Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lichaucho, Alejandro: Hunger, Corruption & Betrayal

Hunger, Corruption and Betrayal by Alejandro Lichauco. 2005. 116pp
A Primer on U.S. NEOCOLONIALISM and the PHILIPPINE CRISIS.  The story of how the post-war imperialism of the U.S. IMF-WB Group reduced what was the preeminent developing economy in the Asia-Pacific in the fifties to the humanitarian disaster that it is today where 80 percent of the population live in hunger conditions.

Friday, October 30, 2009

A PAST REVISITED / A CONTINUING PAST by R. Constantino & L.R. Constantino


A Past Revisited tried to show how the Spanish and American colonialists manipulated events and personalities and evolved policies to serve their own interests. That past assumed a new dimension when seen from the people's viewpoint. The essence of these past relations has persisted in the present era. The authors have there­fore chosen to call this period The Continuing Past in order to emphasize the fact that while there are apparent changes, the new refinements of external control and exploitation merely conceal the persisting subjection. The authors express the hope that their “re-examination of the Philippine neocolonial experience. . . and the brief focus on evolving American imperialist objectives and the techniques used to at­tain them may not only reveal this historical period in a new light but may help to provide the basis for new historic initiatives on the part of the people in the attainment of their final liberation.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

THE PHILIPPINE PRESS: 1637 TO 2005 by Alice Colet Villadolid

FEATURING... THE PHILIPPINE PRESS: 1637 TO 2005 by Alice Colet Villadolid.  From the PREFACE.  ...The book is composed of articles about Philippine Print Me­dia that I wrote from first-hand experience, reinforced with research, over a period of two decades. The slug at the beginning of each ar­ticle gives the physical point of view -- where I was when the gist of the article formed in my mind. The slugs also happen to name the principal institutions behind the Philippine press, places where learn­ing, spirit and thought spurred Filipino reporters, editors and pub­lishers to record for posterity the events in their country. Throughout the book are pictures of the extant buildings where the national dailies were produced, courtesy of Prof. Ramon Tuason and student-researchers of the Department of Communication of Miriam College...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mindanao PEACE

The Long Road To Peace: Inside the GRP-MILF Peace Process, a first rate history of the Filipino Muslims struggle for self-determination, is not only richly informative but insightful. Saiah Jubair’s writings give us an inside look into the ups and downs of the decade-old negotiations to end the conflict in southern Philippines. This book is valuable not only for journalists and policy-makers but also for a wide audience interested in understanding conflict resolution. --Manny Mogato, Journalist & Former President, FOCAP

Saturday, October 17, 2009

History: WWII

WORLD WAR II in the Philippines: A Pictorial Review.  From the Foreword. When the author of this book died in 1986, his book was not finished. Having worked with Phillip Katz on this book, I felt a deep obligation to bring his work to its final, well-deserved publication. His research uncovered one of the finest collections of photographs of wartime Philippines ever assembled in one book. Some of the photos have never been published. It is to his memory, and that of our close mutual friend, the late Col. Fred W. Walker, USAF, that this book is dedicated.  --Eugene J. Adams, Editor, March 1994
FROM THE DEPTHS OF SILENCE: Voices of Women Survivors of War.   This report focuses on the different forms of sexual violence done to the "com­fort women" during the Second World War and the accountability of the Japanese government. The sexual abuse and violence inflicted on these women were acts of terror meant to persecute, injure, and kill the women because they are women. The sexual perversion and violence used by the soldiers is outlined in this book, stated with clarity in the testimonies of the "comfort women" from victimized countries.