Written by Luis Lopezllera, originally posted in ARENA
“The 2006 juncture, a hard battle for the representative democracy is ending. Now it starts a middle term challenge, a hard battle for the participative democracy. Something new is emerging. The near future will bring new visions and new strategies. The institutional structure of power lost its legitimacy in front of millions of Mexicans. The people this time decided not to be deceived any more.”
MEXICO, AT STAKE
A worldwide war against people and its most basic rights deploys the power of mass media as the main weapon to erase consciousness. If people react to it with dignity, then the police and the military complete the task. A mega-machine opposes our efforts for a better society, for medular changes, for a sustainable world.
The news on the TV reports
Young people mounting a bulldozer
banners waving: Star Ferry Pie stays
Mixed feelings pull my head down
In Hong Kong, there is the anti-demolition of Star Ferry Pier and Queen's Pier; while in Macau, the campaign to protect Guia Lighthouse begins to emerge.
The Guia Complex, which includes a historical military fort, chapel and lighthouse, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fort and chapel were constructed between 1622 and 1638. The lighthouse was constructed between 1864 and 1865, the first western style lighthouse in east Asia or on the China coast.
As one of the more progressive newspapers in South Korea, the Hankyoreh has organized a series of features on the so-called 386 generation that brought democracy to South Korea. 386 means a generation who were born in the ’60s, entered college in the ’80s, and were in their ’30s at the time the term was coined.
After reading Jamie's link in mediascapes, I looked through all the links and found the arrest out of my imagination. Eventhough South Korea has been democratized for 20 years, the Cold War / Witch-hunting rationality is so predominant.
According to Korean Teacher Union (KTU), the two teachers merely quoted remarks made by North Korean officials and media (which was cited in KTU's website), saying that "Why does North Korea want to produce nuclear weapons?" from a North Korean perspective: "North Korea claims that to possess self-defensive nuclear deterrence is its justifiable right."
Last Sunday, we had around 100 people got into the boat and performing the ritual of landing at Queen's pier, this time by local people themselves, including of migrant workers, residents affected by urban renewal project, environmental group, professional architects, planners, teachers, activists, artists, grassroots democractic groups, youths, students, labour unions, writers, right of abode coalition, legislators, lawyers, etc.
The action was spontaneously organized by an ac hol citizen concern groups called "local-action".
(Photo caption: Julie in front of her mural about the civil war in Nicaragua in the 80s)
When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.
- Dom Helder Camera
5,000 Filipino migrants workers marched through Central in Hong Kong on Sunday (Jan 28) to protest the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration's (POEA) new guidelines on the deployment of domestic helpers.
Under the new guideline, applying domestic helpers must pass through several weeks of training to obtain the National Certificate for Household Service Workers, as the country-specific Language and Culture Certificate.