Blog Feeds

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link We need more moderators, please help! Thu Jan 24, 2019 00:10 | The Saker
Dear friend, I have been informed by my webmaster that we need more moderators, especially for the following shift: M-F (5days) 6:00pm-8:00pm (GMT) ( 1:00pm 3:00pm EST) If you can

offsite link Syria Threatens To Strike ?Tel Aviv Airport? Wed Jan 23, 2019 21:39 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? Jan. 23, 2019: Syria Threatens To Strike ?Tel Aviv Airport? Late on January 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a major attack by Hayat Tahrir

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/01/23 ? Open Thread Wed Jan 23, 2019 18:00 | Herb Swanson
2019/01/23 18:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link ISIS Suicide Bomber Hits US-led Coalition Convoy In Northeastern Syria Tue Jan 22, 2019 17:12 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? Jan. 22, 2019: ISIS Suicide Bomber Hits US-led Coalition Convoy In Northeastern Syria   On January 21, a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded at a

offsite link Kurdish Political Leadership Reveals 10 Demands To Damascus Mon Jan 21, 2019 23:28 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? Jan. 21, 2019: Kurdish Political Leadership Reveals 10 Demands To Damascus   If you?re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Storms and Winter Damage To Homes Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:08 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Body In Africa Must Set A Better Example Wed Nov 14, 2018 16:13 | Human Rights

offsite link 112 Pro-Biafra Imo Women Arrested Sat Aug 25, 2018 16:30 | Human Rights

offsite link Traveller Community in Galway Fri Aug 03, 2018 16:28 | Human Rights

offsite link US Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Thu Jul 19, 2018 16:32 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Contradiction. 11:38 Thu Jan 24, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link So what does Dublin want? 09:40 Thu Jan 24, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link An interesting straw in the wind? 06:32 Thu Jan 24, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Erik Olin Wright has died 22:01 Wed Jan 23, 2019 | Tomboktu

offsite link Worst British PM in 150 years? 12:00 Wed Jan 23, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

Dublin Opinion >>

Statement on the Trump Visit to the Philippines

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Sunday November 19, 2017 06:27author by Laban ng Masa (LnM) Report this post to the editors

Filipino left coalition condemns Trump's visit, demands end of support for Duterte's human rights abuses
2017labanngmasa.jpg

Thousands of Filipinos took to the streets to protest the five-day visit of US President Donald Trump. One of the largest protests was the November 13 rally and march by Laban ng Masa, a new coalition of trade unionists, community activists, urban poor organisations, feminists and socialists formed in September to oppose the authoritarian and violent policies of President Rodrigo Duterte. Laban ng Masa released the statement below in response to Trump's visit.

Donald Trump’s visit to the Philippines is the climax of a tour of East Asia that has brought his unwelcome presence to Japan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam.

Trump’s trail through the region has been marked by a continuing stream of threats against North Korea, whose “total destruction” he threatened a few weeks ago. His threats have been accompanied by the deployment of three US aircraft carriers to the waters off the Korean peninsula and an aggressive push to sell advanced weapons systems to US client states Japan and South Korea.

Trump’s trip is also intended to counter the growing influence of China in the region. His stopover in Beijing has a dual purpose: to convey the message that the US plans to maintain its military presence in the region while at the same time seeking a deal whereby the two superpowers can jointly dominate the region. Trump prides himself as the supreme practitioner of the “art of the deal” and China’s Xi Jin Ping is open to a superpower deal. Among the chips in this high-stakes game of hegemons are the interests of small countries like the Philippines.

In the Philippines, Trump will endorse Duterte’s war on drugs, which he already praised a few months ago when he invited the Philippine president to visit the United States. We can be sure that Duterte will use this endorsement to counter the rising opposition of Filipinos to a bloody campaign that has already taken some 13,000 lives, most of them through extra-judicial execution.

For his part, Duterte is likely to assure Trump that, despite his anti-US rhetoric, he has no intention of tearing up the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement based on the RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty that are the pillars of the US military presence in this country. The hypocrisy of Duterte’s stand has been exposed by the fact that, as the US Ambassador has confirmed, Washington’s military and intelligence support has played an important part in the administration’s war against the Maute Group in Marawi.

With Trump and Xi Jin Ping present at the East Asian Summit, the aim of Duterte’s diplomatic game is to assure the US that Manila will continue to host its military presence while inviting a stronger Chinese economic presence. This so-called “balancing” of the two superpowers is most likely to result in the Philippines’ greater subordination to both.

In an interview with CNN, Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said that Trump and Duterte are so much alike in the substance and style of their politics. This is certainly true. Both Duterte and Trump are braggarts. Both love to resort to threats. Both have justified violent acts. Both have acted and talked in ways that insult women. Both have invented and propagated fake news. These two rogue leaders deserve each other.

Let us make it clear to Trump, the warmonger, that his presence is not welcome to the peoples of East and Southeast Asia.

Let us give Trump the treatment he deserves, and that is to tell him: Trump, go home. Stop saber-rattling. Stop trampling on Philippine sovereignty.

Let us oppose his efforts to legitimize and prettify his junior partner Duterte’s killing of thousands of Filipinos in the name of the “war on drugs.”

We demand the termination of the US-Philippine Voluntary Forces Agreement and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

Donald Trump, Go Home!

Condemn Trump’s Endorsement of Duterte’s Bloody War on Drugs!

End Superpower Hegemony and Competition in East Asia!

Fight of the Masses
Laban ng Masa (LnM)

https://www.facebook.com/LabanNgMasaPH/

2017manilaphilippinesprotest.jpg

2017philippinesprotestvstrump.jpg

2017protestagainsttrumpphilippines.jpg

2017protestvsduterte.jpg

© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy