DECODING THE BU.S.H DOCTRINE—THE U.S. AS EMPIRE
Something happened on September 17, 2002 that is altering the course of history.
Among others, the event laid the basis for the U.S. attack on Iraq—not because
of Bin Laden, not because of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and not just
because of oil. The U.S. attacked Iraq because of something larger and much more
SEPTEMBER 11 IN FOCUS.
TERROR ATTACK AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE WORLD AT LARGE. by
Trude Malthe Thomassen
I’m not writing as an
expert, rather as an everyday human-being, concerned with the working
of society. I’ve made use of my democratic right to take part in the
social debate – a debate which – by and large – is non-existent. I’ve used sources available
to all – mainly newspapers, but also books and periodicals. Further,
certain net-sources have proven interesting.
Globalization, Post-Materialism And
Threefolding Nicanor Perlas
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New
York and the Battle of Genoa in July 2001 in Italy captures the present
power configuration of the world. Three worldviews are struggling for
control over the future of the planet. These three worldviews are
characterized and labeled, broadly, as Jihad, McWorld, and Civitas.
McWorld is the world of the dominant materialistic modernity that
governs the world. Jihad is the fundamentalist response of tradition,
not just Islam, to McWorld. The world of Civitas is the world of
post-materialism seeking a more spiritual approach, different from
McWorld and Jihad, to world challenges.
POLICE BOMB PEACEFUL PROTESTORS AT
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shattered the prospects for a successful outcome at the World Summit on
Sustainable Development (WSSD) being held at Johannesburg, South Africa.
Without provocation, South African police troopers threw concussion
bombs and teargas at activists who were peacefully marching to protest
what they perceive to be the corporate control of the WSSD. Three
protestors were injured and dozens of others were hauled off to jail.
August 28, 2002
An Overview on Philippine Poverty
Eradication Through Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD)
Area Development or SIAD offers significant opportunities for local
executives, planners, decision makers in government, civil society,
and business. SIAD helps develop a comprehensive and more realistic
approach to poverty eradication. It facilitates the integration of
national programs and initiatives. SIAD assists LGUs in mobilizing
broad-based support for poverty eradication and sustainable
development plans through threefolding partnerships. SIAD enables LGUs
and other local institutions to tap the sustainable development grants
and investments which now reach up to $2 trillion worldwide.
What Would it Take to Change a Nation
the wake of mixed success of massive global demonstrations around the
issue of globalization, activist groups around the world are now
discussing and asking. We have achieved global resistance but the
results of the Doha Ministerial of the WTO shows that our efforts are
not enough. We have convened the World Social Forum to showcase our
alternatives but the ravages of elite or corporate globalization
continue to spread around the world. What can we now do to shift the
discourse and direction of globalization towards “another world” which
we want to create?
20 July 2002
Service to Whom? Civil
to The World Trade Organization's
Agreement on Services.
Do you know GATS? An opinion poll certainly would cause more than 99%
of the citizens consulted to shake their heads and reply: "Never heard
of it." And yet, speaking of GATS, we are dealing with something
that will deeply affect all our lives, much more deeply than what
happens on those levels of political decision making to which our
attention is drawn by the media - unless we manage to implement
alternatives to the "General Agreement on Trade in Services" ("GATS")
which is presently being negotiated within the World Trade Organization
warning, terrorists struck at the symbols of US economic and political
power: the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Together with the world, we mourn the waste of human
lives and condemn the acts of terrorism. As we
mourn, however, we are also starting to become concerned. The US, in the
words of President Bush, is mobilizing for the “first war in the 21st
century”. And most heads
of states are supportive. Yes, justice must be pursued. Yes, terrorists
must be held accountable. But there is a growing sense that this does
not mean engulfing the world in war and making it hostage to a vicious
cycle of escalating violence.
decades, thinkers have grappled with a question, the answer to which
could provide a key foundation for a peaceful,
spiritually creative and prosperous global civilization. The two world
wars and dozens of other “small” wars have given stark warning of
what happens when no adequate answer is to be found. This question
can be expressed as follows. “What is the task of smaller nations in
world affairs dominated by economic and political superpowers?”
relations are becoming critical as civil society continues to shape
world affairs. This is also true in the Philippines where People Power
II, led by civil society, recently toppled a corrupt presidency and
paved the way for a new government. To mediate its relations with the
new government and the market, civil society is advancing the concept of
social threefolding. To appreciate this approach, we need to understand
the modern understanding of civil society—an understanding that is
also operative in the Philippines.
01 March 2001
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