Members of the recent Philippines’ House mission to Saudi were shocked to speechlessness by the torrent of tales of cruelty, domestic repression and rape they heard from overseas Filipina domestic workers, writes Walden Bello.
It is by thinking up more creative means of engagement, rather than counting more reasons for resignation, that we subvert the sources of our frustration and scepticism; and begin to turn things around, writes Aya Fabros in an observer despatch.
Yeoh Seng Guan reports on the widespread use of political merchandising and the internet during the ongoing Philippines election campaign and wonders if we will see the same kind of blitz during the next Malaysian general election.
Local government elections encourage the people to be critical and politically well informed and involved. Ultimately, the people have the right to choose and decide on matters that concern them, despite the politicking, says CY.