Posted on February 26, 2005 - 9:35pm :: Editorial
By Nicanor Perlas 26 February 2005

This week the Philippines celebrates EDSA 1, globally known as People Power, the spontaneous peaceful revolution in 1986 that toppled the Marcos dictatorship and restored some semblance of democracy in the country. EDSA 1 is also the precursor to 2001 People Power 2 that removed a corrupt Philippine President from office.

Both, however, missed the opportunity to launch a genuine peaceful societal revolution that could have radically transformed the festering economic, oppressive political, and regressive cultural conditions that characterizes significant aspects of Philippine society today. The gains of People Power ultimately dissipated and traditional politicians continued to steer the country towards further decline.

Posted on February 12, 2005 - 11:55pm :: Editorial
Nicanor Perlas
12 February 2005

Corporations have felt the sting of the Battle of Seattle that occurred in the United States of America in 1999. Thousands of activists, demanding social and ecological accountability of corporations, shut down the global meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1999. And this was not an extraordinarily singular feat. In 2003, global civil society, in tactical alliance with 20 countries, neutralized the WTO meeting in Cancun, Mexico, over similar concerns. Yet it seems that some Philippine corporations are not aware of the potential damage they are doing to themselves when they engage in socially irresponsible advertising.
Posted on February 5, 2005 - 11:57pm :: Editorial
By Nicanor Perlas
05 February 2005 | TruthForce!

Recently tens of thousands of activists from around the world gathered at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre in Brazil. Meanwhile, the global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum. Albeit from different and mostly contrasting perspectives, both gathered to address the problems facing the future of the planet. Both however failed to address the technological tsunami facing humanity, the tsunami of technological singularity.
Posted on January 29, 2005 - 11:06pm :: Editorial
By Nicanor Perlas
29 January 2005

Many are asking. After all the preparation and the expectations, how did the Karangalan Event turn out? Let us listen to a distillation of what dozens of participants had to say personally or thru SMS messages that flooded the organizers starting from the very first day of the event.

Overwhelming Success
"The event is just the beginning! But today is already goose-bumps day. . . . . This conference is blowing me away! . . . . I am energized!
Posted on January 15, 2005 - 11:42pm :: Editorial
Nicanor Perlas
January 15, 2005

In less than a week, the First National Conference and Festival on Karangalan, "Mobilizing Excellence to Create a Visionary Philippines" will begin. Thousands will start to explore more deeply what it would take to create a better country. For some, this has led to the question: "Which would serve the country better today, resistance or excellence?"