Regions / Philippines

Bribery and sweetheart deals are a curse for democracy and civil society. But as columnist Walden Bello explains, corruption is not the principal cause of global poverty.
It might be the world's largest free trade area, writes columnist Walden Bello, but Southeast Asia is still getting a raw trade deal from China.

In the Dragons Lair

Although the United States closed its bases in the Philippines in 1991, it has nevertheless managed to deepen its military presence and intervention in the islands.
Soon after the terrorist attacks of September 2001, the Bush administration launched the "second front" of its war on terrorism, deploying troops in the Philippines for training and joint military exercises in late 2001 and early 2002.
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