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Observing elections in the Philippines

August 18, 2010
| International election observer, Stefan Christoff, speaks about Philippine state repression on election day.
Length: 32:51
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Observing the elections in the Philippines

June 16, 2010
| With more than 1,000 political activists killed over the past nine years, local communities in the Philippines requested the presence of international observers during the recent election.
Length: 12:52

The Philippine elections: People power rising in Payatas

Photo: Joseph Smooke.

Along the winding pathways in Payatas, a major urban-poor community on Manila's outskirts, election signs are plastered to the walls of makeshift homes, electricity wires rest in ruff hanging bundles, weaving down a steep hill, looking out towards the gleaming office towers of downtown Manila.

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#102 - Olympics and epic struggles

March 17, 2010
| Talking election violence in Manila, a little more Olympic activism, fish farming on vacant city land in Toronto, music from Caracol and Alejandra Ribera and who phoned in to rabble radio!
Length: 27:56

On movements in Manila: An exploration of resistance

Photographer Stefan Christoff had an impoverished Philippines in his sights in a trip during its 2007 national election. The photos are being shown in an exhibit in Montreal until the end of February.

Wispy clouds intersect with urban infrastructure during the last moments of a sunset in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Indigenous political party signs posted on rooftops. A makeshift squatter's house isolated in an expanse of garbage, one of innumerable brutal conclusions of an ongoing history of neo-colonial relations. A girl, maybe five years old, trying to smile for the camera as her family collects this garbage for their livelihood.

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Labour and human rights activists under siege in the Philippines

A high-level International Labour Organization (ILO) Mission to the Philippines wrapped up on September 29, feeding hopes that international attention will help stem the tide of violence and intimidation that has been unleashed on Filipino trade union organizers and human rights advocates.

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May 19, 2009 |
Human rights abuses, including the murder or disappearance of trade union leaders, may be just as bad as Colombia -- or even worse -- in the Philippines, says a leading Filipino union activist.
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Workers and slum-dwellers organizing in the Philippines

April 2, 2009
| A delegation of Vancouver union activists went to the Philippines on a solidarity and human rights fact-finding tour three months ago. Bill Saunders brings this report.
Length: 20:33
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Locals pay price of Philippine exodus

Amidst this week's usual headlines of crimes, celebrities and recessions, a telling news story appeared.

It was an investigation series by the Toronto Star, examining the lives of those who arrive in Canada to become nannies under the federal government's Live-In Caregiver program. The Star's two-part series documented the deception and exploitation that all too often greets those who dream of better lives in Canada.

Much has been said about the precarious lives of migrants in Canada -- and as the Star proved this week, much more remains to be said. But few have explored the other side of the equation.

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