By Michael L. Tan
Hong Kong’s Occupy Central is an intriguing study in civil disobedience. At this writing now into its third day (the fourth, by the time you read this), the protest action has seen the occupation of the central business district of Hong Kong by several thousand people, mostly young students who are boycotting classes.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Even as I write this, the “umbrella revolution” in Hong Kong is continuing, with crowds still filling up the streets, the footage in CNN an eerie reminder of the scenes on Edsa, although most Chinese refer to another event: the student gathering at Tiananmen Square that ended in bloodshed.
By Juan L. Mercado
China’s own version of the Monroe Doctrine.
By Minxin Pei
Rejection of democracy in any form was fundamental to Deng’s viewpoint.
By Walden Bello
The push to amend the Constitution is underway. The focus is on watering down and eventually nullifying the so-called nationalist provisions of the charter, which, proponents claim, constitute the central obstacle to sustained growth. The pro-charter change lobby in Congress derives its inspiration from economists such as Gerry Sicat, who, as head of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) during the Marcos dictatorship, presided over one of the most disastrous periods in Philippine economic history, and Bernie Villegas, the free market ideologue who is the toast of the foreign business community.