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Hackers deface Philippines News Agency website

 

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/36211/hackers-deface-philippines-news-a...

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China-Philippines Dispute Over Island Gets More Heated

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/world/asia/china-philippines-dispute-o...

Maysie Maysie's picture

Tonight, in Toronto.

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Workers: Makers of History
Part of the Maleta Project

Exhibition: Thursday May 10 - Sunday May 13, Free

Opening Reception: Thursday May 10, 7 - 9 pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street

Maleta is the word for suitcase in the Philippine language of Tagalog. It also acts as a metaphor for Filipino migration to Canada, symbolizing what we carry, what we are forced to leave behind, and the method of our global movement. Bringing together Filipino-Canadian artists and community, Maleta crosses multi-disciplinary art practices, pushes and raises awareness of the impact of forced migration for economic survival by visually articulating the silent stories of one of Canada's fastest growing communities.

Maleta is a collaborative art project tackling the theme of migration that encourages us to examine neo-liberal globalization, Canada's need for cheap labour, historical changes in immigration, the search for "efficiencies," acts of austerity and the impact on all working class Canadians. Through a framework of community collaboration, critical engagement and developing art practice, the Magkaisa Centre engages the Filipino community and Canadian public to look deeper into the struggle of temporary migrants and recent immigrants as part of the larger working class struggle here in Canada.

Visitors are invited to share their "maleta stories" - their direct or distant stories of migration to Canada and contribute to the growth of the installation.

Presented by The Magkaisa Centre and lead artists Marissa Largo, Bryan Taguba, Reuben Sarumugam and Mervyn Mabini.

Presented by Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts

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Tks for this Maysie.

The Filipino community knows well the meaning of sacrifice   

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Chinese media warns of war with Philippines Frown
China warned its citizens in the Philippines to "stay indoors" on Thursday as its state media warned of war over a month-long dispute in the South China Sea

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9258225/Chine...

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Now that's a chilling thought

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18045383

Unionist

NorthReport wrote:

Chinese media warns of war with Philippines Frown

LOL! Sorry, it's not really funny. Read the article. It never mentions "war" or warnings of war at all. That's just the headline writer who misunderstood the story. All it said was this:

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Beijing also issued a travel advisory warning its citizens to keep a low profile. "Avoid going out at all if possible, and if not, to avoid going out alone," it said. "If you come across any demonstrations, leave the area, do not stay to watch."

Of course, the warning is to Chinese citizens visiting the Philippines. They're not cautioning 1.5 billion Chinese to stay home for fear of Philippine air strikes. Laughing

But that's boring. The Twitterverse picked up on the erroneous headline, not the actual story.

NorthReport

There is no question things are escalating in the waters off the coast of the Philippines over resources. Now the Chinese are starting to slow down imports from the Philipppines. It would be such a shame to see the Philippines used as a pawn here, as Filipinos all around the world are sending money home to help lift their families out of poverty. They don't need this additional problem.

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Philippines accuses China of deploying ships in Scarborough shoal

Manila says nearly 100 vessels have entered disputed South China Sea region, renewing tensions between the countries

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/23/philippines-china-ships-scar...

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Leon Panetta: China should not fear new US military focus on Asia-Pacific

US defence secretary attempts to assuage Beijing's fears over strategic rethink and dismisses claims it will heighten tension

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/02/leon-panetta-china-asia-pacific

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I don't normally watch boxing but saw this sham last nite - it was very obvious the fix was in. It was so apparent Pacquiao won the fight by quite a large margin. Manny won at least of 10 and perhaps all 12 rounds so i suppose his only mistake was to not have knocked Bradley out.

What a mess but this is what happens when big money is involved. 

Pacquiao vs Bradley fight sparks controversy and conspiracy theories: what they're saying online

 

It seems everyone has an opinion on the Pacquiao vs Bradley. Boxing writers, fans, even celebrities were heavily critical of the Pacquaio-Bradley result, some even cooking up conspiracy theories. Here is what people are saying

 

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Pacquiao+Bradley+fight+sparks+controv...

Kara

NO sympathy for Pacquiao from me because he got a gift decision in his last fight (vs. Juan Manuel Marquez) - now he knows how it is to get screwed over!  The fight, which we definitely thought Pac won, was nowhere near as one sided as was the commentary - more like 8-4 or 9-3 Pac.  The HBO crew, Jim Lampley in particular, has very close ties to the Pac camp and it shows in their commentary, where they gave no credit to anything that Bradley did and give Pac credit for shots that miss or are slipped.  Also, if Pac only fights 30 seconds or so per round, he only has himself to blame when the decision goes the other way.  If you want to see a real robbery, both Cloud - Campillo or, even more so, Rios - Abril were much worse decision this year.  If you go back a few years, see Martinez - Cintron, where Martinez knocked Cintron out (the ref waved the fight off), only for the fight to be restarted again for some mysterious reason and then for the fight to be scored a draw in what should have been a one-sided win for Martinez.

The "good" thing is that at least this time the bad decision went the way of the good guy in the ring and not the way of the misogynistic "congressman", who promotes an anti-women agenda.

NorthReport

Pacquiao knew he had won the fight and was quite gracious in defeat.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Was he doing the "I coulda been a contendah!" speech on the drive home?

Kara

NorthReport wrote:

Pacquiao knew he had won the fight and was quite gracious in defeat.

Pacquiao knew he lost the Marquez fight and was anything but gracious in accepting a win he definitely didn't earn.  So, over the course of two fights, it evens out.

Also, whether he is gracious or not in the sporting world does not change the fact that he is a misogynistic jerk through and through.

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Philippines rebels blamed for deadly ambush

Army says Abu Sayyaf militants linked to al-Qaida attacked truckload of labourers, killing six and wounding 22

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/11/philippines-rebels-deadly-am...

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This issue is obviously far from over.

Philippines has edge over China in dispute: US think-tank

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/world/07/11/12/philippines-ha...

 

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Philippines slams Chinese 'duplicity, intimidation'

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jQ1j3P4-Tzp3zC0Pt9gRJ...

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The current president's anti-corruption campaign definitely helps. Now if they can only curtail the violence in the South.

 

What is driving the Philippines' surprisingly strong growth?

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/12/world/asia/philippines-surprise-surge/inde...

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SE Asia meeting in disarray over sea dispute with China

http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCABRE86C0BD20120713

NorthReport

I wonder why China refuses to take the dispute to ITLOS.

 

Huangyan Island

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_Shoal

The Philippine government has proposed taking the dispute to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as provided in Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, but the Chinese government has rejected this, insisting on bilateral discussions

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

NorthReport wrote:

I wonder why China refuses to take the dispute to ITLOS.

 

They are worried they'd probably not get a favorable ruling?

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A destroyer of the South China Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy fires a missile.

China testing a missle in South China Sea

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Chinese ship on a rock in a hard place

http://www.smh.com.au/world/chinese-ship-on-a-rock-in-a-hard-place-20120713-221cg.html

The stricken People's Liberation Army-Navy ship, believed to be No. 560, a Jianghu-class frigate, has been involved in aggressively discouraging Philippine fishing boats from the area.

The Spratly Islands.

The Spratly Islands.

 

The accident could not have come at a more embarrassing moment for the Chinese leadership, which has been pressing territorial claims and flexing the country's muscle ahead of a leadership transition later this year.

Yesterday's meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, ended in disarray, without a code of conduct for resolving conflicts in the South China Sea, following robust intervention from China.

On Thursday China dispatched one of its largest ever fishing expeditions from Hainan Island to another disputed archipelago in the South China Sea.

 

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If true, China would really be pushing the envelope here.

 

 

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/265349/news/nation/malaca-cautions-china-on-stoking-geopolitical-tensions?ref=related_stories

 

Malacañang on Friday cautioned China of its actions in the West Philippine Sea following reports that it constructed a radar in one of the island in the disputed area.   "In the spirit of the Code of Conduct, let's not take actions that would unduly provoke or increase tensions while we're discussing these sensitive matters," said Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang.   "If that is confirmed, then that would be viewed, I would think, as a provocative action," Carandang said.   His statements come after reports cited that China installed a radar in the Subi Reef islet, 12 miles from the Kalayaan Island Group.    The Kalayaan is claimed by the Philippines as sovereign territory, and so does China.   Carandang, however, said the Palace has yet to confirm this development.

 

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kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Wow. There sure is a lot of warmongering NATO propaganda on babble these days.

If I get your point North Report it is that any country that is not in the NATO good books is evil incarnate.  It must be really nice going through live believing your country is superior to all others. Delusions can be very comforting when the truth is too ugly to acknowledge.

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

So what's your opnion of China's claims in the South China Sea?

I think their a bit much (but nothing to fight over).

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

That's the real issue to me...geography, not geopolitics, on what basis does China claim these islands when they are far closer geographically to the Philippines than to the PRC(or for that matter far closer to Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia)?  Were these islands EVER under Chinese sovereignty or control at any point in history?

Also, as to various posters' comments on "which side" we should be on...No, being a non-NATO country shouldn't get you nationally demonized-but, by the same toke, it's not "anti-imperialist" to back China's claim to these islands or to be an apologist for the Chinese regime simply because China happens to BE a non-NATO country.  "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is a phrase with roots in the Mafia, not the Left.  It's no more "revolutionary" to back the PRC now than it would have been to back the USSR in the late Stalin era.  Repression is repression is repression...it's not excusable simply because the repressors claim to be acting in the name of "the cause".

(There's also the point that you pretty much lose any right to call your state "socialist" when it becomes the main factory headquarters for WalMart, but that's another discussion).

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Ken Burch wrote:

That's the real issue to me...geography, not geopolitics, on what basis does China claim these islands when they are far closer geographically to the Philippines than to the PRC(or for that matter far closer to Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia)?  Were these islands EVER under Chinese sovereignty or control at any point in history?

This is a dispute that the governments of the area need to resolve.  The South China Sea is not the North Atlantic. The US and NATO are just sticking their noses into other nations  business, as usual. They have been in dispute for generations if not centuries but Hillary or Barack should be able to resolve it by threatening someone with violence. Bullies in the room never help in reaching any kind of negotiated settlement.

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MODERN CLAIMS

China, in 1902, and France, in 1931, were the first states to assert modern sovereignty rights over parts of the South China Sea. France, building on the earlier Vietnamese claim, substantiated its territorial claims by constructing buildings, erecting markers of ownership, stationing temporary garrisons, and the like. China protest- ed these actions, but did not take equivalent action itself. Japan, from the 1930s through World War Two, contested French claims and aggressively pursued its own claims to parts of this area.

Japan renounced its claims in 1951. France let its claims lapse in the 1950s.    In 1946, the Republic of China occupied Itu Aba (Taiping Island), the largest of the Spratly Islands, and placed a garrison there. However, it did not permanently occupy the area. Since this period, a whole series of other claims have been made, or reiterated, by Vietnam (North, South, then unified), the Peoples Republic of China, The Republic of China (Taiwan), the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei. In 1974, the PRC attacked the South Vietnamese Navy in the Paracels, killing Vietnamese sailors, and establishing control over the Paracels. Since then, there have been numerous incidents. The most serious clash occurred in 1988, leading to 74 Vietnamese deaths. In recent years, there have been an extensive number of low-level conflicts. Most have involved fishermen or exploration vessels, but a minor incident involved an Indian warship visiting Vietnam that transited an area claimed by China in August 2011.

CONTEMPORARY CONFLICTS AND HISTORY

Today, most analysts assume that resources, especially oil and gas, lie at the heart of most claims to the South China Sea. Yet this is not the gut issue that animates Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, or Filipinos, to name the most active claimants since the 1950s. It is nationalism, combined with a sense that traditional rights to use parts of the South China Sea are being violated. The Chinese and Vietnamese publics, and sometimes their governments, have been the most ardent. This issue is not novel. Generations of children have grown up thinking that this area is “theirs.” On Google Earth, Chinese posters deface Vietnamese claims to islands with their own. “Vietnamese communists will be punished,” reads one tag. On YouTube, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Filipinos post dueling videos about the Spratlys. Such actions underline a key point: while Southeast and East Asia are integrating in many ways, identity politics can force them apart.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=17&ved=0CFg...

 

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

So what's your opnion of China's claims in the South China Sea?

I think their a bit much (but nothing to fight over).

Who gets to over exploit the resources that are being fought over is the least of my concerns. Chinese energy companies or French ones or American ones doesn't change the fact that the planet would be better off not dredging up the last bits of carbon to foul our planet.  

I think that disputes like this require negotiation and diplomacy not macho in your face bullying tactics.  I think that the US should shut the fuck up and get their navy out of the region.  My dream would be to see the USA try to dock all their boats in American ports at the same time and leave the world to try and find peace.

The worst case scenario for the Americans is one on one negotiations.  The Vietnamese might like a joint venture in the oil and gas fields with the Chinese and they might even find a face saving meaningless declaration to clear up the sovereignty issue. Who knows if the terms are good the Philippine government might even accept them.

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

"They refuse at their own peril."  Bullying is such a progressive trait.  

I prefer posters that bang casseroles not ones that bang the drums of war.

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The US Accelerates its Scramble for Asia  - by Boris Volkhonsky

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_07_12/US-accelerates-its-scramble-for-Southe...

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China is just following in the USA's footsteps where power means right. China had/has an opportunity to bring these frictions to international tribunals. They refuse at their own peril.

Philippines urges China to explain stranded frigate

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18842839

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Beijing seeks dominance of South China Sea with new city

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_06_26/79385016/

6079_Smith_W

The problem is that it is China which is rejecting a multilateral solution, and instead opting to work on its neighbours (including warning India against any agreements with Vietnam) one-by-one. 

And South China Sea svereignty is not just about resources, but also over one of the most-travelled sealanes in the world. 

And as for basing any final decision on territorial claims, that can be a rather unfair approach, giving the advantage to those who see land as property, and those who have the means to mount expeditions to claim it. Personally, I think territorial proximity makes a bit more sense.

Don't we have another thread on this exact issue still open somewhere? 

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Yes, still open, though just waiting for the door to shut:

http://rabble.ca/babble/international-news-and-politics/diplomatic-resol...

 

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Philippine official condemned for 'feeding torture'

The head of the Philippine government's Commission on Human Rights on Thursday condemned an influential city vice mayor for forcing an accused swindler to eat his counterfeit documents.

 

http://news.ph.msn.com/regional/philippine-official-condemned-for-feedin...

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Chinese frigate 'aground on shoal', says Manila

A Philippine military aircraft confirmed Saturday that a Chinese naval frigate remains stranded in disputed waters of the South China Sea, a military spokesman said.

 

http://news.ph.msn.com/regional/chinese-frigate-aground-on-shoal-says-ma...

He stressed that the shoal was just 60 nautical miles from the western Philippine island of Palawan, well within the country's 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, as recognised by international law.

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Things are looking up for the Filipino people.

Remittances exceed $9 B in January-May

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=828413&publicationSubCate...

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How Philippines can play trump card vs China

 

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/07/19/12/how-philippines-can-play-trum...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

NorthReport wrote:

Things are looking up for the Filipino people.

Remittances exceed $9 B in January-May

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=828413&publicationSubCate...

Wonderful our nannies and maids are sending more money home to support the children they were forced to leave behind. Isn't it great they were "liberated" first in 1898 by the US and then again in 1945.  The benefits of US capitalism are on full display.

The Spanish American War was the another of the American wars to "protect" the people of another country.  It took the Cubans 60 years to throw the Americans out after being "liberated" and they have been under siege for the 50 years since.

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

6079_Smith_W wrote:

The problem is that it is China which is rejecting a multilateral solution, and instead opting to work on its neighbours (including warning India against any agreements with Vietnam) one-by-one. 

Could you give some examples of successful multinational agreements over resource sharing and development when the same area has been contested by opposing imperial powers?

Was Norway wrong in pursuing a country to country agreement with Russia to settle a border dispute over their contested areas in the Arctic Ocean?  Canada, the US, Norway, Russia and Finland all are making claims and they are not following the procedure that is touted as the only proper course for the South China Seas.  As for using military presence to emphasis a countries claims how about Norway's new military command centre? It seems that in the Arctic it is just expected that the various NATO powers and Russia will are all bulking up their war making machinery.

Damn that China they are THE PROBLEM.

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It may be summer in the northern hemisphere, but Norway is not the only country turning its military’s attention to the frozen north. Russia’s defence ministry announced plans last week to create two army brigades to defend its polar territory, and Canada is sending more than 1,000 troops to the region in August for its biggest Arctic military exercise yet.

 

The build-up is fuelling fears of conflict in a region estimated to hold up to a quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas. US diplomatic cables released recently by Wiki-leaks quoted Russia’s ambassador to Nato saying his country would “not be defeated” in the “fight for resources”.

Yet, despite the location of its military headquarters, Norway insists the web of competing Arctic territorial claims can be settled peacefully and points to its recent maritime border treaty with Russia as a model for co-operation.

The two countries last year ended a four-decade dispute involving 175,000 sq km of the Barents Sea by agreeing to split the contested area in half. The pact was ratified last month and comes into force on Thursday, clearing the way for each country to start exploring for oil and gas in their respective zones.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e3e51388-a671-11e0-ae9c-00144feabdc0.html...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

NorthReport wrote:

How Philippines can play trump card vs China

 

 

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/07/19/12/how-philippines-can-play-trum...

I give CSIS reports and analysis the same respect as I give the Fraser Institute's reports and analysis.

NorthReport

How tragic - could global warming be responsible for this?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/08/manila-floods-displace-residents?newsfeed=true

Fidel

NorthReport wrote:

 

China is just following in the USA's footsteps where power means right. China had/has an opportunity to bring these frictions to international tribunals. They refuse at their own peril.

Philippines urges China to explain stranded frigate

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18842839

So you're comparing a stranded Chinese frigate to the USSA's 1000 military and air bases around the world, U.S. military occupations of the Korean peninsula and Philippines, and U.S. Military essentially having surrounded China and Russia, and not tp mention CIA-sponsored terrorism in Syria, Chechnya, Iran and Xinjiang province?

I think someone is exaggerating here. We'll give you three guesses as to who it is, and the first two don't count.

I think no country on earth follows in the USA's footsteps when it comes to projecting military power.

NorthReport

 

Plea for help as Manila struggles to cope with floods

 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/plea-for-help-as-manila-strug...

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It sure would be great to see these people lifted out of the poverty that many of them live in

http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2012-08-08/philippines-strongest-economy-in-asia#r=read

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Lucky Philippines they were liberated from the Spanish by America over a hundred years ago and then 60 years ago from the Japanese.  Great model for the world and a true testament to how America helps the countries it liberates achieve prosperity for all.

NorthReport

Before you trash the USA in the Philippines, perhaps try asking the Filipino people whether or not they like Americans.  

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