bukas na ang kabataan sa aktibismo at kakayaning pangatawanan ito kung bibigyan lamang ng pagkakataon na paunlarin ang kanilang mga sarili sa tulong ng mga beteranong aktibista.


Britain: Establishment plans upended as left campaign ends Tory majority

After promising for months that she’d never call an early election, Tory Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election in April — fully expecting to be returned with a thumping Conservative majority.

Fifty years of Israeli occupation of Palestine

This month marks 50 years of military occupation, the longest in modern history, for the people of Palestine. Although there are more than 12 million Palestinians around the world today, 66% of them are considered forcibly displaced persons and only about half live in what was historical Palestine. It’s a reminder that even during the refugee crisis we are witnessing today, Palestinians continue to be the largest displaced population in the world.

BDS: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba

May 15, 2017 marks the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, made 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine.

Video: Noam Chomsky on the future of Palestine in the Trump era

Editorial Board

Ramani Silva

Sonny Melencio

Ric Reyes

Ed Tadem

Luke Espiritu

Merck Maguddayao

Walden Bello

Kat Leuch

Ellecer 'Budit' Carlos

Aaron Pedrosa

Cover and layout artist

Zeus Agustin


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