Posted on August 11, 2005 - 4:52pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Human
June 25, 2005 | Times, UK

TF! Editorial Comment: Social entrepreneurs mobilize business and management acumen to address urgent social problems. Their work and successes reinforce the idea that individuals can make a difference in creating a better world. In the article below, a therapist, deeply moved by the situation of troubled children in London, has set up a unique venture, called Kids Company, to address the needs of disadvantaged youth. For this work, she has been recognized as a social entrepreneur in the UK.
Posted on July 8, 2005 - 8:01am :: Editorial
by Nicanor Perlas
07 July 2005

The drama of Gloriagate continues to unfold. Tonight, in response to increasing credibility problems and multiplication of statements asking her to step down, GMA made a surprise move. She once more suddenly went on national radio and TV and announced that she would not resign. Instead she fired her whole Cabinet, asking them to give her a free hand in re-organizing the government.

People are asking: "Why did she fire her entire Cabinet? Is it not that GMA herself is the subject for intense calls to resign after admitting she was the voice in the tapes that documented election fraud?" (See TruthForce editorial of 27 June 05.) This TruthForce! Editorial traces the developments that led to her decision.
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 11:58pm :: Editorial
By Nicanor Perlas
03 July 2005

Philippine "President" Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) has triggered a national crisis. GMA apologized for her "lapse of judgment" in calling up an electoral official while votes were still being counted. GMA did not admit any guilt but, according to the most recent 02 July 2005 Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, close to 60% of Filipinos think she lied about her role in the serious election fraud that took place in the presidential elections of 2004. (See TruthForce editorial of 27 June 2005.) The taped evidence reveals her conspiring to bring about fraudulent election results.

Increasing numbers of people are back in the streets. The other day, 20,000 marched in the middle of Makati City, the financial district of the Philippines. They were demanding the resignation of GMA. The numbers are small when compared with the mammoth crowds of People Power II. However, the demonstration was unusual. For the first time, it brought together power blocks which has never been together. The competing factions of the communist movement were there. These are the so-called Re-Affirm and Reject blocks, which have not been talking with each other for more than a decade and have occasionally tried to kill each other. The communists were joined by the United Opposition (see TruthForce editorial 28 June 2005) of the right as well as by Brother Eddie Villanueva, the head of seven million strong "Jesus is Lord" Protestant evangelical movement.

This is a formidable tactical combination. But people are asking. Where is the Catholic Church in all this?
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 5:09pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Marcela Valente
Jul 1, 2005 | Inter Press Service

TF! Editorial Comment: We live in an age of expanding wealth and economic output, yet 850 million people worldwide suffer from hunger. Studies show that lack of food is not the problem, rather imbalanced economic policies and prescriptions combined with distribution inefficiencies are creating this absurd and inexcusable situation. In the article below, a group of 500 boys and girls traveled from the remote corners of Argentina to send an impassioned message about the need to address poverty and hunger, disparity and injustice.
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 5:07pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Human
Neena Bhandari
Jun 29, 2005 – Inter Press Service

TF! Editorial Comment: The Nobel Peace Prize was first awarded in 1901 to recognize individual peace building efforts. Only 12 women have so far received the prestigious recognition established by Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel. As the article below points out, women have been at the forefront of peace-building efforts through the ages, and a collective nomination of 1000 women for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize is an attempt to recognize this age-old work to counter "injustice, discrimination, oppression and violence."
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 5:05pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Nature
Emad Mekay
Jun 29, 2005 | Inter Press Service

TF! Editorial Comment: Environmental conservation is intrinsic to making development sustainable. Many have argued, though, that in poorer countries, economic growth must be prioritized even if the environment is compromised. This short-term strategy, however, has eroded the very foundations of long-term sustainability. In the article below, a new report directly links environmental health with poverty reduction showing that investment in conservation is not a luxury for the well-off but rather an integral aspect of sustainable development.
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 5:00pm :: Good News | ISD-Philippines | Human
By Leila B. Salaverria
Juen 30, 2005 | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TF! Editorial Comment: The 1,000-women project was launched in 2003 to recognize the efforts of millions of women who work to build a better future on a daily basis. In the Philippines, 27 women are part of the global listing and their stories are testament to the essential role women play in building a culture of peace and advancing sustainable development. (See Related Article.)
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 4:59pm :: Good News | ISD-Societal Change | Individual | ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Jay Bobbin
June 25, 2005 |

TF! Editorial Comment: Social entrepreneurs as heroes? A growing number of individuals are placing their talents for business in the service of humanity, society and the environment. In the article below, a new program narrated by Robert Redford is featuring 12 social entrepreneurs whose creativity and innovation is making a difference.
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 4:56pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Human | Nature
by Sally J. Hall
June 28, 2005 | The Independent (UK)

TF! Editorial Comment: Sustainable agriculture is often mistakenly thought to be more about boutique farming than about achieving food security. For a country like Ethiopia, which is often vulnerable to famine, agriculture and sustainability are literally matters of life and death and sustainable agriculture is providing a new way forward that hopes to break the famine cycle. In the article below, Ethiopia has taken strides to adopt organic agriculture as a major strategy for food security, shunning the path of genetic engineering. And much can be attributed to the untiring efforts of Tewolde Berhan.
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 4:54pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Sanjay Suri
Jun 28, 2005 | Inter Press Service

TF! Editorial Comment: The internet is revolutionizing the possibilities for independent media. Web logs or Blogs are one of the developments that is giving voice to the grassroots--to thousands of individuals who are using internet technologies to share opinions and information. In the article below, Publications like Red Pepper and IndyMedia are providing new outlets for commentary on major social issues like the upcoming meeting of the Group of Eight (G8).
Posted on July 2, 2005 - 4:30pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Rosalie Higson
June 28, 2005 | The Australian

TF! Editorial Comment: Art has the power to deeply touch the human soul. For many artists, social conditions provide a rich palette of ideas for expressing fundamental truths and commentary about the struggle for social change. In the article below, the author comments on a new book on Indonesian art called "Art and Social Change", which shows the powerful engagement of artists in Indonesia with the ideas of human rights, freedom and what it means to be human—expressions of which lend a universal quality and appeal to the works.