The G7 summit: Will Hiroshima deliver the economic interests behind militarism?
May 19, 2023
What the G7 wants and the manner it exacts these are untenable and are only bound to hurt the majority of the world’s populations. Thus, these vested economic interests can only be pursued through relentless US warmongering and militarism. But even that is a paper tiger – people around the world are rising up with more vigorous struggles and resistance against imperialism and war.
US military spending largest in the world
May 10, 2023
US military spending is larger than of the next ten countries combined — China, Russia, India, Saudia Arabia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, and Ukraine. The military spending of just these 11 countries in turn is more than by the remaining 180 or so other countries in the rest of the world combined.
China a growing but still minor ODA partner of the Philippines
November 28, 2018
Peace talks a casualty of the Trump-Duterte meeting?
November 24, 2017
By Arnold Padilla IBON Features – President Rodrigo Duterte’s hosting as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and related meetings solidified the sort of foreign policy that his administration will chart throughout its term. It is one that critics have already pointed out as still dependent on the patronage of the […]
US MCC to hurt PH economy more—IBON
November 15, 2017
The Philippines will be more incapable of building and protecting its own industries and economy under another Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant from the United States. Research group IBON said this in light of the recent agreement between US president Donald Trump and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to strengthen socio-economic ties in their Association of […]
No thanks: US behind Duterte’s anti-poor tax reform
November 13, 2017
At the onset of the much-anticipated first-ever bilateral talks between United States president Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte on Philippine soil, it should be reiterated that the US has a hand in what would be the most anti-poor tax program in the country’s history. The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) exemplifies how […]
Marcos ensured US-directed IMF/WB intervention in PH policy making
November 25, 2016
“The rule of Nacionalista Party’s Ferdinand E. Marcos which began in 1965 was strong on nationalist and patriotic rhetoric. Yet Pres. Marcos was by no means a nationalist if ‘nation’ is understood as the majority of Filipinos and ‘nationalism’ as upholding their interests and asserting Filipino sovereignty over foreign powers. “Most anti-nationalist president. […]
Then and now: US economic intervention in the Philippines
November 14, 2016
During the swearing-in of the new United States (US) ambassador to the Philippines in early November, US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that the “logic” of the “indelible” US-Philippine alliance is “as compelling today as [it has] ever been”. Newly sworn-in US ambassador Sung Kim in turn highlighted the “ironclad” Mutual Defense Treaty, the […]
Challenge to Real Change
July 25, 2016
On the day of the State of the Nation Address, IBON explains why the 10-point economic agenda hangs like a dark cloud over pro-people economics prospects and even the chief executive’s recently-affirmed popularity #SONA2016 #justpeacePH | IBON Features The unorthodox candidate and eventually President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made a flurry of announcements before and […]